9th Mile, RiBhoi, 12 February, 2019: Dr P A Ibrahim Haji, an achiever who has dedicated his life to uplift the society, was conferred the Degree of Hon. D.Litt. at the University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya on 11 February by ShriTathagata Roy, Hon’ble Governor of Meghalaya and Visitor, USTM in the presence of ShriLakhmenRymbui, Minister of Education, Meghalaya; MrMahbubulHoque, Chancellor, USTM;Lt Gen ZamirUddin Shah, Pro Chancellor, USTM,Dr P K Goswami, Vice Chancellor, USTM, apart from others. The award was conferred in honour of Dr Haji’s exceptional and outstanding contributions to the world in the fields of education and entrepreneurship.
The life of Dr. P A. Ibrahim is a saga of determination, trust and sacrifice. He had a dream and the path to that dream was never easy, but hard and full of obstacles; yet he worked “with heart within and God over head”, never succumbing to difficulties. The fort-like personality of Dr. P A Ibrahim Haji has made its unique impact on a variety of business fields, in the founding of various educational institutions and the different charitable moves he has initiated. The business empire that he has built ranges in India and abroad and is just one part of his achievements. He could achieve all this because of a deep understanding of the values in life, an urge and willingness to serve humanity and above all a great desire for growth and development.
Dr. PA Ibrahim Haji hails from Pallikere, a village in Kasargod, Kerala’s border district with Karnataka best known for Bekal Fort, the biggest in the state. His parents are late Mr. PA Abdulla Haji and Aiyashabi. He had his early education in Government Mapplia L.P. School and Kottikulam Government Fishery High School. He had his college education in Mangalore Govt. Arts College in Karnataka and from Chennai he secured a Diploma in Automobile Engineering. Central Minister for Power, the late P.M. Sayeed and ex- Central Minister for Law VeerappaMoily were his college mates during his studies at Mangalore Govt. Arts College.
In 1964, Dr P A Ibrahim Haji joined South India Automobile in Chennai where Ibrahim Haji fondly remembers, he imbibed the great lesson of punctuality. He shifted from Madras to Mumbai to work in Kishen and later in Sam Automobiles. Being the eldest son in the family, he spent his meager income to support his five brothers and one sister. But he had great dreams. They made him venture into Dubai and serve in many automobile companies. His expertise in the use of English language has earned great respect for him; all the more so because it was not the result of any formal training, but gained through reading and practice. In 1971, he shifted to Muscat. The nine years of service in various business organizations in India, Dubai and Muscat have prepared him to start a business of his own, which he did in Dubai in 1974. He started a garment retail business on 6th December 1974. It was the beginning of a spectacular success in business with the turnover crises crossing into millions. Ibrahim Haji is the founder and Vice-Chairman of Indus Motors Company in India; he is chairman of the UAE-based Century International Travels; he is Co-chairman and key investor of Malabar Gold; he is chairman of P A Engineering Collage, P A First Grade College, PA Pre-University College, PA Polytechnic (Mangalore), Gulf Asian English School (Sharjah), India International School (Kuwait), Managing Director of AL-Shamali Group in Garments and Textiles.
With the support of many who trusted him and whom he trusted, he moved from one successful business to another, exploring further and further into new fields. But he never lost sight of the basic values of life. He believed that he had to share his achievements with his fellow human beings. He believed in the power of education leading to employment and hence his commendable contributions in the field of education. His social commitment is borne out in the many philanthropic enterprises he has initiated and actively engaged in. Dr P A Ibrahim’s life is not exactly a story of “rags to riches”; but he has encountered hurdles in life and met challenges with courage and determination and built a business empire. His best investment he claims is in education “which combines with morality and ethics” and he gets maximum satisfaction when he meets graduates from institutions gainfully employed in different walks of life.