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Thursday April 11, 2013 11:49:53 AM, & Agencies

Aligarh: Three top Indian universities have signed a deal and decided to work together for the empowerment of Muslims in India especially to increase their representation in media, civil services and the Indian defence.


According to an Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) official, Jamia Hamdard, Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have signed a deal to work together and launch different courses so that Muslim youths in India are trained enough to stake their claims in different important sectors.


The deal has been signed between the vice chancellors of the three universities in Aligarh.


The official said though courses will be launched to train the Muslim youths in different fields, the focus will be to train them in journalism, civil services and military.


"The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) will offer special courses so that representation of the Muslims in the Indian Army increases. Jamia Millia Islamia will take care of training them in mass media and communication whereas the Hamdard University will prepare them for the civil services exams", he said.


Jamia Hamdard, Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have minority status and are regarded as top Indian universities. They are most preferred institutes for most of the Muslims living in India.


Jamia Hamdard is already running its coaching and training centre for UPSC students, and Jamia Millia Islamiah's Department of Mass Media & Communication is regarded as one of the best in the country.


Muslims in India are about 14% of the total population but, according to India's National Sample Survey, shows the Muslim representation in the government sector is a meagre 04.4%.


Efforts are on since last many year especially after the release of the Sachar Committee Report to increase the representation of Muslims in the government sector especially the Indian army and civil services.


The efforts however have not been much fruitful as the data of past few years shows an average of just 28 Muslims clearing the UPSC exams. 


Against this backdrop, the coming together of the three top Indian universities is being termed as an important step.


"This is most timely and important step. The efforts done in the past few years are important. However, coming together of these universities are important as there will be more coordination and one can expect more results", Razee Anwar of Noble Education & Welfare Society (NEWS) said while talking to




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