Kashmir’s prominent academician and educationist Agha Ashraf Ali died on Saturday in Srinagar at his residence.
He was at 98.
One of his family member’s told Rising Kashmir that Agha Sahab died Saturday midnight at his Rajbagh residence.
"Due his old age, he was weak and died few minutes before going to bed," he said.
He was born on 18 October 1922 in Nawa Kadal area of Srinagar downtown in Qizalbash family.
Ashraf grew in a well-educated family.
His mother Begum Zafar Ali, herself an educationist and legislator, was the first female matriculate of Kashmir.
Ashraf was the father of a renowned Kashmiri-American poet late Agha Shahid Ali.
He worked tirelessly for the education sector.
He was also nominated a Member of Legislative Council in 2002 but refused the ‘honour’.
On Saturday, various political parties, associations and leaders expressed condolences on the passing away of the legendary educationist.
His death is a great loss to the wider community of teachers and researchers in J&K.
He was a prominent alumni of Jamia Millia Islamia, where he taught for many years and came closer to the life and teachings of Dr. Zakir Hussain Khan.
After that, he left for America where he enlightened his mind on Modern System of Education, particularly the American system of teacher education.