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Jamia Millia Islamia is a public central university, located in New Delhi, India. It was originally established at Aligarh in United Provinces present day Uttar Pradesh, India, during British rule in 1920. It became a Central University by an act of the Indian Parliament in 1988. In Urdu language, Jamia means University, and Millia means National.

Jamia Millia Islamia
Jamia Millia Islamia Logo.svg
Other name
Mottoʻallam al-insān-a mā lam yaʻlam
Motto in English
He taught man what he knew not
ChancellorNajma Heptulla (current)
Vice-ChancellorProf. Najma Akhtar
Location, ,
AffiliationsUGC, NAAC, AIU

Jamia Millia Islamia has become an ensemble of a multilayered educational system which covers all aspects of schooling, under-graduate, post-graduate, M.Phil/ Ph.D and post-doctoral education. With 9 faculties of learning, 38 teaching and research departments and over 27 centres of learning and research.

It got NAAC Accreditation with Grade ‘A’ in 2015. The MHRD’s National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) placed it at the 19th position in the "Overall Ranking" for 2018.[1]  In the Times Higher Education (THE) ranking for the year 2017 it was placed in-between 801–1000 and in the QS World University Rankings 2019 it was placed in-between 751–800.  The University has been benchmarking its teaching and research processes by increasing its interface with foreign educational institutions through faculty exchange, student exchange, joint research, joint conference and joint publication.

Jamia Millia Islamia will be completing hundred years of its existence in 2020.[2]



A 1970 stamp of India dedicated to the 50 anniversary of Jamia Millia Islamia
Dr. Zakir Hussain's mausoleum

Jamia Millia Islamia made a modest beginning in 1920 at Aligarh, with the resolute determination of its founding members—Shaikhul Hind Maulana Mahmud Hasan, Maulana Muhammad Ali Jauhar, Janab Hakim Ajmal Khan, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad Ansari, Janab Abdul Majeed Khwaja, and Dr. Zakir Hussain to create an institution that would manifest indigenous ethos and spirit of plurality.

In 1925 Jamia shifted from Aligarh to Karol Bagh, New Delhi.[3] On 1 March 1935, the foundation stone for a school building was laid at Okhla, then a non-descript village in the southern outskirts of Delhi. In 1936, all institutions of Jamia, except Jamia Press, the Maktaba and the library, were shifted to the new campus.[4]

It was conceived as a national institution that would offer progressive education and nationalist ideals to students from all communities, particularly the Muslims. The emergence of Jamia was supported by Gandhiji and Tagore who felt that Jamia could shape lives of hundreds and thousands of students on the basis of a shared culture and worldview.[citation needed] Jamia’s development is marked by sacrifices made by the staff and students and a host of individuals who contributed through myriad efforts. 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).[5]

In 2006 the Sultan of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah of Saudi Arabia paid a visit to the university and donated $3 million for construction of a library. Now, that library is known as Dr. Zakir Husain Library (Central Library).[citation needed]


Zakir Hussain, once said, "the movement of Jamia Millia Islamia is a struggle for education and cultural renaissance. It will prepare a blueprint for Indian Muslims which may focus on Islam but simultaneously evolve a national culture for common Indian. It will lay the foundation of the thinking that true religious education will promote patriotism and national integration among Indian Muslims, who will be proud to take part in the future progress of India, which will play its part in the comity of nations for peace and development. The objective of establishment of Jamia Millia Islamia will be to lay down the common curriculum for Indian Muslims taking into account the future challenges and will prepare the children to be masters of future".[6]


The campus is distributed over a large area. Many of its buildings are being modernized. Greenery is supported and advocated.

Shaykh al-Hind Mahmud al-Hasan gate

The university's scenic cricket ground Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi Sports Complex (popularly known as the Bhopal Ground) has hosted many important Tournaments and indian women cricket match[16].This ground also hosted University Cricket Championship in 2013[17] Besides its seven faculties, the Jamia has centres of learning and research, like the Anwar Jamal Kidwai Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC), Faculty of Engineering & Technology, Faculty of Fine Arts, Centre for Theoretical Physics and the Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar Academy of Third World Studies (ATWS). The Jamia offers undergraduate and postgraduate information and technology courses.Jamia Millia Islamia joined the green campaign installed 2,250 kilowatt solar panels on the campus.[18]


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

Faculty of LawEdit

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

Faculty of Engineering and TechnologyEdit

A fighter jet of the Indian Air Force stands in front of the Faculty of Engineering

This faculty was 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 conduct many projects sponsored by agencies. The faculty offers regular courses and continuing programmes.

The faculty has seven departments:

Faculty of Architecture and EkisticsEdit

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 LanguagesEdit

A view of the Faculty of Humanities and Languages building

The faculty has nine departments offering programmes in PhD, M Phil (pre-PhD), postgraduate, undergraduate, diploma and certificate courses.[19]

  • Arabic
  • English and Modern European Languages
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Hindi
  • History and Culture
  • 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 Aslam Jairajpuri, Maulana Mohd Abdus Salam Kidwai Nadvi, Maulana Qazi Zainul Abideen Sajjad Meeruti, Mohd Mujeeb, S. Abid Husain, Ziaul Hasan Faruqi, Mushirul Haq, Majid Ali Khan and 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 an annual magazine, Sada e Jauhar.[20]
  • Persian
  • Urdu
  • Turkish Language & Literature
  • French Language & Literature
  • Sanskrit

Faculty of Fine ArtsEdit

MF Husain Arts Gallery in the campus

This faculty has six departments offering programmes in PhD, Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), diploma and certificate courses.

