Hyderabad: Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) today started week-long celebrations to pay tribute the prominent freedom fighter and first Education Minister of Independent India, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad with a colourful ceremony held at its Model School in Falaknuma, Hyderabad.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nDr. Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz, Vice\nChancellor, presided over the inaugural. Eminent journalist Mr. Syed Aminul\nHasan Jafri, MLC was the Chief Guest and Ms. Syeda Salwa Fatima, first Muslim\nfemale pilot from Hyderabad graced the occasion as Guest of Honor.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nDr. Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz in his presidential\naddress advised the students to ponder over things before acceptance.\nParents shall focus on good upbringing of the children. He appreciated the\nmodel school students for presenting a cultural programme with a message.\n\n\n\nMr. Amin Jaffery exhorted the\nstudents to avail different scholarships. According to national survey, the\nnumber of Urdu mother tongue speakers is declining. In Hindi hinterland most of\nthe Muslims regard Hindi as their mother tongue. He advised the parents to opt\nfor Urdu language atleast as a subject. \n\n\n\nMrs. Syeda Salwa in her address\nthrew light on the advantages of the mixed society. She also highlighted the\nimportance of girl education. \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nEarlier, students of MANUU Model School\npresented a bouquet of cultural performances and won accolades from the guests\nand the audience. Uzma & Group set the tone of the morning by presenting a\nbeautiful welcome song followed by the dance performance on a song titled \u201cAaj\nHai Sunday\u201d by Sameena & Group. Sumayya and her partners performed a Qawwali\n\u201cKitna Mushkil Hai Inko Samjhana \u201cAbdur Rahman presented a symbolic speech of\nMaulana Azad\u201d.\n\n\n\nThematic dance performance \u2018\u2019Say no to Plastic\u201d touched one and all. Famous poet Allama Iqbal\u2019s message to children and youth was enacted perfectly by Shaista & Nishat. Drama \u201cSocial Media and Our Youth\u201d delivered a thought-provoking message to the students. Science, Arts and Crafts exhibition by students is also inaugurated on the occasion.