KARACHI - Rich tributes were paid to a great visionary and reformer of the subcontinent, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, on his 199th birth anniversary , observed here on Tuesday under the aegis of Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys' Association (AMUOBA) and Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology.

Addressing the ceremony, Jawed Anwar, President AMUOBA and Chancellor, Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) said that Sir Syed Ahmed Khan devoted his entire life for the emancipation of Muslims of South Asia and bringing about the Islamic renaissance. “He was a great and multidimensional person. Moral values were the driving force in his concept of education,” he said.

By following his ideology, AMUOBA formed Sir Syed University, and “We gave a new direction to the journey of its progress,” he added.

“The measures taken by us to boost image of the university paid us back. Sir Syed University earned the first position in the recent ranking done by the Charter Inspection and Evaluation Committee, Sindh,” he informed.

Anwar further told that the university had signed three MoU with Malaga University Spain, Karachi University and International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences for the exchange of information and research based knowledge. “The discipline of Information Technology has been introduced from this academic year. Now students have the choice of seeking admission in total eleven disciplines,” he added. He further said that medical insurance had been provided to all employees. “Pay scale has been revised due to which all employees have got a fair raise in their salaries along with other facilities,” he added.

Giving further details, he said that around 150 adhoc workers had been regularised. “The employees who deserved promotions have been promoted without delay,” the chancellor said, and added, “The handicapped employees have been awarded with some extra benefits along with salary enhancement and other allowances.” Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor SSUET, Prof Dr Syed Jawed H Rizvi said Sir Syed Ahmed Khan was a great visionary who prepared ground for the formation of Pakistan.

Vice Chancellor Hamdard University Prof Dr Abdul Hannan said Sir Syed had found a new way in the time of crisis to serve Muslims and Islam by adopting a modern strategy. Renowned scholar and journalist Mahmood Sham said Sir Syed's Aligarh Movement paved way for Pakistan movement, and the time demanded another Sir Syed, another Aligarh Muslim University. Prof Dr Arshad Syed Karim said decline of morals deteriorated social structure. Head of Urdu Department, Karachi University Prof Dr Tanzeemul Firdous said it was not that Sir Syed was just a reformer but he had a great influence in the subcontinent as far as education, technological advancement, ethics and cultural development were concerned.