Professor of Wood Work (1960-1979)
Mr. Fida Hussain
by Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif
Mr. Syed Fida Hussain Tirmazi (commonly known as
Mr. Fida Hussain Shah) joined the college in 1960
as teacher of Wood work. He retired from the
college in 1979.
He was born on
11 January 1919 at Lahore
during the British rule, and got married to Mrs.
Syeda Irshad Begum on 1 January 1939.
They had 5 children - Ali Aqdas (late), Zubaida
(late), Tauqir Aqdas kit no. 242/Ayub, Syeda Malka
Tabassum (late), and Tanvir Aqdas kit no.
completed his B.A. degree with specialization in metal
crafting and wood working from MAO School of Arts, Lahore
(presently known as National College of Arts) in 1937. He was
awarded the bronze medal for metal crafting and cabinet
graduation, Fida sb got involved in cotton business with other
partners at Pattoki. In those days, Pattoki was the heartland
for cotton growing, and was considered to be the queen of
the partition of India as refugees started pouring into
Pakistan, he left his business in the hands of his partners
and moved to Rawalpindi to work with the refugees who were
devastated. He devoted himself totally to the rehabilitation
work for refugees by arranging and distributing clothes and
other relief items for them. He remained in Rawalpindi for
several months for this cause.
when he returned to Pattoki, he discovered that his partners
had sold his business and pledged all the cotton to banks for
the sake of credit. They even sold off the building which was
allotted to him and the company was bankrupt. He was left with
In order to
rehabilitate his income, he then joined the Dept of Technical
Education as Teacher and Superintendent sometime in 1948 or
1949, and remained with the department until 1960.
was able to discover him and got the Minister of Education to
transfer Fida Sb to Petaro. Fida Sb was not really willing to
move from Faisalabad where he was posted at that time. He was
on vacation - boating in Ravi - when he got the news. He then
approached the minister and requested that the posting be
cancelled and he be allowed to remain in Faisalabad. His
request was rejected.
then talked to Fida Sb and was able to attract him
to join Petaro. Thus he moved to the college in 1960.
He remained a teacher of wood work at Petaro
until his retirement in 1979. His work was appreciated to the
Col. Coombes said to him "Fida Hussain, if you die before
me, I will make sure that your statue is placed in front of
the main gate of Petaro. I am indeed proud of you."
retirement, he moved initially to Karachi where he assisted
his son Tauqir Aqdas in his business Eastern Engineers (Pvt)
Ltd. He remained in Karachi until 1987 when he finally moved
back to Pattoki, the place where he had started his career. It
was like a full circle.
for his shift back to Pattoki was that his youngest son
Tanvir left Karachi for Pattoki where he was planning to set
up a college. His older son Tauqir was also planning to move
Lahore. Thus, the family resettled in Punjab.
For the rest
of his years, he did not take up any work for income. But he
kept himself busy with Tanvir's college and its woodwork
interiors. He kept his hobbies alive. He was the best of
friends for his own sons who grieve for him even to this day.
expired of cardiac arrest at his home in Pattoki on 28 July 1996
at 2pm. May Allah
grant him jannatul firdaus. His wife Mrs. Irshad expired also
of cardiac arrest on 10 March 2014 and is buried at Lahore.