Dr. Syed Zahoor Qasim

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DrSZQasim

Syed Zahoor Qasim



By Afzal Usmani


When I studied "Qutb-e-Junoobi ki Mohim" lesson in class VIII Urdu course, never thought I will get the opportunity to meet the leader of the expedition Dr. Syed Zahor Qasim. I met him in AMU Aligarh sometime in 90s when he was member of Planning Commission of India.


Here is brief life sketch.

Born : 27th December 1926, Allahabad (UP) India
Died : 20th October, 2015 in Delhi
Father : Syed Zamir Qasim
Wife : Nawabzadi Begum Sahiba of Rampur. A royal dissident of Nawab of Rampur.
Children:Three daughters.
Brother: Dr. Syed R. Qasim, Professor Emeritus, University of Texas, Arlington. Dr. S.R. Qasim had completed his B.Sc. Engineering (Civil) in 1957 from Aligarh Muslim University.

Education:
1949 : B.Sc. AMU Aligarh
1951 : M.Sc. (Zoology), AMU Aligarh with First Position
1956 : D.Sc. & Ph.D. University Coll of North Wales, UK

Career:
Secretary, Gymnasium Club, AMU Aligarh
Joint Secretary, Games Committee, AMU Aligarh
1951 : Lecturer, Department of Zoology, AMU Aligarh
1957 : Reader, Department of Zoology, AMU Aligarh
1962-64: Professor, Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Bombay
1964 :Assistant Director, The Directorate of International Indian Ocean
Expedition (IIOE) under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
1970-73:Director, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute at Cochin
1974 :Director, National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa
1976 :Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore
1977 :Fellow, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi
Fellow, Indian National Science Academy, Bangalore
President, Indian National Academy
1976-80:Chairman. Working Committee of Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.
1981 :Secretary, Department of Environment (DOE), Government of India
1981 :Leader of India's First Expedition to the Antarctica.
1982 :Founding Secretary, Department of Ocean Development
1989-91:Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Vice-Chairman, Society for Indian Ocean Studies
Chairman, Society for Indian Ocean Studies
Chairman, World Environment Foundation
1991-96:Member, Planning Commission of India
1995 :Member, Dr. D. Swaminadhan Research Foundation (DSRF)
2003 :Fellow, Third World Academy of Sciences
Honorary Fellow, Muslim Association for the Advancement of Science, Aligarh
Honorary Member, Asian Fisheries Society

Honors:
1974 : Padam Shiri
1975 : Chandra Hora Memorial Medal
1975 : Golden Jubilee Trust Gold Medal
1982 : Padam Bhushan
F.I.E. Award

Honorary Professor at Aligarh Muslim University, Madurai Kamraj University, Anna Malai University, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, Jamia Millia Islamia.

Books Authored:
The Indian Ocean: Images and Realities
Indian Estuaries
Biodiversity of Mangrove Ecosystems
Living Resources of India's Exclusive Economic Zone
Indian Ocean in the 21st Century: Linkages and Networking Proceedings of an International Seminar Held in New Delhi on 9 and 10 February 1998
Science and Quality of Life
Glimpses of the Indian Ocean
India's Exclusive Economic Zone: Resources, Exploitation, Management
Sardar Patel Memorial Lectures, 1989, Ocean - The Future Hope of Mankind

Dr Syed Zahoor Qasim was born on 27th December 1926 at Allahabad, UP. He completed his early education in Allahabad and joined Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh in 1947. During his student life, he was resident of Muzammil Hostel in Viqarul Mulk Hall (VM Hall). He took his B.Sc. in 1949 and M.Sc. degree in Zoology in 1951. He stood first in the order of Merit for which he was awarded University Gold Medal. For a few years, he was a lecturer in the Department of Zoology at Aligarh before proceeding to the United Kingdom for higher studies in 1953. He returned to India in December of 1956 and joined the Department of Zoology of AMU as a Lecturer. He became Reader in 1957 and started a new laboratory of Fish and Fisheries in the Department.

