Jamia Millia Islamia’s recent decision to honour two alumni of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) with university prestigious awards by “ignoring” Jamia alumni has grabbed some alumni attention. In an event on February 13 on the campus, the university is to confer on ‘Imtiaz-e-Jamia’ on Dr. Frank F. Islam, US- based entrepreneur, philanthropist & civic leader and Global Ambassador of Education on Syed Ali Rizvi, successful entrepreneur and promoter of education for his outstanding contributions to community service.
Reacting on the development, Jamia alumnus Mujeeb Akhtar said: “Jamia has produced many educationists. And also Jamia’s contributions towards education have been immense. It is sad that Jamia is ignoring its alumni by giving award to outsiders.”
Concurring with Akhtar, another university alumnus Faizul Haque said: “There is nothing wrong in honouring AMU alumni. But the move reflects badly on Jamia and raises a question: Has the university in the last more than 95 years failed to churn out alumni who are not fit for the award? The authorities should give a second thought.”
In a release issued by the university also posted on its social media site, the university announced that the award ceremony is scheduled to be held at 11.00 am at the Dr MA Ansari Auditorum, Jamia.
Jamia Vice Chancellor Professor Talat Ahmad shall deliver Presidential remarks on this occasion.
Dr Frank F Islam shall also deliver a lecture on ‘Empowerment, Leadership and Entrepreneurship’.
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.
Defending university’s decision, Jamia V-C Ahmad 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.
However, some alumni are not convinced.