Mumbai: Dr Mahmoodur Rahman , a retired IAS officer of 1966 batch and former Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) who worked on various posts in his long career suffered a massive stroke Thursday morning in Lucknow, family source said.
Dr Mahmoodur Rahman was in Lucknow to attend the wedding ceremony of a close relative on Thursday when he suffered heart attack. He was immediately rushed to a local hospital and admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
“His condition is very very critical”, family sources said while talking to ummid.com on phone.
Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University from 1995 to 2000, Dr Mahmoodur Rahman also served as the Chairman of Bombay Mercantile Cooperative Bank.
During his stint as the Vice Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University, he was appreciated for timely start of academic sessions and reviving the campus mess system but also received criticism for pulling out a revolver at protesting students and was termed as "more a general than a scholar" by the media.
But, he was so popular that teachers and students alike demanded second term for him when his tenure ended in 2000.
"The list of good work done during his present term is long and impressive, but there are many unfinished tasks for which a second term is needed", the teachers said in their memorandum submitted while demanding second term for Dr Rahman..
The Bombay Mercantile Cooperative Bank was facing tough time when Dr Mahmoodur Rahman became its Chairman. Dr Rahman brought the ailing bank back on the track during his tenure as chairman.
Born in a progressive and educated Muslim family in Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh, his mother was an Oriental scholar and maternal uncle the Chief Secretary of Bihar, Rahman completed his education from the Allahabad University.
A Masters in Law Rahman appeared for the Uttar Pradesh Civil Services and got selected in 1966. However a calling for doing things on a National scale made Rahman give his Union Civil Services exams as well.
Various Adminitrative positions he held included Assistant Commissioner in Anantnag District of Kashmir in J & K, July 1967 to June 1968, Sub Divisional Magistrate – June 1968 to July 1969 in Scopore in Kashmir, Deputy Secretary to Government in the Planning Department in J & K from July 1969 to March 1970, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Jammu from March 1970 to April 1971, Deputy Commissioner, Udhampur from April 1971 to April 1973, Deputy Commissioner and Development Commissioner, Ladakh from April 1973 to October 1976. Introduced Karakul Sheep of Russian Origin in Ladakh.
But it was Dr Mahmoodur Rahman Committee he headed in Maharashtra that kept him in the media glare in recent time. The Committee was formed by the Congress government in Maharashtra in line with Sachar Committee to analyse the social, educational and economical statud of Muslims in the state.
The committee submitted its report to then Chief Minister of Maharashtra Vilasrao Deshmukh on October 21, 2013.