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Jamia Millia Islamia, an institution originally established at Aligarh in United Provinces, India in 1920 became a Central University by an act of the Indian Parliament in 1988. In Urdu language, Jamia means ‘University’, and Millia means ‘National’.

The story of its growth from a small institution in the pre-independence India to a central university located in New Delhi—offering integrated education from nursery to research in specialized areas—is a saga of dedication, conviction and vision of a people who worked against all odds and saw it growing step by step. They “built up the Jamia Millia stone by stone and sacrifice by sacrifice,” said Sarojini Naidu, the nightingale of India.


Under the colonial British rule, two dominant trends joined hands and contributed towards in the birth of Jamia. One was the anti-colonial Islamic activism and the other was the pro-independence aspiration of the politically radical section of western educated Indian Muslim intelligentsia. In the political climate of 1920, the two trends gravitated together with Mahatma Gandhi as a catalyst. The anti-colonial activism signified by the Khilafat and the pro-independence aspirations symbolised by the non-cooperation movement of the Indian National Congress helped to harness creative energies and the subsequent making of Jamia Millia Islamia. Rabindranath Tagore called it “one of the most progressive educational institutions of India”.

Responding to Gandhiji’s call to boycott all educational institutions supported or run by the colonial regime, a group of nationalist teachers and students quit Aligarh Muslim University, protesting against its pro-British inclinations. The prominent members of this movement were Maulana Mehmud Hasan, Maulana Mohamed Ali, Hakim Ajmal Khan, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad Ansari, and Abdul Majid Khwaja.

Deemed to be University

In 1962, the University Grants Commission declared the Jamia a ‘deemed to be University’. Soon thereafter, the School of Social Work was established in 1967. In 1971, Jamia started the Zakir Husain Institute of Islamic Studies, to honour Dr. Zakir Husain, who had passed away in 1969. BE course in Civil Engineering commenced in 1978; in 1981, the faculties of Humanities and Languages, Natural Sciences, Social Science, and the State Resource Centre were founded. In 1983, it started the Mass Communication Research Centre and the Centre for Coaching and Career Planning. In 1985, it established the Faculty of Engineering & Technology and the University Computer Centre. Academic Staff College and the Academy of Third World Studies followed in 1987 and 1988.

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 Nine faculties, the Jamia has a number of centres of learning and research, like AJK-Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC), Academy of International Studies 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.


The campus is distributed over a large area. Many of its buildings are being modernized. Greenery is supported and advocated. The university’s scenic cricket ground (popularly known as the Bhopal Ground) has hosted Ranji Trophy matches and a women’s cricket test match.

Besides its seven faculties, the Jamia Millia Islamia has centres of learning and research, like the Anwar Jamal Kidwai Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC), Faculty of Engineering & Technology, Faculty of Fine Arts, Centre for Theoretical Physics and the Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar Academy of Third World Studies (ATWS). The Jamia offers undergraduate and postgraduate information and technology courses.


The main central library of the University is known as Dr. Zakir Husain Library with its collection of about 400,000 artifacts — including books, microfilms, periodicals volumes, manuscripts, and rare books. Certain halls are dedicated to them. The library is open to all bona fide students of Jamia. Beside this, there are subject collection in libraries of some faculties and centres.



 Students capacity available in hostels:

Name of the Hostel Capacity
Fazalur Rahman Khan Hostel 370
Allama Iqbal Hostel 250
E.J. Kellat Hostel 168
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Hostel 150
Shafiqur Rehman Kidwai Hostel 120
Sir A.M. Khwaja Hostel 108
Obaidullah Sindhi Hostel 35


Students capacity available in hostels

Name of the Hostel Capacity
Gerda Philipsborn (GP) 189
Aruna Asaf Ali Hostel (AAA) 66
Begum Anis Kidwai Hostel (BAK) 207
Bi Amma Hostel 375


Admission to Jamia Millia Islamia takes place through Jamia Millia Islamia entrance examination.

Jamia Millia Islamia Admission Exam Dates 2018

Here we are providing the exam schedule for various courses offered by the university:

Events Dates
Admission forms availability 2nd February to 7th March 2018
Date of editing the form 8th – 12th March 2018
Issue of admit card 8th – 13th April 2018
Exam date April – August 2018 (on different dates)
Result declaration Within one month after the exam date
Last date to submit qualifying exam result 15th September 2018
Acadmic Session Starts
 Continuing Semester/Annual Classes 17th July 2018
First Semester/Ist Year Classes 1st August 2018


Eligibility criteria for JMI admission varies course-wise. The general eligibility criteria for admission in all courses are given below:

  • Qualifying Exam: Candidate must qualify the qualifying exam from JMI or equivalent board/university. For UG courses, the qualifying exam is 10+2 while for PG courses, candidates must have done graduated in the relevant discipline.
  • Appearing Candidates: Final year candidates can also eligible to apply. They must submit the equivalent certificate before last week of September 2018.


