An outstanding and versatile educationist and political figure, he was also the longest-serving Vice-Chancellor in the history of Aligarh Muslim University. His close association with Sir Syed Ahmed Khan added to his stature and dignity. Sir Ziauddin Ahmed was born in 1877 in the picturesque city of Meerut, India. His untimely demise left a void in the life of the University and its followers and well wishers. He died in London on 23 December 1947, and was Buried with Sir Syed Ahmed Khan in the premises of the main mosque of Aligarh Muslim University.
The college was granted university status in 1920, becoming its first Pro-Vice Chancellor. He was elected as the Vice-Chancellor in 1935 and remained so until 1946, thus becoming the longest-serving Vice-Chancellor ever in the history of Aligarh Muslim University. He was appointed as the rector of the university in 1946 and held the position until his death in 1947. Upon his return from Europe, Sir Ziauddin Ahmed devoted the rest of his life to the Aligarh Muslim University. When M.A.O.
He was also chosen by the Quaid-e-Azam as the General Secretary of the Muslim League Parliamentary Party. Sir Ziauddin Ahmed supported the Pakistan Movement and encouraged the students of Aligarh Muslim University to play an active role in this historic movement.