Prof.Moinuddin Ahmed Ansarie

Professor of Urdu and Geography (1969-1975)

Prof. Moinuddin A. Ansarie – 2009

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif


Prof. Moinuddin Ahmed Ansarie joined the college in 1969 and left the college in 1975. He was professor of Urdu and Geography.

He was born on 25 January 1925 and was married to Mrs. Shaukat Begum. They have one son – Dr. Mosavir Ansarie who is now a notable chest physician in Karachi.

Ansarie Sb belongs to a noble and a literary family of Hyderabad Deccan. He belongs to a family of Nawabs, who were highly regarded there

He acquired his early education up to Matric from the City College in Hyderabad Deccan. 

After completing his Intermediate, he moved to Aligargh Muslim University from where he graduated with a B.Sc. degree. He then returned to Hyderabad Deccan and obtained his M.Sc. degree from there. He specialized in Geography and Urdu literature.

He chose his career in the field of education, and was employed by the Ministry of Education as an Assistant Director and he also worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During those years, he became the editor of two magazines – Sabras and Al-Moosi in Hyderabad for nearly a decade.

His years prior to the creation of India were very eventful.  He was actively involved in supporting political activities that led to the creation of Pakistan. Such activities included organization of rallies. He had the great opportunity to be with Bahadur Yar Jung on more than one occasion.

Upon the creation of Pakistan, Mr. Ansarie migrated from Hyderabad, and initially settled down in Abbotabad. He was employed as a Lecturer at the Govt. College there. In the latter part of 1950s, he then moved to Khairpur and finally to Hyderabad Sindh, where he settled down in Latifabad.

During the 1960s, he was Lecturer at the Nazareth College (a missionary school) near Tilak Chari in Hyderabad. He was in great demand, and Col. Coombes tried to get him to join Petaro. He declined and opted to remain at Nazareth College.

He used to visit Petaro as an external invigilator on behalf of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education. 

Finally in 1969, he decided to join Petaro on great insistence of Prof. S.S. Azim. 

During his years at Petaro, he was also the House Master of Liaquat House from 1973-1975. He was also the Patron of the Social Welfare Society from 1970 to 1975.

After leaving Petaro, Mr. Ansarie joined the Pak American Cultural Centre (PACC) in Karachi as a teacher of Urdu and English languages. Two years later – in 1977 – he was appointed the Administrator of PACC. He remained in that position until 1989 when he took his retirement from active employment.

However, he continued on with his studies and writing. 

He wrote and published 4 books and hundreds of articles on various subjects – Urdu literature, Islam, politics, social issues, etc.

I have always had a very special relationship with Mr. Ansarie. He is related to me in many different ways and through many different chains. But the real relationship has been more on an intellectual plane, and I have always admired him for what he is and cherished this mutual interchange. His love and affection for me is incomparable. Unfortunately, we were not contemporaries at Petaro. He joined just a few months before I left. He has known me since I was a child.

He was always very soft spoken, and had the aura of being a highly cultured man. One would always enjoy his company. He treated those who were younger than him with great respect and love. Even his own son always called him “Bhaijan”, a fact that always amazed me.

Mr. Ansarie now leads a very quiet life in Karachi with his son and his family amidst his collection of books. He had a fall a couple of years back due to which he is bed-ridden. May Allah grant him good health and full recovery.

Mr. M.A. Ansarie – c. 1980 at PACC