Prof Riyaz Punjabi is VC Kashmir University

Greater Kashmir

Noted social scientist Riyaz Punjabi was Saturday appointed the Vice Chancellor of the Kashmir University for a period of three years.
Greater Kashmir on Friday reported that his name was approved by a panel of experts, headed by former Vice Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Mehmoodur Rehman.

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Lt Gen (Retd) S K Sinha put his approval on Prof Punjabi’s name in his capacity as the Chancellor of the University.

An official statement said Saturday that in an order issued by Governor in his capacity as Chancellor of the University of Kashmir, in exercise of powers vested in him under Section 12 of the Kashmir and Jammu Universities Act, 1969, Professor Punjabi has been appointed as Vice Chancellor for a period of three years with effect from the date he takes over charge.

The terms and conditions will be notified separately, the statement added.

Prof Punjabi is currently serving as a professor in the Social Science faculty of the Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Prof Punjabi will be taking over as the Vice-Chancellor of the Kashmir University as the term of the incumbent VC Prof Abdul Wahid expired on 17 December 2007.

A doctorate in law, Dr Punjabi has served as professor and chairman, Department of Distance Education, Dean Faculty of Non-Formal Education in the University of Kashmir. He has been a visiting Professor in Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi and a visiting fellow on human rights at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies Shimla and a visiting fellow at the Centre for South Asian Studies, Switzerland.

Author of Several books and edited volumes, Dr Punjabi has contributed more than 100 research papers in the Indian and international academic journals on Law, peace and international relations. He has participated and contributed papers in more than 50 international conferences on diverse themes and subjects. In addition to his responsibilities at JNU, Dr Punjabi is also the honorary director, European Institute, New Delhi.

Dr Punjabi graduated from S P College in Srinagar and obtained the degrees of Masters in Law and Doctorate in Law from Aligarh Muslim University. Although a student of Law, he was appointed Editor of Aligarh Magazine under Prof Alley Ahmed Suroor for his keen interest in Urdu literature.

He had been regularly attending meetings of the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva for the past 15 years.