Mohammad Rais Alvi

Introduction

Prof. Mohammad Rais Alvi has been a stalwart supporter for the cause of education for over 5 decades and has remained dedicated to bringing the light of education to his fellow countrymen as well as on an international stage. Prof. Rais has served as the Vice Chancellor , Rector and Director of various national universities and degree awarding institutes. He has also worked as an additional Secretary Education ,Govt.of Sindh, the Registrar at Karachi University and the Executive District Officer (E.D.O.) Karachi. Prof. Rais Alvi has been a member of the Vice Chancellor forum ( Vice Chancellor of The universities of Islamic countries) and Vice Chancellors committee under HEC Pakistan.He has been a Professor over the years at various educational institutes in Pakistan and also in Japan where he was a Guest Professor at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Here he wrote and translated many Japanese works and publications in collaboration with academics from Japan.

Prof. Rais, given his extensive international experience with the Japanese culture and writings, speaks on the subject of ‘Poetry across Cultures’. He shares his vast experience on translating various works of Japanese poetry and speaks at length on its intricacies. Prof. Rais continues to give an in-depth comparison between Urdu and Japanese poetry, expounding on the similarities and differences in artistic thought between the two societies.

Goals

As a lifetime patronage of Urdu Literature and Language, Prof. Alvi envisions a glorious path for Urdu Language and Literature.He has pleaded the case of national language at the level of higher education commission and supreme court of Pakistan. As a lifelong literary Prof. Alvi has his eyes set on raising the educational bars and eliminate literacy and class system in education in the country. He envisioned a national level educational plan, which caters the needs of modern day science, technology and arts. Belonging to a prestigious and highly educated family, Prof. Alvi is committed to utilizing his experience and expertise to instill better educational practices based on merit in the country.

Achievements

Life Time Achievements

Prof.  Rais Alvi remains one of the highest accredited , acknowledged and academic literary in the country. Over the years of his long and glorious service, he has served at some of the highest positions in academia. He has also been honoured with various prestigious achievement / awards.

Today, Prof. M Rais Alvi represents an epitome of light for hundreds and thousands of students, and alumni serving at various positions.

International/National Recognition/Awards

Dear Prof. Rais Alvi,

Congratulations!

I am writing to inform you about the official announcement of the conferment of “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette” from the Government of Japan. You were chosen from a select group of suitable candidates, and received the award in recognition of your dedicated contributions to promoting cultural relations and mutual understanding between Japan and Pakistan.

Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan has also sent his congratulations

UIA congratulates Professor Raees Alvi for the honour bestowed on him by Japan. Prof. Alvi is an eminent scholar, educationalist, and a poet who was the Urdu chair at a university in Tokyo. He is the former registrar of Karachi University and held many higher posts at the Ministry of Education in Pakistan. He is currently living in Sydney with his son Dr Safi Alvi and his family. Alvi Saheb also actively participates in the activities of UIA

رئیس علوی کو خدمات پر جاپان کے سب سے بڑے سول ایوارڈ سے نوازا گیا

ٹوکیو(عرفان صدیقی ) پاکستان کے معروف ماہر تعلیم اور سابق ایڈیشنل سیکرٹری پروفیس رئیس علوی کو پاکستان جاپان دوستی کو فروغ دینے کے لیے ان کی خدمات پر حکومت جاپان نے سب سے بڑے سول ایوارڈ سے نوازا ہے اس ایوارڈ کو The Order of Rising Sun , Gold Rays with Rosette کہا جاتا ہے ، یہ ایوارڈ جاپان کی حکومت کی جانب سے دو ممالک کے درمیان بہترین خدمات پیش کرنے والے افراد کو دیا جاتا ہے ، پروفیسر رئیس علوی نہ صرف جاپان شاعری ہائیکو کے معروف شاعر ہیں بلکہ جاپانی شعراہ کی معروف ہائیکو شاعری کتابوں کے آردو زبان میں مترجم بھی ہیں ، پروفیسر رئیس علوی پاکستان میں ہائیکو کی ہونے والے مشاعروں میں باقائدگی سے شرکت بھی کرتے رہے ہیں اور جاپانی کلچرل پروگراموں میں مرکزی کردار ادا کرتے رہے ہیں ، جاپان کے وزیر خارجہ موتیگی توشیمتسو نے پروفیسر رئیس علوی کے لیے خصوصٰ مبارکباد کا پیغام بھی بھیجا ہے۔

Founding Patron of Sangam Incorporated (2020) New zealand

Editor in Cheif of Sangam Magazine (Literary Voice of Global Writers)

URDU ADAB AWARD, 2007, HINDU URDU SAHITHYA Award Committee, U.P [India]

After renowned progressive Urdu Poet, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Prof. Rais Alvi is the only other Pakistani to be honored with Urdu Adab Award, in recognition of his services and struggle for development of Urdu Language.

