My experience of studying in Jamia Millia Islamia – an eye opener

Article 30 of the Constitution of India, states that

All minorities, whether based on religion or language, shall have the right to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice.

Under this Article, there are various Educational Institutions across the Country, which have been established by the Religious Minoritites. There is a lot of myth around these Universities, which have been created in the recent years by the Media. Being a student of Jamia Millia Islamia University, I would like to break the bubble created by the Media Houses. Trust me the reality is far different from what it has been portrayed in the media.

Anti-National and Narrow Mindset Views of Minority Institutions-So everyone must be familiar with the university called Jamia Millia Islamia, one of the most controversial and debated university according to the mindset’s developed by some narrow minded people.We the common citizens of India have developed the feeling that all the minority institutions such as Jamia Millia Islamia, Jamia Hamdard, Christ University,Aligarh Muslim University etc and some of the reputed universities such as Jawaharlal Nehru University are anti-nationals and generate students students who raise anti-national slogans, are involved in destruction of public properties and tries to malign the image of these educational institutions as well as the country.

The derogatory remarks are made for these reputed and respectable universities in India because of some riots, incidents involving the mass groups and students from political unions. All these are the results of the seed of hatred  which has been developed in the mindset’s of these innocent people who become the victims of these violent protests and riots which malign the image of these universities because of these evil minded people and hence they generate the poison of hatred which results in the ultimate disaster for the society and derogatory remarks towards these universities.

Let just be frank and be mature enough to know the actual facts rather than the misleading ones that this is not the overall image which is being on TVs and being circulated into the social media apps and which is inculcating the feeling of hatred towards such universities and resulting in the riots especially Hindu-Muslim Riots. Political Agendas and the involvement of major political parties in these sensitive issues are also the reason why the images of such an old and reputed Universities of the country are being maligned. They are of course after all the tag of Central University which itself is the biggest achievement for any university where students can take admission and secure their future.

Jamia and other Universities Perception- There will always be some students who will always be involved in anti-national activities, spreading and circulating hate speeches among their peer groups and try to create nuisance and violence around these educational institutions. But they are few in number and so the overall picture of any university cannot be drawn upon such recent  incidents and without having the prior knowledge of actual facts related to such incidents, the final conclusion should not be drawn. There will be contradictory remarks on this from the other’s point of view, but the only conclusion that can be formulated is that we cannot jump into the direct conclusion without having the prior knowledge of factual basis related to such incidents which shows poor image of such universities in the eyes of the common citizens.

Jamia Millia Islamia’s Achievements- Jamia Millia Islamia, as we all know that it earned a bad reputation in 2019 because of the incidents related to CAA-NRC protests and protests related to VC in 2019. But Jamia’s reputation cannot be drawn only because of one or two bad incidents. Jamia in the past as well as in present has produced many scholars, lawyers and judges, technicians, engineers, journalists, poets, musicians, sportspersons, writers etc The alumni of Jamia is very strong. The Personalities such as Shah Rukh Khan, Anjana Om Kashyap, Virender Sehwag, Barkha Dutt, Nidhi Bisht speaks the volume and reputation of the university which it can boast off.

Besides Jamia has been ranked No 1 in Central Universities Ranking, Ranked 9 in Law, Ranked 34 in MBA, Ranked 28 in Technology, Ranked 10 in Architecture, Ranked 16 in Overall Universities (all ranks are based on NIRF Rankings) this year

Further, the main central library of the university is known as Zakir Hussain Library which has collection of about 4,00, 000 artefacts including books, volumes, microfilms, periodicals, manuscripts and thousands of ideas and innovation oriented skills in the form of youths are generated from this library. There are many students who are IAS aspirants, Judicial Services Aspirants, Business Aspirants and most importantly want to secure their future and enlighten their skills and broaden their perspectives by studying in these most coveted universities of the nation.

Also the Jamia has one of the best sports facilities in whole of Delhi and so it can boast about its stadium in terms of its excellence and nurturing great talents who bring laurels to the university as well as the country.The Name of its stadium is Nawab Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi Stadium , one of the best and most affordable sports complex in the whole of Delhi. It has one of the best basketball, cricket, badminton, tennis, handball, volleyball etc courts with well equipped equipment’s and excellent coaches to guide and nurture the talents of the youngsters and mould them into best sports persons. The students here have inculcated the habit of winning and bringing laurels for the university as well as the country in the form of god medals, silver medals and tons of certificates.

Conclusion- All these are available under a very minimal and an affordable fees (in-fact the cheapest one could ever afford and that too in the area of South Delhi) and can increase his skills and knowledge in academics as well as co-curricular activities at such an affordable fees.

What else one could expect if he can achieve all these things at such an affordable fees? Just one or two bad incidents or calling the university anti-national, people with corrupt minds cannot malign the image of Jamia. Jamia provides the best and the most affordable education to each and every section of the section.It does not discriminate between Muslims and other religions and people from every part, every religion, every sect and even from the remote areas come here to study and to gain the best possible knowledge at a minimal fees. The hard working professors, the hard-working students, the never to say die spirit of the university and the diversity of cultures in the university makes it no 1 Central University in the true sense. So it’s rank in the NIRF Rankings can be fully justified and no student will ever gain loss in terms of education and skills in the competitive and job-oriented environment. Further, the diversification of cultures and the Hard working and talented students as well as the professors adds rich source of experience and knowledge one could ever get and there is never a waste of education or degree when one graduates from the university.

There several thousand colleges in India, IIMs , IITs, AIIMS, Narsee Monje , Symbiosis etc where the fees of a particular course is very high but in Jamia the scenario is exactly opposite . Here you can achieve the elite degrees in any course of your choice at the minimum affordable fees . It is also applicable even in the universities of Aligarh, JNU, Jamia Hamdard. .These universities also have their own schools to promote education and develop and nurture the skills of the young students.

The basic motto of all these minority universities is provide the education to each and every sections of the society and increase their skills and talents without any discrimination of religion, caste, creed, sect etc. They promote real education rather than doing profit oriented education business because their real aim is to generated the talented youths and skilful people with the rich influence of talent, skills and a good degree which could provide them jobs in the future aspects. This is the real Jamia, this is the real Aligarh Muslim University, this is the real JNU. No narrow minded or hatred minded individual can ever malign the repeat and the glorious heritage of these universities. No violence, no riots, no false propagandas can ever harm the reputation of these universities. These universities are the best and will always remain the best.

It will never be a matter of concern whoever bad mouths about these universities because they will always prove their worth through their achievements, nurturing talents among the youths and spreading the message of education and love among all the citizens of the nation. That’s all can be said about these universities.

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