Sir Syed Ahmed Khan was one who infused new life into the Muslim community of India. He dedicated his life to the cause of uplift and rejuvenation of his community.

His plan had double purposes-to create an understanding between the Muslims and the English, and to spread education in his community. He began with the programme of liberalization.

He reinterpreted the Muslim religious beliefs and practices, and advocated a more progressive and Westernized approach.

Sir Syed Ahmed Khan established English-medium schools and founded a Translation Society. His programme of educational reform took a concrete shape with the establishment of Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College at Aligarh in 1875.


In his ideas of liberal education among the Muslims emphasis was given on technical education for the community, and higher education for women. All these he had done ignoring opposition from the orthodox sections of the Muslims.