Tanuja Joshi|Sep 22, 2023
Jamia Millia Islamia University to celebrate Zakhir Hussain’s death anniversary on May 3
JMI: Zakhir Hussain was the third President of India and had also been Jamia Millia Islamia’s chancellor and vice-chancellor.
NEW DELHI: Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMI) will commemorate Zakhir Hussain on his 54th death anniversary on May 3 at 9 am. The event will take place at his mausoleum which is situated within the JMI campus.
Zakhir Hussain was the third President of India. He was Chancellor of JMI from 1963 to 1969. In JMI, the position of Chancellor is called “Amir-i-Jamia”. Before that he had also been the former vice-chancellor of JMI from 1926 to 1948.
This mausoleum was built by Habib Rahman and completed in 1971. It is situated in the middle of the campus.
Jamia Millia and Zakhir Hussain
Hussain joined JMI in 1926. His contribution to the university’s establishment and expansion was rooted in the creation of “Life members of Jamia”. These included individuals who pledged to serve JMI for 20 years. The motto of JMI was also coined by by Hussain as he explained the vision behind the design of the motto. Interestingly, “Jamia” is an Urdu word for “university” while Millia connotes national, says JMI’s official website.
The university was established as part of protest against the British colonial regime. It was based on the ideals of anti-colonial Islamic activism and pro-Independence inclinations of the Indian Muslim intelligentsia who had completed their studies under western education system.
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