KARACHI: Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU), has said that SMIU while upholding its exemplary and historic role played in imparting quality education and nation consciousness in the region before partition and after it, since the last 127 years, it is progressing very fast to emerge as one of the most modern universities of the world.
Briefing the delegation of Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors (CPNE) led by its Secretary General Aamer Mehmood on Tuesday, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said we are playing our role by spreading quality education with national approach but the people of the country should also play their role in resolution of the core issues of SMIU.
While mentioning some hurdles in the way of smooth progress of SMIU Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh said there are about 60 shops constructed on the plot of SMIU. This plot stands in the name of “Government for the purpose of Sindh Madressatul Islam”. He said these shops have completely defaced the historic building of SMIU. The Vice Chancellor of SMIU further said in addition to these shops, the rear side of the plot to the extent of about 2000 square yards has been occupied by unauthorized occupants.
He also said that at present three buildings of SMIU namely Hassanally House (built in 1909), Khairpur House (built in 1912) and Sardar House (built in 1919) located within the compound of SMIU are in possession of S.M. Science College. Hence the presence of two institutions with separate administrations within the same compound is creating operational problems in addition to violation of SMIU/s territorial jurisdiction.
He said SMIU has requested the government of Sindh to declare S.M. Science College a constituent college of SMIU, as it had been part of SMI prior to 1972 nationalization. Shaikh also traces the history of SMIU which starts from 1885 and produces great Muslim leaders of subcontinent like Quaid –e- Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and others.
On the occasion, Aamir Mehmood secretary general of CPNE said the CPNE supports the concerns of SMIU and it will extend its possible support to SMIU in getting resolved its matters like construction of shops on SMIU’s land, encroachment of its land and handing over of S.M. Science College to SMIU.
“We shall do all this because, the SMI is an Alma Mater of founder of Pakistan, hence it being a national institution deserves full support from every citizen of the country.” He also praised the services of Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, VC SMIU for transforming SMIU into the centre of Excellency.
Later, the delegation visited the Jinnah Museum and showed very much interest in the relics of the Father of the Nation Quaid –e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, founder of SMI Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi and other prominent old students displayed there. They also visited TV studio and FM radio, set up by the SMIU. On the occasion Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh suggested that there should be collaboration between newspapers and SMIU specially its Media Studies department, which shall benefit both the SMIU students of Media Studies and also to the newspapers. The editors of various newspapers and periodicals agreed on it.
The delegation comprised Aamer Mehmood, Dr Jabbar Khattak, Anwar Farooqui, Ghulam Nabi Chandio, Ms Durdana Shahab, Hamid Abidi, M Sami Gohar, M Harris Rabbani, Usman Satti, Syed Kamran Rizvi, Abdul Rahman Mangrio, Javed Mehar Shamsi, Ms Hasina Jatoi, Salman Qureshi, Muzaffar Jan and Abdul Khalique Ali.