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Homage to a humble servant of Sindh Nisar Ahmed Siddiqui

His services to education are matchless. Today, he is no more with us but his services and contribution are inseparable and will make him live long in the hearts of people of Sindh.

This letter is in recognition of the services of an icon – Mr. Nisar Ahmed Siddiqui whose life journey ended with indefatigable struggle at the age of 76. Born in Piryalo, Khairpur district, Siddiqui, who was a former Sukkur commissioner, dedicated much of his life to education, providing opportunities of equitable and quality schooling for students in rural Sindh.  He untiringly served in the field of education and led the IBA as one of the best institutions in national as well as international repute.

He laid the foundation of IBA Sukkur in 1994. Starting with just two classrooms of a public school, he transformed the institute into a state-of-the-art campus that has been ranked among the country’s top educational institutions.

Upon retirement from government service, he was appointed the varsity’s (then institute) director in 2004. With his utmost efforts, it became an interdependent degree-awarding institution in 2006 after a bill was passed in Sindh Assembly. When the institute acquired the status of a full-fledged university in 2017, he became its founding Vice Chancellor. He also pioneered the concept of community colleges in Pakistan. There are currently 13 community colleges and over 40 schools operating under the umbrella of IBA Sukkur.

He served as the Director of Sukkur Institute of Business Administration in 2004, after gaining wide experience in Management, Administration, and Academia at national and international levels.

Mr. Siddiqui obtained his full time Masters in Economics from University of Sindh, Jamshoro. Initially he worked as a school teacher teaching Mathematics, Economics and English language for ten years. He then obtained another Master’s degree in Education from University of Sindh Jamshoro. His academic achievement was rewarded with a Gold Medal.

Mr. Siddiqui then attempted in the Competitive Examination of Civil Services, a prerequisite for entrance in the top-level management of government. He came out with flying colors and started his career as a Civil Servant. He served in various top-level capacities such as Deputy Commissioner, Commissioner and Home Secretary.

He proceeded to the USA in 1987 and did his MBA with major in Finance from Boston University. At Boston he found a place in the Dean’s list for his excellent academic performance. After returning from the USA apart from his government job he started part-time teaching at IBA Karachi. He taught Economics, Finance and Research Methodology.

Mr. Siddiqui had also the experience of working as a Managing Director SITE (Sindh Industrial Trading Estate), where he very closely interacted with multinationals such as Siemens, Philips, Glaxo, etc.

His research area included Marketing of Dates in Pakistan, Conflict in process of Devolution of Power in local government of Pakistan, Factors for low standards of education in Sindh and Assurance of Learning. Recently, in recognition of his valuable services for the education in the country, Government of Pakistan had bestowed him with Sitara-e-Imtiaz. His services to education are matchless. Today, he is no more with us but his services and contribution are inseparable and will make him live long in the hearts of people of Sindh.

Mujeeb Ali Samo

Larkana, Sindh

 

 

 

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