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Jamia students demand quota

The jamia Millia Islamia student?s union has written to the President APJ Kalam and HRD ministry demanding 50 per cent interim reservation for Muslim students.

india Updated: Mar 25, 2006 01:39 IST

The jamia Millia Islamia student’s union has written to the President APJ Kalam and HRD ministry demanding 50 per cent interim reservation for Muslim students.

The union held a general body meeting in the campus on Thursday over the issue. "Jamia was founded on the principle that it would essentially be a minority institution. We want to affirm this on record by getting an approval for 50 per cent reservation for minority students," said Shams Parweiz, student’s union president.

The letter states, "The ideals propounded by the founding fathers were to promote and provide for religious and secular education of Indians, particularly Muslims. Today, the institution seems to be losing sight of this."

While referring to the Jamia Milia Islamia Act of 1988, which was allowed by the Parliament, the students demanded that the 'minority character' of the university be maintained by 50 per cent reservation. "The successive governments have maintained this character of Jamia. But during the process of development, the management of the institution has started digressing from the main path. They are concentrating on their personal perks and privileges," said the letter.

The students have pleaded their case on the ground that they need to be integrated with the mainstream. "The under-privileged youth of muslim community are unable to get proper education except at the madrassas,"said Perwaiz. Meanwhile, an administrative source said, "In accordance to rules, the students union will be dissolved at the end of March as they have served their term. This is just a storm in the teacup and a desperate attempt for publicity."

The university officials refused to comment on the matter claiming that they have seen no such letter.