The next Vice-Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University will not be an academic,after the Universitys Executive Council on Thursday came up with a longlist of five public servants to the top post.
Two retired IPS officers,one retired IAS officer,a serving officer of the Indian Revenue Service and a retired Deputy Chief of Army Staff were picked by the Council at a meeting in Delhi. The University Court will meet on April 15 to pick three names out of the five,and forward them to the President of India. The President,who is also the Visitor of the University,will pick one from them.
The University has had only two full-time academics as Vice-Chancellors since 1978,when economist A M Khusros term expired.
Syed Muhammad Ashraf,who is currently a Commissioner of Income Tax in Delhi; Noor Mohammad,who retired as the Secretary of the National Disaster Management Authority; Lt. General Zameeruddin Shah,who retired as the Deputy Chief of the Army and is currently serving at the Armed Forces Tribunal in Delhi; A A Siddiqui,who retired as Punjabs DGP; and Syed Khalid Rizvi,who retired as the additional DGP of Uttar Pradesh,were recommended by AMUs Council.
Sources said Ashraf,Noor Mohammad and Lt. Gen. Shah received 12 votes each. Siddiqui is reported to have received nine and Rizvi eight votes. Each of the 19 Council members present were allowed to cast five votes.
Zameeruddin Shah is the elder brother of actor Naseeruddin Shah,who is an alumnus of the AMU. The Lieutenant Generals name was short-listed for the V-Cs post in 2007 too.
Ashraf and Noor Mohammad are the only AMU alumni in the list. Ashraf,who was a gold medallist in his BA and MA exams from AMU,is also a Sahitya Akademi Award winner. Mohammad was the officiating V-C of the University for a short period earlier this year,before legal troubles forced him to step down.
Though it has had eminent people like Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari as its V-C,AMU has had only two full-time academics as V-Cs since 1978: Mohd Naseem Farooqui (1990-1994) and P K Abdul Azis (2007-2012). Since 1980,there have been four V-Cs who were IAS officers. Even Ansari was an IFS officer.
AMU has never had V-Cs who were officers of the IPS,IRS or Armed Forces.