A man, who was appointed as a watchman 20 years ago when he had only done his matriculation, has now completed his MPhil degree from Agriculture University Peshawar.

Hailing from Khyber District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Noor Marjan still works as a watchman at the Sheikh Zayed Islamic Center at the University of Peshawar despite completing his research on ‘comparative analysis of tribal customs with customs of Hindu and Sikhs’.

While speaking to Independent Urdu, Noor Marjan told that he originally started this job to take care of his family’s expenses and to fund his education and now he only wants to be hired in a position that fits his academic qualification.


While hoping to get a better job, Marjan told that he sometimes gets very disappointed. “But I can’t give it up because if I give up, there is no other source of livelihood and my pension will be lost.”

Marjan has also worked in numerous departments as a caretaker at the same university. He said that in 2014 he served as a Superintendent of Examinations for four years, after which he was given the duty of a clerk in a university hostel which he did well. But he is once again employed as a watchman.

Appealing to the government and the university administration, Marjan said, “I request that I be given a duty according to my education.”

‘I have done M.Phil including B.Ed and M.Ed which is related to the field of education, so if I am not a lecturer then at least I should be given the duty of teaching assistant so that I can continue my education for the betterment of children.”