Jamia Millia Islamia today celebrated the 70th Independence Day at a colourful function where the Vice Chancellor,
Prof Talat Ahmad hoisted the tricolour and asked the students to contribute to nation-building and uphold its integrity.
Addressing the gathering, the Vice Chancellor, recalled the seminal contributions made by the university in the freedom struggle and asked the students to continue to contribute to the progress of society. Referring to the recent MoU between JMI and the Indian Air Force and Navy, he expressed his happiness over the role that the university was playing in mainstreaming the forces that protected our borders through education.
Prof. Ahmad said that “education plays a foundational role in a country’s progress and Jamia has been playing a significant role towards achieving this goal.”
He told the students that it was their responsibility to uphold the values of nationalism and work zealously to maintain the unity and integrity of the country in keeping with the mandate of Jamia Millia Islamia. He added that now that we have attained freedom, we must ensure that we march ahead in the nation-building.
The function was attended among others, by the Pro-Vice Chancellor, Prof. Shahid Ashraf, the Registrar, Dr. Abdul Malik, the Finance Officer, Mr. Sanjay Singh, Chief Proctor, Deans and Head of Departments, Directors of Centres, Principals and teachers of Jamia schools, faculty members and students. The vote of thanks was extended by the Principal, Syed Abid Husain Senior Secondary School, Dr. Ikram ul Haq.
JMI is having a fortnight-long “Azaadi 70” (“Independence 70”) celebrations since 9th August during which cultural programmes, essay writing contests in Urdu, Hindi and English, painting competitions, solo singing contests, kite-flying are being organised. On the concluding day, August 23rd, Prof. Talat Ahmad will give away cash prizes and certificates of participation to students.