The Talimi Mela 2016 organised on Jamia’s 96th birthday was a huge hit with hundreds of thousands of students and local residents turning up on the campus to relish the festive moment. Besides, several speakers of national and international repute too participated in the event, delivering riveting lectures.
Of them several speakers talked about the importance of Talimi Mela. Jamia alumnus and former Chief Election Commissioner of India, SY Quraishi, reminded the audience at Dr Ansari Auditorium that how he would wait for the day and would travel all the way from Jama Masjid to participate in it.
On the closing ceremony, Delhi University Vice Chancellor Professor Yogesh Tyagi, who was the Chief Guest of the event, had only good words to say about the Jamia Tarana. He said he would like every university and college to have a Tarana so as to create a bounding.
Also, the VCs of both the universities agreed in principle for broad resource sharing, including teachers, library resources and other issues.
In the context of the historical and cultural importance of the Talimi Mela, Jamia V-C Professor Talat Ahmad said a new feature of this year’s event was the setting up of stalls by the Indian Air Force and the Navy. “The idea behind this is “to inspire our students to join the forces and serve the nation”.
Another highlight of the Mela on the concluding day was a nukkad natak competition by JOSH, the drama society of Jamia in which four teams participated and presented scintillating performances that commented on different aspects of society and politics.