Hyderabad: Glowing tributes were paid to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the legendary Freedom Icon and first education minister of independent India on his birth anniversary today at Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU).
Government of India has declared the occasion as National Education Day.
Prof. Abdul Hameed Khan, Director, Maulana Azad Chair, Marathwada University, Aurangabad through his online lecture “Asr-e-Hazir me Maulana Abul Kalam Azad ki Manwiat” (Relevance of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad in Contemporary times) enlightened about Maulana Azad’s multifaceted, multidimensional personality which encapsuled a scholar, theologian, journalist, linguist, literary expert, social reformer, and statesman.
Prof. S M Rahmatullah, Vice-Chancellor I/c, MANUU presided over. Prof. T V Kattimani, Vice-Chancellor, Central Tribal University, Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh was the Chief Guest.
Prof. Abdul Hameed said that Maulana Azad was a man of modern thinking and epitome of Hindu-Muslim unity. His legacy cannot be confined to Indian politics only as his thinking was universal and for the welfare of humanity.
Maulana strived not only for the freedom of the country but also for the emancipation of human thoughts and soul. Talking about the Journalistic facet of Maulana Azad, Prof. Hameed said that Azad’s writings created a zeal and enthusiasm in the country and his writings whipped the fire of patriotism and spirit of freedom in the society.
The Chief Guest, Prof. T V Kattimani, Vice-Chancellor, Central Tribal University, in his address recommended that Maulana’s thoughts, his speeches and writings should be included in syllabus of all Indian languages.
New generation must know who is Maulana Azad and what were his contributions. He said that it is a great insult to Maulana Azad if we call him a man of particular community, he is an Indian and fought for freedom of India and laid strong foundation for promotion of science, culture, and Indian languages. He established premier education institutions like UGC, IITs & IISCs etc.
Maulana always talked about technology, modern science, mother tongue, Indian language, he remarked. Prof. Kattimani also informed that he had translated a book on Maulana Azad in Hindi, written in English by Prof. B Shaikh Ali.
Prof. S M Rahmatullah, Vice-Chancellor I/c, MANUU presiding over the lecture, described Maulana Azad as multifaceted whose thoughts and ideas were of importance not only in past but as well as in present. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad’s thoughts are reflected in the National Education Policy 2020.
It is our responsibility to move forward with this policy based on the ideas of Maulana Azad and to contribute in the development of the country, he remarked. The new policy emphasizes on technology and Maulana had started it by setting up IITs in the early days after the independence of the country.
Prof. Siddiqui Mohd Mahmood, Registrar I/c welcomed and introduced the guests. He said that Azad Day is being celebrated to acquaint the new generation with various aspects of the all round personality of Maulana Abul Kalam.
Dr. Sameena Kausar Tabish, Assistant Professor, Arabic conducted the proceedings. Dr. Ahmad Khan, Deputy Director, Center for Urdu Culture Studies, proposed vote of thanks.
Instructional Media Center Team under the supervision of the Director, Mr. Rizwan Ahamd webcast the program live on MANUU YouTube Channel.