By Muslim Mirror News,
New Delhi, July 29: Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit released the first-of-its kind Jamia Yearbook yesterday at her residence.
The yearbook, a presentation by hyper-local website OKHLATIMES.COM, features lives of 60 Jamia alumni, including Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, cricketer Virender Sehwag, Union minister Salman Khursheed, and others who forged successful paths in diverse careers ranging from politics to architect to acting to the media.
The 104-page glossy book is authored by Asad, a Jamia alumnus and editor of the website. Priced at Rs 1000, it is the first such book on the lives of Jamia alumni in the 94 years of its history.
While unveiling the book, the Delhi CM said: “It is good to see that Jamia’s legion of luminaries includes personalities like Shah Rukh Khan and Virender Sehwag. It is excellent work.”
While releasing the cover of the Yearbook a few months ago, then Jamia Vice Chancellor Najeeb Jung, who now is Lt. Governor of Delhi, had said: “To think of this great university and to contribute to it in the form of a book or a magazine is appreciable.”
Delhi minority commission member Pushpinder Singh, who was the chief guest at the event, said: “Jamia is a historic university and it played an important role during the Independence. And more than 92 years after its formation, the university continues to serve the minorities by disseminating quality education. And through this book OKHLATIMES.COM has paid its tribute to all those who have excelled in their particular field.”
Established in 1920, Jamia became a central university through an act of parliament in 1988. And in 2012 it was declared a minority institution by the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI), reserving 50 per cent of seats for Muslim students.
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