Prof. Abdul Majeed Khan Rohail -
By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif
Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Rohail joined Cadet
College Petaro as lecturer of Chemistry in 1985 and
retired as Asst. Professor in 2000.
He was born on 15
August 1940 at Ajmer Sharif (the city of the famed
Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti) in Rajasthan. He got married
to Mrs. Naseem Fatima on 16 April 1966. They have 8
children - Farrukh, Shazia, Irfan, Riaz, Nazia, Kamran
86111/Ayub House, Khurram 8894/Latif House, and Siratul
Sb is now settled down in Karachi.
His father was a
primary school teacher in Ajmer Sharif. The young Abdul
Majeed Khan started his schooling at Usmania Khwaja
Primary School in Ajmer in 1943 at an age of 3. In 1947,
he was moved to start 5th class at the Islamia High
With the independence of
Pakistan, the family moved to Pakistan in September 1947.
Rohail Sb's maternal uncle was an employee at the railways
workshop in Lahore. The family stayed with him for 2-3 months
in Lahore, and then moved on to Hyderabad, where his father
joined Sindh Police Rangers as a cashier.
Abdul Majeed Khan was now
admitted to Class 6 at the Ghulam Hussain Hidayatullah High
School at Hyderabad. He completed his Matric from there in
1953. The following year, he joined Government College
Hyderabad and completed his Intermediate in 1956 and B.Sc. in
1958. Interestingly, Mr.
Feroz Yusuf Khan was his Chemistry teacher there.
It was his desire to pursue
studies further and he got admission to Sindh University in
the Master's program. However, his father fell ill, and he was
forced to take up a job. Thus quitting university, he joined
PCSIR Laboratories in Karachi in 1959 and worked there fore
around 10 months. He then got a job with Govt Mumtaz College
at Khairpur Mirs to work as a Demonstrator in Chemistry from
In 1960, he came back to
Hyderabad to pursue his Master's degree, and joined Sindh
University. He finally completed his MSc in Organic Chemistry
Shortly after graduation,
he joined the Education Dept as a lecturer and was posted to
C&S Govt College Shikarpur where he worked for a year. Then in
1963 he was transferred to Govt. College Hyderabad as a
lecturer, where he worked until 1972. He was posted for a
bried couple of months that year at Superior Science College
Karachi, but managed to go back to Hyderabad to work at Govt
Degree College Latifabad between 1972-1975.
He was posted once again to
Govt. College Hyderabad. However soon thereafter, he got a
promotion as Assistant Professor and was posted again to C&S
Govt College Shikarpur.
The Govt of Nigeria was in
the process of hiring teachers for its schools from Pakistan.
He applied for a job and was selected. However, since he could
not get leave, he decided to quit the Sindh Education Dept,
and moved to Nigeria in April 1976. He was employed by the
Nigeria Federal Education Dept as Senior Education Officer,
and posted to Pivotal Training College in Niger State between
1976-1980 to teach chemistry. He was then transferred to the
Federal Govt. Girls College at Pauchi, Nigeria where he worked
He performed Hajj that year
and returned finally to Pakistan in 1985. Now that he was back
home for good, he
applied for a job at Cadet College Petaro, and joined in
December 1985 as Lecturer in Chemistry with 7 increments. He
remained at Petaro until his retirement in 2000.
At Petaro, he was also
given the assignment of being Assistant House Master of
Liaquat House between 1986-1992. He then served as Divisional
Officer (House Master) of
Jinnah House between 1992-1995, and as Divisional Officer
(House Master) of Iqbal House
He was also the Patron of
the Chemical Hobbies Club
throughout his stay at Petaro, and was also in charge of
Science Quiz Competitions.
In the meantime, he was
promoted to the rank of an Assistant Professor in 1994 and
retired in 2000 in this position.
After his retirement from
Petaro, he moved to Karachi and settled down in
Gulistan-e-Jauhar. After a couple of years rest, he then
joined Pakistan Steel Cadet College as Lecturer of Chemistry
on contract basis. He also serves there as the Head of the
Department of Chemistry.