[Following is a Jamia press release dated Sept. 5, 2013]
Hon’ble Minister of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju visited Jamia Millia Islamia campus on Thursday 5th September, 2013. 5th September is also celebrated as teachers’ day all over India.
During his visit to Jamia campus, MHRD Minister Dr. Pallam Raju inaugurated two new buildings on Jamia Millia Islamia campus. These are 1) The Srinivasa Ramanujan Block and 2) The New Building of the University Polytechnic.
The Srinivasa Ramanujan Block houses three departments of the university – 1) Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Basic Sciences, 2) Department of Bio-Sciences and 3) Department of Bio-Technology, while the existing University Polytechnic is to be housed in its New Building which was also inaugurated by the Minister.
As per programme, MHRD Minister visited the Jamia Millia Islamia campus on 5th September, 2013 at 3 PM, where he first inaugurated the New Building of the University Polytechnic and then went on to inaugurate The Srinivasa Ramanujan Block at 3.15 PM.
Thereafter, HRD Minister Dr. Pallam Raju arrived at 3.30 PM in Dr. M.A. Ansari Auditorium
The programme started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Thereafter, Jamia students presented the Jamia Tarana.
Prof. S.M. Sajid, offg. Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia presided over the programme and delivered his welcome remarks. In his welcome remarks he highlighted the important role that Jamia has been playing in providing education to those who come from underprivileged sections of society. Prof Sajid also recounted the achievements of the university and the recent strides made by the university in academics, research, and other co-curricular activities.
This was followed by HRD Minister Dr. Pallam Raju’s address to the university teachers, students and staff. In his address he said “I am especially pleased to be in Jamia today since today we celebrate Dr. Radhakrishnan’s birthday as teachers’ day across schools and universities, and I take this opportunity to especially felicitate our teachers who don’t just contribute in building academic institutions but also our communities and nation.”
The Programme ended with the National Anthem sung by the students of the university. Thereafter, the Vote of Thanks was delivered by Prof Shahid Ashraf, offg. Registrar, Jamia Millia Islamia.
The minister interacted with the university community informally afterwards over a cup of tea.
You can read Pallam Raju’s speech in full here: HRD Minister Pallam Raju Speech at Jamia Millia Islamia – 5 Sept 2013