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Prof. Tariq Mansoor is presently serving as the Vice-Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. Previously he has also served as Principal, J.N. Medical College, Chief Medical Superintendent, J.N. Medical College Hospital and Chairman, Department of Surgery. He is also the member of Medical Council of India since March 2015 for a period of four years. He is product of the first batch of prestigious Our Lady of Fatima Higher Secondary School, Aligarh. During his school days he has served as House Captain as well as School Captain. He did his MBBS and MS in General Surgery from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, AMU, Aligarh. A surgeon by profession with special interest in Breast and Thyroid Diseases, Prof. Tariq Mansoor has 33 years of Teaching and 35 years of Clinical experience. He has 90 publications to his credit and has guided 49 Postgraduate Medical Students for their Thesis as Supervisor / Co-Supervisor

Right to equality : Muslims in Uniform can keep beard : Court

NEW DELHI: The controversy over the right of Muslims to keep a beard while serving in various uniformed forces has been resolved with the Supreme Court asking the Central government to reinstate Assam Rifles' jawan Haider Ali and pay his dues since he was sacked in 1997 from the force for abiding by his religious faith to keep a beard.

Haider Ali, a rifleman, was asked to shave his beard which he had grown after sanction by the authorities. He later refused to shave it off saying under Muslim rites, once a beard is grown, it cannot be shaved.

He was summarily court martialled and dismissed from service for disobeying the orders. Haider Ali invoked the Constitutional provision guaranteeing right to religion and challenged his dismissal order before the Delhi HC.

The HC judges, Justices B A Khan and C K Mahajan, relied on an Allahabad High Court decision on a similar matter and noted: "There is no rule which provides that one cannot keep a beard. Our country is governed by the rule of law and matters are to be decided according to law... and not on the likes and dislikes of an individual officer, however high position he may be holding."

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