Allah Bakhsh Malik
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Honorable Dr. Allah Bakhsh Malik (Urdu: اللهَ بخش ملک) is an academic, researcher, development economist, social scientist, management and institutional development specialist. He is a member of Pakistan Administrative Service, Central Superior Services of Government of Pakistan, Pakistan. He has also led the professional teams in development sector in inter-sectoral, multi-temporal and cross-dissciplinary fields. Dr. Allah Bakhsh Malik was conferred United Nations's UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy with the title of The Honourable and a Degree in recognition of leadership role for the promotion of Literacy and Skill Development in the Punjab province on September 8, 2011. In 2011 he received the UNESCO Confucius Award and the title of Honourable Mention for his leadership role in promoting education and skills development for the less-affluent and disenfranchised. Dr. Malik has this unique distinction since he is the first Pakistani and Muslim who has been conferred the prestigious Confucius Award by UN-UNESCO.
Dr. Allah Bakhsh Malik in his early career served as Deputy Commissioner Chilas - Diamer, Gilgit, Muzzaffargarh and Pakpattan.
Dr. Allah Bakhsh Malik has worked as Managing Director Punjab Education Foundation, Secretary to the Government/Chairman BISE at Government of Punjab, Pakistan,. As MD/CEO PEF Dr. Malik introduced Public Private Partnership - PPP in Education Sector in Pakistan for the first time. His model of PPP has been accepted as the world's best replicate model by the lead journal Economist, for low cost schools for affordable quality education. He introduced programs like Foundation Assisted Schools - FAS, Education Voucher Scheme - EVS, Teaching in Clusters by Subject Specialists - TICSS and Continuous Professional Development Program - CPDP. By now 1.6 million children are benefiting from PEF initiatives pioneered by Dr. Malik.
Currently he is working as Federal Additional Secretary to the Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, Director General, Academy of Educational Planning and Management (AEPAM) and Director General, National Commission of Human Development. Dr. Malik has been recognized as an educator to the poor at national and international level because of his passion and services for affordable quality education for the less-affluent and disenfranchised sections of society in Pakistan and around the globe. Dr. Allah Bakhsh is Charles Wallace Trust Fellow of SOAS University of London UK and was appointed as Ambassador of British Alumni Association Pakistan.
He is son of Late Haji Malik Ghulam Hussain Awan of Khara Chakwal.
Malik was Adjunct Faculty at Civil Services Academy, Iqra University and Government College University.
Malik is the former Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) (2004 to 2008), an autonomous organization established to forge public-private partnerships for the promotion of quality education for the less affluent and under-served marginalized sections of society at affordable cost. He developed and introduced new instruments for affordable quality education through innovation. The Economist declared these instruments as the best designs and replicable model in the world. He served as Secretary Literacy and Basic Education Department with Skill Development Programmes and Secretary Youth Affairs (2009 to 2012) Government of Punjab Pakistan. He served as Federal Additional Secretary to the Government of Pakistan for National Tariff Commission, Commerce and Textile Industry. Malik has several decades of experience in various aspects of the education sector and skill development: policy and situation analysis, assessment, policy formulation, strategic interventions, planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation. He has vast experience in implementing social development projects focusing social and human development.
Malik was elected Alternate Member of the Board by Global Partnership for Education - GPE for Asia Pacific Region. The Global Partnership for Education supports developing countries to ensure that every child receives a quality basic education, prioritizing the poorest, most vulnerable and those living in fragile and conflict-affected countries. He is also Member of the Steering Committee and Drafting Group of Framework For Action beyond 2015 by UNESCO Paris.
Malik was conferred M.Phil Degree in Development Economics from Cambridge University, a PhD in Economics, Public Finance and Resource Mobilization from Punjab University and spent time at Columbia University, New York, as a postdoctoral visiting scholar. Dr. Malik is a Chevening Scholar and Charles Wallace Trust Fellow at SOAS, University of London. His work has been extensively published. He was conferred Global Excellence Award of Management in 2013. He was the first Chairman of National Curriculum Council.
Malik formulated Punjab Youth Policy 2012, National TVET Policy 2015 and supervised the revision of National Education Policy 2009.
- ‘Making Punjab literate by 2020’: Making the impossible possible - Interview with Dr. Allah Bakhsh Malik