A colourful cultural programme highlighting unity in diversity and the spirit of patriotism through songs, qawwali and role-playing of freedom fighters like Chandra Shekhar Azad and Rani Laxmi Bai, by students of various schools of Jamia Millia Islamia marked the 69th Republic Day celebration in the university campus today.
The function attended by a large number of students, faculty members and staff began with the unfurling of the tricolour by Prof Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, JMI, the Chief Guest, and singing of the national anthem. Earlier the VC-JMI also inspected a guard of honour presented by NCC cadets. He was accompanied by Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof Shahid Ashraf, Registrar, Mr A. P. Siddiqui (IPS), OSD to VC, Prof. Sharfuddin Ahmad, Controller of Examinations, Dr A. A.A Faizi and Deans. Also, present on the occasion were Heads of Departments, Directors and Principals of Jamia Schools.
Dr Muzaffar Hasan, Principal, Jamia Senior Secondary School welcomed the guests at a colourful function in which school children dressed in their best attires gave musical performances and speeches highlighting the history and the adoption of the Constitution and its salient features. They pledged to protect the unity, freedom and integrity of the country and work for social harmony.
Prof Ahmad, VC, JMI congratulated the students on the occasion of the 69th Republic Day and said that the country has made tremendous progress in various spheres since independence. He specially mentioned the advancements made in the manufacturing, education and the Information Technology sectors. He told the students that IT was the future and JMI too was adopting it in a big way. The university has already included Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) and was developing online courses in keeping with the future demand.
Prof Ahmad hoped that the university will continue to maintain its high ranking and research funding which it has been getting of late.
Dr Hasan advised the students to always stand for truth and uphold their love for the motherland in order to contribute towards the progress of the world’s largest Republic.