Mr. Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Vice-President of India inaugurated a photo-exhibition on Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad Ansari, a leading light of the Indian Independence Movement and a co-founder of Jamia Millia Islamia, today in the M.F. Husain Art Gallery, Jamia Millia Islamia.
This photo exhibition was curated by Professor S.M. Akhtar, Dean, Faculty of Architecture & Ekistics, Jamia Millia Islamia.
There were over 100 exhibits on display. The Vice-President showed great enthusiasm to watch the meticulously curated pictures on display.
The inauguration of the exhibition took place in the presence of Professor Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia who felt that a photo exhibition on Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad Ansari, an epitome of social service, would help students to instill in themselves a sense of service to humanity.
Later, interacting with the media-persons, the Vice-President quoted Mahatma Gandhi, who called Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad Ansari ‘an ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity’.
This exhibition is an outcome of the efforts made by Professor S.M. Akhtar, who through his individual initiative collected many of the rare photos from Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad Ansari’s native place in Yusufpur, Dist. Ghazipur, U.P. and curated over 2 years to put the exhibition together with the help of Jamia administration. A photo narrative on the life and accomplishments of Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad Ansari is also on the cards.
[This is an official Jamia Millia Islamia press release dated Dec. 24, 2014]