Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, who leads the Jammu and Kashmir administration, on Thursday appointed Professor Nilofer Khan as the new Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kashmir. Professor Khan was working in the department of home science.
Said to replace earth-scientist Prof Talat Ahmad whose three-year term ended in August 2021, Khan will be the first-ever female to head the university. Appointed for a tenure of three years, she will be in effect from the date she takes charge.
Sources have also confirmed that recently, Jamia and JNU too have also got their first-ever women vice-chancellors. Najma Akhtar, the first-ever female vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), has also been conferred with the Padma Shri award. Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit, a former professor at Savitri Phule Phule Pune University (SPPU) became the first woman Vice-Chancellor at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Pandit is also the first-ever JNUite to be appointed as VC of its alma mater.
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Professor Nilofar Khan has 30 years of teaching experience.
According to Kashmir Life, in the communique by LG Manoj Sinha, he said, “In exercise of the powers vested under him under Section 12 of the Kashmir and Jammu Universities Act, 1969, he (Manoj Sinha), Chancellor, University of Kashmir, hereby appoint Professor Nilofer Khan, Professor, Department of Home Sciences, University of Kashmir, as Vice Chancellor of the University of Kashmir for a period of three (03) years with effect from the date she takes over charge, on the terms and conditions to be notified separately.”
The University Of Kashmir offers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs in the fields of liberal arts, business and commerce/management studies, education, law, applied sciences and technology, biological sciences, physical and material sciences, social sciences, medicine, dentistry, engineering, oriental learning, and music & fine arts.
In addition, the university has been awarded Grade “A+” by the NAAC on 20 May 2019. With 247 acres campus in Hazratbal, the university makes education more accessible to people living in remote areas of Kashmir valley. Kashmir University has also established Satellite Campuses at Anantnag (South Campus) and Baramulla (North Campus).