New Delhi: Human Resource
Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal and Minority Affairs Minister
Salman Khurshid Tuesday congratulated students from the Jamia Millia
Islamia university, who returned after travelling over 440 km on
cycle and spreading the message of "peace and pluralism".
With the vision of
"Dilon Ko Jodo" (join hearts), the rally started from Lord Brahma's
temple in Pushkar Feb 6, paying homage at the tombs of Sufi Saint
Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti at Ajmer, via Jaipur, to finally reach Jamia
must be encouraged. I congratulate students for spreading the
message of peace and pluralism," said Khurshid, whose grandfather
had served the varsity as its vice-chancellor.
Vice-Chancellor Najeeb Jung said this cycle rally is a demonstration
by students of their commitment to national integration, peace and
and Khurshid, who were present at the university to welcome the
students, said the effort will go a long way in promoting
At least 25 boys
and girl students of the university spread the university's ideals
of "peace, communal harmony and religious pluralism".
On the occasion,
Sibal laid the foundation stone of a unique Centre for Early
Childhood Development and Research that will offer several courses
to help children from the underprivileged sections of society.
said he favoured inclusive education across India and such
initiatives will only help mainstreaming children by providing them
The objective of
the centre is to meet the challenges to holistic development of
young children, particularly those who belong to communities that
have been historically deprived, like the Scheduled Castes and
Tribes, minorities, and children with special needs as also those
affected by natural disasters and emergencies.
is trying hard to shed its impression of a glorified madrassa and
establish itself as a central university with global vision. Over
18,000 students are pursuing education at Jamia currently.