Eighth Vice Principal (1997-2002), Professor (1976-2002) and Head of Dept. of Physics (1976-1997)
Mr. Masaud Perwaiz Durrani - 2002
Prof. Masaud Perwaiz Durrani was the eighth Vice
Principal of Cadet College Petaro from 1997 to
2002. He joined the college in the year 1968 as
Lecturer of Physics.
Durrani Sahib was born on
20 April 1943 at Peshawar, and got married to Mrs. Kishwar on 18 October
1968 - the same year as when he joined Petaro. He has 7
children - Yawar 84163/Latif, Athar 8481/Ayub, Humaira,
Mudassir 8830/Qasim, Shama, Hina and Adnan
Presently he is settled in
Hyderabad since his retirement from Petaro in
Durrani Sb spent his very early childhood at Simla where
his father was posted as claims inspector in Railways during
the British India period. The family moved to Pakistan
in 1949 and his father was posted in Pakistan Railways
young Masaud Perwaiz was admitted to a kindergarten
class in Nowshera. Within a year, his father retired and
the family moved to Peshawar and settled down over
there. He was admitted to Salwan Primary School in
Peshawar and studied there until 5th class. He was then
transferred to Government High School no. 4 in Peshawar
from where he completed his Matric in 1959. He got
admission to Edwards College Peshawar and completed his
FSc in 1963.
1965, Masaud Perwaiz then obtained his BSc degree from
Islamia College Peshawar, and his MSc in Physics from
Peshawar University in 1968.
loved to play basketball and cricket and was a member of
the college teams at Islamia College and Peshawar
University. He was granted a colour in basketball at
Islamia College as well. In 1960-1961, his basketball
team were the runners up in the University of Peshawar
Sports Tournament. In 1961-62, his 4x1600m relay team
were second in the University of Peshawar Sports
also very fond of indoor games. He was the Common Room
Secretary at the Islamia College in 1965-1966, and
runners up in table tennis, carrom board and chess at
the University of Peshawar Hostel no.1 in 1967-1968.
before he was granted his degree from Peshawar
University, Mr. Durrani was selected as a teacher at
Cadet College Petaro. This was his first job, and he
joined the college a few days before he got his MSc
was his life. He spent his entire career prior to formal
retirement at CCP - a total of 34 years.
after he joined the college in August 1968 as lecturer
in Physics, he was also given the assignment to be the
Assistant House Master of Qasim House in 1969-1972. He
then was appointed Assistant House Master of Jinnah
House from 1972-1975.
in 1975, he was made the House
Master of Liaquat House, and he remained in this
position until 1977.
1976, he was also promoted to become the Head of
Department of Physics at Petaro.
after he joined the college, he asked the Principal
Cdr. Firoz Shah to give
him tasks to keep busy. He thus got into becoming in
charge of innumerable clubs at Petaro. It started out
(officer in charge from 1968-1976)
(officer in charge from 1968-1971 and 1975-1977). And
then he created clubs like the
Club (1972-1975), Science
Modelling Club (1972-1975), and
also the In Charge of College Cricket team and 8th Class Athletics in 1968-1971. He
then became the In Charge of College Athletics
College Basketball (1974-1975) as well.
1976-1977, he was given the charge for Prize
Distribution and Educational Films.
1977, he was selected by the Ministry of Education, Govt
of Pakistan to proceed to Nigeria as a part of a program
to teach at schools in Nigeria. He was posted to
Sardauna Memorial College in Kaduna, Nigeria as
Education Officer and Head of Department
of Physics for "O" Levels. He was also appointed as the
Games Master for the college,
and House Master of Korau House. After 3 years of
service in Nigeria, Durrani Sb returned to Pakistan and
rejoined Cadet College Petaro.
his return, he was appointed as
House Master of Latif House in 1981, and he served
in this position until 1989. He was re-appointed the
Head of Department of Physics as well.
also given the charge for College Football in 1983-1989,
and Squash and Tennis from 1984-1989.
