Professor of English (1966-1970)
and Head of Dept. English (1969-1970)
Prof. Hasnain Mahdi Syed - 2010
By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif
Mr. Hasnain Mahdi Syed was professor of
English Language at Cadet College Petaro from 1966-1970,
and Head of Department of English from 1969-1970.
He was born on 4
April 1934 at Muzaffarnagar (Meerut) in United India,
and got married to Mrs. Nishat on 19 September 1970 while he was at Petaro. They have
two children - Saif Abbas and Mohammed Ali.
Right after the
independence of Pakistan, he moved with his family to
Pakistan in 1948 and settled down in Chiniot, Punjab. He
got admission to Islamia High School Chiniot, and was granted
his Matric certificate from Punjab University. This is
the same school which produced famous industrialists,
bankers and businessmen of Pakistan. Moving to
Sialkot, he then passed his Intermediate exam from
Murray College there.
The period was rather
unsettled, and he would visit Muzaffarnagar (Meerut) India frequently during those
days. His brother tried to get him settled down in India once
again, but he chose to come back to Pakistan. He graduated with a B.Sc. from Dyal Singh College Lahore in 1956.
He then joined F.C. College Lahore and studied there during
1959-1960. However, he had to prematurely quit his studies due
to some family problems.
The family had acquired
lands at Khairpur, and he spent a couple of years there, and
then decided to go back to studies. He studied privately and obtained his M.A. in
English from Punjab University in 1962. He obtained 2nd
division in the
Moving to Karachi, he
joined the Anjuman-e-Islamia High School and worked there from
1962 to 1964. That is when he decided to enter the Pakistan
Education Service and moved back to Lahore once again. While
he prepared for it, he sat for his second M.A. degree in Urdu
from Punjab University, which he acquired in 1965.
Hasnain Sb decided to join Cadet College Petaro
and worked there as
teacher of English from 1966 to 1970.
During his years at Petaro,
he was the Assistant In Charge for Cricket with
Zaman Ahmed Sb. He was also
the In charge of the
Club between 1967 and 1970, the Dramatic Club
(Funkada) during 1968-69 and the
Social Welfare Club
In 1969, he was appointed
the Head of Department of English, and he retained this
position until he left the college in November 1970.
At the end of 1970, he
moved to Algeria where he was appointed as Professeur
d'Anglais (English language professor) at the Ministry of
Education. During his stay of 16 years in Algeria, he was
employed at 3 lycée level colleges. At first, he was deputed
to the city of Tiaret at the Ibn Rustum Lycée between 1970-71.
He then moved to the city of Annaba between 1971-1976, and
lastly at Ghardaia between 1976-1986.
Returning to Pakistan in
1986, he chose to remain on his lands and to serve his aged
mother. He worked once again between 1990-1994 as Professor
and Head of Department of
English at the DHA Degree College for Men, Karachi. He
was also the Vice Principal of the College. He was also
External Examiner for French Language for Federal Board of
Intermediate and Secondary Education, Islamabad.
Since leaving DHA Degree
College for Men in 1994, he has been leading a retired life.