Message from Mr. Bashir Ahmad Rafiq, Ex-Imam London Mosque

My dear Hamid Ahmad Chaudhri Sahib
First of all, please accept my heartiest congratulations on the construction of a most informative Website about T.I. College.
I joined T.I. College in 1949 and graduated in 1953. The convocation of 1953 was presided over by Sir Muhammad Zafrullah Khan, the then Foreign Minister of Pakistan. These were the formative years of the College.
Fortunately the College had a dynamic personality as its Principal, Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad Sahib who transformed the College into a great educational institution.

The College soon started competing with old establishments like Islamia College and Government College and superseded them in many respects. In sports, the College established an excellent record. The College won trophies in Rowing, Kabbadi, Swimming and Basket ball. Several of its students got prizes in Debating contests all over the Punjab. The College magazine, Almanar, was started in 1950. It was printed on art paper and the quality of articles, both in Urdu and English section, was admired by Scholars and learned people all over Pakistan. Another magazine was issued by some students on their own. It was called “The Young Economist.” I had the honour of editing the Urdu section of both these magazines. We were lucky to have a galaxy of highly taught teachers who were devoted heart and soul to the College. Among them were, Chaudhri Muhammad Ali, Sufi Basharatur Rehman, F.R. Faizi, Dr. S.M. Shahid, Dr. Naseer Ahmad Khan, Sh. Mehboob Alam Khalid, Maulana Arjumand Khan, Akhwand Abdul Qadir, Prof.Habibullah Khan, Prof.Ata-ur-Rehman and Maulana Ghulam Ahmad Baddomallhi. On the College Office staff were Junaid Hashmi and Ch. Mahfoozur Rehman.
Various college societies played a great role in the development and enhancement of student’s educational and physical performance. Science and Economics Societies arranged educational tours and Hiking and Mountaineering societies scaled the Northern mountainous areas of Pakistan.

Urdu society invited many famous poets and writers of repute to its meetings and also arranged very successful Mushairas. There were also various Tutorial Groups supervised by Professors.
Most of its students played a great role in the service of Ahmadiyyat and Pakistan. Some of them became Amirs of Various Jamaats in Pakistan and abroad. Many became Nazirs and Vakils in the Central administration of the Jamaat. Some devoted their lives to the service of Islam and Ahmadiyyat and were sent abroad as missionaries. A few of them joined the Judiciary and others served in the Armed Forces of Pakistan.
This was all due to the dynamic leadership and devoted and selfless efforts of its Principal, Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad and his team of dedicated teachers. He was a great administrator, most humble and a true well wisher of his students. His doors were open to all and sundry and in him the students found someone who was always there to help them. He had a charming, cheerful, pleasant and magnetic personality which radiated love and affection. There was always a smile on his face. His relationship with his student was like a father and son.
I wish the Old Boys Association could produce a commemorative Souvenir inviting his students and colleagues to write about him, in it. This should also include a pictorial record of his College tenure.
In the end I would like to thank you and your team for the great work that you are doing for the Old Students Association and for setting up a most informative and useful Website. May Allah be with you.
B.A. Rafiq