The First International Sir Syed Award for Literature instituted by the Aligarh Muslim University has been conferred upon eminent Pakistani writer Zakir Ali Khan. The Chancellor of AMU, Mr. Justice A. M. Ahmadi, former chief justice of the Supreme Court presented the award to him carrying a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh and a citation.
Zakir Ali Khan expressed his gratitude for the award and he donated the whole prize money to the welfare of AMU students. He asked the students to imbibe the spirit of Aligarh which stipulates to rise to the occasion despite all odds.
Former Chief Justice of India Justice A.M. Ahmadi, the Chancellor of AMU said that secularism is the bulwark of all legislation in the country and Sir Syed was an enemy of narrow mindedness.
Pro-chancellor Mr. Rahmatullah Khan Shervani distributed the prizes of All India Sir Syed Essay Writing Competition. On this occasion Governor of Uttar Pradesh Mr. T. V. Rajeswar inaugurated the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Hall of residence for boys.
Earlier AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof. P.K. Abdul Azis inaugurated a book exhibition at Sir Syed Academy. He also released the English translation of Hayat-e-Javed. The translation has been carried out Prof. R.A. Alvi.