Foundation Day celebrations incomplete without Talimi Mela: Jamia alumni
OT, October 30, 2012 10:35 IST
Okhla Times Campus Reporter/JMI
The Foundation Day celebrations that started at 9.30 AM outside the M.A. Ansari Auditorium in Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) on October 29 sparked off a debate on social networking sites, including Facebook, about the administration’s decision to scrap the iconic Talimi Mela.
Some JMI alumni animatedly debated the issue of carrying over old traditions at times of changes.
Kuwait-based senior alumnus Ali Arshad wrote: “Jamia community down on this Foundation Day. With great pain I have to say that JMI is dumping its old traditions. And what surprises is that there is no opposition to such instances from the alumni community. This year also vice chancellor Najeeb Jung took the decision not to hold Talimi Mela and he was well supported by his followers. Why are we just spectator to this? If we silently follow it then we have to be answerable to the next generation.”
The post triggered a debate with many JMI alumni opening up on Facebook.
Kamal Parvez wrote: “…JMI alumni should strongly react to the development and pen their feelings on the issue.”
Ishrat Ali wrote: “Very true...Why was Talimi Mela scrapped? Has the university become poor? Till how long will Jung continue with his austerity plans?”
Dubai-based alumnus Zubair Irshad wrote: “Last year Jamia alumni from all over the world had submitted a petition submitted to the VC office to restore the Talimi Mela. In absence of JMISU, this becomes very difficult to convey message that how important Talimi Mela is.
“JTA, JMIOBA, Shafique Ur Rehman association and all allied association that do exist in JMI should initiate on this issue. Until they come forward along with students, administration will remain deaf.”
Agreeing with Zubair, another alumnus Amjad Sultan wrote: “Zubair bhai is right. If there is any drawback then let the authorities introduce some alternatives.”
Adil Zamir Khan wrote: “Very happy foundation day to all old and new Jamiates on the eve of 92nd yum-e-tasees of Jamia Millia Islamia. This morning Jamia celebrated and unfurled the Jamia flag on giving the warm salute followed by other events…but the main central attraction of cultural activities the Talimi Mela was missing. All this is because of Najeeb Jung….”
Reacting to OT report: 92nd Foundation Day celebration: Jung talks about great sacrifices with which Jamia was built, Zubair wrote to the portal: “Congratulations on the occasion of JMI’s Yaum-e- tasees. In above report I didn’t find except a renowned alumnus visited JMI after 72 years!!!! Yaum-e-tasees is incomplete without Talimi Mela and the present Vice chancellor is holding it on the racks without known reason or due explanation.
“The report merely displays pleasing character of present authorities towards the government of India (GOI). Suppressing JMISU and then not holding Talimi Mela are not a good signs at all. All existing associations in JMI are silent without taking a note of it. Have we become so selfish to remain as a puppet to please the superiors? Why are we afraid and from whom?”
Others Jamia alumnus to express their concern included Qamar Khan, Amjad Sultan and others.
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