Dr P M Mubarak Pasha has been appointed as the first Vice Chancellor of the newly established Open University in the state named after social reformer Sree Narayana Guru, with its headquarters at Kollam.
The state cabinet which met in Thiruvanathapuram on Wednesday has given nod to appoint Mubarak Pasha as the first Vice Chancellor of the Open University, launched on October 2 to coincide with the Gandhi Jayanti observance. The appointment is for a period of four years with effect from the date of his assumption of office. Being a newly set up state university, the appointment of the Vice Chancellor and other administrative officials is the sole prerogative of the state government.
Mubarak Pasha is currently functioning as the Head of Governance and Strategic Planning at Oman-based National University of Science and Technology.
Prior to this Dr. Pasha worked as the Director of the School of Distance Education of the University of Calicut for a long time. He also served as the Director of College Development Council of the University for nearly two years.
During this period, he brought about radical changes in the functioning of the department by coordinating the activities of colleges and bringing them under the direct control and supervision of the University.
During his stint in both posts in Calicut university, Dr. Pasha has contributed a lot for the upliftment of both the departments to make them centers of excellence.
He has earned the much coveted recognition of the distance education council, a statutory body under the central ministry of education by his constant efforts to make the distance education courses on par with regular courses by providing regular contact classes, establishing new study centres and providing comprehensive teaching notes to the students. The reforms he introduced to streamline distance education proved to be a real boon to thousands of students, who discontinued their courses due to various reasons, to pursue their studies and seek employment.
Pasha, who began his career as a Lecturer in History, rose to become the Principal of the Farook College, one of the few special grade colleges in India, at the youngest age of 33.
Pasha is the author of many academic and literary books, has taken his Ph. D in History from Calicut University under the guidance of the famous historian Dr MGS Narayanan. He is the son of late Mohammed Pidasserry, who was an Arabic scholar and former Professor at Government Victoria College, Palakkad and Kodungallur Padiyathu Mariyumma. Jasmin, Associate Professor at Farook College is his wife and Mohammed Khais Jasir and Mohammed Sameel Jibran are his childern.
Under his dynamic leadership, Farook College, situated in the backward Malabar region, could earn laurels on various academic, cultural, social and literary fronts. By constantly accelerating and upgrading the modernisation of the college to keep pace with the international standards, he corned the five star status of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAAC), for the college, a rare feat for an upcoming educational institution.
During his period as the Principal of the college, Dr Pasha uplifted Farook College to become the first college in Malabar to achieve the status of college with potential for excellence, a rare position awarded by UGC. The college achieved the R Sankar award for the best college in the state during his term as Principal.
It was highly noteworthy that the President of India APJ Abdul Kalam visited Farook College and opened the newly built library complex of Farook college, a hallmark in the history of the college, when Pasha was at the helm of affairs of the college and on his initiative only, the President visited the college.
With his vast experience in academic and administrative affairs spanning over three decades, Dr. Pasha has now the new innings as the Vice Chancellor of the newly formed state open university.
With multifarious tasks ahead, as all distance education programmes of the state Universities under the ambit of the open Universities, the first Vice Chancellor has a greater role to play