Serdang May 23rd – Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) recognized the excellent contributions of 15 academics in the fields of teaching, research and innovation, and professional services at the recent 2011 Majlis Gemilang Akademia Putra (MGAP).
Each of these exceptional members of the UPM academic community received the the newly-named Vice Chancellor Fellowship Award each from the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, who is the UPM Chancellor.
New award categories have being introduced this year, including the Professional Services Award, Publishing Award, Journal Publishing Award as well as the Arts and Creativity Award.
In his speech, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah expressed the hope that UPM’s excellence should continue in the future and result in viable outcomes that impact the community, industry and the country.
“The University’s academics and administrators should become role models for the community to help elevate the quality of life through their teaching and research, thus contributing towards the prosperity of the country,” said the Sultan.
UPM Vice Chancellor, Dato’ Ir. Dr. Radin Umar RadinSohadi in his welcoming speech, hoped that such recognition would encourage its academics to enhance the quality of their contributions to the university through teaching and learning, research and professional services.
“The university encourages its academics and other professionals to contribute towards the nation and community, as well as industry,” he said during the third MGAP, which has been held since 2009.
He added that the awards are acknowledged as the highest form of recognition in UPM for the fields of teaching, research and professional services and in order to save costs, other awards presentations that used to be held separately were incorporated into the MGAP this year.
Dato’ Ir. Dr. Radin Umar said the program will be a legacy of the efforts in the acquisition and development of knowledge and educational services, for MGAP creates a culture of knowledge and excellence.
“The excellence of the UPM community will significantly impact human capital development and cntribute to the economic growth of the country. The event also provides the university an opportunity to select a suitable candidate for the annual National Academic Award (AAN) organized by the Ministry of Higher Education.
Out of the 15 recipients, three received the Vice Chancellor Special Award, the top award. They included Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zeenathul Nazariah Allaudin from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (Teaching, Pure Science and Health cluster category), Prof. Dato’ Dr. Yaakob Che Man, Faculty of Science and Food Technology (Research, Science and Food Technology cluster category), and Prof. Dr. Fatimah Mohamed Arshad from the Institute of Agriculture and Food Studies Policy (Professional Services category).
Under the Excellent Educator category, the recipients were Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zanariah Abd Majid from the Faculty of Science (Pure Science and Health cluster), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Shahrim Abdul Karim from the Faculty of Science and Food Technology (Social Science, Applied Social Science and Engineering cluster), and Dr. Kamziah Abd. Kudus from the Faculty of Forestry (Applied Science and Engineering cluster).
The recipients of the Young Educator category, included Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zeenathul Nazariah Allaudin from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (Pure Science and Health cluster), and Assoc. Prof. Dr Ahmed Osmanu Haruna from the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Science (Applied Science and Engineering cluster). The award carries a fellowship grant worth RM7,000, a certificate and a trophy.
Under the Excellent Researcher category, the recipients were Prof. Dato’ Dr. Yaakob Che Man from the Faculty of Science and Food Technology (Science and Food Technology cluster category) and Prof. Dr. Mohd Shahwahid Othman from the Faculty of Economics and Management (Social Science and Humanity cluster). They each received a fellowship grant worth RM10,000, a certificate and a trophy.
The Young Researcher award went to Assoc.Prof.Dr Zainal Abidin Ab Kadir from the Faculty of Human Ecology (Science and Technology cluster) and Dr Hanina Halimatusaadiah Hamsan of the Faculty of Human Ecology (Social Science and Humanity cluster). Each received a fellowship grant worth RM7,000, a certificate and a trophy.
Under the Journal Publication Category, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hawa Ze Jaafar from the Faculty of Agriculture (Science and Technology cluster) and Dr. RoziahMohdRasdi from the Faculty of Educational Studies (Social Science and Humanity cluster) were the recipients. The recipient of the Book Publication award was Prof. Dr Hashim Musa from the Faculty of Social Science and Modern Languages with a book entitled, ‘Kitab Pengetahuan Bahasa’. As for the Arts and Creativity category, the award went to Dr. Yeoh Pei Sze from the Faculty of Human Ecology. Each walked away with a fellowship grant worth RM5,000, a certificate and a trophy.
Prof. Dr. Fatimah Mohamed Arshad from the Institute of Agriculture and Food Studies Policy (Management and Professional group) and Dr Hanafiah Ayub from the Sports Academy (Management and non-Professional group) received the Professional Services award that came with a fellowship grant worth RM10,000, a certificate and a trophy.
The Vice Chancellor Special Achievement Award (overall highest award)
Prof. Dato’ Dr. Yaakob Che Man was the proud recipient of the overall highest award, the Vice Chancellor Special Achievement Award.
He is a Malaysian Halal Scientist who has produced HAFYS or the Halal Verification System, a device that is able to detect haram elements through lard, protein, metabolite, DNA and alcohol found in what are supposedly halal products. The device has been recognized as a significant breakthrough and has been patented in Malaysia and 22 other countries including the USA and Europe. The innovation has won numerous local and international awards including the National Intellect Property Award, EUREKA, Islamic Innovation Award and Bioinno Special Award.
He is also the founder and the first Director of UPM’s Institute of Halal Product Research and thus far has many prestigious accolades to his name. He was awarded the National Halal Scientist, National Intellect Property Award, National Maulidur Rasul Award, Islamic Innovation Award, “Khwarizmi International Award’ from the Iranian Research Organization in the field of Science and Technology, MSTF TORAY Science and Technology Award, He is listed as one of the Top 10 Scientists in the country by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Top % Scientists and Engineers in OIC’ from Malaysia, Geneva-Palexpo Award, Malay Excellent Award, Excellent Consultant Award and Brussels Eureka Award.
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