han (president Jamia teachers’ association), Advocate Tariq Siddiqui, Dr. Mohd Rafat (Reader at Engineering dept. JMI) enlightened the audience with the legal and socio-political aspects of Jamia being the Minority Institute. Prof Khan reiterated that JMI was established by the members of Muslim minority community in 1920 during the Khilafat and Non-cooperation movement.
The main objective behind the establishment of Jamia Millia Islamia was “To promote and provide for the religious and secular education of Indians, particularly Muslims, in the Jamia Millia Islamia. Advocate Tariq Siddiqui who is also fighting the Jamia case in the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions; brought forward the changes in the mindset of the people since 1980 regarding Jamia’s Minority Status. He said that the stand of recognising Jamia as a minority institution is supported by various acts of the parliament and the legislature.
He clarified that Jamia is already a minority institution and we need only the certification by the government. Reserving 50% seats for Muslims will have rest 50% for General category which is equivalent to non-minority institutions like University of Delhi. Implementation of the reservations will do away with other types of reservations for SCs, STs and OBCs.