After five months of Talat Ahmad quitting as vice chancellor (VC) of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), Najma Akhtar, on April 11, was appointed the new VC. Akhtar is a member of the NIEPA (National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration).
Akhtar was chosen by the Human Resource Department Ministry out of the three people shortlisted by a committee it had set up for the task.
The other two were S.M. Ishtiaque of IIT-Delhi and Furqan Qamar, the secretary general of Association of Universities. The VC was finalised by the President, Ramnath Kovind, who gave his approval on April 11 to the HRD ministry to appoint Najma Akhtar for the post of VC.
Akhtar heads the department of educational administration at NIEPA and has a specialisation in minority education and the decentralization of education.