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Khan Anwar Sikander Khan

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While a great visionary, the Ameer of Bahawalpur, laid its structural foundations, a towering academician in Mr. Khan Anwar Sikander Khan became the architect of the edification of Sadiq Public School, Bahwalpur.

In 1954, Mr Khan Anwar Sikander Khan had recently retired from the covetous position of the principal at Aitchison College, Lahore, when he was hand picked by His Highness the later Ameer of Bahawalpur and his chief minister Makhdumzada Syed Hassan Mehmud, to initiate public school education at the nascent Sadiq Public School at Bahawalpur. He accepted the daunting task and toiled for the next 18 years to spread enlightenment in this educationally backward region of the country.

Born at Montgomery (now Sahiwal) on 1st October 1900, the young Khan Anwar Sikander Khan received his education at Lahore. He passed his matriculation exam in 1915 from the Rang Mahal Mission High School. Then he joined FC College and obtained his postgraduate degree in philosophy. Thereafter, the annals of Aitchison College bear testimony to his illustrious career in the educational field. He served the notable institution for 32 years, beginning in 1922. He rose successively to hold the posts of House Master, Head Master and Principal.

Seeking excellence in his field, while at Aitchison, he went to Iran in 1936 to study the modern teaching methods for Persian. The following year he toured Burma to grasp their teaching methodology. Again in 1950, he visited England to understand their public school system further. On his way back, he made a similar pilgrimage at Germany, France and Turkey.

Taking over as the first principal, he began with 7 staff members, 37 students and 450 acres of wilderness. Today it is ranked as one of the foremost public schools of the country and has six boarding houses with more than 400 resident students.

In addition, Mr. Khan Anwar Sikander Khan served in many honorary capacities which are noted below: 

• Member of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Lahore. 
• A fellow of the University of the Punjab. 
• Member, Divisional Council, Bahawalpur. 
• Member of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Multan. 
• Financial secretary of the Urdu Academy of Bahwalpur.

He retired from service on 21st March 1972 after a distinguished career spanning over 50 years. His services were duly recognized by the Government of Pakistan when he was awarded the ‘Sitara-e-Khidmat’ in 1970. At Aitchison, a senior school house is named after him. Mr. Khan Anwar Sikander Khan has the distinction of having as his students, at Aitchison and Sadiq Public, many notable citizens of the country. Some of them are:

• His Highness, Muhammad Abbas Abbasi, the Ameer of Bahawalpur. 
• Nawabzada Muhammad General Sher Ali Khan. 
• Nawab Malik Ameer Muhammad Khan of Kalabagh, ex-governor West Pakistan. 
• Makhdumzada Syed Hassan Mehmud. 
• Sardar Muhammad Akbar Khan Bugti. 
• Nawab Muhammad Iftikhar Ali Khan of Patodi.

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At July 16, 2017 at 3:25 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

a charismatic and towering legendary icon.

At March 3, 2018 at 11:27 PM, Anonymous M. Saleem said...

I have never seen such a great educator, administrator and academician during my 36 years of teaching in Pakistan and the USA.

At March 4, 2018 at 3:06 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

A great person and a Mentor


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