1992, he was promoted to the rank of a Professor at CCP
and Divisional Coordination Officer. As Divisional
Coordination Officer, he was responsible for overall
supervision of all the Divisions (Houses), to deal with
indiscipline of cadets, referral of cases to CMH for
special medical treatment, special medical leave for
cadets, coordination with parents for problems of
Durrani Sb was an institution within. Due to his
constant initiatives and innovative ideas, he was given
innumerable responsibilities at Petaro throughout his 34
years of service. One of the key responsibilities was
that of Director of Technical Services in 1990.
Durrani Sb recalls so many of the development programs
that he was involved in throughout his stay at Petaro.
He remembers how he designed, supervised and was
personally involved in the renovation of the wooden
ceiling of the Quaid Hall with his own hands despite the
difficulties. He was Head of Technical Services, and got the
cafeteria built and planted trees in front of the new
Mess Hall. He had the furniture redesigned and built at
a fraction of the cost including the beds, chairs, etc
in the hostels. He had the water coolers placed all over
the college which are still in use. He was given the
charge of the Mechanical Workshop and the Caretaking
Department from 1989-1992.
the retirement of Ch. Abdul
Ghani Sb in 1997, Durrani Sb was appointed the Vice
Principal and Director of Studies at Petaro. He remained
in this position until his own retirement in 2002.
Durrani Sb was recognized for his services at Petaro on
a number of occasions. He was given a Commendation
Certificate by the CCP Board of Governors in 1994, and
Best Teacher Award with Commendation Certificate in 1996
after his retirement from Petaro, he immediately
proceeded for Hajj in 2002. And then upon return from
Hajj, he joined the Army Public School Hyderabad as its
Principal. He served in this position from 2002-2003.
then joined Hayat Girls College Hyderabad as its
Principal and served in that position from 2004-2007.
For a year, i.e. from 2007-2008, he served as the
Principal of Preston College, Hyderabad campus. However,
he then returned to Hayat Girls College Hyderabad as its
Principal once again in 2008, and is still serving in
also been very active in the floods relief work in 2010.
As a result, he was also given a Gold Medal by Regional
Directorate Hyderabad for flood affectees rehabilitation
Cantt. Hyderabad in 2011.
two publications to his credit. He is one of the authors
of the "S.S.C. Physics Text Books" prescribed by
the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education
Hyderabad and reviewed by the National Review Committee,
Ministry of Education Curriculum Wing, Islamabad, and
published by the Sindh Text Book Board, Jamshoro.
He is also one of the principal authors of "Practical
Journals for X, XI, and XII Classes", which have
been published by the Sindh Text Book Board, Jamshoro.
Durrani Sb was a very popular teacher throughout his
career and many ex-cadets remember him with great
fondness. Personally, I did not have the opportunity to
interact with him during my days at Petaro since I
passed out within months of his joining the college. He
never taught me any subject. My next interaction with
him was when he was the Vice Principal of the College.
When our batch had its first reunion at Petaro in 2001,
Durrani Sb was in that position.
been a pleasure knowing Durrani Sb, and may Allah grant
him a long and fruitful life with health.
Prof. Masaud Perwaiz Durrani
Syed Ali Jaffery, Kit no. 8046, Latif House
This article is
dedicated to Durrani sahib. The Last time when I
visited Petaro, Durrani sahib was so nice to my
father and 6 year old son that I was embarrassed.
There were many ways
to learn in Petaro – classroom studies, peer
assistance, and after-hours access to teachers.
tough, but our teachers were good. The dorms were
not the nicest but the food was plenty and
generally good, except for the time when sand got
ground up in Aata and no one could eat that
night. Or when the custard that went bad and all
the bathrooms had “house full” scribbled on them.
As I look back I
can honestly say that Durrani sahib was THE best
teacher that I could have had. Durrani sahib took
over as the housemaster towards the end of 1980
from Ghani sahib. His style was obvious to all of
us from the night of Ghani sahib’s farewell
food was sumptuous and served in Latif house’s ante
room. After the speeches and thank you’s, all hell
broke loose. And it was obvious from Durrani sahib’s
expressions that there would be hell to pay for.
summoned for a night fall-in. He was present and I knew we
would get a thrashing at the very least. Much to my surprise
he just made one statement; “there are times when we eat to
fill our stomachs, and then there are times when it is a
social occasion, as cadets you should know the difference”.
