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
immediate reason of forming the front is to protect Jamia Millia
from the danger of the OBC quota, Dr Khan told TwoCircles.net. Once
implemented it will be difficult to remove the quota and it will
also damage Jamia’s case of minority character, he added.
While the case of minority character of Jamia Millia is pending with
the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions, the
quasi-judicial body formed by Government of India to resolve such
disputes, the University Grants Commission, also a government body,
is forcing Jamia university authorities to implement the 27% OBC
have formed the front to save Jamia Millia Islamia from this OBC
quota. We are pasting posters in the area to make the local
community aware of the impending danger,” Dr Khan said.
two days ago Dr Khan had led a high-level delegation of the
Mushawarat to Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal
to urge him to intervene to hold the implementation of the quota off
Jamia until its minority character case is resolved.
OBC quota was stopped from being implemented in Jamia last year. Why
not this year? It should not be implemented until minority character
issue is resolved,” he said.
intensify pressure on the government not to impose the quota on
Jamia Dr Khan has written letter to government.
this regard, on behalf of the Mushawarat, yesterday I wrote a letter
to the President, Prime Minister, Congress president Sonia Gandhi,
Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and UGC,” he said and
urged other Muslim organizations to do something to protect Jamia.
hopeful are you from your meeting with HRD Minister? “In the
beginning of the hour-long meeting, the minister said all central
universities are bound to implement the quota. But in the end the
minister said he has not taken any decision on the issue in regard
with Jamia Millia. He said he will take the decision after much
consultation and deliberations,” Dr Khan said.
Asked if he is going to launch a mass movement on the issue, he
said: No, no, we do not launch mass movement. Those who do it should
do it. Ours have been working as a pressure group. We do lobbying
and hold meetings with the concerned authorities to press for our