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Prof Mohammad Taher passes away

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GUWAHATI, Feb 24 � Renowned geographer and social scientist Prof Mohammad Taher, whom his colleagues and students described as a doyen of Indian Geography, died at a city nursing home around 10.45 am today due to lung infection. He was 83.

Prof Taher, one of the architects behind introducing Geography in the State�s higher education, was hospitalized on February 3 for lung-related problems. He had retired from the Geography Department of the Gauhati University (GU) as its Professor and Head and the GU Dean of Faculty of Science in the 1990s.

Mohammad Taher obtained his BSc with honours in Geography with a first class first position from the Cotton College. He obtained his MSc in Geography with a first class second position from the Calcutta University. He obtained his PhD from the Auckland University, New Zealand.

After obtaining his PhD, he joined the GU�s Geography Department as a teacher. At the GU, he guided a number of PhD students, besides taking classes regularly. He authored around 20 Geography textbooks for students of various levels.

He edited two volumes of the Asamiya Biswakoch (Assamese encyclopedia), prepared by the Asam Sahitya Sabha.

He was closely connected with social organisation Al-Ameen and the Asam Sahitya Sabha. He was associated with the Krishna Kanta Handiqui Open University till his death as its executive council member.

He has a short story collection to his credit. Most of his books are collections of articles. He leaves behind his wife, two sons and a daughter. His janaja will be performed at the Haji Musafirkhana Kabarsthan around 11.30 am tomorrow, family sources said.

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Prof Mohammad Taher passes away

GUWAHATI, Feb 24 � Renowned geographer and social scientist Prof Mohammad Taher, whom his colleagues and students described as a doyen of Indian Geography, died at a city nursing home around 10.45 am today due to lung infection. He was 83.

Prof Taher, one of the architects behind introducing Geography in the State�s higher education, was hospitalized on February 3 for lung-related problems. He had retired from the Geography Department of the Gauhati University (GU) as its Professor and Head and the GU Dean of Faculty of Science in the 1990s.

Mohammad Taher obtained his BSc with honours in Geography with a first class first position from the Cotton College. He obtained his MSc in Geography with a first class second position from the Calcutta University. He obtained his PhD from the Auckland University, New Zealand.

After obtaining his PhD, he joined the GU�s Geography Department as a teacher. At the GU, he guided a number of PhD students, besides taking classes regularly. He authored around 20 Geography textbooks for students of various levels.

He edited two volumes of the Asamiya Biswakoch (Assamese encyclopedia), prepared by the Asam Sahitya Sabha.

He was closely connected with social organisation Al-Ameen and the Asam Sahitya Sabha. He was associated with the Krishna Kanta Handiqui Open University till his death as its executive council member.

He has a short story collection to his credit. Most of his books are collections of articles. He leaves behind his wife, two sons and a daughter. His janaja will be performed at the Haji Musafirkhana Kabarsthan around 11.30 am tomorrow, family sources said.