Jamia VC Najma Akhtar should be removed, says committee panel member who proposed her name

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By Muslim Mirror Staff

New Delhi, 19 March : In a letter that has raised several eyebrows, a member of the committee tasked to look for candidates to be appointed as Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi has written to President Ram Nath Kovind to recall the appointment of Dr Najma Akhtar, who currently heads the university.

In his letter to the President on written on March, a member of the search committee formed in 2018, claimed that the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) had denied vigilance clearance to Akhtar in an office memo (OM) dated January 10, 2019.

His letter does not spell out what was the CVC objection or why it denied vigilance clearance to Akhtar.

Three months ago, Akhtar, Jamia’s first woman V-C, had criticised the Delhi Police for barging into the Jamia campus following violence during anti-CAA protests in south Delhi.

Soon after police entered the campus, vandalised the library and beat up students on the night of December 15, Akhtar had put out a video message criticising the police, and saying she stood with her students. The next day, she called a press conference where, surrounded by senior officials, she reiterated that police entry and action on the campus were without permission and condemnable.

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