One of Jamia’s stalwarts Prof Rehmat Ali dies in USA
Former Pro Vice Chancellor, Dean and Head of the Department of Economics Professor Rehmat Ali died in the USA on August 22, according to alumnus Nasir Sultan Qazi, who first broke the news on social media.
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Many in Jamia mourned his death with his obituary doing the rounds in the social circle.
Professor Ali was born in June 1930 in Hyderabad and joined Jamia in 1962. Before retiring as Professor of Economics in 1995, he handled many responsibilities at Jamia, including Head of the Department of Economics, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Pro-Vice Chancellor.
Professor Ali, who did his MS frrom the Southern Illinois University, was one of the stalwarts of Jamia, almost the last of a generation of venerable teachers like Professor N Meenai, Professor Anwar Siddiqui, Professor Iqbal Mehdi, Professor Ziaul Hasan Farooqi, Professor Salamatullah, Professor Moeenuddin, Professor Mujeeb Rizvi, Professor A W B Qadri and others.
Professor Ali was a very vibrant personality on the campus, known for his wit and humour, said old timers who interacted with him.
His daughter Arifa also served in the Department of Sociology for some time and is now a Professor in University of Michigan. His son, Rizwan who studied Engineering at Jamia years ago, is activist in the US and is based in Chicago.
His son Rizwan continues to maintain the link with Jamia by being the founder member of the Jamia Alumni Association in the USA, said a source, who knows the family well.