50 per cent quota in Jamia: Some alumni not happy
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A letter released by Professor SM Sajid, the Registrar of the Jamia Millia Islamia, about the minority status of the university has sparked a debate. The reaction has been mixed with the proponents of the minority campaign calling it a move in the right direction. But the critics are unhappy with the way things are developing. The scanned copy of the letter first appeared on the JMI Yahoo Directory run by Tauheed Khan.
In the letter the Registrar said: “The admission for 2011-12 is expected to be modified. The modification to this effect will be notified on the university website: www.jmi.ac.in. Applicants are advised to be vigilant regarding any notification to this effect.” However, the letter doesn’t mention the date when the changes will take place. It appears that the university administration has issued the statement only after the Jamia Teachers’ Association (JTA) called an emergency Executive committee meet yesterday to discuss the reason behind the delay.
The JMI minority character withdrew overwhelming support from the locals and the university. But some JMI alumni are not in support of it. They fear that this would further ghettoize the university that already has more than 50 per cent Muslim students. But the proponents of the campaign have rubbished such claims on the ground that it was long due on JMI.
Yousuf Saeed, a JMI alumnus and who also lives in the locality, wrote in an email circulated to a select group of people including OKHLA TIMES: “Please see the attached letter (the one written by Registrar). If the content of this letter are to be believed, we are not waiting for any further approval from anyone for the implementation of the 50 per cent Muslim qouta (as was believed earlier). It’s all over and done. It’s only the internal people who are going to modify and announce the admission policy for 2011-12. Congratulations for being part of the minority, whether you like it or not.”
A documentary filmmaker and writer, Samina Mishra, wrote in the Indian Express recently: “But the granting of a minority status to Jamia actually operates to erect walls and to make the space the preserve of the minority community – on the ground, of course, this will translate to certain sections of the minority community. By allowing the university to reserve 50% of the seats for Muslims, educational prospects for young Muslims may see an improvement and certainly, there is no doubt that this needs improvement. But will those improved educational prospects actually help those young men and women to go on to lead non-ghettoised lives? Will it make available for them jobs - both in the public and private sector - that have for so long been denied? Will it open up housing opportunities for them? Will it make financial credit easier?”
Social entrepreneur and founder of Jamia Live Syed Asad Haider Zaidi also had raised some questions about the issue in his article: JMI Minority Status: The other side of the story.
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