Jamia Millia Islamia (Translation: National Islamic University) is an Indian Central University located in New Delhi. It was originally established at Aligarh in United Provinces, India in 1920. It became a Central University by an act of the Indian Parliament in 1988. In Urdu and Arabic, Jamia means University, and Millia means National.
Under the colonial British rule, two dominant trends joined hands and contributed towards the birth of Jamia. One was anti-colonial activism and the other was the pro-independence aspiration of the politically radical section of western educated Indian Muslim intelligentsia. In the political climate of 1920, the two trends gravitated together with Mahatma Gandhi as a catalyst. The idea was to project Indian Muslims as nationalist and anti British. The anti-colonial activism signified by the Khilafat and the pro-independence aspirations symbolized by the Non-Cooperation Movement of the Indian National Congress helped to harness creative energies and the subsequent making of Jamia Millia Islamia.
Responding to Gandhi’s call to boycott all educational institutions supported or run by the colonial regime, a group of nationalist teachers and students quit Aligarh Muslim University, protesting against its pro-British inclinations. The freedom fighter and Muslim theologian, Maulana Mahmud Hasan, laid the foundation stone of Jamia Millia Islamia at Aligarh on Friday, October 29, 1920, during the meeting of the Foundation Committee of Jamia Millia Islamia.
On November 22, 1920, Hakim Ajmal Khan was elected the first chancellor of Jamia. Mohamed Ali Jauhar became Jamia’s first Vice Chancellor.
Jamia Millia today
Jamia Millia Islamia is historically counted as among the most important nationalist institutions in India today. There is probably no other Indian institution which had to survive so much political opposition in its making without diluting its goals. Even the degrees awarded by Jamia were not considered valid in the time of the British. It was probably in recognition to this that despite being comparatively small in size, and having fewer than 10,000 students on its rolls, Jamia was accorded the status of a central university by a special act of the parliament in December 1988.
Today Jamia has a beautifully laid out, albeit small, campus, and is flourishing with members of all communities amongst its staff and students. It still remains a favorite of visiting foreign dignitaries and in particular Muslim head of states. In early 2006 the king of Saudi Arabia paid a historic visit to the university and donated a record $30 million for construction of a library. Its scenic cricket ground (popularly known as the Bhopal Ground for some reason) has hosted a number of Ranji Trophy matches and a women's cricket test match. Notable alumni of the university include Barkha Dutt, Niharika Acharya and Virender Sehwag. Besides its seven faculties, the Jamia has a number of centres of learning and research, like Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC), Academy of Third World Studies (ATWS) etc. The Jamia offers various undergraduate and postgraduate information and technology courses. Apart from this, the Jamia has a campus wide network which connects a large number of its departments and offices.
CIRBAS (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Basic Sciences) is a research centre in New Delhi. It is located at the Jamia Millia Islamia university and is funded by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
Amir-i-Jamia (Chancellor): Mr. Fakhruddin T. Khorakiwala
Shaikhul Jamia (Vice Chancellor): Prof. Mushirul Hasan
Musajjil (Registrar): Mr. S. M. Afzal
Dean, Faculty of Humanities & Languages: Prof. S. Inayat Ali Zaidi
Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences: Prof. A. S. Kohli
Dean, Faculty of Natural Sciences: Prof. Kum Kum Dewan
Dean,Faculty of Education: Prof. Mohd. Akhtar Siddiqui
Dean, Faculty of Engg. & Technology: Prof. N.U.Khan
Dean, Faculty of Law: Prof. V. K. Gupta
Dean, Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics: Prof. S. M. Akhtar
Dean, Students' Welfare: Dr. Zubair Meenai
Finance Officer: Mr. N. U. Siddiqui
Jamia Millia Islamia offers various academic and extension programs through the following faculties:
Faculty of Engineering and Technology: This Faculty was established in 1985 and offers regular courses and continuing programmes related to engineering. Its undergraduate programmes include B.Tech. (Bachelor of Technology) in civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, electronics and communication engineering, and computer engineering; B.Arch. (Bachelor of Architecture); and as continuing programmes for in-service engineers, it offers BE (Bachelor of Engineering) in civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and electronics & communication engineering. It also offers postgraduate programmes, M.Tech. (Master of Technology) (electrical power systems management), M.Tech. (environmental science and engineering), M.Sc. (Master of Science) (Electronics) and MBA (Master of Business Administration). The polytechnic offers day and evening course for Diploma in civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and electronics & communication engineering. A Ph.D. programme is also offered.
Faculty of Education: Historically speaking, this is the faculty which identifies itself most, with the Jamia's heritage of being a pioneering institution in the field of teaching. Its parent institution, the Teachers Training College was established by renowed educator and Jamia's most famous patron Dr. Zakir Hussain in 1938.
This faculty, besides offering B.Ed.(Bachelor of Education), M.Ed.(Master of Education) and M.A.(Master of Art) courses with various specializations also conducts undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in fine arts. It also offers a diploma in elementary teacher education programme besides conducting research.
Faculty of Humanities and Languages: The Faculty has seven departments— Arabic, English and Modern European Languages, Hindi, History and Culture, Islamic Studies, Persian, and Urdu — offering programmes in Ph.D., M.Phil. (Pre-PhD), postgraduate, undergraduate, diploma and certificate courses. The curricula of the faculty focuses upon the composite nature of the rich and myriad facets of the literature and culture of India.
Faculty of Law: The Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia was established in 1989. In addition to the LLB Five year integrated BA,LLB course, the Faculty is also running an LLM four semester course presently in three streams, i.e., Personal Law, Corporate Law and Criminal Law and a Ph.D. programme.
Faculty of Natural Sciences: This faculty offers various diploma, undergraduate, postgraduate, and research programmes in various subjects related to natural sciences. Its undergraduate programmes include B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science)/B.Sc. (Honours), B.Sc. (Vocational), B.A. (Honours). At the postgraduate level, the faculty offers postgraduate diplomas, M.Sc.(Physics/ Mathematics/ Chemistry/ Biosciences/ Biotechnology/ Bioinformatics), M.A., Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications (P.G.D.C.A.), Master of Computer Applications (M.C.A.), M.Sc.(Maths with Computer Science), M.Sc./M.Sc(Tech.)(Industrial Mathematics with Computer Applications) courses.
Faculty of Social Sciences: Besides offering Bachelor programmes in Economics, Sociology, Social Work, Political Science, Psychology, Commerce, Business Studies, International Business and Finance, and Computer Applications this faculty has programmes leading to a masters degree in related disciplines as well. Some diploma and Ph.D. courses are also offered.
Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics: A relatively new faculty, it offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in architecture and ekistics besides a Ph.D. programme. It's M.A. in Architecture Education is the only course of its kind in India.
Other centres: Besides these faculties, there are twenty more centres of learning and research covering a wide range of subjects. Notable among the other courses offered at Jamia are M.A. in Mass Communication at the AJK Mass Communication and Research Center and M.B.A. at Centre for Management Studies.
For a complete list of all faculties/centres of Jamia and the courses offered by them please see: List of Faculties/Centres.
Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi has 38 Departments listed that offer various academic courses.
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