Presently, the vice-chancellor of Jamia, Prof. Talat Ahmad, is on leave from office. In his absence, Jamia has appointed Prof. Talat Aziz from the Department of Teacher Training & Non-formal Education as the officiating vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia.
On her appointment as the acting vice-chancellor of JMI, a local Okhla news website claimed it to be an historic event. The site made the claim that Prof. Talat Aziz was the first woman officiating vice-chancellor of Jamia in its 92 year history. This led to much talk and celebration among the Jamia community; in India and abroad. The news even made it into a national daily in Saudi Arabia.
However, as Jamia Journal has learned from the university administration, the claim made by this local news site is false.
According to JMI’s Media Co-ordinator, Dr. Mukesh Ranjan, any report making the assertion that Dr. Talat Aziz is the first woman officiating vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia is “factually incorrect.”
It is factually incorrect because, according to Dr. Ranjan, in 2004, Prof. Mohini Anjum, a now former professor in the Department of Sociology, had served as an officiating vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia. Thus rendering all later claims to the title invalid.