Aligarh: A condolence meeting was today held at the Administrative Block, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) to mourn the sad demise of former University Pro Vice Chancellor and a renowned Indian mathematician, Professor Abul Hasan Siddiqi, who passed away from natural causes, peacefully surrounded by family. He was 77-years-old.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved family of Prof Siddiqi and send love and prayers in Prof Siddiqi’s honour. His demise has left a void, which is impossible to fill,” said AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor, while presiding over the meeting.
He pointed out that Prof Siddiqi will always be remembered in the University and academia throughout the country for valuable contributions.
AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof Akhtar Haseeb; Mr Abdul Hamid, IPS (Registrar), Prof S M Jawed Akhtar (Finance Officer), Prof Mujahid Beg (Dean, Students’ Welfare), Prof Afifullah Khan (Proctor), deans of all faculties and senior teachers attended the meeting.
An earnest academician, Prof Siddiqi displayed quiet tenacity with his contributions to AMU in various capacities from 1965 to 1998.
He served as the Pro Vice Chancellor from June 1, 1992 to October 28, 1994. As a professor of applied mathematics, Prof Siddiqi has also been the Chairman, Department of Mathematics. His service in AMU included the posts of Dean, Faculty of Science; Chief Election Officer of AMU Students’ Union; Member in Charge, AMU Press and Provost of M. Habib Hall. He also served as the Keeper of the Duty Society, AMU.
He was the serving President of Indian Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics and Editor-in-Chief of a series of Industrial and Applied Mathematics of Springer Nature and Indian Journal of Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
Born on January 10, 1943 in Deoria District of Uttar Pradesh, Prof Siddiqi went on to attend St. Andrews Degree College, Gorakhpur University for a Bachelor in Science degree. He joined AMU in 1960 to pursue MSc (Mathematics) and completed his doctorate from the University in 1967.
Prof Siddiqi undertook post doctoral studies at Heidelberg University in Germany as a fellow of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He was also awarded DAAD revisit fellowships to work at the Institute of Industrial and Business Mathematics, University of Kaiserslautern.
He received regular Associateship of the International Centre for Theoritical Physics, Trieste, Italy and was nominated as the ICTP consultant to Istanbul Aydin University, Turkey.
Prof Siddiqi held visiting assignments in different parts of the world including USA, Canada, Germany, Iran, Algeria, Kingdom of Saudia Arabia, Oman and Malaysia.
Prof Siddiqui will be laid to rest in the University graveyard tonight after Isha, the night time daily prayer. He is survived by wife, son and a daughter.