Najma Akhtar, the Vice-Chancellor of the Jamia Millia Islamia University, received Padma Sri from The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind on 21st March 2022.
Najma Akhtar, the Vice-Chancellor of the Jamia Millia Islamia University, received Padma Sri from The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind on 21st March 2022. Padma Sri is the fourth highest civilian award given by the government of India. She received this award for her invaluable contribution to the field of literature and education.
Najma Akhtar is an Indian academic and academic administrator. Since April 2019, she has been the Vice-Chancellor of the Jamia Millia Islamia, an Indian university. She is the first woman to hold the post. She is actually the first women vice-chancellor in any central university in Delhi.
She is an academician from the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA). She has a PhD in Education from Kurukshetra University on the topic ‘A Comparative Study on Conventional & Distance Education System of Higher Education’.
She has also led the Department of Educational Administration at NIEPA. She worked for 15 years there. Besides this, she was the Commonwealth Fellow for the University Administration Course at the University of Warwick and Nottingham. She also got training at the International Institute of Educational Planning (IIEP), UNESCO in Paris. At IGNOU, she also led capacity-building courses for many distance educators at the national and international levels.
In April 2019, the Ministry of Human Resource Development received approval from the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, to appoint Akhtar as vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia for a five-year term. Najma Akhtar has been an advocate for gender equity and is known for leading teams of diverse cultural backgrounds.