Established in 1920, at Aligarh in United Provinces, India Jamia Millia Islamia, the Indian Parliament declared it a Central University in 1988. Jamia signifies ‘University’, and Millia signifies ‘National’, in Urdu. The university is a symbol of utmost dedication, conviction & vision of individuals. Every individual has worked against all odds and contributed towards its growth in every manner possible. From a small institution in pre-independence India to a central university in New Delhi offering exemplary education in research with specializations, Jamia Millia Islamia has come a long way. Sarojini Naidu, the Nightingale of India once said ” They built Jamia stone by stone and sacrifice by sacrifice.”
Motto: “Allam al-insān-a mā lam yaʻlam” (Taught man what he knew not)
Established In: 1920
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Najma Akhtar
Location: New Delhi, Delhi, India
Affiliations: UGC, NAAC, AIU
The Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia is one of the prestigious premier law institutes in India, established in 1989. The LL.B. programme is one of the oldest and the institute introduced it at its very outset. This course has witnessed commendable progress through restructuring the program to best suit the modern-day requirements of the students. The restructuring involved the introduction of new courses, experimentation of innovative teaching techniques and strengthening of the clinical programme. It allowed expansion of the horizons of the legal profession.
Infrastructure plays a key role in the growth and quality of study offered by any educational institution and Jamia Millia Islamia gives utmost attention to that aspect. The campus of the university covers a large area and segmented based on various buildings and recreational space. Most buildings on campus adopt a modern style, a classic example of the university adapting to the changing environment to offer the best quality of educational experience to the students. The following two arenas are highlights of the infrastructural excellence of the university:
Shaykh al-Hind Mahmud al-Hasan gate
The university’s scenic cricket ground Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi Sports Complex known for hosting various important Tournaments and the Indian women cricket match. Apart from the various faculties at Jamia, it also has various centres of learning and research such as 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 Dr Zakir Husain Library is the central library of the university with a treasure trove of educational material at the disposal of the students. Known for its collection of 400,000 artifacts which include various books, microfilms, periodicals volumes, manuscripts & rare books. All bonafide students have access to the library to ensure no restrictions in the learning process. The library is open to all bonafide students of Jamia. Furthermore, students can access various subject collections at the libraries of certain faculties and other centres for in-depth study of a particular field. Besides this, there are subject collections in libraries of some faculties and centres.
The Faculty of Law at Jamia Millia Islamia stands among the best law colleges in India and upholds its stature by offering the following courses as a part of its academic program covering a wide range of courses from undergraduate to doctoral programmes, they are:
- M.Phil/PhD (Law)
- L.L.M. (Executive) (Self-financed) Weekend Programme
Postgraduate Diploma Programmes
- PG Diploma in Labour Law
- PG Diploma in Air Space Law
- B.A. LL.B. (Hons.)/B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) (Self-financed)
Apart from focusing on pure academics, the courses also ensure that students harness the skills of teamwork, time management and improve their skills as an orator making them more suited for the placements organized by the Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia.
Legal Services Clinic at Jamia Millia Islamia
The Legal Services Clinic situated at Jamia Millia Islamia plays a major role in providing the students with a much-needed boost to their careers in the legal profession. The students have a whole range of legal aid programmes that aim to give them first-hand experience on real-life scenarios.
Para-Legal Volunteer Training
The National Legal Services Authority also provides training for Para-Legal Volunteers to the students who enthusiastically take up the opportunities provided by the institute. To further equip the students to better handle the real-life scenarios, the institute also organizes Moot Courts, Client Counseling and other literary and debating activities. Furthermore, the activities have enabled various students to win several laureates and also improve their articulacy skills throughout the process. Overall personality development to enable students to better face the challenges in the competitive world is the core objective of the institute and the necessary facilities enhance the agenda accordingly.
The Faculty of Law also organizes various Moot Courts as key standpoints in the courses offered. Organized in the classrooms and can take the form of Intraclass Moot Court Competitions to National Moot Court Competitions, providing the students with a wide range of opportunities to excel in. The National Law Reform Competition organized in March 2011, by the Faculty of Law was the first of its kind in India. Further, the institute takes great pride in organizing National Seminars and Conferences periodically along with Extension Lectures provided by esteemed speakers from India and abroad.
Various lawyers, law firms, corporates, NGOs are associated with the institute which enable students to closely work with them during their summer and winter vacations. The four intensive practical training courses are an added advantage to the Five Year Law course offered by the university. Throughout all of the extensive measures undertaken by the Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia, it stands as a prestigious institution of excellence in legal education.
Jamia Millia Islamia receives its prestigious status in the country based on ranking from known and credible sources. In 2019, the institute was ranked 3rd among 25 Central Universities by Outlook-I Care India University Rankings. It has also been ranked 17th among the top 100 universities by the Outlook-I Care India University Rankings. The institution has also received the 8th rank among the national law colleges in India by NIRF in 2018 and 12th by India Today in 2019. Further, the Faculty of Law at Jamia Millia Islamia has been ranked 20th among the law colleges in India by The Week in 2017.
Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia has an excellent track record of providing exceptional placement opportunities to its students. All of the various placement activities undertaken by the university are enabled by the University Placement Cell. The Placement Cell organizes pre-placement talks with esteemed organizations in the field of study. This provides the students with a platform to showcase their skills and knowledge acquired. It also ensures that organizations specify the corporate requirements and job profiles from their end to avoid any ambiguity in terms of placements. The process-oriented approach adopted by the institute ensures a free-flowing and efficient process of placement for the students at the best of organizations.
An effective alumni network raises the value of quality education offered by an institute. The agenda of the alumni network established at Jamia Millia Islamia is to establish undying ties between the alumni and the university. This helps the university facilitate cultural as well as the professional growth of the alumni as well as the existing students. It’s an initiative aimed at the mutual growth and development of all the parties involved. To cater to this agenda the Global Jamia Alumni Network (GJAN) was established and inaugurated by the Hon’ble vice-chancellor Prof.Talat Ahmad. The initiative was an effort to bring the various alumni of the institute from all the different parts of the world..
Jamia Millia Islamia contributed to the environment by joining the green campaign and installed 2,250-kilowatt solar panels on the campus. One of the alumni at the institute qualified for the Civil Services Examination in 2011. While two students got selected into the Indian Army, Judge Advocate General Branch, in March 2011. A student has also topped the West Bengal Judicial Service Examination. Certain notable alumni were also selected in the Delhi Judicial Service, Guwahati Judicial Service and Haryana Judicial Service.