New Delhi: Najeeb Jung was on Tuesday sworn in as Delhi's Lt Governor. Jung, who was vice-chancellor of the Jamia Millia Islamia, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by the Delhi High Court's Chief Justice B.D. Ahmed.

He succeeds Tejinder Khanna, who was not present at the oath taking ceremony. Jung has presided over the opening of numerous new centres and departments in Jamia, from the cutting-edge Centre for Nano Sciences and Nanotechnology to the expansion of the International Studies Programmes under the Academy of International Studies, noticeably the Pakistan, China and Afghanistan studies programmes.

He actively engaged scholars from Pakistan, and delivered a lecture at the Jinnah Institute, Islamabad, under the Distinguished Speakers' Series. During his tenure, Jamia became a training centre for athletes for the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010. Jung, who was selected for the Indian Administrative Service in 1973 and allotted the Madhya Pradesh cadre, worked in various capacities in the state and the central governments.

He has worked in the energy sector, and was associated with the Asian Development Bank and the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, Oxford University, before he was called to head Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi.

He has headed or been member to numerous committees appointed by the government. He headed the core committee appointed by the Human Resources Development Ministry to look into the state of higher education in the country and recommend changes.

Recently, he was nominated to the National Institute of Disaster Management as a member and to an expert committee to consider backwardness of the states. His views on secularism and inter-faith dialogue have regularly appeared in mainstream newspapers.

Jung studied at St Columba's, New Delhi, and did his Masters in History from St Stephen's College, Delhi. He was also a part of the college's Shakespeare Society. He took to stage after more than 40 years when he acted in IPTA production "Anarkali-Akbar-Salim" in February 2011. A keen literary enthusiast, Jung extensively read from Ghalib and other Urdu poets while at Jamia. He has a wife and three daughters.


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