MEMBER DELIGATION TO EUROPEAN COMMISSION (2002)

Prof. Rais Alvi was the member of the delegation of Govt. of Pakistan for  Europe, including Belgium, Holland and United Kingdom. It covered European Commission Procurement Regulations in Brussels, EC Project cycle Management, Training by MDF the Netherlands, Decentralization with a member of Dutch Parliament, British Council Head Office briefing on DFID Policy and British Council Operations.

Honorary title of Doctor by University of Pittsburgh, USA (2001)

Prof.  Rais Alvi is the only Pakistani to receive an honorary title of Doctor by the Institute of International studies in Education, University of Pittsburgh, USA. The title was bestowed at the closing of the fellowship in 2001.

The Silver Palm (2012)

In recognition of his unwavering services and commitment towards scouting, Prof. Rais Alvi was awarded The Silver Palm by President of Pakistan. It is the second highest scouting award.

International Patron (2011)

At the time of the Establishment of Urdu, Hindi Cultural Association of New Zealand, Professor Rais Alvi was appointed founding/International Patron of the Association.

FUKUAKA Literature and Cultural Award Nomination (2010):

Prof. Rais Alvi was nominated for the prestigious International FUKUOKA LITERATURE AND Prof.  Rais Alvi was nominated for the prestigious International FUKUOKA LITERATURE AND CULTURAL AWARD 2010, JAPAN by H.E.C Pakistan.

Positions Held:

Director (V.C) (2014 – to date): KHADIM Ali Shah Bukhari Institute of Technologies (KASBIT)

RECTOR (2013 – 2014): NEWPORTS INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND ECONOMICS (NICE)

Vice Chancellor (2013): Qalandar Shahbaz University of Modern Sciences.

REGISTRAR (2005 – 2010): University of Karachi.

Executive District Officer (EDO) Education, (2002 – 2005): City District Government Karachi.

Chairman (2001): Board of Technical Education Sindh

ADDITIONAL SECRETARY (Academics) (1997 – 2002): Education Department, Government of Sindh.

Guest professor (1985 – 1989): Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Tokyo, Japan.

Lecturer (1965 – 1984): Siraj-ud-Daullah Government College, Karachi.

Books

Prof.  Rais Alvi shared the joint Authorship of four books with the eminent Urdu/Japanese scholar Professor Suzuki Takeshi, former Chairman, Department of Urdu,Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Professor Suzuki Takeshi was awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz for series of Japanese to Urdu books, on 23rd March 1996 by the government of Pakistan.

Urdu – Japanese Daily Conversation:

(Covered Various Places & several aspects of Pakistan & Pakistani Cultures) joint work with Prof. Suzuki Takeshi of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Published by Daigaku Shorin, Tokyo, 1986.

Gule Sad Barg: (1st Volume)

Poetic Translations from Manyoshu: The oldest collection of poetry in Japan, (poems from 5th century AD to 8th century AD, compiled under the orders of the then Emperors of Japan) joint publication with Prof. Suzuki Takeshi, Published by Daido Life Foundation Osaka, Japan, 1989.

Gule Sad Barg: (2nd Volume)

Poetic Translations from Manyoshu: The oldest collection of poetry in Japan, (poems from 5th century AD to 8th century AD, compiled under the orders of the then Emperors of Japan) joint publication with Prof. Suzuki Takeshi, Published by Daido Life Foundation Osaka, Japan, 1991.

Gule Sad Bard: (3rd Volume)

Poetic Translations from Manyoshu: The oldest collection of poetry in Japan, (poems from 5th century AD to 8th century AD, compiled under the orders of the then Emperors of Japan) joint publication with Prof. Suzuki Takeshi, Published by Daido Life Foundation Osaka, Japan, 1994.

Chand Ke Char Rang:

Poetic Translations from ‘Sankashu’ a Collection of 12th Century Waka/Tanka Poems of the Great Japanese Poet, Saigyo, Published by Majlis Matbuate Urdu, University of Karachi 1998.

Sada Ubharti Hai:

Collection of Urdu Poems (Nazmen & Ghazalen) by Prof. Rais Alvi, Published by Maktab-e-Danial, Karachi, 1987.

