OBC quota was against the rationale of setting up Jamia: JTA

Teachers of Jamia Milia Islamia on Wednesday welcomed the approval their "long-pending demand" for minority status for the University.

Last Updated: Feb 23, 2011, 21:01 PM IST

New Delhi: Teachers of Jamia Milia
Islamia on Wednesday welcomed the approval their "long-pending
demand" for minority status for the University, but sought to
dispel any apprehension that the status would have any radical
effect on the character of the institution.

The first Central University to be accorded the
minority status, Jamia would now be able to reserve 50 per
cent of its seats for Muslim candidates in line with the
ruling of the National Commission for Minority Educational
Institutions (NCMEI).
"We went to the NCMEI when the case of 27 per cent OBC
quota came up because that would have taken away the rationale
of Jamia`s establishment, which was for the benefit of

"Modalities have to be worked out now to see how the
Muslim quota and the internal quota are included in the set
up," said Prof Rizwan, Secretary of JTA.

It is, however, not yet clear whether the University
will be able to implement the quota from this session.

JTA joint secretary Badshah Alam said the prospectus
of the University has not been issued yet, and it is possible
that the policy could be implemented from this session.

However, he added, that it would take a few years
before it takes final shape.

Vice Chancellor Najeeb Jung has called an emergency
meeting of the Academic Council and the Executive Council
tomorrow to discuss the issue, and decide the way forward.

The two apex bodies of the University are likely to
adopt the NCMEI ruling in the meeting and discuss the
procedures that would now be followed by the institution to
implement it.

"There is a legal process to be followed now.

"The Academic and Executive Councils will now endorse
the ruling and forward it to the Ministry of Human Resource
Development to be included in an ordinance," said Prof M Rais
Khan, President of Jamia Teachers Association (JTA).
The University currently has 25 per cent seats
reserved for internal students in all courses, and the other
25 per cent for SC/ST and physically disabled students.

The status of minority institution will give Jamia the
liberty to do away with the SC/ST quota.

"The change will not result in any extraordinary
situation or any radical change as a particular type of quota
will replace another.

"Fifty per cent of the seats will still be open for
the general category as earlier," he said.

The teachers also sought to dispel any apprehension
that the quality of education would suffer or the character of
the University would change.

Others said it was also important to keep the internal
quota intact.

Rizwan said the University will have to go through
certain legal processes to transform the ruling into policy.

Prof Tabrez Alam Khan, former secretary of JTA, who
was the petitioner in the case to the NCMEI said it was a
relief that the long-pending demand of the University has been

"We were very optimistic in this case and Aziz Basha
judgement in the Supreme Court only strengthened our stand,"
he said.