Teachers distribute sweets as Commission rules Jamia a minority institution
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Okhla Times Campus Reporter/JMI
It was 11 AM today when report surfaced that Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) has become a minority institution. The news was based on the verdict of the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI). In a historic judgment, the three-member bench of the NCMEI headed by Justice MSA Siddiqi declared: “We hold that the Jamia Millia Islamia is a minority education institution." Initially, many Jamiaites didn’t believe the news. But once confirmed they started calling each others to congratulate. Those based overseas flocked Facebook. Jawed Alam, Jamia Old Boys' Association president, immediately posted a message on his Facebook wall: “Congratulation, JMI got the minority status.”
A few seconds before that message, Mumbai-based JMI alumnus Irfan Zamindar had posted a message on the Facebook asking Jamiaites to pray for a positive judgment. The report spread like wildfire across the country and world as Jamia alumnus Ali Arshad called OKHLA TIMES from Patna to congratulate the Editor of the community portal. Many joined in to celebrate the momentous event. Jamia Teachers’ Association (JTA) celebrated the historic moment by distributing sweets among teachers.
Petitioner and former secretary of JTA told OKHLA TIMES: “We are happy that the commission has at last given the judgment in our favour. Now JMI is a minority institution. Our long battle has yielded positive results. Now the administration can give 50 per cent of reservation to Muslims in every course.”
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