Jamia may lose minority status,law ministry revisits UPA-2 stand

New Delhi, January 14, 2016 :

The status of an institution for the ‘minority’ might be taken away from Jamia Millia Islamia university. Modi government could turn away from the decision of UPA-2 government. The law ministry is stating that the university was established under Central laws.

It has been said that the law ministry has advised the Central government to refrain from the decision of National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) that was taken on 22 February, 2011. NCMEI had declared Jamia Millia Islamia as a minority institution. When the decision had been challenged in the court, the Human Resource Development ministry then led by Kapil Sibbal had welcomed this decision of NCMEI with open arms by issuing an affidavit in support of it. It is now that the law ministry is suggesting the government to step back from it. It is noteworthy that recently, the Central government had diverged from its old track regarding the minority status of Aligarh Muslim University too. Pointing towards the Centre, the Attorney General said in Supreme Court that the central government cannot establish a minority institution in a secular nation.

(This article is originally published by Jansatta and translated and republished by Aapka Times)

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