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Punjab University VC pays tribute to Prof Dr Mughees uddin Sheikh on first death anniversary

On his first death anniversary Professor Mughees uddin Sheikh (late) was remembered by his well-wishers, hundreds of students and faculty members of various media schools and universities across the country.

Punjab University Vice Chancellor Dr Niaz Ahmed Akhter said that Prof Mughees Uddin was an institution who trained many of the individuals for media industry at the national and international level. “May Allah SWT rest his soul in Janat Ul Firdous. Ameen,” PU VC said.

Department of Communication Studies also paid tribute to the late scholar who famed for his research on international communication, Islamophobia, and Middle Eastern affairs.

Renowned journalism scholar and former Director of Institute of Communication Studies Punjab University (ICS-PU) Prof Dr Mughees Uddin Sheikh passed away battling COVID-19 on the morning of June 24, 2020.

He was shifted on a ventilator when his health deteriorated. His Namaz-e-Janaza was offered at 1.30pm at the jogging track of the Punjab University adjacent to VC House. He was laid to rest in Punjab University graveyard. Dr Mughees students and admirers praised him for his commitment to promoting the culture of debate and research in Pakistan and praised him for promoting Pakistan’s positive image around the globe.

Dr Mughees Uddin was a renowned international scholar, educationist, and analyst. He was serving as Dean Media and Commutation Studies, University of Management and Technology (UMT).

He served as Director of Institute of Communication Studies, Punjab University and undisputedly recognized as the mentor of majority of qualified Pakistani media personalities. He joined PU in 1982 and served there for 28 years. He was appointed as the Chairman of the Department in 2003. Dr Sheikh joined Superior University as Dean of the Department of Mass Communication Management Studies.

Dr Mughees started his teaching career in 1976 from Department of Mass Communication Gomal University as a lecturer. He was awarded Fellowship Salzburg Seminar (Austria) and a recipient of Presidential Award Izaz-i-Fazeelat and University Best Teacher Award by Higher Education Commission.

He was first elected President of Pakistan Media Educators Council and a member of Board of Studies of all the major universities of Pakistan.

Dr Mughees earned his PhD in Mass Communication (1993) and Master (MA) in Journalism (1991) from University of IOWA, USA. He obtained his Master degree (MA) from Punjab University (1976) and MA (Political Science), Punjab University (1977).  He was bestowed upon John F Murray Award (USA). His penned over 50 research papers internationally.

Dr Mughees got Salzburg Seminar Fellowships on Media Globalization (Salzburg Austria) in 1999, Salzburg Seminar Fellowships on Media Globalization (Salzburg Austria) in 2000, post-doctoral fellowship at Oslo University College (Norway) in 2006.

He was Dean of Faculty of Media and Communication, University of Central Punjab when he launched his autobiography ‘Sisakti Muskrati Zindagi’ in a ceremony held at Awain-e-Iqbal on 19 August 2018.

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