Prof A. M. Pathan as VC of Maulana Azad Urdu University
Prof. Abdul Jaleel Khan M. Pathan was appointed as permanent vice chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University in March this year.
President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam had visited the university on 15 March 2003 and after exchange of views with students, employees and the teaching staff he decided to appoint distinguished educationist Prof. AM Pathan as VC.
Subsequently, Prof. Pathan took over the charge on 19 March 2004. He started his work with all seriousness from the first day and studied the university ordinance, files, review of six years of progress of the university, and met teaching staff and media persons.
He had earlier been vice chancellor of Karnataka University at Dharwar for two terms and served Bangalore University as its registrar and acting VC.
Prof. Pathan was appointed Officer on Special Duty when the Karnataka government decided to set up Steam Open University to prepare its blueprints.
He was born in Bankapur town in Karnataka. His two sons, both software engineers, are settled in Canada and USA. Prof. Pathan and his wife went on Haj this year after fulfilling all their familial responsibilities like education and marriage of their sons. Now he would be able to devote his full attention to the affairs of the university.
With his appointment as VC of Urdu University he has got the opportunity to serve the cause of Urdu for which he had a longing. He considers the opportunity as a good luck and thanks God for it. Prof. Pathan’s mother tongue is Urdu and he studied it as the first language upto BSc. He also studied Persian at school level. He did his MSc in Geology from Karnataka University and doctorate in Ore Geology from Bangalore University in 1975. Later he became vice chancellor of both the universities. He was conferred 'Best Research Paper Award' by Bangalore University. His research papers have been published in many national and international journals. Beside these responsibilities, he served in different capacities in Union HRD ministry, UGC, USEFI and AICTE. He has traveled to USA, Canada and many European countries.
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