Akbar Ahmed - Lecturer, Mechanical/Electrical Engineering (1959-61)

By Akbar Ahmed (M/E59)

Akbar Ahmed was born in Nagpur, British India in 1938. His family migrated to Pakistan in 1948 when he was only 10 years old. From very early age his parents sent him to English medium schools, he spend two years in Grammer School in Hyderabad Deccan and on coming to Pakistan got admitted in St Patricks School in Saddar, Karachi. After passing matriculation Mr Akbar got admission in DJ Science College then College/NED at that time both colleges were unified and both electrical and mechanical dgrees were given as one.

Akbar Ahmed is a graduated from NED College in 1959 with flying colors due to which he was appointed as lecturer on graduation and successfully taught there until 1961.

Due to his achievements and love of knowledge Mr Akbar Ahmed was awarded Fulbright Scholarship to the renown institution of MIT, Boston in 1961 where he completed his degree in 1964. In order to gain foreign experience Mr Akbar decided to work for few years in United States but soon started to miss his homeland. He felt Pakistan was calling him to use his expertise there and be with his family again.

Mr Akbar spent some time in Romania, Kuwait and Japan visiting and studying their institutions of education. Mr Akbar returned to Pakistan 1966, "completely broke" but rich in knowledge with a passion for teaching.

From 1966 to 1996 Mr Akbar devoted his services to Karachi Refineries from where he reired as General Manager of National Refinery, Karachi. During this time he missed his first love of teaching, he felt that he could make a difference there.

From that time to present day Mr Akbar has successfully taught different branches of Mathematics to numerous young and old students in several educational institutions.

Dr Akbar Ahmed with his Advanced Business Math class, circa 2012

Mr Akbar resides in Karachi and continue his love of teaching difficult subjects like Calculas, Analytical Geometry to the present.

Mr Akbar says: “I am in the academic field. I have a passion for Maths and have been teaching Calculus, Calculus and Analytical Geometry, Business Maths, Basic Stats to BBA, MBA students in Szabist, Paf kiet, and Preston university whenever I get a chance.”

Mr Akbar has a great sense of humor and love of music. He is extremely popular with students who enjoy his love of poetry in English and Urdu but also his humerous stories. In short he enjoys life to the fullest enjoying the young students he so passionately teaches.

Misc Stories by Akbar Saheb

When I appreciate a good quality or performance from anyone, I generally add mashallah. I look upon myself as an equal person, deserving similar appreciation from me also,why not. Am I not someone??

Story in short is as follows. I am taken back to Inter Science Final exam DJ, l955. My previous academic record has been mashallah at the top, or very near top throughout. In Matric, I was mashallah second top from St. Pats. In first year Science I was First Class First, and First in Physics. I had got higher marks than the Matric topper, and much higher than than Dr. A.Q Khan (atom bomb fame)------more to be written later down the line).

As I was a good student , studying regularly etc, I was expecting to do well in Inter Science Final exam. I committed a mistake----studied the whole night before the Maths exam, and went to the exam hall with a blank mind. Luckily I was able to wake up after about an hour. But in the panic situation, I missed an extremely easy question:

If sinA = k, express all other trigonometric ratios in terms of A and K. As I was walking out of the exam hall I realised how simple it was, I missed the Ziauddin Scholarship for highest marks in maths by 3 marks, and missed the First Class First position by three marks. I was First Class Second, in the Board and merit scholarship holder. (A girl from St.Josephs topped the list)

The lesson learnt : Never study the whole night before the exam.

Few Informative Pieces

I am a bit sick these last few days, and shall make some amendments to a brief intro on myself---its a reasonably difficult task. But its ok, as I would be writing among friends----to include fairly salient points without making it very long. In the meantime I am sharing few informative pieces which I shared with our (mine) NED friends. If you consider it informative enough you may share it with your 1970 NED group.
  1. How much does a billion dollars worth of gold look like?
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  2. How much does a TRILLION dollars worth of gold look like?
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  3. Specific Gravity of gold is 20. implies that a cubic metre of gold would weigh near 20 tons A few weeks back I had checked the price of gold, it was around 40 million dollars per metric ton.