Sir Syed Ahmed Khan (October 17, 1817 – March 27, 1898) was a great politician, educator, modernist and Islamic reformer in the Indo - Pak subcontinent. Sir Syed Ahmed Khan was the pioneer of the Modern Education in Muslim community of Indo - Pak subcontinent. He founded Muhammedan Anglo-Oriental College, which was later changed to Aligarh Muslim University. His work gave awareness to the Muslims which gave rise to Politian and every intellectual Muslim who composed Aligarh movement to secure the future of Muslim’s Political future in India.
Sir Syed Ahmed Khan promoted Urdu as lingua franca of Muslim of India. As Urdu was official Language of the court at the time of Persians and Turkish rule because there was a requirement of a common language that should be known to both Turkish and Persian. This is one of the reasons that in the subcontinent Urdu was considered to be the language of Muslims. Sir Syed Ahmed Khan was also supporter of this concept and declared that Urdu is a language of gentry.