Positions held

Dr. Shaikh has served in various public and private sector positions. He has served as Director, SZABIST Center for Information & Research, Karachi, Director-General, Sindh Ombudsman Secretariat, Director-General, Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Director-General, Sindh Coastal Development Authority and Director-General (Colleges) Sindh. He has also served as Assistant Professor and Deputy Provost at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro as well as Executive District Officer (Higher Education) in Karachi City District Government. He also held additional charge of Chairman, Sindh Textbook Board, Jamshoro and Administrator, Sheikh Sultan Trust, Karachi, as well as taught the subject of Print Media at Institute of Business Management, Karachi. He also edited Science magazine as well as served as an anchorperson on current affair shows of Pakistan television during 1990-94.

Books & Research

Dr Shaikh has authored several books on the subjects relating to education and communication as well as writing biographies of leading personalities of South Asian origin. Two of his research-based books ‘Satellite Television & Social Change in Pakistan: A Case Study of Rural Sindh and Benazir Bhutto: A Political Biography received good international reviews. He has also been writing articles on issues relating to his areas of interest in Daily Dawn and other publications.

Current Assignment

Dr Shaikh is leading the historic institution of Sindh Madressatul Islam (SMI) University , as its Vice Chancellor, to attain the status of a public-sector university, under the decision of the federal cabinet. He has been nominated as the first vice chancellor of the SMI University by the President of Pakistan. The Presidential Directive, duly endorsed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan stated: Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Principal of Sindh Madressatul Islam (SMI) College since 1994 and an eminent scholar would be elevated to the position of Vice-chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam (SMI) University on account of his service rendered.


Dr Shaikh is married with five children. He loves to drive extensively as well as visiting foreign countries. He has also interest in photography and social interaction with people of diverse origin and interests.