New Delhi: Dr. Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, University of Kashmir will take over as Jamia VC. The President of India, in his capacity as the Visitor of the University has appointed Prof. Talat Ahmad as the Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia.
Prof. Ahmad is an Earth Scientist who served at the Department of Geology, University of Delhi. Born in Giridih, Jharkahand, Dr. Ahmad did M.Sc in Geology from Aligarh Muslim University and went on to complete his Ph.D program from Jawaharlal Nehru University in 1985. He has also been a Post Doctoral Fellow with three foreign universities viz. University of Leicester , UK, under the Government of India Fellowship; University of Cambridge under NERC Fellowship and the Nagoya University , Japan.
Dr. Talat Ahmad Dr. Ahmad began his career as a Junior Geologist with the Geological Survey of India and worked for nineteen years as a Scientist with Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, under DST, Dehradun. He joined Department of Geology, University of Delhi as Professor in October 2003. He took over as Vice Chancellor of University of Kashmir in June 2011.
Dr. Ahmad has the exceptional distinction of being a Fellow of all the Science Academies of the country: the Indian National Science academy (FNA), New Delhi; the Indian Academy of Sciences (FASc); and the National Academy of Sciences (FNASc).
Dr. Ahmad has over 65 research publications to his credit. He has supervised several M. Phil and Ph.D research studies at the University of Delhi and the Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra.
Last year, in September, over 300 teachers of the University has written to the President urging him to make some academician a VC rather than former administrator with civil service, police or military backgrounds, as often the VC of Jamia and Aligarh Muslim University are.
It would be interesting to see how the students’ community receive the new VC as of Jamia Najeeb Jung, he too was opposed to restoring students’ union at Kashmir University.
Before being appointed as the Vice Chancellor of Kashmir University in 2011, Prof Talat Ahmad served as a professor of Geology at University of Delhi.
Prof. Ahmad’s appointment as the Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia comes as a surprise to both University of Kashmir and Jamia Millia Islamia because among all the names that were doing the rounds for the post of vice-chancellor, Prof. Talat’s name was never mentioned; and for good reasons too because as recently as February 2014, Prof. Talat Ahmad’s tenure as the Vice Chancellor of the University of Kashmir had been officially extended by three years.