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A modern outlook

While its foundation might be deeply rooted in history, Jamia Millia Islamia’s vision is quite futuristic
Hindustan Times | By Garima Upadhyay, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2012 12:01 PM IST

Located at one end of south Delhi, this university and its architecture stands testimony to the rich history and culture of the city’s bygone era. The beautiful buildings at Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) seem to invite the romantic at heart to explore the campus. With various schools and centres (all situated close to each other), university students have the option of walking into any department and making use of its infrastructure.

USP: Rich history along with numerous course combinations makes it a favourite with students. Also, its location scores high with many. Faculty, exposure and a rich alumni network also draw students.

Programmes: The university offers various programmes at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It has several faculties, departments and centres that offer programmes ranging from dentistry, engineering to conflict studies. Prominent programmes include engineering and mass communication courses offered by the university. JMI is also famous for its international relations programme. In the coming year, the university plans to introduce courses in nanoscience and technology, Chinese and Afghanistan studies.

IT Quotient: The university’s website is quite comprehensive and links you to its various centres. It also gives out details of its various programmes, faculties, departments etc. Also, most departments have computer laboratories with high-speed internet connectivity. The university also offers online classrooms to its students.

Infrastructure: The university has various well-planned departments and centres. Most of them have their libraries and laboratories. Dr Zakir Husain Library is the central library with a collection of about 3.28 lakh books. It subscribes to leading national and international newspapers, magazines and journals.

The library also has a collection of rare books. Students have the facility to locate any book through the online tracking system. The university’s sports facilities were refurbished and upgraded during the Commonwealth Games held in Delhi in 2010.

JMI is also famous for motivating and encouraging sports. It has facilities for badminton, cricket, football, hockey, basketball, table tennis, boxing, handball, athletics and shooting etc.

Clubs and societies: The university is well known for its outreach activities. Students teach, organise donation camps and events to spread awareness about various causes. The programme was conceived in 2005 and has been strengthened over the years. An in-house magazine, Jauhar, offers comprehensive coverage of activities that take place at the campus.

Apart from that, students from Jamia are quite active in extracurricular activities. They participate in debates, discussions, sports activities, organise movie screenings, Spic Macay events on campus and get to meet and interact with the newsmakers quite often.

Studentspeak: “The university culture is very stimulating and exposes you to our rich heritage and history. There is never a dull moment on campus. With so many centres and departments around we get to attend seminars and lectures on a variety of issues. From women’s issues to peace-building initiatives, one can do and discuss anything at Jamia,” says David Cyrill, a law student.

Jamia Millia Islamia, an institution originally established in Aligarh in the United Provinces, India in 1920 became a central university by a special act of the Indian Parliament in 1988. Jamia has a number of centres of learning and research, like Mass Communication Research Centre, Academy of Third World Studies etc

“The university is quite good and facilities are at par with any other educational institute in the country. Peer learning along with great faculty ensure that we don’t miss out on anything significant,”adds David Cyrill, a law student

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