Ghazal e No Izanai (Ghazal Nama):

A Book in Japanese Language on Symbolism and vitality in Urdu Ghazal including the life and work of ten Major Urdu Poets (Lectures on Urdu Ghazal). Translated and Compiled by Ms. Reiko Umemoto; printed in Tokyo, Japan, 2005.

Okuno Hoso Michi/Undroon-e-Shimal ka Tung Raasta:

Urdu Translation of the famous travelogue (Okuno hoso michi/Undroon-e-Shimal ka Tung Raasta) of the great Japanese poet MATSUO BASHO {1644-1694} printed in May 2014. It is considered one of the major texts of classical Japanese literature. It is the first translation in any South Asian language.

Prof.  Rais Alvi shared the joint Authorship of four books with the eminent Urdu/Japanese scholar Professor Suzuki Takeshi, former Chairman, Department of Urdu,Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Professor Suzuki Takeshi was awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz for series of Japanese to Urdu books, on 23rd March 1996 by the government of Pakistan.

Urdu – Japanese Daily Conversation:

(Covered Various Places & several aspects of Pakistan & Pakistani Cultures) joint work with Prof. Suzuki Takeshi of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Published by Daigaku Shorin, Tokyo, 1986.

Gule Sad Barg: (1st Volume)

Poetic Translations from Manyoshu: The oldest collection of poetry in Japan, (poems from 5th century AD to 8th century AD, compiled under the orders of the then Emperors of Japan) joint publication with Prof. Suzuki Takeshi, Published by Daido Life Foundation Osaka, Japan, 1989.

Gule Sad Barg: (2nd Volume)

Poetic Translations from Manyoshu: The oldest collection of poetry in Japan, (poems from 5th century AD to 8th century AD, compiled under the orders of the then Emperors of Japan) joint publication with Prof. Suzuki Takeshi, Published by Daido Life Foundation Osaka, Japan, 1991.

Gule Sad Bard: (3rd Volume)

Poetic Translations from Manyoshu: The oldest collection of poetry in Japan, (poems from 5th century AD to 8th century AD, compiled under the orders of the then Emperors of Japan) joint publication with Prof. Suzuki Takeshi, Published by Daido Life Foundation Osaka, Japan, 1994.

Chand Ke Char Rang:

Poetic Translations from ‘Sankashu’ a Collection of 12th Century Waka/Tanka Poems of the Great Japanese Poet, Saigyo, Published by Majlis Matbuate Urdu, University of Karachi 1998.

Sada Ubharti Hai:

Collection of Urdu Poems (Nazmen & Ghazalen) by Prof. Rais Alvi, Published by Maktab-e-Danial, Karachi, 1987.

Ghazal e No Izanai (Ghazal Nama):

A Book in Japanese Language on Symbolism and vitality in Urdu Ghazal including the life and work of ten Major Urdu Poets (Lectures on Urdu Ghazal). Translated and Compiled by Ms. Reiko Umemoto; printed in Tokyo, Japan, 2005.

Okuno Hoso Michi/Undroon-e-Shimal ka Tung Raasta:

Urdu Translation of the famous travelogue (Okuno hoso michi/Undroon-e-Shimal ka Tung Raasta) of the great Japanese poet MATSUO BASHO {1644-1694} printed in May 2014. It is considered one of the major texts of classical Japanese literature. It is the first translation in any South Asian language.

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Articles & Papers:

A Number of Lectures Delivered at various  Universities and conferences organized by national & international associations & organizations. Number of Articles/Papers have been printed in various News Papers/Magazine on Literature and Education, in National/International Publications, Particularly  on Urdu and Japanese Literature.

Books Under Print:

Three books on Urdu literature and Haiko poetry have been compiled to be published.

ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW DEPARTMENTS/INSTITUTIONS:

First Convener University evaluation and Inspection Committee, Constituted by Government of Sindh to monitor and check Physical facilities and expertise, before awarding charter to Universities/Degree awarding institutes in Sindh 1999-2002.

In more than 25 govt colleges and a number of schools and technical institutes in Karachi, while working as Executive District Officer (EDO) City District Govt. Karachi.

Worked as a member of the committee appointed by the syndicate University of Karachi for the establishment of a Department of Education at the campus, 1977.

