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Essay Competition: British High Commission announces results

Wednesday November 30, 2011 06:40:56 PM, Special Correspondent

The winners flanked by Julian Evans, British Deputy High Commissioner (Left) and Najeeb Jung, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia

New Delhi: Jamia Millia students Saleel Chembayil of MA Final in Conflict Analysis and Peace Building and Talha Rehman of MA Previous in Islamic Studies win the Essay Competition on Multiculturalism the results of which were declared November 30 jointly by Julian Evans, British Deputy High Commissioner and Najeeb Jung, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia.


The essay writing competition on the theme, “What are the ties that bind in a multicultural society?” was organised by the British High Commission in collaboration with Jamia Millia Islamia on November 21, 2011.


The competition was open for both under-graduate and post-graduate students of Jamia Millia Islamia.


Participants were expected to write a 1500-2000 word essay in English on the spot. 55 students participated in the essay writing competition. They subsequently made an oral presentation in English, of five minutes each, based on their written work.


Speaking on the occasion Julian Evans, British Deputy High Commissioner said that existing relations with Jamia will help us in highlighting the multi-cultural atmosphere of Jamia and the visit by two students will give them a chance to have firsthand experience of multicultural Britain.


VC Najeeb Jung said that the winners will be ambassadors of Jamia and India to the UK and looked forward to have more strong ties with BHC particularly in the field of education.


At the event Prof. T.K. Oommen, formerly with JNU also gave a talk on on the theme “What are the ties that bind in a multicultural society?”. In his talk he drew attention to the genesis of multiculturalism as a concept and the historical trajectory it followed to assume its present shape.


The manner in which he defined the notion of “ties” that bind a multicultural society – its three-layered levels – the macro, the meso and the micro, offered a model of sorts which could become the prism through which equality, fraternity, identity, security and dignity of citizens can be ensured.


The prize for the winners will be a one-week study tour to the United Kingdom sponsored fully by the British High Commission.








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