Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT), WB arranged for the GRAND FINAL of the STATE LEVEL ONLINE QUIZ CONTEST, 2020, CATEGORY 1 on 11.11.2020 for the school students of Classes 7 and 8. The programme was dedicated to the memory of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (11 November 1888 – 22 February 1958), an eminent freedom fighter of India and the first Education Minister of Independent India, as 11th November is his birth anniversary.
The programmes for higher classes will be organized shortly. The Vice-Chancellor of the University Prof. (Dr.) Saikat Maitra conveyed his best wishes to all the participants.
Prof. (Dr.) Subhabrata Roychowdhury, the Convenor for School Connect Programmes remembered the great freedom fighter Maulana Abul Kalam Azad in this occasion. The Quiz Contest was conducted by the Assistant Registrar of the University Mr. Anup Kumar Mukherjee. He dedicated today's programme to his memory and mentioned that the University is proud to be named after such a personality. The performance of the students was excellent.
It is worth mentioning at this point that, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad served as the first Education Minister on Independent India from 1947 untill his death till February 22, 1958. During his tenure of 11 years, Azad promoted research in eastern learning and literature and set up the three Academies to develop the fine arts. He also started to work on the compilation of technical terms in Hindi on a large scale.
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad set up some important boards/commissions during his tenure that includes the University Grants Commission, All India Council for Technical Education, Kharagpur Institute of higher education, The University education commission, The Secondary education commission.
He also founded Sangeet Natak Akademi, Sahitya Akademi, and Lalit Kala Akademi to promote education and culture in the country.
Azad advocated education for women and free and compulsory primary education for children up to the age of 14. Azad also established IISc and School of Architecture and Planning, Jamia Millia Islamia, and IIT Kharagpur.
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was a freedom fighter, journalist, and reformer and committed to building a nation through education. The modern-day IITs are considered to be his brainchild. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1992 for his contribution as a freedom fighter and educationist.