Aligarh Muslim University

Discover the notable alumni of Aligarh Muslim University. The list includes people like Liaquat Ali Khan, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Khawaja Nazimuddin, Andre Weil & Saadat Hasan Manto. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as leaders, writers, miscellaneous, media personalities and activists etc.
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Dhyan Chand
(One of the Greatest Field Hockey Players in History)
Dhyan Chand
26
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 29, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: December 3, 1979

Known as The Magician of field hockey, Dhyan Chand, one of the greatest hockey players from India, is remembered for his three Olympic gold medals and for his ability to control the ball. The Padma Bhushan awardee initially loved wrestling but deviated to hockey after joining the army.

 2 
Saeed Jaffrey
(Britain's Highest-Profile Asian Actor)
Saeed Jaffrey
12
Birthdate: January 8, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Malerkotla, Punjab India
Died: November 15, 2015

Saeed Jaffrey is remembered for his roles in series such as Tandoori Nights and Merchant Ivory Productions movies such as The Guru. He won a Filmfare for his performance in Shatranj Ke Khilari, narrated the audiobook Kama Sutra, and voiced all characters in a BBC broadcast of A Suitable Boy

 3 
Andre Weil
(Mathematician)
Andre Weil
3
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 6, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 6, 1998

French mathematician Andre Weil, who was also the brother of philosopher Simone Weil, is best known for his contribution to algebraic geometry. He also co-founded the Bourbaki group, consisting of mathematicians who collectively wrote using the pseudonym Nicolas Bourbaki. Weil took a keen interest in Hinduism and also learned Sanskrit.

 4 
Saadat Hasan Manto
18
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 11, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Samrala
Died: January 18, 1955

Saadat Hasan Manto was a Pakistani playwright, writer, and author. Best remembered for his 22 collections of short stories, Manto was renowned for writing about the bitter truths of society. Not surprisingly, he was tried for obscenity on six occasions but was never convicted. Considered one of the 20th century's finest Urdu-language writers, Manto is the subject of two movies.

 5 
Javed Akhtar
(Indian Screenwriter, Lyricist and Poet)
Javed Akhtar
9
Birthdate: January 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Madhya Pradesh, India

Born into a family of Urdu poets from Gwalior, renowned Indian lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar had initially been a screenwriter, along with Salim Khan, for films such as Sholay and Deewaar. The Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan winner has also been a Rajya Sabha MP.

 6 
Liaquat Ali Khan
(First Prime Minister of Pakistan)
Liaquat Ali Khan
29
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 1, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Karnal
Died: October 17, 1951
Born to a landowner, Liaquat Ali Khan received an elite education at Oxford. The lawyer-turned-politician was Pakistan’s first prime minister. The place where he was assassinated by an Afghan, the Company Bagh, was later renamed Liaquat Bagh, and years later, witnessed the assassination of prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
 7 
Naseeruddin Shah
(Actor)
Naseeruddin Shah
11
Birthdate: July 20, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Barabanki city
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 8 
Mohammad Hamid Ansari
(Diplomat)
Mohammad Hamid Ansari
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 1, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kolkata
 9 
Mufti Mohammad Sayeed
(Politician)
Mufti Mohammad Sayeed
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 12, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bijbehara, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Died: January 7, 2016
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 10 
Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan
(Political & Spiritual Leader and Founder of the 'Khudai Khidmatgar' Resistance Movement against British Colonial Rule in India)
Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan
7
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: February 6, 1890
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Utmānzai, Pakistan
Died: January 20, 1988

Abdul Ghaffar Khan was a Pashtun independence activist who opposed the British rule in India. A spiritual and political leader, Khan called for Hindu-Muslim unity in India and opposed the partition of India. Khan is still revered by many in India and Pakistan for his pacifist ideology. Many places in India are named in his honor.

