Members of Jamia Millia Islamia Alumni from Victoria and NSW held a virtual celebration on Saturday 30 October 2021 to commemorate the post-centennial first anniversary of Jamia Millia Islamia, an iconic New Delhi based University in India.
The Zoom event hosted by JMI Alumni Association, Victoria, Australia was attended by around 30 participants from Australia and India including members of the Victorian AMU Alumni community.
The session opened with the recitation of Quran by master Ismaeel after Dr Vikrant Kishore, Vice-President of the association and MC for the event welcomed the participants including the three invited guests.
A minute silence was observed in memory of those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr Syed Asif Hasan, President of the association, after welcoming the guests and alumni members spoke eloquently and passionately about Jamia’s history and its contribution to the nation. Mr Hasan introduced his office bearers and informed about the alumni’s future plans and activities.
Amongst the distinguished guests who addressed the gathering included Mr Zia Ahmad, Editor-in-Chief of AMUST, Prof Mohammad Ibrahim from Jamia Millia Islamia who has been involved with Sir Syed Coaching Centre and taught and led research in the area of Engineering, Chemistry and Materials and Prof Farhat Bashir Khan, renowned author, media practitioner, communication strategist and media & communication design innovator who has been associated with the prestigious AJK MCRC in Jamia Millia Islamia.
Mr Zia Ahmad was recognised recently with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Premier’s Multicultural Communications Awards 2021 from the government of NSW in October this year.
Mr Ahmad, Prof Ibrahim and Prof Khan reflected on an amazingly personal highly successful journey from Jamia Millia Islamia and recounted their experiences and special memories as well as the Jamia’s contribution to the millions of students who have built up successful careers in their lives.
These presentations were most interesting and received very well by the audience.
Reports were presented by Ms Yasmin Siddiqui, Mr Saad Ahmed, Mr Shoaib Alam about various activities of the association. Mr Fahad Ahmad provided an overview of the Alumni website development work being undertaken. Mr Gaurav Ghai introduced the new members of the association.
Mr Akhtar Shamim conducted an interesting and enjoyable Trivia related to Jamia Millia Islamia which was participated by all. Mr Shamim announced the winners of the Trivia, topped by Dr Vikrant Kishore, who will be awarded at the next in person meeting of the alumni.
After an open house with members reflecting on the memories of their time at Jamia, a recorded video of Jamia’s Tarana was played which happened to be directed by Prof Khan.
Dr Kishore and Mr Hasan closed the session thanking all participants, particularly, Prof Ibrahim, Prof Khan and Mr Ahmad.
JMI Alumni Association, Victoria, Australia Incorporated is a registered body under Section 8 of Association Reform Act 2012. The Association was formally registered with Consumer Affairs Victoria in May 2021; however, the alumni group has been working informally for some time to promote engagement in various social and community activities.
The Association is an enlightened, resourceful and dynamic group of individuals residing in the state of Victoria who share a common vision of promoting the values of their institution.
Members of the Association dearly uphold the principles of universal education, sharing knowledge and skills, supporting and caring for each other, responding to the needs of the broader community with empathy and compassion; both at a local level as well as overseas, particularly during unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances affecting fellow humans in anyway.
Association members fully embrace the spirit of giving back to the community in various capacities as well as promoting and preserving human rights globally.
The Association maintains a strong ongoing connection with Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi to exchange common interests and work on areas of mutual co-operation.