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Jamia Millia Islamia

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Type  Public
Academic staff  800+
Students  23000+
Phone  011 2698 1717
Total enrollment  16,427 (2015)
Established  1920
Administrative staff  1200+
Chancellor  Mohammad Ahmed Zaki
Founded  1920
Vice-chancellor  Talat Ahmad
Jamia Millia Islamia

Motto  Arabic: عَلَّمَ الاِنْسَانَ مَا لَمْ يَعْلَم‎‎ʻallam al-insān-a mā lam yaʻlamEnglish:He taught man what he knew not
Address  Jamia Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110025
Founders  Mohammad Ali Jouhar, Hakim Ajmal Khan
Notable alumni  Shah Rukh Khan, Barkha Dutt, Virender Sehwag, Kiran Rao, Kabir Khan
Similar  Aligarh Muslim University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jamia Hamdard, Guru Gobind Singh Ind, University of Delhi

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Jamia Millia Islamia (Urdu: جامعہ ملیہ اسلامیہ, Hindi: जामिया मिलिया इस्लामिया, translation: Community Islamic University) is a public central university that counts Dr. Zakir Hussain amongst its' founders and located in Delhi. It was established at Delhi during British rule in 1920. It became a Central University by an act of the Indian Parliament in 1988.


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This university was established by nationalist Muslim leaders in 1920. Its campus was located in South Delhi. The university provides undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate courses. Jamia Millia Islamia, an institution originally established at Aligarh in United Provinces, India in 1920. It became a Central University by an act of the Indian Parliament in 1988. In Arabic language, Jamia means 'University', and Millia means 'Community'.

The story of its growth from a small institution in the pre-independence India to a central university located was New Delhi—offering integrated education from nursery to research in specialised areas—is a saga of dedication, conviction and vision of a people who worked against all odds and saw it growing step by step. They “built up the Jamia Millia stone by stone and sacrifice by sacrifice,” said Sarojini Naidu, the nightingale of India.


The University was established by Muslim leaders in 1920, prior to partition. Among the founding leaders, the main were the Ali Brothers, Moulana Mohammad Ali Jouhar and Moulana Shaukat Ali.

  • Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the nationalist leader of the Indian National Congress, was one of its main initial patrons.
  • Dr Zakir Hussain was the first Vice Chancellor, who took over in its turbulent times and guided it through all the difficulties. After his death, he was buried on the campus of the University where his mausoleum is open to the public.
  • Dr Mukhtar Ahmad Ansari, who later on became the Vice Chancellor. The main auditorium of the University is named after him.
  • Shaikhul Hind Maulana Mahmud Hasan
  • Abdul Majeed Khwaja
  • Abid Hussain
  • Hakim Ajmal Khan
  • Mohammad Mujeeb, under whose leadership Jamia became a Deemed University
  • The campus is distributed over a large area. Many of its buildings are being modernized. Greenery is supported and advocated. In December 1988 Jamia was accorded the status of a Central University by the parliament under the Jamia Millia Islamia Act 1988 (no. 59 of 1988).

    Jamia Millia Islamia today

    In 2006 the Sultan of Saudi Arabia paid a visit to the university and donated $30 million for construction of a library .Now,that library is known as Zakir Husain Library and is one of the finest library of India containing thousands of manuscripts, journals, research papers and books from many fields.

    The university's scenic cricket ground (popularly known as the Bhopal Ground) has hosted Ranji Trophy matches and a women's cricket test match. Besides its seven faculties, the Jamia has centres of learning and research, like the Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC), Faculty of Engineering & Technology, Faculty of Fine Arts,Centre for Theoretical Physics and the Academy of Third World Studies (ATWS). The Jamia offers undergraduate and postgraduate information and technology courses.


    Jamia Millia Islamia has 9 faculties under which it offers academic and extension programs:

    Faculty of Law

    This faculty specialises in quality training and education to budding lawyers through the following programs:

  • BA LLB (Honors)
  • LLM
  • Faculty of Engineering and Technology

    Established in 1985 with the departments of Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering departments. It has added the departments of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Department of Applied Science and Humanities (1996) and has six engineering departments— Applied Sciences & Humanities, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Communications, Mechanical Engineering, computer Engineering—and a University Polytechnic. These departments also conduct many projects sponsored various agencies. The faculty offers regular courses and continuing programmes.

    The faculty has 7 departments —

  • Electronics and Communication Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Applied Sciences & Humanities
  • Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics

    This faculty has the Department of Architecture and it offers the following programs

  • B Arch (Regular and Self-Financing)
  • M Arch
  • M Ekistics
  • Faculty of Humanities and Languages

    The faculty has nine departments:

  • Arabic
  • English and Modern European Languages
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Hindi
  • History and Culture
  • Islamic Studies
  • Islamic Studies has been a part of Jamia’s curriculum since its inception in 1920 at Aligarh. Prominent scholars of Islam have taught Islamic Studies in Jamia as an optional as well as a compulsory subject, to name a few: Maulana Mohd. Ali Johar, Maulana Mohd Aslam Jairajpuri, Maulana Mohd Abdus Salam Kidwai Nadvi, Maulana Qazi Zainul Abideen Sajjad Meeruti, Prof Mohd Mujeeb, Dr. S. Abid Husain, Prof Ziaul Hasan Faruqi, Prof Mushirul Haq, Prof Majid Ali Khan and Prof I.H. Azad Faruqi.In 1975, a separate multi-disciplinary Department of Islamic and Arab-Iranian Studies was instituted. Following a trifurcation, a full-fledged Department of Islamic Studies was established in 1988. The department publishes its annual magazine titled as Sada e Jauhar.

