JNU and Jamia Millia Islamia Universities do not provide free hostel accommodation for Jammu and Kashmir students

A photo is shared on social media claiming it as a picture of the luxurious hostel building built inside Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for Jammu and Kashmir students. This post claims that the previous Congress government built this hostel in 2012. It is also claimed that this hostel provides free accommodation only to Muslim students coming from Jammu and Kashmir and does not allow other students of other religions to stay in the hostel. . The same photo was sent to our Tipline WhatsApp number (+91 92470 52470) recently making a similar complaint. Let’s check the assertion made in the message.

The archived version of the message can be seen here.

Claim: Photo of a luxury hostel built at JNU especially for Muslim students from Jammu and Kashmir.

Fact: The photo shared in the post shows the Jammu and Kashmir hostel built at Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) University in Delhi and not JNU. The hostel admission criteria at JNU and JMI universities are purely merit-based and not religion-based. Except for students with physical disabilities and those whose annual parental income is less than 1.5 Lakhs per year, hostel rent is not exempt for other students studying at JMI University. Therefore, the claim made in the message is FAKE.

On reverse image search of the photo shared on the photo, the same photo of the hostel building was found tweeted by Jammu & Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party Youth Chairman Waheed Ur Rehman on April 30, 2018. Sharing a photo collage of the hostel building, Waheed Ur Rehman thanked Mehbooba Mufti and the Minister of Interior for completing the construction of the highly anticipated Jammu and Kashmir Hostel at Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) University in Delhi. When you look at the hostel building in these Pictures carefully you could see the words “J&K Hostel Jamia Millia Islamia” written on the building. So, it can be confirmed that the photo shared in the post shows J&K Hostel built at JMI University and not JNU.

According to ‘The Hindu’ article released in 2017, Union Minister Rajnath Singh and J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti inaugurated the 400-bed hostel built specifically for J&K students at JMI University. The plan for the hostel was first conceived in 2012 when a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Jamia and the Ministry of Home Affairs under the Manmohan Singh government.

When we sought to check whether JMI University Delhi provides free accommodation based on the religion of the students, we found the complete details of the hostel admission procedure in the “Inn Manual” available on the Jamia Millia Islamia University website. In the eligibility criteria of the hostel manual, JMI did not mention anywhere that only students from the state of Jammu and Kashmir will be accommodated at J&K hostel. The JMI hostel manual has clearly declared that admission to hostels will be solely on merit and on the basis specified in the admission criteria. JMI mentioned that students with physical disabilities and those whose annual parental income is less than 1.5 Lakhs per year were exempted from paying room rent. By excluding students from this criteria, JMI did not advertise free accommodation for any student because of their religion or any other reason.

A list of candidates provisionally selected for the J&K Hostel, during the 2018-19 academic session, can be consulted here. We could see some Hindu names also in this list. Even in the JNU ‘Hostel Manual’ it is clearly declared that admissions to the hostel are provided in accordance with merit obtained in the entrance examination held by the University. Some published news sites articles in 2020 reporting this false message circulating on social networks.

To sum up, JNU and Jamia Millia Islamia Universities Delhi do not offer free hostel accommodation to students from Jammu and Kashmir..

Linda G. Ibarra