AMU grieves Prof Satish Chandra's demise
Aligarh, October 14: The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) today grieved the sad demise of eminent historian and former AMU faculty member, Professor Satish Chandra who breathed his last at a New Delhi hospital. A two-minute silence was observed in the university, while a formal condolence meeting will be held on October 16, 2017 at the seminar hall of the university's Department of History.
Prof Chandra, who is known across the country and the world for his specialization in medieval Indian history and whose NCERT Class XII textbook was endorsed by all schools running on CBSE curriculum was hospitalised a few weeks ago and was staying on dialysis.
Eminent historian of ancient and medieval India, Prof Irfan Habib (Emeritus Prof, AMU) said, "Prof Chandra, who was born in 1922 was educated at the Allahabad University". He added that Prof Chandra was appointed as a Reader in AMU and served in his capacity till 1964. "During this period, AMU published his book, Parties and Politics at the Mughal Court, 1707-1740," said Prof Habib adding that the book was published in 1959.
He further said that Prof Chandra served as the university proctor and provost (Non-Resident Students Hall). In 1964, he joined the Rajasthan University (RU), where after he joined the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and then the Delhi University (DU) as Professor.
"Prof Chandra became the Vice Chairman, University Grants Commission?UGC (1976-81) and in this capacity, he gave inestimable attention to the needs of AMU," said Prof Habib pointing out that Prof Chandra rejoined JNU, which was the last institution he served.
He further pointed out that Prof Chandra served as Secretary, Indian History Congress and presided over its 1973 session and was awarded with many academic honours.
Talking on Prof Chandra's academic and research works, Prof Habib mentioned that he published a large number of research and interpretive works and his book on medieval India is not only a text book of a high order, but also a major interpretation of the period. "In his works, Prof Chandra insisted on a non-partisan secular approach to history and his books and numerous papers bear testimony to his objective approach," said Prof Habib further adding that Prof Chandra was a pioneer in the study of Rajasthani historical documents and practically created a special field of Indian Ocean studies, for which he established a centre.
Prof Habib also pointed out that Prof Chandra was the editor of the Comprehensive History of India, sponsored by the Indian History Congress, several volumes of which have been published under his general superintendence.
AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof Tariq Mansoor said that the Indian academic world, especially the Aligarh community has suffered a grievous loss on his passing away.
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