Prof Najma Akhtar appointed first woman Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia

New Delhi: Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry with the approval of Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry appointed Professor Najma Akhtar, on Thursday as the first woman vice–chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMI).

Prof Akhtar is an academician from the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration. She has been appointed for a tenure of five years.

As reported by News 18, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry issued a statement announcing her appointment. The report quoted the order by HRD Ministry thus: “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.”

Prof Najma Akhtar obtained PhD in Education from Kurukshetra University and has been a Commonwealth Fellow for University Administration Course at University of Warwick and Nottingham. She also got training at the International Institute of Educational Planning (IIEP), UNESCO, Paris. She has received a gold medal from Aligarh Muslim University.

Since Talat Ahmad resigned last year to join as head of Kashmir University, the Vice Chancellor’s post at Jamia had been lying vacant.