[Following is an official Jamia press release dated Nov. 28, 2013]
Jamia Millia Islamia held its Annual Convocation today [Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013] at 3.30 PM in the Lawns of Dr. M.A. Ansari Auditorium, Jamia Millia Islamia.
The university also streamed a video of the proceedings of the Convocation live on the Jamia’s website www.jmi.ac.in for those who could not be physically present.
A total of 4569 Degrees/Diplomas were awarded to students who have successfully completed Post-graduation, Graduation and Diploma courses from different Faculties/Departments/Centres of the University in the Academic Session 2011-12. The University also handed out 154 Gold Medals to the Toppers of different courses as also awarded 224 Ph.D. degrees to Research Scholars.
On this occasion, the University also conferred the Degree of ‘Doctors of Letters’ (Honoris Causa) on Mr. Najeeb Jung, Hon.’ble Lieutenant Governor of Delhi. A citation was presented to him on this occasion. The citation read, “In honouring Shri Najeeb Jung … Jamia Millia Islamia acknowledges his distinctive contribution as an academic leader and administrator, who – in his person and work – demonstrates the values of excellence, integrity and commitment.”
On this occasion, Shri Jung also delivered his convocation address. In his address, he paid rich tributes to the founders of Jamia. He said that they were great visionaries, much as were the visionaries of India. He also told the students to reflect on the principles laid down in the Preamble of the Constitution and said that even as the students go their different paths, they must abide by these lofty principles. He also exhorted them to aim high.
Prof S M Sajid, Vice Chancellor, delivered the Vice Chancellor’s report highlighting the achievements of the past year as also plans for the future. Prof Sajid said, “If I were to ask myself what is the source of Jamia’s vibrancy, there is only one answer that comes to my mind, it is our students. They are our best hope for the future.” He addressed the students and said, “as you leave the portals of this magnificent university and prepare for a life and career ahead, know this that you are the inheritors of a great legacy and this university invests a lot of hope and promises in you. I am sure you will make us all proud. I wish all of you a great life and career ahead.”
Lt. Gen. (Retd.) M A Zaki, Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia presided over the Annual Convocation.