Freedom Fighter to Scientist: Introduction to Jamia VC

Professor Talat Ahmad

2014 to 2018
14th Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia
Professor Talat Ahmad is an Indian Earth Scientist and Professor at the Department of Geology, University of Delhi. He took charge as 14th Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi on 15 May 2014. Prior to that Professor Talat Ahmad was Vice-Chancellor of University of Kashmir. He was the second Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kashmir to be appointed from outside the state of Jammu and Kashmir in the past two decades. Talat Ahmad did his schooling from Giridih Higher Secondary School. In 1977, he joined Aligarh Muslim University to pursue MSc in Geology. He completed M Phil in Ore Petrology from Jawaharlal Nehru University in 1980 and in 1985, he completed his PhD in Igneous Petrology from JNU. He did a Post-Doctoral Fellowship with University of Leicester during 1988–89 under a Government of India Fellowship and another from University of Cambridge under Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) during 1997–98. In 1999–2000, he did another Post-Doctoral Fellowship under Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) with Nagoya University, Japan.

Mr Najeeb Jung
13th Vice Chancellor
Mr. Najeeb Jung served as the 13th Vice-Chancellor of the Jamia Millia Islamia, from 2009 to 2013. Najeeb Jung also served as the 20th Lieutenant Governor of Delhi from July 2013 to December 2016
Mr Najeeb Jung joined the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) in 1973 and worked in different capacities in Madhya Pradesh and with the Government of India. He subsequently worked with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (Oxford University) working on Energy related issues. He is an expert on governance and energy having worked with different governments, the public sector and the private sector in these sectors.
Jung was born and raised in Delhi, where he attended St.Columba’s School, New Delhi. He then did his BA (Hons) and MA in History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, University of Delhi. He later completed M.Sc in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries from the London School of Economics.

Prof Mushirul Hasan
12th Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia
Professor Mushirul Hasan is a renowned Historian and Academician. He served as the 12th Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia from 2004-2009. Later he was appointed as the Director-General of the National Archives of India. He was the elected as the President of the Indian History Congress in 2002. He also served as the director of Academy of Third World Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, from July 2000 to January 2010. Mushirul Hasan did his M. A. from the Aligarh Muslim University in 1969. He earned a Doctorate (PhD) from the University of Cambridge in 1977. He is also author of more than dozen books including The Legacy of a Divided Nation: India’s Muslims Since Independence, Partners in Freedom: Jamia Millia Islamia and The Nehrus: Personal Histories.

Mr Syed Shahid Mahdi
11th Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia
Mr. Syed Sahid Mahdi served as the 11th Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia from 2000 to 2004. He was an IAS officer in Bihar Cadre served in different capacity from district magistrate to director of various departments. He did his Master of Arts (History with Political Science) from Aligarh Muslim University

Lt Gen (Retd) M.A. Zaki
10th Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia
Lt Gen Mohammad Ahamad Zaki served as the 10th Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia from 1996 to 1999. Lieutenant General Mohammad Ahmed Zaki was born on 20 January 1935 in Hyderabad, Telangana. He is a retired army general. He was born in a Hyderabadi family with a long history of service in the Nizam’s Army. His father was a retired Colonel in the Nizam’s Cavalry forces. Zaki was educated at the Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehra Dun from 1947 to 1951. He was selected for the National Defence Academy in 1952 and on getting commissioned in the Indian Army, he joined 19 Maratha Light Infantry in 1955. In the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, Zaki was wounded in the battle of Thatti Jaimal Singh and was awarded “Vir Chakra” for a conspicuous display of gallantry in the face of the enemy. During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, he was in command of 2 Maratha LI (Kali Panchvin) in the Shakargarh area. He has held many important appointments such as Instructor at the Infantry School, Mhow, Brigade Major in Ladakh and Instructor at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.

Prof Bashiruddin Ahmad
09th Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia
Professor Bashiruddin Ahmad served as the 9th Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia from 1992-1996. He was a well-known academician and served in different capacities.

Dr. Syed Zahoor Qasim
08th Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia

Dr. Syed Zahoor Qasim Served as a the 8th Vice Chancellor of Jamia Milia Islamia from 1989-1991 . Syed Zahoor Qasim (31 December 1926 – 20 October 2015) was an Indian marine biologist. Qasim helped lead India’s exploration to Antarctica and guided the other seven expeditions from 1981 to 1988. He was a Member of the Planning Commission of India from 1991 to 1996.
Qasim was born at in Rakswara Gram Allahabad presently kaushambi in 1926. He began his schooling from Majidiya Islamiya Intermediate College Allahabad, and then moved to Aligarh Muslim University, where he obtained a B.Sc. degree in 1949 and an M.Sc. degree in Zoology in 1951. He was a lecturer in the Department of Zoology at Aligarh before proceeding to the United Kingdom for higher studies in 1953. In 1956 he completed his D.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from University College of North Wales. He was the Director of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi, Kerala from 1971-1974. On 20 October 2015, he died at the age of 88 was awarded Padma Shri (1974) and Padma Bhushan (1982)

Prof Ali Ashraf
07th Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia
Professor Ali Ashraf served as the 7th Vice-Chancellor Jamia Millia Islamia from 1983-1989. He was a renowned academician who served in different capacities from Jamia Millia Islamia to IIT Kanpur. He also served as a head of department of Political Science Jamia Millia Islamia 1977-1983 and AN Sinha Institurte of Social Studies. He was also the director of Gandhi Institute of Study Varanasi. He did his Graduation and Post-Graduation from Patna University and Doctorate from Cornell Univeristy, USA.

