KARACHI: The second meeting of Sindh Madressatul Islam University’s (SMIU) Senate paid rich tribute to Quaid- e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, both of whom had association with the institution as well as the events; birth and death, related to both of them respectively, falls in the month of December.
The Senate observed that Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had remained student of Sindh Madressatul Islam for the longest period of his academic life from 1887 to 1892. He was the great benefactor of the institution as he not only upgraded the institution from School to College but also bequeathed one third of his personal property to Sindh Madressah through his Last Will.
Similarly, the grandfather of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto had received his education at Sindh Madressatul Islam and her father Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto taught law at one of the constituent colleges of Sindh Madressatul Islam in the initial phase of his career.
Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was keenly interested in the development of the institution and had promised to elevate the institution to university whenever the PPP government came in power.
Her promise was fulfilled by the PPP government of Sindh under the directives of the then President of Pakistan in 2012.
The Senate also carried out the usual business, which included passing the budget for next year, revised estimates for current year and approved the actual expenditure incurred during the last year.
The Senate showed full satisfaction over the growth of the university during the last three years and appreciated the efforts of its Vice Chancellor as well as faculty and staff. The Senate was chaired by the Vice Chancellor Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, as Governor of Sindh, who is Chancellor of SMIU, could not attend it due to his engagements.
The others who attended the meeting included Justice (retd) Agha Rafique Ahmed Khan, former Chief Justice, Federal Shariat Court, Justice (retd.) Syed Deedar Hussain Shah, former Judge Supreme Court of Pakistan, Mr. Fazlullah Pechuho, Secretary Education, Government of Sindh, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, MNA, Mr. Fayaz Ali Butt, MPA, Mr. Moinuddin Siddiqui, Director Confucius Institute of Chinese Language, Mr. Rahim Bux Channa, Representative of Higher Education Commission and Ms. Aziz Fatima Mangi, Additional Secretary Education.