The 90-year-old Central University Jamia Islamia (JMI) is girding up for the big moment. The buzz on the campus is that JMI authorities will adopt a resolution in Academic Council meeting on March 29 turning the university into a minority institution. A day after this chances are high that it would be finalized in the Executive Council meeting being held on March 30, according to a highly reliable source. It is learned that after prolong deliberation all issues have been sorted out with top officials agreeing to put the final seal.
A university insider said on the condition of anonymity that the decision would help in bringing the prospectus on time. Earlier, teachers had urged the administration to make sure that 50 per cent Muslim quota was mentioned in the prospectus (academic year 2011-12) otherwise they would block its publication, claimed a source.
It was on February 22, 2011 when the NCMEI granted “Minority Institution” status to Central University JMI under Article 30(1) of the constitution read with Section 2(G) of the National Commission for Minorities Institutions Act. Since then the administration was sitting on the decision. But once the formalities are finalized the Central University doesn’t have to give 22.5 per cent reservation to Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes that was mandated on the varsity. Besides, the university will also do away with 25 per cent quota for students from the Jamia School irrespective of religion and three per cent quota for the physically handicapped.
The historic 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. Initially it was registered as a society, becoming deemed university in 1962.
Over a period of time JMI has earned its name for its major faculties and departments including engineering, education, history, social work, fine arts and natural sciences. The university is most famous for its mass communication school. Of late JMI has emerged as a centre for academic excellence. It has always paid extra attention to add value to its degree so that its students could get an upper hand in the job market. This year India Today’s 13 annual Survey of India’s best colleges ranked JMI 15 among the 50 top universities in India.