Sir Syed Ahmed Khan was born on October 17, 1817. He was an eminent social reformer and founder of the Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental (MAO) College.
This college was the forerunner of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). Recently this university has completed 100 years.
Sir Syed Ahmed Khan uniqueness lay in the fact that he used education as a tool for national integration.
In a speech given in January 1883, he emphasized the vision of Hindu-Muslim unity.
He laid the foundation for comparative religious studies. At the same time he also revived Dara Shikoh’s philosophy of equality in different religions.
In the year 1888, he founded the United Patriotic Association. It included Muslim as well as Hindu members, all of whom were anti-Congress.
Source – The Hindu