Jamia Millia Islamia has nine faculties under which it offers academic and extension programs:

Faculty of Law

This faculty specialises in quality training and education to budding lawyers through the following programs:

  • B. A. LLB (Honors)
  • LLM

Faculty of Engineering and Technology

Jamia Millia Islamia
A fighter jet of the Indian Air Force stands in front of the Faculty of Engineering

This faculty was established in 1985 with the departments of Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering departments. It has added the departments of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Department of Applied Science and Humanities (1996) and has six engineering departments: Applied Sciences & Humanities, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Communications, Mechanical Engineering, computer Engineering—and a University Polytechnic. These departments conduct many projects sponsored by agencies. The faculty offers regular courses and continuing programmes.

The faculty has seven departments:

  • Electronics and Communication Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Applied Sciences & Humanities

Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics

This faculty has the Department of Architecture and it offers the following programs:

  • B. Arch (regular and self-financing)
  • M. Arch
  • M. Ekistics

Faculty of Humanities and Languages

Jamia Millia Islamia
A view of the Faculty of Humanities and Languages building 
The faculty has nine departments offering programmes in PhD, M Phil (pre-PhD), postgraduate, undergraduate, diploma and certificate courses.
  • Arabic
  • English and Modern European Languages
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Hindi
  • History and Culture
  • Islamic Studies has been a part of Jamia’s curriculum since its inception in 1920 at Aligarh. Prominent scholars of Islam have taught Islamic Studies in Jamia as an optional as well as a compulsory subject, to name a few: Maulana Mohd Ali Johar, Maulana Aslam Jairajpuri, Maulana Mohd Abdus Salam Kidwai Nadvi, Maulana Qazi Zainul Abideen Sajjad Meeruti, Mohd Mujeeb, S. Abid Husain, Ziaul Hasan Faruqi, Mushirul Haq, Majid Ali Khan and I.H. Azad Faruqi. In 1975, a separate multi-disciplinary Department of Islamic and Arab-Iranian Studies was instituted. Following a trifurcation, a full-fledged Department of Islamic Studies was established in 1988. The department publishes an annual magazine, Sada e Jauhar.[4]
  • Persian
  • Urdu
  • Turkish Language & Literature
  • French Language & Literature
  • Sanskrit

Faculty of Fine Arts

Jamia Millia Islamia
MF Husain Arts Gallery in the campus 
This faculty has six departments offering programmes in PhD, Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), diploma and certificate courses.
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Applied Arts
  • Art Education
  • Graphic Art
  • Art History & Art Appreciation

The campus has an art gallery named after the Indian painter M. F. Husain.

Faculty of Social Sciences

Jamia Millia Islamia
Gulistan-e-Ghalib, which features the statue of Mirza Ghalib 
This faculty has seven departments
  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • Adult & Continuing Education
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Commerce & Business Studies

The Faculty of Social Science is based around Gulistan-e-Ghalib and is commonly referred to as the Main Campus.

Faculty of Natural Sciences

This faculty has eight departments:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Geography
  • Bioscience
  • Computer Science
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology

Faculty of Education

This faculty specializes in quality training and education to budding teachers through two departments:

  • Educational Studies
  • Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (Formerly Dept of Teacher Training and Non Formal Education)

Faculty of Dentistry

This faculty specialises in quality training and education to budding dentists through a five-year BDS program.


Jamia Millia Islamia was ranked 801-1000 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2018. The QS World University Rankings of 2018 ranked it 200 in Asia. It was ranked 20 in India overall by the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2017 and 12th among universities.

University rankings
General – international
QS (Asia) (2018) 200
Times (World) (2018) 801-1000
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2017) 20
NIRF (Universities) (2017) 12
Law – India
Outlook India (2017) 6
The Week (2017) 20

The Faculty of Law was ranked sixth in India by Outlook Indias “Top 25 Law Colleges in 2017” and 20th in India by The Weeks “Top Law Colleges 2017”.

