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History teacher dead

New Delhi, Dec. 15: Professor Mohammad Amin, who taught history at St. Stephen’s College for four decades, passed away today.

He was 86 and is survived by his wife Khursheed, son Shahid and daughter Ghazala.

The last rites will be performed at 3pm tomorrow at the Kabaristan at Mehendiyan near Bahadur Shah Zafar Road, family sources said.

Amin had suffered a brain haemorrhage recently.

Ghazala said her father joined St. Stephen’s in 1949 and taught for 45 years.

“He taught three generations. Although he got other assignments, including the vice-chancellor’s post in Jamia Hamdard University, he continued his association with St. Stephen’s College till the end of his service,” she said.

Amin was a “true teacher” who will be remembered for his passion for teaching and his inspiration to students, said Malay Neerav, the officiating head of the history department at the college.

“He was my teacher and mentor. He was a simple person, who always wanted to remain a teacher. He preferred to get relief from the vice-chancellor’s job from Jamia Hamdard University and rejoin St. Stephen’s College on the last day of his service only to get retired as a teacher of the college,” Neerav said.

The vice-chancellor’s tenure is fixed at three years, but had Amin completed his term he would have been past retirement age and could not have rejoined St. Stephen’s.

All the principals at St. Stephen’s took his advice, Neerav said. “All his lectures were very interesting, full of anecdotes. He tried to make history teaching more lively.”

Amin was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2010.