When Delhi student Aashish Birgi first came to Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) to fill his form for the bachelor’s in business studies (BBS) programme three years ago, he was amazed to see the size of the campus. “The infrastructure is good too with lots of greenery around a heritage building. Being a Central university, JMI’s resources and potential are huge. I had a great holistic learning stint here,” he says. Besides the excellent infrastructure, Jamia has a lot to offer to its students, especially those at the undergraduate level.
Jamia offers as many as 51 bachelor’s programmes, which are a fine mix of science, commerce, arts and humanities. It shifted to the semester mode last year for its undergraduate programmes as this aids continuous assessment and also offers students the option of tweaking courses. The varsity also introduced the credit transfer system last year.
“We had earlier introduced a concept of transfer of credits at the faculties of social sciences and humanities and languages. There are plans to introduce it across faculties and departments from 2013-14. For example, a student who is majoring in history will be able to transfer credits from Islamic architecture. Similarly, a civil engineering student can take credits in architecture and social sciences,” says SM Sajid, registrar.
Students can thus develop a multidisciplinary approach to their studies. All the departments and centres at Jamia are independent and run their own courses and can devise their own syllabi, their own mode of evaluation etc.
What to expect
“We want the students who come to Jamia to have a holistic learning experience. Not only are the courses tweaked regularly to make them more contemporary but the subject associations provide a platform for students to participate in a plethora of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities round the year. We want them to explore their potential to the maximum. There are ample opportunities and platforms available at Jamia for them,” says Najeeb Jung, vice chancellor.
JMI is popular for its outreach and extra-curricular activities. “We organised TedEx JMI, an event that included a series of talks on successful career switching featuring speakers from different fields, in 2011. The university organised its first-ever cultural fest called Miraas in 2013. The university culture is very appealing and exposes you to interdisciplinary interactions,” says Ayesha Hussain, an electrical engineering student.
The university has revamped some of its courses recently. An MoU was signed with York University and a joint exercise conducted for revamping the course structure of the programmes on offer at Jamia’s Mass Communication and Research Centre. Some of the diploma courses have been upgraded to degree courses for the next session. There are plans to hold common entrance tests for a cluster of courses as part of the university’s efforts to make the admission process smoother this year. For instance, there will be common entrance tests for courses offered at the faculty of natural sciences such as physics, chemistry etc and the students will have to indicate their choice of preference. “This will reduce the burden on the students who will have to take fewer entrance tests,” says Jung.
The university got a grant of Rs. 25 crore for girls hostels from the ministry of human resource development. “We are committed to providing living facilities, especially to girls on campus,” adds Jung.
The International Summer School (ISS) was launched recently to bring students together from across the world. Each summer, the ISS will be in session for six weeks as a part of the university, in association with the ministry of tourism. It offers intensive, undergraduate level course modules and experiences that focus on India and reflect the country’s growing influence on the world stage. The programme will be divided into two components — a four-week academic session held on campus at Jamia and a two-week India experience which will be held after the academic session. This will include excursions to Agra, Jaipur and other locations and offer students the opportunity to volunteer for social causes. ISS begins in June 2013. The programme is meant for undergraduate and postgraduate students of all nationalities, including Indians.
The newer courses at JMI include MTech in nanoscience and nanotechnology and MA in early childhood development. Recently, new centres on Afghanistan studies and Chinese studies were also set up.
* The online application process for various programmes has started. Visit jmi.ac.in for details
* The sale of admission forms will, however, start from the first week of April on all days (except Sundays/holidays) at counters of M/s Maktaba Jamia Ltd. on the university campus
* JMI will conduct its own all-India admission test to the BDS course
* Aspirants can submit e-applications for all regular courses of the faculty of engineering and technology by April 23, 2013
Courses on offer
BSc (hons) chemistry; BSc (biotechnology); BCom (hons); bachelor of architecture; BA LLB (hons); BFA (applied art); BA (hons) English; BA (hons) Turkish language and literature; BA (hons) social work; and BE (computer engineering). The university also offers master’s, doctoral, certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, and postgraduate diploma courses in the regular and distance modes
The list is not exhaustive.
For more, visit jmi.ac.in