New Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), the renowned University of India, wants to remove the widely perceived superior madrassa tag, said Vice Chancellor (VC) Najeeb Jung. According to Mr Jung, the main idea behind this announcement is to position the 90-year-old university as a modern, secular institution of learning for one and all.
As per sources, Mr Jung is from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), and was a surprise choice to succeed Mushirul Hasan four months ago. The University, established in 1920 by an act of the Parliament, has around 19,000 students. Jung said his students were from all religious denominations and not just Muslims. He also said that the university celebrates Ramzan and Diwali with equal fervor.
Further, he added that the University is also trying to bring more students from far-flung areas, from Kashmir to Kerala. The University is going to open entrance examination centres in Kerala, Bihar, Assam, Hyderabad, Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal from where it is expecting to enroll more students.