USTM Confers Award of
Excellence to Padmashree Dr. Mehmoodur Rehman, Former VC, AMU
February 28, 2015 : In a glittering function in presence of the faculty and
higher officials of its flagship institutions University of Science &
Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) and Regional Institute of Science & Technology (RIST),
ERD Foundation, Guwahati conferred the Award of Excellence to Padmashree Dr.
Mehmoodur Rehman (IAS) Former Vice Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University for his
outstanding contribution in the field of Administrative services and also in
social upliftment especially of the Minority Community on February 28th , 2014
in Techno City, 9th Mile, Meghalaya.
In the same occasion Dr. Rehman delivered a talk on the topic: “Role of Faculty
in Institution Building”. In his talk he stressed on achieving excellence in
whatever one practices. He said that the role of faculty is stupendous in
helping students to Yoga (Achieve Skillfulness/ Excellence). To build a strong
nation a strong foundation is needed. Elaborating on this Dr. Rehman quoted
noted historian Arnold Tyonbee who had said, “Whichever civilization has built
monuments without a strong foundation that civilization has faced decadence”. He
further went on to state that Universities were created for community learning
and in the past India was the centre for community learning and that we should
strive to bring back the past days of glory. He also said that to nurture an
environment for community learning “stereotype” lectures have to be done away
with as they hold no meaning in such a set up.
During his talk he went on to say that the Chancellor, USTM Shri. Mahbubul Hoque
resembles Sir Syed both in appearance and his work. He also praised USTM as a
place of supreme beauty.
In the same function “Mechazine” the annual magazine brought out by the students
of Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, RIST was released by Dr. Rehman, who is a
revered name in Jammu and Kashmir.
It was because of his yeoman’s service in J&K he was awarded the Padmashree in
1991. He had also established the Agriculture University of J&K and the
Horticulture Processing and Marketing Corporation during his tenure as
Commissioner and Secretary, Agriculture of J&K. His contribution for the
rehabilitation of Tibetan refugees in Ladakh is tremendous. He was also the
Chief Negotiator of the Govt. of J&K in the peaceful resolution of the Hazratbal
Crisis in Kashmir in Nov., 1993. Presently he is the Chairman of the Bombay