P. K. Abdul Aziz

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P. K. Abdul Aziz
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Born (1947-01-18) 18 January 1947 (age 67)
Thodupuzha, Kerala, India
Education D.Sc (Doctor of Science), Ph.D - University of Kerala
Masters - Cochin University of Science and Technology
Alma mater University of Kerala
Cochin University of Science and Technology
St. Albert's College, Ernakulam
Union Christian College, Aluva
Occupation Vice Chancellor - University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya
Children 2

P.K. Abdul Aziz (born 18 January 1947), also known as P. K. Abdul Azis, is a scientist in Ecology and Biodiversity and an academic from India who has published 77 research papers,.[1] He has been the Vice Chancellor of Cochin University of Science and Technology and Aligarh Muslim University. He is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya.[2][3] He is also the chairman of the Expert Committee for Revision of Curriculum for School Education, appointed by the Kerala government.[4]

Early education and career[edit]

He received a D.Sc in Ecology (2002) and a Ph.D (1978) from the Department of Aquatic Biology & Fisheries, University of Kerala.[1]

He led the Department of Ecology and Marine Biology at the Saline Water Conversion Corporation Research and Development Centre, Saudi Arabia as Chairman during 1993-2002.[5]

He was a Professor at Kerala University and Kerala Agricultural University before becoming Vice-Chancellor of the Cochin University of Science and Technology.

He was the Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University from June 11, 2007,[5] to January 17, 2012.[6] During his term he initiated a "crackdown" against squatters and put into place ID cards for all students.[7] The university also signed MoUs[clarification needed] with Wisconsin University, Cleveland University, Atlanta University, Johns Hopkins University and New York University and began clearing a backlog of PhD submissions.[7] India Today cited his efforts as leading to a "remarkable turnaround" for the university.[7]

Vice chancellorship[edit]

He stepped down from the VC office on January 17, 2012, during an investigation by the CBI.[7] The CBI's interim report released on January 11 had found him guilty of financial impropriety "related to travel concession for family, income tax payment from University funds and purchase of luxury cars";[8] the remainder of the allegations would be released in a final report.[9] An earlier two-person panel investigating had deadlocked.[10] Abdul Aziz's departure was cited by India Today as evidence of the "waning influence" of the "Malayali lobby" in Delhi.[11]

He was later cleared of all charges by the CBI;[12] a closure report was submitted by the CBI at the Patiala House Court.[13] Even when the investigation had started, Abdul Aziz had refuted all the charges and had said that "the truth would eventually come out".[14] At the end of his term, Aziz said he had "no regrets" about the decisions he had made during his tenure at the university.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Abdul Azis VC of Aligarh Muslim varsity". The Hindu. 2007-05-19. Retrieved 2012-11-04. 
  2. ^ "Prof. P.K. Abdul Azis joined as VC of USTM". University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya. 2013-04-11. Retrieved 2013-04-21. 
  3. ^ "New VC Joins USTM". The Assam Tribune. 2013-04-09. Retrieved 2013-04-21. 
  4. ^ "Prof Azis takes charge of USTM". The Meghalaya Guardian. 2013-04-10. Retrieved 2013-04-21. 
  5. ^ a b "Vice Chancellor Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis". Aligarh Muslim University. Archived from the original on 2012-01-04. 
  6. ^ "Aligarh V-C's tenure ends". The Hindu. 2012-01-18. 
  7. ^ a b c d Rahman, Shafi (2012-05-18). "Back Where It Belongs: AMU at 5th spot on India Today Universities Rankings 2012". India Today (Living Media India Limited). Retrieved 2012-11-04. 
  8. ^ "CBI interim report says AMU VC committed financial impropriety". The Hindu. 2012-01-12. Retrieved 2012-11-04. 
  9. ^ Mukul, Akshaya (2012-01-11). "CBI finds AMU V-C guilty of financial impropriety". Times of India (Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd.). 
  10. ^ Mukul, Akshaya (2011-04-28). "Panel probing charges against AMU VC was divided". Times of India (Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd.). 
  11. ^ "Waning influence". India Today. 2012-01-17. 
  12. ^ "CBI clean chit for ex-Aligarh Muslim University VC Aziz". Times of India. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  13. ^ Saleem, Mohammad Tarique (12 August 2013). "India's CBI clears former AMU official of graft raps". Arab News. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "AMU VC says he is clean, truth would come out". Zee News. 14 January 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  15. ^ Edmond, Deepu Sebastian (14 January 2012). "Have no regrets, says outgoing AMU V-C". The Indian Express. Retrieved 23 August 2013.