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Jamia Millia VC row: Why Prof Mushirul Hasan being opposed 2nd term: When you are in power no body will raise a finger at you. But when you are out of power or going to be out of power a number of fingers will start rising. As with others this is true today with noted.... Read Full

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New Delhi: Ex-civil servant Najeeb Jung is all set to replace Mushirul Hasan as vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, reported Times of India in its Delhi edition today.


According to the report, a formal announcement about his appointment is likely to be made soon. Jung is learnt to have edged past serving IAS officer Afzal Amanullah, who is principal secretary - Home in Bihar.

Jung, an MP cadre 1973-batch IAS officer, quit the service after his stint as joint secretary (exploration) in the petroleum ministry. Jung played a crucial role in the privatization of ONGC's Panna-Mukta field that went to a consortium of Reliance-ONGC and British Gas. Jung also had a stint in the Asian Development Bank. Later, he became director, energy research, in Reliance-run Observer Research Foundation. Jung is currently doing his PhD on energy economics in Oxford University, says the TOI report.


The HRD ministry had already decided not to give another term to Mushirul Hasan though he was among those shortlisted. A powerful section within the Congress, led by a central minister from UP, is believed to have lobbied against a second term for Hasan. Though HRD minister Kapil Sibal had supported Hasan's case, he is said to have relented to pressure from the Congress, claimed the TOI report.


Earlier, Mushirul Hasan's inclusion in the list of five contenders recommended for the coveted post at the internationally known central university by the search committee set up by the HRD ministry had unexpectedly divided the Jamia community – the one stood behind him as rock stone in the aftermath of the Batla encounter wherein a Jamia student was gunned down and several others were later picked up from the vicinity of the university. His announcement of legal help to the arrested Jamia students in connection with Delhi serial blasts had made him hero overnight – several thousands came to street in his leadership to protest the police highhandedness. The same VC today is being opposed for the second term. It is not that he has no supporter.


In fact both teachers and students seem evenly divided on whether Prof Hassan should be given another term for the most powerful office of the university. His tenure as VC is being analyzed by the Jamia community these days.
















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