Mr Anwar Jamal Kidwai
06th Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia
Professor Anwar Jamal Kidwai served as the 6th Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia from 1978 to 1983. He was a renowned academician, media person and founder of AJK Mass Communication and Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia.

Prof Masud Husain Khan
05th Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia
Professor Masud Hussain Khan served as the 5th Vice-Chacellor of Jamia Millia Islamia. Masud Husain Khan (28 January 1919 – 16 October 2010) was an eminent linguist, the first Professor Emeritus in Social Sciences at Aligarh Muslim University . He is revered as Baba-e-Urdu Lisaniyat (Father of Urdu-Linguistics).

Prof Mohammad Mujeeb
04th Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia
Professor Mohammad Mujeeb served as the 4th Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia from 1948 to 1973. He remained Jamia’s Vice Chancellor for the next quarter of the century, till he retired in 1973, and was one of the longest serving vice chancellors. Professor Mujeeb joined Jamia in 1926 along with Dr. Zakir Husain and Dr. Abid Husain. He followed Dr. Zakir Husain as Vice Chancellor in 1948.
Son of a rich Lucknow barrister, Dr. Mujeeb studied History at Oxford and went to Germany to study printing, when he met Dr. Zakir Husain who was deeply impressed him, with his commitment to the cause of Jamia. Mujeeb became passionately involved with Jamia, ever since he came to know of its history and struggle.
Mohammad Mujeeb was a writer of English and Urdu literature, educationist and scholar. Mujeeb published several books in Urdu and English. They are as follows: World History: Our Heritage, Education and Traditional Values, Social Reform Among Indian Muslims, The Indian Muslims, Islamic Influence on Indian Society and Dr. Zakir Husain: a biography are some of the notable ones among them.

Dr. Zakir Husain
03rd Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia
Dr. Zakir Hussain Served as the 3rd Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia from 1926 to 1948. He also served as the 3rd President of India, from 13 May 1967 until his death on 3 May 1969. An educator and intellectual, Husain was the country’s first Muslim president, and also the first to die in office.
Along with his colleagues in Germany, Dr. Abid Husain and Mohammad Mujeeb, Zakir Husain came to Jamia in 1926. He was Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia for 22 years (1926-48). It was his vision that held Jamia together at a time of great financial and ideological crisis and he took leadership in creating the ‘Life Members of Jamia,’ who pledged 20 years of service to Jamia.
Born on February 8, 1897, Zakir Husain studied at Etawah School, obtained MA from Aligarh Muslim University. He stayed in Germany from September 1922 to February 1926 to do a PhD in Economics from the University of Berlin.
He left Jamia in 1948 to help Aligarh Muslim University as its Vice Chancellor. He went on to become the governor of Bihar, Vice President of India and the President of India.

Abdul Majeed Khwaja
2nd Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia
He served Jamia as a founder, Vice Chancellor and Chancellor.
Abdul Majeed Kwaja held high offices in the Khilafat, Congress and was associated with Jamait-Ulamae-e-Hind from its inception. He was a close associate of Jawahrlal Nehru and a great advocate of Hindu-Muslim unity. He took keen interest in the Khilafat movement and went to England as a member of the Khilafat delegation (1920), led by Dr. MA Ansari

Maulana Mohammad Ali Johar
1st Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia
One of the founders of Jamia and its first Vice Chancellor. He was a nationalist leader, freedom fighter and Khilafat Leader. He took part in the Round Table Conference and was an influential journalist. Jauhar was his pen name. However, after his release from jail, following the withdrawal of the non-cooperation and Khilafat movements, he had his differences with Jamia.
Mohammad Ali was born in 1878 in Rampur, India. His father, Abdul Ali Khan, died when he was five years old. He was the brother of Shaukat Ali (politician) and Zulfiqar Ali Jouhar Despite the early death of his father, he attended the Darul Uloom Deoband, Aligarh Muslim University and, in 1898, Lincoln College, Oxford, studying modern history. Upon his return to India, he served as the education director for the Rampur state, and later joined the Baroda civil service. He became a writer and an orator of the first degree and a visionary political leader, writing articles in major British and Indian newspapers like The Times, London, The Manchester Guardian and The Observer. He launched the English weekly The Comrade in 1911 in Calcutta. ‘The Comrade’ quickly gained circulation and influence. He moved to Delhi in 1912 and launched an Urdu-language daily newspaper ‘Hamdard’ in 1913.


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