Former students Asad Ashraf and Mahtab Alam have written to the Vice Chancellor a letter which has been endorsed by over 50 registered members of the alumni association of JMI. They said their demand was in view of the comments made by PM Modi against the varsity in 2008.
However, Jamia Spokesperson Mukesh Ranjan asserted that the invite will not be withdrawn. "Jamia has been inviting constitutional authorities for its convocation since its inception. Similarly, an invite has been extended to the Prime Minister because of him being a constitutional authority who has also been elected by the people of India," he said.
"The students or the alumni are free to have their opinion in the democratic country but we are looking forward to host PM Modi at the university and will announce the convocation date as soon as we get a suitable time from him," Ranjan added.
In the letter, the former students said, "We are writing to you to express our deep anguish and grief on your invitation to Narendra Modi to be the chief guest at annual convocation. We are anguished and shocked because, he along with his party members, has been constantly involved in spreading rumours and hatred about the university.”

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