Hyderabad: “Maulana Azad was a beacon of light and we are in need of that light today,” said Prof. Deepak Kumar, Former Professor, History of Science & Education, Jawaharlal Nehru University, while delivering the “Maulana Azad Memorial Lecture” here on Friday on the National Education Day
MANUU organized five-day long celebrations and paid tributes to the first education minister of independent India.
Prof. Deepak Kumar threw light on the topic “Education and Critical Thinking: A Historical Perspective” and how human society progressed from Rigveda till date.
“There can be no progress without knowledge, Intellect and justice are two things that came into humans, because of knowledge and that’s why they are the best creation of God. Our society, our culture has contributed equally in acquiring knowledge and tried to figure out how to improve it, ’said, Prof. Kumar
“Our ancestors were great; their hearts and minds were bright despite living in slavery and we need to follow the paths they showed us. Talking about civilization, Prof. Deepak said ours was a marble civilization; more importance was given to marble which blocks the light whereas western countries prefer usage of glass. we also know the usage of glass but we only made bangles out of it, not telescope. Ask questions and do not make a habit of only listening. Use your fingers to write and eyes to read books, always read and write,’’ he advised.
Prof. Syed Ainul Hasan lauded Prof. Deepak Kumar for disclosing several things about the knowledge, culture, and civilization through his lecture.
“Each and every word of the lecture is worth understanding and to think about. Without seeking knowledge, there is nothing. Scholars and persons with knowledge are the greatest rather than persons having power and wealth. Scholars will remain in society throughout their lives. Whenever you want to understand life and its facts, you will remember today’s lecture,’’ said, Prof. Syed Ainul Hasan.
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