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Manipur governor Najma Heptulla appointed as new Jamia Millia Islamia chancellor

Heptulla, a five-time member of RS and its deputy chairman for 16 years, has been appointed as Jamia Millia Islamia chancellor for a term of five years.

education Updated: May 29, 2017 18:42 IST
Manipur governor Najma Heptulla  has been appointed chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia.
Manipur governor Najma Heptulla has been appointed chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia. (PTI File )

Manipur governor and former minority affairs minister Najma Heptulla has been appointed as the chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia.

Jamia Vice Chancellor Talat Ahmad confirmed the development, saying she has been appointed for a term of five years.

The 77-year old Heptulla succeeds Lt Gen (Retd) MA Zaki who completes his five-year term this month.

“University will greatly benefit from her rich experience in both political and public life. It will be our privilege to work with her and to learn from her distinguished career in Parliament and internationally,” Ahmed said.

Heptulla who has been a five time member of the Rajya Sabha and its deputy chairman for 16 years, served as the minister of minority affairs in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet before being appointed as the governor of Manipur.

Heptulla has had the distinction of presiding over the women’s parliamentarians’ group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in 1993.

She was elected President of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), a Geneva-based international organisation from 1999 to 2002, and was nominated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as its human development ambassador.