- Published on 11 November 2013
Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
The Union Finance Minister today P.Chidambaram released a Commemorative Coin of Rs. 20 and a circulation coin of Rs.5 to mark the 125th Birth Anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
Maulana Azad was one of India’s most prominent freedom fighters, who espoused the cause of an undivided India. He opposed the ‘two nation theory’ of Muslim League and was a leading proponent of Hindu-Muslim unity. He was India’s first Minister of Education. He was posthumously awarded country’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna in 1992.
The history of the freedom struggle is also the story of many great men and women, Chidambaram said. Among the tallest of those men and women was Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. It is widely acknowledged that he, as the first Minister of Education, laid the foundation of the modern education system.
The institutions that he founded bear testimony to his vision and his farsightedness. Among them were the first Indian Institute of Technology, University Grants Commission, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Sahitya Academy, Lalit Kala Academy, Sangeet Natak Academy and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
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