New Delhi: Granting of minority status to Jamia Millia Islamia will ensure that the Muslim community has better access to higher education, chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes P.L. Punia said Thursday.
"Granting of minority status to Jamia Millia Islamia is a significant step in the direction of ensuring greater access by Muslim community to higher education in the country," Punia said after meeting Jamia`s vice chancellor Najeeb Jung.
"Jamia must ensure that rights of the scheduled castes should remain protected within the rubric of reservation," added Punia.
The National Commission for Minority Education Institutions (NCMEI) Feb 22 this year granted `minority` status to the university, which will enable it to reserve up to 50 percent seats for Muslim students.