Dignitaries laud remarkable services of Sindh Madressatul Islam University at its 131st Foundation Anniversary

Karachi, September 2, 2016

The speakers while lauding the services of Sindh Madressatul Islam University spread over 131 years have said that SMIU is the integral part of the history of educational movement of Muslims of subcontinent and also of Pakistan. It changed the course of history of the region by producing great leaders. They said this while addressing at the 131st Foundation Day anniversary of Sindh Madressatul Islam University, observed on Thursday night.

Mr. Jam Mehtab Dahar, Sindh education minister, while representing the Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah, said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University is not a traditional institution like others, but it is unique in its character, that led the nation to the independence through its alumni like Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and others.

The minister said that the Vice Chancellor of the university Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh has made it an ideal institution through his visionary approach that must be followed by other higher educational institutions of the province. "The provincial government of Sindh is working hard to remove the difference of education prevailing among students of urban and rural population by providing equal facilities and environment to them," Mr. Jam Mehtab Dahar said. The education minister on behalf of the Sindh Chief Minister pledged that Sindh government will provide all necessary assistance to SMIU, because they consider SMIU a proud on asset of the country.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU in his keynote address said that SMI University was a dream of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, which was materialized in 2012. SMIU vice chancellor further said that the life of institutions is always longer than the human beings; therefore, SMIU will continue its national services in the coming centuries also.

Dr Shaikh paid great tributes to Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, SMIU's founder Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi, former Principles Mr. Thomas Henry Vines, Percy Hyde, Harrison, Dr Umer Bin Mohammad Daudpota, Architect of SMIU's Main Building Mr. James Strachan, the then Viceroy of India Lord Duffern, who came to inaugurate SMIU's Main Building, from Calcutta, and others, who played significant role in progress and development of Sindh Madressatul Islam.

Mr. Salman Farooqui, an alumnus of SMIU and present Federal Ombudsman, while sharing memoires of his student life at SMI's college said that, they were used to organize programs of national level, which were attended by Ms. Fatima Jinnah, Abdul Rab Nishtar, Moalvi Abdul Haq, Josh Malihabadi, Dr. Umar Bin Mohammad Daudpoto and other prominent person of the day. The students of SMI also participated in various world class youth conferences. This kind of activities trained the students for their future leadership role.

While presenting tribute to Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh on converting SMIU into an ideal university, Mr. Farooqui said that Dr Shaikh has set new standards for other vice chancellors to follow. He said the vice chancellor SMIU himself led the students to Islamabad and UK under leadership programmes. No vice chancellor of the country can do that. "As I owe to the country, what I am today, I equally owe the SMIU, hence I demand that SM Science College and SM Law College should be given under the SMI University, because these institutions were part of SMI in the past,' the federal ombudsman concluded.

Mr. Waqar Qadeer Dar, Prosecutor General of NAB said that it was a great pleasure for him to attend the 131st anniversary of SMIU, which also produced great names of legal fraternity including founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Justice Tufail Ali Abdul Rehman, Justice (retd.) Syed Sajjad Ali Shah and others. He eulogized services of Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, rendered for this great institution and said that it will be more developed under leadership of Dr. Shaikh.

Counsel General of Russia in Karachi Mr. Oleg N. Avdeev said that SMIU has unique academic traditions. It is one of the oldest educational institutions of Pakistan, where modern education is being imparted to under privileged students with the help of large number of PhD holders. The Russian Consul General said that he sees a bright future for SMIU.

Mr. Sikandar Ali Shoro, Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sindh on Science and Technology, said that he was proud of Sindh Madressatul Islam University's role that enabled Muslims of the region to compete with other nations in the British Raj through modern education. Praising role of Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, for giving new birth to SMIU, he said that SMIU should open its campuses in other parts of Sindh. He also suggested to the Sindh education minister to support the idea for better quality education of students living in remote areas of Sindh.

Dr Suleman Shaikh, Secretary SZABIST said that Hassanally Effendi brought a revolution in the education system of Sindh by establishing Sindh Madressatul Islam. Later on, other persons followed him by establishing modern schools in Naushehroferoz, Tando Bago, Hala and other parts of Sindh. He said today's educational institutions needed the leadership like Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh.

Pir Mazharul Haq, former education minister of Sindh said he had also played a little role for getting university status for SMI. I, as the provincial education minister had piloted the bill of SMI University in the Sindh Assembly. He also congratulated Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, his colleagues, students and faculty members on the occasion of 131st anniversary of SMIU.

Prof. Muhammad Rais Alvi, Director KASBIT, said that under the dynamic leadership of Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, SMIU has progressed a lot, which reflects enthusiasm and vision of its leader.

Mr. Saifuddin Bandooqwala, another old alumnus of SMIU said that after 131 years, SMIU is not aged, but it is grown and growing. He congratulated Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh for making SMIU, the best institution of the country.

Earlier, Prof. Dr Syed Asif Ali, Dean, Faculty of Information Technology presented welcome address and later on, Prof. Dr. Aurangzeb, Dean Faculty of Management, Business Administration and Commerce presented vote of thanks. During the program students of SMIU presented cultural shows, reflecting cultural diversity of the country. A documentary about 131 years of successful journey of SMIU was also screened on the occasion.

The program was attended by a large number of prominent personalities, educationists, intellectuals, writers, SMIU's faculty members and students.

In addition to the evening program, SMIU students organized the programs in the morning also in the auditorium of the institution.

Ms. Shaista M. Ali, spouse of Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU, was the chief guest at the program organized by SMIU Model School. In her speech she lauded the services of the institution rendered for nation building through modern education. She along with Principal of SMIU Model School Ms. Nabila Kanwal and other teachers performed cake cutting ceremony.