  • Persian
  • Urdu
  • Turkish Language & Literature
  • French Language & Literature
  • offering programmes in PhD, M Phil (pre-PhD), postgraduate, undergraduate, diploma and certificate courses.

    Faculty of Fine Arts

    This faculty has six departments

  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Applied Arts
  • Art Education
  • Graphic Art
  • Art History & Art Appreciation
  • Offering programmes in PhD, Master of Fine Arts (M F A), Bachelor of Fine Arts (B F A), Diploma and Certificate courses.

    The campus has an art gallery named after the Indian painter MF Husain.

    Faculty of Social Sciences

    This faculty has seven departments

  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • Adult & Continuing Education
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Commerce & Business Studies
  • The Faculty of Social Science is based around Gulistan-e-Ghalib, and is commonly referred to as the Main Campus.

    Faculty of Natural Sciences

    This faculty has eight departments:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Geography
  • Bioscience
  • Computer Science
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology
  • Faculty of Education

    This faculty specializes in quality training and education to budding teachers through its two departments

  • Educational Studies
  • Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (Formerly Dept of Teacher Training and Non Formal Education)
  • Faculty of Dentistry

    This faculty specialises in quality training and education to budding dentists through a five-year BDS program.

    AJK Mass Communication Research Center

    The Mass Communication Research Centre was established in 1982 by Anwar Jamal Kidwai, then vice-chancellor (later chancellor) of Jamia Millia Islamia. Jamia is today known primarily for these mass communication courses. according to their own site.

    Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CNN)

    The mission of this Centre is to promote forefront basic and applied research in the fields of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, with potential applications towards fulfilling national strategic needs. The main research focus of the Centre includes Nano-fabrication & Nano-device, Nano-materials & Nano-structures, Nano-biotechnology & Nano-medicine, Nano-structure characterization & measurements.

    Centre for Management Studies

    The Centre for Management Studies presently offers three programmes viz. Ph.D. in Management, MBA (Full-Time) Programme and M.B.A. (International Business) Programme.

  • Ph.D. Programme
  • MBA (Full Time) Programme
  • M.B.A. (International Business) Programme
  • Besides these faculties, there are twenty centres of learning and research. Notable among these is the MA in Mass Communication offered by the AJK Mass Communication and Research Center:

  • FTK-Centre for Information Technology An internet facility is available for the faculty members, staff, research scholars, and students.
  • Dr. Zakir Husain Institute of Islamic Studies
  • Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar Academy of Third World Studies
  • Centre for Distance and Open Learning
  • Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Centre for Jawaharlal Nehru Studies
  • Centre for the Study of Comparative Religions and Civilizations
  • Centre for West Asian Studies
  • Dr. K. R. Narayanan Centre for Dalit and Minorities Studies
  • Centre for Spanish and Latin American Studies
  • Centre for Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Academy of Professional Development of Urdu Medium Teachers
  • Academic Staff College
  • Barkat Ali Firaq State Resource Centre
  • Centre for Coaching and Career Planning
  • Centre for Culture Media and Governance
  • Centre for Gandhian Studies
  • Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Basic Sciences
  • Centre for Theoretical Physics
  • Child Guidance Centre
  • India – Arab Cultural Centre
  • Jamia's Premchand Archives and Literary Centre
  • Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women's Studies
  • University Counseling and Guidance Centre
  • Centre for Early Childhood Development and Research
  • Schools

    Jamia Millia Islamia also imparts education from Nursery to Senior Secondary level.

  • Balak Mata Centres
  • Gerda Philipsborn Day Care Centre
  • Mushir Fatma Jamia Nursery School
  • Jamia Middle School
  • Jamia Senior Secondary School
  • Syed Abid Husain Senior Secondary School
  • Jamia Girls Senior Secondary School
  • Library

    The main central library of the University is known as Dr Zakir Husain Library with its collection of about 400,000 artefacts—including books, microfilms, periodicals volumes, manuscripts, and rare books. Certain halls are dedicated to them. The library is open to all bona fide students of Jamia. Beside this, there are subject wise collection in libraries of some faculties and centres.

    Alumni Associations

  • Jamia Millia Islamia Alumni - UAE chapter
  • Jamia Millia Islamia Alumni Association - KSA
  • Jamia Millia Islamia Alumni Association (JMIAA), Riyadh Chapter
  • Jamia Millia Islamia Alumni Association – U.S. chapter
  • Notable Alumni

  • Shah Rukh Khan – Bollywood actor
  • Virender Sehwag – Indian Cricketer
  • Barkha Dutt – NDTV editor / Journalist
  • Kabir Khan – Film director
  • Kiran Rao – Film producer / director / actor
  • Anjana Om Kashyap - Aaj Tak editor / Journalist
  • Arvind Otta - Psychologist
  • Danish Aslam– Film director
  • Roshan Abbas – Radio jockey / Film director
  • Habib Faisal – Film writer / director
  • Gagan Ajit Singh - International Hockey Player
  • Muzammil Ibrahim – Model / actor
  • Mohammad Hossein Adeli - Gas Exporting Countries Forum
  • Loveleen Tandan - film director
  • Marya Shakil - CNN-IBN Journalist
  • Vikas Jain - Co-Founder of MicroMax
  • Rajeev Saxena- Vice President of Lava Mobiles
  • Anshu Gupta - Senior DGM, L&T Ltd.
  • Anurag Gupta - CEO, Balaji Tele Films
  • Uzmi Husain - Lawyer at Supreme Court of India and writer
  • Kamal Akhtar - Politician, Cabinet Minister in Uttar Pradesh government
  • Zeishan Quadri, Writer, Actor, Gangs of Wasseypur
  • References

    Jamia Millia Islamia Wikipedia