Jamia Millia Islamia’s admission procedure has come under the scanner with students who had applied for admission in various courses alleging that their names were removed from the selected candidates list “arbitrarily and without providing any reason” and replaced by other candidates in a revised list.
The Jamia Proctor, however, claimed that only some students’ names were removed as they had been “debarred” for “vitiating the academic environment” by organising protest demonstrations among other things. He added that Jamia was “not JNU” and “such students” could not be allowed to continue.
Jamia holds entrance exams for all courses — undergraduate and postgraduate — following which a list of selected candidates is released. Barring any interviews, the selected candidates are supposed to directly take admission thereafter.
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Jamia Proctor Mehtab Alam said names of only those students had been removed who had been debarred by a disciplinary committee. “Kuchh bachhon ki activities ko watch karte hue vice-chancellor ne ek committee baithayi thi, us committee ne unko debar kar diya. Ye university padhne ke liye hain na madam.. yahan ki jo academic environment hai use vitiate karne ke liye nahi (The VC had set up a committee to keep a watch on certain students, that committee has debarred them. This university is meant for studying, not vitiating the academic environment),” he told The Indian Express.
When asked how these students were vitiating the atmosphere, Alam said, “Woh instigate karenge… classes se baahar niklenge… dharna-pradarshan karenge (They will instigate, skip classes, and hold protests)… we are a very peaceful university and we don’t allow such students to continue.”
Alam argued that such cases of names being replaced were appearing in more than one course because such “bad elements” were applying for multiple courses. While one of the students, whose name was replaced, said he had been involved in protests against the hostel provost as a student of Jamia School, two others told The Indian Express that they had never been involved any sort of activism.
Jamia Students’ Forum General Secretary Meeran Haider, said he’d been approached by several students and parents with the same grievance, but his efforts to demand answers from the administration failed. He has also filed multiple RTIs on the issue.
Jamia VC Talat Ahmad said he was not aware of the matter since he was out of town. However he did confirm that the university had formed a disciplinary committee against students from both Jamia School and the University found to be indulging in acts of “indiscipline”.
When asked to corroborate the Proctor’s statement that students were penalised for “instigation of other students”, Ahmad said, “Yes this is correct, the proctor is telling the truth.”