Aligarh: The Women’s College, Aligarh Muslim University today organised a function to mark the Founder’s Day for commemorating Sheikh Abdullah Sahab, who is fondly remembered as Papa Mian. AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (Veteran) presided over the function.
Paying rich tributes to Papa Mian and his wife, Waheed Jahan, popularly known as Alia Bi amongst Women’s College students and the AMU community, General Shah recalled their contribution to female education.
He pointed out that the Women’s College is a transformation of the dreams of it’s founder, Sheikh Abdullah Sahab and Aligarh Muslim University founder, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. General Shah added that ‘it is now time for a second Aligarh movement.’
“Today, we need to rethink on the need for strengthening the foundation of the community and build foundations for new schools,” said the Vice Chancellor.
He further added that AMU is an embodiment of pluralism, secularism and large-hearted tolerance and students attending the Women’s College in particular and AMU in general will always represent these values.
General Shah also said that life is about enjoyment, which comes through hard work and it is important to be ambitious and to follow the right path. “However, don’t let ambitions burn you out,” cautioned General Shah adding that hard work will bring success and fulfilment of dreams.
The Chief Guest, United States of America based academic and AMU alumnus, Professor Yasmin Saikia thanked the organisers of the event for inviting her back to her alma mater. “I thank you for inviting me back to a place, which I have never left,” said Prof Saikia with tears in eyes and a grin on her face.
She added that whatever, she learnt as student at AMU has sustained her for the rest of her life. “During my student days, we use to celebrate all festivals at the Women’s College and I think, this pluralism helped me to integrate with people of various cultures in the United States of America. “It was at AMU that I learnt to live with strangers, who later became like family members to me,” said Prof Saikia adding that this multiplicity of AMU is a lesson, which the world can learn.
While reading the ‘Annual Report’ of the Women’s College, Professor Naima Gulrez, Principal, Women’s College pointed out that the Vice Chancellor has granted 2.5 crores for new classrooms and other infrastructure at the Women’s College.
She added that the Women’s College has a come a long way with a remarkable success report in academics. She further pointed out that a number of developmental and construction projects have been undertaken including the upgradation of the College Library and construction of new and smart classrooms.
Professor Amina Kishore, Ex-Principal, Women’s College said that to attend this function as a Guest of Honour is home coming for her and it is very difficult to control emotions. While urging the students to work hard in achieving their goals, Prof Kishore said that it is important to pay back to the alma mater.
She further said that students at the Women’s College leave after learning traditions of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and Shiekh Abdullah Sahab and these traditions remain with the students, throughout their lives.
Professor Nikhat Taj, Coordinator of the programme; Professor Zakia A Siddiqui, Secretary, Female Education Association and Prof Roomana N Siddiqui, Provost, Abdullah Hall were also present on the occasion.
Meanwhile, Dr Zakir Hussain Silver Medal for the best student having excellent academic record was given to Ms Preeti Gupta. Mrs M J Haider Academic Memorial award was given to Ms Aiman Jafri, while Papa Mian Padma Bhushan Award for ‘Best Girl’ was received by Ms Aleena Khan.
Ms Sueeba Arizo bagged the Dr Miss A Thomas Commendation Award, the Miss Aliya Khanam Award and Naina Lal Kidwai Award; Ms Zikra Mir received the Shoa Fatima Memorial Award; Ms Anam Husain received the Ale Ahmad Suroor Award; Ms Sarwat Farogh received the Miss Razia Khanam Memorial Award and the Rajmata Rafat Zamani Begum of Rampur Award; Ms Syeda Zainab received the Masooda Adhami Award; Ms Mahkish Iqbal received the Abida Sameer Uddin Ahmad Award; Ms Tousifiya Nasrin received the Zahida Zaidi Award; Ms Aleena Khan received the Zareena K Zuberi Memorial Award and the Begum Roshan Masood Award; Ms Bushra Mifta received the Dr Razia Khan Prize for English Studies; Ms Sumbul Yousuf received the Dr Razia Khan Prize for Islamic Studies; Ms Zoha Aqueel received the M/S Nikhat Shahwar Hussain Aaard; Ms Sadaf Rafi received the Mrs Majida Begum Memorial Award and Ms Maseera Rubaiye received the Dr Qaider Jahan Award.
Mohd Manaluddin Awards were received by Ms Asiya Khatoon, Faculty of Arts; Ms Sarah Shaharyar, Faculty of Social Science; Ms Mehnaz Haneef, Faculty of Science and Ms Sidra Ghazali Rizvi, Faculty of Life Science.
Dr Muneera T conducted the programme, while Prof Shiela Shahab proposed the vote of thanks. The programme has had cultural performances by Women’s College students.