Speakers on Tuesday termed former teachers of the Edwardes College an asset to the institution for their devoted services that helped one of the oldest seats of learning in the province attain the exalted position among its contemporaries.
The services of the former and retired teachers were acknowledged at a reunion ceremony arranged at the main hall of the college and graced by erstwhile teaching staff and those presently teaching there. Retired professors including Shamshad Ahmad, Javed Habib, Hameed Kkokhar, Abdul Khaliq, Mohammad Israel Saddiqi and Sharif Ahmad were conspicuous by their presence.
Prof Naseem Haider, acting principal of the college, said he had been associated with the institution since 1974 and always enriched his knowledge by taking guidance from his seniors. He especially mentioned Prof Sharif Ahmad for guidance from time to time in the formative stage of his teaching career. He said the college had carved out a niche in the quality education and this was the result of the hard work and devotion of the great teachers some of whom were present in this hall and also those who had passed away but would always be remembered.
The acting professor, who teaches botany, was all praise for Prof Javed Hayat, Assistant Prof Gulzar Jalal and other members of the organising committee for arranging such a programme to acknowledge the services of the former teachers.
Vice-Principal Prof Kalimullah said the high standing that the Edwardes College enjoyed presently was not achieved overnight. “The staff with great teaching skill and devotion made it happen through their sustained efforts,” he said, adding that no doubt service at the college also earned the teachers great respect everywhere.
Speaking on behalf of the former teachers, Prof Javed Habib, who used to teach chemistry at the college, said he always got respect from his former college students wherever he met them.
He said he owed that respect to the college where he taught for a long time. Prof Sharif Ahmad, a former teacher in the English Department, said his attachment with the Edwardes College had remained intact even after retirement from the institution. He thanked the college administration for arranging the reunion function for the former teachers and acknowledging their services.
Assistant Prof Gulzar Jalal spoke high of the former teachers’ contribution to the college and said the function was organised to acknowledge what they had done to make the institution a great seat of learning. He said such programmes would be held in future as well.
On the occasion, souvenirs were given to professors Shamshad Ahmad, Abdul Khaliq, Javed Habib, Sharif Ahmad, Zia-ul-Qamar, Israel Siddiqi, Hameed Khokhar, Shakil Nizami and Latif Shah, lecturers Atiq-ur-Rehman and Inamullah for their services to the college. Souvenirs for late professors Ghulam Nabi, Ghani Taib, Bunyad Hussain and Akhtar Hussain were received by their family members.