New Delhi: Dr. Mahmoodur Rahman, the former Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University is reportedly badly ill. The news of his death has been doing the rounds for the last several hours, spreading a pall of gloom among the AMU fraternity and the alumni of the university, one of the biggest in the country. He breathed his last in Lucknow.
Mahmoodur Rehman, whose tenure at the AMU will be remembered for many reasons in the years to come, served the central university as its Vice-Chancellor from 1995 to 2000.
The former IAS officer who served as the chairman of Bombay Mercantile Bank for a long time was so popular at AMU that dozens of the AMU teachers wrote to the President to grant him a second term as the Vice Chancellor of the Muslim university. To be true, as many as sixty-seven teachers of the university in a memorandum said, “the university community will be intensely gratified” if the present vice-chancellor Mahmoodur Rahman, a serving IAN officer, is appointed for a second term.
The memorandum went on to add, “the list of good work done during his present term is long and impressive, but there are many unfinished tasks for which a second term is needed’”.
Mahmoodur Rahman will also be remembered for his report on “Socio-Economic Backwardness of Muslims in Maharashtra”. The report known as Mehmoodur Rehman Committee studied educational, social and economical backwardness of Muslims in Maharashtra. It also recommended measures to improve their condition.
Mahmoodur Rahman will also be known for taking out a revolver at protesting students, first for any VC in the history of the university that has seen many ups and downs.
LL.B., Allahabad University
MA, Persian, Allahabad University.
Cracked U.P. Civil Services, 1965.
Cracked and joined IAS, 1966.
Assistant Commissioner in Anantnag, J&K
Additional Deputy Commissioner, Jammu
Secretary (Revenue), Government of Jammu & Kashmir.
Commissioner, Planning and Development, Jammu & Kashmir
Principal Secretary to Chief Minister
Chairman, J & K Cements Ltd., Jammu & Kashmir.
Chairman, Jammu & Kashmir Minerals.
Vice Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University,
Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Parliamentary Affair