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UPM bags four awards at National Academic Awards 2013

Prime Minister, Dato' Sri Najib Tun Razak with the recipients of the AAN 2013 at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre

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 with the UPM AAN 2013 recipients, Prof. Dr. Azni Idris (left), Prof. Dr. Rahinah Ibrahim (second from right), Prof. Dr. Jayakaran Mukundan (right) and Prof. Emiritus Tan Sri Dr. Rashdan Baba (holding a trophy)

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.


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.

He also helmed the privatisation of Telekom Malaysia Berhad and appointed as its Executive Chairman from 1987 to 1995; Executive Chairman of Guthrie Group Berhad and also appointed as the member of the board of directors in several Guthrie subsidiaries from 1982 to 1987. His appointment as the Independent Director at Unisem (M) Berhad since 1998 has retained to this day. The highlight of his stature in the education world was when he received the Emeritus Professorship from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (UPM) in 1982 and the Honorary Law Doctorate from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in 1999. 

Prof. Dr. Jayakaran Mukundan

(Applied Arts and Applied Social Sciences cluster) 

Prof. Dr. Jayakaran Mukundan 

He has written more than 80 journal articles, 23 book chapters and 30 books. His endless determination has moved him to receive various awards; five international medals, three medals at national level, 29 medals at the UPM Invention, Research and Innovation Exhibition (PRPI), and successfully secured four software copyrights. 

Prof. Dr.Hajah Rahinah binti Ibrahim

(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.

Prof Dr. Azni bin Idris, 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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