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Published in the 1-15 Apr 2005 print edition of MG; send me the print edition

Saba Khan new Jamia Urdu registrar

The Milli Gazette Online 

Aligarh: Aligarh district administration appointed Ms Saba Khan as registrar and secretary of Jamia Urdu, Aligarh on 14 March in place of the former registrar, Anwar Sayeed, who was sacked on court orders. Immediately after her appointment, Saba Khan took over the charge of registrar-cum-secretary’s post in the presence of Upper District magistrate and with this, offices of Jamia Urdu which remained sealed for about two months on court orders were opened. 

After taking over the charge, Saba Khan addressed prominent citizens of Aligarh as well as Jamia staff and assured them that their and Jamia’s own problems will be solved soon. She assured the staff that of their seven months’ unpaid salaries, at least two months’ salaries will be paid to them soon. She issued orders that all pending matters regarding marksheets and certificates should be completed within the next three days because UP government has fixed 21 March as the last date for submission of forms.

Jamia Urdu Aligarh was facing acute financial and administrative crisis and mismanagement for the last four years under its dismissed registrar, Anwar Sayeed, with the result that on court’s orders it was put under the charge of the district administration two months ago and from that time onwards the district magistrate was looking after the affairs of the Jamia. In view of the crisis, elections were held for the post of secretary of Jamia Society on 9 March on court’s instructions in which Anwar Sayeed was defeated. After his defeat, district administration sealed the offices of Jamia and all its activities came to a stop. This provoked Jamia employees to start an agitation claiming that they had not received their salaries for 16 months.

As regards Anwar Sayeed, the district administration has issued him notice to vacate his official residence which is the property of Jamia.

Jamia Urdu was set up in 1939 at Agra under Bazm-e Iqbal but after Independence it was shifted to Aligarh in 1949. At that time the number of students appearing for its examinations was very small but soon it made quick progress and within a few years their number increased to 150,000. Its income also skyrocketted as a result. At that time Anwar Sayeed was its assisstant registrar. In view of the increasing income of Jamia, some vested interests made common cause with Anwar Syeed and got the then upright registrar dismissed by a pliant vice chancellor who was soon sidelined by the new “registar” who became the sole administrator of the Jamia and started misusing its funds for personal and irrational projects. This proved ominous for the Jamia. After some time, the group around Anwar Sayeed started fighting for the spoils. Litigations and petitions started and ultimately led to the downfall of Anwar Sayeed on 9 March.

About Anwar Sayeed, Jamia employees say that he considered himself an emperor and employed eight persons as his security guards whereas a total of about 32 persons used to protect him everywhere. He sent his son to London for higher education and in this connection he made as many as 20 trips to that country, all at Jamia expense. All this had a great strain on the financial resources of this institution so much so that staff went without pay for months. Allegedly he even withdrew funds from employees pension fund. Some employees think that Shaikhul Jamia (VC), Masood Husain, is responsible for this sorry state of affairs because it was he who had brought in Anwar Sayeed only to be sidelined by his protege.

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