Jamia Millia Islamia organised a three-day cultural extravaganza to mark its 96th Foundation Day.
Jamia Millia Islamia organised a three-day cultural extravaganza to mark its 96th Foundation Day. In keeping with its long tradition of what is popularly called the ‘Talimi Mela’, a host of events were lined up from October 27-29.
University Grants Commission Chairman, Prof. Ved Prakash had inaugurated the Talimi Mela as Chief Guest. NCC Cadets had the guard of honour of the Chief Guest along with the Vice Chancellor JMI Prof. Talat Ahmad. The flag hoisting and inauguration of the mela followed that.
On the eve of the Foundation Day Prof. Ahmad said that “the Talimi Mela has a historical significance as it sensitises not just JMI students but the neighbourhood on the importance of education. It is a popular platform for students and faculty to display their talent and innovations to the larger world. It is like an open day where the general public can get to have a feel of the university atmosphere and learn from it.”
As a part of the inaugural function, several exhibitions were organised. These include a photography exhibition on ‘Us and Them: Owning the Other’; an exhibition by the faculty of Fine Arts at the M. F. Hussain Art Gallery and an exhibition on the role of Jamia in the country’s freedom movement. A Science exhibition has also been organised by Jamia Senior Secondary School. Besides a book fair has also been opened to the public.
Jamia’s Premchand Archives and Literary Centre has put up an exhibition on political cartoons by Padam Shri, Sudhir Tailang.
A number of lectures including a talk by Prof. Neera Chandhoke on “The importance of Civil Society in India” and a screening of a film on the environment is being organised by the MMAJ Academy of International Studies. AJK MCRC is organising a festival of six outstanding non-fiction films from South Asia produced in the last two years. A highlight of the first day is a multimedia participatory project on ‘#ChittiAayiHai’ curated by Prof. F. B. Khan, MCRC. It is an innovative attempt to pay tribute to our freedom fighters inspired by the Prime Minister’s call #Sandesh2Soldiers.
Former Chief Election Commissioner, S. Y. Quraishi and Former M. P. Rajya Sabha, Mr Shahid Siddiqui will also be delivering lectures on the Talimi Mela. One of the highlights of Day 2 were a talk by Prof. Deepak Pental, Former Vice-Chancellor, the University of Delhi on ‘Controversies around genetically modified crops.” There were varieties of programmes followed by the All India Mushaira in the evening.
Prof. Yogesh Tyagi, Vice-Chancellor, University of Delhi, were the Chief Guest on a concluding day. The Department of Social Work organised a lecture by Magsaysay Awardee, Shri Bezwada Wilson. A Nukkad Natak competition was followed by a play, ‘the Gift of Magi’ in the evening.
The three-day event concluded with the lowering of the national flag at the forecourt of Dr M. A. Ansari Auditorium.
Source: Hiba Alam, HTCampus Specialist