By Tahir Ali
Professor Dr. Abdul Razzaq Sabir, the first VC of University of Gwadar [Photo from his Facebook].
GWADAR, Oct. 26 (Gwada pro)- The Government of Balochistan on Monday notified Professor Dr. Abdul Razzaq Sabir as Vice-Chancellor (VC), University of Gwadar. The development has fulfilled the long-standing demand of the people of Gwadar to have a full-fledged university in their area for higher education.
According to the notification issued by Secretariat Governor Balochistan, Dr. Razzaq Sabir has been appointed as Vice-Chancellor for a term of three years under section 54 (3) read with Section 14 (1) on University of Gwadar Act, 2018.
The provincial Assembly of Balochistan had passed the “University of Gwadar Bill, 2018” to “upgrade the Gwadar Campus of the University of Turbat (UoT) into a new University in the southwestern part of the province of Balochistan”.
Prof. Dr. Abdul Razzaq Sabir, the first and founder VC of UoT, had conceived the idea of the establishment of a sub-campus of UoT in Gwadar in 2015. The Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan notified the sub-campus of UoT in Gwadar in July 2016 while academic activities were started in January 2017 on the campus. The sub-campus has only four programs across four departments.
However, the University of Gwadar will disseminate knowledge in the fields of science and technology, engineering, arts and humanities, marine sciences, port management, social sciences, administration and management, law, medicine, agriculture, and other demanding subjects, in particular to the area of Gwadar District of Makran Division and generally to the whole of Balochistan and the other parts of the country.
Born in 1954, Professor Sabir belongs to the Kalat district of Balochistan. He has been associated with the fields of education, history, literature, and culture for the past 40 years. He is a poet of Brahui language as well.
The people of Balochistan and especially from Gwadar have welcomed the opening of the University of Gwadar and the appointment of Dr. Sabir as VC of the university.
This article originally appeared on Gwadar Pro.