Jamia Millia Islamia has issued fresh reservation norms, allowing 50 per cent seats to be kept aside for Muslim applicants. The new rules will be applicable from the 2011-12 academic session.
This follows an amendment in Statute 39 of the Jamia Millia Islamia Act, 1988, in pursuance of the February 22 order of the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions.
As per the new rules, 30 per cent of the total seats in each course will be earmarked for Muslim applicants, 10 per cent for Muslim women applicants, 10 per cent for Muslim Other Backward Classes and Scheduled Tribes, as notified under the Central government list. Any vacant seats under those reserved for women and OBC and ST Muslims will automatically get transferred to general Muslim applicants.
Three per cent of seats in all courses will be reserved for physically challenged applicants in accordance with the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. Candidates under this category will be given relaxation to the extent of 5 per cent marks in the qualifying examination. However, only those suffering from not less than 40 per cent of a physical disability, as certified by a competent medical authority, would be considered for admission under this category. The maximum period for passing a course would be two years in the case of a physically challenged person. This can be extended by another year under exceptional conditions.
Importantly, 5 per cent seats in all undergraduate/diploma courses will be filled by students of the university who have passed their qualifying exam from the Jamia schools, provided they have been on the rolls for five consecutive years.