The daughters of Syed Ahsan Ali (1880 – 1942), and the sons and daughters of Syed Maratib Ali (1883 – 1961), donated nine acres of land situated on Ferozepur Road, Lahore to the Industrial,Technical and Educational Institute (ITEI), a non-profit society registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1860, to establisha vocational training school, which started working in 1972 under the name of Ali Industrial Technical Institute (AITI).
In 1992 the trustees of the ITEI decided to phase-out the technical school and replace it with a teacher training institution under the name of Ali Institute of Education (AIE).
I am privileged to have been associated with the setting up of the original school, the AITI and its successor, the AIE.
The primary objective of both these institutes has been the dissemination of knowledge at a level where it matters the most for the uplift of our country. While setting up the AIE, I was informed by many of the educationists that the maximum damage to the learning process of our students takes place in the primary education. It was,therefore, decided that we must address ourselves to the primary education of our country if we really want to bring about any positive changes in the current educational impasse. Hence, the declared mission of the Ali Institute of Education that specifies “a commitment to improving the quality of primary-school level education in Pakistan through raising the status of teaching to a profession.”
As Chairman of its Management Committee, I pledge my continuing support to the educational programme of the AIE and wish its organisation the best of luck in its endeavours to perpetually improve the standard of education being imparted.