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Prof. Dr. Syed Khalid Rashid, a renowned Pakistani scholar, educationist, and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Karachi, passed away on December 15, 2023, at the age of 79. He was a highly respected figure in the academic community, known for his contributions to the fields of education, research, and administration.

Born on January 1, 1948, in Lahore, Pakistan, Prof Rashid had his early education in Lahore and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Government College University, Lahore, in 1968. He then pursued a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of the Punjab, Lahore, which he completed in 1970.

Driven by his passion for academia, Dr. Rashid continued his education and obtained a Master of Science degree in Economics from the University of London, United Kingdom, in 1972. He then embarked on a doctoral program and earned a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Economics from the University of London in 1976.

Prof. Rashid had a distinguished career spanning over four decades. He held various leadership positions, including serving as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Karachi from 2008 to 2012. During his tenure, he implemented significant reforms and initiatives to enhance the quality of education and research at the university.

He was also a prolific writer and researcher, having authored several books and research papers in the fields of education, Islamic law, waqf management and administration and public policy. His works have been widely recognized and cited by scholars and policymakers.

Prof. Rashid was known for his dedication to promoting education and social development. He was actively involved in various social welfare and community service initiatives, and was a strong advocate for waqf  and improving access to quality education for all.

His passing is a significant loss to the Global academic community as a whole and the Muslim Ummah, in particular. He will be remembered for his contributions to education, his commitment to the development of Waqf, and his inspiring leadership. He will be remembered as an influential figure who dedicated his life to the pursuit of knowledge and the betterment of society. May his soul be blessed with  Divine Grace and be placed among the righteous and pious. Amin Ya Hayyu, Ya Qayyum

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