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Remembering a hero of the nation: Sir Aga Khan's drive for schooling – Enterprise Recorder

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The 2nd of November marks the delivery anniversary of Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan (1877-1957) who made important contributions to the social, cultural, political, financial and academic development of Muslims.
A social reformer, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan was an ardent supporter of the academic development of Muslims within the subcontinent. From early on, he had realized {that a} promising way forward for the Muslims laid within the elementary message of their religion that’s to accumulate information. For Sir Aga Khan, this superb fashioned the idea of the splendour of Islam throughout its Golden Age and it was indispensable for Muslims of the subcontinent to commit themselves wholeheartedly to the pursuit of contemporary schooling to return to that glory.
Sir Aga Khan preached the significance of schooling all through his life. If his curiosity in schooling was a ardour, his efforts for the dissemination of data amongst Muslims had been a real battle. His first look on the nationwide stage, at solely 25 years of age, was on the All-India Mahomedan Academic Convention in 1902.
The identical yr the Viceroy, Lord Curzon, nominated him to the Imperial Legislative Council in recognition of his sheer willpower to teach Muslims, making Sir Aga Khan the Council’s youngest member. His speeches within the Council recognized him as a promising chief, and he went on to spearhead quite a few academic initiatives championed by Muslims for a lot of subsequent years.
It was at the moment when he started to see the imaginative and prescient of a college during which Muslim youth of the subcontinent may domesticate. One of the simplest ways to the mental of Muslims was to make an Anglo-Oriental School, a ‘Muslim Oxford,’ that may “restore the pale glories of our individuals.”
The good Aligarh motion, initiated by Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan, believed that it held the important thing to salvation for Muslims. Together with his excellent contribution to the Muslims of the subcontinent, his distinguished position was within the formation of Aligarh College. He took on the big activity of elevating funds for the event of this nice centre of studying and excellence, “As a mendicant, I’m now going out to beg from home to accommodate and from road to road for the kids of Muslim India.”
From his wealth, Sir Aga Khan graciously donated an quantity of Rs ,000. Together with his honest efforts and fervour, he was capable of gather three million rupees for the college and succeeded in laying the muse for the longer term Aligarh College in 1920.
Thought-about as considered one of his biggest providers to Islam, it additionally serves as a historic reminder of Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan’s contribution to the continuation of his ancestor’s quest in pioneering academic traditions in Egypt and elsewhere, together with the muse of Al-Azhar, the world’s oldest college.
Trying forward, Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah Aga Khan outlined the groundwork for the present schooling system of the Aga Khan Faculties in Pakistan, establishing over 200 faculties in the course of the twentieth century, the primary in 1905 in Zanzibar and Gwadar (Balochistan).
The Diamond Jubilee Faculties for Women, or DJ faculties, had been based all through what’s now Pakistan’s distant northern areas. In the present day, the Aga Khan Growth Community (AKDN), which is led by his grandson, Prince Karim Aga Khan, continues to play an instrumental position in enhancing the extent of schooling within the area and the nation.
The AKDN has adopted a wider place, articulated in a world framework, of the most important array of companies and establishments on this planet, the place Muslims dwell in majority or minority, to assist the federal government’s buildings for poverty alleviation and enhancing high quality of life.
Moreover, for Sir Aga Khan, with out the involvement of girls in upholding society’s important and preserving values, social transformation was unattainable. Supporting the emancipation of girls and giving them an equal house within the academic sphere, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah went as far as to say, “Personally, if I had two kids, and one was a boy and the opposite a lady, and if I may afford to teach just one, I might don’t have any hesitation in giving the upper schooling to the lady.”
He was an important believer of the best high quality of schooling and coaching in science and know-how. This sort of instruction, he as soon as stated, have to be one of many “principal sensible objects of our power and ambitions.”
In Sir Aga Khan’s view, each stage or stage of schooling was equally necessary. In his Inaugural Tackle on the All-India Mahomedan Academic Convention in 1911, he famous that the muse of society was a sound main schooling as, “No strong superstructure can stand safely on softer soil.” The plenty couldn’t produce leaders able to elevating the nation to its professional sphere of energy, affect and usefulness in the event that they lacked rudimentary schooling.
Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan might be remembered as probably the most illustrious and well-known world leaders and diplomats all through the golden historical past of the liberty motion.
Copyright Enterprise Recorder, 2021
Sujjawal Ahmad

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