Dharmendra Pradhan remembers Dr. Zakir Hussain at the Jamia convocation to emphasize the value of education


New Delhi – According to Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who cited former president and Jamia Vice Chancellor Dr. Zakir Husain, education is the only way to preserve traditional values and provides insight into which beliefs are important enough to carry onto and which ones should be abandoned.

Pradhan quoted Zakir Hussain as saying, “Education is the breath of our democratic life,” during the Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) centenary year convocation. Consider education to be life’s primary informant. The only thing that can offer us a shared outlook on the future and inspire moral and intellectual vigor in us is education. Old ideals that are worth preserving can only be preserved through education.

“Zakir Husaain frequently remarked that education offers us the insight into which traditional values are worth clinging to and which ones to discard. Those working toward the future can acquire new ideals through education alone, he continued.

Speaking to the students in attendance, Pradhan said the university played a significant part in the nation’s freedom movement and that, in the coming 25 years, it will hold the top spot in terms of delivering intellectual leadership.

“Jamia was founded to advance the cause of our independence. Our freedom has now lasted 75 years, and the Jamia leadership significantly contributed to that success. I have no doubt that Jamia will hold the top spot in providing intellectual leadership for the nation’s ‘Amrit Kaal’ in the ensuing 25 years,” he stated.

He added that India’s National Education Policy (NEP), which was created 100 years after Jamia was established, will assist the institution in the future in producing individuals who are globally literate.

The Prime Minister stated that India will serve as a bridge between the western world and the global south. “Our country is in the situation today where we are taking on the duty to host the G20 presidency. Jamia will serve as one of the key pillars of that bridge. I have no doubt that Jamia, via NEP, will generate citizens who are accountable for the world, stated the Union Minister of Education.

“We won’t convert Jamia into a hospital; instead, we will use it as an urban research hub for issues related to global health,” he continued.

On Sunday, the JMI hosted its centennial year convocation for graduates from the 2019 and 2020 academic years. At the convocation, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar was also present. During the convocation, over 12,500 students, including gold medalists who graduated in 2019 and 2020, received degrees and diplomas.

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