Aligarh: Renowned Sanskrit scholar; former Chairman, Department of Sanskrit and currently the Coordinator of the Disability Unit in the university; Professor Khalid Bin Yusuf Khan passed away yesterday after suffering severe pneumonia and cardiac arrest.
“Prof Khalid was a man of many accomplishments, he was a profound researcher and an inspiring teacher. He eloquently spoke Sanskrit”, said AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor.
He added: “Prof Khalid was a gracious, gentle and welcoming presence in the university. His demise is a terrible loss for the AMU community and a personal loss for me”.
Prof Mohd Sharif (Chairman, Department of Sanskrit) mourned his death and said, “Prof Khalid was devoted and enthused to perform his responsibilities as a teacher.
Prof Khalid was the first Muslim to complete Ph.D in Rigveda. He taught and mentored graduate, post-graduate and research students in a career spanning over 30 years. He published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals, authored nine books and received many prestigious awards.
The deceased is survived by wife, two daughters and a son.