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[ZESTCaste] BHU remembers its student Babu Jagjivan Ram

BHU remembers its student Babu Jagjivan Ram
TNN | Jul 6, 2011, 08.22pm IST

VARANASI: The Banaras Hindu University (BHU) paid rich tributes to its
illustrious alumnus Babu Jagjivan Ram at a function held at the arts
department on the occasion of his 25th death anniversary on Wednesday.

Rajesh Singh, chairman of press, publication and publicity cell of
BHU, said, "It is a matter of great pride that one of the noblest sons
of India was a student of BHU under the patronage of our illustrious
founder Mahamana Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya."

In Jagjivan Ram's honour, the BHU has established Babu Jagjivan Ram
chair to perpetuate the memory of the great freedom fighter and
visionary leader.

In 1925, Malviya had visited Arrah where Jagjivan Ram, being the best
student in the school, was asked to read out the welcome address.
Deeply impressed by the erudition of young Jagjivan Ram, Malviya
invited him to study at the BHU. At the same time, the Christian
Mission at Chandwa had also offered to bear the expense of his
education and urged his mother to send Jagjivan to Lucknow and then to
America for higher studies. But his mother felt that changing religion
was not the answer to the oppressive caste system and advised Jagjivan
to join BHU.

After passing the inter science examination from BHU, Jagjivan Ram
took admission in BSc at Calcutta University and passed it with a

Within six months of coming to Calcutta (now Kolkata), he organised a
'mazdoor rally' at Wellington Square, said Singh, adding that the
grand success of this rally brought Jagjivan Ram into the limelight
and leaders like Subhash Chandra Bose took notice of him. During this
period, he also got acquainted with Chandrashekhar Azad, Manmath Nath
Gupt and other leading revolutionaries.

Since childhood, Jagjivan Ram had dreamed of becoming a scientist. But
as he grew up, he could no longer ignore the socio-political
situations enveloping the country and he sacrificed his personal
ambitions to answer the call of his motherland. In 1934 when
earthquake struck Bihar, Jagjivan Ram rushed to north Bihar for relief
work. During his work in the relief camps, he met Mahatma Gandhi for
the first time.

In addition, the social sciences department at the Banaras Hindu
University (BHU) has established Babu Jagjivan Ram chair in his
memory. It is an inter-disciplinary centre with a special focus on
contributions of Jagjivan Ram.

According to the university spokesperson, the main features and
objectives of the chair are to throw light on his contributions
towards marginalised sections of the society, Scheduled Castes and
Scheduled Tribes and his efforts for their upliftment and
rehabilitation. It aims at empowerment of SC/ST women through
socio-economic schemes and their evaluation, and dalit women

The centre also intends to highlight Jagjivan Ram's futuristic vision
of democratic polity and society, and his contributions in national
movements and nation building and as minister holding different

Besides, the centre would undertake a comprehensive study of the
historical development of dalit movement in India with a special
reference to the pre-and-post independent India.

The BHU has also proposed to establish a centre in his name - Babu
Jagjivan Ram Centre for Rural and Tribal Development on the Rajeev
Gandhi South Campus of BHU at Barkachha, Mirzapur.

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