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Vice-Chancellor, University of Kashmir Prof Talat Ahmad has been conferred the prestigious “Dr. S M Naqvi Gold Medal” by the Geological Society of India for his distinguished academic and research career in Geosciences.

Prof. Talat Ahmad could not receive the award, comprising of gold medal and citations, at the award ceremony held at the Indian School of Mines, Dhanabad as he was abroad. However, the award was formally handed over to Prof. Talat  today at a felicitation function held at the Gandhi Bhavan, Kashmir University.

On behalf of the Society, Dean Academic Affairs KU Prof A.M Shah read the citation and presented the Gold Medal to Prof Talat Ahmad at the function which was attended by Deans of several faculties, Heads of various departments, Directors of various institutes and research centres of KU and senior administrative officers of the varsity.

Terming Prof Talat as a trend setter in research and a role model for others to emulate Dean Academic Affairs KU Prof AM Shah recited the citation on behalf of GSI which read “The work of Prof. Talat Ahmad and his team on Geochemical and isotopic studies of the Precambrian mafic magmatic rocks from the northern India shied and those from the Lesser Himalaya helped in understanding the Precambrian lithospheric extension and opening of Aravalli and Lesser Himalayan rift basins and his research on the magmatic rocks of Indus and Shyok Suture Zones in Ladakh have helped in understanding of the closure of the Neo-Tethyan ocean by northward subduction of the Neo-Tethyan ocean floor under the Eurasian Plate.”

The citation further reads “The recent suggestions that collision was as late as 35 Million Years ago may need serious consideration in light of the recent research by Prof. Talat Ahmad and his co-workers from Australian National University.”

Expressing great gratitude to the members and jury of GSI for honoring him with the Gold medal VC KU Prof Talat Ahmad said that it is very encouraging for him or for that matter for any scientist to get recognition for his research work and such moments and times are always to cherish for and inspire researchers to work with more passion in understanding the various phenomena of life and unraveling the secrets of this universe.

He said, “The most important thing in life is that we should be never complacent and the day we feel that we have done enough and our job is finished that very movement we cease to exist.”

Prof Talat said that he both as a researcher and VC KU is making untiring efforts to develop strong linkages between KU and other prestigious research institutions/organizations at national and international level and recently GSI has expressed its desire to collaborate with KU on a research project.

Registrar KU Prof Zaffar Ahmed Reshi while presenting vote of thanks during the felicitation function said that the contribution of Prof Talat both as a researcher and head of an institution like KU is noteworthy and honoring him with the gold medal in a way means recognizing the scholarly accomplishments of researchers and scientists of KU.

It is in place to mention that Prof Talat is the first recipient of . S.M Naqvi Gold medal named after  Prof . Syed Mahmood Naqvi  reputed Indian Earth scientist specialising in geochemistry who made remarkable contributions in  a four-decade career, from the 1960s through 2000s.

Pertinently, Prof Talat Ahmed is a fellow of all the three Science Academies in India and a recipient of several national and international awards and honours.


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