Former KU VC Riyaz Punjabi dies, demise widely mourned



SRINAGAR: Former Vice Chancellor (VC) of Kashmir University (KU) Prof Riyaz Punjabi died on Thursday after a brief illness at his Delhi residence.
Prof Punjabi has served as the VC, Kashmir University from January 1, 2008 to June 1, 2011.
He was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian awards, in 2011.
He was granted an Honorary Professorship at the International University Vienna for his contribution in “Strengthening International Relations in the Sphere of Education in 2008.
He also won the Amity Academic Excellence Award from Amity International Business School, in 2009, the Fazil Memorial Award in 2009, and the Adbi Markaz Kamraz award in 2010.
He held a doctorate in law and has authored a number of books and research papers. Prof Punjabi has also lectured in the universities and research institutions in different parts of Asia, Europe, Africa, Canada and Australia.
His death is being widely mourned by the literary and other sections of the society.
Apni Party President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari expressed profound condolence over the demise and described the deceased as a noble gentleman whose contributions in the academic fields are immense.
Besides Party President, Senior Vice President Ghulam Hassan Mir, Vice Presidents Zaffar Iqbal Manhas, Ajaz Khan, Usman Majid & Ch. Zulfikar Ali, General Secretaries Rafi Ahmad Mir, Vijay Bakaya & Vikram Malhotra, Provincial President Jammu Manjit Singh, Provincial President Kashmir Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Mayor Srinagar & President Youth Wing Juniad Azim Mattu, Provincial President Woman Namrta Sharma and others also conveyed their condolences.
The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President G.A. Mir described Prof. Riyaz Punjabi as an erudite personality of J&K, whose contributions to education sector were immense.
The passing away of Riyaz Punjab was a great loss to Jammu and Kashmir, Mir added and said the deceased was credited of reforming the Kashmir university “further” during his tenure as VC and will be remembered long for his vast knowledge and vision.