My good friend and NED University Professor Mohammad Nauman passed away last Sunday. He was a dedicated teacher at NED Engineering University in Karachi. Born on December 19, 1951 in Bahawalpur, Nauman attended Cadet College, Petaro, and then graduated from NED University in electrical engineering in 1974. He attended North Carolina State University for his graduate work.
Nauman was a soft-spoken academic and a left-leaning intellectual of high caliber. He was loved by his friends, colleagues and current and former students spread around the world, including those of us in Silicon Valley.
The last time I met him was in summer this year when I visited the NED University Campus in Karachi
. Nauman was very warm and gracious as a host host. We reminisced about our student days at NED in 1970s, and also discussed how NED students can be helped by the alumni in Silicon Valley
. One of the projects we discussed involved setting up web conferences where the NED Silicon Valley alumni could bring in experts to speak on various subjects of interest to his students at NEDUET. We also talked about his involvement and work with Koshish Foundation
, a foundation set up in Silicon Valley to help students.
He ordered lunch for both of us and then he gave me a tour of the campus.
In addition to his academic career and professional involvement with the IEEE, Nauman was a social activist committed to the well-being of the most vulnerable in society. He helped Edhi Foundation
to develop its wireless service as a volunteer and served as technical adviser to the defunct Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) in the early 1990s. He wrote hundreds of research papers on wide-ranging topics such as bonded labor
, and water
and campaigned for the displaced people of Chotiari Dam and other similar causes. He was widely quoted in national and international media.
I have started a condolence page for Nauman on PakAlumni social network
Readers can share their thoughts at PakAlumni condolence page and I will try and pass the messages on Professor Nauman's next of kin.
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