In 1962, he joined the Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Bombay (Mumbai) as a Professor of Fisheries Biology and in 1964, moved to Cochin as Assistant Director in the Directorate of International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE) under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Here he extensively worked on biological oceanography especially on the primary productivity of Kerala Backwaters and on the atolls of Lakshadweep. From 1970 to 1973, Dr. Qasim was the Director of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute at Cochin. He also held the additional charge of the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin for about one year. Here he promoted new lines of work in Fisheries Biology and initiated the development of mussel culture and pearl culture techniques for the first time in India. This work earned him the prestigious award of "Padma Shri.". In January 1974, he took over as the Director of the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa. In February 1976 he was responsible for the commissioning of the first Oceanographic Research Vessel Ganeshani for NIO. He initiated many new programs on the productivity of the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal.

In May 1981, Dr. Qasim was appointed Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Environment (DOE) and within a year (April 1982) he took over as Secretary of the newly established Department of Ocean Development. He has been responsible for the acquisition of a second Oceanographic Research Vessel "Sagar Sampada" for the Indian Oceanographic research. Dr. Qasim led India's First Expedition to the Antarctica and successfully organized and guided the other seven expeditions to the frozen continent from 1981 to 1988. His work on Fisheries Biology, primary productivity, mari-culture particularly mussel and pearl culture, estuarine ecology, environmental pollution and Antarctic research will always be quoted profusely. He has published more than 200 original research papers in national and international journals. For his original work and distinguished services, he won many honors and awards. He led many delegations of India in several international conferences and meetings.
Dr. Qasim is a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, Indian academy of Sciences, Bangalore, National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad, among many others. Under his guidance nearly 40 students obtained their Ph.D. degrees from various universities in India. He is Editor for several journals and member of the Editorial Boards of many national and international scientific journals. he is an Honorary Professor of several Universities including Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai in Tamil Nadu, Annamalai University, Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (Chennai) in Tamil Nadu, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh and the Jamia Millia Islamia(University) in Delhi.

Dr. Qasim played a key role to establish Dr. D. Swaminadhan Research Foundation (DSRF) with the help of his colleagues Prof. Dr. D. Swaminadhan and Dr. Jayant Patil. Dr. D. Swaminadhan Research Foundation (DSRF) is a non-profit and non-governmental forum established in 1995 with the laudable objective of contributing towards development based on eco-friendly, pro-poor and gender equity parameters. It is registered as a Society and as a Trust under Indian Societies and Trusts acts. Social Action, sustainable development, social empowerment, application of advancements in science & technology for rural development and promotion of human values are the focus. The Foundation has been recognised by the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (SIRO) and by the Ministry of Finance for the purpose of Income Tax Exemption. DSRF is also registered with Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India under the Foreign Contributions (Regulations) Act of 1976.

Dr. Qasim is blessed with three daughters and lives in New Delhi.

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Prof. S.Z. Qasim with students

Prof. S. Z. Qasim, Prof. P. K.Abdul Azis, Prof. M. S. Jairajpuri, Dr. Qudsia Tahseen and Mr. Jalal

L-R: Prof. P.K. Abdul Azis, Prof. Qudsia Tahsin, Prof.S.Z. Qasim and Prof. S. Jairajpuri at AMU Aligarh in 2008

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Prof.S.Z. Qasim addressing a function of Duty Society on August 3, 2009 at India Habitat Center, New Delhi

Prof. S. Zahoor Qasim addressing the gathering at Commemoration Meeting on the occasion of Sir Syed Day 2009

Prof. S. Zahoor Qasim addressing the gathering at Commemoration Meeting on the occasion of Sir Syed Day 2009 at AMU Aligarh

On December 29, 2009 Professor Syed Zahoor Qasim presented a cheque of Rs. three lakh to Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis for the award of scholarship and Gold Medal.The Scholarship and Gold Medal may be awarded from the next academic year to the student who secures highest marks in the final year exam of M. Sc. (Zoology).

