|Professor of Mathematics (1975-2002) and Head of Dept of Mathematics (1996-2001)
Prof. Abdul Aziz – 1987
|By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif
Mr. Abdul Aziz joined the college in 1975 as Lecturer of Mathematics, and retired from the college in 2002 as a Professor and Head of Department of Mathematics after 27 years of service.
He was born on 10 January 1942 at Madras and got married to Mrs. Hafeeza Begum in April 1968. They have five children – Arshad Shakeel 8140/Ayub House, Shagufta Tasneem, Tariq Rameez 87118/Latif House, Faisal Sabeeh 91136/Latif House, and Yasir Saeed 9403/Ayub House.
At present he is settled down in Karachi.
Abdul Aziz Sb’s family belongs to Madras in India (now known as Chennai). His father was a railway officer. When Pakistan was created in August 1947, the family moved to East Pakistan, and settled down in Ishurdi near Rajshahi. His father continued his service with Pakistan Railways thereafter.
The young Abdul Aziz was admitted to the Nazimuddin Railway High School at Ishurdi right from the beginning in 1951, and he completed his Matric from there in 1958. He then moved to Dhaka and joined the Quaid-e-Azam College, from where he completed his Intermediate in 1960 and BSc in 1962. Coming back to Rajshahi, he then graduated with an M.Sc. in Mathematics from Rajshahi University in 1964.
Right after graduation, he was appointed as a Mathematics teacher at the Government College in Kushtia in 1964. He was employed at this college until 1974, although he was unable to go there physically after December 1971 when Bangladesh was created out of East Pakistan.
The events of 1971 had a drastic effect on his life. The area where his family lived in Rajshahi had a large Urdu speaking population. When the war was over, ICRC stepped in to protect the Urdu speaking Pakistanis in that area. Their residential area was converted into an ICRC refugee camp, and his family remained there for the next 3 years. With the situation being extremely volatile, he remained idle and could not do much. They remained as refugees until 1974.
After the Simla Agreement, several people were repatriated to West Pakistan (which now was the remaining Pakistan). ICRC made the arrangements, and his family was lucky that they were transported to Karachi in the latter half of 1974. This is unlike hundreds of thousands of others who continue to languish in refugee camps in Bangladesh more than 40 years after that unfortunate war and separation of Bangladesh.
Soon after arriving in Karachi, he applied for a job with Cadet College Petaro, and was selected. He joined the college in November 1974. Thus, Petaro became his home until he retired finally in 2002. In fact the college was his life.
He was promoted to the position of Assistant Professor sometime 1982 and as Professor in 1996.
Soon after he joined, he was appointed the Assistant House Master of Liaquat House in 1975. After being the Assistant House Master until 1981, he was appointed the House Master of Liaquat House and served in that capacity from 1981 to 1996 – the longest serving house master. He was appointed the Divisional Technical Officer in 1996. In 2000, he was appointed the Divisional Coordination Officer (Senior House Master) of the college. He was the Patron of the Map Sketching Club in the 1980s.
When I asked him, he said that he simply loved his position as House Master. Those were memorable years for him, and have left an indelible mark on him. During his period as House Master, Liaquat House was Champion House 8 or 9 times. This was another record for him and the college.
When Ghani Sb was appointed the Vice Principal, Abdul Aziz Sb became the Head of Department of Mathematics in 1996.
In addition, he also held several other administrative positions at the college. Some of the important positions included being Chairman of Purchase Committee, in charge of New Entry (conduct), in charge of building department, in charge of Central Store, and In Charge of college cricket. He also used to play billiards and tennis.
In 2001, a year before his retirement, he decided to avail his LPR, and moved to Karachi. He settled down in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, and joined Hyderi Paradise Girls College as Professor of Maths for a few months. He then got a job as Senior Master (Professor) of Mathematics for O Levels students at Aitcheson Model School in Karachi. He has been teaching at this school since 2001 and continues to do so.