SMIU's 4-Day Festival of Arts and Ideas started

7 December 2017

Festival of Arts and Ideas

The 4-Day Festival of Arts and Ideas started at Sindh Madressatul University on Thursday with screening of three classic films, Ben Hur (1959), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964). The film Bun-Hur was just a follow up of the film "The Fall of the Roman Empire." While the film The Bridge on the River Kwai was based on World War II and America's prisoners of war and Japan's role in it. The festival was first of its kind that was organized by any university in the country.
The event was held at the Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto of Auditorium and was presided by Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU. The program was attended by students, their family members, faculty and staff of the university in a large number.
While addressing the participants of the festival Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that this festival is being organized to mark 70 years of the Independence of Pakistan and introduce young generation with the world history, and our own culture and other aspects of life through variety of programs. He said that the main objective of screening classic movies was to make younger generation aware from the world history, because lessons of the history make us more conscious to get right decisions at right time and move forward carefully.
Festival of Arts and Ideas On Second Day (Friday):
On the second day of the festival, Friday a formal inaugural ceremony of the Festival of Arts and Ideas will be held at 3.00 pm at the inner court yard of the university. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU will presided, while distinguished personalities will address it. On the same Prof. Thomas Dahnhardt of Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy will deliver lecture on "Contacts between Hindu and Muslim-Sufi spirituality in South Asia." Also two panel discussions will be held on "State of Economy in Pakistan" and "Pakistan's Education System: The Robot Factory" respectively. Mr. Muffasar Atta Malik, President KCCI, Mr. Amin Hashwani, Executive Director, Hashwani Group of Companies, Pakistan, Mr. Nasir R. Zaidi, President, The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce, Dr. Zahid Ali Channar, Dean, Management, Business Administration & Commerce, SMIU, Dr. Muhammad Memon, Chairman, BISE, Hyderabad, Mrs. Sadiqa Salahuddin, Executive Director, Indus Resource Centre, Karachi and Ms. Amar Sindhu, poet and women activist, University of Sindh, Jamshoro will participate in the discussions.
In the category of distinguished lecture, Ms. Mehtab Akbar Rashdi will deliver her lecture. SMIU Speed Quiz Show will also be held on Friday.


Cultural Day celebrated at SMIU

4 December 2017

Cultural Day

Students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University observed Cultural Day of Sindh on Monday. They did Jhumar (a form of Sindhi dance) in the ground of SMIU on the rhythm of Ho Jamalo, a folk song of Sindh. All male and female students had attired Sindhi cultural dresses including Sindhi Topi and Ajrak. They showed great joy and pleasure while organizing gatherings in campus to highlight the importance and cultural beauty of the day.
Prior to it the students of SMIU Model School had also observed the cultural day.


SMIU organizes 4-Day Festival of Arts and Ideas (7th-10th December) and International Conference on Computing and Related Technologies 28th to 29th December 2017)

4 December 2017

SMIU organizes

Sindh Madressatul Islam University's 4-Day Festival of Arts and Ideas will be commenced from Thursday, 7th December and will continue till Sunday, 10th December, in its premises. The international and national scholars, academia, social scientists, economists, journalists and experts of other fields are attending the festival. In this respect all preparations have been finalized. This was stated by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU, during a media briefing, held at a local hotel on Monday.
Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that the festival is being organized to celebrate 70 years of the independence of Pakistan. Therefore, during four days of the festival, international lecture programs, distinguished lectures, conversation corner, bookshelf sessions, documentary competition, painting and photography's exhibition, performance by SMIU's students on seven famous folklores of Sindh, singing and quiz competitions, screening of classic film, Message of Peace and Universalism in Mystic Poetry, fun fare, national and international cultural shows and school show will be organized.
SMIU organizes He said that on the first day of the festival, Thursday, December 7, 2017, a film fare will be held, in which classic films, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Bridge on the River of Kwai and Ben Hur will be screened from 9.00 am to 6:50 pm at SMIU's auditorium. The inauguration session will be held on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 3:00 pm.
Dr Shaikh said that in the category of international lecture programs Prof. Thomas Dahnhardt of Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy will deliver lecture on "Contacts between Hind and Muslim-Sufi Spirituality in South Asia," Ms. Zoe Che Yi, Vice President for H. R. and International Partnerships University of Sanya, P.R. China, will deliver lecture on "Exchange Programs between Chinese Universities and Pakistani Universities", Ms. Weimin Delcroix-Tang, Dean, School of Foreign Languages, University of Sanya will talk on "Inclusivity and Indignity: The Double-sidedness of the Oceanic Culture of China's Tropical Island Hainan" and Dr. Matthew A. Cook, Professor of Postcolonial and South Asian Studies, Department of History, Department of Language and Literature, North Carolina Central University, USA, will deliver lecture on "Writing and Reciprocity: Standardizing the Sindhi Language in Colonial South Asia."
He said that in the category of distinguished lectures, Mr. I. A Rehman, senior columnist, Dr. Ishrat Hussain, former Governor, State Bank of Pakistan, Mr. Iftikhar Ahmed, senior anchor person, Mr. Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Federal Secretary for Planning and Development, Government of Pakistan, Ms. Ameena Saiyid, OUP and Mehtab Akbar Rashdi, columnist will address to their respective sessions.
He further informed that in the sessions of Conversation Corner, experts of their respective subjects will talk on the State of Economy in Pakistan, Pakistan's Education System: The robot factory, Development of Karachi as a mega city of Sindh, Women and Gender Issues in Pakistan, Environmental Issues of Pakistan, Entrepreneur Potential for Youth in Pakistan, The future of IT in Pakistan, Electronic & Digital Media: The way forward and Freedom of Media: Corporate, State and non- state interest in Pakistan.
Similarly, in the category of Bookshelf, Mr. Abbas Hussain, Prof. Sehar Ansari and Prof. Saleem Memon will give introduction of the best classic books published in English, Urdu and Sindhi, respectively. Dr Shaikh said that in the documentary competition, three best documentaries will be selected for prizes. The first prize would be of Rs.30, 000/-, second Rs.20, 000 and third Rs.10, 000/-
Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, said that it is the first ever festival of its nature, which is being organized by SMIU in Pakistan. He said that the basic objectives of organizing this festival are to enhance the thinking horizons of our youth as well as to enable them to participate various forms of arts. The vice chancellor said that the festival will also polish the organizational capabilities of our younger generation as all the events are being organized by students of SMIU under supervision of their faculty members. This activity will energize our youth towards positive pursuits, which SMIU believes is the best way to celebrate the independence of our nation. Students of SMIU Model School will present a show, highlighting their talent. It should be noted here that the students of SMIU are organizing all the 40 event of the festival.
Dr. Ambreen Fazal, Incharge Chairperson, Department of Media and Communication Studies and Convener, Ms. Zunaira Jalali, Coordinator of the festival and Ms Sidra Agha, coordinator of documentary competition gave presentation about the festival.
On the occasion Prof. Dr. Syed Asif Ali, Dean faculty of IT of SMIU briefed the media persons about the International Conference on Computing and Related Technologies, which is being organized by SMIU's Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Information Technology from 28th to 29th December 2017. He said that 12 research scholars are coming to attend the conference from four continents of the world include Asia, Africa, North America and Europe. He further said that six research scholars are coming from all provinces of Pakistan. He informed that 40 research papers have been received. Out of these, 35 papers have been reviewed. Dr Syed Asif said that on the last day of the conference SMIU will sign MoUs with different national and international universities for the promotion of IT.


Sindh Madressatul Islam University finalizes program of 4-Day Festival of Arts and Ideas

22 November 2017

Festival of Arts and Ideas

Sindh Madressatul Islam University has finalized the schedule of its 4-Day Festival of Arts and Ideas in a meeting chaired by Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh on Wednesday at the Conference Room of SMIU. The festival will hold from 7th December to 10th December in the premises of SMIU.
In the meeting it was decided that during the festival four international lecture programs, eight guest speaker's sessions, nine panel discussions, 3 bookshelf sessions, documentaries/short films competition, painting and photography's exhibition, performance by SMIU's students on seven famous folklores of Sindh, singing and quiz competitions, film fare, fun fare, national and international cultural shows and school show will be organized.
It was also decided that in the category of international lecture programs Prof. Thomas Dahnhardt of Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy will deliver lecture on "Contacts between Hind and Muslim-Sufi Spirituality in South Asia," Ms. Che Yi, Vice President for H. R. and International Partnerships University of Sanya, P.R. China, will deliver lecture on "Exchange Programs between Chinese Universities and Pakistani Universities", Ms. Weimin Delcroix-Tang, Dean, School of Foreign Languages, University of Sanya will talk on "Inclusivity and Indignity: The Double-sidedness of the Oceanic Culture of China's Tropical Island Hainan" and Dr. Matthew A. Cook, Professor of Postcolonial and South Asian Studies, Department of History, Department of Language and Literature, North Carolina Central University, USA, will deliver lecture on "Writing and Reciprocity: Standardizing the Sindhi Language in Colonial South Asia."
The names of the guest speakers were also finalized and was informed the meeting that Mr. I. A Rehman, senior columnist, Dr. Ishrat Hussain, former Governor, State Bank of Pakistan, Mr. Ghazi Sallahuddin, senior journalist, Mr. Iftikhar Ahmed, senior anchor person, Mr. Mazhar Abbas, senior journalist, Mr. Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Federal Secretary for Planning and Development, Government of Pakistan, Ms. Mehtab Akbar Rashdi, columnist and Ms. Khalida Ghous, eminent scholar will address their respective sessions as the guest speakers.
About the panel discussions it was decided that panel discussions will be held on the subjects of Role of Media in Pakistan, State of Economy in Pakistan, Pakistan's Education System: The robot factory, Development of Karachi as a mega city of Sindh, Women and Gender Issues in Pakistan, Environmental Issues of Pakistan, Entrepreneur Potential for Youth in Pakistan, The future of IT in Pakistan and Culture of Philanthropy in Pakistan.
During the festival the classic films, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Bridge on the River of Kwai and Ben Hur will also be screened.
While addressing the meeting Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU said that it is the first ever festival of its nature, which is being organized by SMIU as a part of the 70 Years Celebrations of Pakistan. He said that the basic objectives of organizing this festival are to enhance the thinking horizons of our youth as well as to enable them to participate various forms of arts. The vice chancellor said that the festival will also polish the organizational capabilities of our younger generation as all the events are being organized by students of SMIU under supervision of their faculty members. This activity will energize our youth towards positive pursuits, which SMIU believes is the best way to celebrate the independence of our nation.


SMIU pays great tribute to Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo by organizing a literary reference

19 November 2017

Ibrahim-Joyo

Pakistan's senior politician, intellectual, writer and former student of Sindh Madressatul Islam, Mr. Rasool Bux Palijo has said that Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo was a great theorist of Pakistan and an extra ordinary person, who had never compromised on his principles, preached for fundamental rights of common man and worked for Sindhi literature and language till his death. He said this while addressing the Literary Reference organized by Sindh Madressatul Islam University in the honor of its alumnus and former teacher late Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo, on Sunday night, in its premises.
Mr. Rasool Bux Palijo, 87, who had remained student of Mr. Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo at Sindh Madressatul Islam in 1940s, said that although his health was not permitting him to travel, but he came here at his Alma-Mater Sindh Madressah from Hyderabad just to pay tribute to his great teacher and a great intellectual of Pakistan Saen Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo. "I told my friends and family members that this is the invitation of Joyo sahib, so I must have to attend the program which has organized by my Alma-Mater Sindh Madressatul Islam," Mr. Palijo said.
Ibrahim-Joyo Mr. Rasool Bux Palijo was of the opinion that Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo didn't committed a single mistake in his entire life of 102 years and proved to be an exemplary man. "I had never felt in my life for a single moment that Joyo sahib should had not done this or that thing. On the contrary, he gave the society ideals, and values of simplicity, selflessness, humbleness, love for human being and consciousness for basic rights of common folk," another stalwart of Sindhi literature and progressive thinker of the country Mr. Palijo said and maintained that no one can imagine that how much Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo had the knowledge of world history. Whenever, he was talking, history of hundreds of thousands of years was unfolding before us, a human being was emerging as a most respectable creature from his talk and then we were feeling totally changed in our inner world."
Recalling his school days at SMIU, Mr. Palijo said that one day Joyo sahib had enquired from me about my knowledge of English language, and I had replied in negative, then he suggested me to read English novels. Afterwards, I acted upon his advise and read many English novels written by great novelists of the world. Such practice changed me totally.
Ibrahim-Joyo Rasool Bux Palijo further said that Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo was not a teacher of that kind, who were teaching students just to get passed in their examinations, but he was a teacher of that nature, who were creating new persons, having social and national consciousness, love and respect for people and play their role for betterment of the nation and society. Mr. Palijo said and maintained that we will make Pakistan a prosperous and peaceful country as envisaged by Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo.
Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU in his welcome address said that Mr. Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo had a deep association with his Alma-Mater Sindh Madressatul Islam, which was spread over fifteen years. He said that Mr. Joyo was enrolled at SMI in 1930, when another great scholar and former student of SMI, Dr Umer Bin Mohammad Daudpoto was its Principal. He passed his matriculation in 1934. Again he joined SMI as a teacher in 1938 and remained associated with it till 1947. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that Joyo sahib was a committed and dedicated educationist and intellectual of the country.
Ibrahim-Joyo "Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo had come to SMI from a small village -Abad, of district Dadu and was belonging to a poor farmer family, but after getting modern education from SMIU he emerged as a successful person, a great teacher and an intellectual of our times, Dr Shaikh said and stressed upon the students to follow these personalities.
Prominent columnist and writer Ms. Zahida Hina said that Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo had remained as a shelter for us for almost one century. He was against extremism of all kinds and exploitation of people. "No another Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo will born," she said.
Mr. Mazhar Jameel, a biographer of Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo said that every aspect of his life was just like to be followed as he had worked for those persons, who are neglected in the society. "After creation of Pakistan, he had a great opportunity to participate in politics, because at that time Sindh was being changing, but he preferred to work intellectually and awake the people through his words," Mr. Mazhar Jameel said.
Ibrahim-Joyo Former Vice Chancellor of University of Sindh Mr. Mazharul Haq Siddiqui in his speech said that Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo had always thinking about betterment and successful future of youth. Recalling an incident of University of Sindh, Mr Siddiqui said when he had rusticated some students from the university, Joyo sahib had become very much disturbed over such act and then he had met him and said that the students should be given another punishment, but they should not be expelled from the university, because dreams of their poor parents will be shattered.
Prof. Saleem Memon, Dr Fahmida Hussain, Dr Ayub Shaikh, Ms Aness Memon and Mohsin Joyo also paid great tribute to late Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo, who passed away on 9th November. They also highlighted his services rendered for Sindh's education, literature, language and culture. SMIU also screened a documentary prepared by TV and Radio Studios of SMIU about life and services of Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo.
Ibrahim-Joyo The literary reference was attended by eminent scholars, intellectuals and writers including Noorul Huda Shah, family of Rasool Bux Palijo, deans, chairpersons, faculty and staff members and students of SMIU, in a large number.


SMIU will hold a Literary Reference for Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo on Nov.18

10 November 2017

Ibrahim-Joyo

Sindh Madressatul Islam University has announced that a Literary Reference will be organized to pay tribute to SMIU’s former student, former teacher and a great intellectual Mr. Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo, on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm at SMIU. Prominent intellectuals, writers and academicians will talk on the life and literary works of Mr. Joyo.
“We want to pay homage to the great thinker and academician Joyo sahib, who had a deep association with his Alma-Mater SMIU,” said Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU, while chairing a meeting on Friday, where the decision of holding a Literary Reference for Mr. Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo was taken.


Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU pays great tribute to distinguished scholar Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo

9 November 2017

Ibrahim-Joyo

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has paid a great tribute to the icon of Sindhi literature and a great scholar of Sindh Mr. Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo by saying that besides scholarly pursuits, Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo had remained a great thinker, educationist and had played a major role in development of Sindhi language and literature through out his life. He said this in a condolence message on the demise of Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo, who passed away on Thursday 9, 2017 at Hyderabad.
"Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo was an illustrious student of Sindh Madressatul Islam, from where he had passed his matriculation in 1934 and had also served his Alma Mater- SMI as its teacher from 1938 to 1940 and then 1941 to 1947," Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that later his service was terminated from SMI as he had written a book on issues of Sindh before the Partition, but I had withdrawn such order on August 1, 2015 as head of the same institution-SMIU, on the occasion of his centennial celebration, organized by SMIU at a local hotel."
Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh has further said that SMIU has also published English and Sindhi translations of his biography. Dr Shaikh announced that SMIU will organize a literary reference in the honor of Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo soon.
Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh has also extended his condolence with noted journalist Mr. Mohammad Qamar Khan, on demise of his father.


SMIU organizes Certificate Distribution Ceremony for teachers of SMIU Model School

31 October 2017

Distribution Ceremony

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has said that the SMIU Model School is an integral part of Sindh Madressah University. This is why; the equal importance is being given to its academic development and progress by arranging training programs for its teachers and brining improvement in classroom learning of its students.
Addressing the Certificate Distribution Ceremony held on Tuesday at its auditorium, for those fifty teachers of SMIU Model School, who have recently completed their English Training Program from the Pak American Cultural Center (PACC) with collaboration of SMIU, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that main objective of the training was to improve communication skills of teachers in English language, that ultimately will benefit students.
He said that teachers should be most focused on quality learning of their students, for which this institution has earned reputation. He said it is a prime responsibility of SMIU Model School's teachers to provide quality education to the students of underprivileged and poor class. "Like their own children, teachers must think about educational betterment of their students," Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said and added that SMIU is providing modern facilities to teachers as well its students, hence there is a need of improvement in teachers' performance and their communication skills. He further said that teachers should honestly fulfill their responsibilities of teaching and give preference to grooming of their students. The Vice Chancellor said that the students of SMIU Model School will be provided opportunities of study tours within the city to enhance their observation and learning.
Ms. Nabila Kanwal, Principal of SMIU Model School and teachers also spoke. Earlier Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh gave away certificates to the participants of the English Training Program.


