Abid Hayat Khokhar
Biography of Abid Hayat Khokhar
Abid Hayat Khokhar, Lecturer in English, Community College Majma'ah of
the King Saud University, Saudi Arabia is basically Lecturer in English in the Government College,
Department of Education, Pakistan running in the domain of the Punjab University, Lahore. He is well
versed in English—language as well as literature. He bears good command over managing classes,
preparing teaching material and executing his lessons to the students with various stylistic techniques
employing drawing, calligraphy, handy material and language in literature and literature in language.
Life History: In 1961, born in Pind Dadan Khan, one of the sub-division of the District
Jhelum, Abid Hayat opened his eye in the terrains of his native homelands having all the geological tastes
– the Salt Range in the north and the River Jhelum in the south, green fertile lands grown all around in the
eastern part and desolate, barren sandy areas in the west. ICI, DCCL and Gharibwal Cement Industy in
vicinity imprinted the industrial culture on the mind of young Abid Hayat Khokhar side by side with urban
culture of Pind Dadan Khan and rural culture impregnated with variegated shades of nature and objects of
nature around him not remote from the access of this kid. Hence, he was brought up in an environment that
had different shades of human society sufficient enough for balanced brought of a man extrovertly.
He spent a couple of years in the Colony of DCCL
in the pre-school age amidst the mountains of the salt
range. Higher in vicinity, the child used to envisage the
surroundings of the locality with river before his eyes at
the distance of seven kilometers, the nature made him
accustomed to enquire into external eye with real
discernment produced taste in feeling and understanding
the life and society in concrete ways. His elder brother
and father's guidance made it more practical in
imagination. So, from the very beginning, the chap turned
into a pragmatic and imaginative being.
He got his early education from Islamia Primary School and Government
High School, Pind Dadan Khan from 1965 to 1977 and this academic phase was
sandwiched by Public Academy Secondary School Rawalpindi (1973-75) and
C.B.Technical School, Tariqabad, Rawalpindi (1975-76) . This intermitting phase
brought about tremendous change in the apprehensions of the individual and he
found nice treatment of first grade intuitions of Rawalpindi - a metropolis. Here he
tried to find correlation of urban and rural societies and tried to homogenize them in
his mental growth. He improved his artistic qualities over here and got polished his innate trends in
drawing, arts, crafts, calligraphy. That's why he got through Secondary School Certificate Examination of
the Sargodha Board in 1977 with distinction. He got 700/900 and stood first in his school as well as the
whole district. His name is still inscribed on the Role of Honours of the School for the year 1977.
Having finished schooling, the lad entered into college life with full zeal and fervor. He got
admission in F.Sc. (Pre-Medical) group in Government College Satellite Town and won many merit
scholarships too. During his studies in college, his taste for language
and literature went on improving because of the book on biology: An
Inquiry into Biological Science. It is a book on biology but the material
set in it is more poetic as well as literary in style. In this phase, the guy
took interest in extracurricular activities like debates, speeches,
compositions for college magazine and began to inclined towards
literature and literary circles. Hafiz Muhammad Yaqub, Prof. Liaquat
Ali had cast great influence of their scholship on his mind. If the former
had been religious and well versed in language, the later was
embodiment of English Literature and progressive movements. Here
again he got a mean between extremes. The personality of Dost
Muhammad Saghir, an urdu poet, left an indeliable mark on the mid of
the young guy with deep, practical and imaginative approach towards
poetry and literature. When he passed F.Sc by securing first division, he
turned into a literary person instead of a science ridden entity. The he
joined arts subjects with English Language/Literature, Economics and
Political Science. After passing through Degree of Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in 1984 from the University of
the Punjab, he got admission into Bachlor of Education Classes and did B.Ed in 1987 and secured Degree
of Master in English Literature from the University of the Punjab, Lahore.
It is interesting to state that he had been teaching in Sir Syed Public School, Tipu Road, Rawalpindi
on part time but regular basis. Here he went on experiencing first grade real academic, social, and tutorial
activities side by side with his studentship. Hence, when he plucked masters, he had been trained already
in teaching sector.
After passing B.Ed examination, Abid Hayat Khokhar joined
Department of Education as SST in 1989 and after the announcement of
the result of M.A English; he was promoted to Subject Specialist in
Higher Secondary School. From 27-4-1993 to 20-08-1997, he worked as
Subject Specialist in English and also rendered the services of Controller
Examinations of the institution during this period. During this stay in
HSS, he felt the scope and working in Higher Secondary School is little
academic and sacrificing his seniority, he reappeared in Public Service
Commission and got selected as Lecturer in English. Thereafter he went
on serving as lecturer in English in Government College, Pind Dadan
Khan effective from 21-08-1977. During his stay here in the college, he
rendered many services other than tuition work.
In addition to teaching work, he executed different portfolios in
the College. He had been editor of the College Magazine (English
Section) , Office In charge, Member Discipline Committee, Deputy
Controller Examinations, Acting Head of English Department etc., etc.
Socially, he had been playing vital role in Bazme Ghalib - a local literary society. He had been
writing urdu lyrics in the regular magazine Awraq e Preshaan which was a notified magazine. On
community service level, he had been Chairman, SMC, Tamerr-e-Millat School, Pind Dadan Khan from
1993-1998. Teaching and instructing with vision and super-vision had been a craze to him. He also
established a private institution with collaboration with Haji Abdul Rasheed with the name of 'Pearl
Public School, Pind Dadan Khan. He is live Director Academics of this institution. An additional and
important aspect of this man is that he passed out successfully National Cadet Corps in 19979 as cadet.
On 16th September,2002, this lecturer left Pakistan for Saudi Arabia on deputation with the
Ministry of Education. Though he lost all the social and community involvement, yet he began enjoying
new experience of teaching English to Saudi Students. In 2005, he was selected by the King Saud
University for Community College, Al Majma'ah and is working there as lecturer in English to date.
Abid Hayat Khokhar Poems
Majmaah University is such an alma-mater, Imparts us knowledge and makes the lives better. So many creeks and a lot of fountains
A Pen Of Reed
Once I was embedded in earth, My roots were short but firm in crust. I sucked water and swayed with blows,
Majmaah University is such an alma-mater,
Imparts us knowledge and makes the lives better.
So many creeks and a lot of fountains
Give us life among the Majma'ah Mountains.
Centre of Saudia, and the south of Qassim
Lies in Sudair Valley where it gleams.