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A review of central universities by the Ministry of Personnel Development for the academic year 2019-20 found that Jamia Millia Islamia’s performance is “excellent”, the university said.

JMI achieved an overall rating of 95.23 percent, according to a letter from the Ministry of Personnel Development to the university.

Vice Chancellor Professor Najma Akhtar attributed the achievement to high quality teaching, relevant and focused research and improved perception of the university. She hoped the university would improve its performance in the coming years.

Akhtar said the achievement was all the more significant as the university has had a challenging time in the recent past.

JMI had become the epicenter of protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) after Delhi police officers stormed the campus on December 15 last year, allegedly indicting baton students studying in a library.

Police said they entered campus to look for outsiders who were involved in violence that erupted a few meters from the university during an anti-CAA protest.

With a view to evaluating the performance of central universities (CUs) on selected key parameters against defined goals, all must sign a tripartite agreement with the Ministry of Personnel Development and the University Grants Commission (UGC).

JMI was the first university to sign the MoU in 2017.

The performance of universities is assessed on the basis of the parameters of diversity and fairness of the students, quality and strength of the faculties, academic results, research performance, reach, governance, finance, national and international rankings and accreditations as well as activities within the curriculum and outside the curriculum.

JMI took 10th place in the Ministry’s National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), which was announced last month.

The university took 16th place in the “Overall” category.

IITs, IIMs, IISc, other top technical institutions and universities are also included in the “Overall” category.


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