New Delhi: Jamia
Millia Islamia Vice Chancellor Najeeb Jung Friday felicitated 15
girl students, the first batch of girls who have recently been
admitted to the 300-year-old Anglo Arabic School in the capital.
The Anglo Arabic School has made history by admitting girls for
the first time in its over 300 year existence. Having started off
as Madrasa Ghaziuddin around 1692, the school had remained an
all-boys school thus far.
"This is the girls' first step towards better schooling. The
change will come gradually," said Jung.
"Modern education has started arriving for girls from the
community," added Jung, who is also chairman of the school and
president of the Delhi Education Society.
The school in the capital's Ajmeri Gate area has produced the
likes of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, founder of Aligarh Muslim
University, Liaqat Ali Khan, the first prime minister of Pakistan,
J.N. Dixit, former national security advisor and foreign
secretary, among many other luminaries.
In a significant move, the managing committee of the school, in a
meeting held March 26, decided to open its doors to girls.
However, this decision was not considered favourably by the staff
of the school, which is predominantly male, and it seemed at the
time that this decision would not be implemented.
After a PIL filed by an M.Phil. student of JNU, Fatima Alvi, the
Delhi High court and police were directed to ensure that the
school's managing committee's decision is implemented.
Following the high court order, the school management swung into
action and has so far admitted over 15 girls in Classes 6 to 11.
The number is expected to increase in the comings days. Mehvish
Rehmani, Darakshan Fatima and Gulafshan Fatima were the first
applicants to secure admissions in the institution in Classes 11
(Commerce with Maths) and Class 7 respectively.