SMIU observes Pink Ribbon Day

27 October 2017

Pink Ribbon

Sindh Madressatul Islam University observed the Pink Ribbon Day on Friday. In this respect a program was held in its Sir Shahnawaz Auditorium, where female speakers said that about forty thousand women are died annually in Pakistan due to breast cancer, while 1.38 million women become victim of the said disease in the whole world, every year.
Speaking at the program as a chief guest Mrs. Shaista M. Ali said that breast cancer is a fatal disease for women, but in our country women are taking it as a taboo. Therefore, such ignorance is a major hurdle in beating up breast cancer. She said that there was a need to spread awareness among common women and girls about breast cancer, which will help them to get diagnosed it in its primary stage. "Our girls and women are usually gripped with a fear of cancer, that is why they are avoiding consulting a doctor, which proves harmful for their lives in later days," she said.
Dr Ambreen Fazal, Chairperson of Department of Media and Communication Studies of SMIU said that if the beat breast cancer is diagnosed in its early stage, there would be 90 percent chances to survive from it. She said that women should discuss this kind of issues with their family members and doctors without any fear and hesitation, because this is a matter of life.
SMIU's girl students also talked on the subject and emphasized to spread awareness about the breast cancer especially among girls, women and family members. On this occasion a Pink Ribbon Dress Competition was held among the female students of SMIU, where, in students' category, Ms Nada Yasir got first position and Ms Nimra stood second. In teachers' category, Ms Shaheena got first and Ms Sahar Channa second position.
SMIU's faculty member Ms. Syeda Rakhshanda Kaukab also gave a detailed presentation on the breast cancer and suggested some priliminary steps to control it. In the end prizes were distributed among the winners of competition. The program was attended by SMIU's female faculty, staff members, female students, Principal of SMIU Model School Ms Nabila Kanwal and female teachers and girl students of the school.
On this occasion SMIU's girl students also organized sports activities and formed a symbol of Pink Ribbon in SMIU's sports ground.


Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU eulogizes services of Justice (Retd.) Hamid Ali Mirza

24 October 2017

Hamid Ali Mirza

r Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has said that Justice (Retd.) Hamid Ali Mirza was an honest and committed judge, who tried to provide justice to people of the country during his service as a judge of lower courts to the Supreme Court of Pakistan. This is why he will be remembered in the country by his honesty and commitment with justice. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said this while chairing a meeting of the Selection Board of SMIU, which was held at Committee Room of the university on Tuesday, where fatiha was offered for the departed soul of Justice (Retd.) Hamid Ali Mirza.
Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further said that Justice (Retd.) Hamid Ali Mirza had a close association with SMIU. He had served it being a member of its Selection Board for three years, where he upheld merit during the selection of candidates for SMIU.
The members of the Selection Board of SMIU, who attended the meeting, were former judges of Supreme Court of Pakistan, Justice (Retd.) Sarmad Jalal Osmany, Justice (Retd.) Syed Deedar Hussain Shah, former Secretary of Education, Sindh Mr. Sharif Baloch, member of Sindh Public Service Commission Mr. Ghulam Shabbir Shaikh, Deans of SMIU Prof. Dr Zahid Ali Channar, Prof. Dr Syed Asif Ali and Mr. Shakeel Ahmed, Secretary of the Selection Board of SMIU.


Ms Naheed Memon delivers lecture on "Investment Opportunities in Sindh" at SMIU

16 October 2017

Naheed Memon

Ms. Naheed Memon, Chairperson of Sindh Board of Investment, Government of Sindh has said that Pakistan is the consumer economy country, where numerous business opportunities are available in small business, trade and agriculture sector, which must be availed by people of the province. Today the only way of survival is involvement of younger generation of Pakistan in domestic trade and business. She said this while delivering lecture on "Investment Opportunities in Sindh" at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) on Monday.

She said that today technological developments have changed business and have redesigned industries. This is why, we are living in a changed world, therefore, it is a question that how can a person capitalizes those opportunities, which are available locally, regionally and internationally for them. She said that Pakistan needs economical security and prosperity.

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Ms. Naheed Memon said that Sindh Enterprise Development Fund (SEDF) encourages small businesses and trades in Sindh. In this respect the SEDF provides financial support to about 30 agro based businesses. "The persons who want to start their own business, they may contact to the SEDF, they will be provided full support," she said and that about 60 percent fruit is wasted in Sindh due to poor knowledge of packing and storage system of it.

Talking about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Ms Naheed Memon said that this mega project will increase connectivity in the country and also resolve problems of energy, roads, highways and transportation. "There are no five star even four star hotels in other cities of Sindh including Hyderabad, Sukkur and Larkana. Even there should be an amusement park in Hyderabad and other cities of Sindh," she said and added that resorts will be set up at Keenjhar and Haleji Lakes soon." She said that Sindh has remained a hub of international biasness and trade in the past due to its port. Therefore CEPEC's "One Belt One Road" would be a revival of Silk route that will connect Pakistan and China to the world market. She praised the role of Sindh Madressatul Islam University for imparting quality education. She advised the young generation that they firstly invest in their selves through education and then adopt the profession whatsoever they want.

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Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University in his speech said that there are best opportunities available in business and trade in the country, therefore young generation should not depend only on public or private jobs. Tracing the history of Sindh Madressatul Islam University, he said before establishment of SMI on the plot, where it exists today, this place was serving as a Qafila Seria, where caravans of traders from Afghanistan, NWFP (present day KPK), Punjab, Balochistan and Iran were coming over here. After advent of railway line from Karachi to Kotri in initial years of British rule, the importance of Qafila Seria came to an end and then Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi purchased the plot from Karachi Municipality for SMIU. Still today, SMIU is located in the commercial hub of the city.

Earlier Ms. Naheed Memon visited Jinnah Museum of SMIU and praised the historic things preserved in it.


Fourth meeting of Sindh Madressatul Islam University's Senate held

13 October 2017

Fourth meeting

The fourth meeting of Sindh Madressatul Islam University's Senate was held in the Senate Hall of the university on Friday. Provincial Minister of Education, Government of Sindh Mr. Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar, who is also Pro-Chancellor of SMIU, chaired the meeting. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU while presenting the five year report of the university said that the present provincial government of Sindh has given ten acres of land to SMIU in Hawks Bay area, where "Hawks Bay Campus of SMIU" will be established soon.

In his report Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that earlier the Government of Sindh had given one hundred acres of land for SMIU's Malir Campus in the Education City of Karachi, but this area will take some time to get developed. Therefore, it was an urgent need of the SMIU to get a plot in its vicinity to establish its new campus to fulfill its growing needs. He said that the enrollment of the students is increased every year at SMIU that is why, the present day Main Campus of the university in insufficient to accommodate all students.

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"Sindh Madressatul Islam University has emerged as one of the best and quality universities of the country. Keeping such fact in the mind it needs to be expended to some extent to give opportunity of learning to those students who are willing to get enrollment in the alma mater of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah," Dr Shaikh said and added that in this respect we requested to the Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah for allocation of a piece of land in the vicinity of SMIU and he happily ordered to give the SMIU ten acres of land for its new campus in the said area. SMIU will receive possession of the land within two weeks. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh also highlighted other achievements of the university made in the areas of quality education, research, training of faculty and SMIU's leadership program etc.

Sindh Education Minister Mr. Jam Mahtab Hussain Dahar in his speech said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University enjoys a historic status due to its affiliation with founder of the country Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and other leading figures of Pakistan Movement. This is why; the Government of Sindh has always supported it. He said that the government of Sindh will fully support SMIU in establishment of its new campus in Hawks Bay. The education minister announced that SMIU will be included in the Sindh Education Department's Endowment Fund, from where deserving students of the university will be benefited.

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The Sindh Education Minister also praised the role of SMIU's Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh and said that he has made the SMIU a most modern and best higher educational institution of the country within a short period of five years, which makes us to feel proud. The Senate also passed a resolution to praise the services of Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, rendering for development of SMIU.

Earlier, the SMIU Senate taken some important decisions and approved minutes of its third meeting. Mr. Justice (retired) Syed Deedar Hussain Shah, former Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Moinuddin Siddiqui, Director Confucius Institute of Chinese Language, Prof Dr Abdul Rashid, former Dean, Faculty of Islamic Learning, KU, Dean Prof. Dr. Zahid Ali Channar of SMIU, Dean Prof. Dr Syed Asif Ali and Prof. Dr. Aftab Ahmed Shaikh were among other members of the Senate who attended the meeting. Later, Mr. Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar also visited Jinnah Museum of the university.


SMIU will organize 3-Day "Festival of Arts and Ideas" from 8th December to 10th December 2017

10 October 2017

SMIU Festival

Sindh Madressatul Islam University is organizing the first ever "Festival of Arts and Ideas" in Pakistan from 8th to 10th December 2017 as a part of Pakistan's 70 years celebrations. The festival comprises about fifty events, concurrently running in a heavily packed program, within three days. The events include lectures and talk by international scholars and eminent persons of Pakistan, panel discussions on important issues; depiction of cultural heritage of Pakistan; screening of classic films; performing art shows; exhibitions of paintings, photographs and documentaries and other such events. This was said in a meeting of the Coordination Committee of the "SMIU Festival of Arts and Ideas," chaired by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU on Tuesday.

Addressing the meeting Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that Prof. Thomas Dahnhardt, Professor, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy, Dr. Atsushi Noguchi, Professor, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan and Ms Zoe of Sanya University, Sanya, China will deliver lectures on the subjects related to history, education, languages and socio-economy of the present day world.

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He further said that the panel discussions will be held on the subjects of "power of Social Media and Phenomenon of Fake News," "Pakistan's Education System: The robot factory," "Women Empowerment v/s Feudal mindset," Indus Water Treaty and Water Wars," "Pakistan's Economic Dependence on International Powers," "Digital Divide and its Impact on Society" and "Climate Change: An Existential Threat."

Giving further details about the festival Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that the newly published books by SMIU Press will also be launched on the occasion. Likewise an introductory session of some historic and classic books will be held. Apart from it, SMIU students will perform on folk stories include Sassuee Punhoon, Moomal Rano, Umar Marvi, Noori Jaam Tamachi, Suhni Mehar, Sorath - Rai – Diyach and Leela Chanesar.

The Vice Chancellor said that a session will be held on the Mystic Message of Peace and Universalism. Exhibitions of photography, paintings, sculptures and documentaries will be held also. The entries for documentary competition will be sought from documentary makers who are affiliated with universities of the country. Similarly, singing competition will also be on country level. Besides fun fair and quiz competition will also be held. Students of SMI Model School will too present a show on the occasion.

Talking on the objective of the festival Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that the basic objectives of organizing this festival are to enhance the thinking horizons of our youth as well as to enable them to appreciate various forms of arts. This event will also polish the organizational capabilities of our younger generation as all the events are being organized by students of SMIU under supervision of their faculty members. He said that this activity will divert the attention and energizes of our youth towards positive pursuits, which SMIU believes is the best way to celebrate the independence of our nation.

"Today universities of the country need to introduce culture of dialogue, tolerance, our moral values, brotherhood, cooperation and new ideas among younger generation. Therefore, this festival surely will educate and train the students according to the needs of the day," Dr Shaikh concluded.


SMIU launches "Faculty Advisory Initiative" program

6 October 2017

Faculty Advisory Initiative

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has said that young generation of the country needs counseling to resolve their problems facing specially in universities. He said this while addressing the "Faculty Advisory Initiative" program, organized by Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) of SMIU, on Friday at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium of the university.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that SMIU has started a pilot program of academic counseling for its students through faculty. In this respect SMIU's faculty members will be nominated to give two hours in a week to various groups of students for academic counseling.



Faculty Advisory Initiative

The Vice Chancellor further said that today's young generation is most sensitive, and from parents to teachers, all these persons instead of supporting them, are imposing their decisions upon them. This is why; a large number of young generation is confused today. While citing the example from the past Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that teachers of the past were most kind, sympatric, dedicated and supportive to their students. They were used to establish a bond of respect with their students, but today there is lack of interaction between teachers and students. If this sort of interaction would have not been necessary then, there was no need of presence of a teacher in person, in any institution. Hence, a teacher must play his/her role of guide, advisor and councilor.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that the SMIU has a great tradition of teacher-student interaction, as in the past, SMIU was used to support its students. Even it was trying to get suitable jobs for its students in other institutions, after completion of their education. Today, we are reviving such culture in our institution. Hence, a teacher has to play both roles of a teacher and advisor/counselor for grooming and growth of the students.

Faculty Advisory Initiative

Earlier, Ms. Ambreen Barwani, Deputy Director of QEC gave presentation on the subject and talked about the mechanism chalked out by QEC for students counseling.


SMIU observes Teacher's Day

5 October 2017

Teacher Day

Sindh Madressatul Islam University has paid a rich tribute to teachers by organizing various activities on the Teachers' Day, on Thursday. A main event was held in the Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium which was presided over by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU. Student's Societies of SMIU presented variety of programs on the occasion. SMIU's students delivered speeches in English, Urdu and Sindhi languages. They also participated in Mushaaera and drama. A documentary about the role of teachers was also presented on the occasion.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU in his speech said that teachers are shaping lives of students according to the challenges of the day; hence their role is always considered so much important in the country. He said that those teachers command the respect that are experts in their subject, having communicative skill, working honestly and thinking for betterment of their students. "Today, teaching is a well paid job in our country and teachers are enjoying many incentives, therefore, Teacher Day they shouldn't deviate from their core responsibility of quality teaching," Dr Shaikh said.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh stressed upon the students to respect their teachers and learn from them, as they are considered father figures. Prof. Dr Zahid Ali Channar, Dean Faculty of Management, Business Administration and Commerce and Prof. Dr Syed Asif Ali, Dean Information Technology also spoke on the occasion. In the end Deans of SMIU presented a shield to Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh.

Earlier in their activities students of SMIU highlighted role of teachers in the nation building and said that without teachers, the society will be called blind. Therefore, they must be given respect and honor, because teachers are preparing new generations who have to run the country successfully. The students of the university also exhibited their art work in the premises of the university, where they displayed boxes with names of their teachers, where students dropped their comments about the concerned teachers.

Teacher Day

Chief Minister Sindh assures SMIU his full support

11 September 2017

Chief-Minister

The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that Sindh Madressatul Islam was a national heritage because of its association with the Founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and other freedom fighters. He said that the Government of Sindh will do everything possible to develop this historic institution. He said this while meeting the Vice Chancellor Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh at Chief Minister's House on Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah's death anniversary, on Monday.
The Chief Minister paid rich tributes to Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi, who had introduced modern education in Sindh through establishment of Sindh Madressatul Islam in 1885. He said that Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, former President Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, the Chairperson PPP Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, and his own parents had been taking keen interest in the development of Sindh Madressah.
The Vice Chancellor apprised the Chief Minister that Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had studied at Sindh Madressatul Islam for the longest period of his academic life, from July 1887 to January 1892. He further said that Quaid-e-Azam elevated Sindh Madressah from school to college in June 1943. Subsequently, Quaid-e-Azam bequeathed one third of his entire property to Sindh Madressah through his last will.
The Vice Chancellor appreciated the contributions made by Chief Minister towards his institution in his various capacities, including as the Finance Minister of Sindh. He said that the institution had been emerging as one of the top quality educational institution because of the patronage from Government of Sindh. On that occasion, the Vice Chancellor apprised the Chief Minister regarding the issues being faced by the institution as well as the development plans of the university. The Chief Minister assured the Vice Chancellor of his full support for resolution of those issues.
On that occasion, the Vice Chancellor presented his book "Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah: Education, Struggle & Achievements" to the Chief Minister.


Sindh Madressatul Islam University organized a wonderful Annual Function

10 September 2017

Annual Function

Sindh Madressatul Islam University organized a wonderful Annual Function in connection with 133rd Foundation Day of this great institution at a local hotel on Saturday evening. Various groups of students of SMIU presented cultural shows depicting cultures of different countries particularly those which they have visited as a part of SMIU Leadership Program. They presented the popular/folk songs of China, Malaysia, Turkey and UK. They also presented national and Sindhi folk songs including Ho Jamalo.

On this occasion Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU gave away awards to about 43 employees of SMIU ranging from highest grades to lowest grades, on their outstanding performance delivered during year 2016-17. Among seven recipients of Order of Excellence Award were Dean Faculty of Information Technology Prof. Dr Syed Asif Ali, Chairperson Department of Media and Communication Studies Annual Function Prof. Dr Ambreen Fazal, Chairman Department of Education Mr. Stephen John, Controller of Examination and Admissions Mr. Furqan Iftikhar, Director Finance Mr. Ghulam Ali Surhio, Registrar Mr. Gulzar Ahmed Mughal, Director HRM Mr. Shakeel Ahmed Abro and Director Planning and Development Mr. Ghulam Mustafa Shaikh. Other thirty six employees of SMIU who received Performance Awards were working in different departments and sections of the university including Quality Enhancement Cell, Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (ORIC), Department of Planning and Development, HRM, Department of Finance, graphic designers, caretakers, security guards, peons and cleaning workers.

Later, in his presidential address Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU said that at the time when Sindh Madressah was founded on 1st September 1885, there was no university and no college in entire Sindh. Even there was no modern school for Muslims of Sindh, which were 75 percent of Sindh's total population. There were only a few schools of Zoroastrian community, Hindu Community and colonial rulers. Also, there were only three matriculate Muslims in Sindh at that time.

Annual Function

Vice Chancellor of SMIU said that, such situation compelled Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi and his friends to establish a modern school for Muslims of Sindh. He said that the first college (D.J Arts College) was established in 1887 just two years after establishment of SMI and first university was set up in April 1947 in Sindh.

"At that time there were only two classes in Sindh as Zamindar (landlord) class and Hari (peasant) class. There was no middle class in Sindh. That is why, the absolute Muslim majority of Sindh was deprived of their basic rights, because landlords were not interested in education of the poor population," Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said and added that in later days when a middle class person attained a some social position, he took a mission to educate young generation of Sindh by establishing a modern institution-Sindh Madressatul Islam.