Fee Structure

Courses Fee Structure (INR)
B.A. (Hons.) Turkis Language & Literature Rs. 7,100/-
Advanced Diploma in Turkish
Diploma In Turkish
Certificate In Turkish
Department Of Arabic
M.A. (Arabic) Rs. 7,100/-
B.A. (Hons) Arabic
Advanced Diploma in Modern Arabic Language and Translation
Diploma in Modern Arabic Language and    Translation
Certificate in Modern Arabic Language and Translation
Department Of English
M.Phil. (English Literature) Rs. 7,100/-
M.A. (English)
B.A.(Hons) English
Diploma in Translation Proficiency in English Rs. 14,400/-
Certificate in Translation Proficiency in English Rs. 9,700/-
Department Of Hindi
M.Phil. (Hindi) Rs. 7,100/-
M.A. (Hindi)
P.G. Diploma in Journalism (Hindi Medium) Rs. 20,550/-
P.G. Diploma in TV Journalism (Hindi Medium) Rs. 43,350/-
B.A.(Hons) Hindi Rs. 7,100/-
B.A.(Hons) Mass Media Hindi
Department Of History & Culture
M.Phil. (History) Rs. 7,100/-
M.A. (History)
B.A.(Hons) History
Department of Islamic Studies
M.A. (Islamic Studies) Rs. 7,100/-
B.A.(Hons) Islamic Studies
Faculty Of Social Science
B.A. Rs. 7,100/-
Department of Adult and Continuing Education & Extension
M.A. / M.Sc. Development Extension Rs. 7,100/-
Department of Commerce & Business Studies
M.Com (Business Studies) Rs. 7,100/-
B.B.S. (Bacheolor of Business Studies) Rs. 8,400/-
B.Com (Hons.) Rs. 7,100/-
Department of Economics
M.A. (Economics) Rs. 7,100/-
B.A.(Hons) Economics
B.A. C.A
Faculty Of Natural Science
B.Sc Rs. 7,700/-
B.Sc (Information)
Department Of Bio sciences
M.Sc (Bio sciences) Rs. 7,700/-
M.Sc (Bio chemistry) Rs. 45,500/-
B.Sc (Bio sciences) Rs. 7,700/-
Department Of Biotechnology
M.Sc (Biotechnology) Rs. 7,700/-
B.Sc (Biotechnology) Rs. 7,900/-
Department Of Computer Science
M.Sc (Bioinformatics) Rs. 35,450/-
Masters Of Computer Application (MCA) Rs. 8,400/-
PG Diploma In Computer Applications Rs. 7,700/-

Law Course (Jamia Millia Islamia Fee Structure)

Head of the Fee B.A.LL.B. (Hons.) (Self-financed) L.L.M.(Executive) (Self-financed)
Tuition Fee 27000 46000
Admission Fee 100 100
Enrolment Fee 100 100
Medical/Physio./Dental Clinic Fee 300 300
Identity Card 100 100
Syllabus 100 100
Examination Fee 1000 1000
Garden Fee 50 50
Library Fee 300 300
Games & Sports 400 400
Subject Association 150 150
Students Aid Fund 100 100
University Magazine 50 50
Cultural Activities 150 150
Library Caution Money 500 500
Lab. Caution Money 300 300
Development Fund 1200 1200
IT Development Fund 500 500
Canteen Establishment 50 50
Study Material 1500 1500
Practical Training & Court Visit Fee 4000
NSS 50 50
Foundation Day Celebration 200 200
Faculty Magazine 200 200
Jamia Radio Fee 50 50
University Counse.& Guidance Fee 50 50
Student Union Fee
Semester Fee 500 500
Departmental Library Fee 1000 1000
Case Study/Seminar/Workshop 7000
Total (Rs.) 40000 62000

Notable Alumni

  • Javed Ali Khan, Politician, Member Of Parliament Uttar Pradesh
  • Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood actor
  • Virender Sehwag, Indian Cricketer
  • Barkha Dutt, NDTV editor / Journalist
  • Kabir Khan, Film director
  • Kiran Rao, Film producer / director / actor
  • Anjana Om Kashyap, Aaj Tak editor / Journalist
  • Danish Aslam, Film director
  • Roshan Abbas, Radio jockey / Film director
  • Habib Faisal, Film writer / director
  • Gagan Ajit Singh, International Hockey Player
  • Muzammil Ibrahim, Model / actor
  • Mohammad Hossein Adeli, Gas Exporting Countries Forum
  • Loveleen Tandan, film director
  • Anshu Gupta, Senior DGM, L&T Ltd.
  • Anurag Gupta, CEO, Balaji Tele Films
  • Kamal Akhtar, Politician, Cabinet Minister in Uttar Pradesh government
  • Zeishan Quadri, Writer, Actor, Gangs of Wasseypur
  • Molvi Imran Raza Ansari, Politician, Cabinet Minister in Jammu & Kashmir Government
  • Gul Khan, producer, writer, director


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