AMU Centenary Celebration and Mahbubul Hoque￼
At Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Mahbubul Hoque was the resident of Jubilee Hostel 17, VM Hall. He completed BSc with Honours in Chemistry and Masters in Computer Application from AMU in the year 2000 and came back to his native state Assam with a vision to do something in the field of education. Chairman of Education Research and Development Foundation, under which 11 educational institutions are now operating, and the founder Chancellor of the University of Science and Technology Meghalaya, Mahbubul Hoque says that the biggest inspiration one can draw from the life of AMU founder Sir Syed Ahmad Khan is of ‘institution building’. He learnt ‘institution building’ at AMU and has been trying to carry forward the vision of Sir Syed.
AMU Centenary Alumni Meet-2021 Held Online
Aligarh: “Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is in my bloodstream. I attended the STS School and later joined the University for an Engineering Degree and what I learnt at AMU, within the classrooms and on the beautiful campus, has powerfully and indelibly shaped my thinking and my career,” said Dr Hasan Kamil, Chair of the Board at University of California, Santa Cruz, USA.
He was speaking as the Chief Guest of the online Centenary Alumni Meet-2021.
I fondly remember how my history teacher, Tauqueer Sahab at Minto Circle (STS School) use to encourage me for achieving the best in life.
Speaking on how Covid-19 pandemic has impacted global higher education, Dr Kamil pointed out that the landscape for higher education is always evolving. In the past year, the pandemic has catalyzed unprecedented levels of change, leaving many students with the same question: what will the future of college look like?
“Several trends have emerged that foreshadow what might be next for higher education. One of the most notable changes is the mass transition to online learning. From four-year schools to trade programs and community colleges, every type of higher education institution is being impacted by this shift to online learning,” he said.
Dr Kamil added: “Since the beginning of the Covid crisis, many universities lost a lot of funds, but the pandemic accelerated new technological methods for imparting education. While some universities are operating completely online, some have adopted the hybrid models of online-offline education.”
He emphasised that the universities adopting new technologies will succeed, while the other will fail.
Dr Kamil spoke of how virtual reality method is used in medical education and how 3D printing allows educators to design rich learning experiences for deep theoretical constructs that bring learning from computer screens into students’ hands.
“AMU can also adopt these new technological trends and I am glad that serious efforts are being made at the University,” he added.
Dr Kamil stressed the need to powerfully mobilise alumni, and engage them on the university’s ambitious plans.
“The alumni are most potent assets, and best brand ambassadors for universities. I think, the alumni connection with their alma mater has a long way to go – alumni have significant work to do in building the brand of their alma mater,” he asserted.
In the presidential address, AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof Tariq Mansoor said, “Alumni are our source of strength. They have supported us in times of crisis.”
He added that the university stands proud of the alumni’s achievements.
“It is a matter of pride for us that Prof Hasan Kamil’s Centre at San Francisco is not only helping the Indian community, but also people of other nationalities; our alumna, Prof Najma Akhtar has brought laurels by becoming the first-ever woman Vice Chancellor of a Central University in India; Mr Tariq Chauhan helped scores of our students with employment, Mr Mahbubul Hoque is doing tremendous work to educate the underprivileged in the North-East and Mr Noorul Hasan, a fine IPS officer with a brilliant academic record is inspiring students to qualify UPSC exams,” emphasised the Vice Chancellor.
Prof Mansoor stressed that he is taking forward the hard work of previous Vice Chancellors Prof P K Abdul Azis and Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (Veteran) in strengthening ties with the alumni.
He pointed out that AMU Alumni Directory 2020 will help us to connect with alumni as a family.
The Vice Chancellor, who also released the Alumni Directory on the occasion said, “It is just the beginning of a long journey. The Digital edition of the directory available online will act as a smart way of reaching out to the alumni”.
He further spoke on the role of J N Medical College (JNMC) in the fight against Covid-19.
“We are not only inoculating people to keep the virus at bay, but our health workers are working day and night as frontline warriors in the fight against the Coronavirus,” said Prof Mansoor.
Attending the programme as one of the Guests-of Honour, Prof Najma Akhtar (Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia) said: “Alumni, in general, greatly love the universities they have graduated from. The emotive attachment to our alma mater is typically far stronger than our attachment to any other brand in our life. It has emotions of pride, happiness, gratitude and nostalgia.”
She spoke about how education and work in AMU taught her to carry out administrative assignments in an efficient way and how Jamia Millia Islamia traces its roots from AMU.
“Many of Jamia faculty members and students are AMU alumni”, she said calling out for strong bond of AMU and Jamia through alumni association chapters.
Eminent UAE based entrepreneur, Mr Tariq Chauhan spoke on the values and resilience that he learnt during his student life at AMU.
He pointed out that AMU taught him the ability to withstand adversity and bounce back from difficult life events.
Mr Chauhan further said that he would not have been able to build a billion-dollar business without the AMU pass-outs, who joined his enterprise as employees.
He stressed the need to bring on board all alumni at the best positions to create a knowledge sharing platform.
Mr Chauhan assured support to AMU in terms of infrastructure and knowledge.
“Please consider me as a useful source. I will always remain a proud AMU student,” emphasised Mr Chauhan.
Guest-of- Honour, Mr Noorul Hasan (IPS) credited the guidance provided by AMU faculty members for his success.