Academia Services:

Member, Senate, University of Karachi 2005-2010

Secretary, Syndicate, University of Karachi 2005-2010

Secretary, Board of Advanced Studies & Research, University of Karachi 2005-2010

Secretary, Selection Board, University of Karachi 2005-2010

Secretary/Member, Academic Council, University of Karachi 2005-2010

Chairman, Karachi University Sports Board, Executive Committee 2005-2010

Member, Advisory Committee, Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai Chair, University of Karachi 2005-2010

Member, Executive Board of the ICCS Institutions, HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi 2005-2010

Member, Governing Council of Dr. A.Q. Khan Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (KIBGE) 2008-2010

Member, Governing Body, St. Patrick’s College, Karachi 2004-2010

Member Board of Intermediate Education Karachi from 2002-2004

Member Board of Governors, Iqra University 2002.

Member, Board of Advanced Studies & Research, Institute of Business & Technology, Karachi. 2009

Member, Institutional Scholarship Award Committee, Institute of Business & Technology, Karachi. 2006

Member Academic Council, Preston Institute 2003 – 2006

Member of Courses Committee, Preston Institute 2003-2004.

Member Board of Studies, Preston Institute, 2004

Member Academic Council, BIZTEK, 2004-2009

Member Academic Council, College of Business Management (CBM) 2002-2010

Member of Executive Council College of Business Management (CBM) 2002- 2009

Member of Finance Committee, College of Business Management (CBM) 2002-2009

Member Academic Council, New Port University 2003-2010

Member, Steering Committee, Education Department Government of Sindh since 1997-2010

Member, Technical Committee, Karachi Master Plan-2020 Project, 2006.

Member, Consumer Protection Committee, Agriculture Department, Government of Sindh 2009

Chairman, Centralized Admission Policy Committee (CAP) Admissions of Students of 1st Year (XI) classes in all the colleges of Karachi (120 colleges) are made through by the CAP Committee only on merit basis for 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Member Affiliation Committee, University of Karachi January 2002 to 2005.

Member Syndicate (Elected), University of Karachi 1974 to 1980.

Member, Committee on Reorganisation of Financial & Administrative, Management, University of Karachi 1975.

Member, Anomaly Committee under the National Scales of Pay Rules of Employees of the University of Karachi 1975.

Member, Campus Management Committee of the University of Karachi 1976.

Member, Committee for Establishment of a Department of Education in the University of Karachi 1977.

Convener, Selection Committee, Sindh Primary Community Model School Project, Appointment by Govt. of Sindh, 2004.

Chairman, Enquiry Committee Constituted by Federal Minister for Education regarding the affairs of Dawood College of Engineering & Technology Karachi, 2001.

Member Board of Secondary Education Karachi, 2002 to 2003

Member, Committee on Reorganisation of the Examination Department/System, University of Karachi 1997.

Member, Committee of Courses Department of Urdu, University of Karachi 1993-1995.

Convener, Book Review Committee, Department of Education Government of Sindh 1997-2002.

Member, Advisory Committee, Constituted to Consider Introduction of Elementary System of Education 2001-2002.

Member, Board of Governors Public School District (Central) Karachi 2002 and 2004-2005.

Chairman, Selection Committee, Sindh Education Foundation, 2000.

COMMUNITY SERVICE:

General Secretary Pakistan Japan Cultural Association Sindh (PJCA) (Since Feb 2016)

Treasurer, Sindh Boys Scout Association, (Since Oct 2016)

Member, Arts Council, Karachi

Deputy Leader, Pakistan Boys Scout Association contingent at 15th international Jamboree in Japan, September 2015.

Provincial Secretary, Sindh Boys Scouts Association, Sindh 2009-2010

Member National Council, Pakistan Boy Scouts Associations. 2009-2010

Provincial Secretary, Sindh Boy Scouts Association (Additional charge) (2004 to 2005).

Patron Member, Sindh Boy Scouts Association at Provincial Headquarters.

Leader Contingent, 1200 Scouts of the Sindh Boy Scouts Association for 13th National Scout jamboree at Islamabad, March 2004.

Assistant Commissioner, Sindh Boy Scouts Association, Karachi.

Acting Provincial Commissioner SBA, January 2007

General Secretary, UNIKARIANS International, (Old boys association, University of Karachi) 2008-2009.

Member, Japanese language, Proficiency test Coordination and administration committee Consulate General of Japan 2000 to 2003.

Member Pakistan Film Censor, Board from 2000 to December 2003.

President and General Secretory of Pakistan colleges’ teacher association from 1975 to 1985 then 1990 to 1996.

Countries Visited

America, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, South Korea, England, China, Saudi Arabia, Holland, India, Canada, Malaysia, Belgium, Turkey, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, UAE, Singapore, Australia