Jamia Millia Islamia(JMI) Vice-Chancellor Prof Najma Akhtar on August 29, flagged off a walkathon as part of ‘Fit India Movement’ launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to mark the National Sports Day. Before the walkathon a congregation of students and staff were assembled to view the live telecast of the launch of Fit India Movement on Doordarshan. In the leadership of the Vice-Chancellor hundreds of students from Jamia Schools and university including NSS volunteer and NCC cadets, teachers, officers, and non-teaching staff walked through various parts of the large university campus from gate number 7. The march culminated at Dr M A Ansari Auditorium. Students carried the tricolour, banners, and placards displaying Fit India Movement slogans. They also shouted slogans promoting fitness and following a healthy lifestyle.
Flagging off the march, the Vice-Chancellor said, “education demands us to take care of our health. It is the most prized possession of every individual. Health is also the quality of life which enables the individuals to live life to the full. We have to pay attention to preservation, promotion, and restoration of health through our healthful activities.”
Inside the Ansari Auditorium, the participants were administered a pledge by A.P. Siddiqui(IPS), Registrar, JMI to include sports in their daily life and motivate others to play in order to keep themselves fit and make a healthy India. Students were also provided Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) technique to handle life-threatening emergency situations at home, workplace, academic places and playground till the arrival of the medical help. The event was part of a workshop organised by Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Basic Sciences of the university.