Jamia Millia Islamia Gets New Chancellor

The newly appointed chancellor Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin succeeds Dr Najma Heptulla who completed her five-year term as chancellor of the university last year

Members of the Court (Anjuman) of the Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) have unanimously elected Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin as the Chancellor (Amir-e-Jamia) of the university for a period of five years with effect from March 14, 2023. The meeting of the Court was held today where the important decision was taken.

He succeeds Dr Najma Heptulla who completed her five-year term as Chancellor of the university last year.

The 53rd al-Dai al-Mutlaq, Saifuddin is head of the one million strong global Dawoodi Bohra Muslim Community since 2014.

The global programmes overseen by Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin include Saifee Burhani Uplift Project, Turning the Tide, Project Rise, FMB Community kitchen work towards eradication of hunger, reduction of food waste, protecting the environment and so on. 

He has been honoured with a number of awards and accolades. He has featured in the 500 Most Influential Muslims list. A citation was read in the celebration of his contributions in the US House of Representatives at the US Capitol. 

Saifuddin is an alumnus of the Dawoodi Bohra educational institute Al-jamia-tus-saifiya in Surat. He is also alumnus of the Al-Azhar University and Cairo University, Egypt. He inaugurated a new campus of Al-jamia-tus-saifiya in Mumbai on February 10, 2023.

He has Arabica and Urdu poems to his credit. He has also written literary pieces and poems in the community's vernacular, Lisan al-Dawat.

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