Chief Minister Sindh addresses 130th Foundation Day anniversary of Sindh Madressatul Islam University
Karachi, September 01, 2015 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that Sindh Madressatul Islam was established by a visionary person Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi on the time when Sindh was backward in modern education. Therefore, Sindh Madressatul Islam was second great Muslim educational institution after Aligarh Muslim University in subcontinent.
He said this while addressing the 130th Foundation Day Anniversary of Sindh Madressatul Islam University celebrated at a local hotel by Sindh Madressatul Islam University on Tuesday evening. He said that today we must pay tribute to the person who was behind the establishment of this great institution.
Syed Qaim Ali Shah further said that SMIU has flourished through the times and now it is working as a best university due to efforts of its vice chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh. Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh was the first man, who convinced particularly him to elevate Sindh Madressatul Islam to the level of university. The CM Sindh maintained that Dr Shaikh had said him that why Sindh Madressatul Islam would be a different university in Sindh and now it really has emerged as a different university.
Talking about 130 years old historic building of SMIU he said that it has been maintained very well by the administration of university. He hoped that in future he sees Sindh Madressatul Islam University one of the best universities not only of Pakistan but of the world.
Mr. Chad Peterson, Acting U.S. Consul General in Karachi said that he congratulates SMIU’s vice chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, its faculty and students on 130th anniversary of SMIU. He said that the US has strong support to Pakistan in the education sector. He also said the US providing Fulbright Scholarships and need based scholarships to the students of Pakistan.
Mr. Robin Devies, Director British Council for Sindh and Balochistan said that SMIU is a marvellous and partner university of UK. Thus, he is happy to participate in the 130th anniversary of the SMIU. He also appreciated the services of SMIU’s Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh.
Mr. Hadi Santoso, Indonesian Consul General in Karachi, Mr. Olig Avdeer, Russian Consul General in Karachi, Mr. Emil Wyss, Swiss Consul General in Karachi, Mr. Akhtar Baloch, Vice Chancellor of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University Lyari, Dr Abdul Wahab and Vice Chancellor of Muhammad Ali Jinnah University also highlighted the role of SMIU played in modern education in the region. The foreign diplomats expressed their interest to cooperate with SMIU in the field of education in the future.
Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University in his presentation on the subject of “Past, Present and Future of Sindh Madressatul Islam University” said SMIU’s services are spread on 130 years. During these all years it produced a large number of great leaders including Founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
He also highlighted the role and successes of present day SMIU. Talking about the international linkages he said that SMIU has signed agreements with seven Chinese universities and also working on collaboration with UK universities and other countries.
Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that Higher Education Commission is supporting SMIU for opening its offshore campus in Colombo, Sri Lanka, hence government of Sindh should initially finance it to open the offshore campus. The cake cutting ceremony also held on the occasion.
Prior to it, students of SMIU and its Model School organized separate programmes at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium of SMIU, chaired by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh and Mrs. Shaista M. Ali respectively, where they lauded the role of Sindh Madressatul Islam, its founder Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi, its old prominent students like Quaid –e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and others. They said that “SMI has a glorious past, successful present and promising future.”
Ms. Nabila Kanwal, Principal of SMIU Model School and other teachers also spoke on the occasion. Students of SMIU presented tableaus, dramas, performed on folk songs and delivered speeches on the occasion.
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