MD TAUHID ALAM
New Delhi, February,19,2023: Duty Society was founded at Aligarh Muslim University by Sahebzada Aftab Ahmad Khan in 1889 with the objective of supporting poor and needy students to get higher education. Maulana Tufail Ahmad, Mr. Bahadur Ali, Mr. Abdullah Khan and Mr. Mazharul Haq and Prof. Thomas Walker Arnold were also instrumental in establishing the Duty Society. Duty Society Provides education Loan, Free Boarding and Coaching. Prof. Abul Hasan Siddiqi joined Duty Society as Keeper in 1985 since then he worked enormously for the development of society and his efforts culminated in the present form of Duty Society which is a continuous source of encouragement, guidance and financial support for upliftment of poor students.
To mark the extraordinary contributions of Prof. Abul Hasan Siddiqi to Duty Society an International Seminar on “Life and Works of Late Prof. Abul Hasan Siddiqi” was organized at the Convention Centre, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi today on 19th February 2023. His Excellency Shri Arif Mohammad Khan, Governor of Kerala was the Chief Guest and Mr. Hammad Ahmed Saheb, Chancellor of Jamia Hamdard and President of Duty Society, Prof. (Dr.) Mohammad Afshar Alam, Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Hamdard and Vice-President of Duty Society also graced the function. Mr. Khwaja M. Shahid, Former Pro Vice-Chancellor of MANU was the Keynote Speaker, Present Keeper of Duty Society Prof. Irshad Mehmood presented the vote of thanks. The inaugural session was compared by Prof. F. S. Sheerani former Dean Faculty of Unani Medicine, Aligarh Muslim University.
In the inaugural address Prof. M. Afshar Alam enlightened the life and works of Abul Hasan Siddiqi sahib in the field of Mathematics, Physics and Applied Research and shared his personal experiences of Aligarh days and functioning the duty society. Mr. Arif Mohammad Khan in his speech presented the importance of Duty Society and focused on the duties of citizens in a larger perspective. He said that now a days people generally fight for their rights and neglect the duties, if we focus on duties we can develop a healthy society and prosperous country. He also enlightened the Quranic Teachings of equality, humanity and importance of education. Mr. Khwaja Shahid in his keynote address explained the history of Duty Society and contributions of the illustrious personality of Abul Hasan Siddiqi. He remembered the dream of Abul Hasan Siddiqi to develop a Virtual University which is now being realized by the Govt. of India. Prof. Irshad Mehmood thanked the delegates who have come from across India and abroad and Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Hamdard for his support to organize this Seminar at Jamia Hamdard.
In the technical session Padamshri Prof. S. Zillur Rahman, Prof. M. Kaleemullah Ahmad, Dr. Nazar Abbas, Dr. R.C. Singh of Sharda University and Mrs. Azra Siddiqui shared their experiences of Duty Society and presented the achievements of Abul Hasan Siddiqi.
Other dignitaries include Professor Syed Asim Zafar of Aligarh Muslim University, Chairman, Deptt. Computer Science,
Professor Nafees Ansari, Director, Center for Distance and Online Education, Dr. Arman Rasool Faridi, Mr. Khalid Masood, AMU Court Member, Prof. Hafiz Ilyas, AMU Court Member, Prof. Raziullah Khan, Mrs. Heena Parveen, Dr. Mohammad Shahid, Mr. Mazhar Siddiqui, Mr. Shaukat Mufti, Dr. Sarfraz Ahsan, Prof. Mohammad Akram, Er. Azhar Hussain, Prof. Farhan J. Ahmed, Md. Tauhid Alam and others were also present in the programme.