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Najma Akhtar, first woman VC of Jamia Millia Islamia, takes charge

A gold medallist of AMU, Professor Akhtar distinguished herself as a student in her early career

Friday April 12, 2019 8:42 PM, ummid.com News Network

Najma Akhtar New Jamia VC

New Delhi: Prof. Najma Akhtar on Friday assumed the charge of Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia(JMI), New Delhi.

Hundreds of teaching and non-teaching staff of the Jamia, including office bearers of Jamia Teachers’ Association(JTA), Jamia Administrative Staff Association (JASA), Jamia School Teachers’ Association(JSTA) and SRK Association, were present in the main administrative block of the university to give her a grand welcome.

"The Jamia is already doing good in teaching and research. I will try to strengthen it further", Najma Akhtar said after taking the charge of VC office.

"I also wish to start more job oriented courses, improve innovation and entrepreneurship training and will look for different avenues of fund generation for the university", she added.

The President of India, in his capacity as the Visitor of the Jamia Millia Islamia, had on Thursday appointed Professor Najma Akhtar as the Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia. She is the first woman Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, as also the first woman Vice Chancellor of any central universities in Delhi.

Najma Akhtar has four decades of academic scholarship in educational leadership. She is known for spearheading international educational administrators’ course for senior officials from 130 countries for more than 15 years at NIEPA.

She has also established and successfully developed first state level management institute (SIEMET) at Allahabad for developing educational administrators for the country. She has managed affairs of premier educational institute in various critical statutory positions such as Controller of examination and Director Academic Programs at Aligarh Muslim University.

At IGNOU, she led many distance educators capacity building courses at national and international level.

A gold medallist of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Professor Akhtar distinguished herself in the university as a student in her early career. She earned international accolades including Commonwealth scholarship and the prestigious National Science Talent scholarship.

She studied in prestigious international institutes such as University of Warwick and Nottingham UK and IIEP Paris (UNESCO). She has been involved in collaborative research work with developing and developed countries.

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