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Prof. Zahoor Qasim donating a cheque for Rs. 3 Lakhs to AMU VC Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis (Picture : TCN)

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L to R- Prof. Absar Mustafa, Mrs. Yasmin Jalal, Finance Officer, Prof. Zahoor Qasim, AMU VC Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis, Prof. Ainul Haq Khan, DSW, Prof. Pervez Mustajab, Controller of E&A and Prof. V. K. Abdul Jaleel, Registrar (Picture : TCN)

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Re: Sad demise of Dr. S. Zahoor Qasim

Sorry to hear the sad demise of Dr. Syed Zahoor Qasim.

During my brief tenure (1987-1991) at Jamia Millia Islamia as Assistant Professor in the newly established Faculty of Engineering, I had opportunity to interact with him who was then Jamia's Vice-Chancellor from 1989-1991. He was a very handsome man with imposing personality and infectious smile. Dr. Qasim was very accessible person. He kept good relations with all the groups in the university. He was considerate to student and staff needs. During his time, the university hosted two world leaders, Yasir Arafat of Palestine and Mamoun Abdul Ghayum of Maldives. Then Prime Minister, V. P. Singh also attended a special function at Jamia Millia Islamia. Dr. Qasim completed his short tenure with no major troubles.

Dr. Qasim came from a respected zamindar family of Allahabad. His family was also close to Indira Gandhi. He along with all his brothers was multi-talented and outstanding sportsman. Before joining Jamia, he worked with Central Government’s Science and Technology Department. He used to live at Pandara Rd residence in New Delhi. I along with my brother met him at his residence a few times. He was prompt, informal and always helpful. In Jamia, I had privilege of hosting his younger brother, Dr. Reyazul Qasim (then Professor of Environmental Engineering at University of Texas at Arlington) in seminar lectures. This particular interaction also resulted in my own interest in pursuing Ph.D. from USA. In Allahabad, we would run into at train station. He would travel in kurta/pyjama and always approach with genuineness and kindness. At his ancestral home in old part of Allahabad, the environment was very homely and simple.

Dr. Qasim was a great human being and embodied finest of Aligarh class. May Almighty bless his soul and give sabr-e-jameel to bereaved family members (amen).

Rasheed Ahmad, Ph.D., P.E.
B.Sc.(Engg)'85
Atlanta

Re: Sad demise of Dr. S. Zahoor Qasim

Professor Zahoorul Qasim passed away
My former teacher in 1960-61 as MSc Student
.A most handsome person I ever saw
Though I didnt have the opportunity of meeting him after 1962,but his memories are still fresh in mind.His younger Brother Ahmad Qasim was my class fellow.I am deeply grieved on his sad demise.He hugged me and congratulated when I qualified the AMU MBBS entrance exam
Dr Mohsin raza
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Dr Zahoorul Qasim represented India in Athletics and won in javelin throw in Ceylone ( Sri Lanka)in 1949.He inaugurated the sports meet at AMU in 1957.He ran with Olympic torch around the AMU Athletics ground which was where the present Geography Deptt stands today.His image of running on the Athletics ground is still in my mind.How handsome he looked,as if an angel has descended on Earth.
Polite,soft spoken,tall well built extremely handsome teacher of AMU.He was Reader in Zoology at AMU in 60's.He then joined Govt of India.Later he became the HERO OF ANTARCTICA,where he hoisted the flag of India
His achievements are listed below
He passed MSc in Zoology from AMU in 1950

