|Professor of Mathematics (1964-1978)
Lt.Cdr(R). M.H. Taqvi
|By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui
The late Lt.Cdr.(R) Mahfooz Hasan Taqvi (known at Petaro as M.H. Taqvi) was professor of Mathematics at Petaro. He joined the college in 1964 and left in 1978.
He was born on 30 June 1918 and was married to (late) Mrs. Mujtehdia Khatoon. They had five children – Hasan Yusuf (kit no. 614/Latif, Zahida Masood, Ahmed Masood (kit no. 7196/Qasim), Mahmood Masood (7190/Qasim) and Mahmooda Yusuf. Taqvi Sahib died at Karachi on 18 Feb 2002 of old age illnesses.
Taqvi Sahib’s family is originally from Amroha in UP, India. He graduated from Aligarh Muslim University in 1939.
In 1942, he moved to Military College Jhelum and he remained a teacher there until 1950.
In 1950, he joined Pakistan Navy in the Education Branch and was posted at Karachi.
He had the distinction of being a teacher even at Cadet College Hasan Abdal where he taught from 1957 to 1959.
After his retirement from the Navy, he joined Cadet College Petaro upon the insistence of Mr. S.S. Azim, and was teacher of Mathematics for the next 14 years.
When he retired from Petaro in 1978 upon superannuation, he then joined the Marine Academy in Karachi.
He was my first Mathematics teacher in 9th class at Petaro. Although very loud in his expression, the late Taqvi Sahib was one of the most loving creatures of God that I have ever met. He always had utmost regard for me, treating me like his own son.
However, Taqvi Sahib was not a very innovative person. He would rather echo thoughts that were in harmony with his own rather than expressing his thoughts in his own words.
The following autograph was written by Taqvi Sahib after he glanced through my autograph book and saw what Toor Sahib had written. Those thoughts resonated with his own, and Taqvi Sahib immediately wrote the same thoughts down with a small change.
Indeed, Taqvi Sahib was a very sincere person himself, and that was the key to his success.
May Allah grant Taqvi Sahib the choicest place in Jannatul Firdaus!