Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, India

Jamia Millia Islamia

Jamia Millia Islamia is an Indian Central University located in Delhi. It was originally established at Aligarh in United Provinces, India in 1920. It became a Central University by an act of the Indian Parliament in 1988.

The university was established by nationalist Muslims and is secular in character. Its campus is located in South Delhi. There are no colleges affiliated to the university anywhere else. The university provides a number of courses at school, undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Established: 1920
Type: Central University
Chancellor: Fakhruddin T. Khorakiwala
Vice-Chancellor: Najeeb Jung
Faculty: 614
Staff: 997
Students: 10400
Location: New Delhi, India
Affiliations: UGC (India)

Central University

By a Special Act of the Parliament, Jamia Millia Islamia was made a central university of India in December 1988. In the list of the Faculties, i.e. Education, Humanities &  Languages, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences. Engineering & Technology, one more Faculty - Faculty of Law, was added in 1989. Many new courses and programmes at UG and PG levels have since been added.

Besides its six faculties, the Jamia has a number of centres of learning and research, like Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC), Academy of Third World Studies (ATWS) etc. The Jamia is also marching ahead in the field of Information Technology (IT). It offers various undergraduate and postgraduate IT courses. Apart from this, the Jamia has a campus wide network which connects a large number of its departments and offices.


Born out of political crisis, it seemed for a while, Jamia would not survive the heat of the intense political struggle for the independence of India. It participated in the Bardoli resolution and sent volunteers across the country to motivate people to fight for the freedom of the country. The colonial British government soon imprisoned many of its teachers and students. In 1922, Gandhiji called off the non-cooperation movement.  Even as its teachers and students were being released, Mustapha Kemal Ataturk declared the end of the Khilafat in 1924.

Suddenly Jamia saw itself in a great crisis. Some thought it had achieved its mission, as others believed that the institution had lost its raison d’etre with the end of the non-cooperation and the Khilafat movements. Even the little financial assistance, that the Khilafat had been giving it, also dried up. As even prominent people started deserting it, Jamia’s total collapse virtually became an imminent possibility.

Jamia Moves to Delhi

The saying, ‘when going gets tough the tough gets going’ cannot be truer about Jamia. As the crisis loomed large, Hakim Ajmal Khan, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed Ansari and Abdul Majeed Khwaja—the first trio—supported by Gandhiji shifted Jamia from Aligarh to Karol Bagh, in New Delhi in 1925. Gandhiji boosted the morale of Jamia, saying, “The Jamia has to run. If you are worried about its finances, I will go about with a begging bowl”.  Jamia followed Gandhiji’s constructive programme for self-reliance while it took to Charkha and Takli as favoured vocations.

Although Gandhi’s contacts helped to secure financial help for Jamia, the risk of helping a Congress-backed institution under the British Raj dissuaded many willing benefactors. Orthodox Muslims also viewed Jamia as a threat to Aligarh Muslim University, the ‘Muslim Oxford’. During those difficult days, it was Hakim Ajmal Khan who met most of Jamia’s expenses from his own pocket. Dr. M.A. Ansari and Abdul Majeed Khwaja toured India and abroad, explaining the importance of Jamia and collecting funds for this noble enterprise. Their collective intervention did avert a collapse that was almost certain.

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Jamia Tarana

This is the land of my hopes
This is the land of my dreams

This is where men with zeal stayed
Men who answered the leaders' call
It is here that torn-off love
Found the cohesive chords
It is here that wayward passions
Formed into frenzied love
It is here that the wild tulip learnt
How to make the scar of heart aglow

This is the land of my hopes
This is the land of my dreams

This is the place of men of vision
And of those with a challenging thought
Every morning here is new
And every evening newer still
Different is this tavern
And different are its norms
Different are the dancing cups
And different is their dance
Here drinking begets thirst anew
And different is this tavern's call

This is the land of my hopes
This is the land of my dreams

Here, conscience is the beacon light
And conscience is the guide
Here is the Mecca of heart resides the guiding faith
Ceaseless movement is our faith
And blasphemy it is to stay still
Here, the destined goal is the march on and on
Here, the swimming urge seeks
Newer and newer storms
Restless wave itself is our resurrected shore

