Let me share my experience of being a Hindu student, studying in a Muslim majority institution like Jamia Millia Islamia:
1. Culture - Belonging to the Baniya community and a Hindu majority public school, I was never exposed to any other culture other than Hinduism. It was Jamia Millia Islamia that taught me how beautiful and deep is Islam. I was fascinated by the number of times my Muslim fellows would go for Namaz prayers, greet each other with a lot of poise and grace and humbly explain the meaning of various Urdu terms to us fellow Hindus.
2. Dressing Sense - Jamia has its own distinct dressing sense and every single person takes pride in what he or she wears. During my initial days at Jamia, I was amazed by Sherwanis , Caps and long flowing beards of professors, Pathani Kurtas worn by Afghanis and women covered from head to toe in Black burkas.
3. Food - This comes as the standout feature of JMI. Before arriving here, I had only witnessed Samosas, Patties, Cold drinks etc in my school canteen. But the sheer range of food items served in JMI’s canteens left me awestruck. Some of the unconventional delicacies includes Korma, Kabab Paratha, Veg and Non Veg Biryani, Non Veg Thali, Amritsari Nan etc. ( There are more than 14 canteens in JMI)
4. Architecture - The beautiful and nicely manicured gardens, arch shaped domes, more than 100 years old Mughal style buildings and mosques every few metres gives Jamia a very distinct architecture, something which is hard to find in other universities throughout India.
5. Academics - JMI is a top notch institute when it comes to academics. Every year it produces excellent engineers, civil servants, lawyers, doctors and artists. There is absolutely no discrimination faced by Hindu students when it comes to academics. The professors are highly qualified and students are always judged on the basis of their marks rather than religion and caste.
6. Sports - Being a Hindu, I had this preconceived notion that Muslims are not very fond of sports and hence the sports facilities would be dismal. I was left awestruck when I first entered the sports stadium. The sheer size of the stadium shook me to the core. There were facilities for every single sport, from Football and Basketball, to Badminton and Table Tennis. Plus, I came to know that Jamians have an illustrious history in the field of sports and the institute continuously rakes in the top slot in University sports rankings.
7. Hostels - The hostel facilities are much better compared to other institutes. Given that the fee per year is less than Rs.10000 per year, the facilities offered are truly amazing. The rooms are spacious and mess food is damn tasty. Plus, the feeling of being surrounded by a Muslim majority is truly amazing. I got to learn a lot of new things like the proper way to read Quran and offer Namaz, daily lifestyle of my Muslim brothers and their eating habits.
The three years at Jamia have given me much more than I could ever demand from an Instituion.