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Orya Maqbool Jan
Poet/Writer
--: Biography of Orya Maqbool Jan :--

 

Orya Maqbool Jan is a renowned columnist, poet and CSS officer from Pakistan, who writes Urdu columns for Daily Express, Pakistan. He has received numerous national awards, including the best Urdu columnist in 2004. One collection of poetry has been published.

He has a Masters degree in social work from Punjab University, Lahore. He was the deputy commissioner and district magistrate of three districts for about five years and assistant commissioner and sub divisional magistrate of three sub divisions for about three years. This involves an overall responsibility of law and order, monitoring of development activities, welfare of people, revenue collection personnel management and public relationship of a very sensitive nature. He has contributed to various researche papers including one titled "Comprehensive plan for Improvement of Quetta water Supply and Sewerage System". He worked as a managing director of Baluchistan water & sanitation authority.

He is presently working as Director General Walled City Project in Lahore after having worked as Information Secretary to the Punjab Government.

He is the author of four popular TV serials "ROAZAN", "SHAHARZAD", "QAFAS" and "GARDBAD".

Books

. Qamat(Poetry) 
. Harf e Raz (Columns) 
. Mujhey hey Hukme Azan (columns) 
. Gard Bad (Drama)

Education

L.L.B from University of Balochistan, Quetta, Pakistan. 
MA in Social Work from University of the Punjab Lahore (1978)

Languages

English, Urdu, Punjabi (Excellent), Pashto, Persian, Arabic (Functional), Balochi (toti phuti)

Enjoyed the status of a Higher-level policy maker and Manager in the bureaucracy of Pakistan. Worked as Managing Director of Balochistan Water & Sanitation Authority; responsible for efficient Water Supply and Sewerage system in the urban centers of Balochistan. Worked as Director, Social Welfare, Human Rights & Women Development which entailed the responsibility of monitor and facilitator of Community Development projects, Welfare of Disadvantaged, Women, Children, Poor & Disabled.. Worked as Director General Archaeology, Punjab, having the responsibility of managing World Heritage sites, conservation and preservation of Monuments, archaeological surveys and management of Museums. Supervised the prestigious project of restoration of Sheish Mahal in collaboration with UNESCO Held various positions of middle level policy making in the Provincial Government of Balochistan. Possess a Multi-facet experience in the fields of Budget making, Establishment matters and monitoring of Development activities

Worked as Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate of three Districts for about five years and Assistant Commissioner and Sub Divisional Magistrate of three Sub Divisions for about three years. This involves an overall responsibility of law and Order, Monitoring of Development Activities, Welfare of People, Revenue Collection, Personnel Management and Public Relation responsibility of very sensitive nature. Planned designed and implemented mega projects of roads, schools and Libraries by involving community support and participation.

Have three years teaching experience as Director(studies), National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA), Quetta. The Institute is responsible for imparting training to higher level policy makers and civil servants in Pakistan Have five years' experience of teaching at Masters level in Social Work Department, University of Balochistan. The main subjects taught were, Social Case Work, Social Policy & Planning, Development Economics and Human Growth & Behavior. Being regularly invited by various universities and forums of National level to deliver lectures.

Worked as Executive Director, ECO, Cultural Institute Tehran, An International body responsible for promotion of Arts, Culture, media and Sports in Central Asian region. Worked as Project Director and counterpart with UNICEF's Projects on CRC (Child Right Convention) & CEDAW (Convention for elimination of Discrimination against Women). These projects were aimed on advocacy and awareness of rights of children and Women for the years 1999,2000 and 2001. Project Director of Sheish Mahal restoration project and Master plans of Lahore Fort and Shalamar Gardens in collaboration with UNESCO.

