October 15, 2015: Delegation of 25 students from the 1st Batch of Post Graduate Diploma in Political Science, University of Mandalay, Myanmar visited Zakir Husain Delhi College, University of Delhi as a part of academic interaction and exchange of ideas.
Given the shared cultural and political linkages that India shares with Myanmar, this visit was historic since it was for the first time a Delegation of Post Graduate in Political Science students was visiting the University since the Course for revived in 2014 after a gap of several decades. Teaching of Political Science was withdrawn from Universities in Myanmar ever since the military junta took over power several decades ago.
The transitional phase which Myanmar is witnessing from military to democratic rule was the main area of discussion during the visit. "We will learn from the India's experience of democracy and federalism" said Prof. Mi Mi.
Gyi the Head of the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Mandalay University. Several initiatives have been taken to improve Government to Government and business to business relations between India and Myanmar. Buddhism, Bollywood and Yoga have long been a part of Indian cultural heritage offering immense possibilities for facilitating people-to-people contact. Nevertheless, this academic exchange of ideas at the University level has certainly given a boost to the people to people relations between the two age old neighbours.
The Delegation was formally welcomed by Dr M. Aslam Parvaiz, Principal of the College which was followed by a short documentary showcasing the legacy of this historic institution of learning. Zakir Husain Delhi College holds the distinction of being in existence well before the establishment of Delhi University. It carries within itself a history of nearly 300 years as an institution of learning.
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.
The documentary was followed by an interactive session by students and faculty members representing both the sides. Members showed their willingness to maintain and strengthen the ties between the two countries.
Source: Zakir Husain College