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Jamia was established in 1920 by a group of Nationalist Muslims like Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar, Shaikhul Hind Maulana Mahmud Hasan, Hakim Ajmal Khan, Shri A.M. Khwaja, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad Ansari, Dr. Zakir Husain and other such luminaries, at Aligarh (Uttar Pradesh) in the wake of the anti-colonial activism signified by the Khilafat and non-cooperation movement of the Indian National Congress which helped to harness creative energies and the subsequent making of Jamia Millia Islamia. Its campus shifted from Aligarh to Delhi in 1925 and the foundation stone of the present campus was laid on 1st March 1930. Since then, the university has expanded and become known as a premier educational institution of the country. Recognizing its contributions in the field of teaching, research and extension work, the University Grants Commission (UGC) bestowed the “deemed university” status to it in 1962. The Jamia was made a Central University by an Act of Parliament in 1988 vide Jamia Millia Islamia Act 1988 (No.58 of 1988). The Degrees/Diplomas/ Certificates offered by Jamia Millia Islamia, are recognized by all the members of the Association of Indian Universities(AIU) and are at par with Degrees/Diplomas and Certificates of all Indian Universities, Deemed Universities and institutions. Subsequently, the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions on 22 February 2011 granted “Minority Institution” status to Jamia Millia Islamia under Article 30(1) of the constitution read with Section 2(G) of the National Commission for Minorities Institutions Act.


Jamia reflects the original concern of its founders, which was to encourage the indigenous roots of education. It has cherished and has continued to encourage a critical appreciation of the country’s history and culture and also the history of Islam with its rich cultural and intellectual traditions. It seeks to foster a national and cosmopolitan perspective in its academic programs as well as in co-curricular activities. From its inception, the Jamia catered to students from disadvantaged backgrounds and its course curriculum was suited to meet the needs of such students. The university was an active participant in spreading Gandhiji’s idea of nai talim. Vocational training and school education became one of the cornerstones of Jamia education and models for innovative teaching.


Today, Jamia Millia Islamia is an “A” grade Central University accredited by NAAC and is an ensemble of a multi layered educational system which covers all aspects of schooling, under-graduate and post-graduate education. The university recognizes that teaching and research are complementary activities that can advance its long-term interest. It has Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Engineering & Technology, Education, Humanities & Languages, Architecture & Ekistics, Fine Arts, Law and Dentistry Faculties. Also, it has a well known AJK Mass Communication Research Centre. Jamia has over thirty research centres that have given it an edge in terms of critical research in various areas. Some of these are Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution; Academy of International Studies; Centre for Culture, Media and Governance; Centre for Dalit and Minorities Studies; Centre for Nanosciences and Nanotechnology; FTK Centre for Information Technology; Centre for Management Studies; Dr. K.R. Narayanan Centre for Dalit & Minority Studies; Centre for West Asian Studies; Centre for Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Sciences; Centre for Theoretical Physics and Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Basic Sciences.


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