Saiyid Hamid, Chancellor of Jamia Hamdard, is a well-known educationist.
He was one of many talents spotted by the Founder to
nurture his dream of establishing a university. It was due to his
untiring efforts and purposefulness that U.G.C. agreed to confer
deemed to be University status on Jamia Hamdard. He
has also worked to actualise many other dreams of late Hakeem Saheb.
Hamid, an alumnus of Aligarh Muslim University, joined the Indian
Administrative Service in 1949. After an illustrious career in the
Administrative Service, during which he served the Government of
U.P. and the Government of India, he was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor
of Aligarh Muslim University from 1980 to 1985. He served the University
with distinction and brought many structural changes in its functioning.
Abdul Hameed Saheb appointed him the Honorary Secretary of Hamdard
Education Society, which he agreed to join without taking any remuneration.
He has been Secretary of Hamdard Education Society for the last
15 years during which Hamdard Education Society has distinguished
itself by promoting the cause of education among Indian Muslims.
In June 2000, the Society organised a national seminar on Information
Technology Revolution and Educationally Backward Minorities. He
also served as a Member of the Jury to decide the prestigious Jawaharlal
Nehru Award for International Understanding. He edits the fortnightly
magazine Nation and the World. He writes regular columns
in Urdu newspapers on issues concerning minority education. Recently,
he has been nominated as Member of the Steering Committee on the
Empowerment of SCs, OBCs and Minorities constituted by the Planning
Commission for formulation of Tenth Five-Year Plan.