Indian expats fondly recall Saiyid Hamid's contribution.
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Indian diplomats and expatriates expressed deep sorrow and grief over the passing away of Saiyid Hamid, an Indian educationist, reformer and founder editor of a fortnightly, Nation and the World. Hamid breathed his last at Majidia Hospital in New Delhi earlier this week. Indian Ambassador Hamid Ali Rao said: "In his death, we have lost a great educationist of modern India." Indian Consul General B.S. Mubarak and Deputy Consul General Noor Rahman Sheikh also mourned the loss of Hamid, who served as the vice chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and was currently heading Jamia Hamdard, a deemed university, as its chancellor. Both Mubarak and Sheikh are the alumni of Hamdard Study Circle, a premier coaching and guidance cell for Indian civil service competitions for minorities, which was started by Hamid in New Delhi. "It is indeed very sad to hear that he is no more. He was a great soul and a wonderfully kind and generous man devoted to the great cause of education and empowerment of the minorities," Mubarak said. "May his soul rest in peace." Members of the Indian community expressed their deep sorrow at Saiyid Hamid's demise. Nadeem Tarin, a non-resident Indian (NRI) educationist and philanthropist, said: "Saiyid Hamid was an asset for all of us and a source of inspiration as he was deeply committed to spreading awareness. He addressed the educational backwardness among Indian Muslims and other minorities. I would always remember him as a visionary and an institution builder. We will miss him," said Tarin. Saiyid Hamid was born in an average Muslim family in Faizabad (Uttar Pradesh) in 1920 and rose to prominence due to his noble work. Even after retirement from civil service, his passion for social reforms among Indian Muslims did not fade out and he played key role in the drafting of the Sachar Committee report on the status of Muslims in India and took out a "Karavan-e-Insaf" (Caravan for Justice) to press for implementation of the Sachar Committee report. To promote educational awareness among Indian Muslims, he started All India Taalimi Karawan (National Educational Caravan) in 1992 and with many other Muslim intellectuals visited different parts of the country, especially in areas of significant Muslim population and made a passionate appeal to focus on education for the development of the community and nation building. He also worked as the founding vice president of Maulana Azad Foundation and later a key member of the committee set up by the foundation to prepare a project for establishing three modern Muslim universities in Bangalore, Ajmer and Kishanganj.
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