[Following is an official Jamia press release dated 28 Jan. 2014]
In his ‘Inaugural Address’ at the national seminar on “Insurgency and Development” being organized by Centre for Jawaharlal Nehru Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia and Indian Council of Historical Research on 28-29 January, 2014 on Jamia campus, Hon’ble Minister of Rural Development, Shri Jairam Ramesh spoke about a fourfold approach to the problem of insurgency. He said that one must examine the historical factors, the political factors, the security concerns and the developmental aspects of insurgency affected areas. He also took on questions from the students and other delegates and answered their questions on Maoism, Government’s policies etc.
His address was chaired by Prof SM Sajid, Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia who said that there can be no universal solution to the problem of insurgency and that there are always local concerns which need to be taken into account.
In the inaugural session, Prof Shahid Ahmed, Director, Centre for Jawaharlal Nehru Studies delivered the welcome remarks; Prof Savyasaachi, Department of Sociology, introduced the theme of the seminar.
The inaugural session was held from 10 to 11 AM on 28 January, 2014 in the Edward Said Hall, adjacent to the Vice Chancellor’s Office, Jamia Millia Islamia.