Annual Function

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that in later days this institution produced great leaders including founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, who led the nation for their Independence and created a new country-Pakistan. He said that Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had a great love and reverence for his Alma-Mater, that is why he had bequeathed one third of his personal property to SMI in 1939 through his Last Will and had inaugurated "Sindh Madressah College" in 1943.

Talking on the present status of the institution, Dr Shaikh said that today this great institution is working as a university and imparts quality education to the young generation as continuity of its great traditions set during the last 132 years. The Vice Chancellor also congratulated the entire nation on the 133rd celebration of Alma-Mater of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and other prominent persons.

The program was followed by performance of well-known young mystic singer Sanam Marvi. She sung poetry of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, Baba Bulleh Shah, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and other prominent poets of the country. The program was attended by vice chancellors of different universities, senior state officers, academics, faculty and students of SMIU in a large number.


5th meeting of Academic Council of SMIU held

8 September 2017

Academic Council

The 5th meeting of the Academic Council of Sindh Madressatul Islam University was held on Friday at the Senate Hall of the university. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU chaired the meeting. In the meeting minutes of 4th meeting of the Academic Council of SMIU were approved. The matters related to academic departments and research were discussed and resolved. Research Policy of the University was also approved in the meeting and it was decided that the research work would be encouraged by giving incentives to the researchers of the University.

Dean Prof. Dr. Zahid Ali Channar, Dean Prof. Dr Syed Asif Ali, chairpersons and other members of the Academic Council attended the meeting.


Academic Council

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU addresses Orientation Day

7 September 2017

Orientation Day

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has said that during the last 133 years the SMIU has not only upheld its historic character but it has progressed in many areas, which has made it different from other institutions of the country. He said this while addressing the Orientation Day, organized by the University for newly admitted students in BS and MS programs for Fall 2017, at SMIU's auditorium.

While welcoming the newly enrolled students at SMIU, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that they have many privileges over here at SMIU. They are studying in the Alma-Mater of founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, which is enlightened in its nature and practice. Also, it is oldest institution of the sub-continent that produced a large number of freedom fighters for creation of Pakistan. SMIU also provides modern facilities and opportunities to its students for their professional grooming including scholarships, trainings and visits of the national institutions and other countries like UK, Turkey, China and Malaysia, under its Leadership Program. "Out of 1500 students only 263 students have succeeded to get admission at SMIU through a merit based selection process," the Vice Chancellor said.

Orientation Day

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further said that Sindh Madressah University believes in professional grooming of its students with the help of its highly qualified faculty and also it encourages them to nurture their hidden talent by participating in various activities organized by the university on different times. He stressed upon the students to strictly follow discipline and rules and regulations of the university, respect teachers, staff members and fellow students, concentrate on learning and participate in co-curricular activities, that will give them confidence and improve their leadership skills.




Orientation Day

Earlier, deans of various faculties, chairperson and heads of different departments introduced their departments through presentations. In the last the students visited various departments of university in groups. A documentary on "Past, Present and Future of SMIU" was also screened on the occasion.







Orientation Day

Orientation Schedule

5 September 2017

It is to inform you that orientation of Fall 2017 will be held on 6th September 2017 into two shifts.

First shift: All Undergraduate students (BBA, BS)

Reporting Time: 09:30 am sharp

Venue: Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium, SMI University

Second Shift: All Graduate students (MBA and MS)

Reporting Time: 02:00 pm sharp

Venue: Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium, SMI University.

for any further query, please contact with admissions department.


Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU inspects the ongoing construction work, at Malir Campus of the University

29 August 2017

construction-work

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has said that SMIU is setting up Primary School, Vocational Institute and Women Resource Center at SMIU's Malir Campus to empower local community of Malir district including Darsano Chhano and Gadap town of Karachi city. He said this while inspecting ongoing construction work of two storey building of Primary School, Vocational Institute and Women Resource Centre at SMIU's Malir Campus.
In addition to that, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that in the second phase the Department of Environmental Science would also be set up over here at SMIU's Malir Campus, because this area is most suitable for research work on environment. "Our main objective is to empower local community by providing them quality primary, technical and vocational education. Also, we want to help the local women to utilize their skills for their better life by providing them best learning and technical facilities," Dr Shaikh said and added that the Vocational School would be comprised of four technical components including plumbing, general electrical, mobile repairing and Television Mechanic.
Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that we should follow the path of community service of late Dr Ruth Pfau, who had left her country and dedicated her entire life to serve the people of Pakistan.
construction-work On the occasion the Vice Chancellor of SMIU directed the concerned departments of the University, who are engaged in the development work over here at Malir Campus of SMIU, to expedite the construction work and to chalk out a comprehensive plan, under which modern and quality education along with latest facilities should be provided to students at SMIU's above mentioned school and centers.
The registrar, Director Planning and Development, Director Finance, Deans of various faculties and other administrative staff of SMIU was also present there.




construction-work


Sindh Madressatul Islam University celebrates Independence Day of Pakistan with great national spirit

14 August 2017

Independence Day

The Alma-Mater of Founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah organized variety of programs to celebrate the 71st Foundation Day of Pakistan in its premises. The feelings of proud and success were visible from faces of students of the university,SMIU Model School, faculty and staff members of the institution.

The first event was Flag Hoisting Ceremony, that was held at the ground of the SMIU at 9.00 pm, which was performed by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU. A large number of students, faculty and staff members attended it. Here while congratulating the participants and people of Pakistan, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that, it is a greatest day for people of Pakistan as on this day, 70 years ago, they had achieved their Independence and separate homeland named Pakistan.

The second program was held in the Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium, which was organized by various societies of SMIU and chaired by Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh. On the occasion SMIU's students presented speeches, national songs, skits and culture shows, representing all provinces of the country. It was a great show of talent of SMIU's students who claimed true heirs of the greatest alumnus of this institution Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

The third event was organized by the students of SMIU Model School in the same auditorium. The little angels of the school were clad in green shirts and carrying national flags in their hands. They also presented thought provoking speeches, dramas, national songs and other items that reflected the stories of the struggle of Pakistan.

Independence Day

In his speech Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU talked on the main reasons of creation of Pakistan with reference to the ideals of founder of the country Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah in detail and said that throughout the Independence Movement Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had never uttered a single word of hate against his political opponents including Gandhi and Nehru, but he always advocated for the rights of Muslims of undivided India and then creation of Pakistan in more civilized language and in peaceful manner. "Even he had felt deep pain on the events of massacre during the partition, because he was not in its favor at any cost," Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh said and added that the massacre of Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs was due to planned mismanagement of the then British rulers of India. If they had wanted, they had saved lives of one million people who were killed and 10 million people who were uprooted from their abodes during the separation.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that on this stage when Pakistan is completing 70 years of its Independence we should think about the next 70 years of the country and must work on the ideology of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, which was based on better law and order situation in the country, eradication of corruption, favoritism, nepotism, black marketing and equal rights for all citizens of the country including minorities and women.

Independence Day

"One can gauge the high reverence and importance of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah for women that firstly his wifeRattanbai was accompanied with him in his most social gatherings and after her demise, his sister Miss Fatima Jinnah was attending most political and social activities along with him," Dr Shaikh said and added that it was ironic that we could not see wives or other women relatives of Gandhi and Nehru participating in political activities along with them, but Mr. Jinnah was believing in equal participation of women in the politics also.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh stressed upon the students of SMIU that they must forward the legacy of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah as his custodian, because Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah was also used to sit and read in the classrooms, in which you (SMIU's students) are sitting and reading today. So, it is SMIU's students' prime duty and responsibility to make the Pakistan strong, prosperous, tolerate and peaceful in the coming 70 years.

Independence Day

Dean Dr. Zahid Ali Channar, Dean Dr Syed Asif Ali, Registrar Mr. Gulzar Ahmed Mughal, Director Finance Mr. Ghulam Ali Surhio, Principal SMIU Model School Ms. Nabila Kanwal and others also addressed the celebration program.


A large number of candidates participate in entry test to get admission in SMIU

30 July 2017

SMIU entry test

Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) held an entry test for Fall 207 at a local hotel in two shifts in a local hotel , where a large number of candidates gave the test for different disciplines of the university including Department of Business Administration, Commerce and Management Science, Computer Science, Media Studies and Communication, Environment Science and Education. Out of fifteen hundred students, who had applied Online for the admission for two hundred seats in all departments, nine hundred fifty students had submitted their forms along with required fees, and these students also gave test conducted by the university.
The candidates had come from all parts of Sindh, because SMIU offers admissions on open merit.
While talking before and after the test, some candidates said that they are aspirant to get admission in this historic institution that not only provides a quality education at its campus on low fees, but provides opportunities of world visits.
It is important to note here that SMIU had received university status in February 2012 and the classes of first batch had started form January 2013 and its first convocation was held this year in the month of February. Now, SMIU is ranked among the best universities of the country, which had also established its academic contacts and signed MoUs with various noted educational organizations and universities including China, UK, Turkey, Malaysia and other countries.


SMIU entry test tomorrow

27 July 2017

SMIU entry test

Sindh Madressatul Islam University has announced that the entry test for admissions in Fall-2017 at the university will be held on tomorrow Saturday, 29 July, 2017 in two shifts.
First test will be held at 9:00am and second test shall be held at 12:00noon. The candidates will appear in the test for BS and MS programs of all five departments of the university.
The admission office of the university has advised the candidates to report at the venue of the test before 9am and 12noon along with their original admit cards.


SMIU's Turkish Ties:
Vice Chancellor, SMIU to attend Islamic World's Universities Heads Moot at Ankara

24 July 2017

transformation

Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University, Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, has left for Turkey on Monday, on invitation of the President of Turkish Council of Higher Education, to attend the forum of Vice Chancellors of the Islamic World at Ankara, Turkey. The Forum is to be opened by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey at Presidential Complex on Wednesday, 26th July 2017.
Dr. Shaikh has been extended invitation by the Turkish Council of Hihger Education in view of SMI University's historic ties with Turkey. It may be noted that the founder of Sindh Madressatul Islam, Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi, had been bestowed two highest Turkish titles i.e. "Effendi" and "Bey Majidi" by Turkish Government in 1880s in recognition of services rendered by him towards the people of Turkey in wake of Turkey-Russia war. Khan Bahadur Effendi also severed as an honorary consul of Turkey in Karachi till his death in 1895.
The moot of the Vice Chancellors is being attended by heads of the leading universities from all over the Muslim world and aims at establishing ties amongst the seats of higher learning.


Recalling transformation of SMI from school to university

21 July 2017

transformation

It was a great achievement that this great institution was transformed from a typical public sector school to a world class university within last 23 years. This was said by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) while referring 23 years of his service at this historic institution as a its head, in a meeting of senior management and deans of the university, held at a Committee Room of SMIU on Friday.
Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that when he had joined Sindh Madressatul Islam 23 years ago on 21 July 1994, the conditions of SMI were miserable. "Even there was no drinking water available at SMI, hence the students were used to go outside to get drinking water from there," Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, who had transformed the Alma Mater of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and other heroes of the country into a most modern higher education institution, maintained that the last 23 years of his stint as a head of the institution were challenging for him, because, being the mother institute of the country, it was needed full concern, devotion, commitment, honesty and loyalty, and he, with the support of dedicated team of teachers and staff members, firstly stabled the school, then opened girls' secondary section, college section, replaced old typewriters with modern computers, restored grandeur of old its buildings, improved academic standard and provided all necessary facilities to the students, teachers and staff members.
Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further said that as it was the vision of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and SMI's founder Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi to elevate this institution to the level of a university, hence he worked day and night to get the dream of the great Muslim educational leaders come true. Ultimately, SMI received university status in 2012. Now, it is counted among a few modern and quality higher educational institutions of the country.
Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that, destiny of the SMIU doesn't ends at its university status, but it has to become one of the best universities of the world in near future. In this regard the SMIU has planned several schemes to further improve academic standard, quality of teaching and academic environment at the campus.
The Vice Chancellor of SMIU said that today (Friday) was the last day for submission of admission forms by the students for Fall 2017, and about 1500 students have submitted Online forms against 200 available seats in its five departments. So, one can judge from this example that SMIU is getting more importance day by day due to its quality of education and conducive atmosphere.
On this occasion Mr. Gulzar Ahmed Mughal, Registrar of SMIU highlighted the services of Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh rendered for SMIU and said that under his leadership SMIU has emerged as most important university of Pakistan. "Dr Shaikh has given a new birth to this great institution," he concluded.


Registration for admissions at SMIU will end on Friday, July 21

18 July 2017

admission open 2017

Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has announced that the registration for admissions at SMIU will end on Friday, July 21, 2017. The SMIU is offering admissions in BS and MS programs for Fall 2017, in its five departments i.e. Department of Business Administration, Commerce and Management, Department of Computer Science, Department of the Media Studies and Communication, Department of Education and Department of Environmental Science.
It has been further said that the registrations forms can be filled and submitted through Online on university's website www.smiu.edu.pk, or that can be received from Admission Office Help Desk of SMIU on working days from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Entry test will be held on 29th July at the premises of SMIU. Result of the test will be announced on 4th August. Then the interviews of the successful candidates will be conducted. Orientation Day will be held on 6th September and classes will be commenced from 7th September.


Admission in various disciplines at SMIU continued

5 July 2017

admission open 2017

Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has announced that the admissions for Fall 2017 are continue in BS and MS programs in five departments of university i.e. Department of Business Administration, Commerce and Management, Department of Computer Science, Department of the Media Studies and Communication, Department of Education and Department of Environmental Science.
Admissions will continue up to July 21, 2017. The registrations forms can be filled and submitted through Online on university's website www.smiu.edu.pk, or that can be received from Admission Office Help Desk of SMIU on working days from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Entry test will be held on 29th July at the premises of SMIU. Result of the test will be announced on 4th August. Then the interviews of the successful candidates will be conducted. Orientation Day will be held on 6th September and classes will be commenced from 7th September.


Dear Students,

To facilitate SMIU students, last date for submission of fee for Fall 2017 semester is extended till June 30, 2017. All students are advised to deposit their fee by the given due date. There will be no further extension in fee submission date and Rs. 100/= per day will be charged against late fee submission.

SMIU's Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh talks on development and achievements of the Varsity

9 June 2017

development and achievements

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has said that the federal government has approved project of SMIU's new campus that will be built in the Education City of Karachi. For that development project the government has approved more than one billion rupees. Out of the said amount, Rs150 million will be given to SMIU during ensuing fiscal year. He said this while briefing the media about SMIU's Admission Policy at a local hotel.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that SMIU is going to open SMIU Model School's branch in the Education City, within premises of SMIU's Malir Campus, from August 2017. "SMIU wants to provide quality and modern education to poor children of rural settlements of Malir, Karachi, because this institute was basically established for poor children of Sindh in 1885 and even today, the new generation needs same quality and modern education.

The Vice Chancellor further said that two new academic departments i.e. Department of English Language and Department of Development Studies will be added to SMIU sooner. The Department of Development Studies will mainly focus on CPEC. "SMIU has emerged as one of the best seats of learning of the country. That is why; the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan has given its highest "W" category to Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) of SMIU on its performance for two consequent years. Similarly, HEC has also recognized SMIU's Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization (ORIC).

achievements

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that SMIU has established collaborations and signed MoUs with national and international universities and educational organizations of China, UK, Turkey and Malaysia. Under these agreements, SMIU's 21 students have completed their internship programs in China.

Talking about the enrollment of students at SMIU, he said that the enrollment is increasing every year. Last year 1997 students had applied for admission and only 650 students succeeded to get admission through a transparent admission process. "We want to provide quality education with national and international exposure to our students, which lacks in most public sector universities of the country," Dr Shaikh said. He also informed the audience that about 25 percent of total strength of SMIU's students get scholarships.

Earlier, Mr. Furqan Iftikhar, Director Admissions and Controller of Examinations briefed the audience about admissions at SMIU through presentation. He informed that the admissions for Fall 2017 shall start from July 2, 2017 and continue till 21 July. He said that admissions are given on purely merit basis.

On the occasion Prof. Dr Syed Asif Ali, Dean, faculty of Information Technology, Mr. Gulzar Ahmed Mughal, Registrar, Ms. Ambreen Barwani, In charge QEC, Ms. Quratulain, Manager University-Industry Linkages and Ms. Nabila Kanwal, Principal of SMIU Model School also spoke. Question- Answer session was also held on the occasion.


Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari addresses students and faculty of Sindh Madressatul Islam University

26 May 2017

Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that he takes pride in the fact that he is a descendent of Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi, and Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto, the Founder of this illustrious institution and one of its finest students who dedicated his life to the fight for Pakistan. Today as he stands here, at the threshold of one of the oldest institutions of modern knowledge in the Subcontinent, he is both humbled and filled with pride.

Addressing the students and faculty of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium of the university on Friday, he said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University is the institution that educated some of the most renowned soldiers, dedicated educationalists, fine jurists and visionary leaders who went on to change the course of history of this nation and its people. And not only that, but changed the very map of the world. For the Quaid-e-Azam, Mohammad Ali Jinnah himself studied at this campus, in addition to other luminaries including Sir Abdullah Haroon, Sir Ghulam Hussain Hidayatullah, Khan Bahadur Mohammad Ayub Khuhro, and Shaikh Abdul Majid Sindhi, just to name a few.

Talking about the students of SMIU he said that seeing all these bright eyed young people who are currently pursuing their quest for quality higher education gives him renewed hope for a modern and prosperous Pakistan that can compete with bright minds anywhere in the world whilst simultaneously retaining pride in its own history and culture.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari at SMIU

He was of the view that the establishment of SMI University in 2012 was in accordance with the Pakistan Peoples Party's vision towards improved higher education opportunities for Pakistan's youth through institutions that would open new doors for research based knowledge building, coupled with opportunities to practice their new found skills and knowledge before applying them to the real world. "An educated nation is a progressive nation.

Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that he applauds the efforts of the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh, for creating a learning environment conducive to the growth and development of its students, the teachers for providing an opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences with our future generations, and the students themselves dedicated to honing their minds and practical skills, which will serve to bring Pakistan at par with other developed and modern nations.

