Dr Wasey begins new inning in another university as V-C after saying goodbye to Jamia.
Dr Akhtarul Wasey, internationally acclaimed Islamic scholar, has retired from Jamia Millia Islamia where he served for a long time. He was Head of Department of Islamic Studies.
“He is now vice chancellor Maulana Azad University, Jodhpur in Rajasthan. He retired in 31 August. He is expected to join the university after Bakrid,” research scholar Md Osama told OKHLATIMES.
Ever since 1978, when he joined as lecturer at the university, Prof Wasey has had packed halls of students. “He leaves you spellbound,” says one. “You don’t always take notes when he lectures. You just want to listen and soak it all in. And he too is a very attentive listener. It’s said that a good conversationalist is one who is also a good listener. I would say that for Prof Wasey.”
Before coming to Jamia Prof Wasey was at the Aligarh Muslim University, which awarded him a Masters degree in Islamic Studies.
The Padma Shree Award winner is a former correspondent of Press Asia International, Quami Awaz and National Herald, and was editor of several books, including Islam and the Modern Age. He has authored hundreds of articles in scholarly journals. Apart from other things, he used the opportunity to popularise the Urdu language.
Besides, Prof Wasey Is Vice-Chairman of the Urdu Academy in Delhi; General Secretary of the South Asia Inter-Religious Council on HIV/AIDS (SAIRC) – a collaborative venture of UNICEF and the World Conference of Religions for Peace, New York; President of the India Interfaith Coalition on HIV/AID; and Vice President of the Foundation of SAARC Writers And Literature.
Prof Wasey is also fluent in Hindi and English, and familiar with Arabic, Persian and Turkish.