New Delhi: The grant of minority status to
Jamia Millia Islamia University by the National Commission for
Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) on Wednesday came under the
scanner of the Delhi High Court which has sought responses
from the Centre and others on a PIL.
"Issue notice to Human Resources Development Ministry,
the Ministry of Minority Affairs .... for February 22, a bench
of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna said.
The High Court today admitted for hearing a public
interest litigation (PIL) of Vijay Kumar Sharma, president of
NGO `Yuva Bharti Samiti`, alleging that "the Jamia Millia
Islamia Act, 1988, incorporates and establishes the university
and dissolves the Jamia Millia Islamia Society, which was
managing and running it, and the NCMEI has no jurisdiction or
authority to declare it a minority institution."
Besides the ministries concerned, the court has also
sought responses from the Vice Chancellor of the University,
the teachers` association and five others including the
The NCMEI headed by Justice M S A Siddiqui had recently
granted "minority" status to the University which will enable
it to reserve up to 50 per cent seats for Muslim students.
The Varsity will no longer have to give reservation to SC
and ST students also, the panel, a quasi-judicial body, had
said while allowing the petitions of students union, Jamia Old
Boys Association and Jamia Teachers Association. The petitions
were filed in 2006.