It is sad and emotional too, by paying a tribute to one of the legendry teacher cum researcher Prof. M. A. Qurishi who passed away on 17thOctober, 2020 at his Srinagar residence, as he couldn’t fight cancer. Prof. Qurishi an alumni of University of Kashmir from Chemistry, rendered quite a series number of services before superannuating as senior professor at Department of Chemistry, University of Kashmir.
Prof. Qurishi has done his Ph.D at CSIR-Indian Institute of integrative Medicine, Jammu (then Regional Research Laboratory, Jammu), through University of Kashmir. After attaining research position as Research Officer Chemistry at Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine Srinagar, Prof Qurishi was appointed as associate professor at Department of Chemistry, University of Kashmir, where he contributed significantly particularly in teaching, phytochemistry and later headed the Chemistry Department, Dean Sciences, Director DIQA.
Prof. Qurishi could not stop there even after supperannuation and extention of service at University of Kashmir, Prof. Qurishi was appointed as Professor and Dean Academics at Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipora.
During nineties the faculty void created in the Department of Chemistry, University of Kashmir Prof. Qurishi step up and delivererd a job to taught postgraduate students and streamline the department elegantly.This article is mere epilogical tribute to Prof. Qurishi who rendered a long service of almost 35 years in a field of teaching and phytochemistry.
By just describing the Prof. Qurishi in a few lines of academic degrees will be injustice, to the person of great stature who immensely has contributed a much for a research as well as teaching.
Whosoever came across Prof. Qurishi one gets a different impression of a teacher, a person of simple dynamics, somehow humorous, honest and a real stalwart, to enlighten us with his magnificent art of teaching, administration and research. Prof. Qurishi has given a tremendous contribution to the teaching and research in the said difficult times starting from early 80’s, or in 90s or past new century decade.
The research in phytochemistry is difficult task and an art; in a state of our’s who could have been better than to consult Prof. Qurishi for such a difficult task and help. Personally I being the phytochemistry researcher, I too got stuck many times in research problem which Prof Qurishi helped me out. In my day to day interaction with professor at Kashmir University, I saw him a person who tried to giving inside out to help out who love to work with and outside him. Prof. Qurishi was the key to get me out to framing the topic, when I deeply try to gather those bit of small illustrations which Prof. Qurishi taught me in research, I really wonder I was knowing like whole out of my own.
He came through himself an enigma, a person having apolitical speech, a friend to all, warm but always attached. Professor never put himself into screws to attain pseudo impression, but it was his inherent capabilities which earned him a full respect. He always had been an interlocutor between his research scholar’s and research.
His research essence was imbibing; and articulate. His modernism in scientific research led him to come up with intense exegeses of great researchers in highest academic learning. As I walk down into the memory gridges of the meetings which Prof. Qurishi was teaching to researchers of phytochemistry, Prof. Qurishi was true to his profession, a researcher of perfection, conception, a learner and an educator, that is why I think most of students love to be around him. He was the teacher who really gets into resonance of scholar, who need his help to reach their grey matter, make them comfortable within them.
He was liberal in a manner of speaking though deeper down perhaps he had staunch views. I couldn’t be so much authorized rather could be impractical, about his personal life but as I see and watched was his beaming smile and unfailing courtesy warmth always feel his students, mates, friends, colleagues and sub-ordinates welcome. I had always believed that the interplay of these views contributed to the deep humane look of Prof.Qurishi.
Now Prof. Qurishi is not with us anymore, but the legacy of teaching and research which he taught and elucidated will always be with us.
Unlike to seal the deal, its incumbent upon the rest, however to honor the legacy that you left behind by ensuring that you can be remembered by your sincere approach towards your professional life as a good administrator, teacher and researcher.
May your soul Rest In Peace (RIP) Prof. Qurishi.
Author teaches at Cluster University, Srinagar