The centre has decided to withdraw its support to the Jamia Milia Islamia University on its status as a minority institution.

Contradicting its earlier view, the Ministry of Human Resources and Development (HRD)  has said that it wishes to pose a contrary stand to its earlier decision of supporting the University as a minority institution as there has been a misjudgement on its part in understanding the legal position in the matter.

Also, it was said that the Ministry has maintained that since the University draws its funds from the central government hence it was never intended to be a minority institution.

As per reports, the HRD ministry has decided to file a fresh affidavit in the court in a writ petition pending in the Delhi High Court. 

It is crucial to mention here that earlier in 2011, the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) had held that under the ambit of Article 30(1) read with Section 2(g) of the Minority Institutions Act Jamia Millia Islamia was a minority institution as it was established by Muslims for the uplift of Muslims and that it had never lost its identity as a Muslim minority institution.

Earlier in 2016, when Aligarh Muslim University’s (AMU) status was questioned as a minority institution, the NDA had again held a contrary view to that of the then UPA government which had maintained its support to the minority status of AMU.