KARACHI: Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor, Sindh Madressatul Islam University, has expressed his deep sorrows over the demise of Rana Bhagwandas, a renowned lawyer, former Chief Justice of Pakistan and member of Selection Board of Sindh Madressatul Islam University.
Lauding his services particularly in the field of education, DrShaikh, in his condolence message issued on Monday, said that there was big attachment of Justice (retd.) Rana Bhagwandas with Alma – Mater of founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah – the Sindh Madressatul Islam University. He added that Justice (retd.) Rana Bhagwandas was the member of first selection Board constituted after getting university status for Sindh Madressatul Islam and the syndicate of SMI University had again appointed him as member of selection Board of SMIU for next two years recently. The syndicate of SMIU had also adopted a “Resolution of Appreciation” in recognition of his meritorious services.
Vice Chancellor of SMIU further added that the interviews of selection of employees of grade 17 and above were held in SMIU for 26 days on different dates, and Justice (retd.) Rana Bhagwandas was present in all those interviews. Dr. Shaikh said about 80 percent appointments in Sindh Madressatul Islam University were made in the presence of Justice (retd.) Rana Bhagwandas.
Dr. Shaikh stating about relations of Justice (retd.) Rana Bhagwandas said that he had always participated in seminars, conferences and other programmes organized by Sindh Madressatul Islam University, which included “2nd International Seminar on Sindh Through the Centuries,” “National Media Conference” and others. Besides, he had delivered lectures on different occasions to students and faculty members.
Dr Shaikh said that when he was appointed as Principal of Sindh Madressatul Islam in 1994, Rana Bhagwandas was also appointed as Judge of Sindh High Court Karachi in the same year. Since then there were cordial relations with him. Dr. Shaikh added that Justice (retd.) Rana Bhagwandas was not only a famous lawyer but he was known as honest and principled Judge and a great man, and people like him take birth in centuries. “His services for the country will be remembered for ever,” Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh concluded.