  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Applied Arts
  • Art Education
  • Graphic Art
  • Art History & Art Appreciation

The campus has an art gallery named after the Indian painter M. F. Hussain.

Faculty of Social Sciences and commerce & business managementEdit

Gulistan-e-Ghalib, which features the statue of Mirza Ghalib

This faculty has seven departments

  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • Adult & Continuing Education
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Commerce & Business Studies
Social Science Block of Jamia Millia Islamia

The Faculty of Social Science is based around Gulistan-e-Ghalib and is commonly referred to as the Main Campus.

Faculty of Natural SciencesEdit

This faculty has eight departments:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Geography
  • Bioscience
  • Computer Science
  • Bioinformatics Infrastructure Facility
  • Biotechnology
  • Diploma in Unani pharmacy

Faculty of EducationEdit

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

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


AJK Mass Communication Research CenterEdit

FTK communication centre in the campus

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[21] according to their own site.[22]

Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CNN)Edit

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 and nano-device, nano-materials and nano-structures, nano-biotechnology and nano-medicine, nano-structure characterization and measurements.

Centre for Management StudiesEdit

The Centre for Management Studies presently offers three programmes: 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

Centre for European and Latin American StudiesEdit

The Centre for European and Latin American Studeis(CELAS) offers Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma in five languages viz. French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Russian. All the Language courses offered at CELAS are part time courses. Apart from the above mentioned courses CELAS also offers M.Phil/Ph.D in European Studies/ Latin American Studies. Time to time professors from different countries come and teach the above mentioned languages.

Besides these faculties, there are 20 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.[23]
  • Dr. Zakir Husain Institute of Islamic Studies
  • Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar Academy of Third World Studies
  • Arjun Singh 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 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 Naid Centre for Women's Studies
  • University Counseling and Guidance Centre
  • Centre for Early Childhood Development and Research[24]


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


Dr Zakir Husain 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 collection in libraries of some faculties and centres. University Library are open from 09:00 a.m to 05:00 p.m (Mon-Fri) for book issue.


University rankings
General – international
QS (World) (2019)[25]751-800
QS (BRICS) (2019)[26]125
QS (Asia) (2018)[27]200
QS (Asia) (2019)[28]177
Times (World) (2018)[29]801–1000
Times (World) (2019)[30]801-1000
Times (Asia) (2018)[31]201-250
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2018)[32]19
NIRF (Universities) (2018)[33]15
NIRF (Overall) (2019)[34]19
NIRF (Universities) (2019)[35]12
Engineering – India
NIRF (2018)[36]32
NIRF (2019)[37]27
Law – India
NIRF (2018)[38]6
Outlook India (2017)[39]6
The Week (2017)[40]20
Business/Management – India
NIRF (2018)[41]34

Jamia Millia Islamia was ranked 801–1000 in the world by the London-based Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2019[30] and 188 in Asia, improving its position from 201-250 last year.[42] Jamia Millia Islamia has been ranked at 631 position worldwide by Moscow-based Round University Ranking (RUR) 2019 among the world's 1100 universities assessed, improving position from 747 last year.[43] The QS World University Rankings of 2019 ranked it 177 in Asia[28] and 2019 ranked it 751-800 in the world.[25] It was ranked 19 in India overall by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2019,[34] 12 among universities,[35] 27 in the engineering ranking[36] and 34 in the management ranking.[41]

The Faculty of Law was ranked sixth in India by Outlook India's "Top 25 Law Colleges in 2017"[39] and 20th in India by The Week's "Top Law Colleges 2017".[40]

Former ChancellorsEdit


  1. Hakim Ajmal Khan (1920–1927)
  2. Mukhtar Ahmed Ansari (1928–1936)
  3. Abdul Majeed Khwaja (1936–1962)
  4. Zakir Husain (1963–1969)
  5. Mohammad Hidayatullah (1969–1985)
  6. Khurshed Alam Khan (1985–1990)
  7. S. M. H. Burney (1990–1995)
  8. Khurshed Alam Khan (1995–2001)
  9. Fakhruddin T. Khorakiwala (2002–2011)
  10. Lt. General Mohammad Ahmed Zaki (2012–2017)
  11. Najma Heptulla (2017 – Till Date)

Former Vice ChancellorsEdit


  1. Mohammad Ali Jouhar Jauhar (1920–1923)
  2. Abdul Majeed Khwaja (1923–1925)
  3. Dr. Zakir Husain (1926–1948)
  4. Muhammad Mujeeb (1948–1973)
  5. Masud Husain Khan (1973–1978)
  6. Anwar Jamal Kidwai (1978–1983)
  7. Ali Ashraf (1983–1989)
  8. Syed Zahoor Qasim (1989–1991)
  9. Bashiruddin Ahmad (1991–1996)
  10. Lt. General Mohammad Ahmed Zak (1997–2000)
  11. Syed Shahid Mahdi, Retd. I. A. S. (2000–2004)
  12. Mushirul Hasan (2004–2009)
  13. Najeeb Jung, I. A. S. (2009–2013)
  14. Talat Ahmad, F. N. A. (2014 -2018)
  15. Prof. Najma Akhtar (2019 - Current)

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


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