Mushawerat floats Front
to protect Jamia Millia from OBC quota:
President of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat Dr.
Zafarul Islam Khan has set up Jamia Bachao Front to protect Jamia
Millia Islamia from the onslaughts of the government to usurp its
Several bodies of
academic as well as non-academic staff of Jamia Millia Islamia have
jointly demanded 50% quota for Muslim community in all courses at
the university, and urged the university authorities to prevent
implementation of the 27% OBC quota at this central university.
They wrote a
letter to Vice Chancellor Najeeb Jung on November 3 in which they
resolved to render full support to the V-C in getting the impression
of the University Grants Commission (UGC) displaced that Jamia
Millia is not a minority educational institution.
The UGC, through
DO No. F.35-4/2008 (CU-OBC) dated 06.10.2009 addressed to the V-C of
Jamia Millia, asked the university to implement the OBC quota
otherwise grants will not be released.
The UGC order
said: “It was decided by the Empowered Committee that the University
may be instructed to implement the OBC Reservation immediately as it
is statutory requirement. It was further decided by the Empowered
Committee that if the university fails to comply the instructions of
Government of India, MHRD/UGC, the non-plan grant to JMI from the
financial year 2010-11 may not be released.”
Referring to this
UGC order the Jamia staff bodies said that “not only the terms of
the UGC letter are violative of the Constitution but the tenor is
also uncalled for.”
“UGC may be
informed about the directive issued by the MHRD vide D.O. No.
F.5.6.1/2006-Desk (U) dated 03.04.2006 whereby JMI was instructed to
take appropriate steps to admit students from Muslim minority
community at least to the extent of 50%,” they said.
of reservation of 27% for OBC will affect the continuity of Minority
Educational Institution status of JMI, they said and urged the V-C
to immediately bring the issue to higher bodies of Jamia Millia for
“The issue of
minority status of JMI and 50% reservation of Muslim minority
community is lingering on for one reason or other. Therefore, we
request you to bring the issues of effect and consequence of
implementation of reservation of 27% for OBC which will affect the
continuity of Minority Education Institution status of JMI and
reservation of 50% of Muslim students in the AC and EC at the
earliest,” their letter to the V-C said.
Signatories to the
letter include Prof. T A Khan and Prof N U Khan, president and
secretary of Jamia Teachers Association, Mohd. Sultan Umar and M
Akhlaq, president and secretary of Jamia Administrative Staff
Association, Javed Alam, president, Jamia Old Boys Association,
Naseeruddin, president, Jamia School Teacher Association, and Mohd
Yunus, president, SRK Association.
The same bodies
along with Elected University Teachers to the Academic Council had
held a meeting on 12th October in the committee room of Faculty of
Engineering, and unanimously adopted the following resolution:
Islamia is a Minority Educational Institution under article 30(1) of
the Constitution of India. The JMI was established by the prominent
members of Muslim Community particularly for the benefit of Muslims.
The JM1 Society was granted the status of a Deemed University in
1962 under UGC Act, 1956. The same JMI was formally incorporated as
a Central University by an Act of Parliament known as Jamia Millia
Islamia Act, 1988. The Act in sections 2(0) and 4(i), emphasizes,
underlines and reiterates the predominant Muslim minority character
of this Institution.
The Jamia Millia
Islamia Act 1988 codified, declared, confirmed and encapsulated the
continuous and pre-existing factual and legal position of Jamia
Millia Islamia by incorporating the existing institution formally
under the Act as a Central University.
The judgment of
Hon’ble Supreme Court in St. Stephen’s Case [1992 (1) SCC 558]
allowed the minority institutions to admit student of own minority
community to the extent of 50% and it held the field at that point
of time without any controversy. The recent judgments not only
restore the position flowing from St. Stephen’s Case but virtually
enlarge the powers, privileges and scope of the minority
institutions in respect of admission of the students from their own
community. Now, it has been recognized that there is no limit of
even 50% intake from own community. The minority institution may
admit students of their own community even beyond 50% provided it is
the need of community. (TCN)