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JU Organises Lecture on Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

JAMMU: The Department of History, University of Jammu organized a lecture today on Maulana Abul Kalam Azad to celebrate the National Education Day.

The lecture was delivered by A.M.Anjum, IGP ( Retd). He began his lecture with brief biographical details of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and went on to elaborate his contributions in the making of nation.

In this context he explained how he was a self-taught man and started composing poetry in Urdu, as well as treatises on religion and philosophy and soon became a prominent journalist.

In his journalistic writing he was critical of the British Raj and espousing the causes of Indian nationalism. He also worked for Hindu-Muslim unity through the Al-Hilal newspaper which was consequently banned in 1914 under the Press Act.

Azad started a new journal, the Al-Balagh, which focused on active support for nationalist causes and communal unity. In the process Azad became the leader of the Khilafat Movement which brought him in close contact with Mahatma Gandhi. In 1923, at an age of 35, he became the youngest person to serve as the President of the Indian National Congress.

A.M.Anjum further elaborated how he opposed Jinnah plan and continued to proclaim his faith in Hindu-Muslim unity. In the context of his contribution towards communal harmony and composite culture, he quoted Maulana Abul Kalam who once stated "I am proud of being an Indian. I am part of the indivisible unity that is Indian nationality. I am indispensable to this noble edifice and without me this splendid structure is incomplete. I am an essential element, which has gone to build India. I can never surrender this claim".

The speaker also threw light on the contribution of Azad in the field of education. He was appointed the first Education Minister and played an important role in framing national policies. Azad masterminded the creation of national programmes of school and college construction and spreading the enrolment of children and young adults into schools, to promote universal primary education.

Under his leadership, the Ministry of Education established the first Indian Institute of Technology in 1951 and the University Grants Commission in 1953.

He also laid emphasis on the development of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and the Faculty of Technology of the Delhi University. He foresaw a great future in the IITs for India.

Professor Jasbir Singh, Dean Social Sciences and Dean Students Welfare delivered the presidential remarks and extended his gratitude to the speaker.

The lecture began with the welcome address by Prof. Suman Jamwal who also introduced the speaker and the theme of the lecture. This was followed by the introduction of the importance of lecture by Prof. Shyam Narayan Lal, Head Department of History.

The lecture was attended by research scholars, students and the faculty members of the university the prominent of them being Dr. Madhulika Singh, Dr. Tirtha Raj Bhoi, Dr. Varsha Gupta, Dr. Priyanka Katoch and Dr. Saranjit Kaur

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