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Senior Advisor (SPP)
Mr Muhammad Rafique Tahir
051-9574900, Ext-4900





  • Joined Civil Service in 1987, served as a Joint Educational Advisor, Ministry of Education, Joint Secretary (Education), Capital Administration & Development Division (CADD), Director General, Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), Director General, National Institute of Science & Technical Education (NISTE), Managing Director, National Education Foundation (NEF), Convener, National Curriculum Council (NCC), Incharge Inter – Provincial Educational Ministers’ Conference (IPEMC),  Director (FDE), Focal Person, Early Childhood Education, SDG-4, Malala Fund, Spokesperson, Ministry of Federal Education, CADD & FDE.  Director, Federal College of Education (FCE), Director (Training) FDE, and Director (Colleges), FDE and most recently Director General of Directorate General of Religious Education (DGRE).
  • Vast experience in public sector administration/management of educational institutions, policy, development, reforms, project management, capacity development, dealing with the donors, INGs/ NGOs, focal point of Global Partnership for Education (GPE), E-9 Countries and also dealing with matters pertaining to UNESCO / ISESCO, Joint Ministerial Commission, International / National Agreements / MoU / Protocols. Members Syndicate, Senate, Executive Council, Selection Boards, Academic Councils of Federally Chartered (Public / Private) Universities and Centres of Excellence.
  • As a pioneer of Pakistan’s first ever Single National Curriculum, Mr. Muhammad Rafique Tahir succeeded in completing the first two phases of Single National Curriculum for Grade Pre 1 to 5 and then for grades 6 to 8 with consensus of stakeholders. Due to his untiring efforts, the dream of Single National Curriculum has become a reality. In addition to development of curriculum, textbooks, teacher training modules and assessment framework have also been developed. These will help in better and timely implementation of the Single National Curriculum.   


The Allama Iqbal Open University was established in May, 1974, with the main objectives of providing educational opportunities to masses and to those who cannot leave their homes and jobs. During all these past years, the University has more than fulfilled this promise.