Aligarh: “India is growing as a
super power and the students of this country bear hope for the
future of a prosperous and peaceful world”, said the High
Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam, His Excellency Dato Paduka Haji
Sidek Ali while interacting with the students of Aligarh Muslim
He said that India has a distinct place among
the countries of the world for its distinguished cultural ethos
and amazing unity in diversity. He said his ancestors had migrated
from Gujarat to Brunei.
The High Commissioner said that India is a democratic country and
the media has full freedom while Brunei is a small country where
there is no management crisis.
He said there are two universities in Brunei and the media world
comprises two TV channels along with the publication of two
newspapers. Brunei is an economically strong country and there are
many prospects for employment for people of Indian origin. Most of
the doctors and engineers in Brunei hail from India, he observed.
The High Commissioner said that the act of management of diplomacy
is witnessing a paradigm shift from nurturing government to
government relations to building effective people to people
relationship. He said that culture and communication have assumed
a new meaning and are being used a vital instrument of social
transaction and discourse for furthering the objectives of
diplomacy in modern times.
Haji Sidek Ali said that the Aligarh Muslim University is greatly
respected in his country and the Education Minister of Brunei laid
the foundation stone of K. A. Nizami Centre for Quranic Studies in
AMU in July 1999 and the AMU honoured him with the D. Lit. degree
AMU Registrar Prof. V. K. Abdul Jaleel said that we would like to
get into a memorandum of understanding with Brunie Darussalam in
order to give impetus to the mutual cooperation and support in the
field of academics and research.
Prof. Jaleel said that the founder
of this great seat of learning, Sir Syed Ahmad laid ample emphasis
on the religious education besides the contemporary learning and
it is pleasing to note that there is also an adequate arrangement
of religious as well as contemporary education in Brunei. He said
that the students would learn a lot from this interactive meet
with the hon’ble guest.
Prof. N. A. K. Durrani, Chairman, Department of Mass Communication
and Media Advisor welcomed the Brunei High Commissioner. He said
that Brunei is a forward looking nation with strong traditional
underpinnings. It has evolved a vibrant educational model aiming
at a harmonious fusion of both materialistic and spiritual
dimensions of social life.
Briefing on the purpose of
organizing the interactive meet, he said that the students from
Management and Mass Communication streams and Women’s College
should get acquainted with the development trends and career
oriented phenomenal changes witnessed in the science of modern
diplomacy over the last decade.
The High Commissioner of Brunei paid tribute to AMU founder, Sir
Syed Ahmad Khan by laying floral chadar at his Mazaar. He also
visited Sir Syed Academy and the Prof. K. A. Nizami Centre for
Earlier, AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis while
receiving the Brunei High Commissioner emphasized on nurturing
stronger people to people relations and furthering ‘looking east’
policy by the nations of Asian region.