I am sure I would have forgotten any collective punishment,
but those words still ring true.
before we joined Petaro, in 1980, part of the hedge in front
of Latif house had burned down – a carelessly discarded
cigarette, perhaps! One day Durrani sahib had a wrought iron
gate installed there and had it painted gold/yellow to reflect
Latif house’s color. He sent me out to “Check” it. I reported
back that it looked good. He sent me again, and again, and I
kept telling him that it was just fine. To which he
proclaimed, if Ali thinks its “OK” then it must be great.
This was his not so subtle way of telling me that I had a
negative outlook on life. Ever since that event, my response
to “how are you doing” is “Great!”, and I have been accused of
“infectious enthusiasm”. All thanks are due to what Durrani
sahib said to me on that day.
Once I got
hold of a book on Einstein’s “Theory of Relativity”, an
absolutely fascinating topic that made wonder about the
vastness of space, continuity of time, possibilities of
infinity and the probability of time travel.
I am sure I
drove Durrani sahib nuts will my incessant questions and
hypothetical arguments. He tried to answer all with the
patience of saints. I think he had it enough when I waited up
for him to get back at home around midnight and peppered him
with my newfound ideas. Yet even at this odd hour, he was
composed and tried to answer as many fanciful questions as he
could. Next day I knew I better tone it down, because he
gave me an English translation of a Russian scientist’s book
titled “Cross roads of infinity”.
let a chance to “teach” go, even when one of our entry mates
was caught with “Jinsy kitabain” (euphemistically
called sexual education books). As he was being caned, Durrani
sahib let it be known, “English ki hoteen to main chor bhi
daita, kay kuch to sikh rahay ho” (If they were in
English, I may have let you go, cause then you would have been
at least learning something).
sahib had a great rapport with all of us, and a fantastic
sense of humor. Aleem (80106) and I spent a whole night
raiding his mango tree, and then had the audacity to ask him
to borrow a battery, charger and a bulb from the physics lab
to conduct an “experiment”. This home made incubator was put
to great use to ripen the mangos.
Not to be
greedy or anything, we dutifully took about a dozen of them to
Durrani sahib, he took one and thanked us for it. When we
insisted that he take all, since they were all for him, he
quipped “if this is MY share, I wonder how many did you really
I can tell
you how he taught me to be a good leader, or what did he do
when he found out that I had strung a Har (necklace)
made out of “Break food”; we can also talk ad nauseam about
the plan we hatched and how we got the first color TV for
am convinced that it was a Principal’s inspection that changed
my destiny. Every one was busy cleaning up, and I did my
part; but no one wanted to help clean the toilet. By this
time I had become SUO and Durrani sahib had taught me enough
that I took it upon myself to do it; and that was it, or so I
A few years
later, I found myself in Ohio at a crossroad in my life. I
had two choices, I could give up, drop out of college and
chalk it all up to circumstances OR I could work my tail off
to pay for the rest of my studies and then graduate from
college. One of the myriad of jobs that I had was to clean
toilets in the same university that I went to. It was at that
point I thought for a bit, should I or shouldn’t I take this
job, but the answer was, if I can do it in Petaro, then why
day, I have developed a “can do” attitude and in true Petarian
spirit I am never shy to tell every one, “Hey I cleaned
toilets to get where I am today, I did it once and I can do it
again, what will YOU do???”
like to tell one last short story and end with a question.
I had to go
to Hyderabad, during the weekday, for something, and did not
want to get the principal’s permission. Durrani sahib told me
to come and see him after the second period and he would allow
me to go. I searched for him in the Physics lab, only to be
told that Agha ji (his father who lived with him) had just
passed away. We were all shocked, especially since we had
seen him walking in the morning.
night as we all sat around reading Quran, Durrani sahib looked
up, saw me and said, “baita didn’t you go to Hyderabad?”
How can you repay a debt like that?