One of founder members of Jamia’s Physics department Mohammad Zahid no more
The death of Jamia Millia Islamia Professor Mohammad Zahid (retired) on January 23 is being mourned in the virtual world with condolence messages coming from the across the country.
He was laid to rest in Batla House Qabristan on January 25.
Mohammad Zahid was admitted at Fortis Hospital in Okhla for treatment where he breathed his last, according to sources. Mourning his death, former Jamia Professor Akhtarul Wasey said: “A great gentleman, dedicated teacher, and above all a colleague has gone… Heartfelt condolence to his family and friends.”
A resident of Zakir Bagh, Mohammad Zahid was a known figure on the campus during her service days and was popularly known as Zahid Japani, said a teacher, adding that during his stay in Japan for PhD he married a Japanese girl and hence got this name.
Mourning his death on the digital platform Jamia Professor Furqan Qamar wrote: “It was with a very heavy heart that we received the sad news of the sudden demise of Professor Mohammad Zahid.
“He was generally keeping a good health and with his happy disposition and smiling embrace no one could ever imagine that he would leave us so soon. I am told that he had been recently advised knee joint replacement therapy for which he was undergoing investigation in the hospital. In the process, he was diagnosed of some underlying conditions which within days proved to be fatal.
“Mohammad Zahid, who would often be referred to as Zahid Japani by his colleagues, had retired in 2006 as Professor in the Department of Physics of Jamia. He was one of the founder members of the department and has headed the department for tenure.
“Mohammad Zahid was regarded as a sincere and conscientious teacher and did not long for administrative positions either within or outside the university. He was at this best when he was with his students in and outside the classroom. A man of very high moral character and integrity, he was kept in high esteem by his colleagues and juniors alike and many would aspire to emulate his ideals.
“In his death, the Jamia fraternity has lost a kind hearted person, a dear friend and a well wisher. Our heartfelt condolence and prayer for the departed soul and courage and patience to the bereaved family to bear this loss.”