AMU in grief after Prof Abha Lakshmi’s demise


Aligarh: Prof Abha Lakshmi Singh, well-known geographer and retired Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) faculty member passed away after a brief illness leaving the university community in grief and bereavement.

“I extend sincerest condolences to the family, friends and students of Prof Abha. Unrivaled and inspirational, she was one of the best, and we were so fortunate to have had her in our lives. Prof Abha will forever be remembered in the highest regard”, said AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof Tariq Mansoor.

Reading the condolence resolution to mourn the sad demise, Prof Syed Naushad Ahmad (Chairman, Department of Geography) said: “The faculty members, former colleagues and students of Prof Abha express a profound grief on her sad demise and hope that All Mighty will provide her bereaved family with strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss”.

In the arc of her teaching career and life; Prof Abha served AMU in various capacities including in the positions of the Dean, Faculty of Science and Chairperson, Department of Geography.

She joined AMU as a young Geography lecturer in 1978 and was subsequently promoted as a reader and professor following years of seminal work that left a significant influence in the Geography field.

Prof Abha published numerous research papers in peer reviewed journals in the areas of City Planning, Spatial Planning, Urban Sustainability, Land Use Planning, Sustainable Development, Built Environment, Environment Urban Planning, Urban Development and Environmental Impact Assessment among others.

She attended the Allahabad University for graduation and completed her post graduation in 1969, M. Phill in 1970 and PhD in 1976.

Prof Abha’s students reminisce her kindness, empathy, care and concern towards them and her colleagues fondly remember how she used to inspire them with the sheer hard work and able and strict administration as the Dean and Chairperson.

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