128th Foundation Day of SMI celebrated

KARACHI: Students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University’s boys and girls model schools captivated the audience on Saturday, August 31, 2013 during their performance on tableaus, national songs, Sindhi folks songs, skits and presentation of speeches on the second day of Sindh Madressatul Islam’s 128th Foundation Day Celebrations, held at the Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto. It was chaired by Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University.

The students revisited the objectives of foundation of Sindh Madressatul Islam, thoughts and struggle of SMI’s prominent student QuaideAzam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the vision of the founder of SMI Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi and national harmony. They also traced the successful journey of SMI spread over 128 years.

A group of SMI Girl Model School presented a wonderful tableau on Sindhi folk song “Sindh Muhinji Amar, Sindhi Muhinji Jind Jan” that depicted the beauty of Sindhi culture. Another tableau based on national song “Ham Maaen, Ham Bahenen, Ham Betyan, Qoamoon Ki izat Ham Se He” presented by a group of girl students of SMI also left everlasting imprints on minds of the audience.

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU in his speech while appreciating performance of the students said that the students of SMI have beautifully presented colourful culture of our land and struggle of the SMI. He said Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, Baba Bulha Shah, Rehman Baba and Mast Tawkali are true representatives of our civilization. This is why, our civilization provides liberty to act, right to speech and love to humanity to every citizen.

“Our civilization is not conservative, but it is a symbol of love and respect to all people. It preaches love with humanity without any discrimination based on language and ethnicity,” Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh said and added that all the identities of Pakistan citizens like Sindhi, Punjabi, Pakhtun, Baloch and other ethnic groups are an integral part of Pakistani nation.

Talking about the Sindh Madressatul Islam University’s school, Dr Shaikh said it was the school where QuaideAzam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had received his early education. He further said that those were learned teachers who had taught English language to Quaid –e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah at SMI. “QuaideAzam Mohammad Ali Jinnah was belong to a lower middle class family and his father was living in a two room apartment in Wazir Mansion along with his wife and seven children,” VC of Alma Mater of QuaideAzam said added that later on QuaideAzam Mohammad Jinnah worked hard and became founder of a new state – Pakistan.

He said Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah set his own reference, as his parents had not left any asset for him. Similarly, students of SMI’s model schools and SMIU have to set their own references by working hard.

Shaikh while talking about Sindh Madressatul Islam said that when he had joined SMI as its principal in 1994, it was in most deplorable condition. Even there was no water cooler for students. Apart from it, SMI was imparting education only to boys. But when he tried to open girls’ secondary section in SMI, he faced a lot resistance from the concerned quarters. “In a meeting of Board of Governors of SMI held on 17 September 1994, the majority of its members had opposed the idea to open girls section in SMI,” Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh said and added that but Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah, who was the then federal education minister, and was chairing the meeting had supported him. Since then tens of hundreds of girl students of SMI have completed their education from this great institution.

He further said that SMIU’s boys and girls school has been protected through the charter of SMIU, in which it has been written that SMIU’s school section will also be part of the university. Vice Chancellor of SMIU vowed that Sindh Madressatul Islam school would be made most quality institute up to 2015, when SMI will celebrate its 130th Foundation Day.

Shaikh announced Rs1000/ for those students of SMI who participated in tableaus, songs, skits and delivered speeches and Rs2000 for those teachers who took part in the preparation of the programme. Earlier, SMIU girls and boys model schools principals Ms Nabila Kanwal and Ms Nighat Fatima, senior teachers Abdul Latif Chacher, Rajab Ali Mallah, Samia Shaheen, Marvi and students Iqra Khoso, Asim Baloch, Aliza, Irfan, Abdul Basit, Kajol, Saba Lakho and other participate in the programme.