The annual Zakir Husain Memorial Lecture honours an eminent educationist, nationalist and a very distinguished former President of India, Dr. Zakir Husain. The lecture series also constitutes a significant tribute to an institution of higher education that has retained a sense of enduring identity over three centuries. Established as the Madarsa Ghaziuddin in the closing years of the reign of Emperor Aurangzeb, it has repeatedly transformed itself in response to the challenges with which it was confronted over a long and turbulent period of India’s history. For this reason its fortune seems inextricably linked to the fortunes of the country and Delhi, its premier city. Instituted 23 years ago, Zakir Husain Memorial Lectures have been delivered by distinguished scholars who have engaged with critical issues that are at the heart of contemporary life.
Dr. M. Aslam Parvaiz, Principal, Zakir Husain Delhi College, introduced The Delhi College lecture series from the academic session 2006-07 to the audience and honoured the achievements and the spirit of Delhi College, the name by which Zakir Husain Delhi College was known by at the time of the Delhi Renaissance of the 1920s. The endeavour is to recreate and carry forward the legacy of the Delhi Renaissance and the progress made thereof in Science, Literature and positive interventions in the field of education. The lecture series is an attempt to revive the spirit of enquiry and creative expression that defined the intellectual life of Delhi College. Earlier lectures in this series have been delivered by the eminent astrophysicist Jayant Narlikar, historian Margrit Pernau, who has written the history of the Delhi College, Prof. Jaweed Alam, Chairman ICSSR; renowned writer, activist and intellectual, Harsh Mander and historian Prof. Narayani Gupta.
Zakir Husain Delhi College is the only college in the University of Delhi which holds an annual convocation ceremony. With over 300 years of history, the College is unique as being one of the only colleges of the University of Delhi to carry out the tradition of an annual ceremonial full dress Convocation. The ceremony bears witness to hundreds of students receiving their undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and wearing the traditional robe that symbolises academic achievement and a sense of pride in every student. It is a step which gives grace and dignity to the students and ceremonial recognition to the newly graduates. The students who have graduated in the previous academic session are given their degrees by a noted personality. The purpose behind holding annual convocation is to inculcate a sense of institutional pride among our students through a public recognition of their achievement and also inspire them to strive for greater goals in life. The occasion brings together past and present students and teachers to strengthen bonds within the fraternity.
Zakir Husain Delhi College held its Annual Day and prize distribution every year in the college auditorium. The student achievers in academics, NCC, NSS, sports and cultural activities are suitably rewarded with the college colour, crest and citation and prize distribution ceremony where students were awarded and recognized with certificates, scholarships and prizes for academic, sports and extra-curricular achievements. Magazines published by the College for different departments are also distributed on this occasion.Apart from these, the College also acknowledged the services of the non-teaching staff and gave them awards for their exemplary contribution to the corporate life of the College.
This book fair is held at Zakir Husain Delhi College every two years to honour the memory of eminent author Bhisham Sahni who was a former teacher in this college. Former Principal of the College Md. Aslam Parvaiz, on this occasion outlined the mission of the College which has a history of more than 300 years in the field of education and fostering the spirit of accommodation and composite culture in the society. He highlighted the fact as to how this mission coincides with the message of the play “Kabira Khada Bazaar Main”. He reiterated the faith in the new generation and hoped that they would keep up the spirit and the message outlined by the play.Director Surendra Sharma boosted the spirit and confidence of the students for their hard work and diligence. He focused on the relevance of the message given by the play for the contemporary society. He talked about the inquisitive nature of the human beings and awareness of the ‘inner self’ by them. He thanked the students and the College for the dedication, enthusiasm and being a continuous source of inspiration.