Asst. Professor of Chemistry (1985-2000)
Prof. Abdul Majeed Khan Rohail – 2011
By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif
Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Rohail joined Cadet College Petaro as lecturer of Chemistry in 1985 and retired as Asst. Professor in 2000.
He was born on 15 August 1940 at Ajmer Sharif (the city of the famed Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti) in Rajasthan. He got married to Mrs. Naseem Fatima on 16 April 1966. They have 8 children – Farrukh, Shazia, Irfan, Riaz, Nazia, Kamran 86111/Ayub House, Khurram 8894/Latif House, and Siratul Huda.
Rohail Sb is now settled down in Karachi.
His father was a primary school teacher in Ajmer Sharif. The young Abdul Majeed Khan started his schooling at Usmania Khwaja Primary School in Ajmer in 1943 at an age of 3. In 1947, he was moved to start 5th class at the Islamia High School Ajmer.
With the independence of Pakistan, the family moved to Pakistan in September 1947. Rohail Sb’s maternal uncle was an employee at the railways workshop in Lahore. The family stayed with him for 2-3 months in Lahore, and then moved on to Hyderabad, where his father joined Sindh Police Rangers as a cashier.
Abdul Majeed Khan was now admitted to Class 6 at the Ghulam Hussain Hidayatullah High School at Hyderabad. He completed his Matric from there in 1953. The following year, he joined Government College Hyderabad and completed his Intermediate in 1956 and B.Sc. in 1958. Interestingly, Mr. Feroz Yusuf Khan was his Chemistry teacher there.
It was his desire to pursue studies further and he got admission to Sindh University in the Master’s program. However, his father fell ill, and he was forced to take up a job. Thus quitting university, he joined PCSIR Laboratories in Karachi in 1959 and worked there fore around 10 months. He then got a job with Govt Mumtaz College at Khairpur Mirs to work as a Demonstrator in Chemistry from 1959-1960.
In 1960, he came back to Hyderabad to pursue his Master’s degree, and joined Sindh University. He finally completed his MSc in Organic Chemistry in 1962.
Shortly after graduation, he joined the Education Dept as a lecturer and was posted to C&S Govt College Shikarpur where he worked for a year. Then in 1963 he was transferred to Govt. College Hyderabad as a lecturer, where he worked until 1972. He was posted for a bried couple of months that year at Superior Science College Karachi, but managed to go back to Hyderabad to work at Govt Degree College Latifabad between 1972-1975.
He was posted once again to Govt. College Hyderabad. However soon thereafter, he got a promotion as Assistant Professor and was posted again to C&S Govt College Shikarpur.
The Govt of Nigeria was in the process of hiring teachers for its schools from Pakistan. He applied for a job and was selected. However, since he could not get leave, he decided to quit the Sindh Education Dept, and moved to Nigeria in April 1976. He was employed by the Nigeria Federal Education Dept as Senior Education Officer, and posted to Pivotal Training College in Niger State between 1976-1980 to teach chemistry. He was then transferred to the Federal Govt. Girls College at Pauchi, Nigeria where he worked until 1985.
He performed Hajj that year and returned finally to Pakistan in 1985. Now that he was back home for good, he applied for a job at Cadet College Petaro, and joined in December 1985 as Lecturer in Chemistry with 7 increments. He remained at Petaro until his retirement in 2000.
At Petaro, he was also given the assignment of being Assistant House Master of Liaquat House between 1986-1992. He then served as Divisional Officer (House Master) of Jinnah House between 1992-1995, and as Divisional Officer (House Master) of Iqbal House from 1995-1996.
He was also the Patron of the Chemical Hobbies Club throughout his stay at Petaro, and was also in charge of Science Quiz Competitions.
In the meantime, he was promoted to the rank of an Assistant Professor in 1994 and retired in 2000 in this position.
After his retirement from Petaro, he moved to Karachi and settled down in Gulistan-e-Jauhar. After a couple of years rest, he then joined Pakistan Steel Cadet College as Lecturer of Chemistry on contract basis. He also serves there as the Head of the Department of Chemistry.