Dr S M Javed, former Principal, Yasin Meo Degree College, Nuh (Haryana) and his wife Professor Imam Bano donated their personal collection of rare historical artifacts to the Aligarh Muslim University on 3 February 2015.
Professor Imam Bano, a medical specialist and an academic is the sister of Mr Aale Ali, the current President of the Aligarh Muslim University Alumni of Australia.
Dr Javed, who is an alumnus of this University, met the AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah and presented his family collection of rare artifacts. The collection included silver and copper coins belonging to the era of Mughal emperors Akbar, Jahangir, Aurangzeb and Shah Alam. It also included coins of the era of Queen Victoria, East India Company, King Edward-VII and King George V.
Dr Javed also donated Gallantry Medals of the Second World War in silver with alloy. The donated archival material includes four rare manuscripts and “Parwanas” from the Mughal period. Of the academic interest also, he donated two novels written by English writer, Sir Walter Scott. These novels were published between 1818 and 1832 in England. Dr. Javed’s father had already donated 22 novels of Sir Walter Scott to the Department of English, AMU about twenty years ago.
Dr Javed said, “The family collection marks the painstaking efforts of several generations of my family and is priceless as far as I am concerned. However, what I have donated to my alma mater today is a very small token of gratitude, which I owe to my alma mater. I feel humbled and honoured by the fact that these documents will enrich the experiences of generations to come when they visit the University Museum of my alma mater”.
He said that he drew inspiration from his father who had great respect to the Aligarh Muslim University and its founder Sir Syed Ahmad Khan.
AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah thanked the donors for their gesture of rare magnanimity and said that the rare artifacts will be preserved in the Moosa Dakri Museum of the University.
On this occasion, AMU Pro-Vice Chancellor, Brigadier S Ahmad Ali, Registrar Dr Asfar Ali Khan, Chairman, Department of History, Prof Ali Ather and DSW Prof Anis Ismail and the author were also present.