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Nationality  Pakistani
Name  Altaf Shaikh
Role  Marine engineer

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Born  14 November 1944 (age 71) Hala City Hyderabad District, Sindh Province, British Indian Empire (1944-11-14)
Occupation  Educationist and professor of naval engineering at the Pakistan Naval Academy
Notable works  Munhnjo Saagar Munhnjo Sahil
Notable awards  Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Pakistan Writers Guild Award, Malaysian Official Award Pingat Jasa Kebaktian (PJK), Kenjhar Award, Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai Literary Award, Award by United Memon Jamait
Education  World Maritime University, Pakistan Marine Academy

Altaf shaikh

Altaf Ahmed Shaikh (Sindhi: الطاف احمد شيخ‎) is a retired Marine Engineer and a Sindhi scholar, professor, and travel writer from Pakistan. He is the associate professor of Naval engineering and Marine engineering at Pakistan Marine Academy. His first book on travel was Munhnjo Saagar Munhnjo Sahil, which was published in 1971, and won the Pakistan Writers Guild Award. He was also awarded Tamgha-e-Imtiaz on 23 March 2011, by the Governor of Sindh Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan on behalf of President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari, for his contributions in Sindhi and Urdu Literature.


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Shaikh was born in the house of Gul Muhammad Shaikh on 14 November 1944 in New Hala District, Hyderabad (now Matiari District).

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Shaikh got his early education from Hala, then from Cadet College Petaro, and studied marine engineering at Pakistan Marine Academy now renamed as Bangladesh Marine Academy Chittagong, Bangladesh. He was qualified as a naval engineer, and taught in Malaysia as a trainer.

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Shaikh started writing in the age of 18, in Chittagong. His first story book was Anamika (the Bengali word for "unknown"). He then moved to Malmö, Sweden where he attended World Maritime University; and received his MSc. in Marine Engineering from Maritime Safety Administration School of Engineering. He also received the "First Class Engineer Certificate" of Competency for sailing as Chief Engineer on Foreign Going Vessels. He then moved to London where he passed the A.M.I.E (Mechanical Engineering) and earned an engineer's license at the Institute of Engineers, London.

Merchant Navy career

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Shaikh joined Pakistan National Shipping Corporation as Junior Marine Engineer in 1968 till Chief Engineer in 1976 and served on various other ships for next 12 years. He became a senior lecturer and principal of Pakistan National Shipping Corporation Marine College, Karachi, Pakistan. He was the visiting lecturer Ungku Omar Polytechnic Institute, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. He was then appointed officer in charge of the engineering Department at "Maritime Academy Malaysia", Malacca, from 1983 to 1990. Upon his return to Pakistan, he is currently serving as officer in charge of the engineering department at Pakistan Marine Academy. Apart from Sindhi and Urdu he can also speak Chinese, Japanese, Malay, English and Bengali fluently.

Institutes and societies

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  • Member of The Marine Engineering Society, Japan.
  • Member of The Society of Naval Architectures, Japan.
  • Member of The Canadian Institute of Marine Engineers; Canada.
  • Member of Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Singapore.
  • Associate Member of The Institute of Marine Engineers, London.
  • Associate Member of The Institute of Marine Engineers, UK
  • Member of Singapore Institute of Engineering Technologists, Singapore.
  • Member of The Chartered Institute of Transport, Singapore.
  • Member of Institute Kelautan (Mariners) Malaysia.
  • Literary services

  • Author of more than 80 books in Sindhi, Urdu and English, mostly sea travelogues, Short Stories & Novels.
  • Some of the books are prescribed for B.A and M.A Syllabus of Sindh University and University of Karachi.
  • Columns

  • Regular Columnist of "Pakistan Post" (English), Daily "Ummat"(Urdu), Daily "Ibrat" (Sindhi) & Daily "Kawish"(Sindhi).
  • Literary awards and prizes

  • Tamgha-e-Imtiaz for his contribution in Literature.
  • Pakistan Writers Guild prize for the 'Best Book of the Year'.
  • Kenjhar Award for Travelogue Writings.
  • Malaysian Official Award PJK (Pingat Jasa Kebaktian) for literary and social services during 8 years stay in Malaysia as Head of Marine Engineering Dept. Naval Academy.
  • Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai Literary Award.
  • Lifelong Literary Services. Award by United Memon Jamait, Karachi.
  • References

    Altaf Shaikh Wikipedia