Prof. Najma Akhtar Sheikh of Jamia Millia Islamia University has been awarded the 'Ambassador of Peace' Award by the Universal Peace Federation for her outstanding academic and institutional leadership.
The award was given on the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda that was celebrated as National Youth Day in a virtual event. Various national and international delegates spoke on the life and message of Swami Vivekananda.
The program was attended by students from different schools, colleges, and universities. During her speech, Prof. Najma Akhtar said that the future of the country and the world depended on the youth.
They should be given the freedom to pursue their interests and also made to have a sense of responsibility in their thinking and behaviour. She said Jamia Millia Islamia is striving to achieve these goals.
The Universal Peace Federation is a recognized organization of the United Nations that gives away the award of 'Ambassador of Peace' to individuals whose lives have become a metaphor for survival for others.
Launched in 2001, Ambassadors for Peace is the largest and most diverse network of peace leaders. In 2020, there are more than 100,000 Ambassadors for Peace from 160 countries who come from all walks of life representing many races, religions, nationalities, and cultures.
The criterion for choosing an Ambassador of peace is that a deserving person should stand on the common ground of universal moral principles, promoting reconciliation, overcoming barriers, and building peace.
He should be from a global network representing the diversity of the human family and all disciplines of endeavor. He must demonstrate an ability to promote cooperation beyond boundaries of religion, race, ethnicity, and nationality and practice “living for the sake of others” as the guiding principle for building a global community