Sir Syed Was a Globalised and Modern Person of His Time: Pankaj Pachauri

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Caravan Daily News

Aligarh: Noted TV Journalist and former media advisor to ex Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,  Pankaj Pachauri said AMU founder Sir Syed Ahmad Khan  was a globalised and modern person at a time, when there were no written theories on globalisation.

Delivering  a special talk on ‘Role of Students in Globalisation’ in the AMU on Saturday, he said  Sir Syed wanted to build an educational institute of higher learning, where scientific education and temper could bring common Indians in the mainstream of the world and his ideas and thoughts should be re-visited in contemporary times.  Pachauri said that the real globalisation is the state of mind which needs to stay modern.

Recollecting memories of the days, when the world was moving into a new millennium; he said, “I remember during the last days of 1999, the world feared that the Y2K bug was a computer flaw, or bug, that may cause problems when dealing with dates beyond December 31, 1999.” He added that the flaw, faced by computer programmers and users all over the world was solved by Indian computer engineers sitting in Bangalore, Hyderabad, San Francisco and New York and this is just one example of India’s role in globalisation.

On Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), Pachauri said that it is one of the best examples of globalisation as it is aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. He elaborated that in addition to traditional course materials such as filmed lectures, readings, and problem sets, many MOOCs provide interactive user forums to support community interactions among students, professors and teaching assistants.

On growing radicalisation in the world, Pachari said that the problem of some in society becoming radicalised should be tackled by employment, education and building relationships with those at risk.

He also urged people not to follow certain anti-globalisation world leaders, who are trying to divide the world by building walls across borders and by stopping immigrations from certain countries.

AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (Veteran) emphasized that globalisation is imperative and adding that  students should be engines of globalisation and they should drive globalisation to make the world a better place.

General Shah pointed out that AMU has Memorandums of Understandings with some of the best universities in the world and with the student exchange programmes, AMU is trying to send some of the best students to study abroad in fully funded scholarship programmes.

He urged students to learn and master the global language of computers and Information Technology to excel in a truly global way.

As a part of the on-going Sir Syed Bicentenary Celebrations, Aligarh Muslim University has started a series of programme in order to clear the misconception about the institution.

AMU Public Relations Officer, Omar S Peerzada said the beautiful AMU campus can make one realise that Sir Syed’s dream of establishing a world class educational institution; an institute of higher learning that would mould and guide future generations of enlightened minds has been fulfilled.

On the occasion, Arun Aditya, Editor, Amar Ujala;  Naveen Patel, Editor, Dainik Jagran;  Neeraj Chaudhary, Editor and Bureau Chief, Hindustan;  Tariq Hasan, Senior journalist, PTI and  Pradeep Saxena of Hindustan Times were felicitated.

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Earlier, the AMU had also organized a lecture of noted journalist, author and commentator, Saeed Naqvi on the topic ‘Fair is Foul and Foul is Fair”. In his lecture, Naqvi said historically Indians have enjoyed a plural and secular culture in which Islam and Hinduism and other faiths complemented and celebrated each other and Urdu culture merged with Awadhi and Brajbhasha. He added that it is pity that certain forces are trying to destroy the unique social fabric and glorious culture of India.

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