Elahi Bux Soomro - Principal

By Jamila (Salhuddin) Rahman (C70)

Professor Elahi Bux Soomro was the principal of NED College during our NED years. He was also an alumnus of this great institute. He came at a time when the new NED University campus was under consideration.

We only met him for a short period before graduation. NED had only few years back allowed female student to study but did not provide them with sitting or bathroom facilities. They had no place to relax, usually they would sit under the trees in "lovers' lane" as it was called by male students after girls started meeting there. The trees boasted of flock of crows randomly selecting target to excrete on. The girls had to walk over to DJ Science College for bathroom etc. The girls made a delegation to meet the Principal to discuss their need for a reserved table in the canteen area to sit and do work. Mr Soomro after discussion with staff designated an area with bathroom to the satisfaction of all parties.

He has remained Director General of Karachi Development Authority, and above of all he has made a record of becoming four times Chairman of Pakistan Engineering Council, each for three year term. At present he is the Chancellor of the Institute of Business Management Karachi

Elahi Bux Soomro was the 16th Speaker of National Assembly of Pakistan. He is from the most influential political family of Sindh. He has held several federal ministries. He is one of few politicians who have been very close to Presidents and Prime Ministers of Pakistan. He had been a close and childhood friend of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. There is more info about him on Wikipedia.