To mark the birth anniversary of Shri. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Former Prime Minister, the Jamia Millia Islamia celebrated National Good Governance Day at the Academic Staff College on 24 December 2014 at 11:30 a.m.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University Dr. Talat Ahmad, Dr. A. K. Dubey, Chairman, Coal India Ltd., and Mr. Sirajuddin Qureshi, CEO, Al-Hind Industries & President, India Islamic Cultural Centre were present at the event.
Prof. M. Mujtaba Khan, Director of the Academic Staff College, while highlighting the contribution of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee as a great statesman, orator and a pragmatic Prime Minister drew attention to Atalji’s contribution to Jamia Millia Islamia. He emphasized that Shri. Vajpayee was equally instrumental in getting Jamia Millia Islamia the status of a Central University in 1988. He recalled how Atalji played a supportive role as the leader of opposition in the lower house when the Jamia Millia Islamia Bill was introduced in the Parliament.
The key speaker, Dr. A. K. Dubey, focused on the changing contours of governance in the country and emphasized on the need of Inclusiveness, Equality of Opportunity, Tolerance, Accommodation and Consensus besides Transparency and Accountability in the governance culture. He felt that it was imperative to initiate dialogue across various segments of society to accommodate different points of view.
‘A good government should focus primarily on corrective measures and coercion should be the last resort’ he observed. Democracy can prosper only in such a climate Dr. Dubey argued.The Vice Chancellor Prof. Talat Ahmad emphasized on the need for greater decentralization and use of e-technology in governance while keeping in mind the security issues associated with cyber-crimes.
The Chief Guest of the programme, Mr. Sirajuddin Qureshi stressed on collective effort in governance and argued that governance should not be confined to the bureaucracy alone but it should be the responsibility of all the citizens of India. He explained how Shri. Narendra Modi had introduced a new perspective in the governance culture encompassing in its fold the composite character of the Indian Society in order to make governance inclusive.
Referring to Safai Abhiyaan, Banking System and Insurance, Mr. Qureshi observed that these programmes are instruments of inclusiveness that go beyond caste, creed and religion. He recounted his interaction with the Prime Minister Shri.Narendra Modi to highlight latter’s concerns about the education and economic upliftment of minorities in general and Muslims in particular.