“My teachers at AMU taught me how to chase dreams and the University provided me with the necessary scholarships,” he said adding that it is imperative to payback to alma mater in whatever ways we can.
Mr Noorul, who has launched a website and a youtube channel to prepare AMU students for civil services, urged the alumni community to visit his portal.
“At our website, freeacademy.org—more than 100 civil servants have delivered free lectures”, he said.
Mr Mahbubul Hoque (Chancellor, University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya-USTM) said we at the USTM aspire to turn our university into a world-class centre of higher learning and we appeal the AMU alumni to join us in our endeavour.
He spoke on the USTM MoUs with the leading educational centres and the support extended by AMU alumni and faculty members.
Mr Hoque emphasised that the biggest inspiration one can take from the life of AMU founder Sir Syed Ahmad Khan is of ‘institution building’.
“I learnt ‘institution building’ at AMU and I have tried to carry forward the vision of Sir Syed”, said Mr Hoque.
In the welcome address, Prof M M Sufyan Beg (Chairman, Alumni Affairs Committee) said that Alumni Directory has country wise and city wise details of alumni in alphabetical order.
“100 copies of the Directory have been printed. The soft copy is available online”, pointed out.
Prof M M Sufyan added that the later versions of the Director will come in two volumes and information on alumni associations, history, main members and contributions will also be compiled.
He urged the alumni community to register at AligConnect.com, also available on IOS and Android apps.
Prof M M Sufyan also spoke on the Alumni Endowment Fund, Kashish (Children of Alumni Bonding Programme) and Alig Academic Enrichment Programme.
Prof Mohammad Mobin (Vice Chairman, Alumni Affairs Committee) extended the vote of thanks and Dr Faiza Abbassi conducted the programme.
‘Nostalgia’, a short film showing a wistful old boy visiting AMU with the unobtrusive accompaniment of soulful, instrumental music of the University Tarana by Mir Akhtar Husain, will also be screened on the occasion.
(Courtesy: India Education Diary Bureau Admin, Apr 12, 2021)
Foundation Laying of “PA Sangma International Medical College & Hospital” at USTM on 3rd October
9th Mile, Khanapara, Ri Bhoi, September 29, 2022: The “P.A. Sangma International Medical College & Hospital”—a mega dream project of the University of Science & Technology Meghalaya and its founder Chancellor Shri Mahbubul Hoque—will see the beginning of implementation with the grand foundation laying ceremony to be held on the 3rd of October 2022 at the proposed medical college ground at USTM Campus.
Eminent doctors from all over the North East and from various parts of the country and abroad including Dr R. C. Deka, former Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Dr Dhrubajyoti Borah, Vice Chancellor, Srimanta Sankaradeva University of Health Sciences, Madam Rhonda Vetere, Global Leader from USA; Dr Abdul Wase, Prof. of Medicine, USA; Mr Faisal Masood, Managing Partner, EO, USA will be present at USTM for the foundation laying ceremony.
The foundation laying will be done by Shri Conrad K Sangma, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Meghalaya. The Chief Minister will also address the programme after the foundation laying ceremony. The welcome address in the programme will be made by Shri Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor, USTM while the presidential speech will be delivered by Shri R.S. Mooshahary, Hon’ble former Governor of Meghalaya. The programme will also be addressed by Madam Rhonda Vetere, Shri Lahkmen Rymbui, Hon’ble Home and Education Minister; Dr Abdul Wase, Dr Dhrubajyoti Borah, Mr Faisal Masood, Shri Dasakhitbha Lamare, Hon’ble Transport and PWD Minister; Shri James Sangma, Hon’ble Health Minister. Prof GD Sharma, VC, USTM will offer the vote of thanks.
The ceremony will be also graced by Lt Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah, Former VC, AMU; Dr. N. K. Choudhury, Principal Advisor, ERDF & former VC, Gauhati University; Dr. Mihir Kanti Choudhury, former Vice Chancellor of Tezpur University; Dr. A. C. Kotoki, Director, BBCI Guwahati; Dr Mirza Waqar Beg, Dr Mirza Aslam Beg, Dr Khursheed Alam, Ex University Health Officer, Aligarh; Dr. Sufian Beg from AMU; Dr. Sujit Bordhan, Registrar, SSUHS; Dr. Ilias Ali, Global Hospital, Hatigoan; Dr. Anup Barman, Director of Medical Education; Dr. Manoj Choudhury, Associate Director of Medical Education; Dr. S. K. Borthakur, Department of Botany, GU; Dr. B. P. Sharma, Ayurvedic College; Prof. M. H. Hazarika, Former Dean, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat; Dr. MLA Rahman, Director, Rahman Hospital; Mr. P. J. Barua, Executive Editor, The Assam Tribune; Mr. Aseem Kazi, Programme Executive, All India Radio; Dr. Prasanta Rajguru, Editor-in-Chief, Prag News; Mr Pranay Bordoloi, Editor- In- Chief, DA News Plus, apart from other distinguished guests.
One of the main features of the Medical College and Hospital is a 200-bedded super speciality hospital with all kinds of technological facilities with cutting-edge research. Moreover, following its mission, this hospital will be made completely free for poor patients. Another significant perspective of this noble initiative is its emphasis on extensive research on healthcare. This new institution has its unique target: to attract patients and students from the ASEAN countries. During the initial stage, it will specially target patients and students from Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan.