New Delhi: The Jamia Millia Islamia administration on Tuesday once again reassured that it was committed to fight the legal battle pertaining to its minority character, but at the same time added that it was pained by the malicious campaign against it by “self-styled community leaders”.
“I am pained that after relentlessly working for the good of the university for the last four years, some self-styled leaders (of the community) are casting aspersions on our intentions with regard to the minority status of the university”, Vice-Chancellor Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) Prof Talat Ahmad said on Tuesday.
“This is not only unfounded but also malafide and is not in the larger interest of the university”, the Vice-Chancellor said adding that its minority character will be defended when the matter is taken up for hearing.
Speaking at the first installation ceremony of the newly elected governing council members of the Alumni Association of Jamia Millia Islamia (AAJMI), Prof Ahmad said that the university and other respondents in the matter was not served with any advance notice by the Delhi High Court after the Centre submitted a revised affidavit challenging the minority status of the university.
Addressing a large gathering of alumni and JMI officials and students, Prof Ahmad said that the university had made remarkable progress in terms of research and raking - Grade 'A’ in NAAC, 12th among 750 universities in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2017 by MHRD and figures among top 1000 institutions worldwide in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2018, since he took over as Vice Chancellor four years ago.
He also said that his endeavor would be to get the ‘’University with Potential for Excellence’’ to JMI during his tenure. Prof Ahmad said that because of the hard work of his team the financial corpus of the university has registered a 68%increase with the same available resources by plugging unnecessary expenses and judicious use of funds.
The Vice Chancellor who presented mementos to newly elected AAJMI governing council members appealed to them to work proactively in contesting the negative propaganda being orchestrated by people having vested interest and urged them to work for the betterment of the university.
This is the second statement on the matter issued by the Jamia Millia Islamia. In the earlier statement issued on Monday, the Jamia had said there was a slanderous campaign by vested elements to malign its image after the reports came that Modi government had filed a fresh affidavit in Delhi High Court opposing the minority status of India’s premium institution.
"Contrary to the legal and factual position, it is unfortunate that certain section of the press has carried misleading and distorted versions with regard to the manner in which Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) is handling its minority issue case in the Hon’ble High Court. Some media organizations have not adhered to the basic ethics of journalism of taking the university version. It appears that there is a false and slanderous campaign orchestrated by vested elements who are trying to malign the name of the university and its administration”, the Jamia said in the statement.
“JMI administration reserves its right to take legal action against such defamatory content including referring the matter to the Press Council of India and the Editor’s Guild of India", Jamia Millia said in a statement”, it added.
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