Talking about the role of teachers he said that today role of educator is more important than any other time in Pakistan's history. As we fight against an extremist mindset within and outside our borders, it is up to our teachers to imbue into their students the true ideals of tolerance.

In the end Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that all the young people to go forth and conquer the world with their knowledge, ideas and vision for the future of this nation with bravely, as upright human beings and as dedicated Pakistanis.

The Chief Minister further said that the Sindh government is committed to improve quality, access, equality and governance in the education which will help in accelerating the implementation of the Sindh Compulsory and Free Education Act.

Talking on the SMIU, Syed Murad Ali Shah said that SMIU is no stranger to prodigious achievers in its midst, having educated the likes of the Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto and Sir Abdullah Haroon to name a few. He said that he is sure that with a history such as this and having embraced the provision of quality education along with imparting practical knowledge to its students, the institution is all geared up for producing new legends who will make us all proud of their success.

Earlier, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU in his speech welcomed Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah, Vice Chancellors of various universities of Sindh and other guests. In his presentation Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh talked on history, association of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Bhutto family with Sindh Madressatul Islam University. He also briefed about the period in which this institute was reduced to an ordinary school and defaced by construction of shops around it on its areas.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh advised the Sindh government to name the Education City Karachi after Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi, who had introduced modern education in Sindh by establishment of Sindh Madressah, in the end of 19th century.

Later on, Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari inaugurated the Senate Hall of SMIU, then presided a meeting of vice chancellors of various universities of Sindh. Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah, members of his cabinet, members of statuary bodies of SMIU and senior faculty and officials of SMIU also attended it. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU briefed the meeting about higher education in Sindh.

During the interactive session all the vice chancellors talked about the issues of their universities and gave some suggestions. Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah assured the heads of the universities that the problems of the universities and their employees will be resolved on priority basis.

Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in his remarks said that he is giving priority to the higher education, and the provincial government of his party is taking measures to improve quality of education in all parts of Sindh from rural to urban areas. He also said that he himself considers higher education more important for the nation building.

The vice chancellors and heads of higher educational institutes who attended the meeting were, Dr. Muhammad Ajmal Khan, Vice Chancellor Karachi University, Dr. Sarosh Hashmat Lodhi, Vice Chancellor, NED University, Prof. Nisar Ahmed Siddiqui, Director, IBA, Sukkur, Dr. Farrukh Iqbal, Director, IBA, Karachi, Dr. Noshad Shaikh, Vice Chancellor, LUMHS, Jamshoro, Dr. Syed Muhammad Tariq Rafi, Vice Chancellor, Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Karachi, Dr. Abdul Karim Baloch, Vice Chancellor, QUEST, Nawabshah, Prof. Ghulam Asghar Channa, Vice Chancellor, SMBBMU, Larkana, Prof. Dr. Akhtar Baloch, Vice Chancellor, BBSU, Lyari, Karachi, Prof. Dr. Faizullah Abbasi, Vice Chancellor, Dawood University, Karachi, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Aslam Uqaili, Vice Chancellor, (MUET), Jamshoro, Dr. Mujeebuddin Memon Vice Chancellor, Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam, Dr. Azam Hussain Yousfani, Vice Chancellor, PUMHS, Benazirabad, Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Acting President, ZABSIT, Mr. Wajeeh Uddin Ahmed, Chancellor, Jinnah University for Women, Karachi, Prof. Muhammad Rais Alvi, Director, KASB Institute of Technology, Karachi, Dr. Hakeem Abdul Hannan, Vice Chancellor, Hamdard University, Karachi and Mr. Hunaid Lakhani, Chancellor, Iqra University, Karachi.

On this occasion, Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari visited Jinnah museum and took keen interest in the relics of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Hassanally Effendi and other alumni of SMIU.


Sindh Madressatul Islam University organises 1st National Research Conference

24 May 2017

National Research Conference at SMIU

Research scholars and academicians have emphasized on research work in the country and suggested to the government that it must give priority to research work to make the country economical vibrant, socially progressed and educationally rich. They said this while addressing the inaugural session of the 1st National Research Conference on Management, Leadership and Entrepreneurship, organized by the Department of Business Administration of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU), at its Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium on Wednesday.
Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU in his inaugural speech said that despite having huge resources in the country, we have not progressed much more in research work in all areas of life including science, technology, management, leadership and entrepreneurship.
"In the colonial era, there were fewer resources and technical and other facilities, but we got best railway system, local bodies system, education system and other civic facilities. On the contrary, the country has less progressed today, when we have more resources and educated manpower," Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said and added that it's a need of the day, that we should produce dynamic leadership in all fields of the society, improve management system and encourage people to become entrepreneurs.
The Vice Chancellor of SMIU advised the young research scholars of Sindh Madressatul Islam University to take research work on priority basis and the university will fully support them in this respect. He also said that SMIU is publishing research journals of international standard that shows SMIU's preference being given to the research.
Prof. Dr. Mohammad Rais Alvi, Director KASBIT, in his keynote address said that SMIU has taken a good initiative to encourage research in the country by organizing research conference. He was of the view that he gives first priority to entrepreneurship as this sector generates job opportunities for people of the country. He also talked on importance of business in the present day world.
Prof. Dr. Abuzar Wajidi, Director Institute of Health & Business Management, Jinnah Sindh Medical University said that the concept of management has been changed today. Now it is said that don't think globally, but act globally.
Prof. Dr Aurangzeb of SMIU in his speech said that this is the era of collaboration and not of the competition. He said the role of leadership has changed in the present day world. Also this is the age, where while believing in unified thinking one has to accept diversity also.
Earlier Prof Dr Zahid Ali Channar, Dean, faculty of Business Administration welcomed the guests and said that the basic objective of organizing this conference is to promote research culture in the country.


A delegation of China's Hainan Tropical Ocean University visits SMIU

11 May 2017

A delegation of China's Hainan Tropical Ocean University visits SMIU

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has said that Pakistan and Chinahave five thousand years old relationship through their civilizations which were Indus Valley Civilization and Yellow River Civilization. Now the friendship of these two countries has gotten more strength by jointly working on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He said this while addressing the program organized by SMIU in the honor of 5-member delegation of SMIU's partner university - Hainan Tropical Ocean University (HTOU), China, at its Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium, on Thursday.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further said that China's One Belt One Road project is a game changer in the world, which will connect 65 countries of the world. CPEC is a part of that grand Chinese project, which will connect Pakistan with the world. Thus, it will also change the destiny of people of Pakistan economically and socially. Therefore, youth especially students of Pakistan must prepare themselves to get jobs and avail other opportunities, that will come out from the CPEC in coming five to ten years.

China's Hainan Tropical Ocean University visits SMIU

"Participation of educated youth of Pakistan in this over fifty billion dollars project will change not only lives of individuals but also of the nation," Dr Shaikh said and added that universities of Pakistan should educate and train their students according to the needs of the CPEC. He emphasized on 'people to people contact' and collaboration and cooperation between universities of China and Pakistan.

Talking on the hurdles coming in the way of 'people to people contact' of both the countries Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that Pakistani people must learn Chinese language and improve their technical and job related skills and Chinese people should learn Urdu and other languages, which are our national languages. In this regard SMIU's Vice Chancellor offered his support to provide language learning opportunity to the students of HTOU. He said that 21 students of SMIU had participated in one month long internship at HTOU in China recently. He further suggested that both the universities should provide education to their students for at least one semester.

Ms Liu Xuan, Professor, School of Marine Information Engineering, Hainan Tropical Ocean University, who was also leader of the delegation, in her speech said that there is a long history of China and Pakistan friendship. Although there is a long distance between these two countries, but our hearts are close to each other. Ms Liu Xuan said that SMIU and HTOU have established a good relationship, which will become stronger in future and provide a bridge between two countries through their students and faculty. She said that it will be an honor for them to provide required support to the students of SMIU at HTOU in coming days. She invited SMIU's students and faculty to visit HTOU and SanyanCity, which is one of the beautiful cities of China.

On this occasion question-answer session was also held and souvenirs were exchanged. Prior to it, documentaries of SMIU and HTOU were screened at the auditorium.


Higher Education Commission allows Sindh Madressatul Islam University to start PhD programs

10 May 2017

Higher Education Commission allows Sindh Madressatul Islam University to start PhD programs

Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) has allowed Sindh Madressatul Islam University to start PhD programs at the University by issuing No Objection Certificate (NOC).
Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU, while congratulating faculty and staff members of the university has said that HEC's decision to permit SMIU to start PhD programs along with ongoing under graduate and graduate programs, shows its trust on the quality education of Sindh Madressatul Islam University. He also congratulated Prof Dr Syed Asif Ali, Dean, faculty of Information Technology, on his efforts taken in this regard.


Students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University's Department of Business Administration organize "Leaders Day"

10 May 2017

Students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University's

Students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University's Department of Business Administration organized the "Leadership Day" by displaying posters of world leaders, belonging to the fields of politics, science, technology, philosophy, humanity, social work, business, education and human rights. The exhibition was held in the premises of SMIU, on Wednesday, which was attended by a large number of students, faculty and staff members. Posters were carrying pictures, brief introduction and major contribution of the leaders, leadership styles, and their goal oriented quotations.

The uniqueness of the exhibition was that, all the 32 students of the department who had studies life and struggle of the leader of his/her choice were present in get up of the chosen leader. Amongst them, SMIU's student Abdullah appeared in get up of Allama Iqbal, Minna was standing in get up of Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, Junaid performed the role of Liaquat Ali Khan, Mahnoor was in get up of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, Naushad and Misbah were seemed as the true picture of Abdul Sattar Edhi, Noor ul Wahab performed the role of Khan Abdul Wali Khan, Hayan and Bilal were in get up of Abraham Lincoln, Wajeeha was in the style of Hillary Clinton, Naeem and Muzaamil were looked like Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Maaz and Shafiullah were in get up of Jack Dorsey, CEO Twitter.

Department of Business Administration organize Leaders Day

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU appreciated the activity and said that the main objective of the education is to produce leaders of each and every field of the country. Because they have to lead the country and the nation in future and SMIU is working on it by organizing various leadership programs under the "SMIU Leadership Program".

The students who participated in the event said that they have chosen the roles of successful world leaders, to reintroduce them with other students of SMIU. They also said that these all leaders were role models for young generations of their respective countries; hence, we have tried to highlight their thoughts, roles, struggle and achievements.


Sindh Madressatul Islam University organized a program in honor of Pro. Dr Aurangzeb and Prof. Dr Zahid Ali Channar

5 May 2017

Sindh Madressatul Islam University organized a program in honor of Pro. Dr Aurangzeb and Prof. Dr Zahid Ali Channar

The services of former Dean, Faculty of Management, Business Administration and Commerce of Sindh Madressatul Islam University were highlighted at a program, which was held jointly in the honor of Dr Aurangzeb and newly appointed Dean of the above mentioned Faculty Prof. Dr. Zahid Ali Channar. Dr Aurangzeb has completed his three year tenure of the Dean, Faculty of Management, Business Administration and Commerce, while Dr Channar has been appointed new Dean of the said faculty by Governor Sindh, who is also chancellor of the university for the same period.
Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU in his presidential address said that Dr Aurangzeb was a man of commitment and hardworking. He fulfilled all those responsibilities given to him time to time. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further said that Dr Aurangzeb had also laid the foundation stone of the said faculty with sincere commitment.
Talking about Prof. Dr Zahid Ali Channar, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that he is a thorough gentlemen and highly qualified and experienced person, so it is hopped that he will work for progress and development of the Faculty and also for SindhMadressatul Islam University with more vigor and sprit.
Earlier Dr Aurangzeb, Dr Zahid Ali Channar, Prof. Dr Syed Asif Ali, Prof. Dr Amber Fazal, Mr. Gulzar Ahmed Mughal, Mr. Ghulam Ali Surhio and Dr Stephen John also spoke.
The program was attended by faculty and senior staff of the university in a large number.


Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh addresses the online seminar on Higher Education

5 May 2017

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh addresses the online seminar on Higher Education

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has said that the basic role of universities was creation of knowledge, agent of change in the society and producing quality manpower. Therefore, only universities are a unique place, where a bunch of scholars, researchers and intellectually rich persons exist.
He said this while addressing an online seminar, organized by Quality Enhancement Cell of SMIU on "Strategic Goals for Pakistani Higher Education Institutions -Experience of Past, Present and Future" at Junagarh Hall of the university. The seminar was attended by Garrison College University, Lahore, University of Sarghodha, Fatima Jinnah University, Rawalpindi, Indus University, Karachi, Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto University, Liyari, and the Higher Education Commission's regional office, Karachi. The question – answer session was also held on the occasion.
Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that the role of the universities is to create knowledge, but they must work beyond their existing knowledge. He said that those countries, where the number of universities is small, they produce more labor class, like African countries. In 1988, there were only 22 universities in the entire Pakistan, but now around 180 public and private sector universities are in the country. Amongst these universities, public sector universities are in large number, but the country is still for behind in world ranking of universities.
Dr Shaikh said that the public sector universities are offering different programs related to different fields of life, while private universities are focusing only on those degree awarding programs, that may become source of money earning.


Director General Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) addresses students and faculty of SMIU

4 May 2017

Director General Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) addresses students and faculty of SMIU

Major General Mohammad Saeed, Director General of Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) has said that Sindh Madressatul Islam gave us founder of the country Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, for that the entire nation including the Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) are thankful to this institution. He said he had no words to express his feelings about it.

Addressing the students and faculty of Sindh Madressatul Islam University at its Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium on Thursday, he said that Hassanally Effendi had established this institution for people of Sindh with a commitment. Therefore, we must thank this great person.

Major General Mohammad Saeed said at that time there was no communication facilities available over here and Hassanally Effendi lacked financial sources also, but he established Sindh Madaressah within a shortest period of three years. Similarly, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan had earlier established Mohammedan Anglo Oriental College through lots of difficulties. But his Aligarh Movement then played a significant role in Muslim education.

Director General Pakistan Rangers (Sindh)

The DG of Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) further said that Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah used to work in most efficient manner. After creation of Pakistan on 14th August 1947 and onward, he used to work for about 20 hours daily, because he was a committed person.

He said that universities and educational institutions are power houses that can bring positive change in the society and in the country. Therefore, students have to play their role in spreading consciousness among their parents, relatives and friends about peaceful culture in the society. They also must say No to violent elements, who have destroyed at least two generations of the city in last 40 years.

Major General Mohammad Saeed said that the Pakistan Rangers has restored peace in the city, but the educational institutions, citizens, civil society and communities have to fulfill their responsibilities also for durable peace in the city by showing sense of belonging to it. He suggested the students to launch a social movement for betterment and creation of peaceful environment in Karachi, that will be a great favor to the city and it will also make a difference in the country. "No one other than you can bring change in the city; the youth have to take the lead in this respect," he said. The DG of Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) said that Vice Chancellor of SMIU had done wonderful job at Sindh Madressatul Islam University since 1994.

Earlier, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU thanked Major General Mohammad Saeed, Director General of Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) for visiting SMIU and addressing its students and faculty. He said that the Pakistan Rangers has restored peace in the city in collaboration with police and other law enforcing agencies and the dark night of terror has come to an end now. He said that the universities should work for tolerance and co-existence. In this way the country will defeat extremism.


Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh calls on Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

3 May 2017

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh calls on Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University called on Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party on Wednesday at Bilawal House. During the meeting Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh presented his books to him, which he has authored on Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi and Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh briefed Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari about the historic role of the SMIU and its deep association with his family. Dr Shaikh said that Mr. Asif Ali Zardari's great great grandfather Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi had founded SMI 132 years ago and his great great grandfather Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto had received his early education from this institution.

He also said that his grandfather Mr. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had remained on the faculty of SMI's constitute college, for some time.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further said that during her visit to SMI in 1999 Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto had promised that when her party will come in the power, SMI will be elevated to the level of university and such promise was fulfilled by Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, when he was president of Pakistan, by announcing university status for the Institute in May 2010. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that the Sindh Government has always extended its full support to SMIU.

On this occasion Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari appreciated the role of this historic institution played for creation of Pakistan and also development of the country through its alumni. He said that Sindh Madressatul Islam has produced great leaders of the country including Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto and others. That is why it is considered as a national heritage of Pakistan. Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also offered his full support for progress and development of the university. He said that the country needs qualitative higher education for its progress and development.


Governor Sindh appoints Prof. Dr. Zahid Ali Channar as Dean, Faculty of Management, Business Administration and Commerce of SMIU

3 May 2017

Governor Sindh appoints Prof. Dr. Zahid Ali Channar as Dean

The Governor Sindh, who is also the Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University, has appointed Prof. Dr. Zahid Ali Channar as Dean, Faculty of Management, Business Administration and Commerce of Sindh Madressatul Islam University, for period of three years. In this respect the notification was issued on May 2, 2017.
Presently, Prof. Dr Channar was serving at Sindh Madressatul Islam University, Karachi; as chairperson, Department of Business Administration. Prior to SMIU, he had remained Dean, Institute of Business & Technology, Karachi, Assistant Professor at ISRA University and Assistant Professor at SZABIST.
Prof. Dr Channar had earned PhD in Management Sciences on HEC scholarship. Also he had received training from The Miller college of Business & the Center for International Development, Ball State University, USA, in association with the US State Department in Research, Business Incubation, Career Development, and Entrepreneurship & TAFTALI Center for Capital Markets.
He has supervised research dissertations of diverse nature in the domains of Management, human resource management, finance, marketing and economics in different universities. Dr Channar has 22 research papers on his credit, published in HEC recognized journals. He has also produced 20 M.Phils in different domains of Management Sciences. Besides he has presented seven research papers in the national and international conferences.
On the other hand, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU has congratulated Dr Zahid Ali Channar on his appointment as Dean, Faculty of Management, Business Administration and Commerce of SMIU and hopped that he will contribute his knowledge and experience towards the betterment of SMIU with sprit and enthusiasm.


Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh addresses the laptop distribution ceremony at SMIU

2 May 2017

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh addresses the laptop distribution ceremony at SMIU

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has said that the development of students is a development of the nation; therefore the students who have received free laptops must use them for their intellectual development and educational purpose. Addressing the distribution ceremony of Prime Minister's Laptop Scheme-Phase III, at the auditorium of SMIU on Tuesday, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that the Government is providing laptops and books to young generation of the country free of cost, because they want that their young generation be well educated.

Dr Shaikh emphasized the students that they must understand that the laptops which they are receiving free of cost, come from the direct and indirect taxes, paid by the common people including beggars, laborers, peasants and other low income persons through sales tax, therefore, they have to use these computers for their constructive academic development, not for entertainment.

laptop distribution ceremony at SMIU

Talking about the SMIU, the Vice Chancellor said that SMIU has always strived to provide quality education with the latest facilities to its students. "SMIU is among a few public sector universities of the country that have modern IT facilities for its students," Dr Shaikh said and added that SMIU has always made the system of continuous development at the campus. That is why it is always considered a modern institution.

Later, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU and others distributed laptops among 130 students of SMIU.


Sindh Madressatul Islam University organizes Certificate Distribution Ceremony

28 April 2017

smiu organizes Certificate Distribution Ceremony

Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor Sindh Madressatul Islam University has said that the Higher Commission of Pakistan (HEC) is doing great work since its foundation.
Addressing at the Certificate Distribution Ceremony held at SMIU; Junagadh Hall, on Friday, after completion of 5-days Teachers' Training Workshop under the HEC's Program- Transforming English Language Skills (TELS), Vice Chancellor SMIU Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh hopped that the teachers of SMIU, who have received qualitative training, will work for quality education at SMIU with more enthusiasm.
Mr. Fida Hussain, Director General of Learning Innovation Division of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) said that the HEC Pakistan will continue its support and collaboration with Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) in respect of training to its faculty and providing other assistance for its smooth working.
Extending his support to SMIU on behalf of HEC Chairman, Mr. Fida Hussain said that the HEC has also planned some specific training programs in the field of research and academic development for SMIU. Besides it, whatsoever this great institution will need, such help will be provided to it. "The majority of SMIU's faculty is comprised of youth, which shows ability of its Vice Chancellor who has brought these energetic and highly qualified young persons to SMIU," the Director HEC said.
Earlier, Dr. Zahid Channar, Dean Department of Business Administration welcomed the guest. In the end chief guest Mr. Fida Hussain distributed certificates among 30 teachers and Course Coordinators. Regional Director of HEC Sindh, Mr. Javed Memon was also present on the occasion.


SMIU and HEC collaborate for teacher training workshop

24 April 2017

SMIU and HEC collaborate for teacher training workshop

The Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU), in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission Pakistan (HEC)'s Learning Innovation Division, conducted training workshop for its faculty at Quaid Azam Conference Hall, of SMIU, on Monday.

It is five days comprehensive course on "English as a Second Language" under Transforming English Language Skills (TELS) training program 2017.

The participants benefited from the rich learning experience of the first day of training which comprised of sessions on academic planning, management, assessment, evaluation, and communication skills.

The main objective of TELS is to provide ability to communicate with the language itself and create connections with a wider range as well as helpful to maintain academic integrity in their work.

HEC collaborate for teacher training workshop

Through this training program participants will learn and improve their Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing Skills and also develop and extend literacy skills and prepare with a variety of ideas to teach effectively.

Training program will also create balance of receptive (reading, listening) and productive (speaking, writing) skills developed through communicative classes and self‐study / evaluation. The training is designed to provide a more stimulating and rewarding experience for students and trainees as well.

Ms. Uzma Batool, Deputy Director HRM and Course Coordinator of TELS training program, welcomed the participants and thanked them for their presence.

HEC collaborate

13th meeting of Syndicate of Sindh Madressatul Islam University held

17 April 2017

13th meeting of Syndicate of Sindh Madressatul Islam University held

The Syndicate of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has decided that the SMIU will strengthen its academic partnership with the universities of China, Turkey and Malaysia. Turkey should be given preference due to deep association of its founder Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi with it. Furthermore, the SMIU will establish its academic relations with the universities of Europe also.

This decision was taken in the 13th meeting of Syndicate of SMIU, which was held at Committee Room of the university on Monday. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU chaired the meeting. The members, who attended it, were Mr. Salman Farooqui, Federal Ombudsman, Justice (retd.) Agha Rafique Ahmed Khan, former Chief Justice of Shariat Court, Justice (retd.) Deedar Hussain Shah, former judge of Supreme Court of Pakistan, Mr. Ghous Bux Mahar, nominee of National Assembly of Pakistan, Mr. Rahim Bux Channa, nominee of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, Mrs. Aziz Fatima Mughal, Additional Secretary, Department of Education, Government of Sindh, Prof. Dr. Syed Asif Ali, Dean Information Technology, SMIU, Dr Naila Rozi, Associate Professor of SMIU, Dr. Ambreen Fazal, Assistant Professor, Mr. Asif Hussain Samo, Lecture of SMIU and Mr. Gulzar Ahmed Mughal, Registrar of SMIU.

13th meeting of Syndicate of SMIU held

After evaluating SMIU's Leadership Program, the Syndicate decided that it should be continued for more three years and England, Malaysia and European countries should be included in its International Leadership Program. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU briefed the meeting about the recent visit of SMIU's students, faculty and staff members to Turkey.

The Syndicate said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University should organize an international conference on 70 years of Pakistan, in which a special study should be conducted on China's role in Pakistan's economic development.

SMIU's Syndicate nominated two new members for the Selection Board of SMIU. Among these was Justice (retd.) Sarmad Jalal Usmani, former judge of Supreme Court of Pakistan and Mr. Sharif Baloch, former Education Secretary of Sindh. On this occasion the Syndicate appreciated services of its former two members: Justice (retd.) Hamid Ali Mirza and Mr. A. W. Qazi, rendered for SMIU.

13th meeting of Syndicate

The meeting was informed that four years ago this newly established university had started its new journey with 112 students; today the number of students has reached to 2000. Thus, university needs more academic accommodation for the students. In this regard the Syndicate authorized Vice Chancellor of SMIU to see the options and take appropriate decision.

The Syndicate also appreciated SMIU's performance on receiving highest "W" category for its QEC, from Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. They also congratulated Vice Chancellor, faculty and students of SMIU on successfully organizing first Convocation of SMIU on 18th February 2017, which was presided by President of Pakistan and was attended by Governor of Sindh as the chief guest. The Syndicate said that Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh has worked day and night for development of the university, that is why, today SMIU is considered as one of the best universities of Pakistan.

The Syndicate was informed that SMIU has successfully completed a project on gender equity, which was a sub granted project of USAID, while other international sponsored programs are under process.


Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh addresses at closing ceremony of Gender Equity Program at SMIU

10 April 2017

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh addresses at closing ceremony of Gender Equity Program at SMIU

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has said that education and self sustainability are needed for gender equity in the country. Because 50 percent of our population is out from the job market and sits at home due to lack of education. He said this while addressing the closing ceremony of Gender Equity Program (GEP), a project of SMIU, which completed on Monday with the support of Aurat Foundation and USAID.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that we are living in a class based society, where both the male and female sections of the society are facing lot problems that set their attitudes towards each other.

He further said that Miss Fatima Jinnah, Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan and others were among those female leaders, who commanded respect through their education, honesty and abilities," Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said and added that even today a large number of women is a part of the development of the country. Therefore, we have to change our mindset about the gender issues. He was of the view that a social evil of Karo Kari is not a women specific custom, but men are being murdered under this custom, and this happens due to lack of education.

closing ceremony of Gender Equity Program at SMIU

The Vice Chancellor of SMIU further said that more education in the country will create more awareness and pave the way for gender equity. He said that it is not necessary that a woman must do a job, but at least she must be educated to the level that she may support her family in the needy hours.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh thanked the Aurat Foundation and USAID who supported the GEP at SMIU and hopped that they will also jointly work in the future. He congratulated the organizers of GEP, who successfully conducted this program at SMIU.

Earlier, Mrs. Shaista M. Ali, spouse of Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh and Gender Issues Specialist in her speech said that the main objective of the GEP was to create awareness among the boys and girls of Sindh Madressatul Islam University through organizing seminars, workshops, sports and other programs. She said that it was a healthy sign of the program at SMIU, where both the, boys and girls were involved in the activities of GAP and successfully spread the message of gender equity among the students.

Gender Equity Program at SMIU

Prof. Dr Syed Asif Ali, Dean faculty of Information and Computer Science, Prof. Dr. Zahid Channar, Dean faculty of Business Administration, Ms. Quratul Ain Memon, Deputy Director ORIC and others talked on the gender equity and emphasized on the students to follow the lessons learnt from the GEP, not only at the campus, but at home also.

On that occasion boy and girl students of SMIU also expressed their views about the program and said that they have learnt a lot from it and now they feel change in their thinking and attitude in respect of the gender equity.

Ms. Shahida Hassan Ali, Program Officer of Aurat Foundation also attended the ceremony.


Gender Equity Program

SMIU students highlight cyber crime through drama

15 March 2017

SMIU students highlight cyber crime through drama

A group of students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University's Department of Media Studies and Social Sciences staged a drama on cyber crime at the auditorium of SMIU on Wednesday. They highlighted agony of an innocent girl named Sana (character's name) that was trapped by her classmate Sameer (character's name), who, latter blackmailed her with the help of her pictures, which he had taken earlier.
On this stage her friend comes out forward to help her. Also she encourages Sana to get justice through cyber crime law. At last, the criminal young man was sentenced and fined by the court. The story of the drama left deep impression on minds of audiences that were mostly comprised of students. The drama was seemed a best way to spread awareness specially among the youth about cyber crime being committed against both genders, male and female.
The performance of the students was impressive, specially of girls, police officer, who acted like the Dabung police man, advocates and parents.
cyber crime through drama The program was organized by SMIU with collaboration of Aurat Foundation and USAID under the Gender Equity Program. The basic objective of the program was to aware young generation about the threat of cyber crime that destroys lives of the people.
On the occasion Prof Dr Aurangzeb, Dean Faculty of Business Administration, in his speech said that there is less awareness about the cyber crime in our society; this is why criminals are playing with the lives of innocent people specially of girls and women. He said that if this sort of crime was not stopped immediately then it will badly damage the nation.
Lecturer of Department of Media Studies and Social Sciences Ms Nausheen Hussain said that with increase of the users of social media, the penetration of cyber crime will also increase. Talking on the types of the crime she said that besides structural cyber crimes there are economical, ideological and personally motivated cyber crimes. She called it new dimension of violence specially against girls and women.
highlight cyber crime through dramaStudents of SMIU also delivered speeches on the subject and said that the new generation must act as the responsible citizens and leaders of tomorrow. "This is the age, when they either make or destroy their career," they suggested.


Sindh Madressatul Islam University recreates its Endowment Fund after 84 years

09 March 2017

Sindh Madressatul Islam University recreates its Endowment Fund after 84 years

Sindh Madressatul Islam University has reactivated Endowment Fund after an interval of 84 years. The last person who had generously contributed Rs.5000/- for the endowment fund on August 21, 1933 was Khan Sahib Haji Murad Bukhsh Mari. This historic fact was shared by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU in the first meeting of Board of Governors of SMIU's Endowment Fund, which was held at SMIU's Committee Room.
The meeting was attended by the members of BOG Mr. Nauman K. Dar, President of Habib Bank Limited, Mr. Jahangir Siddiqui, founder of JS Bank, Mohtarma Nadira Panjwani, a noted philanthropist, Mr. Ghulam Ali Surhio, Director Finance and Prof. Dr Aurangzeb, Dean of Faculty of Business Administration of SMIU. One more member, Justice (retd) Agha Rafique Ahmed Khan, former Chief Justice of Shariat Court of Pakistan, who could not attend the meeting due to being out of the country.
Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further informed the meeting that the institution's Endowment Fund was firstly created by Sindh Madressah's founder Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi on 1st September 1885, and the first to donate was Justice Amir Ali Syed, the head of the National Mohammedan Association. The Endowment Fund remained activate till late 1930s, then it became dormant due to unknown reasons.
"According to the available record of SMI Sardar Sohabat Khan Khoso had donated Rs.2000, Sardar Abdul Rahim Khan Khoso Rs.1500 and Khan Saheb Adam Khan Rs.1500 on January 21, 1928. Among the other donators were Jam Kamber Khan, who had donated Rs.1000, on April 11, 1928, Nawab Ghaibi Khan Chandio Rs.1500 on April 30, 1928 and Khan Sahib Haji Murad Bakhsh Mari donated Rs.5000 on 21 August 1933," Dr Shaikh said.
Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further said that after elevation of the institution to the level of university. the Endowment Fund of the university was reactivated with an independent Board of Governors. The Statues of the Endowment Fund were approved by Governor Sindh on recommendation of the Syndicate and Senate of the university in April 2016.
He said that the returns of the Endowment Fund are to be used for granting scholarships to the students and faculty, promotion of research and development and maintenance of historic buildings of the institution. At present, within a short span of about four years, the deposits of the Endowment Fund have grown to the second largest fund after IBA Karachi, amongst the public sector universities of Sindh.
The members of the Endowment Fund appreciated the idea and efforts of Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, taken for creating Endowment Fund at SMIU and said that it will benefit the university, its students, faculty and staff members as a whole.


Executive Director of the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan delivers lecture at SMIU

02 March 2017

Executive Director of the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan  delivers lecture at SMIU

Ms. Rita Akhtar, Executive Director of the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) has said that US offers about 200 fully funded Fulbright Scholarships to the students of Pakistan in various universities of America, annually. In addition to that, other scholarships under the "Global Undergraduate Program" are also being offered to the students. Therefore, I wish that students and faculty of Sindh Madressatul Islamabad University (SMIU) should avail such opportunities, because SMIU's Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh is also a great supporter of the said programs. She said this while delivering a lecture on Educational Opportunities in USA, at SMIU's auditorium on Thursday.
She said that the lives of thousands of Pakistan's people have been changed by acquiring education from USA. Thus, availing such scholarships is in the best interest of both the countries; America and Pakistan. She was of the view that in the modern world, Pakistan's students must learn soft skills from America for their better career. She revealed that budget of America's four universities is more than the GDP of Germany. Therefore, the USA offers huge educational opportunities to the students of Pakistan that would be life changing for them.
Executive Director of the United States Educational Foundation in PakistanMs Rita Akhtar said that America is supporting Pakistan's students on the cost of its own tax payers with the objective that after return to Pakistan, they will contribute in the development of the country.
Ms. Rita Akhtar confessed that Pakistan's students are more expert in the subject of Mathematics than the American students. "American students are not good in mathematics," she said and maintained that, this is why clearing GRE test, which is mandatory for Fulbright Scholarship program, would not be a problem for students of Pakistan, Executive Director, USEFP said.
Earlier, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU in his welcome address said that being a Fulbright Scholar, he knows importance of the said programs, which are initiated by the US. He said that there was no match of USA's best quality education in world. Although Russia, China and India are competitors of USA in the field of education, but they are also sending their students to America for undergraduate as well as graduate and PhD programs.
Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further said that students of other countries, who are getting education from America, get value and higher positions in their respective countries. He suggested the SMIU's students along with other universities that they must avail these opportunities, which are in the interest of the country. Prof. Dr Aurangzeb presented vote of thanks. In the end question-answer session was also held.


Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh chairs the review meeting of Department of Examination and Admissions of SMIU

22 February 2017

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh chairs the review meeting of Department of Examination and Admissions of SMIU

A review meeting of Department of Examination and Admissions of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) was held on Wednesday at Committee Room of the university. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU presided it. In the meeting performance and problems of the Department of Examination and Admissions were reviewed in detail and taken some important decisions.
It was decided that all functions of the Department of Examination and Admissions would be done through Information Technology. In this regard entire data of admission process, enrollment, fees, credentials of students, examinations, results and other related information will be recorded with the help of IT. To fulfill such assignment Director IT Mr. Shah Muhammad Butt was directed to coordinate with the Controller of Examinations.
While addressing the meeting Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU said that the Department of Examination and Admissions is most important section of the university, that must work according to the needs of IT era. He said that, in the present day world, manual paperwork is being shifted to the computers and also online, therefore it improves the performance of the institutions. "SMIU being one of the most modern institutions of the country must benefit from the IT facilities that will benefit the students and also facilitate the faculty and administration," Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said.
Earlier, Mr. Shakeel Ahmed Abro gave presentation, in which he talked about the working of the Department and its future plans.


Sindh Madressatul Islam University organizes its first Convocation

18 February 2017

Sindh Madressatul Islam University organizes its first Convocation

Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) organized its first Convocation on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at a PAF Museum, where 116 students of SMIU were conferred degrees. President of Pakistan Mr. Mamnoon Hussain along with Governor Sindh Mr. Zubair Ahmed, who is also Chancellor of SMIU and Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU, gave gold medals to 6 students (in 7 categories) and silver medals to 6 students.

first Convocation

Later, in his speech President of Pakistan Mr. Mamnoon Hussain said that organizing the first convocation by the Alma-Mater of Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah is most significant and unique precedent. It is matter of happiness for him that Sindh MadressatulIslam University is moving forward with success. And I hope it will be more developed in the future.

While congratulating the degree holder students, President of Pakistan Mr. Mamnoon Hussain said that he hoped that they will serve the nation with great enthusiasm and commitment, in their practical life. "Today we have been reached to that phase of national life, where we can change the destiny of the nation by taking decisions on the time and right measures," President Pakistan said and added that the young people will materialize the dreams of prosperity of the people and development of national economy by their efforts.

Addressing girl students, President of Pakistan said that they should acquire more and more education according to their will and priority and ignore all those hindrances, which may come in their way. President Mamnoon Hussain further said that women play a major role in the nation's development, but in Pakistan, their role is much significant, because they are more than fifty percent of our entire population. Therefore, the national progress may be accelerated by participation of girls and women in the national workforce.

SMIU first Convocation

Talking about the students of SMIU the President of Pakistan said that I had met with the students of this historic institution many times, where I found them determined and full with dreams and objectives.

