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Jamia V-C shows who is the boss

The internal debate over faculty appointments at Jamia Millia Islamia took an unexpected turn on Wednesday.

delhi Updated: May 28, 2009 00:25 IST
HT Correspondent

The internal debate over faculty appointments at Jamia Millia Islamia took an unexpected turn on Wednesday.

Just 13 days before his retirement, Vice-Chancellor (V-C) Mushirul Hasan cancelled the appointment of registrar Anisur Rehman.

The decision seems to have ruffled feathers for it finds roots in a teacher appointment row involving the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC).

Rehman happens to be a relative of the candidate who recently challenged the university’s withdrawal of his appointment as a lecturer of still photography.

Shadab Sami (25) was selected and given his offer letter on April 10. But the university held back his final letter of appointment, doubting manipulation of the selection process. The university subsequently initiated a probe.

Rehman was secretary of the selection committee in his capacity as registrar. Considering his relation with the candidate, he went on leave till the probe was completed.

“I received the order this evening and it states that my services as the registrar have been disengaged and professor Z.H. Khan has been appointed to officiate till further notice,” Rehman said.

“I am surprised that my appointment has been cancelled even when I agreed to go on leave till the inquiry was completed,” he added.

“There was a problem with Sami’s appointment and we have formed an inquiry committee to look into the matter. Because his nephew is involved, it doesn’t seem right for Rehman to continue as the varsity registrar,” said Hasan.

But Sami feels that his uncle is being victimised just because he is related to him.

“He is just the committee’s secretary and not involved in the selection process. There is absolutely no way that he could have influenced the decision.”