Aligarh: Students and grieving colleagues bid a tearful adieu to Dr Mohammad Furqan Sambhali, Assistant Professor, Urdu Section, Women’s College, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), who passed away after a brief illness in wee hours of morning. He was 47-years-old.
“Dr Mohammad Furqan was an amazing human being and a passionate and dedicated teacher. His demise has left the AMU community deeply saddened. The lessons, he taught in the classrooms will always stay with his students”, said AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof Tariq Mansoor.
Extending condolences to the bereaved family of the deceased, he said, “I pray for their comfort and strength during this difficult time”.
Expressing shock, Prof Naima Khatoon (Principal, Women’s College) said, “It is with profound sadness to hear that Dr Mohammad Furqan has passed away. He was a hard-working colleague, who influenced other teachers and whose loss to the University, more generally is immense”.
“He always made the classroom brighter with his knowledge and wisdom. That will definitely be gravely missed. AMU teachers and students will cherish all the memories of him forever. It is hard to believe that he is not with us anymore. I extend deep sympathies to his family members”, said Prof Mohd Ali Johar, Chairman, Department of Urdu.
Dr Mohammad Furqan started working as a Guest Teacher at Women’s College in 2015. He was promoted to the position of Assistant Professor in 2019. He had also worked as a lecturer at the SBH Azad Girls Degree College in Sambhal, UP.
Dr Mohammad Furqan was an adept researcher and an Urdu writer, who produced significant works. He published papers in peer-reviewed journals, authored Urdu books and regularly contributed opinion pieces and editorials to major vernacular newspapers.