This is the land of my hopes !! This is the land of my dreams !!

What is Jamia Millia Islamia ? What is its purpose ? Is it serving the purpose of its foundation ? These are few questions which come to my mind when I think how to make this initiative a success. To answer these questions I went back to something very basic, something which we don`t even consider our own. We don`t consider it to be part of Jamia Millia.

Its Jamia`s Tarana.

Here goes Jamia`s Tarana

This is the land of my hopes
This is the land of my dreams

This is where men with zeal stayed
Men who answered the leaders’ call
It is here that torn-off love
Found the cohesive chords
It is here that wayward passions
Formed into frenzied love
It is here that the wild tulip learnt
How to make the scar of heart aglow

This is the land of my hopes
This is the land of my dreams

This is the place of men of vision
And of those with a challenging thought
Every morning here is new
And every evening newer still
Different is this tavern
And different are its norms
Different are the dancing cups
And different is their dance
Here drinking begets thirst anew
And different is this tavern’s call

This is the land of my hopes
This is the land of my dreams

Here, conscience is the beacon light
And conscience is the guide
Here is the Mecca of heart resides the guiding faith
Ceaseless movement is our faith
And blasphemy it is to stay still
Here, the destined goal is the march on and on
Here, the swimming urge seeks
Newer and newer storms
Restless wave itself is our resurrected shore

Reading each line and feeling them makes me proud. It makes me understand the purpose of Jamia Millia.I`ve always been proud of Jamia Millia`s history. There is probably no other Indian institution which had to survive so much political opposition in its making without diluting its goals. Even the degrees awarded by Jamia were not considered valid in the time of the British. Jamia Millia was established during the Non-Cooperation movement. Responding to Gandhiji’s call to boycott all educational institutions supported or run by the colonial regime, a group of nationalist teachers and students quit Aligarh Muslim University, protesting against its pro-British inclinations and thus the foundations of Jamia Millia were laid.

During my preparation for the GD-PI stages of B-School entrance process I had to go back to Jamia`s website, to Jamia`s history and then I realized Jamia Millia is different, it is different from every other Indian university.So many sacrifices had to be made just for the mere existence of the university. Now when you see campus,when you see inter  faculty cricket matches at the Bhopal Ground with the Faculty of Dentistry in the background,when you see uth café which is so aptly named you got to believe that those sacrifices have been honoured.

Our past is glorious & our future bright.
No doubt about it.We know it.
But our purpose is to make sure that others know it as well and acknowledge.We should strive hard to make sure that when we mention the name of grad college as Jamia Millia Islamia, we should be proud and the person in front should be impressed and that would be true reward for the innumerous sacrifices made for the existence of Jamia.


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