A gifted mind

While in primary classes he took some instruments from an old radio set and intercepted the telephone line passing through his orchards.
A gifted mind
Professor Ghulam Mohiudin Bhat/ File photoPhoto Credit: Kashmir University

Born in 1964, at Village Chewa Safapora, Tehsil Sumbal, then district Baramulla now district Bandipore, some 34 kilometers away from Srinagar city, Prof Bhat did his matriculation with first division from Government High (now Higher Secondary) School Safapora; and 11th & 12th at ML Higher Secondary School Hajin. He did B.Sc (Non-Medical) with first division from the prestigious S.P. College, Srinagar. He applied for admission in the departments of Mathematics and E&CE in University of Kashmir. By virtue of his intelligence gifted to him by Almighty he qualified for admission in both the departments. He chose E&CE and passed his PG with flying colours in 1985-87. In 1988 he was appointed as Lecturer in University of Kashmir. Deputed by the University of Kashmir he qualified M.Tech & Ph.D in E&CE from Aligarh Muslim University. He made the whole academic journey un-coached. He was born with a creative mind. While in primary classes he took some instruments from an old radio set and intercepted the telephone line passing through his orchards. The employees concerned were perplexed to hear the child saying “Hello, Hello” till they finally found the whole thing.

The scientist from Jammu & Kashmir with two patents in Electro-Mechanical Cassette Player and Novel Technology for Pulse Code Modulation to Digital Pulse Code has some 100 research papers besides some important books including Text for Electronics for 11th and 12th of Board of Secondary Education J & K. He had earned reputation in the academic circles across India and abroad, as he was invited to many workshops, symposiums, conferences. He represented India in International Conferences about innovations in Philippines and Bangladesh. His role in establishment of Institute of Technology in University of Kashmir at Zakura, and Government Engineering College at Safapora of which he was a founder Director, cannot be forgotten.

He was a robust proponent of techno-preneurship and innovations. A born visionary who believed in capacity building in distinctive specialties to enrich the knowledge market with products relevant to people. He was a considerate soul, with a smiling face. He did not believe in pomp & show; simplicity and hard work made his personality.

He taught hundreds of students and dozens of scholars completed their Ph.D degrees under his guidance. These scholars are proud of having completed their degrees under the innovative and the dynamic guidance of Prof. Mohiuddin Saheb. While acting as Drawing & Disbursing Officer or dealing as Chairman or Co-ordinator or member of any committee, so far as I know, he would always uphold principles of financial propriety, ethics, prudence, timeliness and quality assurance. He endeavoured that benefits of the innovations and inventions should reach the grassroots level innovators/inventors. Rightly called as Patent-Man of Kashmir he identified, organized and encouraged the grassroots level innovators in Kashmir and succeeded in getting their efforts recognized, patented and awarded. The Central Government supported him in such efforts through Gyan Cell and National Innovation Foundation. Bangaldesh Nobel Laureate Dr. Mohammad Younis had friendly consented him to visit Kashmir this year (2021) to encourage the entrepreurship development; but alas!

All those who knew him personally were greatly shocked and pained to hear the news of his death. Words fail me to capture the grief. His death is a collective loss.

The author is a former Sr. Audit Officer and Consultant in the A.G’s Office Srinagar.

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