5 Educators We Should Thank


5 Educators We Should Thank

Anita Ghulam Ali

The pragmatic and energetic, Anita Ghulam Ali, recipient of the Sitara-i-Imtiaz for her lifetime contribution, is referred to as “The Voice of Education” in Sindh. She was a fond of Badminton and Table Tennis, saddled and rode donkeys. She believed that undergoing challenges during her childhood prepared her for the journey she undertook later in her life.

“In another life, I want to be a man, because I want to sock everybody.”

She started working as a lecturer in Microbiology at the Sindh Muslim Science College. At that time, she also held the position of the President of Pakistan Teachers Association. She also became the first Managing Director of Sindh Education Foundation (SEF) which emerged in 1992. SEF launched its largest initiative in 2009 which aimed to encourage entrepreneurs to open up 1300 schools in the slums.

Considering her valuable services to education, she was appointed as the Education Minister of Pakistan in 1996. She also received the Pride of Performance Award for her commendable efforts to improve the education system of Sindh.

Anna Molka Ahmed

“I am the Mother of all the artists”

Anna Molka Ahmed, a woman with art running in her veins and creativity encapsulating her, was born to Jewish parents in London where she also received her education. She converted to Islam at the age of 18 in 1935 before marrying Sheikh Ahmed.

You talk about Arts and her name always pops up in your head. Anna was a professor of Fine Arts at the University of Punjab, Lahore. She set up the department of Fine Arts at The University of Punjab in 1940 and it is now known as College of Arts and Design.
In 1977, she painted the portraits of Quaid e Azam and Allama Iqbal which are now displayed at the Faisal Auditorium, University of Punjab. Recognition of her work is documented through several national awards including the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, in 1963, the President’s Award for the Pride of Performance in 1969 and also the Khudeja Tul Kubra Medal.

On 14 August 2006, Pakistan Post issued a Rs. 40 sheetlet of stamps to honour 10 Pakistani painters including Anna Molka Ahmed.

Deena M. Mistri

Deena M. Mistri, a woman admired by many for her calibre and endearing qualities, was one of Pakistan’s most renowned educationists with degrees from University of Karachi and the United States. At her funeral, more than 2000 people wanted to get the last glimpse of the highly educated woman they adored. Her sons had to go against the Parsi tradition of not showing the body after the completion of prayers to expunge the grief her admirers carried in their hearts.

After teaching for 21 years at B.V.S Karachi, she became the Principal of B.V.S in 1972. It is said that her time was the golden period for the school. She turned down several offers of shifting the school to posh areas like Clifton and Defence. She also refused to have Cambridge System because she didn’t want to create class difference within one boundary wall. No wonder people admired her!

During her tenure, B.V.S. secured 100% results in the Science and General Groups and almost 99% of students secured A grades.  Keeping her invaluable contributions in mind, General Pervez Musharaf awarded her with the Pride of Performance.

Rahman Anwar Syed

Rahman Anwar Syed’s time of tribulation began from his childhood with his mother’s untimely death and father’s absence from home due to his demanding nature of the job. He received his primary education sitting on dirt mats under the scorching heat of the sun but his determination didn’t wear off. After migrating to Pakistan, Dr. Rahman joined Dayaram Jethamal Science College and later Forman Christian College where he developed his interest in zoology. He did his PhD from University of Punjab.

He started teaching Zoology at Gordon College, Rawalpindi in 1962. In 1968, he joined the Commonwealth Institute of Biological Control and became a part of the entomological research. His research on the biological control of flies was applauded widely as it was important for the Agricultural Sector of Pakistan. He was later transferred to Commonwealth Institute of Biological Control, Malaysia where he was awarded the title of Datuk for his services.

Syed is well known for his discovery of the biological method of oil palm pollination.

Saeed Rashid

Saeed Rashid was one of Pakistan’s well renowned writer, teacher, and historian. He studied at Islamia Inter College Bareilly where he got the chance to listen to Nehru, Gandhi and Quaid-e-Azam. He was greatly inspired by the Pakistan Movement which was at its peak at that time. In 1949, he enrolled in Teacher Training College, Aligarh Muslim University. His teacher, Dr. Ishrat Hussain, advised him not to go to United States for his PhD as Pakistan needed teachers like him.

Saeed was into Character Building, Teacher Education and Creative – Oriented Curriculum Development. He authored several books both in English and Urdu. Some of his major works include Hayat-e-Quaid-e-Azam, Guftar-o-Kiradar-e-Quaid-e-Azam, Guftar-o-Kirdar-e-Sir Syed and Tazkara-e-Iqbal.

He joined the Army Public School Jhelum and Mangla Cantt as the Principal in 1990. Later, he joined Tameer-e-Millat Institute of Education and Research Islamabad and of Sultana Foundation Department of Character-building and Pakistaniat, Islamabad as the Director.

Professor Rashid bagged the Pride of Performance civil award by Government of Pakistan for his remarkable contributions. Later in November 2000, a new academic block was named after him at Military College, Jhelum where he worked during the 1950’s.

Written by Salman Bokhari


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