Moradabad School building, founded by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan has been demolished

Much before Aligarh, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan founded Schools in Moradabad and Ghazipur. His Educational and Social activities prominently started after the 1857 Mutiny. On 1st April 1858, Sir Syed was appointed as Sadr-us Sudur at Moradabad. School was founded here in 1859. His wife, Parsa Begum died in Moradabad and her grave is in Shauqat Bagh compound. Interesting to note that the grave of Syed Zainul Abideen is close to Sir Syed in vicinity of Jama Masjid, AMU and wife of Syed Zainul Abideen is buried close to Parsa Begum.

Day before on 24th June, I visited Moradabad to meet my Alig friends Mohammad Mohiuddin & Tehzeeb Ahmad. Visit to the school was a big disappointment as the Heritage building was completely demolished few days back. It was known as Tehseel School and the name of Sir Syed (the founder of the School) was previously lost in files. Some new construction happened across decades and the Heritage building was in a very bad shape. Now the original building is completely lost.

This is a big question mark on the passion of Aligs based across everywhere. Why we are not able to preserve our Heritage. All such places related to Sir Syed Ahmed in various cities are declining. However, London preserved his home; the visit there was only for 17 months. This is high time to get ourselves aware of our Heritage and Culture first and subsequently work for the preservation as well as promotion. All the tangible aspects should be preserved and his vision to be followed. My recent book, Discovering AMU captured the photograph of this school which was clicked just a few months back by Mohammad Mohiuddin.

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