Jamia Millia Islamia may lose its minority status. Know why

The HRD ministry is likely to tell the court that Jamia Millia Islamia was never intended to be a minority institution. Read full story here

The central government has reportedly decided to withdraw support for the public central university, Jamia Millia Islamia’s minority status in court. The Human Resource Development Ministry (HRD) ministry is likely to file an affidavit in the Delhi High Court stating that declaring Jamia a minority institution was an “error” since it was set up by an Act of Parliament and is funded by the government.

Last year, the government had told the Supreme Court that Aligarh Muslim University was never intended to be a Muslim institution. The law ministry had told the HRD that they can change their stand on Jamia and oppose the religious minority status on the grounds that it was not started by the Muslim community.

It was on the basis of the support extended by the central government to the order of the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) that JMI had no longer reserved seats for SC/ST and OBC students and had kept half of the seats for the Muslim candidates. The HRD ministry which was then led by Smriti Irani had stated that the centre “respects the declaration made by NCMEI”.

While most of them hailed the move on Twitter some seemed to disagree with government’s decision to withdraw the support.

Here’s how the Twitter responded:

As per Section 2 (o) of the JMI Act, Jamia Millia Islamia founded in 1920 during the Khilafat and Non-Co-operation movements in response to Mahatma Gandhi’s call for a boycott of all Government-sponsored educational institutions, which was subsequently registered in 1939 as Jamia Millia Islamia Society, and declared in 1962 as an institution deemed to be a University under section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, and which is incorporated as a University under this Act.