Ross Masud - Biography by Prof. Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman

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Ross Masud


Prof. Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman

Ross Masud


Anjuman Taraqqi Urdu (Hind) - published a biography of Sir Ross Masud written by Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman. Sir Ross Masud had served as fourth President of Anjuman Taraqqi Urdu. Anjuman Taraqqi Urdu is an integral part of Aligarh Movement as it was launched during the annual session of All India Muslim Educational Conference at Delhi in 1902-03. Prof. Thomas Walker Arnold served as Founding President and Allama Shibli Nomani was Founding Secretary. Sir Ross Masud was the only grandson of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and was first full time Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University and also one of the founders of Osmania University, Hyderabad.

Born in Delhi on 15 February, 1889, Sir Ross Masud had the best possible pedigree. He was the grandson of Sir Syed about whom any explanation would waste time and space . His maverick father, Syed Mahmud had the unique distinction of being the first Muslim to graduate from the Cambridge University (1871) and whose elevation as judge of the Allahabad High Court at the age of thirty-two (1882) made him the youngest ever appointee to the post. Masud lost his grand-father while aged nine, the titular guardianship of a progressively declining father too disappeared four year later. A young Masud was practically under the guardianship of the Collector of Aligarh on behalf of the Government of United Provinces. He had his early education at the MAO Collegiate School Aligarh followed by a series of Government Schools in UP until 1906-07 when it was decided to send him to England for further education. After obtaining M.A Degree in English Literature of the University of Cambridge (Christ College), he secured an appointment in the prestigious Indian Education Service in 1913. He held the positions of Headmaster Ravenshaw Collegiate School, Cuttack and then Professor of the Patna College. In 1916, he joined the Nizam Government as the Director of Public Instruction in Hyderabad and was later promoted as Secretary Education Department of the same Government, a position that he retained till 1928 when he took over as Vice Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University. A brief life sketch of Sir Ross Masud can be found at:

The author of “Ross Masud”, Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman is founding President of Ibn Sina Academy of Medieval Medicine & Sciences, Aligarh and former Dean of the Faculty of Unani Medicine, Ajmal Khan Tibbiya College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. Prof. Rahman has published several books and received Padmashiri in 2006 for his contributions to literature. A brief biographical sketch of Prof. Rahman can be found at:


Vice President Releases the Book ‘Ross Masaud’

Vice President Releases the Book ‘Ross Masaud’
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Hamid Ansari released a book entitled “Ross Masaud” written by Prof. Hakim Syed Zillur Rehman at a function here today. Congratulating the author for such a valuable book Shri Ansari said that the book portrays very interesting aspects of the life of Sir Ross Masaud. Sir Masaud was a true academician and had served the Aligarh Muslim University in an ideal manner. He always believed in perfection.

The book is a biography of Sir Ross Masaud, an eminent educationist of the first half of 20th century and the grand-son of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, the founder of Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. He was one of the founders of Osmania University, Hyderabad and also served as Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University from 1929 to 1934. He had written many books and was the President of Anjuman Taraqqi Urdu (Hind) for 12 years.

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