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Jamia is first to increase intake

Jamia Milia Islamia is the first univ to raise the number of seats after the HRD ministry decided to introduce quota for OBCs.

india Updated: May 24, 2006 09:03 IST

Jamia Milia Islamia is the first university in the country to increase the number of seats for students after the HRD ministry decided to introduce reservations for OBCs. “This July, we will increase 699 seats across the board in undergraduate and professional courses,” said Prof Mushirul Hasan, Vice-Chancellor.

“This decision is a consequence of the fact that as a university we have entered a new phase in history. We need to expand and grow. This is also a response to the commitment made by the government and we owe it to the student community. We can no longer limit ourselves to the old number. If we have the infrastructure and posts, why not increase the seats? The performance of Jamia institutes is good."

At present, Jamia has 3,438 seats. This number will now go up to 4,137. The faculties where the seats have been increased are engineering and technology, diploma engineering, mass communication and research centre, faculty of social sciences, faculty of natural sciences, faculty of education and faculty of law. Engineering is the discipline that got the biggest slice of the seat cake. The seats for humanities and language courses have been left untouched.

Jamia has also announced the introduction of three new postgraduate courses: MAs in photography; digital graphics and animation; and journalism. The other new courses are BSc, MSc, PhD and MPhil in one subject, Media Technology.

"The university received a grant of Rs 156 crore for five years, of which Rs 30 crore will be spent in the 2006-07 academic year. The grant will also be utilised to introduce five new centres -- dental studies, basic sciences, theoretical physics, rehabilitation and physiotherapy and centre for media and governance," Hasan said.