Hyderabad: Former Head of the Department of Communication and Journalism, Osmania University Prof Abdur Rahim passed away at the Care Hospital, Nampally early on Friday.
Prof Abdur Rahim was 67 and is survived by his wife, two sons, four daughters and thousands of students who are mourning the passing away of their friend, philosopher and guide in the truest sense of the term.
The ‘Namaz-e-Janaza’ was offered after Friday prayers at the Shahi Masjid, Public Gardens and he was buried in Dargah Yousufain at Nampally.
Prof Abdur Rahim was one of the senior-most journalism and mass communication educationalists in India.
Having retired from India’s prestigious journalism school at Osmania University, Hyderabad after 35 years of service as Head of the Department, he was also the Visiting Professor at the Moulana Azad National Urdu, besides Visiting Faculty for many Journalism and Mass Communication Departments all over the country.
Widely travelled, he had lectured at the famous Columbia School of Journalism, at Harvard School of Government and Oxford University.
Prof Abdur Rahim had participated in many international media conferences and addressed innumerable Seminars.
An author of several books on media, the retired Professor had contributed hundreds of articles in research journals, newspapers, both in India and abroad, and magazines.
His areas of specialization were media theory and research, media ethics, and development communication.
Besides his educational pursuits, Prof Abdur Rahim was also the Vice-President of the Commonwealth Association for Education in Communication and Journalism (CAEJAC) and the Secretary of the South Asian Media Association (SAMA) and chairman of Bharat Samachar and also the Chapter Head of MICCI (Andhra Pradesh).
But for his students, Prof Abdur Rahim was a father figure, who they could turn to for any problem, whether in their studies or personal.
He was known for going out of the way to help people, regardless of caste, creed or character.
Prof Abdur Rahim commanded respect and loyalty from all those he came in contact with, and had the air of a man who cannot be ever forgotten.
Ever willing to help anyone, his social service activities are legendary.
Right from the time he joined the Osmania University as a lecturer on October 3, 1972 till his retirement, he worked with and trained thousands of journalists and students from other fields.
He had that unique ability to teach his students on how to think about any issue.
Prof Abdur Rahim would be always remembered for not only his contribution to education, but also for being a warm, caring, intelligent, articulate, untiringly selfless person.(INN)