Noida – The president of India, Ram Nath Kovind, has appointed Professor Najma Akhtar as the vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia University. She is the first woman who is going to hold the responsibility of vice-chancellor in the varsity. Mr President of India has appointed her as vice-chancellor of the varsity on his visit of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI). Professor Najma Akhtar will serve the varsity for a period of five years. After Talat Ahmad resigned from the post of vice-Chancellor, one of the best central universities in the country had been functioning without a vice-Chancellor. The other persons who were shortlisted by the government of India for the post were S M Ishtiaque of IIT-Delhi and Furqan Qamar, currently the secretary-general of Association of Universities but Professor Najma Akhtar was finally selected for the post. Currently, the former Manipur Governor and the Union Mister Najma Heptulla is the chancellor of the varsity.
“In exercise of powers conferred under Statutes of Jamia Millia Islamia Act, 1988, the President of India, in his capacity as the Visitor of the JMI, has been pleased to appoint Prof Najma Akhtar, NIEPA, New Delhi as the vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, for a period of five years,” said an official order.
Professor Najma Akhtar is a widely acclaimed educationist in India; she is also the first lady vice chancellor of any central university in Delhi. Prof. Akhtar, a widely acclaimed educationist, is a gold medalist from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and completed her Ph.D. from Kurukshetra University. Previously, she served the posts of faculty and Controller of Examinations and Admissions and Director, Academic Programmes at AMU.
Educational Work and Achievements
PTI reported that she is known for spearheading international educational administrators’ course for senior officials from 130 countries for more than 15 years at National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA).
She was the founder director of State Institute of Educational Management and Training (SIEMAT), Uttar Pradesh, which was established for developing educational administrators for the country. She has also earned various scholarships such as international accolades, Commonwealth scholarship and the prestigious National Science Talent scholarship. She studied in international institutes such as University of Warwick and Nottingham UK and IIEP Paris (UNESCO).
She has also been involved in collaborative research works with developing and developed countries. UNESCO, UNICEF, DANIDA and other international organizations consults her constantly. JMI official said that Gender Equity has been part of most of her projects.