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Wednesday May 29, 2013 6:29 PM, Ather Shazan, ummid.com

In a landmark judgment taken Tuesday National Commission for Minority Educational Institution (NCMEI) granted minority institution status to the Mohammad Ali Jauhar University. The judgment will allow the university to reserve up to 50 per cent seats for Muslims.

In the 17-page judgment dated May 28, 2013, a copy of which is available with ummid.com, Justice M.S.A. Siddiqui, Chairman of the National commission for Minority Educational Institution (NCMEI) while granting the university the minority institution status said, "The Mohammad Ali Jauhar University, Rampur is a minority educational Institution within the meaning of Section 2(g) of the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions Act. A certificate be issued accordingly."

Brainchild of Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan, the university has been established as a private university and is governed by Mohammad Ali Jauhar Trust. It is spread over 200 acres and houses several buildings. It was inaugurated on September 18, 2012 by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Singh in the presence of Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and several other ministers at Rampur, some 350 km from Lucknow.

On April 10, Samjawadi Party Supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav was nominated visitor of the university.

Justice Siddiquie in his order said, "The Mohammad Ali Jauhar University, Rampur (hereinafter referred to as the University) has applied for grant of minority status certificate on the ground that the same has been founded by Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar Trust constituted by members of the Muslim community and incorporated under the Mohammad Ali Jauhar University Act, 2005 (UP Act No. 19 of 2006).

"It is also said that the University is being administered by the members of the Muslim Community and as such it is entitled to be declared as a minority educational institution within the meaning of Section 2(g) of the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions Act (forshort the Act)", he said.

Justice Siddiqui said before granting the university minority status he had written to the state government and the governor who said they did not have any objejection on the matter.

Justice Siddiqui said, "A bare reading of various provisions of the University Act makes it clear and beyond any doubt that the University was founded by Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar Trust with an avowed object for empowering the Muslims through education."

He also said, "The Muslim Community provided lands, buildings, colleges and endowments for the University and without these, the University as a body incorporate would be an unreal abstraction."

He also said, "The beneficiary of such a fundamental right should be allowed to enjoy it in the fullest measure. Therefore, the educational institutions of their choice will necessarily cater to the needs of the minority community which had established the institution.'

He also said, 'For a progressive and enlightened democracy, it is necessary that all sections and classes of people are well equipped to shoulder the responsibility of a free nation. According to Sachar Committee's report, Muslims are scratching bottom of the educational barrel of the Country. It is, therefore, necessary to advance, to foster and promote the education of the Muslims at a quicker pace. It appears that the University has provided reservation for the Muslim community in order to achieve the said object."



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