Pall of gloom on AMU as journalist, Kamal Khan dies


Aligarh : A pall of gloom engulfed the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) campus on the sad demise of eminent NDTV journalist, Kamal Khan, who passed away after suffering a massive heart attack at his Lucknow residence in Uttar Pradesh; the university faculty members and officials poured in tributes and extended condolences to his bereaved family and loved ones.

“Kamal Khan was an outstanding journalist and an exemplary human being who provided citizens with the news and information they needed to make the best decisions about their lives, communities, society, and government. On his sad demise, I express my deepest sympathy to his family and the journalism fraternity”, said AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof Tariq Mansoor.

AMU Registrar, Mr Abdul Hamid (IPS) pointed out, “Kamal always amazed contemporaries, seniors and the younger generation of journalists with his breaking stories. He was an example of a reporter and bureau chief at the very best”.

“The AMU Community has joined the people across the Country to mourn his passing”, he said.

Prof Pitabas Pradhan (Chairman, Department of Mass Communication) remarked: “Kamal was not only a NDTV veteran, but also one of the best journalists of the Country. His demise is a great loss to all of us”.

“Tributes and condolences are pouring in from across the county on this tragic news, but for now all that matters is that we think of and respect the feelings of his loved ones”, said Prof M Shafey Kidwai (Department of Mass Communication).

Prof Aftab Alam (Chairman, Department of Strategic and Security Studies) said, “I am simply saddened like everyone else who loved his work. I will definitely miss the great person’s presence on television news”.

“The fact that Kamal was recipient of the Ramnath Goenka Award, and the Ganesh Shanker Vidyarthi Award from the President of India conveys a great deal of his achievements without using words. His demise is terrible news”, posited Prof Mohammad Asim Siddiqui (Chairman, Department of English).

Extending condolences to Kamal’s bereaved family and friends, Prof Mohammad Sajjad (Department of History) said: “With his insight and experience, Kamal always made television news brighter. That is probably going to be gravely missed”.

“He was one the most knowledgeable and wisest journalists. I extend my heartfelt apologies to his family and friends”, said Mr Ajay Bisaria (Department of Hindi).

Mr Faisal Fareed Associate Member Incharge, Public Relations Office recalled his professional association with Kamal Khan and described him as one of best TV journalists.

Mr Omar Peetzada (AMU PRO) also expressed his deep sense of sorrow on his demise and said India has lost a fearless journalist.