Fazli a very good researcher, says HoD
Srinagar: Vice-Chancellor of Kashmir University, Prof Khurshid Iqbal, on Wednesday dispatched a letter to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and J&K Director-General of Police SP Vaid over the questioning of the varsity’s PhD scholar, Aala Fazli, by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in New Delhi.
A senior KU official told Kashmir Reader, “The VC has assured the student of help and has taken up the issue with the highest authorities.”
“We will take care of the university students. It is not about only this (case) but (of) every student,” said KU Proctor Prof Naseer Iqbal.
Fazli is a PhD scholar at the Department of Pharmacy at KU. He was summoned by the NIA to New Delhi on Monday and since then he has been questioned as a “witness” for three consecutive days in the “terror funding case” that the NIA has registered.
Meanwhile, student protests continued in the KU campus for the second consecutive day on Tuesday against the questioning of Fazli by the NIA. Hundreds of students marched across the campus raising pro-freedom, anti-India and anti-NIA slogans. The protests are taking place amid semester exams being held at the varsity.
“The students marched from the Humanities Block to the VC’s secretariat. They asked for an explanation of why the varsity had not even issued a statement on the summoning and questioning of its scholar by the NIA,” said a protesting student.
“The students sat outside the office chambers of the VC and after one hour, the VC addressed the students for five minutes. He said that the issue will be raised with the state authorities,” the student said.
Another student, who was holding a placard that said, “We are Aala”, told Kashmir Reader, “The Proctor tried to persuade the students to end the protest and he wanted a few students to meet the VC in person. But we did not budge.”
“The VC told us that Aala is a student of KU, he is my child’s age. He said that he had already received a report from the pharmacy department and he is dispatching a letter to the government on this matter,” the student said.
Protests against the questioning of Fazli were also held at the Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) in Awantipora in Pulwama district.
The students there raised pro-freedom, anti-India and anti-NIA slogans while holding up placards and banners. The protests continued for about a couple of hours and then the students dispersed.
Meanwhile, Aala Fazli’s teacher and PhD supervisor at the Department of Pharmacy at Kashmir University said that Fazli is a recipient of the Maulana Azad fellowship and has presented papers at several conferences, including one held in Poland,
“He recently attended an international conference in Poland,” said Prof ZA Zulfi, Head of Department (HoD) Pharmacy. “He is a very good researcher,” said the professor who is supervising Fazli’s research.
Prof Zulfi said that Fazli, who is in his mid-30s, is a “very obedient student”.
“He has a very good, tremendous scientific temperament. He has good aptitude for research and has recently presented an international scientific paper in Poland,” he said.
Prof Zulfi informed that Fazli has attended several conferences in India and has presented papers in many conferences. He also has a few publications to his credit in scientific journals.
“He is a recipient of the Maulana Azad fellowship, which is only given to those with a good academic record,” Prof Zulfi said.
During his PhD research, he said, Fazli worked at the pharmaceutical Ranbaxy Laboratory as well.