About Sir Ross Masood
Born at Aligarh
on February 15, 1889, Ross Masood was the grandson and the son of Sir Syed
Ahmad Khan and Syed Mahmood respectively. Syed Mahmood out of his
affection with one of his friends Dr. Ross named the newly born baby Syed
Mohammad Ross Masood. 'Ross' a Christian name is a part of Masoods' name
because Sir Syed believed Hindu, Muslim, and Christian as members of one family
and he did not distinguish among them.
Syed's death, the whole responsibility of Masood's education was
entrusted to Theodore Morison, the Principal of M.AO. College who kept
Masood with his family and looked after his education thoroughly. The family
took special interest in him and it was because of their strict training that
Masood did very well in the classroom and on the playground. In 1905, he
matriculated and secured a government scholarship for higher education in
England. At Oxford he created a name in education and sports. He
captained the Tennis and Boxing teams of this college and through Morison he
had chance to move in the higher English society. Masood earned his B.A.
Honours in 1910 from Oxford and joined Lincolns Inn for Law which he
completed in 1912 and returned to India.
Ross Masood was
of the opinion that education imparted in mother tongue would be far conducive
than the imparting of education in a foreign language. For that he wanted an
Urdu University, already a plan for founding a University was in the process.
He believed in the high ideals of the University. In his first speech in
Aligarh he said, "I am sad to see the short sightedness of those who
looked to the dreams of youth with suspicions. They did not know what
importance a dream
has. This University, staff and students and the whole paraphernalia is the
result of the dream of a selfless man. Remember, a nation which misses the
power of dreaming does not have its goal, and does not try to give practical
shapes to its scheme, is dead. Ross Masood stood for education in Science and
Technology. Though a man of Social Sciences he was aware of what the teaching
of science can give to a community with his untiring energy he persuaded the
central government and the government of Nizam to give funds to the University
funds, which may enable it to develop the teaching in science. Healthy brain in
healthy body was the motto of Ross Masood. While he was busy in academic
activities he did not ignore the physical activities of the students. In the
beginning of 1937 his health further deteriorated and he passed away in July
1937. The dead body was brought to Aligarh where he was laid to rest on the
left side of his grandfather. Perseverance, sincerity / discipline and devotion
were the hallmarks of his character. He loved his students and was equally
loved by them. His door was always open for .the needy and meritorious students
whom he financed privately or from the Vice-Chancellors? Fund. He wanted
Aligarh students to be examples for other. Students because of his generosity
called him 'Hama Mahboob' Vice-Chancellor. He was a versatile genius and had
full command over English, French, Italian, Arabic, Persian and Urdu but
science was his major subject of interest and his untiring efforts.
About the Hall &
Sir Ross Masood Hall was established
in the year 1969 in the fond memory of Sir Ross Masood, the grandson of
Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. The foundation stone of R.M. Hall was laid by Professor K.
A. Nizami. Prof. Abrar Mustafa Khan was the first Provost of this Hall.
The initial strength of the hall was 480. It comprises of 4 hostel blocks
namely Nawab Ismail Khan Hostel (A-Block), SadarYar Jung
Hostel (B-Block), Abdul Majeed Khowaja (C-Block) and Habibur Rehman
Hostel (D-Block). Now 738 students are registered in this Hall.
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