Collected works of Urdu Poetry named "QAMAT" published in 1988. Author of five popular Drama Serial of Pakistan Television named "ROAZAN" (7 episodes) telecast in 1991, "GARDBAD" (13 episodes) telecast in 1993 "SHAHARZAD" (13 episodes ) telecast in 1994 and Drama Serial "QAFAS" Telecast in 2000,and "Qafla" (13) episodes) telecast in 2004 . Besides this, wrote a number of tele-films and assorted plays. The play "GARDBAD" was published in 1997. Have the honour of being nominee of Best playwright for two times. Received PTV award of BEST PLAYWRIGHT OF THE DECADE (1987 - 97)

A well known columnist of Daily Jang , Nawa-e-Waqat and Express all three leading Urdu dailies of wide circulation throughout Pakistan as well abroad. Columns are also picked up by other Urdu weeklies and monthly magazines published in Pakistan and abroad. Columns are available on internet especially on website www.express.com.pk. Recipient of APNS (All Pakistan News Paper Society) Best Columnist Award for Four years i.e. 2001,2002, 2003, 2004.

Discussion Programs since 1990 to-date of which "Bissat" became the most popular and earned a household name. Had been an Anchor person of various live shows on Television.

Worked with various community developments projects from 1980 to 1984 as a lecturer/ supervisor , also worked with communities from1976-78 as a student trainee. The experience is enriched with multi cultural settings of Balochistan and Punjab. Worked in Fountain House (A rehabilitation centre for Mentally Ill), as psychiatric social worker, established and organized a Treatment & Rehabilitation unit for schizophrenics in Quetta in 1980. Being Director, Social Welfare, Human Rights and Women Development worked as counterpart project director with UNICEF and was responsible for controlling, supervising and facilitating NGOs and voluntary organizations.

Have an extensive experience in outlining research design and methodologies and undertaking research studies . Several studies in the field of Drug Abuse and Mental Health, have been published in the Professional Journals of International Repute. Remained associated with research projects of Social & Rehabilitation Services of USA (SRS), UN/Pakistan Program for Drug Abuse Control and Pakistan Institute of Development Economics. Organized a number of training in various field of Social Development. Major researches conducted are in the fields of Mental Health and Drug abuse and community rehabilitation. Thought and supervised research studies at NIPA Quetta.

Publications

Poetry

Collected Works of Urdu Poetry. A Book named QAMAT was published by Books & Literacy Sounds, Lahore, 1988.

Dramas

Drama Serial GARDBAD telecast by Pakistan Television, published by Kalat Publishers, Quetta. 1997.

Columns

A selection of columns titled " HARF E RAZ " was published in 2004 A selection of two volumes of columns named "Mujhe He Hukam-e-Azan was published in 2007. TELEVISION PLAYS

Drama Serials

ROAZAN

A Drama Serial of 7 episodes written for Pakistan Television andtelecast in 1990. Theme was based on psychoneurotic illness andtherapeutics.

GARDBAD

A Drama Serial of 13 episodes written for Pakistan Television and telecast in 1993. theme was based on Tribal intricacies

SHEHARAZAD

A Drama Serial of 13 episodes written for Pakistan Television and telecast in 1994. Theme was based on Urbanization and Social upheaval.

QAFAS

A Drama Serial of 13 episodes written for Pakistan Television and telecast in 2000. Theme was based on Bureaucratic and Political corruption.

QAFLA

A Drama Serial of 13 episodes written for Pakistan Television and telecast in 2004. Theme was based on nomads of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Assorted Plays

Author of about 15 assorted plays televised by Pakistan Television including the only single character play of Pakistan Television's history, which got PTV Award

A Comprehensive Plan for improvement of Quetta Water Supply and Sewerage System: The plan was prepared on the basis of research findings and presented before Provincial Cabinet of Balochistan and was published by B-WASA,1998.

Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Rehabilitation Unit for Schizophrenics in Pakistan. "A Comparison Group Study". Published in "International Social Work" Vol. XXII No.1, 1984.

Drug Abuse Among Students, Comparative Findings of Two Studies on Extent Nature and Pattern of Drug Use/Abuse Among Students: Presented in Mass Media Conference on Drug Abuse Prevention at Karachi and published by Pakistan Narcotics Control Board, 1984.

Rehabilitation of the Mentally ill. A Follow-up Study of the ex-residents and Day Participants of Fountain House Lahore. A research completed as partial fulfilment of the requirements of Masters Degree in Social Work. (Published by University of Punjab)

Introduction on History taking of the Mentally ill. A Booklet in Urdu, Published by University of Balochistan.

Access of Social Services to the Poor and Disadvantaged (country paper), presented in UNESCAP seminar in Bangkok held on 18-20 December, 2001. 

 

 
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