JMI born out of rebellion against British rule, says SC Judge (Retd.) Justice Aftab Alam

SC memorial lecture in JMI

New Delhi.  Recalling the journey of education over the past 200 years, honorable Supreme Court Judge (Retd.) Justice Aftab Alam on Friday said that Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) was born out of rebellion against the British rule in India.

Delivering the XVII Prof. Suresh Chandra Shukla Memorial Lecture on ‘Imagining Education: In History and In Law’, Justice Alam discussed the origin and historical development of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and New Delhi-based Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI).

The Lecture was chaired by Mr. Syed Shahid Mahdi (IAS), former Vice-Chancellor of JMI. On the occasion, the maiden brochure –Infologue– of the Department of Educational Studies was released in the presence of distinguished personalities. Dr. Ali Haider briefed about the brochure.

“While pre-independence AMU attempted Pragmatism, JMI was born rebellion with anti-colonial philosophy… The origin of JMI was a call to imagine education as a critical thought,” Justice Alam opined at the Lecture organized by the Department of Educational Studies, Faculty of Education, Jamia Millia Islamia.

Citing numerous examples (such as St. Stephen College, Delhi) Justice Alam explained how the relation between court and universities became closer in the past decades. Also, he explained how Article 30 of the Indian Constitution, initially being an absolute right, lost its independent identity as the courts tried to establish a balance between an individual’s right to education based on merit and right of minorities to administer an educational institution.