Jamia Millia Islamia of Delhi has ranked first in the list of central universities released by Ministry of Education. JMI has been in highlight for protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Among a list of 40 central varsities, there are JNU at 3rd and AMU at 4th position after JMI.
Concerning the grading and scoring of Central Universities, Jamia Millia Islamia secured a 90 %, followed by the Rajiv Gandhi University of Arunachal Pradesh at 83%, JNU at 82% and AMU at 78%.
The ranking is based on a tri-party evaluation signed between the varsity and the HRD minister and the University Grants Commission.
The rank or score given to universities were based on various parameters like no. of students admitted in UG, PG, PhD, and MPhil along with the strength of diverse students, calculated in terms of % of female students as well as male students from different states and countries.
Other aspects considered were quality of faculty, student-teacher ratio, the vacancy of teachers. Students placed through campus interviews and those qualifying for NET & GATE, among other entrance tests, were also some parameters used for ranking or scoring.
According to The Times of India, Vice-Chancellor Najma Akhtar said that the feat was even more significant as the varsity had gone through a ‘challenging time’ in the recent past. “High-quality teaching, relevant and focused research and improved perception of the university,” were some of the factors credited by VP Akhtar.
On 15 December 2019, police had entered the campus to round up “miscreants” who it said had turned the ongoing CCA protest violent. But video footages from the evening show that police had assaulted students, broken into the campus library, vandalised college furniture and destroyed the CCTV cameras.
The incident had created a massive uproar across the country and even abroad, making Jamia the epicentre of student-led protests against CAA for months.