Education Jamia Millia Islamia

Jamia Millia Islamia gets its first woman V-C, president approves Najma Akhtar for post

New Delhi: The Jamia Millia Islamia, for the first time in its history, will be headed by a woman vice-chancellor as President Ramnath Kovind has given his approval to a proposal from the HRD ministry to appoint Najma Akhtar to the post.

The ministry, looking appoint V-Cs to Jamia Millia Islamia (Delhi), Mahatma Gandhi Central University (Motihari, Bihar) and Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya (Wardha, Maharashtra), had sent nine names (three for each university) to the President, who in his capacity as the visitor of the central universities gives his approval.

“We received approval from the Visitor for the appointment of three vice-chancellors,” a senior HRD official told ThePrint. “For Jamia Millia Islamia, Najma Akhtar has been appointed, while approval has been granted for professor Sanjiv Kumar for Motihari and Rajneesh Kumar Shukla for MGHAV,” the official said.

“We will be issuing letters for the formal announcement,” said another official.

The ministry sent the names of the three shortlisted candidates for the top job at Jamia, after Talat Ahmad quit as V-C last year, said the official.

The three included Akhtar of the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, Furqan Qamar, secretary-general of Association of Indian Universities, and S.M. Ishtiaque, a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

The ministry had earlier sought the permission of the Election Commission (EC) on whether it could go ahead with the process. The Commission had given its approval to the Modi government to appoint the vice-chancellors.

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