October 7, 2013 5:55:16 am
In an unprecedented move,Syeda Hameed,member,Planning Commission,the Visitors nominee to the search committee tasked with selecting the next vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia,has been removed soon after her appointment.
Sources close to Hameed have confirmed that she was no longer the Visitors nominee. She has been replaced by UGC chairman Ved Prakash.
The reasons for the move are not known yet. However,the process for the selection of the next V-C was stalled because of the delay in the nomination of the third nominee. As per the norms,visitor of Jamia President Pranab Mukherjee is to nominate a member to the committee. The other two members Justice Aftab Alam and Jamia Hamdard V-C Professor G N Qazi were nominated by Jamias executive council in August.
L-G Najeeb Jung,who is also the former V-C of Jamia,told Newsline that although he was unaware of the reasons for the change,he had heard of Ved Prakashs appointment only a few days ago.
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Ved Prakash is competent enough to be on this committee and take the right decision, he said.
According to Jamia sources,the process of selection may take about six to eight months. Pro vice-chancellor S M Sajid is now the officiating vice-chancellor.
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