NEW DELHI – Four days after taking charge, Jamia Millia Islamia’s newly appointed Vice Chancellor Najma Akhtar met the Human Resource Development Minister Praskash Javadekar on Monday and discussed various issues related to the university.
In his meeting with the minister, Akhtar underlined the pressing needs, priorities, short and long duration plans with a view to bringing an all-embracing growth and advancement in JMI.
Akhtar has taken charge of the vice chancellor from officiating VC of Jamia Shahid Ashraf on Friday at the presence of teaching and non-teaching staffs. And she promised more job oriented courses and entrepreneurship training.
Javadekar congratulated Akhtar on her appointment as the first woman Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia. He said that the wide and warm welcome accorded to Professor Akhtar by Jamia community and the media was so heartening for him. Their approval, is the highest accolade to the decision of the Government of India.
He also congratulated her on JMI being ranked at the 12th position in the country by MHRD-National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) in universities category, expecting that JMI will make a remarkable progress in various disciplines and areas of research, learning and knowledge under her competent leadership. He spoke highly of the researches carried in JMI.
Akhtar, who is an alumnus of Aligarh Muslim University, also stressed the need of filling the vacant posts in various departments and introducing new courses, soliciting full support of the minister and the government. Javadekar also suggested her to submit her comprehensive plans for the all-round development of JMI. She assured him that she would submit all-embracing plans within a few weeks and would ensure that the academic as well as co-curricular activities go well, enabling the students to realize their dreams.
Akhtar also underscored the need of floating professional Postgraduate courses like Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) and other short-term vocational courses. She requested Javadekar for the allocation of further substantial funds for the smooth growth and development of JMI. The meeting was also attended by several officials of the MHRD.