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Faculties and Departments

Jamia Millia Islamia offers various academic and extension programs through the following faculties:

Faculty of Engineering and Technology:

1. Department of Applied Science Humanities: Ph.D. , M.Sc. Electronics
2. Department of Civil Engineering :  Ph.D., M.Tech. in Environ. Sc. & Engg. (Part-time), B.Tech. (Civil), B.E. (Civil) (Evening),
3. F/o Engg. Tech. : M.B.A. (Evening)    
4. Department of Computer Engineering : Ph.D., B.Tech. (Computer), B.E. (Computer) (Evening)
5. Department of Electrical Engineering: Ph.D., M.Tech. (Elect. Power Sys. Mgt.), B.Tech. (Electrical), B.E. (Electrical) (Evening)
6. Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering : Ph.D., B.Tech. (Electronics & Communication), B.E. (Electronics & Comm.) (Eve.)
7. Department of Mechanical Engineering: Ph.D., M.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering (Machine Design, Thermal Engg., Production and Industrial Engg.), B.Tech. (Mechanical), B.E. (Mechanical) (Evening)

Faculty of Law :
Ph.D., LL.M, B.A. LL.B (Hons.)

Faculty of Architecture & Ekistics
1. Department of Architecture: Ph.D., M. Arch. (Pedagogy/Medical Architecture/Building Services/Recrational Architecture), M. Ekistics, B. Arch., B. Arch. (Self-Financing)

Faculty of Fine Arts
1. Department of Art History & Art Appreciation: Ph.D., M. Phil in Art History, Certificate Course in Art Appreciation
2.   Department of Fine Arts : MFA Painting/Sculpture/Applied Art, MFA Art Education/Graphic Art/Art History
3.   Department of Applied Art:  BFA Applied Art, Certificate Course in Commercial Art/Photography/Calligraphy (Urdu, Hindi, English)
4.   Department of Painting:  BFA Painting, Certificate Course in Painting
5.   Department of Sculpture: BFA Sculpture, Certificate & Diploma Course in Sculpture
6. Department of Art Education: BFA Art Education, Certificate Course in Pottery
7.   Department of Graphic Art : Certificate Course in Print Making

Faculty of Education
1. Educational Studies:   Ph.D., M.Phil. in Education, M.A. (Edl. Planning & Admin.), M.Ed., M.Ed. (Elementary Education), P.G. Diploma in Edl. Mgt. (S-F)
2. TTNFE-IASE: Ph.D., M.A. (Education), M.Ed. (Special Education), B.Ed., B.Ed. (Special Education), Diploma in ETE

Faculty of Natural Sciences
1. Nat. Sc.: B.Sc
2.   Department of Biosciences: Ph.D., M.Sc. Bioscience, M.Sc. Biochemistry (S.F.), B.Sc. Bioscience
3. Department of Biotechnology: Ph.D., M.Sc. Biotechnology (S.F.) , B.Sc. Biotechnology
4. Department of Chemistry: Ph.D., M.Sc. Chemistry, B.Sc. (Hons.) Chemistry
5. Department of Computer Science: Ph.D., M.Sc. Bioinformatics (S.F.), M.C.A., P.G. Diploma in Computer Applications
6. Department of Geography : Ph.D., M.A./ M. Sc. Geography, B.A./ B.Sc. (Hons.) Geography, Adv. Diploma in Comp.-Assisted Cartography, Adv. Diploma in Remote Sensing & GIS Appl.
7. Department of Mathematics : Ph.D., M.Sc.Tech. (Industrial Math. With Comp. Application) (S.F.), M.A./ M.Sc. Math. With Comp. Sc., M.A./ M. Sc. Mathematics (Eve.), B.Sc. (Hons.) , B.A. (Hons.) Mathematics
8. Department of Physics: Ph.D., M.Tech. (Nanotechnology) (SF), M.Sc. Physics, B.Sc. (Hons.) Physics, B.Sc. with Instrumentation (Voc.)

