Principal (2002-2005), and Professor of
Ghouri as Vice Principal
Prof. Rashid Ahmed Khan Ghouri joined the college
in 1969 as teacher of Chemisty. He was the ninth
Vice Principal of the college from 2002 to 2005.
He was born on 2 February 1945 at Katni in
District Jabalpur in the Central Provinces (CP) of
United India. He got
married to Mrs. Parveen Ghouri on 20 Jan 1973 at
Hyderabad. They have
five children - Dr. Noreen, Salman (kit no. 8926),
Dr. Ambreen, Imran (kit no. 9202) and Noman.
Mukhtar Siddiqui and Dr. Sarfaraz Siddiqui are
his first cousins. Their mothers are sisters.
Sahib lost his parents while he was a child. His mother
expired when he was only a year and a half old, and his
father (who was a contractor) passed away when he was
four while they were still in India. He was brought up
by his elder brothers and his grandfather.
town of Katni was known for its production of small
arms. Thus after the creation of Pakistan, many of the
workers from that area moved to Wah where the arms and
ammunition factories were located.
However, when Ghouri Sahib's family finally migrated to
Pakistan, they chose to settle down in Hyderabad. They
came to Pakistan by train via Munabao and Mirpurkhas in
1951. He traveled with two of his elder brothers. His
elder brother was also a contractor like his father, and
he initially took up work in District Dadu near Johi.
while young Rashid Ghouri started his schooling in
Hyderabad in 1951, he would often go to Johi. His
primary education was at the Sindhi Primary School in
Hyderabad until 1955, when he took admission to Sherdil
Khan Municipal High School from where he completed his
Matric in 1962. He then passed his Intermediate in 1964
and his B.Sc. in 1966 from Government Degree College
Sahib was very good with sports, and hockey in
particular. While he was at the Govt. Degree College, he
was the Captain of the College Hockey team. He also
played hockey on behalf of Board of Intermediate and
Secondary Education. During those days, he would also
visit Cadet College Petaro to play hockey against the
CCP teams, and was very impressed by it.
sports activities were at the expense of his studies.
Thus he curtailed his sports after graduation to
concentrate on studies. He joined Sindh University in
1966 and got his M.Sc. in Chemistry in 1968 with full
concentration on academics.
after getting his M.Sc. degree, he got a job with Habib
Bank Limited as a Probationary Officer. He just didn't
enjoy the work and was on a lookout for something else.
Within 5-6 months, he got the opportunity he was looking
for. Cadet College Petaro was hiring Chemistry teachers.
He applied and was interviewed by Cdr. Firoz Shah, Azim
Sb, Abdul Ahad Khan Sb and Mohammed Ahmed Khan Sb. He
was selected because he brought academics and sports
together. Thus in September 1969, he moved to Petaro as
a "Master" of Chemistry.
addition to being a Chemistry teacher, he was
immediately assigned the position of Assistant House
a position he held until 1975 when he was made the House
Master. He remained the House Master of
for two years until 1977. During his tenure as the House
Master, he faced tough times with the senior cadets due
to his strict discipline. This is the time when he was
at odds with the senior class and the only choice he had
for appointment of JUO of Ayub House was that of
Sahib was also made in charge of hockey which was his
strength. He also qualified to be a B Grade hockey
umpire in 1971 and an A Grade hockey umpire in 1973 by
the Pakistan Hockey Federation.
the next four years, he was the Messing Officer between
1977-1981 where strong controls were required to curb
pilfering of food by the staff there.
1981, Ghouri Sahib got an opportunity to go abroad on
deputation to Nigeria which he availed. He was posted as
Senior Education Officer at the Mary Knoll College, a
Roman Catholic missionary school located in Okuku within
the diocese of Ogoja in Yala LGE in the Cross River
State. He taught Chemistry to O and A Level classes at
this college, and was also the Practical Examiner for
GCE. At the end of his tenure, he was given a
meritorious certificate by the college.
returned to Pakistan and Petaro in 1984 and resumed his
position at CCP. In addition to being the Chemistry
teacher, he was also made the Sports Officer in 1985, a
position he cherished and retained until his final
retirement from Petaro in 2005. Previously, he had been
the Assistant Sports Officer under Mr. A.A. Faruqui.
Sahib was promoted to the position of "Senior Master" /
Assistant Professor in 1975 and as a full Professor in
also held several other additional charges during his
stay at Petaro. At different periods, he was the Head of
Department of Chemistry, Chairman of the Accommodation
Committee and In Charge of the Agriculture. In the
latter position, his main achievement was to create a
"grassy field" in front of the new stadium that was
constructed, making the whole area green. This was quite
a major task.
1997, he was given charge of being the Divisional
Coordination Officer, a position that put him above all
the House Masters/Divisional Officers to coordinate all
affairs of the houses/divisions. He remained in this
position until 2002 when he was given the position of
Vice Principal of the College. He remained the Vice
Principal until his retirement in 2005.
Ghouri Sahib had joined Petaro barely three months
after I graduated from the college in the summer
of 1969. So our paths never crossed during my days
as a cadet. However, I had the good opportunity to
interact with him many times while he was the Vice
Principal of the College. I always found him to be
a thorough gentleman and very committed to his
Sahib now leads a retired life in Hyderabad. May Allah give
him good health and a long life!