BJP criticises minority status to Jamia Millia



New Delhi: The BJP on Tuesday criticised the Centre's contention that it supports the minority status granted to Jamia Millia Islamia University by the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI).

"Jamia is a central University and its expenditure has always been borne by the Centre. It has been a general university ever since its creation," senior BJP leader V K Malhotra said.

Criticising the Centre's position, he said minority status to Jamia Millia Islamia university will harm the interests of students from scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and backward classes.

The Centre yesterday had told the Delhi High Court that it supports the minority status granted to Jamia Millia Islamia University by NCMEI.

In an affidavit submitted to the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv, the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) said it respects the NCMEI's decision.

"Jamia's secular image had persisted before and after independence. But now suddenly after 63 years the NCMEI has decided to declare it a minority institution," Malhotra said.

The court had earlier sought the government's stand on a plea challenging the NCMEI's declaration. The plea contended the Commission has no jurisdiction or authority to declare it as a minority institution.

PTI