Bureaucrat turned educator retired


Allah Bakhsh Malik served the noble cause of education during his long career and earned the sobriquet of ‘educator to the poor’


ISLAMABAD: Dr. Allah Bakhsh Malik, Federal Secretary retires today after serving Government of Pakistan for 35 years. He served the noble cause of education during his long career and earned the sobriquet of ‘educator to the poor’ His areas of expertise are education planning and management, development economics, public policy, institutional development, international coordination, governance, public private partnership, skills for employability, public sector management, ICT and education technologies, Sustainable Development Goals and human development. UNESCO conferred prestigious Confucius Award on Dr. Malik in recognition of his leadership role for the promotion of education and skill development for less-affluent and disenfranchised sections of society in 2011. Government of Peoples Republic of China awarded him a‘Certificate of Merit’ in recognition of meritorious services for promotion of affordable quality education for the marginalized sections of society. The British Council appointed him British Alumni Ambassador to promote education and skills in youth. He is Charles Wallace Trust Fellow in Public Policy, Governance and Economic Development atSOAS United Kingdom. He was a Post-Doc Visiting Scholar at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, USA. He is PhD in Development Economics, Public Finance and Resource Mobilization and MPhil in Economics and Politics of Development, from Cambridge University United Kingdom.

He served as Secretary to the Government for Education and Health. He restructured Punjab Education Foundation, Punjab Small Industries Corporation, School Education Department and established Youth Affairs, Sports, Archaeology and Tourism Department. He was pioneer of education voucher scheme in Pakistan serving the children of urban slums and remote and under – served areas. He has been widely published by the national and international Journals and is author of thirteen books on education and management. The health community, doctors, teachers and academics appreciated the services of Dr. Malik on his retirement.