LAHORE: The founder and chairman of the University of Management and Technology (UMT) Professor Hasan Sohaib Murad died in a car accident on Monday.
Dr Murad met an accident on his way back from the Khunjerab Pass, where he had gone to attend a seminar. The deceased’s son Shabir Ahmed has also sustained serious injuries in the accident.
Dr Murad was a renowned scholar of management, philosophy and inventive business studies.
In a message, the UMT said, “On behalf of Rector UMT, DG UMT, this is sorrowfully announced that the Founder UMT and Chairman ILM Trust Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad has passed away in a tragic road accident.”
Son of renowned Islamic scholar Khurram Murad, Dr Hasan was born in Karachi and received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Karachi’s NED University of Engineering and Technology. He later did his MBA from Washington State University and completed his PhD from University of Wales, the UK.
Dr Hasan founded the University of Management and Technology first as the Institute of Leadership and Management in 1990. The institute received a charter from the Government of Punjab in 2004, thus becoming the University of Management and Technology.
He was a known academician both inside and outside the country and one who worked tirelessly to introduce innovation, inventiveness and new ideas to the academic landscape of Pakistan.
Besides UMT, the ILM Trust also set up a successful chain of schools – The Knowledge School network – and colleges – ILM College – under the leadership of Dr Hasan Murad. He was also a member of UNESCO’s International Association of Universities, a leading global association of higher education institutions and organisations from around the world. He was also the chairman of National Business Education Accreditation Council (NBEAC).
He had 25 years of practical and diverse experience as he strived to build world class business support units in the areas of finance, defence and mobile technology, leadership, supply chain, entrepreneurship and innovation.