Heptulla appointed Jamia Chancellor

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New Delhi, May 29 : Manipur Governor and former Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla has been appointed as the Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia.

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

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,” Ahmad said.

Heptulla, who has been a five-time member of the Rajya Sabha, and its Deputy Chairman for sixteen 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 (IPU) in 1993.

She was elected president of 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. PTI

Source: The Sangai Express

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