Mr. Muhammad Hasnain

Acting Principal (1957-1958)

Mr. Muhammad Hasnain - Jan 1958

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, Kit no. 671, Latif House

Mr. Muhammad Hasnain, PN, was the Acting Principal of Government Cadet College Mirpurkhas from 1957-1958. He was succeeded by the first full-time principal Col. J.H.H. Coombes.

He belonged to Shikarpur. After his one year tenure at Mirpurkhas, he returned to Shikarpur to teach at the Govt. College there.

First Days

by Mr. Muhammad Hasnain (published in The Cadet magazine, 1958, pp. 8-10)

On 25th of August 1957, the town of Mirpurkhas awakened to the realization that it had a Cadet College. Suddenly, almost without warning, it happened. There was a lot of confusion that day. The guardians who had brought their wards were full of questions about the hostel, the mess, games, military training and academics. The boys, many of whom had come out of their homes for the first time, were sometimes homesick, occasionally down with different ailments. They did not know how to conduct themselves in the College, in the hostel and in the mess. There was a whole platoon of thirty recruits to be licked into shape.

My colleagues worked with me enthusiastically day and night and co-operated with me whole-heartedly. We wanted to run this Institution successfully on which the gaze of the educated people of Sind was set. Mr. Zahoor was made in charge of the mess, Mr. Khadim of the House, Mr. Faruqui of games and Mr. Zuberi of books and stationary. After a few jerks the College got into gear and started smoothly.

As I have already said earlier, this College was an object of curiosity. Almost every second or third day we used to have some visitors who came to see what this College was like. Some of the people who came were Mr. Hafiz Sadiq, Mr. A. Saeed Khan, Mr. Hashim Raza, and Mr. Hancock. Then we had official visitors from Mr. Hasan Habib, the Deputy Secretary of Education accompanied by Mr. A.M. Nizamani and some other officers of the Education Department. He saw the House, the mess and the classrooms. He dined with the Cadets that evening and was very pleased to see the high standard of conduct and discipline in the College.

Another official visitor was Maj.Gen. Shahid Hamid, the Adjutant General to the Forces. He addressed the Cadets and advised them to build up such a character as might make them useful citizens and responsible public servants. Towards the end of his talk, he expressed his appreciation for the smart turn out and the high standard of discipline and teaching maintained in the College.

We celebrated our Parents' Day on the 19th of January 1958. This was the last day of the College week during which there had been debates, sports and other competitions. On the Parents' Day all guardians arrived by 9 o'clock in the morning. The first item of the day's Programme was a Cricket Match between fathers and sons. The cadets went in to bat first. Masroor's father took his catch. "Sons are so often caught by their fathers," remarked the Adjutant. It was a thrill to see the old fathers in action. Here was youth and vigour against experience and skill and the match ended in a draw. The parents had a light lunch and the finals of the athletics were held at 2 P.M. Before that there was a march-past and a P.T. Show by the Cadets. Such shows are rare in this part of the country and I could see the eyes of the old fathers beaming with joy to see their sons displaying their prowess so creditably. At the end, there was a tug-of-war between teh staff and the Cadets. Here youth conquered old age because it was strength and not mere experience that was needed.

In the evening, there was a variety show. The guests were entertained with songs, dances, plays and a fancy dress show. It was a very entertaining performance. In the end, Mr. Nizamani, who was the Chief Guest, gave away the prizes. The Prize Distribution was followed by a grand dinner.

The 12th of March was a great day in the history of the Institution, for Mr. Akhtar Hussain, the Governor of West Pakistan, visited this College. He was accompanied by the Commissioner of Hyderabad, the Deputy Commissioner of Tharparkar and other high officials of the region. He was extremely pleased to see this Institution and his remarks in the Visitors' Book bear ample testimony to the fact that this College which had been started from scratch had become great in a short time and was living up to the best traditions of former SIND.

In addition to our normal activities in College, we organized picnics and outings throughout the year. I took the boys to G.M. Barrage and Hyderabad Central Prison. Mr. Khadim Hussain took them to Jhuluri and the Village Aid Institute, Tando Jam.

I feel sure that in the years to come, it will be proud claim to have been concerned with the start of the College which will be famous throughout Pakistan.