Tribute to Prof. Mohammed Khursheed Ahmed: An Iconic Indian scholar and fmr. ABU lecturer

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By Prof Aminu A Muhammad

Prof. Mohammed Khursheed Ahmed, the Indian born Scholar per Excellence died on 31st August, 2020. He was an effective and experienced University Teacher and Administrator who served Nigeria for more than three decades (1975 – 2007) at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Prof. M K Ahmed was a household name within northern Nigeria’s university agricultural circles. He was a pioneer Biostatistician and Horticulturalist. He mentored many generations of students and has to his credit the introduction and promotion of grapevine production in Nigeria among many services he rendered to Nigeria.

Prof. Mohammed Khursheed Ahmed
Prof. Mohammed Khursheed Ahmed

His contributions to the development of applied biostatistics and horticultural crops research especially barley, grapes, mango, etc at the Institute for Agricultural Research, Samaru, and the valuable advisory and consultancy services he rendered in statistics, horticulture, and general agriculture are unquantifiable.

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My condolence to his wife, Dr. Bano who was also a much sought after Consultant Gynecologist/family physician at the then Mayfair Clinic, Zaria, his children, and all his students.

He was my grandfather, grand teacher, and grand mentor. I was privileged to have been taught, supervised, and mentored by him and his senior students – late Prof. A. M Falaki Prof. E B Amans, Prof M D Magaji, etc at all levels of my university education.

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May Allah (SWT) grant his gentle soul perfect rest and his family, close relations, associates, and all cadres of his students the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. Ameen

Tributes to Prof. Mohammed Khursheed Ahmed.

Very prominent scholars and academics within the ABU community and beyond have shared their tributes and testimonies about the revered scholar. Read few below.

“Prof. Mohammed Khursheed Ahmed taught me Experimental Design during my MSc Program more than 20 years ago. May the Almighty grant him Aljanna Fildausi, amen. My condolences to the family in India and the USA and the staff of the Agronomy Department of ABU Zaria, Nigeria.” – Prof Mohammed Khalid Othman, Executive Director, NAERLS ABU

“May Allah forgive him and have mercy on him. So sad, didn’t meet him at zaria but have met you Prof Aminu A Muhammad and Profs Lamido Aliyu, Sharifai, Bashir Babaji and so many others. If Prof Aminu Ahmad Muhammad can call you grandfather, I don’t know what I and my colleagues will relate to. Prof M.K. Ahmad has really served humanity and benefitted our parents, grandparents, and generations yet unborn.” – Alhaji Sherif Wali

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“Allahu Akbar, he is my great grand teacher who taught my grand teachers, the likes of Profs M D Magaji and E B Amans. I was opportune to attend a two-hour lecture he delivered on Path Coefficient Analysis at Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto in 2005. May his gentle soul rest in Jannatul Firdausi, Amin.” – Prof Adamu Aminu, Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina

“An excellent and intelligent lecturer is gone. I can never forget how he systematically teaches FIELD EXPERIMENTATION’ a course I enjoyed so much. I can remember when he uses to say.; YOU KNOW THE PROCEEDURE, YOU HAVE YOUR CALCULATORS. THEN PROCEED, I WILL LOOK AT THE BLANK FACES.(when he gives classwork during lectures).

“May Allah SWT grant him Aljannatul Firdaus and the family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss, amin thumma amin. I was as well trained by Prof. M. K. Ahmed right from undergraduate; he was my supervisor at MSc and Ph.D. levels. And in between, he used to lock me in his office to further train me on statistics and field experimentation. He touched my life in so many ways. May Allah reward him Aljannatul Firdausi” – Professor Sani Miko, Country Director · SG 20000

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“He is the first researcher I worked with when I joined the services of IAR/ABU zaria as a technician in the early 90s, he paid for my first post-secondary school education while late Prof Falaki also his student continue from where he stopped. The duo, encouraged me to further my education from secondary to 3 postgraduate programs, they are both gone now but they remain my mentors! I am forever grateful to Allah and these gentle, patient, tolerant men of honor, may their gentle souls continue to rest in perfect peace Amin thumma Amin.” – Shehu Usman Bello. Fmr. CSO, ABU Zaria.

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