Zameer Uddin Shah

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Zameer Uddin Shah
Lieutenant General Zameeruddin Shah.JPG
20th Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University
In office
17 May 2012 – 17 May 2017
ChancellorMohammed Burhanuddin
Preceded byProf. P. K. Abdul Aziz
Succeeded byProf. Tariq Mansoor
Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Personnel & Systems)
In office
1 October 2006 – 31 August 2008
PresidentA.P.J Abdul Kalam
Preceded byGurditar Singh
Succeeded byManbir Singh Dadwal
Personal details
Born (1948-08-15) 15 August 1948 (age 74)
Bahraich, United Provinces, India
RelationsNaseeruddin Shah (brother)
Alma materNational Defence Academy (B.Sc.)
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun
University of Madras, Chennai (M.Sc.)
Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore (M.Phil.)
AwardsParam Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Sena Medal ribbon.svg Sena Medal
Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg Vishisht Seva Medal
Military service
Allegiance India
Branch/service Indian Army
Years of service1968–2008
RankLieutenant General of the Indian Army.svg Lieutenant General
UnitRegiment of Artillery
CommandsIII Corps
Bengal Area
54 Infantry Division
170 Medium Regiment
Battles/wars1971 Indo-Pakistani War

Lieutenant General Zameer Uddin Shah, PVSM, SM, VSM is a retired senior General of the Indian Army. He last served as the Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Personnel & Systems), Indian Army. After retirement, he served for some time as an administrative member on the bench of the Armed Forces Tribunal. He was the Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Zameer Uddin Shah was born on 15 August 1948 in Bahraich district, Uttar Pradesh, India. An alumnus of St Joseph's College, Nainital, he is the brother of noted Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah. General Shah holds a Master of Science degree in Defence Science from the University of Madras and a Master of Philosophy degree from the Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya University, Indore.[2]

Military career[edit]

Shah attended the National Defence Academy in Khadakwasla, Pune. He was commissioned with the 185 Light Regiment (Camel Pack) on 9 June 1968. He is also commanded 170 Medium Regiment (Veer Rajputs). Shah was later the Colonel Commandant of the Regiment of Artillery. He was also the Indian military attaché to Saudi Arabia.[3] He had led the Army during the Gujarat riots of 2002.[4]

Vice-Chancellor of AMU[edit]

Lt Gen Zameeruddin Shah was the Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University from 2012–17.[5]


Gen Shah was quoted by the media as saying that there would be "four times more boys" in Maulana Azad Library if undergraduate girl students were allowed in. He later claimed that his comments were stretched out of the proportion.[6]

Lt. Gen Shah also attributed the backwardness of Muslims to keeping their women "enslaved" and not working during Ramzan.[7]

The HRD Ministry has responded to the Lt. Gen Shah's comment with Minister Smriti Irani saying, "AMU VC's reported remark not only hurts as a woman but also agitates". Irani termed the remark an "insult to daughters". The Ministry also sought a response from the university.[8]

The Allahabad High Court had issued a notice over reports of the university denying a section of students access to its central library calling it a case of gender-based bias, the court also issued a notice to Lt. Gen Shah. The Court directed that adequate measures must be taken so that girls can come to the library.[9]

He stoked another controversy aftermath the Maulana Azad Library issues by banning The Times of India at the university campus which reported about the library issue at the first hand.[10][11]

Lt. Gen Shah is also embroiled in a controversy on his appointment as Vice-Chancellor. The Supreme Court has issued notice on petition challenging his appointment.[12]


  • Shah, Zameer Uddin (2018). The Sarkari Mussalman. Konark Publishers Pvt. Ltd.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Aligarh Muslim University -- Our Founder".
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 December 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 November 2010. Retrieved 5 March 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Modi's rule had riots — but entrusted with nation, people change: Lt General Zameeruddin Shah - Times of India". The Times of India.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 July 2017. Retrieved 8 January 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "AMU vice-chancellor Zameeruddin Shah says he is not sexist". India Today.
  7. ^ "Muslims lagged behind because they kept women enslaved, says AMU V-C Zameer Uddin Shah". 5 October 2015.
  8. ^ "AMU VC Zameer Uddin Shah denies girls access to varsity library; HRD Minister Smriti Irani seeks explanation". 11 November 2014.
  9. ^ "AMU library row: Allahabad High Court sends notice to V-C". India Today.
  10. ^ "AMU shoots messenger, bans TOI over library issue - Times of India ►". The Times of India.
  11. ^ Rai, Piyush. "On a banning spree: AMU VC bansThe Times of India for 'negative reporting'". Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  12. ^ "VC's appointment row: Supreme Court notice to Aligarh Muslim University". The Indian Express. 1 December 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015.

External links[edit]

  • Information from the Government of India website [1]
  • Article from Times of India [2]
  • Article from Indian Daily News and Analysis [3]
  • Article about General Z.U.Shah by his younger brother Naseeruddin [4][permanent dead link]
Military offices
Preceded by
S. Pattabhiraman
General officer commanding 54 Infantry Division
Succeeded by
K. S. Siva Kumar
Preceded by
Daljeet Singh
General officer commanding III Corps
Succeeded by
Manbir Singh Dadwal
Preceded by
Gurditar Singh
Deputy Chief of the Army Staff
Academic offices
Preceded by Vice-Chancellor of AMU
Succeeded by