Lt. Gen. appoints Maj. Gen. in AMU

Aligarh: According to a press release issued by the PRO of the Aligarh Muslim University on 20 April, the Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Lt Gen (retd) Zameeruddin Shah, has appointed Major General G. G. Dwivedi, SM, VSM and Bar (Retd.) as professor in the Centre of West Asian Studies, Faculty of Social Science for a period of three years or till he attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier, with effect from the date he joins his duty.

The press release further said, “Major General Dwivedi has remained associated with Indian Army and held various important positions from 1971 to 2009. Major General Dwivedi held diplomatic assignments as Military Attaché, China from 1997 to 1999. He was Visiting Faculty at Foreign Service Institute, Delhi, IIM, Kashipur, Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, Delhi, Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi and Punjab University, Chandigarh.

“He obtained his M. Sc. and M. Phil. in Defence and Strategic Studies from Madras University and PhD in International Relations from JNU. He also obtained Long Chinese Interpreter Course from School of Foreign Languages, New Delhi. Major General Dwivedi has also authored two books on Military History/Strategy and published over forty articles in Geo-Strategic Issues, international relations and leadership in leading professional journals.”

MG Comment: AMU is now a military institution run by retired officers on the pattern of an army formation. All the top posts are held by former army officers: the Pro-VC is a retired brigadier and the Registrar is a former group captain. Reportedly, the new proctor  too, after the (forced?) resignation of a professor, will be a former military officer. Many university institutions including the medical college are now teeming with former military officers running the show with an iron fist. The VC, who loves to be  called “Lt. General (retired)”, is running this central university as an army commander. Smallest criticism or indiscipline is rewarded with a severe penalty and expulsion as seen in the cases of the elected heads of the AMU students union. The vice president of the union was pardoned after he grovelled for pardon while the president is still seen staging demos against the decision. Why is it that only universities with a Muslim character are chosen to be run like military units. Earlier a retired general had headed the Jamia Millia Islamia and now another retired general is running roughshod over AMU. Why hundreds of other universities in the country are not seen worthy of such leadership? Another question related to the appointment of the Maj. Gen.: he is appointed as a professor in West Asian studies but seems to have no clue about that area unless, of course, if China was located in the Middle East. (Zafarul-Islam Khan)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2013 on page no. 3

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