President Pranab Mukherjee, in his capacity as Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) visitor, has appointed JN Medical College principal Tariq Mansoor its next vice-chancellor.
According to sources, Mukherjee approved Mansoor for the post on Wednesday. The other contenders for the post were Dr Abu Saleh Shareef, chief scholar & director of US India Policy Institute, Washington DC, and Dr Shahid Jameel, CEO of the Welcome Trust.
Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan had earlier told the HRD ministry that Mansoor did not fulfill the conditions laid down in the UGC rules for appointment as vice-chancellor because his name had figured in a CAG report. Nevertheless, the academician received the highest number of votes - 94 in all - at a meeting of the AMU court held on February 4.
Mansoor, who was born in Aligarh, is regarded as an able administrator.
The professor has been the principal of JN Medical College since 2013. From 2006 to 2013, he had been the secretary of the University Games Committee. Besides being president of the Association of Surgeons from 2010 to 2011, he has been a member of the Medical Council of India since 2015 and that of the AMU Executive Council for 12 years.
Mansoor is a recipient of the Senior Surgical Award from the Association of Surgeons of India, and as many as 49 students have earned MD degrees under him. He was also responsible for the construction of the pediatrics cardiology department at the medical college at a budget of Rs 1.5 crore.
The biggest challenge Mansoor may face as the AMU vice-chancellor is achieving a better balance with the central government. He will also have to ensure that funds are released for AMU off-campus centres at Mallapuram , Kishanganj and Murshidabad, which are currently on verge of closing down due to shortage of funds. A case pertaining to the AMU’s minority status is also pending in the Supreme Court.
The present vice-chancellor, Zameeruddin Shah, is facing an inquiry.
Also on Mansoor’s plate is a six-day-old strike that resident doctors at its medical college took up after a confrontation with students. An FIR has been lodged against student leaders, and this may cause further tension on the campus in the coming days.
Mansoor refused to comment on the development. “I have not received any written order so far on my appointment as AMU vice-chancellor,” he said.