The Jamia Millia Islamia created a history after getting woman vice-chancellor Professor Najma Akhtar– a first for this prestigious university. The President of India, Ramnath Kovind gave the go ahead to a proposal from the HRD ministry for her appointment. The university had been operating without a vice-chancellor after Prof. Talat Ahmad’s resignation from the position in 2018. He is now VC of Kashmir University.
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An official order said “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 Pro Najma Akhtar, NIEPA, New Delhi as the vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi for a period of five years.”
Professor Akhtar is highly regarded for leading the international educational administrators’ course for senior officials from 130 countries for more than 15 years at the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA). She is also a gold medallist from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and accomplished her Ph.D (Education) from Kurukshetra University. Professor Akhtar held posts of faculty and Controller of Examinations and Admissions and Director, Academic Programmes at AMU.
The statement further says that 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.
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Professor Akhtar earned international accolades, including 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).
Besides academia, the vice-chancellor has been involved in collaborative research works with developing and developed countries, and has been actively consulted by UNESCO, UNICEF, DANIDA and other international organizations.