On the occasion of ‘Eid-ul-Fitr’, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) Vice Chancellor Prof. Najma Akhtar appealed to students, teachers, non-teaching staff and their family members to be optimistic, positive and resilient to stand tall and persevere in crusade to fight the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. The Vice Chancellor issued a motivational message to greet Jamia fraternity on Eid and asked them be optimistic as better days are on their way. Prof. Akhtar said that feeling of intense joy marks the festival of Eidul Fitr. But today our country, combating the pandemic, demands this festival to be the celebration of boundless spirit of generosity and profound compassion.
“Let us pray that we never have any festivals devoid of festivities and opportunities to share delicious dishes and briskly exchange and greetings in person! ” she said.The Vice Chancellor further said that for more than a year we have been passing through unprecedented challenges. “We are heartbroken due to sad and tragic passing away of several of our colleagues, Jamia alumni, students and their relatives. On the occasion of Eidul Fitr my heart and sincerest feelings go out to all the families, near and dear ones of those who left for their heavenly abode. Each one of them was an integral part of Jamia Biradri, and their irreparable loss can never be fully compensated.” the Vice Chancellor said.She emphasised that the university will do everything at its disposal to keep the memories of the departed souls alive and provide all kinds of assistance to their family members.
While explaining how policy-making becomes extremely difficult in uncertain times Prof. Akhtar said that in the teeth of crisis, the university drew up plans for classes and examinations keeping one single objective in mind – that no student should lose a precious semester or a year in her/his academic life. She informed that the university organized a free ‘Covid-19 Vaccination Camp’ at Dr. Ansari Health Centre where over two hundred employees of Jamia got vaccinated. A free RT PCR Test Camp was also organised and about seven hundred employees availed themselves of the testing facility.
She hoped that normalcy will return soon and we will meet again on the campus with our lofty aims and objectives. The Vice Chancellor assured all that the administration will do everything to mitigate the sufferings and facilitate academic pursuits. She appealed everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Those who show some Covid symptoms must go for the tests, consult doctors and strictly follow the prescriptions.In the end Prof. Akhtar said that our nation, or rather the entire world, needs total solidarity, empathy and compassion for each other to tide through this crisis and this Eidul Fitr turn to be the celebrations of ever-flowing life, relieving the monotony and dullness, and restoring normalcy!