By Khairul Anuar Muhamad Noh
Photo by Marina Moniz
PUTRAJAYA, Sept 2 - Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) bagged four out of eight awards at the National Academic Awards (AAN) 2013.
The recipients were, the first Universiti Pertanian Malaysia Vice Chancellor, Prof. Emeritus Tan Sri Dato' Dr. Mohd Rashdan Baba for the National Academic Personality Award and Prof. Dr. Jayakaran Mukundan from Faculty of Educational Studies for the Teaching Award (Applied Arts and Applied Social Sciences cluster).
Other UPM recipients were Prof. Dr.Hajah Rahinah Ibrahim from Faculty of Design and Architecture for the Arts and Creativity Award (Visual Arts/Architecture/Craft category) and Prof. Dr. Azni Idris from Faculty of Engineering for the Innovation and Product Commercialisation Award.
UPM Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dato' Dr. Mohd. Fauzi Ramlan , said AAN is dubbed as the highest government recognition to academics excellent performance in education, their contributions to the nation development and it has since recognised more academics from UPM.
"These awards are significant to UPM because they symbolise the recognition of the academics contributions not only in teaching and research, but also in knowledge and technology transfer towards the nation development and community involvement to generate wealth for the country," he said at the event here.
Among other award categories at AAN 2013 were the Journal Publication Award and Book Publication Award. National Academic Personality Award recipient received a sum of RM200,000, a trophy and certificate while other recipients received RM50,000, a trophy and certificate.
AAN has entered its eighth year since it was first introduced in 2006 and has crowned 41 academics who have been actively contributing their expertise and knowledge to not only other academics and students, but also to the community at large through their organisations of forums and discourses, book and journal publications, TV and video interviews.
NATIONAL ACADEMIC PERSONALITY AWARD
Prof. Emeritus Tan Sri Dato 'Dr. Mohd Rashdan Baba
He was appointed as the first Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Pertanian Malaysia from 1971 to 1982. As the first Vice-Chancellor, he managed to establish nine faculties and two centres which offered 19 degree programmes, nine diploma programmes, one professional programme and post graduate programmes.
(Applied Arts and Applied Social Sciences cluster)
ARTS AND CREATIVITY AWARD
(Visual Arts/Architecture/Craft category)
Prof. Dr.Hajah Rahinah Ibrahim
She was listed in Top Research Scientist Malaysia by Academy of Sciences Malaysia in 2012, which also made her the sole recipient with design and architecture background to have received the award.
Her innovation in timber-based building system has gained the attention from the local construction industry and abroad. As the pioneer of this innovation, UPM has awarded her a research grant worth RM2.2 million for the development of SABSystem in restructuring Green Village (Mini Smart City) at UPM Serdang campus.
INNOVATION AND PRODUCT COMMERCIALISATION AWARD
Prof. Dr. Azni Idris
He has more than 26 years of experience in conducting research work on sewage treatment and has also been actively involved in consultancy projects (waste management) through his contribution in technical expertise, advisory services in environmental design and treatment technology for various types of industrial waste.
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