Dr. S.Z. Qasim - Antarctica Hero of India...
Dr. Syed Zahoor Qasim, was Member Planning Commission, Government of India,Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia(University) in Delhi. He had his early education in Allahabad and then at the Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh from where he took his M.Sc. degree in Zoology. He stood first in the order of Merit for which he was awarded University Gold Medal. For a few years, he was a lecturer in the Department of Zoology at Aligarh before proceeding to the United Kingdom for higher studies in 1953.
He returned to India in December of 1956 and joined the Department of Zoology of AMU as a Lecturer. He became Reader in 1957 and started a new laboratory of Fish and Fisheries in the Department. In 1962, he joined the Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Bombay(Mumbai) as a Professor of Fisheries Biology and in 1964, moved to Cochin as Assistant Director in the Directorate of International Indian Ocean Expedition(IIOE) under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research(CSIR). Here he extensively worked on biological oceanography especially on the primary productivity of Kerala Backwaters and on the atolls of Lakshwadeep.
From 1970 to 1973, Dr. Qasim was the Director of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute at Cochin. He also held the additional charge of the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin for about one year. Here he promoted new lines of work in Fisheries Biology and initiated the development of mussel culture and pearl culture techniques for the first time in India. This work earned him the prestigious award of "Padma Shri."
In January 1974, he took over as the Director of the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa. In February 1976 he was responsible for the commissioning of the first Oceanographic Research Vessel Ganeshani for NIO. He initiated many new programs on the productivity of the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal.
In May 1981, Dr. Qasim was appointed Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Environment(DOE) and within a year (April 1982) he took over as Secretary of the newly established Department of Ocean Development. He has been responsible for the acquisition of a second Oceanographic Research Vessel "Sagar Sampada" for the Indian Oceanographic research.
Dr. Qasim led India's First Expedition to the Antarctica and successfully organized and guided the other seven expeditions to the frozen continent from 1981 to 1988.
His work on Fisheries Biology, primary productivity, mari-culture particularly mussel and pearl culture, estuarine ecology, environmental pollution and Antarctic research will always be quoted profusely. He has published more than 200 original research papers in national and international journals. For his original work and distinguished services, he won many honors and awards.
He led many delegations of India in several international conferences and meetings.
Dr. Qasim is a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, Indian academy of Sciences, Bangalore, National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad, among many others. Under his guidance nearly 40 students obtained their Ph.D. degrees from various universities in India.
He was Editor for several journals and member of the Editorial Boards of many national and international scientific journals. he is an Honorary Professor of several Universities including Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai in Tamil Nadu, Annamalai University, Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (Chennai) in Tamil Nadu, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh and the Jamia Millia Islamia(University) in Delhi.
Dr. Qasim is blessed with three daughters and lived in New Delhi.
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Re: Sad demise of Dr. S. Zahoor Qasim

إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ
Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Ilaihe Raajeoon.

TO HIM WE BELONG AND TO HIM WE SHALL RETURN

Dear all,
Assalam Alaikum.

With grief and sorrow, I share the sad demise of Professor Syed Zahoor Qasim who left for his heavenly abode yesterday.

During my early days at Aligarh his name was everywhere in talks even before his Antarctica expedition. He was inspiration to all of us as we were just at the start of career planning. His achievements can be seen on the webs like:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syed_Zahoor_Qasim
http://insaindia.org/detail.php?id=N77-0578

On behalf of AMU Alumni of Australia I convey sincere condolences to the grieved family members and pray to Almighty Allah SWT to forgive all his shortcomings, shower his blessings, elevate him in Jannatul Firdaus under the blessings of Prophet (PBUH) and his family, reward him immensely for all his good deeds and give patience to all grieved family members. Aameen.

Regards,
Aal-e-Ali
M.Sc (1982)
Sydney

Sad Demise of Dr S. Zahoor Qasim sb

ALIGARH October 20: Noted scientist Prof. Syed Zahoor Qasim, leader of India’s first expedition to the Antarctica, passed away today at Delhi. He was 92.
Prof. Qasim was a prominent alumnus of the Aligarh Muslim University having completed his B.Sc. in 1949 and M.Sc. (Zoology) in 1951 with first position at AMU. After completing his M.Sc., he was appointed as lecturer in the department of Zoology in 1951 and promoted as Reader in 1957.
Calling the sad demise of Prof. Qasim an irreparable loss, AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah has expressed heartfelt condolences to his family. He said that Prof. Zahoor Qasim was a distinguished alumnus who established a new laboratory of fisheries in the Department of Zoology.
Prof. Qasim, who first made way to the frozen continent Antarctica in 1981-82, and successfully organized and guided the next the seven expeditions, pioneered in Fisheries Biology, mari-culture, estuarine ecology, environmental pollution and Antarctic research will always be quoted profusely for his more than 200 original research papers published in national and international journals. For his original work and distinguished services, he won many honors and awards including Padma Bhushan in 1982.
The Aligarh Muslim University awarded Prof. Qasim with the Sir Syed Ahmad Khan International Award for Life Sciences in 2009, jointly with another distinguished scientist and an alumnus, Prof. Obaid Ahmad Siddiqui. Prof. Qasim, however, donated the award money, Rs. 3 Lakh to the University for instituting an academic award and scholarship for deserving science graduates of AMU.

