Delhi is one of the rare states/union territories in India that is blessed with not one but four centrally recognised universities, 5 state universities and 13 deemed universities! Delhi University may get all the hype – however, those with strict academic ethos may favour the remaining three – JNU, Jamia Millia Islamia and IGNOU (and we are not even exploring the many Tech / medical options).
In comparison to Delhi University, Jamia Millia Islamia excels in other aspects that matters as much, if not more. Jamia Millia Islamia is known for its strong academic credentials, but few are aware of things beyond that.
We, based on conversations with students here, have compiled a set of five things that Jamia-ites are proud of:
A Food Lover’s Paradise:
Jamia is located at a unique point of confluence between different food cultures – Batla House, Zakir Nagar and New Friends Colony; offering a dip into Mughali cuisine and kebabs on one end, traditional India food and different kinds of street grub.
Within the university premises, there are more than 14 canteens that offer yum food at nominal prices. One of the canteens reflects women empowerment as it is solely run with the help of women, from management level to cooks and helpers.
Unity in Diversity:
People who have just heard about the educational institute from unreliable sources believe the university to be dominated by Muslim students and staff. Though the majority of students do follow Islam, there is no discrimination on the basis of religion or caste/creed.
There is commendable diversity among the students who co-exist together and learn to respect each others’ religion. The environment is friendly and doesn’t intimidate students from other faiths at all. In fact, visit the university area during Diwali evenings, you will find it all lit and beautiful celebrating the spirit of diversity!
Well, yes it’s common to have college fests, but there are just too many here! Almost every department in the university organises their own fests which last from 1-3 days and invites students from other departments and colleges to be a part of it. The festivals mainly consist of competitions surrounding co-
The festivals mainly consist of competitions surrounding co-
curricular activities and relevant tasks as per the courses of the departments. There is also an annual co-curricular festival called ‘Miraas’, which invites participants from all over India. Jamia’s foundation day is
There is a 7-day ‘Mela’ to mark Jamia’s foundation day as well.
Unique Fashion Sense
You wouldn’t find many girls wearing short skirts or dresses here, nor do boys attend college in casual clothing. However, there is a unique, Indo-Western style which you find here, with an open version of experimenting with styles.
There are also many women clad in Burqa, a dress covering from head to toe, but don’t go over their external looks, as you don’t know how many academic toppers and co-curricular excellence is steeped behind the veils.
The urdu word which nears ‘tradition’, there’s this Ganga-Jamuna Tehzeeb that the university follows. You will find many Muslim scholars teaching Sanskrit and Hindu Scholars teaching Urdu.
Also, there’s certain politeness in people’s tone be it student, teacher, or other staff members including the people at the canteens.
The beautifully designed campus buildings and lawns of Jamia Millia Islamia encapsulate a small world within them. The college vicinity is brimming with intellectual discussions within the students and teachers in groups but that doesn’t make it a boring place at all. The fun part is equally attractive and ensures a memorable time at the university for its scholars.
If you come from Jamia, or have other things to add about the university, please contribute in our comments section below.
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