New Delhi, March 8, 2019: Recalling the journey of education over the past 200 years, honorable Supreme Court Judge (Retd.) Justice Aftab Alam on Friday said that Jamia Millia Islamia (a Central University) was born out of rebellion against the British rule in India. Delivering the XVII Prof. Suresh Chandra Shukla Memorial Lecture on ‘Imagining Education: In History and In Law’, Justice Alam discussed the origin and historical development of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and New Delhi-based Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI).

The Lecture was chaired by Mr. Syed Shahid Mahdi (IAS), former Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia. On the occasion, the maiden brochure –Infologue– of the Department of Educational Studies was released in the presence of distinguished personalities. Dr. Ali Haider briefed about the brochure. “While pre-independence AMU attempted Pragmatism, JMI was born rebellion with anti-colonial philosophy… The origin of JMI was a call to imagine education as a critical thought,” Justice Alam opined at the Lecture organized by the Department of Educational Studies, Faculty of Education, Jamia Millia Islamia.

Citing numerous examples (such as St. Stephen College, Delhi) Justice Alam explained how the relation between court and universities became closer in the past decades. Also, he explained how Article 30 of the Indian Constitution, initially being an absolute right, lost its independent identity as the courts tried to establish a balance between an individual’s right to education based on merit and right of minorities to administer an educational institution.
Justice Alam expressed his concern for the fact that in the recent times, education has become a commodity salable in market.

In the beginning of the Lecture, Prof. Aejaz Masih (Head, Department of Educational Studies) welcomed and introduced Justice Aftab Alam. Meanwhile, Dean of Faculty of Education Prof. Ilyas Husain briefed the house about the legacy of Prof. S.C. Shukla. In addition, Prof. Anita Rastogi introduced Janab Syed Shahid Mahdi, Dr. Arshad Ikram Ahmad conducted the programme, and the vote of thanks was delivered by Prof. Harjeet Kaur Bhatia.

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