KARACHI: Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has received FM Radio license with frequency of 96.6 from Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority. Mohammad Pervaiz Rathore, acting chairman of PEMRA handed over the license to Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor, SMIU, in Islamabad the other day.
The Radio will be part of the Media Studies Department of SMIU and would train students as well working journalists in the skills related to broadcast journalism in addition to work for promotion of education in the country.
Dr Shaikh while expressing his thanks to chairman PEMRA for giving FM Radio license to the Alma Mater of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, said that the test transmission of the radio would start from the holy month of Ramazan Mubarak, while regular transmissions would start from 14th August 2014, the Independence Day of Pakistan.
He said the FM Radio would work for promotion of education in the country with spirit of patriotism and broadcast academic activities of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, Education Departments of the provincial governments, different universities, colleges and other educational institutions.
Dr Shaikh further said profiles and interviews of prominent scholars, academicians, philosophers, poets and other related persons of the country would also be broadcasted.
He said the vision of the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah would also be strengthened through SMIU on top priority basis.
Dr Shaikh said on the culture side, the SMIU’s FM Radio would broadcast lyrics of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, Baba Bulleh Shah, Baba Farid, Allama Mohammad Iqbal, Asadullah Ghalib, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and others and set new trends in the field of broadcasting.
The chairman PEMRA while congratulating the vice chancellor of SMIU for receiving FM Radio License said he hoped that SMIU’s FM Radio would play such role in promotion of education in the country as SMIU had played since its inception. Additionally, he hoped that SMIU FM Radio would also set an example for other universities for quality broadcast.
It would be worth mentioning here that SMIU had already set up a most modern radio studio in its main campus, where highly qualified and experience personnel have been recruited.