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