Published On: Thu, Mar 24th, 2011

Jamia’s minority status under Delhi HC’s scanner

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The Delhi High Court has sought responses from the Central government on the minority status of Jamia Milia Islamia University. HC was hearing a PIL challenging the grant of minority status to the university. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna sought replies from the HRD ministry and Minority Affairs Ministry.

The PIL was filed by Vijay Kumar Sharma, president of NGO Yuva Bharti Samiti, alleging that “the Jamia Millia Islamia Act, 1988, incorporates and establishes the university and dissolves the Jamia Millia Islamia Society, which was managing and running it, and the National Commision for Minority Educational Institutions has no jurisdiction or authority to declare it a minority institution.”

The PIL filed by advocates Rakesh and Santosh Kumar claims that Jamia is a central university of national importance and is an alloy of secular Indian culture where members of all caste, creed and religions have been benefited and cannot be conferred with the status of minority institution.

The court has also sought responses from the vice-chancellor of the university, the teachers’ association and five others, including the students’ union.

The NCMEI headed by Justice M S A Siddiqui had recently granted “minority” status to the university which will enable it to reserve up to 50% seats for Muslim students. The varsity will no longer have to give reservation to SC and ST students also.

[Source: Times of India]