Dr. Zahid Husain Khan
Dr. Zahid Husain Khan has been a Full Professor of Physics in Jamia Millia Islamia - Central University, New Delhi, India from November 1994 to January 2015, where he served for more than 39 years. He obtained Ph.D. (1975), M.Phil. (1971), M.Sc. (1969) and B.Sc. (1967) degrees from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India. His research interests are primarily in molecular and laser spectroscopy. He has published more than 60 research papers in peer-reviewed international and national journals and guided 15 research scholars leading to their Ph.D. degrees.
Dr. Khan has been a DAAD Fellow at the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany (1980-1981) and Free University Berlin (1981-1982). Recognizing his outstanding commitment and leadership in promoting Indo-German Relations in the field of education, he was awarded the title of Honorary DAAD Advisor (2006-2009) by the President of DAAD. Dr. Khan has vast experience in university administration and has served twice as the Registrar of the University. He is an expert in university laws and has served as the Chairman of the Standing Committee for Act, Statutes and Ordinances of the University from 2007 to 2014.
He also served simultaneously as the Director of FTK-Centre for Technology of the University from 1998 to 2014, and subsequently as its Honorary Advisor up to November 2014. Under his guidance a state-of-the-art ICT infrastructure was created in the University, together with implementation of ERP system and e-governance. Recognizing his rich experience in education and ICT, the Ministry of Education, Government of India coopted him as a member of the Standing Committee for the National Mission of Education Through ICT (NMEICT).
Following declaration of 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015), the UNESCO nominated Prof. Khan as a National Focal Point for India. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the International Working Group on Ibn Al-Haytham, based in Paris.
Dr. Khan has travelled extensively in Europe and some countries in North America, Middle East and Asia Pacific to deliver invited talks and participate in various thought leadership forums. He has been the member of committees in various Indian universities and has been providing them advisory services on diverse issues ranging from academic excellence to effective governance models.