The Foundation Day celebrations began at 9.30 AM outside the M A Ansari Auditorium, Jamia Millia Islamia where the Chief Guest Sachin Pilot, Minister of State for Communication & Information Technology, along with Najeeb Jung, Vice-Chancellor, JMI received the Guard of Honour by NCC Cadets of Jamia on October 29. This was followed by a flag hoisting ceremony by Sachin Pilot and a Foundation Day Function at M.A. Ansari Auditorium which has been traditionally organized by the Jamia Middle School, claims media coordinator Simi Malhotra.
Sachin Pilot addressed the gathering and lauded JMI for serving the important role of disseminating education and grooming students. As the Minister of State for Communication & Information Technology, he also extended his support to Jamia and said that he would be willing to help the university with any IT related projects that they may have.
On the occasion, Jung addressed the audience and highlighted the vision of the founders of the university and said: “We must take this task forward”. He said Jamia continues to bear its social responsibility by serving the most deprived sections and often first generation learners who come to Jamia from all parts of the country. He exhorted the university community to keep to the task and highlighted the role played by teachers in shaping lives of the students. Also, he was all praise of the ruling Congress.
As part of the celebrations, the university also held a Special Lecture on “Youth for Democracy and Secularism” by Sitaram Yechuri at 3.00 PM in Edward W. Said Hall, JMI. Yechuri talked of the different visions that different groups have had of the nation right since its inception. He said these different visions continue to frame the debates even today. However, he underscored the importance of democracy and secularism as a counter to sectarian principles. He however said that this needs to be accompanied by economic empowerment too.
Till the filing of the report a day/night cricket match was going on between Jamia Staff XI and Sports in the Cricket Ground, University Sports Complex. Chances are high that Virendra Sehwag, who is an alumnus of Jamia, would also turn up, according to a release issued by the University.