Prof. M. Aslam has taken over as the new acting Vice Chancellor of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) after taking charge from Prof. V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai, former Vice Chancellor of the university who completed his five year tenure on 20th October 2011.
Prof. Aslam was serving the university as a Director of the School of Continuing Education (SOCE) and professor of Rural Development since 1992. He was also the Director for National Center for Innovations in Distance Education (NCIDE) of the university for over 3 years.
He has rich and varied experience both at national and international levels in University Administration, ICT, Communication and Extension, Distance & Continuing Education, Multi-Media in Distance Education, Training Methodology, Rural Development, Training skills, Monitoring and Evaluation, Panchayati Raj and Social Change from his 33 years career in the field, (20 years as Professor) out of which he spent about 8 years abroad on an international assignment as Director (Trg) CIRDAP between 1981-88.
He has been consultant to various international/ UN bodies including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, UNDP and EDI of the World Bank.
He has worked as a Project Director for Panchayati Raj Project, developed a Multi-Media Distance Education package for Panchayati Raj functionaries elected throughout the country. The package was introduced among 58,000 elected functionaries of Panchayats in four selected districts of Madhya Pradesh and has been conferred COL President's Award of Excellence at PAN Commonwealth Forum in March, 1999.
Prof. Aslam is an M.A. in Sociology with first division and second position (1973). He got his M.Phil in 1975 and Ph.D. (Sociology) in 1978.