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Noted Muslim reformist, educationalist Saiyid Hamid dies
Monday December 29, 2014 7:53 PM, Staff Reporter

Saiyid Hamid, former Chancellor of Jamia Hamdard and former Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), and one of the tallest figures of Muslims in India, has died. He was 94.

Saiyid Hamid
[Saiyid Hamid recieving "Sir Ross Masood Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Leadership, Education, Community and Public Service-2014" from Vice President of India Hamid Ansari at a function on 1 October, 2014.]

"Saiyid Hamid has died today evening", family sources said while talking to on phone.

"He breathed his last at 5:15 p.m. in Majeedia Hospital, New Delhi.. His funeral plans will be announced shortly", the sources said.

Saiyid Hamid was admitted to the Majeedia Hospital last Thursday and was under medical observation since then.

He has two sons and a daughter. His daughter is married to former Mumbai Police Chief Hasan Gafoor. Hasn Gafoor had died over a year ago.

There has been intense speculation about Saiyid Hamid's health as he has followers all across the world.

The 94-year-old educationist Saiyid Hamid, a retired IAS officer who was regarded as a social reformer, was also one of the members of the high level committee headed by Justice Rajendra Sacchar which was appointed by the Prime Minister in 2005.

After retiring from a long and distinguished career in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), he was appointed Vice Chancellor of his alma mater Aligarh Muslim University AMU).

He later succeeded Hakeem Abdul Hameed, Founder of Hamdard Dawakhana (now Hamdard (Wakf) Laboratories) as the Chancellor of Hamdard University in Delhi. He was also appointed by Hakeem sahib as Secretary of Hamdard Education Society to look after Hamdard Public School and Hamdard Study Circle.

He was a winner of several national level awards, including Sanskriti Award for literature, Urdu Academy Delhi award, Hindi Academy Delhi award and National fellowship award by Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

He has many books to his credit, two novels, three full length plays and many short story books for neo-literates.


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