The vice-chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Tariq Mansoor released five books published by Sir Syed Academy on February 21.
The five books released were Sir Syed Ahmad Khan aur 1857, edited by Rahat Abrar; Aawaz-e-Sir Syed (a collection of articles by Shan Mohammad), edited by Shahnoor Shan; Rufaqa-e-Sir Syed by Iftikhar Alam Khan; Nawab Vaqarul Mulk by Mohammad Nasir; and Nawab Sir Hafiz Ahmad Saeed Khan by Mohammad Furqan
“Sir Syed Ahmad Khan had a multi-faceted personality and he should be assessed and judged in the light of the time and space he lived in,” said Mansoor, while delivering his presidential speech during the book release ceremony of the Sir Syed Academy, AMU.
He stressed upon the need to translate the monographs published by Sir Syed Academy in other Indian languages like Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam etc., so that the message of Aligarh Movement could reach a larger audience. Mansoor expressed satisfaction over the digitisation work, and conservation of the manuscripts and other rare documents being carried out by the Sir Syed Academy.
“I will continue extending full support to Sir Syed Academy which has published some very important books on Sir Syed and Aligarh Movement in the recent past,” added Mansoor.
Named after philosopher and educationist Syed Ahmad Khan, Sir Syed Academy is engaged in various research and academic programmes, organising lectures on his works, conducting seminars, and publishing books on Khan and the Aligarh Movement.
Shafey Kidwai, professor, Department of Mass Communication, AMU; Saud Alam Qasmi, dean, Faculty of Theology; Mohammad Shahid, deputy director, Sir Syed Academy/Publications Division and Sagheer Afraheem former chairperson, Department of Urdu, spoke on the books released on the day.
Throwing light on the personalities of Nawab Vaqarul Mulk and Nawab Sir Hafiz Saeed Ahmad Khan, Mohammad Shahid said, “Sir Syed Academy will continue producing quality books and monographs on the personalities associated with the Aligarh Movement.”
Paying tribute to late Mohammad Furqan, the author of the monograph on Nawab Sir Hafiz Ahmad Saeed Khan, Javaid, AMU court member announced a help of Rs 1 lakh to his family.
Mohammad Mohsin Khan, finance officer, AMU, deans of various faculties, chairpersons of the departments of studies, faculty members and other dignitaries attended the programme.