 11 
Dalip Tahil
(Actor)
Dalip Tahil
3
Birthdate: October 30, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
 12 
Khwaja Ahmad Abbas
(Film director, Screenwriter)
Khwaja Ahmad Abbas
0
Birthdate: March 22, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Panipat, Haryana, Punjab British India
Died: June 1, 1987
 13 
Lala Amarnath
(Former Indian Cricketer)
Lala Amarnath
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 11, 1911
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kapurthala, Punjab, India
Died: August 5, 2000
 14 
K. Asif
(Director)
K. Asif
3
Birthdate: June 14, 1922
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: March 9, 1971
 15 
Khawaja Nazimuddin
(Former Prime Minister of Pakistan)
Khawaja Nazimuddin
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 19, 1894
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dhaka
Died: October 22, 1964

The second governor-general and the second prime minister of Pakistan, Khawaja Nazimuddin had a short tenure due to his ineffective handling of the tense situation in his country. Born in Dacca, he had an elite education at Cambridge and was a qualified lawyer. He was also knighted by the British.

 16 
Raja Rao
(Author, Writer)
Raja Rao
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 8, 1908
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Karnataka
Died: July 8, 2006
 17 
Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah
(Politician)
Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 5, 1905
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Soura, India
Died: September 8, 1982
 18 
Ayub Khan
(2nd President of Pakistan)
Ayub Khan
7
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 14, 1907
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rehana, Pakistan
Died: April 19, 1974

Ayub Khan was a Pakistani politician who served as the President of Pakistan from 1958 to 1969. He also served as the Commander-in-Chief of the Pakistan Army from 1951 to 1958. 

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Mohammad Ali Jauhar
(Indian Muslim Activist and One of the Founders of 'The All-India Muslim League')
Mohammad Ali Jauhar
1
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: December 10, 1878
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: January 4, 1931

Mohammad Ali Jauhar was an Indian Muslim activist, journalist, poet, and freedom fighter. After starting his career by writing articles for major Indian and British newspapers, Mohammad Ali went on to become one of the founders and an important member of the All-India Muslim League. His life and career inspired a 1984 documentary film titled Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar.

 20 
Shakeel Badayuni
(Poet)
Shakeel Badayuni
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 3, 1916
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Badaun, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: April 20, 1970
 21 
Irfan Habib
(Indian Historian and Writer)
Irfan Habib
0
Birthdate: August 10, 1931
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gujarat, India

Born to a Marxist historian father, Mohammad Habib, Irfan Habib followed in his footsteps and grew up to be a Padma Bhushan-winning historian and author. The Oxford-educated Habib is known for his long-time association with AMU and has also spoken on topics such as fascism and the Aryan question.

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Syed Mushtaq Ali
(Cricketer)
Syed Mushtaq Ali
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 17, 1914
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Indore, India
Died: June 18, 2005
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Jan Nisar Akhtar
(Indian Poet of Urdu Ghazals and Nazms)
Jan Nisar Akhtar
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 18, 1914
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India
Died: August 19, 1976

Jan Nisar Akhtar was an Indian poet and lyricist best remembered for working with prominent composers like O.P. Nayyar and C. Ramchandra. Also renowned for his Urdu ghazals, Jan Nisar won the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award in 1976 for his work Khak-e-Dil.

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M. A. G. Osmani
(Bangladeshi Military leader)
M. A. G. Osmani
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 1, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sunamganj District, Bangladesh
Died: February 16, 1984
 25 
Malik Ghulam Muhammad
(Pakistani Politician and Economist)
Malik Ghulam Muhammad
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 20, 1895
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan
Died: August 29, 1956
 26 
Hakim Ajmal Khan
(Physician, Politician)
Hakim Ajmal Khan
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 11, 1868
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Delhi, India
Died: December 29, 1927

Hakim Ajmal Khan was an Indian physician best remembered for co-founding the popular Jamia Millia Islamia University, which is currently located in New Delhi. He is also credited with establishing another institution named Tibbia College in Delhi. Hakim Ajmal Khan also took part in important pre-independent movements, such as the Khilafat movement.

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Habib Tanvir
(One of the Most Influential Indian Hindi Playwrights, Theatre Director and Actor)
Habib Tanvir
0
Birthdate: September 1, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Raipur, India
Died: June 8, 2009

Habib Tanvir was an Indian playwright, poet, theatre director, and actor. A pioneer in Hindi and Urdu theatre, Tanvir is best remembered for his iconic plays like Charandas Chor and Agra Bazar. During his illustrious career, which spanned more than six decades, Habib Tanvir received several prestigious awards like Padma Bhushan, Kalidas Samman, Jawarharlal Nehru Fellowship, and Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship.

