Thursday, March 24, 2022

JMI Vice Chancellor Prof. Najma Akhtar conferred with Padma Shri

 Congratulation to JMI Vice Chancellor Prof. Najma Akhtar for conferring Padma Shri award by President of India : Dr. Masood Ahmad, Editor SALAMEVATAN

Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) Vice Chancellor Prof. Najma Akhtar received Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of the country from the Hon'ble President of India Shri Ramnath Kovind at a Ceremony held at the Darbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan today. Government of India (GoI) selected her for the award for her invaluable contribution in the field of literature and education. Her daughter Ms. Farha Khan and son Mr. Saad Akhtar were also present during the award function.

Prof. Akhtar has the distinction of being the first woman Vice-Chancellor of JMI-an institution accredited with A++ by National Accreditation and Assessment Council(NAAC) in December, 2021. She is widely recognized as a leading educationist for having brought transformation in the delivery of quality education in premier educational institutions of the country.  

Prof. Akhtar led JMI to bag 6th rank in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) of the Ministry of Education (MoE), GoI. Under her leadership the university also achieved outstanding performance by securing 95.23 percent score among all central universities in a performance evaluation done by the Ministry of Education for the year 2019-20. 

Born on November 13, 1953, Prof. Najma Akhtar received her Ph.D. in Education on the topic “A Comparative Study on Conventional & Distance Education System of Higher Education”. A gold medalist her Master's, she holds M.A. in Education and M.Sc. in Botany. 

She has worked as Professor and was the Head, Department of Training & Capacity Building in Education at National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), New Delhi.  She worked in the Distance Education Programme at IGNOU, New Delhi and was the Founder Director of the State Director of the State Institute of Educational Management and Training (SIEMAT) at erstwhile Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.  She has also held the position of Director, Academic Programmes at Aligarh Muslim University(AMU) besides the coveted position of Controller of Examinations and Admissions in AMU. 


Prof. Akhtar has been Visitor’s Nominee on Selection Committee and Executive Committee of Maulana Azad National Urdu University(MANUU), Hyderabad, Delhi University, Assam University and JMI.  She has been on the Management Committee of Delhi Public School, Member of Empowered Committee of Bihar State Madarsa Education Board, Member of High Level Expert Committee of the Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India., Member of National Steering Committee of the Ministry of Education, Govt. of India, Board of Management, Jamia Hamdard, Delhi Member of General Assembly of Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi, Member of National Academic Advisory Committee of the Indian Social Science Academy and Search Committee for appointment of new Vice-Chancellor of Kashmir University, Member of Experts Group on NEP – 2020, Speaker of Senate, IIT Delhi, Member of University Council Cluster University, Srinagar and Member of Governing Council, Association of Indian Universities.

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