Jamia celebrates Foundation Day

On the occasion of the 92nd Foundation Day of Jamia Millia Islamia on Tuesday, the university vice chancellor Najeeb Jung asked the teaching community to think of taking education to the weakest section of society.

“The teaching community has made great sacrifices with which Jamia was built and we should rethink on how education can serve the weakest of the weak,” he said.

Chief guest I M Kadri, an architect and alumnus of Jamia school and the VC took part in the flag hoisting ceremony. The varsity also received the Guard of Honour from its National Cadet Corps (NCC) students.

Kadri, who returned to his alma mater after a gap of 72 years, recalling his years spent in Jamia in 1930s, said, “When Zakir Husain (the then VC) found me crying, he took me to his house and taught me a valuable lesson that one must not hide behind one’s weakness, but one must constantly strive hard.”

The ceremony was followed by a performance of Sufi musician Ustad Zila Khan, daughter of sitar maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan. “Sufism is celebrating God’s creation through praise in many different ways. Sufi music is a way of life, understanding the various emotions and celebrating them,” Zila Khan said.

The foundation day celebrations came to an end with a performance by a visiting group of whirling dervishes from Turkey called ‘Konya Turkish Tasawwuf Music Ensemble”. A lecture on ‘The evolution of Muslims in India’ was also delivered by the VC.

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