Moonis Raza

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Moonis Raza (2 February 1925 – 19 July 1994) was an Indian academic administrator, regional planner & scholar of international repute.[1] He was born in Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh, India and educated at Aligarh Muslim University.

Education and career[edit]

Prominent positions Raza served are as follows:

Raza's tenure as Vice Chancellor of Delhi University is known to be one of the least controversial and productive in terms of overall growth and educational activities. JNU greatly owes its liberal ethos, and its transparent, open culture to Prof. Moonis Raza. He is well remembered by his students/colleagues on Raza's Law of Ignorance, which stated that "the ratio of the known and known to be unknown always remains constant".

Raza held various senior positions in different departments and commissions of Government of India.

Raza was conferred an honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters by Tufts University, Boston, USA in 1991.[10]

Raza died of cardiac failure in Boston, U.S.A on 19 July 1994.[11]


Raza was creator and original signatory to the Talloires Declaration,[12] the 10 point action plan from Association of University Leaders for a sustainable future in response to the deep concern about the environmental pollution, degradation and depletion of natural resources. The Action Plan included among others to increase awareness of environmentally sustainable development: Use every opportunity to raise public, government, industry, foundation and university awareness by openly addressing the urgent need to move toward an environmentally sustainable future.


Raza authored, co-authored, and edited several books and original articles, such as "An Atlas of Tribal India", "Atlas of the Child in India", "Valley of Kashmir" and "Education and the Future: A Vision".[13][14][15] He firmly believed that "Regional development is eco-development".


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Raza, Moonis; Nangia, Sudesh (1 January 1986). "Atlas of the Child in India". Concept Publishing Company – via Google Books. 
  2. ^ a b "Our Departed Chairman". 
  3. ^ a b c Tilak, Jandhyala B. G. (20 May 2017). "Education, Society, and Development: National and International Perspectives". APH Publishing – via Google Books. 
  4. ^ DUTT, ASHOK K.; MISRA, H. N.; CHATTERJEE, MEERA (21 February 2008). "Explorations in Applied Geography". PHI Learning Pvt. Ltd. – via Google Books. 
  5. ^ a b "We need a sustainable framework that synthesizes human and environmental elements of security: Vice President". 
  6. ^ "Appendix - I". Retrieved 2017-05-22. 
  8. ^ "International Association for Ladakh Studies" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-05-22. 
  9. ^ "Book Higher Education in India: A Comprehensive Bibliography - Books by Moonis Raza - ISBN no. 9788170223467". Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "Honorary Degrees - Office of the Trustees". 
  11. ^ Kapur, Anu (2002). Indian Geography: Voice of Concern. Concept Publishing Company. p. 131. ISBN 9788170229803. Retrieved 16 May 2017. 
  12. ^ "Campus Sustainability Council Report" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-05-22. 
  13. ^ "The valley of Kashmir : a geographical interpretation /". Retrieved 2017-05-22. 
  14. ^ "UNESDOC - UNESCO Documents and Publications". 
  15. ^ "Publisher: National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration - Open Library".