Najma Akhtar retires, Eqbal Hussain takes charge as acting VC-

Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) Pro-Vice Chancellor Eqbal Hussain took charge as the university’s officiating Vice-Chancellor today, November 13 as the tenure of Najma Akhtar, who was the first woman to hold the post, ended. Hussain will serve as the acting Vice-Chancellor till the time an appointment is made to the post, an official statement said, as stated in a report by PTI

Akhtar was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of JMI in April 2019 for a period of five years or till attaining the age of 70, whichever was earlier. “Consequent upon the completion of tenure of Prof. Najma Akhtar, as vice chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia, on November 12, 2023, Prof Eqbal Hussain, pro-vice chancellor, JMI, shall discharge the duties of officiating vice chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia, in accordance with Statute 2(6) read with Statute 4 (2) of Jamia Millia Islamia Act, 1988, with effect from November 13, 2023 (forenoon) till a new vice chancellor, JMI, assumes the charge of the Office of the Vice Chancellor,” it said.

Officiating VC

Hussain was appointed as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor in September. He holds a PhD from Jamia Millia Islamia. He also did his LL.M (Master of Laws), LLB (Bachelor in Laws) and BSc (Bachelor of Science) from Aligarh Muslim University.

Hussain started his teaching career in 1990 as a research associate at the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, and has also taught at the Jamia Hamdard, Zanzibar University, Tanzania, the statement said. His areas of interest are intellectual property rights, consumer protection laws, and mercantile laws and jurisprudence.

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