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Iconic Jamia Millia faces ‘historic crisis’

The only Central University in India with a minority tag, Jamia Millia Islamia, appears to be facing financial crisis as report has surfaced that to pay salaries for June, the varsity had to prematurely withdraw its fixed deposit.

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The step was taken following the delay in release of grants by University Grants Commission (UGC).

While officials said the university administration managed the situation this month, it would be difficult to pay salaries in future if grants are delayed, reported TOI.

Moreover the daily reported that the employees of Centre of Study of Social Inclusion and Inclusive Policy have not been paid their salaries since April 2017.

According to the TOI report, employees claimed that the administration told them that the university has not received funds from the UGC either.

“Unlike Delhi University, the university doesn’t have much corpus to manage on its own,” said an official.

The Jamia administration, however, refused to comment on the matter, stating that the university will take it up with the authorities concerned, reported TOI. With 715 teachers and 1,180 non-teaching staff, Jamia needs over Rs 12-crore grant for salaries.

The development has taken many alumni and Jamia lovers by surprise. Jamia is a historic university that is getting ready to celebrate its 100 years in 2020.

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