Governor Sindh Mr. Zubair Ahmed in his speech said that it is honor for him to attend the first convocation of the Alma-Mater of founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. He said that there is no another big source of inspiration than the name of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. This is why; we must declarer Sindh Madressatul Islam University as the premier institution of Pakistan, due to its close association with the Father of the Nation. "I shall extend my full support for development of Sindh Madressatul Islam University," the Governor Sindh said.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University in his report talked about the background of establishment of Sindh Madressatul Islam as a school in 1885, then its elevation to the level of college by the hands of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah in 1943 and then its elevation to the level of university in 2012. "Today is a historic moment in the history of Sindh Madressatul Islam Universityas it has organized its first convocation," Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said and added that SMIU is working as a lead institution of the country by producing leaders of every sphere of life. "SMIU had produced several leaders of the Pakistan movement, including Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Sir Abdullah Haroon, Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto, Muhammad Ayub Khuhro and others," the Vice Chancellor said.

organizes its first Convocation

Dr Shaikh further said that in the present day world our country and the nation needs most competent leaders in every field of life, and SMIU has set its goals to work on the said objectives. He thanked to the President of Pakistan Mr. Mamnoon Hussain, Governor Sindh Mr. Zubair Ahmed, members of statuary bodies of SMIU, diplomats and other guests for attending the first convocation of SMIU. In the end Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, SMIU's Syndicate member and former Chief Justice of Shariat Court Justice (retd) Agha Rafique Ahmed and Mr. Jehangir Siddiqui, distributed degrees among the students.

The first convocation was attended by academicians, deans, faculty, students and staff members of SMIU and other distinguished guests.


National Women's Day observed at Sindh Madressatul Islam University

13 February 2017

National Women's Day observed at SMIU

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has said that the gender inequity prevails all over the world, but in Sindh male members of society respect and extend reverence to female members at large, and we have inherited such valued tradition from our ancestors. He said this while addressing at the program, which was organized by SMIU with collaboration of Aurat Foundation and USAID to observe the National Women's Day at its auditorium on Monday.
Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that the great mystic poet of Sindh Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai has sung heroic role of seven women in his poetry and presented them as a symbol of courage, struggle and sacrifice.
He further said that in our society males and females are victimized; therefore, it is not fair to accelerate the wave that only women are victimized. "Women must talk about their rights and also must fought for them, but they come out from victim hood. Because this kind of wave will depress and discourage young girls who have not facing problems of gender inequity and striving for their bright career with enthusiasm.
Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further said that majority of male members of our society didn't believe in gender inequity, therefore, suggested that we shouldn't advocate for conflict between male and female but must believe in cooperation between these two inseparable human entities. "It is true that there is gender inequity in the society, but there are also some natural causes of it, which must be addressed," Dr Shaikh said and added that girl and boy students must concentrate on their education and career.
"If women have good education, expertise and good job, they will command respect at home and also in the society. Hence, they must concentrate on their education and career." He also said that Karo Kari was not a tradition of Sindh, but it has come from other areas to Sindh.
Earlier, Ms. Mahnaz Rehman, Resident Director of Aurat Foundation in her speech said our nation can progress without providing equal opportunities to male and women. She said that Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had given great importance to women during the Movement of Independence and also encouraged her sister Ms. Fatima Jinnah to participate in social and political activities. She said that the then prime minister of Pakistan Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has declared 12 February as the National Women's Day in 2010 by paying tribute to the women who had agitated for their rights on February 12, 1993 and were beaten by police in Lahore.
On this occasion a documentary titled "Mein Safar Mein Hoon" was screened and students of SMIU presented a skit and also delivered speeches.


Important decisions taken for SMIU Model School in a meeting, chaired by Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh

09 February 2017

Important decisions taken for SMIU Model School in a meeting, chaired by Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has said that although students of SMIU Model School are getting better education in English and Urdu medium but all the student will also be taught Sindhi language as a subject, that they should be able to know basics of Sindhi language after passing out matriculation from the model school.
Addressing the meeting of senior management of SMIU Model School at Committee Room of the university on Thursday, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that Sindhi language has remained a medium of instruction for Sindhi speaking students and also a subject for the students having other mother tongues, since foundation of SMI, this is why, we are equally giving emphasis on teaching of Sindhi language along with English and Urdu teaching at SMIU Model School.
Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further said that the poetry of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai will also be taught to the students at all levels of SMIU ModelSchool. "When we teach our students the poetry of Shakespeare, Goethe, Milton and other poets of the world, then why not we teach them poetry of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, who is considered as one of the greatest mystic-saint poets of the world," Dr Shaikh said and added that we want to impart modern education to our students but we also give emphasis to keep their moral values high by teaching them mystic poetry of our great poets, that possesses great message of love, brotherhood, tolerance and understanding about the social and human values.
The vice chancellor said that an English language training program will be started soon for SMIU Model School's teachers with collaboration of Pak America Cultural Center. "We need most learned teachers for basic education at SMIU and the reward will also be given to those teachers who are working with dedication and honesty," the Vice Chancellor said and maintained that figure of scholarships and full free ships will be increased for deserving and financially poor students of the school.
In the meeting Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh gave approval of new admissions in SMIU Model School from February 20, 2017, publication of annual magazine and regular academic visits of the student to the important places of the city.
Earlier, Ms. Nabeela Kanwal, Principal of SMIU Model School presented report of the school, in which she said that the process of shifting SMIU from Matriculation education system to Cambridge and Agha Khan Board System is in process. She also highlighted the achievements made by students of the model school by participating in various national and international competitions.


Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU addresses Oath Taking Ceremony of newly elected office bearers of Student Societies

08 February 2017

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU addresses Oath Taking Ceremony of newly elected office bearers of Student Societies

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has said that this great institution has remained a nursery of leaders throughout its 131 years. Also we are taking efforts today to produce the leaders of future through students' societies. He said this while addressing the Oath Taking Ceremony of newly elected office bearers of six societies of SMIU - Literary Society, Debating Society, Science Society, Art Society, Community Service Society and Sports Society held at Talpur House of SMIU on Wednesday.
Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that besides academic activities, students must be provided an opportunity to choose their own representatives, which are considered a part of learning and training in the world. "After ban on students unions, SMIU was the first public sector university that introduced societies by allowing its students to take leadership responsibilities by organizing their own activities, that may be fruitful for other students and SMIU as a whole," Dr Shaikh and maintained that due to such societies SMIU has achieved most encouraging results by organizing departmental seminars, national days, sports weeks, and annual festivals.
Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that students of higher educational institutions must be provided such democratic platform for their activities that will produce dynamic leadership of the country in future. He said that SMIU is one of the best example in this regard that just after getting charter of university; it founded students' societies that are now actively promoting democratic values by organizing healthy extra curricular activities.
The Vice Chancellor said that all societies of SMIU are very much important in their scope, which covers all those important subjects that may enhance knowledge, leadership skills and creative and artistic thinking of students. This is why, SMIU encourages active role of the societies, which must be performed with responsibility and honesty. President of all student societies and Prof Dr Aurangzeb, Dean Department of Business Administration also spoke on the occasion.
Earlier Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh administered oath from 30 newly elected office bearers of six Student Societies, among them fifty percent were female office bearers. He also distributed certificates of recognition among the former office bearers and the faculty members.


Distinguished linguist Dr Traiq Rehman delivers lecture at SMIU

07 February 2017

Distinguished linguist Dr Traiq Rehman delivers lecture at SMIU

Dr Traiq Rehman, a noted linguist of Pakistan has said that Sindhi language has remained most developed since centuries by its rich literature and it was the main reason that British rulers made it official language of the province. He said this while delivering a lecture on "Language Policy in British India" at Sindh Madressatul Islam University on Tuesday at its Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium.

Dr Tariq Rehman said that poetry of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai and other classical poets of Sindh and folk stories had made Sindhi a rich language. Therefore, the British rulers had not created Sindhi language but they only standardized it. It was the language of majority people of Sindh that is why they made it official language of lower courts and was medium of instruction of schools and journalism.

Dr Tariq Rehman further said that British language policy was to use English in the domains of power just as Persian was used earlier. In the lower domains of power, however, they used the vernacular language of the province which, as in the case of the Punjab and present-day KP, was not the mother tongue of the people. They promoted Urdu in all these areas as well as in the area now called U.P. The vernacular-English controversy initiated by their policies are alive in South Asia.

He maintained that in the British India there was Orientalist phase, which started from 1780 and continued up to 1835. In this phase British rulers besides introducing English in Colonial India, supported Persian, Arabic and Sanskrit languages. Apart from it, they supported Bengali in Bengal and Sindhi in Sindh, bud they introduced Urdu in Punjab, NWFP (present KP) and Balochistan due to their political reasons. "British introduced English language in British India to consolidate their power," Dr Tariq Rehman commented.

Dr Traiq Rehman further said that there was also Orientalist-Anglicist Controversy in those days, where common man of British India were against English language, while elite class and religious scholars such as Shah Abdul Aziz were in favour of English, and he had also given Fatwa in its favour. Thus, there was general prejudice in Muslims as well as Hindus against English language.

Dr Tariq Rehman said that the first modern Muslim educational institution was opened in Calcutta in 1781 with the name of Calcutta Madressah," Dr Tariq Rehman said and maintained that in later days English became the language of higher administration (covenanted civil service), higher judiciary, officer corps of the armed forces, higher and elitist education, media and commerce.

Talking about the initiatives taken for Learning English in India he said that in 1774 the Supreme Court was established in Calcutta and in 1816 the natives of Calcutta subscribed to establish an Anglo-Indian college. He said that at that time the reformers like David Hare (1775 -1852) and Ram Mohan Roy (1772 – 1833) encouraged Indians to learn English. In 1832 a parliamentary committee recommended that Indians should be employed in the civil service and be taught English. Sir Syed Ahmed Khan had also campaigned for learning English in 1870s.

The main reason of introducing English in British India was to educate the local people to serve in the institutions that were established by British rulers, because, recruiting people from England would have been more expensive for them.

He said that Anglicist officers like Francis Warden, Alexander Duff and Charles Trevelyan had written against 'Orientalist' ideas and they had argued that English literatures was an agent of moral control.

Lord William Bentinck's policy was announced on 07 March 1835. It stated: The great object of the British government ought to be the promotion of European literature and science among the natives of India; and that all the funds appropriated for the purpose of education would be best employed on English education alone

Dr Tariq Rehman also talked on the fears that English language would be used for promotion of Christianity in the region. "In 1853 H.H. Wilson said to a select committee of the House of Commons that the Muslims feared that the government wanted to convert people to Christianity," he said.

While talking on Sindh Madressatul Islam University, he said that SMI is also part of history, that it was founded in 1885 for the Muslims of Sindh as an English medium school.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU in his concluding remarks said that Sindhi language has remained much advanced in all the periods of history, but today it faces many problems, that must be redressed. It had also progressed in British rule, while people of Sindh were broadminded and accommodative in those days. "In 1885, when Sindh Madressah was established there were four medium of instructions and that were English, Sindhi, Urdu and Gujrati," Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said and added that those people who came to Sindh from other regions such as Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and other neighbouring countries such as Syeds, Pathans (Duranis) etc. they all adapted Sindh's culture and language, that has benefited the province and also to the country. "There is a need to promote all languages of the country, which are under threat today," Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh concluded.


A review meeting of SMIU's targets set for Research work

06 February 2017

A review meeting of SMIU's targets set for Research work

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has said that the research and innovative work is given top priority at SMIU by involving faculty, which have PhD degrees, because those areas need full concentration at the higher educational institutions, which is the basic need of the country. He said this while addressing a joint meeting of Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) and Students Welfare/Program Office, which was held at Committee Room of the university on Monday to review the targets, set by SMIU for research work.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that the university is focusing on quality education and research work individually and by collaborating with national and international universities. Besides, national and international linkages will be strengthened and the selected students of SMIU under the International Leadership Program, will be sent to the partner universities of different countries.

He said that SMIU is also bringing out a Research Journal soon, in which national and international research scholars have contributed their research papers. "So far we have achieved the targets which were set in the beginning of the university, but we have also set new targets time by time to continue the process of progress," Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said and critically reviewed the performance of the said departments and emphasized on innovative ideas and research work.

The Vice Chancellor of SMIU further said that students of the university will also be involved in research work by organizing departmental seminars. "SMIU's girl students too working on gender equity at the university that will add the enlightment in the society.

Earlier, Mr. Furqan Iftkhar, Manager Research Operation, Ms. Quratul Ain, Deputy Director ORIC and Dr Saima Baig, Manager Research Development, gave presentations about their respective assignments.


Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh chairs meeting of different academic departments of Sindh Madressatul Islam University

03 February 2017

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh chairs meeting of different academic departments of SMIU

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has said that PhD programs will be started and Development Studies Center will be setup at SMIU where CPEC related subjects and Chinese language will be taught. He said this while chairing a meeting of three academic departments of SMIU, i.e. Department of Business Administration, Department of Media Studies & Social Sciences and Department of Education which was held at the Committee Room of SMIU on Friday.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that admissions for PhD programs will be given through GRE. Additionally, six month GRE course will be offered free to students of urban as well as rural areas of Sindh.

Dr Shaikh further said that some departments of SMIU will be reorganized and reconstructed. For that purpose he constituted a 3-member committee comprised of Prof. Dr Aurangzeb, Prof. Dr Syed Asif Ali and Prof Dr Zahid Channar. The committee will review present status of progress and will recommend the alternatives. Also, the committee will see the provision of starting programs of Environmental Management or Green Management.

The vice chancellor further said that SMIU is also thinking to add those departments into the university which are most needed for the development of the country. Apart from it, syllabus which is being taught at SMIU will also be reviewed and will be made according to the world standard. "We are giving emphases on quality education rather than quantity of students, because if SMIU produces highly educated and trained youth that will be more beneficial for the country than those students who are getting degrees without attending classes from many other universities.

In the meeting it was decided that each department will organize at least one departmental seminar during a semester where students will present their research papers and reports.

It was also decided that SMIU's TV and Radio studios, which are currently working independently, would be made part of Department of Media Studies. In the meeting it was decided that training courses will also be started for working journalists.

Prof. Dr Zahid Channar, Chairman of Department of Business Administration, Dr. Ambreen Fazal, Chairperson Department of Media Studies & Social Sciences and Dr. Stephen John of Department of Education gave presentations about their respective departments.


Sindh Madressatul Islam University holds elections of Students Societies

02 February 2017

SMIU holds elections of Students Societies

Annual elections of Students Societies of Sindh Madressatul Islam University held on Thursday at its premises. More than seventeen hundred students cast their vote to elect office bearers of six societies including Debating Society, Literary Society, Art Society, Community Service Society, Science Society and Sports Society. All the students were free to elect their true representatives for the term of one year. Different booths were set up in front of the Talpur House, where process of voting started from 12.00 noon and ended at 3:50 pm.

The environment of the polling day was like a festival. Male and female students equally participated in the practice that was a part of leadership program of the SMIU.

This was the third consequent year, where students of SMIU are elected leaders of different societies, who are responsible to organize students' activities at the campus. The SMIU administration encourages students to participate in this kind of healthy activities to boost their creative, innovative and leadership skills and role at the SMIU that will certainly help them in future.

elections of Students Societies

The elected office bearers were: for Literary Society; President Mahnoor Pervaiz, Vice President Ziama M. Ali, Secretary (Male) Muhammad Asad, Secretary (Female) Kainat Mehraj and Treasure Urooj Khan, for Science Society, President Faheem Uz Zaman, Vice President Syed Habib, Secretary (Male) Bilal Zafar, Secretary (female) Filza Mujtaba and Treasure Zainul Abdin, for Debating Society President Naveed Ahmed, Vice President M. Fareed, Secretary (Male) Shakir Khan, Secretary (female) Kainat Memon and Treasure (M. Bilal Khan), for Art Society President (both got equal votes) Syed M. Adeel and Hansain Raza, Vice Present Sagar Samy, Secretary (Male) Maaz Jilani, Secretary (Female) Faiza Riaz and Treasure Turab Khan, for Community Service Society President Misbah Mahmood, Vice President Suman Dilip, Secretary (Male) Syed Sherul Hassan, Secretary (Female) Moomal Baig and Treasure Naeemuddin Buriro and for Sports Society President Sohail Khan, Vice President Danish Mustafa, Secretary (Male) Muhammad Abbas, Secretary (Female) Areeba Amir and Treasure M. Daniyal Aslam.

On the other hand Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU while congratulating the elected representative has said that SMIU was the only public sector university in the country that had given right of vote to its students to enhance democratic values, tolerance, acceptability, leadership skills and creative and innovative qualities amongst the students by becoming a part of democratic process. Also we want to train them according to the needs of future.


Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU chairs meeting of university's Department of Planning and Development

01 February 2017

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU chairs meeting of university's Department of Planning and Development

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has said that SMIU is preparing its "SMIU Vision 2025" to initiate more development programs and expand it into various areas. He said this while chairing the meeting of Department of Planning and Development of SMIU, which was held at Committee Room of the university on Wednesday.

He said that the efforts are being made to get approved the SMIU Tower at the City Campus and also start work on establishment of Malir Campus on plot of 100 acres, located in the Education City of Karachi.

"During the last five years, we gave complete attention on the academic and administrative areas of the university, now it needs expansion. This is why, we have to focus on development work also," Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said and added that in this respect the Alma -Mater of founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah needs support from provincial as well as federal government.

Earlier, Director Planning and Development Mr. Ghulam Mustafa, presented report about the on- going projects and future plans. He informed the meeting that the construction work of the first two buildings at its Malir Campus is near completion.


Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU chairs meeting of Department of IT (Administration Unit)

31 January 2017

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU chairs meeting of Department of IT (Administration Unit)

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has said SMIU has shifted its major working practices to the Information Technology and online system aimed at to create a paperless working environment and facilitate smooth working of all sections and stakeholders of the university. He said this while chairing a meeting of SMIU's Department of Information Technology (Administration Unit) at the Committee Room of SMIU.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further said that SMIU has adopted short term and long term policy to bring transformation in the working procedure at the university for improvement in quality of work, preserve record in digital form and reduce the lengthy procedures of correspondence, admissions process and other routine matters. "We are also working on to introduce latest IT facilities at SMIU as we are living in the digital era, where traditional working modus operandi has changed," the Vice Chancellor said.

