Tariq Mansoor, principal of Aligarh Muslim University’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, has been appointed as the new Vice-Chancellor of the varsity. Mansoor is succeeding Lt Gen (retd) Zameeruddin Shah, who will retire on May 17.
President Pranab Mukherjee appointed Tariq Mansoor (60), who has been associated with AMU for 35 years, as the successor to Zameer Shah on Wednesday. While talking to The Indian Express, however, Mansoor didn’t comment on his appointment. “I do not know anything about this as I have not received an official communication or order from the government yet,” Mansoor said.
As many as three candidates including Mansoor were in the fray for the post of V-C of the prestigious university. The other two candidates were: Abu Saleh Sharif, executive director and chief scholar, US-India Policy Institute, Washington and Shahid Jameel, CEO, Welcome Trust and DBT India Alliance. The three names were sent to the Union Human Resource Development ministry two months ago by the AMU Court.
Born on September 20, 1956, Mansoor is also an Alumni of AMU. He completed his MBBS from the JN Medical College in 1978 and MS (Surgery) in 1982. In 1994, Mansoor completed FICS from the International College of Surgeons, according to Mansoor’s CV available on AMU website.
Interestingly, Mansoor’s father late Prof Hafeezul Rahman was founder Dean, Faculty of Law at AMU. Mansoor’s elder brother late Prof Rasheeduzzafar was professor of Civil Engineering at IIT, Delhi, and professor and head of the department of Civil Engineering in AMU and Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi from 1992-1994.
Mansoor became the Principal and Chief Medical Officer of AMU’s JN Medical College in 2013. He had first started working at the college’s department of general surgery as a clinical registrar in 1983 and taught MBBS classes.
Mansoor has published scores of research papers and works in national and international journals.
As the AMU V-C, Mansoor will have to do a number of important tasks. Most important of them is to facilitate the university’s academic, research, financial and infrastructure audit on April 25. According to IE, an audit committee will submit its report within 30 days. It was ordered after the HRD ministry had received a large number of complaints against AMU’s working under Shah.
The HRD ministry had in October last sought the President Mukherjee’s permission to start a probe into alleged irregularities under Shah.