Jamia ka Tarana

Jamia ka Tarana

Mar 27, 2007

Past Tense.....Jamia nursery

We (me & my wife) were looking for a suitable school for our daughter in 2002.we had visited many schools in Sharjah & Dubai.
Most of the schools were emphasised on their facilities for the pupils like, swimming pool facility, play area, painting & much more.
No body talks about the EDUCATION.
They charge enormous amount to get your child admitted on the merit of their facilities rather to the education part.
Any how,
we have selected a school in the end with good educational record & inhouse facilities with optimum fee structure.
Now, she is in 3rd standard & doing good,
well placed among the other students on competency level & secured her place in creativity.
When i compare 2002 or 2007 with 1972 about 35 years back, i still found the NURSERY of JAMIA MILLIA ISLAMIA better than any institute for kinder gartens in INDIA & ABROAD.
What i avail in 1972-73, it is difficult for the kids to avail now, despite of having much improved services as compared to that era.
Jamia nursery, was then situated in front of administrative block (VC office) or on the right side when you enter from the main gate leading to VC office.
The compound wall begins after few meters from the gate & ends before the office block.
Lush Green with many trees,main building,paved play area, centre play area with sea saw & other amenities, Two designated huge bath tubs (HAUZ)(Present day swimming pool) to accommodate boys & girls separately.
The capacity was to accommodate @ 15-20 kinder together,Fruit trees like guava,Shehtoot(mulberry?),Bel Paththar(bel fruit) (i dont know the english name).The activities we used to do in nursery were,Learning Urdu alphabets,counting,storey listening,Urdu poems, Clay modelling,paper tearing, paper cutting,fruit/vegetable printing,coloring by crayons & water colors,making masks,making sand castles,riding toy car,bicycle,scooter etc,playing musical instruments like harmonium,trumpet, drum etc.So many other activities like every kid do but no computer at that time.
It was so fantastic & healthy that i still remember those happenings.Aapa Jaan,Mimmi baaji, Abdullah Bhai.Abdullah bhai & mimmi baji used to eat paan all the times.
They were so nice with all the kids.
I will write separately about them.
There was one thing, without which nursery cant be complete,.PICNIC!!
We used to go on picnic by a lorry, driven by ZAMAN BHAI & we call it "JAMIA KI LORRY"Green color ( i think suleman has mentioned this in his writings).
I cant turned the wheel back, but one thing i can say with confidence, If our kids are fortunate to have such facilities in present period to learn & nurture their talent on a high cost then we were very fortunate to availed all above & much more in 1972-73, with almost no cost.

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Jamia ka tarana (english)

This is the land of my hopes
This is the land of my dreams
This is where men with zeal stayed
Men who answered the leaders' call
It is here that torn-off love
Found the cohesive chords
It is here that wayward passions
Formed into frenzied love
It is here that the wild tulip learnt
How to make the scar of heart aglow
This is the land of my hopes
This is the land of my dreams
This is the place of men of vision
And of those with a challenging thought
Every morning here is new
And every evening newer still
Different is this tavern
And different are its norms
Different are the dancing cups
And different is their dance
Here drinking begets thirst a new
And different is this tavern's call
This is the land of my hopes
This is the land of my dreams
Here, conscience is the beacon light
And conscience is the guide
Here is the Mecca of heart resides the guiding faith
Ceaseless movement is our faith
And blasphemy it is to stay still
Here, the destined goal is the march on and on
Here, the swimming urge seeks
Newer and newer storms
Restless wave itself is our resurrected shore

Translated by: Prof. M. Zakir