Srinagar- Former Vice Chancellor of University of Kashmir, Professor Riyaz Punjabi died on Thursday at his Delhi residence.
Reports said that Prof. Punjabi breathed his last this morning at his Delhi residence after a brief spell of illness.
Prof. Punjabi served as the VC, Kashmir University from 1 January 2008 to 1 June 2011.
He was granted the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian awards, in 2011.
Meanwhile, Vice-Chancellor University of Kashmir Prof Talat Ahmad, Registrar Dr Nisar Ahmad Mir and other officers and functionaries of the varsity condoled the demise of Punjabi.
Recalling the contributions of Prof Punjabi as KU Vice-Chancellor as well as his rich academic and literary pursuits, Prof Talat and Dr Mir prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul while expressing their deep sympathies and solidarity with the bereaved family in this hour of grief, the varsity said in a statement.
“Prof Punjabi’s contributions to the growth and development of this university will always be remembered and recalled,” they said.
Dean of Academic Affairs, Dean Colleges, Dean Research, Deans of various Faculties on the campus, Heads of teaching Departments, Officers of the Registry and members from the ministerial staff also condoled the sad demise of Prof Riyaz Punjabi and expressed their solidarity with the bereaved family.
Former VC, Jammu University, Prof Amitabh Mattoo said that Punjabi will be missed for his deep faith in the idea of India.
Very sad to hear of the passing away of Professor Riyaz Punjabi. Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Kashmir, larger than life, a friend of friends, one of the strongest defenders of Kashmiriyat, Riyaz Sahib will be missed also for his deep faith in the idea of India pic.twitter.com/OB4QsB7NCJ
— Amitabh Mattoo (@amitabhmattoo) April 8, 2021
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