On his first day in office, Jamia Millia Islamia's new vice
chancellor Najeeb Jung Thursday said there were huge "challenges"
before him to make the university "one of the best in the world".
Jung, a former Indian Administrative
Services (IAS) officer, took over as vice chancellor from Mushirul
Hasan, who was also on the panel of those shortlisted for the post.
A known energy expert, Jung believes
that "the post of vice chancellor comes with a lot of challenges".
"I will give my best to carry forward
and improve the academic culture and standard of the university. I
will make the university one of the best in the world as it has the
potential," Jung told IANS.
teachers also hope the university will benefit from Jung's versatile
"His multi-faceted experience from his
jobs in bureaucracy and the corporate sector will definitely help in
taking the university to new levels in the academic world," Arshad
Alam, a teacher in the university, told IANS.
teaches in the Centre for Jawaharlal Nehru Studies, said: "Jung is
pursuing his Phd in energy economics from Oxford University, and is
well aware of the needs of the academic world. We are hopeful."
Jung, a 1973 batch, Madhya Pradesh
cadre IAS officer, studied at St. Stephen's College here and the
London School of Economics.
He left the civil services after
serving as joint secretary in the petroleum and natural gas
Jung had also played a major role in
the privatisation of ONGC's Panna Mukta oilfield that went to a
consortium of Reliance-ONGC and British Gas.
He worked with the Manila-based Asian
Development Bank before joining the Observer Research Foundation as
director of energy research.
Jung was chosen over outgoing vice
chancellor Hasan and Bihar's principal secretary (home) Afzal