Press Release – Events 2016


Press Release for Annual Day at Zakir Husain Delhi College held on April 12, 2016

Zakir Husain Delhi College held its Annual Day and prize distribution function in the college auditorium today (12th April, 2016). Shri. Chandi Prasad Bhatt, noted environmental activist and Padma Shri awardee, was the chief guest on the occasion.
The Principal, Dr. Prabhakar Rao presented the Annual Day Report which highlighted the activities of the various departments and societies in college as well the individual achievements of faculty members.
Shri. Bhatt made an detailed presentation on the ecological changes that have taken place in the Himalayan region and stressed on the need to undertake environmental conservation in the region. He also noted the contribution of a former faculty member of the College, Prof. Virender Kumar in environmental conservation of the region and urged the students and academicians to contribute towards this area. Students who had achieved laurels in several areas of academics and extracurricular activities were presented awards. Members of the administrative and non teaching staff were also felicitated for various achievements and their contribution to the institution.


Fourth Bhisham Sahni Book Fair

The 4th Bhisham Sahni book fair was held at Zakir Husain Delhi College, University of Delhi on 10th and 11th March, 2016. The book fair was inaugurated by well known theatre actor Mr.M.K. Raina and distinguished poet Sukrita Paul Kumar was the guest of honour. On the inaugural day the Arts and Culture society of the college performed the play Chief kidawat based on a short story penned by Bhisham Shani. Day two of the book fair was marked by Dastangoi, story reading and screening of the iconic film Tamas-based on Bhisham Sahni’s hard hitting novel. Book exhibition and sale continued on both days between 10 am and 4.30 pm.

This book fair is held at Zakir Husain Delhi College every alternate year to honour the memory of eminent author Bhisham Sahni who was a former teacher in this college. This year the fair was of special significance as the college is celebrating the birth centenary of Bhisham Sahni.


The 28th Zakir Husain Memorial lecture on “Iranian Facets of Mughal Kinship” was organized on February 25th, 2016. The lecture was  delivered by Professor Ebba Koch, Tagore National Fellow for Cultural Research under the Indian ministry of culture (2015-2017).

The XXVIII Zakir Husain Memorial Lecture was held in the auditorium at Zakir Husain Delhi College today. Renowned historian, Dr. Ebba Koch from the Department of Art History at Vienna University delivered the lecture on the topic, “The Iranian Facet of Mughal Kingship”.

In her lecture, Dr. Koch highlighted the Persian influence on Mughal art and notions of kingship. The beginning of the cultural influence began in 1540 when Humayun who lost Hindustan to Sher Shah Suri and took refuge in Iran. Akbar too was influenced by the Iranian ruler Shah Abbas’s letter to the former which imagined the king as a ‘shadow of God’.  The link between the Safavid and Mughal empires was also demonstrated in art. One such example as pointed out by Dr. Koch was a painting dated between 1618-1622, depicting an imaginary meeting between Akbar and Shah Abbas. “They were imagined to cooperate each other- both of them were seen as ‘shadows of God, and being young and brave,” stated Dr. Koch.

The lecture was interspersed with a presentation of the paintings of that period, which made it engaging and interesting.

Also present on the occasion were the college Principal, Dr. Prabhakar Rao and the Chairman of the Governing Body, Prof. Chandrashekhar.


9th Delhi College lecture

The 9th Delhi College lecture was held at Zakir Husain Delhi College in the Salman Ghani Hashmi auditorium on 18th January, 2016. The lecture was delivered by Janab Gulzar Dehlvi,(Pandit Anand Mohan Zutshi) eminent urdu poet and champion of the Urdu language. He spoke on Dehli kitaree khaur Tahzeeb. On this occasion Janab Dehlvi released two books authored by Dr.Mumtaz Fukrun and DrJameel-ur Rehman and Dr.Jamshed Khan.  This lecture series is a celebration of the composite culture of the college which bears the distinction of being the oldest institution of the University.
In his speech Janab Dehlvi pointed out that Urdu is not merely a language, it is in fact the confluence if two civilisations. Delhi has always been a city of composite cultures and the ethos of communal harmony. He offered the example of Bahadur Shah Zafar initiating the practice of Ramlila in Delhi much before Madam Mohan Malviya brought it to the  Ramlila Maidan in 1924. The Ganga-Jamunitahzeeb is what adds to the character of this historical city. Speaking on the occasion Prof Chandra Shekhar,  Chairperson of the governing body of the college emphasised the role of the College in making good human beings out of its students. Dr.AslamParvaiz,  Vice Chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad and former principal of the college presided over the session. During his address, Dr.Parvaiz reiterated the role of the college in developing his personality. He added that the identification of the Urdu language with the Muslim community and of Hindi with non-Muslims is nothing but a colonial construction. Delhi has never been privy to this narrow identification, as Janab Gulzar born as Anand Mohan Zutshi proves with his excellent command over Urdu.
The Delhi College lecture was preceded by the screening of a documentary on the historic journey of the college.


Press Release on the 9th Annual Convocation at Zakir Husain Delhi College, University of Delhi.

The Ninth Annual Convocation of Zakir Husain Delhi College, University of Delhi was held today. Renowned Hockey player, Padmashri and Arjuna Awardee Mr. Zafar Iqbal was the chief guest on the occasion.  A total of  544 degrees were awarded to the batch of 2014, of which  41 were Masters degrees,  285 were B.A degrees, 68 were B.Com degrees and 140 were B.Sc degrees.
Speaking on the occasion,  Mr. Iqbal recollected illustrious history of the college and exhorted the young graduates to pursue higher education and research. He told them to understand the value of a healthy body and mind and the need to remain physically active.