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AMU Paying rich tributes to its former Vice Chancellor, Saiyid hamid

Aligarh, December 30: Former Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University; Chancellor, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi; Sachar Committee member and noted educationist, Saiyid Hamid, succumbed to a cardiac arrest at the age of 94 at the Majidia Hospital, Jamia Hamdard.  He breathed his last around 5:15 pm on December 19 after a prolonged illness. His children Samar Hamid, Saman Hamid and Faraz Hamid survive Saiyid Hamid.

A condolence meeting was held here today in the Conference room of AMU’s Administrative block. The Vice Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University; Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (retd) presided over the meeting. Pro-Vice Chancellor, Brigadier Syed Ahmad Ali (retd); Registrar, Dr Asfar Ali Khan and other senior faculty members and students were present in the meeting.

Paying rich tributes to the former Vice Chancellor, Saiyid Hamid, Lt Gen Shah said that he was a man of courage, man of wisdom and totally dedicated to the cause of education. Gen Shah also said that he had visited the bereaved family of Saiyid Hamid for condolence on the behalf of the University.

Reading out a condolence resolution, Aligarh Muslim University, Vice Chancellor, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (retd) said: “Saiyid Hamid was born on March 28, 1920. He joined AMU to attend Bachelors in Arts in 1937 after completing Intermediate from Mordabad in Uttar Pradesh. He completed Masters of Arts with English literature from AMU in 1941 and M A (Persian) in 1947.”

Gen Shah further said that Saiyid Hamid joined as the Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University on June 10, 1980 and played a key role in stream lining affairs of the University. “He revived the monthly magazine, Tahzeebul Akhlaq, started by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and launched the new Hindi Magazine, Nishant,” added Gen Shah.

Gen Shah further elaborated, “During his tenure as the Vice Chancellor, Saiyid Hamid formulated policies for the development of the University, which made rapid progress in every field. The third AMU Amendment Act, 1981 was implemented during his vice Chancellorship.” 

The Vice Chancellor also said that even after retirement from civil services, Saiyid Hamid’s passion for social reforms among Indian Muslims continued. “He took over as Hony Secretary of Hamdard Education Society and launched a concerted effort to provide Muslim youth with targeted coaching for Civil Services Examinations,” said Gen Shah.

 

Highlighting contributions of Saiyid Hamid, AMU PRO, Dr Rahat Abrar said, “To promote educational awareness among Indian Muslims, Saiyid Hamid started ‘All India Taalimi Karwan’ in 1992. With other Muslim intellectuals he visited different parts of the country, especially in areas of significant Muslim population and made a passionate appeal to Muslims to focus on education for the development of the community and nation building.”

Prof Pervez Talib of the Business Administration Department and CMO, Dr Shariq Aqil also paid rich tributes to the former Vice Chancellor.  

A large number of teachers and other members of AMU fraternity expressed great sense of loss on the sad demise of Saiyid Hamid and paid heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.

AMU and its maintained institutions including offices shall remain closed on Tuesday due to the sad demise of the former Vice Chancellor.

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