Prof. Asad Memorial Program of Lectures | Irfan Habib

These lectures on Indian National Movement were organised by Aligarh Historians Society in memory of late Prof. Asad Ahmad.

Prof. Asad Ahmed was born in Saharanpur, India on November 8, 1939. He received his early education at Aligarh Muslim University, where he earned a Gold Medal as the top student and finished his PhD in Botany. Soon after, he was awarded the Fulbright Fellowship (1960 to 1964) in USA and pursued his graduate studies in Molecular Genetics at Yale University and earned a second PhD with the highest honours. After a short stay at Dalhousie University in Halifax he moved to University of Alberta, Edmonton in 1966, where remained a Professor of Genetics with a productive research career until he retired in 1994. During his academic career he published numerous academic papers specializing in Molecular Genetics and Recombinant DNA technology.

During the last 15 years of his life, he played a key role in organizing Summer University Program in research methods at his first Alma Mater in Aligarh, India, with the support of several other professors with similar passions. A large number of young students and academics benefited from short courses to pursue excellence in research in various disciplines.

Prof. Asad was very much spirited Aligarian who always tried hard for promotion of scientific temper, acumen and expertise among AMU students. He was the architect of Summer University Program in AMU campus. This program was designed on lines of modern pedagogical advancements of the Western universities. The program could not be continued after his sad demise. However, Aligarh Historian Society took the initiative to continue educating students as a small token homage to Prof. Asad. Professor Asad Ahmad passed away peacefully in Edmonton Alberta (Canada) on Saturday, March 30, 2014. He had a short struggle with advanced pancreatic cancer.

Lecture One (November 16, 2015)

Lecture Two (November 17, 2015)

Lecture Three (November 18, 2015)

Lecture Four (November 19, 2015)

Irfan Habib

Irfan Habib

Irfan Habib is Professor Emeritus at Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh