Timesheadline Staff Writer
Jamia Millia Islamia is all set to organise a 3-day cultural extravaganza from October 27-29 to mark its 96th Foundation Day. In keeping with its long tradition of what is popularly called the ‘Talimi Mela’, a host of events have been lined up.
University Grants Commission Chairman, Prof Ved Prakash will inaugurate the Talimi Mela as Chief Guest. NCC Cadets will give a guard of honour to the Chief Guest along with the Vice Chancellor JMI, Prof Talat Ahmad. This will be followed by flag hoisting and the inauguration of the mela.
On the eve of the Foundation Day, Prof Ahmad said that “the Talimi Mela has a historical significance as it sensitises not just JMI students but the neighbourhood on the importance of education. It is a popular platform for students and faculty to showcase their talent and innovations to the larger world. It is like an open day where the general public can get to have a feel of the university atmosphere and learn from it.”
As part of the inaugural function several exhibitions have been organised. These include a photography exhibition on ‘Us and Them: Owning the Other ‘; an exhibition by the faculty of Fine Arts at the M.F. Hussain Art Gallery and an exhibition on the role of Jamia in the country’s freedom movement. A Science exhibition has also been organised by Jamia Senior Secondary School. Besides a book fair has also be opened to the public.
Jamia’s Premchand Archives & Literary Centre has put up an exhibition on political cartoons by Padam Shri, Sudhir Tailang. A number of lectures including a talk by Prof Neera Chandhoke on ‘’The importance of Civil Society in India’ and a screening of a film on environment is being organised by the MMAJ Academy of International Studies. AJK MCRC is organising a festival of 6 outstanding nonfiction films from South Asia produced in the last two years. A highlight of the first day is a multimedia participatory project on ‘#ChitthiAayiHai’ curated by Prof. F. B. Khan, MCRC. It is an innovative attempt to pay tribute to our freedom fighters inspired by the Prime Minister’s call #Sandesh2Soldiers.
Former Chief Election Commissioner, S. Y. Quraishi and Former M.P. Rajya Sabha, Mr. Shahid Siddiqui will also be delivering lectures on the occasion of the Talimi Mela. One of the highlights of Day 2 will be a talk by Prof. Deepak Pental, Former Vice Chancellor, University of Delhi on ‘Controversies around genetically modified crops’. There will be a variety programme followed by the All India Mushaira in the evening.
Prof. Yogesh Tyagi, Vice Chancellor, University of Delhi, will be the Chief Guest on the concluding day. The Department of Social Work will organise a lecture by Magsaysay Awardee, Shri Bezwada Wilson. A Nukkad Natak competition will be followed by a play, ‘The Gift of Magi’ in the evening. The three day event will conclude with the lowering of the national flag at the fore court of Dr. M.A. Ansari Auditorium.