The autobiography chronicles Headmaster Jalal-ud-Din Ahmad's odyssey from impoverished beginnings to his winning the Presidential award for the "Best Headmaster in Pakistan" in 1967, the inaugural year of the award. In the process, he recounts how he pursued secondary education through scholarships and "Jagir"(a resident-tutor who received foodand lodging in exchange of tutoring the children of the household), and continued his higher education with the help of scholarships and loans. In his professional life, he faced and overcame daunting challenges posed by the powerful who wanted him to break the school rules in their favour. He dedicated his life to educating the mostly poor students of Bangladesh. To him, the interest of his students was paramount. His students were his top and only priority. Headmaster Jalal-ud-Din Ahmad also delves into how he practiced his teaching philosophy which eventually won him national recognition.
"Fakhruddin Ahmed was born in 1931. He obtained MA in International Relations from Dhaka University in 1952. He joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1954. From 1957-71 he served in different capacities at the Pakistan Diplomatic Missions in Jedda, New York, Tehran, Accra and at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad.
Following independence of Bangladesh he was appointed Additional Foreign Secretary in January, 1973 and later he served as Foreign Secretary from October, 1974 to November, 1975.
He served as Ambassador of Bangladesh to Italy (1976-77), to Yugoslavia (1978, 1982) and as High Commissioner for Bangladesh to the United Kingdom (May 1982 to July 1986). He was again appointed as Foreign Secretary (1986 to 1987) and at the end of the term
Born in 1908 in the Feni district of modern day Bangladesh, Jalal-ud-Din Ahmad was the first graduate of his village. He is the founding Headmaster of Ataturk High School, Daganbhuiyan, where he spent the first half of his professional life, establishing the school on a sound foundation, and producing students who achieved national renown in academics and sports. For the second half of his professional life, Headmaster Ahmad worked tirelessly to transform a war-ravaged Feni High School into the present Feni Government Pilot High School, winning national acclaim for his students, himself, and his school along the way.