Earlier, Mr. Shah Muhammad Butt, Director IT at SMIU presented annual report about IT facilities provided at the Campus and future plans. He said that there was a contenuous improvement in the I.T infrastructure and services provided to the university. SMIU is also providing maximum availability, and reliability of services. Mr. Butt informed the meeting that the initiatives have taken towards SMART Education: HEC provided Wi-Fi blanket coverage at SMIU for research and academic purpose. Similarly, all staff members are provided SMIU Email ID to use email service for university communication and interaction.

He said SMIU's students will access Services portal through world's popular Oracle PeopleSoft Campus Solution, where they check their courses, grades and scholarships through Student Self Service Portal.

In his presentation Mr. Butt said that SMIU have status of Authorized Certiport Testing Center. Also HEC - Microsoft IT Academy program provides a complete IT education solution, training and certification Solution. He further said that the tasks of Students Election Online Registration, Online Job Portal, Contact management System and Inventory Management System have been completed.

In the meeting it was decided that HR Management System and Department of Finance will be digitalized. While up gradation of online admission portal, IT Manual/Knowledgebase system and Helpdesk/Students facilitation Center will be set up soon.


First Convocation of Sindh Madressatul Islam University to be held February 18

30 January 2017

First Convocation of Sindh Madressatul Islam University to be held February 18

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has said that the SMIU is going to organize its first convocation on February 18, 2017, which will be addressed by most important personalities of the country. He said this while chairing the meeting of senior management of SMIU, which was held in connection with the First Convocation of SMIU, at the Committee Room of the university on Monday.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that the degrees will be distributed amongst 100 graduates of five departments of SMIU i.e. Department of Business Administration, Department of Computer Science, Department of Media Studies, Department of Environmental Sciences and Department of Education.

"It would be a historic event in the history of SMIU, which has now grown to the level to provide its well trained persons for the national service," he said and added that SMIU had received its charter on 16th February 2012 and the classes of first batch had started from January 2013.

In the meeting, a five member Steering Committee was also constituted for finalizing the preparations of the convocation. Dean Faculty of Business Administration Pro. Dr. Aurangzeb will be its convener, while Prof. Dr. Syed Asif Ali, Dean Faculty of Computer Science, Controller of Examinations Mr. Shakeel Ahmed Abro, Registrar Mr. Gulzar Ahmed Mughal and Mr. Ghulam Mustafa Shaikh, Director Department of Planning and Development will be its members.

It was also decided that the prominent personalities of various fields of the country will also address the convocation.


SMIU launches Gender Equity Program

24 January 2017

SMIU launches Gender Equity Program

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has said that the country and the nation will not progress and move forward by confining its half population (women) behind the doors. Addressing at the launching ceremony of Gender Equity Program – A USAID and Aurat Foundation Project at SMIU on Tuesday, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that if women are provided equal opportunities in all fields of the society, they can marvelously produce amazing results. He said that Pakistan has a credit that it had elected first ever woman Prime Minster (Mohtram Benazir Bhutto) in the Muslim world, but there is still a need to encourage women, not suppress them.

launches Gender Equity Program

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further said that in 1885 Sindh Madressatul Islam was established as a school for boys. This is why from 1885 to 1995, girls were not allowed to get education at secondary and college level, but later girls section was added to it. Today, SMIU imparts education to both the boys and girls at school as well as university level. "The Gender Equity Program is near to the sprit and policies of SMIU, as we are already encouraging and supporting female students at SMIU," Dr Shaikh said and added that recently when a group of SMIU's students visited Islamabad under the National Leadership Program, 28 female students were part of it; while 18 were male students could make their place. Likewise, there is also a considerable number of women working on various faculties as well administrative posts at SMIU.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh stressed upon the students to work for gender equality in their respective families, circles of friends and localities as the responsible citizens.

Gender Equity Program

Ms. Mahnaz Rahman, Resident Director, Aurat Foundation said that women must participate in politics and reach to the decision making houses of the country for protection of women as well as human rights. She said that due to their struggle, 33 percents reserve seats were given to women in the parliament, because due to costly election process it was impossible for them to be elected for the parliament.

She said that SMIU is a most important institution of the country that is why it will be more supportive in the cause of gender equity.

Ms Ambreen Barwani, Deputy Director and project in charge, SMIU in her welcome address said that the Aurat Foundation is implementing USAID supported Gender Equity Program that aims at closing the gender gap in Pakistan by proactively supporting the development of women. She said that some sub grants are being awarded to establish and strengthen gender institutionalization in the universities and mainstreaming gender in curriculum.

Equity Program

Ms Ambreen said that SMIU will be proud to host for this seven-month project where various events including awareness sessions as well as research studies will be carried out to promote gender sensitization amongst its stakeholders.

The event was attended by Ms. Shaista M. Ali, Honorary Advisor on Gender Equity at SMIU, Deans Prof. Dr Aurangzeb, Prof. Dr Syed Asif Ali, Registrar Mr. Gulzar Mughal, Principal of SMIU Model School Ms. Nabeela Kanwal, faculty members and students of SMIU and SMIU Model School.


Prominent historian Prof. Ayesha Jalal delivers lecture on Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah at SMIU

22 January 2017

Prominent historian Prof. Ayesha Jalal delivers lecture on Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah at SMIU

Prof. Ayesha Jalal, noted historian and Director, Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies Tufts University Medford, Massachusetts, USA, has said that the vision of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah is relevant today in terms of constitutional supremacy, social justice, and peaceful coexistence. She said this while delivering a lecture on "How Relevant is Jinnah's Vision in Today's Pakistan," organized by Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) on Saturday evening at the courtyard of SMIU's Main Building.

Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah

Prof. Ayesha Jalal said that Mr. Jinnah was one of the great Muslim leaders in British Era, and was believed in constitution and democracy. "As the nations are needed heroes, likewise Muslims of subcontinent found their hero in the name of Mr. Jinnah," she said and added that Mr. Jinnah made his unique place in the polity of subcontinent despite facing odds. He was anti colonial nationalist. She said this great man must be honored.

Prof. Ayesha Jalal said that since last almost 70 years, there is still a debate in Pakistan that we should have democracy or dictatorship and or secular state or religious state.

She was of the view that Mr. Jinnah was firm believer of constitution, rule of law and federation with legitimate rights to the federating units. Mr. Jinnah expressed his clear vision in his speech delivered in the Constitutional Assembly on 11th August 1947 about the Pakistan's future status. She said that Mr. Jinnah was not in favour of division of Punjab and Bengal, but Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, leaders of Congress like Jawaharlal Nehru and Vallabhbhai Patel were in favour of division of Punjab and Bengal.

Prof. Ayesha Jalal delivers lecture on Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah at SMIU

Prof. Ayesha Jalal said that the equal representation was given to the provinces in Senate in the constitution of 1973, but in later years many changes were made into it, which changed original shape of the constitution. Therefore, today is confused constitutional scenario.

While giving answer to a question asked by a student of SMIU she said that Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was a real ambassador of Hindu Muslim unity, but leaders of Congress Party Mr. Nehru and Mr. Patel were against it. Talking about Mr. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi she said that he most actively played his political role up to 1920s.

Earlier, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU in his welcome speech thanked the guest speaker Prof. Ayesha Jalal and said that she is one of the great historians of our time with reference of her historic work on Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Prof. Ayesha Jalal

Talking on Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that although he was not belonging to an affluent class, living in 2 bed apartment along with his nine member family in Wazir Mansion, but got his prominent place in the politics of subcontinent through his sheer struggle and wisdom. "At that time there were many prominent leaders in Bengal, Punjab, Bombay and other parts of undivided India, but Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, who belonged to a small province of Sindh and a minority community of Agha Khani, became sole spokesman of rights of Muslims in subcontinent. It proves his honesty, leadership qualities and political consciousness," Dr Shaikh said and added that today, the country needs to act upon the ideals of the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and that is the only way to bring the country on the path of progress and development.

The lecture program was attended by dignitaries, diplomats, prominent academicians and Deans, chairperson, senior faculty, staff members and students of SMIU. On this occasion Prof. Ayesha Jalal also visited Jinnah Museum along with Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh and other guests.


SMIU organizes Orientation Day for newly admitted students

20 January 2017

SMIU organizes Orientation Day for newly admitted students

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has said that the students who have succeeded to get admission at SMIU are fortunate because SMIU is a historic institution, that has written a practical history of Pakistan through its illustrious students including Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

Addressing Orientation Day, organized by SMIU on Friday, at its Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto for newly admitted students of the session of Spring 2017, he said that "You have chosen one of the historical institutions for your study, which was established with aim of imparting quality education to the students without any difference of race and social status."

The Vice Chancellor further urged the students to work with the national sprit as you have to become the future leaders.

Orientation Day

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh talked about the modern facilities, which are available at SMIU for the students and said that SMIU is one of the best higher educational institutions of the country, that imparts quality education with the help of highly qualified faculty and provides conducive academic environment, latest IT facilities, modern classrooms with multimedia facility and modern library etc.

He stressed upon the students to get benefit from the facilities available at SMIU to improve their learning, enhance knowledge and polish the skills of communication. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh also said that the newly enrolled students must have to follow the discipline and rules and regulations of the University as we are getting efforts to produce most educated, patriotic, disciplined and responsible new generation, which have to lead the country in future. The Vice Chancellor also said that the intelligent and deserving students are given scholarships. Therefore, they have to concentrate on their study at SMIU. Earlier Prof Dr Aurangzeb, Dean faculty of Business Administration, Prof Syed Asif Ali, Dean faculty of Computer Science, chairpersons of different departments, Director IT, Controller of Examination, librarian and others also briefed the students about their respective departments and sections through presentations.

Later on the students visited various departments of the University and support units including computer labs, Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi Library, Radio & TV studios and Print Media Lab.


Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU briefs Media Persons about SMIU's first Convocation and International Conference on "Pakistan at 70"

19 January 2017

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU briefs Media Persons about SMIU's first Convocation and International Conference on Pakistan at 70

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has said that the university is going to organize an international conference on "Pakistan at 70" from 07 to 09 August this year, in Karachi as to mark the journey of 70 years of Pakistan. He said this while briefing the media at a local hotel on Thursday. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said so far about 20 scholars of USA, Europe, Italy and other countries have confirmed to participate in the conference. "Around 50 to 60 national and international scholars are being invited to address the successes and failures in education, human development, social sector, economy, women improvement, political situation and other related subjects at the Conference," Dr Shaikh said and added that kind of intellectual discourse will help the stake holders to form the policies for next 10 years, 25 years and 50 years of the country.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh announced that the first convocation of SMIU will be organized on 18th February, 2017, where the students of first batch of SMIU will be awarded degrees. "Four years ago, we had started university with the enrollment of about 112 students, now the figure of enrolled students is about 2000 students, which will increase in coming years as the resources and space of the university will expand. Sindh Madressatul Islam was started with 12 students in 1885," Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said and added that the SMIU imparts quality education to the students of all classes on the affordable fees.

Talking about the National Leadership Program (NLP) of SMIU, the Vice Chancellor said that SMIU is the only university that has started NLP for its students to groom them as the future leaders, because they belong to the Alma-Mater of the great leaders like Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Sir Abdullah Haroon, Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto and others. "SMIU selects about 100 students on merit basis through the process of tests and academic performance for the national and international leadership programs. Amongst these students some are sent to foreign countries including UK, China, Malaysia and Turkey and the rest are sent to the visit of various national institutions, situated in Islamabad.

Dr Shaikh said that the last week a group of 45 students along with 19 faculty and staff members visited important institutions of Islamabad including President House, Parliament House, Senate, Supreme Court of Pakistan, Ombudsman's Office, Headquarters of National Accountability Bureau, Federal Education Ministry, Higher Education Commission, National Defence University, National University of Science and Technology, Riphah University, International Islamic University and Air University. During the visit SMIU delegation met with President of Pakistan Mr. Mamnoon Hussain, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, Chairman Senate Mr. Raza Rabbani, Opposition leaders in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, Opposition Leader in Senate Mr. Aitzaz Ahsan, Mushahid Hussain Syed, Chairman NAB Mr. Qamaruz Zaman Chaudhry, Federal Ombudsman Mr. Salman Farooqui, Chairman HEC Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, Federal Education Minister Mr. Baleequr Rehman and others. "We want to create national harmony among the students of various provinces through the NLP," said Dr Shaikh.

Vice Chancellor of SMIU said that the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan's Quality Assurance Agency has awarded top most "W" category to Sindh Madressatul Islam University's QEC for consequently second year. The SMIU has received 86.58 points, out of 100 points for the "W" category, in terms of quality of education, and on the basis of multiple parameters including its evaluation of academic programmes.

After the briefing question-answer session was held. The briefing was attended by a large number of media persons.


CHANGE IN ORIENTATION DAY PROGRAM

Dear students! the orientation day program for new admissions (Spring 2017) of SMIU students is rescheduled and now will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017. The students will report to Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium at 9:30 a.m, sharp.


SMIU delegation visits NUST and Riphah International University under the National Leadership Program

13 January 2017

SMIU delegation visits NUST and Riphah International University under the National Leadership Program

The Delegation of Sindh Madressatul Islam University's students, faculty and staff members on Friday, the fifth day of their visit to the national institutions of Islamabad, visitedNational University of Science and Technology (NUST) and Riphah International University, under the National Leadership Program.

At the NUST, the delegation was welcomed by Director of Student' Affairs Department and others. On that occasion, while talking to the delegation, the Director said that, it was a matter of immense pleasure for them that they were getting anopportunity to welcome the students of Alma Mater of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, for second time, because last year also SMIU's students had visited the NUST.

He said that this kind of interaction always proves valuable for personal and professional growth of students. Therefore, this sort of visits should be continued in the future and be followed by other students also.He also invited the SMIU students to become a part of NUST's events and activities in the future.

NUST and Riphah International University

After that the students of SMIU had a guided tour of the campus, where they were briefed about establishment of the university, degree programs, societies and clubs of it.

At the Riphah International University, the delegation was received by Vice Chancellor of the university Prof. Dr. Anwar-ul-Haq, Registrar, Dean and other staff members.

Addressing the delegation of SMIU, Vice Chancellor of Riphah University said that we are happy today that students of the institute from where Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had received his early education, have visited our university.

He advised the students of SMIU to remain consistent with aims and objectives and should take stand on the decisions they take in life, because Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was a great decision maker. Once he took the decision, he always acted upon it. Prof. Dr. Anwar-ul-Haq, also advised the students to verify the information, receiving from any source of media especially from social media.

On the occasion Registrar of the university gave presentation on various degree programs and future plans of the university.

Later on, SMIU students visited library of the university where they were briefed about the facilities and resources available there.

Afterwards, the SMIU delegation visited Lok Virsa, and shown keen interest in cultural things of all provinces of Pakistan displayed there.


Minister of State for Education & Training addresses SMIU's students

12 January 2017

Minister of State for Education & Training addresses SMIU's students

Mr. Baleegh-ur-Rehman, Minister of State for Education and Training, Government of Pakistan has said that when anyone thinks about making others' lives better, he/she will ultimately be a role model.

Addressing the students of SMIU's National Leadership Program, at Academy of Education and Training, Islamabad on Thursday, the state minister said that you will only be successful when you help the society with determination, hard work and continuity. Therefore, you should think about others and you will benefit yourself indirectly.

Talking about the components of leadership Mr. Baleegh-ur-Rehman said that there are four components of a leadership formula. Start with caring for others and you will be a leader, caring and giving is an important trait of leadership, second factor is your positive attitude, in every situation of life stay positive to face any challenge, continuity and consistency is another very important quality that the students need to adopt andprinciple of continuity will lead them towards improvement. At the end they should always help others in their matters to the extent possible for them.

Minister of State for Education

The minister said that when students want to be successful in life, they have to decide first their own definition of success. He said that there are people for whom monetary value counts as success but at the end of their life they also realize that they haven't earned anything in life. Life should have some meaning and ambition. A meaningless life will lead you towards nothing.

The minister suggested the students that they should apply the above mentioned qualities in their lives, should adopt it and make it a habit so they can lead their family, friends, circle, educational institution and the society.

Mr. Baleegh-ur-Rehmanhoped that the students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) are learning and experiencing many new things through the National Leadership Program.

SMIU's delegation also metwith Federal Ombudsman Mr. Salman Farooqi at the Secretariat of Federal Ombudsman of Pakistan.

Training addresses SMIU's students

During his address to the student of SMIU, the Federal Ombudsman Mr. Salman Farooqi appreciated the opportunities of learning being provided to the student of SMIU by the management of SMIU under the National Leadership Program.

Recalling his college days spent at SMI Mr. Salman Farooqi said that at that time they didn't have opportunities like the SMIU's students enjoy today, but they had a more liberal and tolerant society where they were free to practice and work according to their abilities and talents. He also recalled the events, debates, theaters andmushaira of international repute being organized solely by the students.

The ombudsman was of the view that the students should actively participate in the co-curricular activities to achieve maximum learning during their study period. Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU and Mr. Salman Farooqui also exchanged souvenirs on the occasion.

Minister of State for Education & Training

On the same day the SMIU delegation visited National Defense University (NDU), where they were welcomed by Prof. Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema, Dean Faculty of Contemporary Studies.

Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIUhad call on meeting with Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar, President of NDU, where the gifts and souvenirs were exchanged.

SMIU students visited different departments of the NDU and Sahibzada Yaqub Khan library (SYKL). They were also briefed about the University's mission, vision, different certificate and degree programs, research, innovations and future plans.

Meanwhile, the delegation has also visited Quaid E Azam University Islamabad. The welcome reception was held in honor of delegation at university's auditorium. The Vice Chancellor SMIU Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh addressed at the occasion. Later on the students of SMIU visited various departments of the varsity.

