Prof. Mirza Saleem Baig

Lecturer of Urdu (1986-1987)


Prof. Mirza Saleem Baig – 2010

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif


Prof. Mirza Saleem Baig  joined Cadet College Petaro in 1986 as Lecturer of Urdu and left in 1987. 

He was born on 16 January 1959, and got married to Mrs. Tasneem on 4 April 1992. They have two children – Aslam and Alina.

Born at Hyderabad, Mirza Saleem Baig completed his Matriculation from Al-Farooq High School in Resham Gali, Hyderabad in 1977. He then joined the City Arts College in Hyderabad from where he completed his Intermdiate in 1979. He then obtained his B.A. degree from Sindh University in 1984 and M.A. in Urdu Literature in 1986 from the same university. 

Immediately after completing his education from Sindh University, he joined Cadet College Petaro as a Lecturer at the Urdu Department in 1986 and remained in that position until 1987.

During his stay at Petaro, he was the Assistant House Master of Ayub House. He was also In Charge of the Painting & Calligraphy Club. He also assisted in Urdu Debating Club and was the Associate Examiner with Prof. Mukhtar Siddiqui. At Ayub House, he was also given the charge to supervise the Wall Paper.

After leaving Petaro in 1987, he joined Sindh University as a Lecturer. At present he is an Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Urdu at Sindh University.

Saleem Sahib is a man of letters. He is the author of three books. His first book was Ahwaal-e-Waqi`i, 1994 which summarised the debates between the famous poets Himayat Ali Shair and Mohsin Bhopali. His second book was Kehkashan, 1997 which is an anthology of the work of 40 poets. His third book was published in 2010 under the title Qazi Khadim kay afsaanay. This is a translation from Sindhi of some of the famous short stories written by Qazi Khadim.

He has also published over 300 articles in several magazines and journals of Pakistan and India, including Loh-e-Adab (Hyderabad), Sukhan Zaar (Karachi), Qirtas (Gujranwala), and Tahqeeq (journal of Sindh University).

He has been the editor of the quarterly magazine Na’i Qadren in 1991-1992, and is the Advisory Board Member of the quarterly journals Tarikh (Lahore) and Ijra (Karachi).

Saleem Sb is also a known personality on Radio Pakistan. He has delivered lectures on several occasions on radio.

When I spoke to him, he expressed a desire to be able to provide guidance to the students at Petaro. He pointed out that while Petaro is very strong on discipline, more emphasis is needed on academics. He is willing to go to Petaro to deliver lectures whenever possible.