Jamia Millia Islamia may conduct its entrance exam for engineering courses and admit students through the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE).
JEE is used as a selection examination for all central government-funded technical schools, including the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), while students opting for the IITs need to clear the JEE-Advanced exam. "We have initiated process for the same and have approached the concerned authorities. There are certain procedures that need to be followed, hopefully we will be able to admit the students through JEE exam from the next academic session," said Jamia VC Talat Ahmad to media.
"It will not only help us deal better with chances of paper leak but also the recognition of courses offered by Jamia will improve significantly since the students will be admitted through JEE," he added.
Long before Jamia's was also planning to open a medical college-cum-hospital that had suffered a setback after the Supreme Court in October 2014 disapproved of the haste shown by Delhi government in acquiring and transferring the disputed land in south Delhi to the university.
The Vice Chancellor also put light on plans for a Sanskrit Department, expansion of the APJ Abdul Kalam Scholarships and introduction of Mass Online Open Courses (MOOCs) which he said are in the pipeline. "Having got the NAAC accreditation with Grade A we are now aspiring for the International ranking. In this regard, we are engaged with agencies such as Times Higher Education and QS Ranking," he explained.
The foundation day celebrations of Jamia is also going to be held on October 29 by Union Minister of State Jitendra Singh. Book fair, grassroots innovation exhibition, photography exhibition, film screening, plays, career expo, ghazal and mushaira performances, and public lectures will be the highlights of the programme.