Teachers of Jamia Millia Islamia on Thursday wrote to the President Pranab Mukherjee, who is also the visitor of the university, requesting him to appoint “an academician of high repute and integrity” as the next vice-chancellor of the university.
The letter — signed by at least 322 Jamia teachers — stated, “Teachers of the university request you to oblige us by appointing as the new Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, an academician of high repute and integrity. Our humble request is in conformity with the qualifications for the appointment of V-Cs as prescribed by the University Grants Commission (UGC).”
According to the letter, the UGC defines criteria for selection of vice-chancellors of universities as: “Persons of the highest level of competence, integrity, morals and institutional commitment are to be appointed as vice-chancellor. The vice-chancellor to be appointed should be a distinguished academician, with a minimum of 10 years of experience as a professor in a university system or 10 years of experience in an equivalent position in a reputed research and/or academic administrative organisation.”
Meanwhile, the search committee has not yet been officially announced. It is this committee which shortlists names for the appointment of the next vice-chancellor. The university continues to function under officiating vice-chancellor Professor S M Sajid.
According to Jamia sources, the executive council has named Justice Aftab Alam and Professor G N Qazi, current vice-chancellor of Jamia Hamdard, as their nominees to the three-member committee.
The third member of the search committee is nominated by the visitor of the university, in this case, the President. Since the third member has not been named by the President, the committee has not taken official form as yet.