The Jamia Alumni Associations all over the world as well as in Australia marked Centenary Celebrations for Jamia Millia Islamia on Saturday 31 October mainly through local gatherings connected through online webinars.
The International webinar celebrating program was attended by 300+ Jamiaites all across the world uniting all the chapters of Jamia Alumni on one platform online.
The JMI Alumni of Australia organised the centenary celebration broadcast live from Darling Harbour, Sydney with participants from all over Australia as well as India that was addressed by the Vice Chancellor Professor Najma Akhtar.
Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) is a Central University located in New Delhi, India was originally established in Aligarh, UP on 29 October, 1920 by Mohammad Ali Jauhar, Hakim Ajmal Khan, Mukhtar Ahmed Ansari, Abdul Majeed Khwaja, and Dr Zakir Hussain under the presidentship of Maulana Mahmud Hasan Deobandi. It moved to Delhi in 1935.
It was conceived as an independent national institution that would offer progressive education to students from all communities, particularly Muslims and was supported by Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore who felt that Jamia Millia Islamia could shape lives of hundreds and thousands of students on the basis of a shared culture and worldview.
In 2020, Jamia Millia Islamia was ranked No 1 among all central universities in the country in rankings released by Ministry of Education.
In 2019-20 the university was the centre of the Citizenship Amendment Act protests popularly known as the Shaheen Bagh movement led mainly by Muslim women after the act was passed by the BJP Hindu Nationalist government led by PM Modi.
On 13 December 2019, Delhi Police tried to forcefully dismiss the protest of students and threw tear gas inside the campus on students to control their agitation. On 15 December 2019, police entered the campus on the pretext of trying to catch the mob that destroyed public peace outside the university campus. Many students sustained injuries because of the police brutality and it sparked protests in several other universities.
This was later followed up by riots leading to the killing, injury and destruction of mainly Muslim lives and properties in Delhi.
The international celebration program was started with Tilawat e Quran by a Jamiate Tehseen Ahmed by the global Tarana, Jamia anthem. The uniqueness of the Tarana was created by the collaboration of most of the alumni chapters across the world.
The program followed talks with eminent speakers well connected with Jamia. Prof Mohammad Talib from the University of Oxford shared the thoughts and well connected the Tarana theme with the history of Jamia Millia Islamia from the 1920s.
Prof Syed Syedain shared her childhood memories and highlighted Jamia students’ contributions in the past and the sacrifice made by Jamia students to safeguard the Indian constitution during the Shaheen Bagh movement.
The third eminent speakers from the program Prof Zoya Hasan (Professor Emeritus, JNU) and wife of former Vice-Chancellor Prof Mushirul Hasan and daughter of Mohammad Khaleeq Siddiqui, who is always remembered in Jamia for writing the marvelous Tarana.
She highlighted the attachment of the young generation to Jamia Millia Islamia. She donated 1.5 crore rupees to Jamia Millia Islamia for creating an endowment fund for her late husband.
Prof Gopinathan Ravindaran (Vice-Chancellor, Kannur University) shared his memories and time spent at the Jamia Campus.
The participating chapters at the global webinar were from:
5. India – Kashmir
6. India – Lucknow
7. India – Mumbai
8. India – New Delhi
9. Oman – Muscat
10. Qatar – Doha
11. Saudi Arabia – Dammam
12. Saudi Arabia – Jeddah
13. Saudi Arabia – Riyadh
15. United Kingdom – London
16. UAE – Dubai
17. USA – Chicago
18. USA – California
19. USA – Michigan
20. USA – Tri-state
21. USA – Texas