Celebration as Jamia ranked among top Indian universities
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Okhla Times Campus Reporter/JMI
Jamia Millia Islamia is at the centre of attraction after India Today’s 13 annual survey of India’s best colleges ranks it 15 among the 50 top universities in India. Loyola College, Chennai, occupied the top position in Arts and Science. Other institutes to find position in the list included Aligarh Muslim University at 16. The ranking is good news for the university as many Jamiaites were seen delighted with it.
The news spread like wildfire with alumnus Ali Arshad shouting his heart out on the Facebook: “Congratulations and Celebrations!!! Jamia Millia Islamia is ranked 15 among the top 50 universities of India by the latest survey.” The post was liked by Dubai-based alumnus Zubair Irshad. JMI media coordinator Simi Malhotra also liked it. Jamia Times also posted the report on its Facebook page.
Badruddin Qureshi, JMI Students’ Union president in 1991, told OKHLA TIMES: “It is good news for us. Also, this is a slap on the face of people who undermine JMI’s education system. This only shows that both AMU and JMI have done well in recent years. Within two years we will be in the top ten.”
The university established in 1920 for Muslims has come a long way. The 90-year-old university was founded by the leaders of the Khilafat Movement in Aligarh. Great personalities like Maulana Shaukat Ali and Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar had led the movement, resulting into the Non-Cooperation Movement launched by Gandhiji. Later on it was moved to Karol Bagh, New Delhi, under the guidance of Dr Zakir Hussain. After many years it was then moved to Okhla and since then it has been there and it was here that it was declared a Central university by an Act of Parliament in 1988.
Since then the university has produced many nationally famed personalities. The latest being film actor Shah Rukh Khan, cricketer Virender Sehwag, Padma Bhushan Award former Governor A R Kidwai and others.
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