Ghulam Ali Allana (academic)

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Ghulam Ali Allana
Native name
ڊاڪٽر غلام علي الانا
BornGhulam Ali
(1930-03-15) 15 March 1930 (age 90)
Khuwaja, Taluka Jati, Sujawal District, Sindh
Occupationwriter, critic and linguist
EducationPhD, Master of Arts in Sindhi
Alma materUniversity of Sindh
Notable worksPoetry Books (40)

Ghulam Ali Allana (Sindhi: ڊاڪٽر غلام علي الانا‎) was born on 15 March 1930 at village Tarr Khuwaja, Taluka Jati, Sujawal District. He is a writer, critic and linguist. He has been Vice-chancellor of Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad and chairman of the Sindhi Language Authority based in Hyderabad, Sindh.[1]


Allana was schooled in his village, Mirpur Bathoro, Tando Muhammad Khan and then Karachi. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in 1953 and a Master of Arts in Sindhi from the University of Sindh in 1955. In 1962, he was awarded scholarship for study abroad and did a Master of Arts in linguistics at SOAS, University of London. He did PhD from the University of Sindh in 1971 under the supervision of Allama Ghulam Mustafa Qasmi. He was the first person to complete a PhD at the university.[citation needed]

Professional career[edit]

He was appointed as a teacher at Training College for men, then, lecturer in Sindhi at City College Hyderabad. He was appointed as a lecturer at University of Sindh in 1958. He was given additional charge as assistant director of Institute of Sindhology in 1963 and held the position till 1983. Besides, he was lecturer in Sindhi Department in University of Sindh since 1977. For the development of Institute of Sindhology, Mr. Allana did untiring efforts. From 9 August 1983 to 18 April 1989 he cherished the seat of a Vice-chancellor of Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad.[2] He became Vice Chancellor of Sindh University in 1993. Government of Sindh made him chairman of Sindhi Language Authority[3] Hyderabad in 1998. He has been on different high posts of educational and literary organizations of country and abroad.[4]

Literary career[edit]

Allana started his literary career by writing Afsana (short stories). He also tried poetry using the pen name "Nashad" and, in 1952, he wrote a novel titled Lash.[5]


He published Sindhi Dictionary, Idea maker of Encyclopedia Sindhiana, a project f Sindhi Language Authority. He has written 40 books and sixty Research papers other countless write ups on Languages and Dialectics as well as on teaching methodologies.[6][7] His written work has been published in various newspapers and magazines.[8]


In 1993 he was honored with Sitara-i-Imtiaz by the Government of Sindh.[citation needed]


Ghulam Ali Allana died at the age of 91

on 28th November 2020. [9]


  1. ^ Book: Legends of Modern Sindh, Written by: Prof: Hassan Bux Noonari, Published by: Roshni Publication 2015, Page: 82
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  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 June 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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