Faculty of Social Sciences
1. Soc. Scs. :B.A. ,
2. Department of Adult & CEE: Ph.D., M.A./ M.Sc (Extension Edu.)
3. Department of Commerce  : Ph.D., M.Com. (Business Mgt.), M.I.B., B.Com. (Hons.), B.B.S., B.I.B.F.
4. Department of Economics : Ph.D., M.A. (Economics), B.A. (Hons.) Economics, B.A. with Comp. Appl. (B.A.C.A.)
5. Department of Political Science : Ph.D., M.A. (Political Science), M.A. (Human Rights & Duties Edu.), M.A. (Public Administration), B.A. (Hons.) Political Science, P.G. Diploma in Human Rights & Duties Edu.
6. Department of Psychology : Ph.D., M.A. ( Applied Psychology), B.A. (Hons.) Psychology, Advanced Diploma in Counsel. Psychology
7. Department of Social Work, Ph.D., M.A. (Social Work) (MSW), M.A. (Human Resource Mgt.), B.A. (Hons.) Social Work (BSW), P.G. Diploma in Mgt. of NGOs.
8. Department of Sociology : Ph.D., M.A. (Sociology), B.A. (Hons.) Sociology
9. Lib. & Info. Sc. : B. Lib. & Information Science

Faculty of Humanities and Languages
1.  Department of Arabic  : Ph.D. , M.A. (Arabic), B.A. (Hons.) Arabic, Adv. Diploma in Mod. Arabic Lang. & Transl. , Diploma in Modern Arabic , Certificate in Modern Arabic Lang.
2.  Department of English: Ph.D., M.Phil. (English Lit.), M.A. (English), B.A. (Hons.) English, Diploma in Translation Proficiency, Certificate in Translation Proficiency
3.  Department of Hindi  : Ph.D. , M.Phil. (Hindi), M.A. (Hindi) , B.A. (Hons.) Hindi, B.A. (Hons.) Mass Media writing Hindi , P.G.Diploma in Journalism (Print, Radio, TV & New Media Writing) (Self-Financing) , P.G.Diploma in T.V Journalism (Self-Financing)
4.  Department of History and Culture  : Ph.D., M.Phil. (History), M.A. (History), B.A. (Hons.) History
5.  Department of Islamic Studies  : Ph.D., M.A. (Islamic Studies), B.A. (Hons.) Islamic Studies
6.  Department of Persian: Ph.D., M.A. (Persian), B.A. (Hons.) Persian, Adv. Diploma in Modern Persian, Adv. Diploma in Pashto Language, Adv. Diploma in Kazhaki, Adv. Diploma in Turkemenian, Diploma in Modern Persian, Diploma in Pashto Language, Diploma in Kazhaki, Diploma in Turkemenian, Certificate in Modern Persian, Certificate in Pashto Language, Certificate in Kazhaki, Certificate in Turkemenian
7. Department of Urdu : Ph.D., M.Phil. (Urdu), M.A. (Urdu), B.A. (Hons.) Urdu, P.G. Diploma in Urdu Lang. Proficiency, P.G. Diploma in Urdu Mass Media
8.  F/o Humanities and Languages  : Diploma in Tourism & Travel Mgt., Certificate in Tourism & Travel Mgt. , Adv. Diploma in Turkish , Diploma in Turkish , Certificate in Turkish

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1.  A.J. Kidwai Mass Communication & Research Centre

2. M.M. Ali Johar Academy of Third World Studies

3. Centre for Management Studies

4. Centre for Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Sciences

5. Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Basic Sciences

6. Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace & Conflict Resolution

7. Centre for the Study of Comparative Religions & Civilisations

8. Dr. K.R. Narayanan Centre for Dalit & Minorities Studies

9. Centre for Spanish & Latin American Studies

10. Centre for West Asian Studies

11. Centre for Jawahar Lal Nehru Studies

12. Centre for Culture, Media & Governance

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Contact Us:

Jamia Millia Islamia University
(a Central University by an act of Parliament)
Maulana Mohammed Ali Jauhar Marg,
New Delhi -110 025
Telefax: (+91-11) 26987580/82/83, 26985473, (EPABX) 26981717

Office of the Foreign Student’s Advisor
Dr. Ameena Kazi Ansari
Foreign Students' Advisor
E mail:
Telephone: +91(11) 26981717/4075/6176/8044 Extn: 2959/1760
Fax: 91-1126987907

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