KARACHI: Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) celebrated 3rd anniversary of getting its charter at its main campus. The ceremony was attended by a large number of dignitaries including academicians, jurists and other government officials.
Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU in his detailed presentation highlighted historic role of Alma Mater of founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, background of establishment of SMIU, its present day performance and facilities and future plans.
Shaikh said that it was a joint vision of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi to establish a school in first phase, then it should be elevated to the level of college and finally it should be given university status. Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh said Justice Syed Amir Ali, founder of the National Mohammaden Association, had also supported Hassanally Effendi to establish SMI in 1885. Now SMI is completing 130 years of its glorious journey of nation -building this year and also it has been received university status in 2012.
Shaikh further said SMI University had emerged as one of the best and quality higher educational institutions of the country within past three years. “Many successes are in its way,” he commented and added that SMIU recruits faculty and staff and also enroll students on purely merit basis. He said now SMIU had confirmed the services of 66 contract employees working in BPS 1 to 16.
THe vice chancellor said SMIU was also giving emphasis on research work. In this respect it, last year, organized Second International Seminar on Sindh Through the Centuries, National Media Conference and some other seminars on variety of research oriented subjects. “The proceedings of the Second International Seminar on Sindh Through the Centuries, has been published in a book form,” he informed and said that besides faculty students are also being engaged in research work.
Shaikh informed that audience that development work at SMIU’s Malir Campus was also in progress. Initially, a building for school and technical training center is being constructed there.
He pledged that SMI University, in a few coming years, will be known as one of the world class universities.
The prominent personalities who attended the programme were Justice (retd) Hamid Ali Mirza, Justice (retd.) Syed Deedar Hussain Shah, Justice (retd.) Agha Rafiq, Justice (retd.) Syeda Majida Rizvi, Justice (retd.) Ali Hassan Jafri, Justice (retd.) Saindino Metlo, Vice Chancellor of NED University Prof. Dr Afzal Ahmed, Dr Abdul Waha of Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Robin Davics of British Council Pakistan, Dr Mohammad Memon and others. The anniversary followed by dinner. Prominent singer of Sindh Dr. Zulfikar Hussain also presented Wai of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai on the occasion.