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

Prof. Siddiqui new Osmania VC

By Ibrahim Usmani

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Governor Sushil Kumar Shinde on 3rd February appointed Professor Sulaiman Siddiqui as Osmania University’s new Vice Chancellor. He took the charge the next day. It is a three-year term.

A senior Professor with twenty-nine years of Post Graduate teaching and vast administrative experience, Prof. Siddiqui was the Founder Registrar of Maulana Azad National Urdu University from 1998 to 2002. He has represented the university in conferences and seminars at China, Uzbekistan and throughout India. He was Director Academic Audit Cell, Principal and Vice-Principal of the University College of Arts and Social Sciences, Director Competitive Examination Coaching Centre, Director Dairatul Ma’arif Al-Osmania (Osmania Oriental Publication Bureau). He was member of the editorial board for Islam and Modern Age as well as Islam aur Asre Jadeed, quarterly research journals published from Zakir Hussain Institute of Islamic Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

Born in Warangal on 7 November 1944, Professor Siddiqui had been in the University since 1962 – as a student and later as a teacher and administrative. He ha done his Ph.D. from Osmania University entitled ‘Sufis of the Deccan from A.D. 1347-1538’. He joined the University in 1975 as a lecturer.

Among his research and publications, he has presented a number of lectures in various seminars in India and outside. He has two books on Sufism and Islam namely ‘The Bahamani Sufis’ published from Idarat-I-Adabiyat Delhi and ‘Facts you should know about prayers, fasting, charity and Pilgrimage’. He is working on some rare Persian Bahamani and later documents unearthed from private collections at Gulbarga, Bidar, Kodchi, Bijapur and other districts of Deccan. He is also working on temple grants by the VII Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan of the Asaf Jahi State of Hyderabad. 

Prof. Sulaiman Siddiqui is the only Muslim vice-chancellor in a period of twenty years after Late Hashim Ali Akhtar in 1982-83. He has visited many countries like United States, Sri Lanka, Canada and Malaysia. 

Improving academic standards, filling of vacant teachers’ posts and mobilization of additional funds figure in his priority list. Speaking to reporters, after assuming charges Prof. Siddiqui said that he would seriously take up the issue of shortage of faculties. He said only the best faculty could lift the academic standards.

Out of 1,233 sanctioned post, only 775 teachers were on the rolls, he said and added that the contract lecturers’ issue would be viewed seriously. Regarding block grants, he said requests for enhancement had been pending with the government. Professor Siddiqui promised to look into the leased lands of the university and protect lands being encroached by outsiders.

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