Family Legacy in Education

The family legacy of teaching, coaching, mentoring and spirituality continues for over 150 years and in three generations in both Faiez Hassan Seyal’s and his wife Roshina’s families.

Faiez’s Family

Faiez Hassan Seyal is a grandson of Nazar Muhammad Seyal, a renowned educationist. Nazar Muhammad Seyal founded the first-ever school for boys in Eminabad, Distt Gujranwala, which later became a high school and was nationalized. He was an MA in Islamic Studies, MA in Arabic and MA in English Literature and an M.Ed. Although he was given many opportunities to move to government service in Lahore, he decided to stay in his hometown for the service of his people. He remained the headmaster of the school till his retirement. As a result, he was appointed the Honorary Chairman of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education. During his Haj in late 50’s (probably 1956), he was invited by Faisal bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, then the Crown prince of Saudi Arabia on a dinner hosted for an elite gathering of Hujjaj. Nazar Muhammad Seyal was asked to deliver a keynote speech, which he did in the Arabic language. He was awarded a prestigious award. He authored over 50 books in diverse subjects including Islam, Geography, English grammar and composition, etc. He remained a teacher by choice until his death on January 03, 1980. He is buried in Eminabad, close to the school, he founded. His death anniversary is marked as a local holiday in Eminabad.

Roshina’s Family

Faiez’s wife, Roshina Amin is a writer and a poet, and with her Masters in Islamic Studies, she focuses her concerns on relating every issue of the nation with faith and religion to give more insights into the problems and provide practical solutions through platforms like Verita. She is a consistent student of the knowledge surrounding her and this drive seems to be inherited as portrayed through the family history. Roshina’s father Sadiq Amin is a Masters in Economics, Masters in English, and did his LLB from Peshawar University. Gaining his education from elite institutions of the time like Aligarh School, Government College and Punjab University, Sadiq Amin started his career as a lecturer in 1962 and at once was posted as the Vice Principal of Naroval Government College due to his exceptional profile and died in 2015 as an exceptional teacher with thousands of successful students working in all walks of life. Dr. Niaz Ahmed, Roshina’s grandfather was the first D.Sc.(Doctor of Science) of the subcontinent and was a close associate of Quaid-e-Azam. He, also, actively participated in the Pakistan movement as Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s personal political and science advisor. After the advent of Pakistan in 1947, Dr. Niaz moved to Lahore and laid the foundation of the department of Chemical Technology in Punjab University and worked as the Head of the Department till his retirement. In the world of education, he stands high with the gold medal for Chemical Technology still being given, to date, on the name of Dr. Niaz Ahmed.