Kollam: The new district collector, B. Abdul Nasar from Thalassery, has come a long way from the days when he had his school education in an orphanage and worked part-time to fund his higher education. He has overcome huge challenges in life and fulfilled his dreams through hard work and sterling performances.
Nasar, a 2012-batch IAS officer, was serving as housing commissioner before he was appointed as the 47th Kollam collector.
Nasar fought heavy odds in life after the death of his father, Abdul Khadar, while Nasar was just 5. His mother Manjumma Hajjumma worked as a housemaid to raise her children, including Nasar and his four sisters.
Nasar studied in an orphanage, Darul Salam, in Thalassery from first standard to pre-degree. He graduated from Government Brennen College in English literature, did post-graduation from Farook College in Kozhikode and later completed B.Ed course.
Nasar did part-time jobs to fund his education and completed MSW in medicine-psychiatry.
He started his official career as a health inspector in Pinarayi in Kannur and later joined as a teacher in Thalassery UP school. He dreamt big things in life and cleared the state civil service examination following which he was appointed as deputy collector in 2006.
While Nasar was a deputy collector with the land reforms department, he resolved a four-decade-long revenue land dispute at Ambayathode in Kozhikode and distributed land to 1,100 people. His excellent performance in various departments led to his selection as Kollam collector.
Nasar’s wife M.K. Ruksana is a higher secondary teacher. They have three children: Nayeema, an engineering graduate, Nuamul Haq, BBA student and Inamul Haq, eighth standard student....