 28 
Shaukat Ali
(Politician)
Shaukat Ali
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 10, 1873
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: November 18, 1938
 29 
Hasrat Mohani
(Poet, Politician)
Hasrat Mohani
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 14, 1875
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: May 13, 1951
 30 
Ahmed Ali
(Pakistani Novelist, Poet, Diplomat and Scholar)
Ahmed Ali
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 1, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Delhi, India
Died: January 14, 1994

Pakistani author Ahmed Ali is remembered as one of the pioneers of the Urdu short story format. A co-founder of the All-India Progressive Writers Movement, he soared to international fame with his novels Twilight in Delhi and Of Rats and Diplomats. His short-story anthology Angarey was initially banned.

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Syed Mujtaba Ali
(Writer)
Syed Mujtaba Ali
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 13, 1904
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Karimganj, Assam Province, India
Died: February 11, 1974

Syed Mujtaba Ali was a Bangladeshi writer, travel enthusiast, journalist, academic, linguist, and scholar. Born into a Bengali Muslim family in British India, Ali was an ardent supporter of the Bengali language. He was one of the first activists to call for Bengali as the state language of East Pakistan. He was honored with the Narsinghadas Prize and Ekushey Padak.

 32 
Sayyid Amir Ali
(Indian Political Leader Who Favoured British Rule in India Rather Than Possible Hindu Domination of an Independent India)
Sayyid Amir Ali
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 6, 1849
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cuttack, India
Died: August 3, 1928

Jurist and political leader Sayyid Amir Ali supported British rule in India rather than what he thought would be a Hindu-dominated rule in independent India. A Calcutta High Court judge, he was behind the formation of India’s first mosque and also established the National Mohammedan Association. He also penned English interpretations of Islam.

 33 
Burhanuddin al-Helmy
(Leader)
Burhanuddin al-Helmy
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 29, 1911
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kampung Kota Bharu, Malaysia
Died: October 25, 1969

Burhanuddin al-Helmy was a Malaysian politician who served as the president of the Malaysian Islamic Party from 1956 until his death in October 1969. He is also remembered for serving as the first Leader of the Opposition from 1959 to 1964.  

 34 
Munier Choudhury
(Playwright)
Munier Choudhury
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 27, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Manikganj District, Bangladesh
Died: December 14, 1971

Munier Choudhury was a Bangladeshi playwright, educationist, political dissident, and literary critic. He spent most of his time fighting against Pakistan's aspiration of eradicating the Bengali language in East Pakistan. He even renounced the Sitara-e-Imtiaz given by the Pakistani government and took part in the non-co-operation movement. In 1980, Munier Choudhury was posthumously honored with the prestigious Independence Day Award.

 35 
Akhlaq Mohammed Khan
(Lyricist, Poet)
Akhlaq Mohammed Khan
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 16, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Aonla, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: February 13, 2012
 36 
N. R. Madhava Menon
(Civil servant, Lawyer)
N. R. Madhava Menon
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 4, 1935
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Died: May 8, 2019

Known as the father of modern legal education, N. R. Madhava Menon established the National Law Universities and was the first director of the NLSIU. The Padma Shri- and Padma Bhushan-winning lawyer formed the 5-year Indian LLB program and had also penned numerous books on law.

 37 
Rasheed Masood
(Politician)
Rasheed Masood
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 15, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gangoh, Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: October 5, 2020
 38 
Ali Sardar Jafri
(Indian Writer of Urdu Language)
Ali Sardar Jafri
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 29, 1913
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Balrampur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: August 1, 2000

Padma Shri- and Jnanpith Award-winning Urdu poet Ali Sardar Jafri completed his education from Zakir Husain College after being expelled from Aligarh Muslim University for his Communist activities. Known for works such as Manzil and Patthar Ki Deewar, he had also penned lyrics for films such as Pardesi.

 39 
Annu Raj Singh
(Indian Sport Shooter)
Annu Raj Singh
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aligarh, India
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)