A path from the madrassa

by March 17, 2011

Computer science students at Jamia Millia Islamia (Photo credit: Muslim India.in)

Najeeb Jung, vice chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, India’s national Islamic university, writes in The Times of India on the important role played by this institution in the lives of young Muslims, and in the country at large; after more than 90 years of operation, Jamia Millia Islamia was recently granted the status of a “minority educational institution”, allowing it to formally reserve a minimum number of spaces for Muslim students.

In an educational context where Muslims are worryingly under-represented, Jamia has historically provided a path to secular higher education to thousands of young, underprivileged provincial Muslims who receive their school education in the traditional style, in maktabs and madrassas. It has also made singular contribution to the education of Muslim girls in whose case parents would be reluctant to send them elsewhere. Today, one of the glorious achievements of the university is that within its campus one frequently sees groups where girls in hijab mix easily with all others.

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