(Dr. Rahat Abrar)
Public Relations Officer

Dr S.Z.Qasim : Antarctica Hero

Re: Book on Indian marine scientist S.Z. Qasim to hit market

Dear Afzal Usmani Sb.,
ASAK.

Without doubting the credentials of Zahoor Qasim Sb., let me suggest a little correction to your recent post on this subject. It was not him who received the standing ovation at Jamia Millia Islamia recently. It was Gen. Zaki instead. In fact, Zahoor Qasim Sb. was not present at that function. You were probably referring to my Message #19636 dated Oct 31, 2009 on AMUNetwork.

M. M. Sufyan Beg
B.Tech. (AMU-1992), M.Tech.(IIT Kanpur), Ph.D. (IIT Delhi)
Professor, JMI, New Delhi

Re: Book on Indian marine scientist S.Z. Qasim to hit market

"Nayaab nahee, kamyaab hain hum"

This is a great news. A complete book to cover his life, mission and accomplishment was long overdue.
Dr. Qasim is a very distinguished citizen. He proved himself to be a great academician, administrator and humble and modest citizen.
He demonstrated his academic credential and leadership abilities during his mission to South Pole (Antarctica). He was the leader of the mission to Antarctica.
Late he became Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, Very recently when he attended a function in Jamia Millia Islamia, he received an standing ovation from the Jamia Millia Islamia Community which is very rare for a past Vice-Chancellor of a Central University specially Jamia Millia Islamia and AMU Aligarh.

Long time back I wrote a small biographical sketch of Dr. S. Zahoor Qasim for www.aligarhmovement.com

please read to know more about him. Feel free to send your comments and correction if needed for the said article on the website.;

http://aligarhmovement.com/aligarians/s_z_qasim

--
Afzal Usmani
Austin TX
www.aligarhmovement.com

Book on Indian marine scientist Syed Zahoor Qasim to hit market

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Book on Indian marine scientist Syed Zahoor Qasim to hit market
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By TCN News,

New Delhi: A biography of Syed Zahoor Qasim titled Syed Zahoor Qasim: The Man, Mission and Milestones… authored by Meher Fatima Hussain will soon hit the market. Eminent Indian marine scientist Qasim has made pioneering contributions in the field of marine science and Antarctica research.

Syed Zahoor Qasim: Man, Mission, Milestones… introduces for the first time the biography of Syed Zahoor Qasim, an eminent Indian marine scientist who has made pioneering contributions in the domain of marine science and Antarctica research. His accomplishments transcend beyond quest for individual achievements to realise larger nationalist objectives and their acknowledgement will highlight eminence of members of minority communities in a plural society simultaneously exposing the hollow canards of the fascist forces that consider minorities more a liability than an asset to the nation.

Author Meher Fatima Hussain is Assistant Professor at Dr. K.R. Narayanan Centre for Dalit and Minorities Studies in Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Her area of specialisation is Modern Indian History and Minorities Studies. She has also authored Celebrating India: Reflections on Eminent Indian Muslims 1857-2007 in 2009 which is translated into Hindi and also in Urdu by National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language, an autonomous organization of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

Former Governor of Bihar, West Bengal and Haryana Dr Akhlaqur Rahman Kidwai in the foreword of the book writes: “the effort is laudable for such works not only go into making biographies a subject of serious academic recognition but also translate into motivation for all who aspire to pursue righteous ambitions for some higher causes.”


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