Dr. Karan Singh, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) applauded Jamia Millia Islamia for carrying forward the vision of its founding fathers by committing itself to the promotion of education informed by a healthy balance of traditional and modern ethos. Singling out some academic centres for commendation, he observed that they address the challenges of the contemporary world that was marked by strife and discord of multiple kinds.
Delivering the key-note address on the occasion of the 94th Foundation Day of Jamia Millia Islamia, Dr. Singh, a globally renowned scholar and educationist, counseled the students to develop their body, mind, emotion and spirituality. For a healthy body, he felt, that it was imperative to say a big ‘NO’ to alcohol and drugs and our mind which is exposed to tsunami of knowledge today, needs to be developed by distilling knowledge into wisdom. Our mind, he felt, should be receptive to assimilation of knowledge and should inculcate the habit of continuous interrogation. Both body and mind needed the support of positive emotions oriented to the development of society, nation and the world. He remarked that it was imperative to develop spiritual pursuit that alone could give internal illumination to move forward to realize the destiny of human kind.
Earlier, Prof. Talat Ahmad welcomed the Chief Guest Dr. Karan Singh on the occasion of the 94th Foundation Day Celebrations. He observed that the University was poised to take a leap into the future by incorporating the best academic and research practices. He averred that under Dr. Singh’s guidance, the University would achieve new heights of success and that would be the greatest contribution to its founding fathers.
Later, Dr. Karan Singh inaugurated ‘Talimi Mela’ which marked a revival of the glorious tradition in Jamia Millia Islamia to benefit not only the students of Jamia but also people in the neighbourhood who look up to Jamia for their intellectual and academic empowerment.
As part of ‘Talimi Mela’ events, Prof. Talat Ahmad inaugurated an Exhibition of Paintings, Sculptures, Photography and Printmaking at M.F. Husain Art Gallery, JMI and also an Exhibition “Making of a University, Jamia Millia Islamia, 1920-1988” in the Premchand Archive & Literary Centre, JMI besides an exhibition on Jamia and Faculty Publication at Dr. Zakir Husain Library, JMI.
Prof. Talat Ahmad visited several stalls related to health, physiotherapy, psychology, dentistry, handicrafts, education, etc. that have been set-up for ‘Talimi Mela’ under the aegis of Foundation Day Celebrations.
The Foundation Day would be celebrated until 31st October, 2014. The Foundation Day Celebrations were attended by academic officials, faculty members, staff, students from Jamia and Jamia biradari.
The Foundation Day Celebrations have been organized under the stewardship of Prof. Zahoor Zargar of Faculty of Fine Arts, JMI in association with Prof. Tasleem Meenai Dean Students’ Welfare, JMI.
[This is an official Jamia Millia Islamia press release dated 29 Oct. 2014]