Jamia Millia Islamia (translation: National Islamic University) is a public central university in Delhi. It was established during British rule in 1920. It became a Central University by an act of the Indian Parliament in 1988.
The university was established by Muslim leaders and freedom fighters in 1920, before Indian independence.
Among the founding leaders, the main were the Ali brothers, Mohammad Ali Jouhar and Shaukat Ali.
The campus is distributed over a large area. Many of its buildings are being modernized. Greenery is supported and advocated.
The main central library of the University is known as Dr. Zakir Husain Library with its collection of about 400,000 artefacts — including books, microfilms, periodicals volumes, manuscripts, and rare books. Certain halls are dedicated to them. The library is open to all bona fide students of Jamia. Beside this, there are subject collection in libraries of some faculties and centres.