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....
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.