Member of the Planning Commission and Chancellor of Maulana Azad
National Urdu University (MANUU) Dr. Syeda Hameed on the eve of
National Education Day
said India has ignored the contributions made by Maulana
Abul Kalam Azad and has never tried to work on 'India' the great
leader had envisioned and stood for his entire life.
"It is ironic that the country neither
recognises Maulana Abul Kalaam Azad's contributions to the nation
nor is it willing to work on the values the great leader had
stood for", Dr. Syeda Hameed said while inaugurating the week-long
program held at Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) in
Hyderabad to commemorate the 122nd birth anniversary of Maulana
Abul Kalam Azad.
"Maulana Azad's vision on a united
nation is a masterpiece that can play major role in addressing
many issues arising out of conflicts and violence today", she said
while delivering the inaugural lecture on the life and vision of
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad on November 08.
"But, it is a pity that we never
tried to ponder on and get benefits from his teachings", she
Quoting from Maulana Azad's famous
statement made in front of a British Magistrate, and those made on
other occasions, Dr. Hameed said, "There are instances to show
that Maulana Azad was aware of lot many things and problems at the
time when people of his time had not even imagined them."
"It is time to study Maulana Azad
afresh and Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) should
take the lead to make it possible", she said.
Taking the discussion further, Vice
Chancellor, Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) Prof.
Mohammad Miya, who was presiding over the function, said, "During
his tenure as first Education Minister of India from 1947-58, it
was Maulana Azad who designed the education policy of the country
and emphasised on the importance of modern and technical
The birth anniversary of Maulana
Abul Kalam Azad that falls on November 11, has been declared as
the National Education Day by the Indian government.
MANUU has organised the celebrations
to mark the occasion titled as Jushne Maulana Azad from November 08 to 11.
Students from different universities and colleges of the country
are participating in these competitions that include symposia,
essay-writing and elocution competitions, and debate focusing various
aspects of Maulana Azad's life.
Besides these competitions, the
university has also planned exhibition of selected books written
on Maulana Azad, screening of documentary film made on the
legendary leader, Sham-e-Ghazal, Hazal Goi competition and
Mushairah to commemorate the great Indian leader.