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Jamia V-C Ahmad’s ‘brainchild’ project struggles to pick up steam

It was a few months ago when Global Jamia Alumni Network (GJAN) was launched. It was termed as a brainchild of Jamia Millia Islamia Vice-Chancellor Professor Talat Ahmad.

Citing the examples of Harvard and Cambridge whose alumni have played a seminal role in their universities by the way of funding and by helping with scholarships, Prof Ahmad said in the next few years Jamia alumni too should connect with their university and contribute to it in different ways. Professor M Moshahid A Rizvi is the chairman of GJAN.

However, months have passed by and the response has not been overwhelming as OT.COM has learned. And the turning point came when a letter written by an alumnus posted on alumni group sparked a debate with Professor M Moshahid doing all he could in his capacity to convince the alumni to come and join in large numbers.

This is what Dubai-based alumnus Zubair Irshad wrote: “Jamia Old Boys was vision of founders of Jamia Millia Islamia and that is also crystal clear. Any V-C or executive officer of University should add his/her vision to strengthen the vision set by founder(s).

“If the need of separate platform is due to “Alumni endowment” then please understand alumni are not ATM machines regulated by the government body and its officials. The Jamia Old Boys can do the same without direct or indirect hindrance from officials and it can work in tandem with university whenever such things are required or requested…

“…It is our privilege that we belong to Jamia Millia Islamia, a great institution founded by great visionaries who at times sacrificed for this institution in many ways.

“Not taking salary for years or agree at mere 150 INR /month for decades or giving their land for the purpose, vested their whole life for the quality of education & secular credentials, therefore, a true Jamiaet will never be attracted by the “privilege gimmick” as this will divide the alumni fraternity into two parts, a) Who pay to become GJAN {privileged ALUMNI}, b) Who is Jamia alumni or but not member of “visionary GJAN” will remain an under privileged alumni.

“The current V-C will complete his term and move on by leaving a conflict behind as we don’t know the vision of future V-C like we don’t have any information on visionary schemes initiated by Najeeb Jung too. Still feel that we should strengthen the available platform and get utmost output rather going for something like GJAN.”

(NOTE: The comment is being produced here with permission from Zubair Irshad with minor editing)

Earlier while launching GJAN portal, Professor Ahmad had said GJAN will offer several benefits to those who register for it, including, issuing of I-cards to alumni to provide easy access to Jamia premises. He said the registration for the Delhi chapter was well underway and very soon many more local chapters will start.

GJAN has been conceived to strengthen and refurbish the relationship of the university with its alumni in India and abroad. The idea behind it is to provide for a structured platform to facilitate cultural as also professional exchanges for symbiotic growth and development.

GJAN shall promote the interest, welfare and educational goals of JMI and its alumni, establish and maintain a mutually beneficial relationship between the two and encourage lifelong engagement of JMI alumni with their fellow alumni and the university community at large.

The constitution of GJAN has been duly approved by a Committee chaired by the V-C. The meeting was attended by its core members including, the Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor Shahid Ashraf, Registrar AP Siddiqui, OSD to VC, Professor Sharfuddin Ahmad and Chairman GJAN, Professor Moshahid Alam Rizvi.

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