Attempt to destabilise Jamia, says acting V-C

Jung (centre) at Jamia’s convocation on Thursday

Officiating vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, S M Sajid, on Thursday said there were elements with vested interests within Jamia Millia Islamia who were attempting to destabilise the university administration.

Deviating from his official speech, copies of which had been handed out to the audience at Jamia's annual convocation, Sajid said, "There are persons in this university who give primacy to their vested interests rather than the interest of the institution." He added that "these elements are few and far between but one has to be careful".

Liutenant-Governor and former Jamia Vice-Chancellor Najeeb Jung on Thursday joined the likes of Yasser Arafat, Edward Said, Ban ki-Moon and Amartya Sen after he was felicitated with a degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) by the university.

The degree was presented by Chancellor M A Zaki and S M Sajid during the annual convocation, for the Jung's "distinctive contribution as an academic leader and administrator".

Accepting the degree, Jung said, "I feel like a rock star every time I come back to Jamia... I stand at this point completely humbled by this huge honour bestowed on me by a great university that stands for all the values that we cherish in India."

Referring to Jamia as an example of "peaceful religious co-existence", Jung told more than 4,500 students receiving degrees at the convocation, "Secularism is part of our inheritance and you must vow to transcend and rise above religion, caste and region."

Najeeb Jung left the V-C office at Jamia in July when he was appointed L-G. In his four years as V-C, Jung has been credited with giving a fillip to academic programmes such as Pakistan and China studies, Nano sciences and Nanotechnology and initiating steps for the promotion of Urdu.

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