Mohammad Salim Choudhry, 481/Iqbal

 

Salim Choudhry - 2011

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Mohammad Salim Choudhry, kit no. 481/Iqbal House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1963 in 9th class and left the college in 1967 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 15 October 1949 at Sheikhupura, Punjab.

When he was barely 3 or 4 years old, Salim Choudhry's family moved from Sheikhupura to Rahimyar Khan where his father was posted by Lever Brothers. The rest of his childhood was spent in that part of the country. he was admitted to the Govt High School in Rahimyar Khan when he started his schooling. He completed 8th class from there before joining Cadet College Petaro.

During his stay at Petaro, he excelled in sports and was appointed the very first Junior Under Officer (JUO) of Iqbal House when it was established in 1966. He was the Captain of the College Football Team, member of the college Shooting Team, and was a part of the Famous Forties in 1966 being a member of the ICCST Petaro contingent.

He was also a member of the Code of Honour Committee and the Editor of the Urdu section of The Cadet magazine.

Upon leaving Petaro, Salim wanted to join the Pakistan Army. He sailed through all the tests and examinations, but was surprisingly disqualified in the medical examination. This was a set back for him and he lost a year in this process.

He then joined Punjab University in 1968 and got his B.Sc.(Hons) in Physics in 1971 and M.Sc. in 1973. During his stay at Punjab University, he was the Captain of the University Football team, and was on the Roll of Honour in Sports for his performance in football. He was declared the second best athlete in 1971-72. He was a member of the university debating and dramatic teams, and the Vice President of the Punjab University Physics Association.

Soon after passing out from Punjab University, he moved to the UK and obtained a post graduate diploma in semiconductor physics from Aston University in Birmingham in 1974. During this period, he was also the President of the Pakistani Society at Aston University.

These were the early days of semiconductors and microprocessors had just been invented. He got his first job with the Telecom Division of GEC in UK as a software development engineer for stored program control. He worked with GEC from 1974 to 1980.

In 1980, in order to enhance his career, he moved to Serc Controls, UK as Software Development Engineer to develop remote monitoring and control systems that could be used in any industry. His main target applications were process control, energy management, fluid and gas transportation and management. He worked with this company for two years.

With the boom in Saudi Arabia, he was offered a job in 1982 with the Presidency of Civil Aviation in Jeddah and he made the move. He joined them as Software Engineer to support air traffic control systems. He remained in this job for 10 years and returned to the UK in 1992.

Shortly thereafter he moved to Frankfurt and took up a job with Unisys Germany as Design Consultant for short term traffic alerts for the German Civil Aviation. He worked in this position from 1992 to 1995.

On great demand, he returned to Jeddah once again in 1996 and was appointed Senior Software Engineer with the Presidency of Civil Aviation. His area of responsibility this time was implementation of new area control systems.

With a new opportunity in the UK, he moved again in 1998 and joined British Telecom Research Labs in the UK as Validation Consultant for the Number Portability System which was still a new concept. He remained with them for two years.

In 2000, he returned once again to Jeddah - third time around - and rejoined the Presidency of Civil Aviation as Senior Software Engineer. His area of work is to overhaul and implement new air traffic control system infrastructure throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at all airports.  Salim Bhai is still in Jeddah and in this very position.

Salim Choudhry is a very conscientious individual as well. He has worked for socio-economic uplift of our people. He has been supporting the Sh. Mujeeb Trust Hospital in Rahimyar Khan financially, and has also implemented a computer network for the hospital along with an automated accounting system.

It is such a pleasure to be in his company whenever we meet.