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Jamia Millia Islamia is a public central university, located in Jamia Nagar New Delhi, India. It was originally established at Aligarh in United Provinces present day Uttar Pradesh, India, during British rule in 1920. It became a Central University by an act of the Indian Parliament in 1988. In Urdu language, Jamia means University, and Millia means National. Jamia Millia Islamia made a modest beginning in 1920 at Aligarh, with the resolute determination of its founding members—Shaikhul Hind Maulana Mahmud Hasan, Maulana Muhammad Ali Jauhar, Janab Hakim Ajmal Khan, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad Ansari, Janab Abdul Majeed Khwaja, and Dr. Zakir Hussain to create an institution that would manifest indigenous ethos and spirit of plurality. In 1925 Jamia shifted from Aligarh to Karol Bagh, New Delhi.On 1 March 1935, the foundation stone for a school building was laid at Okhla, then a non-descript village in the southern outskirts of Delhi. In 1936, all institutions of Jamia, except Jamia Press, the Maktaba and the library, were shifted to the new campus. It was conceived as a national institution that would offer progressive education and nationalist ideals to students from all communities, particularly the Muslims. The emergence of Jamia was supported by Gandhiji and Tagore who felt that Jamia could shape lives of hundreds and thousands of students on the basis of a shared culture and worldview.Jamia's development is marked by sacrifices made by the staff and students and a host of individuals who contributed through myriad efforts. In December 1988 Jamia was accorded the status of a Central University by the parliament under the Jamia Millia Islamia Act 1988 (no. 59 of 1988). In 2006 the Sultan of Saudi Arabia, Salman of Saudi Arabia paid a visit to the university and donated $3 million for construction of a library. Now, that library is known as Dr. Zakir Husain Library (Central Library).

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Jamia Nagar, Okhla, New Delhi, Delhi 110025, India

+91 11 2698 1717

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