Shibli Academy elects Hamid Ansari as its President

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Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy, in its annual management committee meeting, elected Mohammad Hamid Ansari, the former Vice-President of India, as its President.

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Hamid Ansari agreed to serve Shibli Academy and said, “I deem it a great honour to be invited by the Managing Committee of the Academy to assume the high office of its President and it shall be my endeavour to assist the Committee in its work of continuing the good work that the Academy and its scholars have done over decades.”

Hamid Ansari has served as Vice-President of India from August 2007 till August 2017. He has also served as Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities from 2006 to 2007. He was also the Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University from 2000 to 2002.

In the past, President’s position at Shibli Academy was held by Maulana Hamiduddin Farahi, Prince Imadul Mulk Syed Husain Bilgirami, Prince Mehdi Yar Jung Bahadur, Dr. Syed Mahmood and Mir Nawab Karamat Ali Khan Mufakkham Jah.

Prof. Ishtiyaq Ahmad Zilli, Director and Secretary of Shibli Academy extended his words of appreciation for Hamid Ansari for accepting the responsibility.

On November 29, 2014, Hamid Ansari attended Shibli Academy Centenary celebrations as Chief Guest. “Selection of Hamid Ansari as President of this Century old Institution has boosted the morals of the admirers of Shibli Academy,” said the press statement released on the same announcement.

Dr. Abdullah, a member of the management committee, travelled all the way from Washington DC, USA to attend the meeting and expressed his pleasure over Ansari’s selection. He said, “Mr. Hamid Ansari is statesman and apolitical person with vast experience as a foreign diplomat, Vice-Chancellor of AMU and Vice-President of India for 2 terms. His experience and personality will take Shibli Academy to a new level.”

The meeting also elected Dr. Fakhrul Islam as Joint Secretary and Manager of Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy in place of Dr. Abdul Mannan who requested to be relinquished from his responsibilities due to poor health and age related issues. Dr. Javed Ali Khan, Associate Professor at Shibli National College and Mr. Ameer Ahmad of Manappat Foundation of Kerala were also elected as members of management committee.

The Meeting was held in the premises of Darul Musaneefin Shibli Academy, Azamgarh (UP), India on March 28, 2018 and was Chaired by Maulana Taqiuddin Helali of Al-Ain University UAE.

The other members who attended the meetings were Prof. Ishtiyaq Zilli, Director/Secretary of Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy, Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan, Chairman Delhi Minorities Commission and Editor of Milli Gazette, Dr. Abdullah, Washington DC USA, Prof. Khalid Mahmood, retired professor from Jamia Millia Islamia, Dr. Fakhrul Islam and Dr. Salman Sultan from Gujrat.

Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy was conceived by Maulana Shibli Nomani and established by his disciples headed by Maulana Hamiduddin Farahi and Maulana Syed Sulaiman Nadvi on November 21, 1914, three days after his death with the objectives to nurture and sustain a body of scholarly authors, to provide a congenial environment for scholars to create, compile and translate literary works of high scholastic and historical value and to undertake printing and publication of the literary works of the Academy.