When Jamia alumni raised ‘crore of rupees’ in minutes for Jamia.
It was a meeting held nearby Jamia Millia Islamia a few years ago in which senior Jamia alumni had gathered to discuss ways to uplift the campus. A huge crowd had gathered at Okhla and some known Jamia alumni faces of yesteryears too had turned up.
Then a debate started about lack of hostel facilities on the campus.
It was then that one alumnus stood up and said he would love to contribute a sum of amount for the construction of a building. Another alumnus too raised his hand and said he too would contribute some amount. Within minutes, many alumni, mostly businessmen and realtors, committed to donate money for the construction of huge hostel buildings on the campus. And within minutes more than Rs 1 crore was committed.
Many were happy and proud of the alumni, including some overseas alumni, who had come forward to donate money to serve their alma mater. In that alumni meet a few seasoned alumni were seen smiling over the turn of events. When asked by another alumnus the reason, they only said they are good at announcing things as there is no loss and their real commitment will only be known when the money starts coming. Please keep track of the development, they said.
The meeting was over and alumni feasted on high tea and later on biryani and other delicacies as usual and some left for their cities from where they had come.
Now, years have passed by and not a single penny has been collected and Jamia continues to cry for their attention.