It appears that Jamia Millia Islamia’s recent decision to confer on ‘Imtiaz-e-Jamia’ on Dr. Frank F. Islam, US- based entrepreneur, philanthropist and civic leader and Global Ambassador of Education on Syed Ali Rizvi, successful entrepreneur and promoter of education for his outstanding contributions to community service – both alumni of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in an event on February 13 on the campus has not gone down well with some alumni.
OKHLATIMES.COM was the first to carry a report on this subject on February 9.
Reacting on the development, on Sunday, Kuwait-based Jamia alumnus Ali Arshad wrote on his timeline: “It is great news to know that Jamia has started a new award IMTIAZ E JAMIA. Many congratulations to Jamia administration for taking such an initiative. As the name of the award suggested, we were expecting that Jamia will begin to acknowledge and award its star alumni. But it had not to be.
“Two successful aluminis from Aligarh Muslim University have been chosen for the award.
“Had Jamia decided to award its own alumni, at the most we could have differences on the choice of awardees. Having differences and living together with differences has been the hallmark of Jamia culture and tradition.
“But Jamia has also the tradition to say no to anything which is not acceptable. Jamia came into existence because its founders said no to British slavery and parted ways with Aligarh.
“It will be much better if this award is scrapped altogether if Jamia administration does not find any of its alumni suitable enough to honour and award…I find this decision humiliating for Jamia and its alumni.”
The post was well received the social media platform soliciting a few comments and likes.
Another alumnus Azeem Khan wrote: “This is really very unfortunate, the choice of non-Jamia, I think it’s a matter of root cause…. otherwise we have highly valuable dignitaries.”
Zafar Ahmad wrote: “What a crap!! Is it true? Jamia giving JMI Alumni award to ex-AMU students ??… I am yet to be convinced to see this being true…”
Zubair Irshad wrote: “Following foot prints & copying has an acute difference. JMI is on the way to change its history. It becomes the cow of a chieftain who milk it of use it the way he wants. Unfortunate & sad…”
Zafar Ahmad wrote: “…A right think tank in administration can look into it and ensure the objective of initiating an award.”
Musheer Alam: “…Must disclose the reason or any other his services for JMI if he has done.”
Defending university’s decision, Jamia V-C Ahmad had earlier told OKHLATIMES.COM that the award has nothing to do with Jamia alumni as these people are being awarded for their contributions to their respective fields. The award has come into existence this year only.
Ironically, the release issued by Jamia’s media cell provides very little information regarding when the awards were instituted and what do they stand for.