Aligarh: The President of
India in her capacity as the Visitor of the Aligarh
Muslim University has appointed Lt. Gen. (Retired) Zameeruddin
Shah as Vice Chancellor
of the Aligarh Muslim University for a period of five years or his
attaining the age of
70 years, whichever is earlier.
The Ministry of Human Resource
Development, Government of India on Friday communicated the
decision of the President of India as Visitor of the University to
the AMU Registrar.
Lt. Gen. Shah told the University spokesperson that he will assume
duties as Vice
Chancellor at a very early date.
Lt. Gen. Shah was the Deputy Chief of Army Staff from October 1,
2006 to August 30, 2008
and was responsible for modernization of the army and management
and control of the army
budget. He subsequently retired after more than 40 years’ service
in the Indian Army.
General Shah was the member of Armed Forces’ Tribunal.
Lt. Gen. Shah is a recipient of the highest peace time award, Param Vishisht Seva Medal
(PVSM) and Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) and Seva Medal (SM) for distinguished services in
Lt. Gen. Shah belongs to Sardhana town in Meerut District. He was
born on August 15,
1948 and is an alumnus of St. Joseph College, Nainital, National Defence Academy and
Indian Military Academy. He was commissioned on June 9, 1968 into
185 Light Regiment
(Camel Park). He holds a Master degree in Defence Studies and
Management from Madras
University (1980) and M. Phil. from Indore University (1993).
Lt. General Shah’s family has a long relationship with Aligarh
Muslim University. His
younger brother Nasiruddin Shah, a well known film personality, is
a product of Aligarh
Muslim University. His family contributed an amount for the
development of the Aligarh
Lt. General Shah has a vast experience in the field of education
and has been associated
with the Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai from 1972-74, Army
War College, Mhow (MP),
Chairman of the Board of Governors of Sainik School, Purulia (WB),
Chairman of the
Management Committee of the Army Institute of Management, Kolkata
Executive Council of Centre for Land Warfare Studies, Delhi
Lt. Gen. Shah has served on a diplomatic assignment as Defence
Attaché in Saudi Arabia
from 1994-1997 and traveled widely in West Asia, South East Asia,
Africa and Europe. He
is a keen sportsman, rider and an avid golfer.