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Former Jamia vice chancellor Mushirul Hasan dies at 69

Former Jamia vice chancellor Mushirul Hasan dies at 69

New Delhi: Noted historian and former Jamia Millia Islamia vice chancellor Mushirul Hasan passed away here early Monday after prolonged illness, the university said. Hasan, who was taken to a private hospital post midnight, breathed his last at 4 am. He was 69.

"He met with a road accident few years ago and was mostly bed-ridden after that. He was also undergoing dialysis for kidney problems," former secretary to Jamia vice chancellor, Zafar Nawaz Hashmi, said. He added, "Some health complications emerged last night and he was taken to the hospital. He passed away on Monday morning."

Hasan's namaz-e-janaza was performed at Babul Ilm and at Jamia mosque.

In the evening, he was laid to rest at the burial ground for vice chancellors in the university campus. His family members, friends, colleagues and members of the academia were present. A condolence meet was also held at the university.

Hasan, a Padma Shri awardee, was the vice chancellor of the university between 2004 and 2009. He has also held the position of director general of the National Archives of India. He has also served as vice-chairman of Indian Institute of Advanced Study and as president of Indian History Congress.

Hasan is known for his work on partition and history of Islam in South Asia. He has penned a number of books on Indian history.

He is survived by his wife Zoya Hasan, a noted political scientist and academician.

Several political leaders condoled the death.

Condoling the death, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: "Shocked to know about the sad demise of noted scholar and writer Mushir ul Hasan ji. His contribution to Jamia Milla Islamia will always be remembered." Adding to this in his message,Sisodia said :"Passing away of Mushirul Hasan is a great loss not just to academia, but to all those who believe in standing up for what is right."

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