Balakrishna Hegde, lecturer, said on Thursday that Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, who was a great educationist, was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.

Delivering a special lecture on Maulana Azad at the Kamala Nehru Women's College on the eve of “National Education Day”, Mr. Hegde said Maulana's standing as a great scholar of oriental learning was demonstrated in moulding the educational system during the post-Independence years. He said that as the first Minister for Education of the independent India, Maulana insisted that the Union and the State governments should share the responsibility of education. It was at Maulana's initiative that the budgetary allocation for education was raised 15 times during his tenure.

He said any realistic assessment of Maulana's contribution to modern India was not complete unless “we looked into the manner in which he reached out to his co-religionists during the freedom movement and after Independence”.