Wednesday, February 11, 2015

SSUET tributes Bashir Malick

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Rich compliments were paid to Pakistan’s top architect, writer and senior Aligarhian, Engr Bashir A Malick, at a condolence meeting held at the Bashir A Malick Auditorium of the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi, on February 9.

Born in 1925, Malick had died in Lahore on January 27 at the age of 90 after having spent an active professional and social life spanning over six decades. 

Addressing the condolence meeting, the SSUET Chancellor, Engr Mohammed Adil Usman, described the passing away of Bashir Malick as a great loss to the Aligarhian community. 

“He was our close associate and benefactor who was a loving and caring person, possessing outstanding qualities and his services for the cause of promotion of education were greatly praiseworthy,” the Chancellor noted. 

Engr Adil Usman recalled that after completing his education in hydrology, dams and water power from the top US and Dutch universities, he had served the UN and the World Bank as Chief Technical Adviser besides working as Tarbela Dam’s Project Director. 

“Bashir Malick also wrote a number of books and articles on water distribution system and possible challenges and one of his most important compilation in book form was titled ‘Indus Water Treaty in Retrospect’ which gained great reputation,” he added. 

The Chancellor acknowledged that the late Malick, a member of SSUET’s Board of Governors, had been deeply involved in social works and donated a huge amount for construction of a modern auditorium in this university which has been named after him. Expressing his deep grief over the sad demise of Bashir Malick, the Chancellor prayed to Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace. 

Earlier in his remarks, the SSUET Registrar, Engr Syed Abrar Ali, described the late Bashir Malick as an engineer of outstanding reputation and high qualities who distinguished himself with his generous philanthropy. 

“He donated enormously on special education in Lahore’s Sunrise School besides establishing an institution for special children also in Lahore,” the Registrar informed. 

The condolence meeting, in which Fateha was also offered for the departed soul, was attended by General Secretary, Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA), Mukhtar Naqvi, besides many other members of the Association as well as the chairpersons of the SSUET’s various departments.