‘Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab humare dil mein hain’: the line from Bismil Azimabadi’s Urdu poem, written in 1920s, echoes on as you step into the campus of Guru Nanak Khalsa College in Matunga. And no, it is not a part of the Republic Day event.
On the completion of 79 years of the college, its alumni association has started a lecture series by relatives of unsung heroes and martyrs as well as activists from across fields who will be talking to students on the need to make a difference to the city.
“It is a tribute to all those unsung heroes, martyrs, activists who are hardly mentioned in history books or talked about these days. Their contribution was and is very vital and we want our students to know and learn about it from their families,” said Kiran Mangaonkar, principal of the college.
The yearlong symposium called ‘Sarfaroshei’ is divided into two parts — tribute to unsung heroes and a lecture series.
G S Bawa, chairman of Guru Nanak Khalsa College Alumni Association (GNKCAA), said, “In 2012, when we celebrated our 75th anniversary, we had invited and felicitated students of the very first batch of the college and actor Dilip Kumar. This year, it is our 79th anniversary and in 2017 its 80th and so we wanted to do something different. Hence, the core alumni committee decided on a theme — “singing the unsung tune”.
On Saturday, January 30,the college has invited the families of GRP inspector Shashank Shinde, Mukesh Jadhav of Home Guards and Bagan Shinde, ward boy of G T Hospital, to pay tribute to them.
The family members of these martyrs of 26/11 terror attacks will talk to the students.
Under Guru Nanak Devji Lecture series, living unsung heroes and activists who have been fighting against all odds will deliver lectures and talk to the students. The lecture series will begin from February 13.
“The speciality of this symposium and lecture series is that we will not end it in a week or months time but continue it for a year to culminate our 80th anniversary next year with a distinct intent and content. This will also teach our students new lessons from the real lives which could not have been possible withing a classroom,” said professor K Praveish Vishwanath Aiyar, alumnus and senior faculty at BMM department of Khalsa college.
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