Minister of State

Higher Education Commission of Pakistan also hosted a reception for the delegation, where Chairman HEC, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed addressed the gathering and suggested that the students should focus on their education, mannerism and respect, which values are essentialfor agood human being.


Chief Justice of Pakistan and Chairman NAB address SMIU students of National Leadership Program

11 January 2017

Chief Justice of Pakistan and Chairman NAB address SMIU students of National Leadership Program

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has said that education is most important responsibility and a quality that distinguishes developing world from the developing one." He said this while addressing the students and faculty members of Sindh Madressatul Islam University's National Leadership Program, at Supreme Court of Pakistan, Islamabad on Wednesday.

The Chief Justice of Pakistan said that when I look at the world history, one important thing emerges from it, which distinguishestwo fragments of the world called developed and the developing.Education, learning and knowledge are common in developed world and there was no end of knowledge for them. Therefore, education is the primary reason of theirsuccess.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisarfurther said thatthe countries who acquireknowledge are ahead in the world in every sphere of life. UK and USA are good examples of it. I trust my students, do your maximum in education.

Chief Justice of Pakistan and Chairman NAB

He further said that the second important point for a nation's success is Rule of Law. Countries where rule of law prevails are progressing in the world. Equality before law is very important to assure human security and satisfaction.

He said I am very optimistic about students and the future because they are base of the society. For me an uneducated person is not responsible for being uneducated because the society and the system is responsible for it.

The Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan said that the leadership is the third quality for students toachieve success in any domain. Honesty and integrity are also the key factors that will help the students to groom their personality which is an important trait of leadership.

Prior to it, SMIU delegation met with Chairman NAB Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry at the NAB headquarters, Islamabad.The delegation was comprised of students, faculty and staff members, led by Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU.

Chief Justice of Pakistan

On that occasion while addressing the delegation the Chairman NAB Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhrysaid that I am happy to meet with the young generation of the country, who will lead the nation in future."

Appreciating the students of SMIU Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry said that their institution is very distinctive because of its association with Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah who was recognized by the world for his greatness.

Talking about the National Leadership Program (NLP) of SMIU, he said that it was a practical exposure for students and broader approach of the institution towards the training of its students on the wide level. Also, it will be helpful in creating a vision and imagination in the minds of those students who aspire to be future leaders. Therefore, it is an act to move in the society with positive approach.

He stressed upon the students to play their role as ambassadors of the message "Say No to Corruption" in their circles. Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry suggested the students that at this stage they have to work in the individual capacity and also as the honest citizens of the country. Otherwise they will not be able to bring positive change in the society.

Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry also appreciated Vice Chancellor of SMIU, Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh for giving students of SMIU and the NAB an opportunity to talk about the issues of great concern.

NAB address SMIU students of National Leadership Program

While explaining the functions of the NAB he said that the NAB is working on three dimensions including enforcement, awareness and precaution, a case followed by the steps of inquiry, investigation and the prosecution.

Deputy Chairman of the NAB Imtiaz Tajwar and Ms. Aliya Rashid, Director General, Awareness and Prevention, NAB, gave presentations on the practical working of the NAB in different domains. After it, the Question-Answer Session was held.

Later on, SMIU's delegation visited International Islamic University, Islamabad where they were welcomed by the president and management of the university. President of IIUI Prof. Dr. Ahmad Yousif Ahmad Al-Draiweesh addressed the delegation and appreciated Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU for taking practical measures for the students in terms of providing them great exposure under the NLP.

Meanwhile the SMIU delegation has also held meeting with former Federal Minister and Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed.


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SMIU's delegation meets with Chairman Senate Mr. Raza Rabbani and Opposition Leader in Senate Mr. Aitzaz Ahsan

10 January 2017

SMIU's delegation meets with Chairman Senate Mr. Raza Rabbani and Opposition Leader in Senate Mr. Aitzaz Ahsan

Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani has said that the students should believe in ideological commitment and stay committed with their thoughts. He said this while talking with the delegation of Sindh Madressatul Islam University's delegation of National Leadership Program on Tuesday at Parliament House, Islamabad.

Mr. Raza Rabbani advised the students to actively participate in co-curricular activitiesto groom their leadership skills and understand responsibilities towards society.

He also suggested the students to take stand on principles, that act will benefit the nation.

On the occasion the Chairman Senate also briefed the delegation about the process of legislation in the upper and lower house respectively. Afterwards, students of SMIU attended the session of Senate.

Vice Chancellor SMI University Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh thanked Mr. Raza Rabbani for inviting the delegation at Parliament House.

Later one, the SMIU delegation met with the Leader of Opposition in Senate Mr. Aitzaz Ahsan, where he said that today our society needs tolerance, which is the most important element for betterment of society. Therefore, tolerance for diverse opinion should be encouraged."Mr. Aitzaz Ahsan further said that, he was happy to see more girls than boys in the delegation of NLP of SMIU.

He advisedthe students to learn and incorporate the behavior of tolerance, to question the existing notions and give benefit of doubt to others.

Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah talks with SMIU delegation at the Parliament House

Syed Khurhseed Ahmed Shah, the Leader of Opposition in the National Assemblyhas said that students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University belong to the great institution,which has produced great leaders of the country" He said this while talking to the delegation of SMIU at the National Assembly, where he had invited them for the visit. The delegation was comprised of students, faculty and staff members, who are visiting some national institutions in Islamabad under the National Leadership Program (NLP) 2016-17.

Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah said that today's students have to lead the nation and the country in future, but to achieve such leading role in the country, they must give priority to their study at the institution.

The opposition leader said that an educated person can understand sensitivity of issues because they would be well aware about the reasons, parameters, effects and consequences of the issues. As a result they may think and work to make the situation better.

While appreciating the NLP Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah said that reading books, curriculum and exposure of social activities is equally important for the composite intellectual development of a student. These activities may provide students different perspective of issues and broader their vision.

He stressed upon the students to work hard for acquiring knowledge that would contribute in resolving the issues. The opposition leader also considered the primary education as a nursery of higher education.

Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU thanked Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah for inviting the delegation of SMIU at the National assembly. He also gave credit of opening Girls Secondary School in the SMI, when he was federal education minister in 1990s.

On the occasion the SMIU students and other members of the delegation visited different galleries and the parliament house.

Later on the SMIU delegation visited Air University, where they were welcomed by its Vice Chancellor MR. AVM. Faaiz Amir, Registrar, senior faculty and staff members. The representatives of the university briefed the delegation about the university. Vice Chancellor SMI University Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh thanked the senior management of the Air University for inviting them for the visit the Air University.


President of Pakistan addresses the delegation of Sindh Madressatul Islam University at the President House, Islamabad

09 January 2017

Students of SMIU have extra responsibility of representing their institution with prestige, because this institution has the honor of being an Alma-Mater of Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. These views were expressed by the President of Pakistan Mr. Mamnoon Hussain, while addressing the delegation of Sindh Madressatul Islam University, at the President House, Islamabad.

The delegation of SMIU's students, faculty and staff members led by Vice Chancellor Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, is currently on the visit of Islamabad's some important national institutions under the 2nd National Leadership Program 2017 (NLP).

The President said that SMIU is prestige institution among other institutions of the country due to its association with the founder of the country Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. This is why, I hope that the SMIU students will maintain its honor with their hard work, dedication, commitment, principles and discipline.

While appreciating the NLP initiated by Vice Chancellor of SMIU Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, the President of Pakistan said that other educational institutions of the country should also follow it in order to incorporate leadership qualities and practical learning, exposure and a positive vision among the students.

The President urged the students to actively participate in co-curricular activities and also concentrate on their education. He highlighted the importance of the education of Science and Information Technology in the current era and considered these domains as the dominating zones in the upcoming future.

Mr. Mamnoon Hussain said that the students should prepare themselves for future leadership roles as an honest, educated and dedicated individuals, to make Pakistan a developed country.

The president said that the students of SMIU should not forget their association with Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah with their great institution. Besides they must respect their parents and teachers, and to keep the level of their character and confidence high.

Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU briefed the gathering about aims and objectives, nature and selection criteria of student for NLP. He also thanked the President of Pakistan for inviting SMIU delegation at the President House and hoped that the President of Pakistan will also extend his same support to SMIU in future.

Minister for Education Mr. Baligh-ur-Rehman, and senior Alumni of SMIU Mr. Iqbal Umer and Mr. Habib-ur-Rehman were also present on the occasion.

Later on, the SMIU delegation visited Higher Education Commission and Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS), where they had sessions with Professor Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director HEC, and Mr. Zafarullah Khan, Executive Director PIPS respectively.


"Pakistan was created by the provinces" says Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani

18 December 2016

Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani has said that in case of Pakistan, they were the provinces who created it. This he said while delivering his talk under the title "Pakistan at 70: Devolution and Democracy" at the inner courtyard of the historic Main Building of Sindh Madressatul Islam University, last evening.

He said the provincial assemblies of Sindh and the Punjab opt for Pakistan using their democratic right of vote. He said the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, then known as Sarhad province, decided to opt for Pakistan through a referendum, while Baluchistan also joined the federation through 'Maslahati Commission.' Hence, the federation of Pakistan was created by the provinces, giving a part of their authority to the federation.

He said Quaid-e-Azam had been an ardent supporter of provincial autonomy throughout his political career. The stance of the All India Muslim League under Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had been in favour of granting the provinces more autonomy in undivided India.

Speaking about separation of East Pakistan, he said that it was a matter of record that the first ever privilege motion moved in newly created assemblies of Pakistan related to a question that why the language of the majority of the people of Pakistan (Bengali) was not the national language. He said the seeds of the separation were sowed at that stage.

He said that the youth must know the real account of the history of Pakistan, as they are the future of of the country.

He said we must produce citizens who will go long way and believe in deviation from democratic process which should be fair and for benefit of Pakistan. Emphasizing on democratic education, Mian Raza Rabbani said our young generation needs to be able to put questions to their government and the parliament.

He said the parliamentary form of government and provincial autonomy are two pivotal points to make Pakistan stronger and prosperous. He was of the view that denying the provinces their rights and denying the people of their language would weaken the country.

Chairman Senate said that despite of many failures he is very hopeful about the future of Pakistan through democracy. "In the present democratic era, there are number of issues of governance and weak systems, but I still believe that democracy is better than any other form of government." He further added that the cure of the ills of democracy lied in more democracy and said that the democratic process would eliminate the corruption and other demerits in due course of time.

In his address Vice Chancellor SMIU Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that the latest research suggests that the Indus Valley Civilization (IVC) in Pakistan was possibly the earliest cradle and model of democracy in the world. He said amongst the four contemporary civilizations of IVC, the Mesopotamia, the Nile Valley, Anatolia and China, the pervasive influence of an imperial authority could be felt. But, the Indus Valley was different as there is no trace of grandiose structures acting as centers of authority such as forts, palaces or great temples.

He said that the evidence behind this assertion has been the city plans of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro, where all the houses irrespective of the social status of the residents had a standard layout and size, and only special structures, possibly public buildings, had been treated differently in the city plan.

He said that many historians believed that this type of civic controls and an organizational system could only have stemmed from some kind of "rule by the people" that was exercised in some Greek city-states some two thousand years later. He said in view of this many scholars have been asking: "Did Greece give birth to democracy, or did Greece simply follow a practice developed earlier?"

He said that the Indus Valley script has not yet been deciphered, which is a handicap to attempts to draw any final conclusions.

He said that the democracy was in the genes of the people of Pakistan, being the heir to Indus Valley Civilization. However, he said the invasions and foreign rule had suppressed the longing for democracy to some extent but the desire had not died down.

Earlier, the Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani visited the Jinnah Museum of SMIU and showed keen interest in relics and academic credentials of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and other old students. He also saw the old record of SMIU preserved at the museum.

The program was also attended by foreign diplomats, eminent educationists, students and faculty members.


Chairman HEC visits SMIU

13 December 2016

Chairman Higher Education Commission Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed has said Pakistan have lot of potential in the education sector and our research work has been recognized at international level around the globe. He said this while delivering his talk on subject of "Higher Education in Pakistan: The way forward" at Sindh Madressatul Islam University.

He further said, we have to put serious efforts in education for achieving international top ranking and education but still with small investment, Pakistan is competing with the rest of the world. Appreciating the research work of Pakistani scientists HEC Chairman said that we are in a very good position as compare to previous years but have still not crossed spending of 0.29% in the higher education sector.

Dr Mukhtar Ahmed further said, if will we go to history we would realize that Muslims were the people who initiated many kind of subjects in the world. In between the era of 3rd to 13th century our forefathers were the leaders in the different fields weather it was Mathematics, Health, Medical Education, Chemistry, Physics or Astronomy. He said they were the Muslims who invented theories and formulas that become the base of education of today's education. We have to invest in education and our academia need to play their role which they are supposed to play.

In his welcome address Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University talked on the role of Sindh Madressatul Islam University in developing leadership. He said that the prime feature of Sindh Madresstul Islam used to be its production of leaders, the names of many leaders which are associated with this institution are so many.


Ms. Grace W. Shelton, U.S. Consul General in Karachi addresses at Sindh Madressatul Islam University

07 November 2016

Ms. Grace W. Shelton, U.S. Consul General in Karachi has said that, Sindh Madressatul Islam University has shaped the beliefs of its students on the vision of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and it has continued to shape the minds of Pakistani leaders of tomorrow. Addressing the students, faculty and staff members of SMIU on Monday, U.S. Consul General said that the students of SMIU are fortunate by attending the SMIU, and walking on the footsteps of Father of Pakistan.

"I am really thankful to Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh for inviting me at Sindh Madressatul Islam University, to see the institution where founder of Pakistan studied and to meet with its students, teachers and deans," she said.

Ms. Grace W. Shelton further said that she was impressed with the notion used by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh (Vice Chancellor of SMIU) in his speech about SMIU, saying that "it is a nursery of leaders." She said that the students of SMIU will emerge from SMIU and work for bright future of Pakistan.

Talking about the role of United States in improvement of education in Pakistan she said that she is proud of the role which United States is playing as the partner of the government and people of Pakistan in wide ranging areas including health, economic development, power, infrastructure, defense cooperation and community engagement. "But today our focus is on cooperation in education and building opportunities for Pakistani youth," she said.

Ms. Grace W. Shelton further said that we know that the youth of Pakistan posses a tremendous potential, we know that youth of Pakistan love to learn, they have deep respect for their families, communities and the country. That is why the USA gives tools to them to lead the next generation to build peaceful, prosperous and democratic Pakistan.

She said that since 2009, the USA has reopened and built 1000 schools in Pakistan. It is also building 106 schools in Sindh province for young students. She further said we are working with the Pakistani partners across the country to provide reading assistance to hundreds of thousands students of grade one and two. She said the USA is also focusing on the education of girls.

U.S. Consul General said the USA is also deeply involved in higher education of Pakistan. It is providing scholarships to students through Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. Also we are providing Wi-Fi to 100 higher educational institutes across Pakistan. She said that Pakistan is the largest Fulbright scholarships recipient in the world. "We are very proud to have partnerships with institutions in Pakistan that will build capacity in the Pakistan's education system, to generate world class students,"

In his welcome address Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University talked on the need of cooperation between Sindh Madressatul Islam University and the universities of USA. He said that the USA has a highly qualitative education system; even China is getting benefited from

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh was of the view that today we are living in the era of nationally and internationally collaborations and cooperation hence should focus on the areas that can help our students to become successful future leaders. Talking about SMIU he said that it is considered the nursery of leaders. Throughout its 131 years of history it has produced a large number of leaders including founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He said that even today it's a large number of alumni are leading various fields in the country. Dr Shaikh said that Sindh was the land of eight thousand years oldest civilization, where people were civilized, educated, tolerant and enlightened.

"After partition of the subcontinent there were two provinces of Pakistan that had edge in education, one was Bangal then called East Pakistan and the second was Sindh," Dr Shaikh said added that, but today Sindh has to improve its quality education.

On the occasion Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh presented Sindh's cultural souvenirs to Ms. Grace W. Shelton and Mr. John of Public Diplomacy Department of US Consulate Karachi. Reciprocally, she presented some souvenir to Dr Shaikh also.

The US. CG also visited Jinnah Museum of SMIU, where she took deep interest in educational record of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and other old alumni of SMIU.


Sindh Madressatul Islam University hosts reception in the honor of delegates of Sindh Literature Festival

06 November 2016

Dr Hamida Khuhro, a veteran historian of Sindh has said that Sindhi is an ancient and rich language, in which rich literature is produced, but people of Sindh have neglected it. She said this while speaking at a reception hosted by Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) in the honor of delegates of Sindh Literature Festival (SLF), at inner courtyard of Main Building of SMIU on Sunday night, November 5, 2016. The three day festival was held at a local hotel of the city.

Dr Hamida Khuhro further said that it was a good sign that a huge literary program was organized in Karachi by some young people. Hence such tradition must be continued in the future also.

"Likewise the Sindh Literature Festival, Children's Literature Festival should also be organized in various citees of Sindh," she suggested. Recalling her days of early life Dr Hamida Khuhro said it was her uncle who was used to bring Sindhi books from Sukkur to Larkana, for her, as at that time they were living in Larkana. "I used to read books on history of Sindh and also of stories in Sindhi language, in my childhood," the great historian of Sindh said and added that in later days she also got education in Sindhi language that helped her to understand history, literature and culture of Sindh."

While praising the role of Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh for up gradation of Sindh Madressatul Islam University, she said Dr Shaikh had organized a successful 2nd International Seminar on Sindh through the Centuries, two years back, so he should also take initiative in organizing programs on Sindhi literature and culture also.

Mr. Saeed Ghani, Senator, Government of Sindh said that it was a good initiative to organize Sindh Literature Festival in Karachi that will play an important role in promotion of Sindhi language and literature. He said that there are a large number of best Sindhi writers, who are producing good literature, hence they must be honored.

Director of Russian Consulate Karachi said that the programs like Sindh Literature Festival are contributing a lot in promotion and development of national languages like Sindhi language. He said that Russia also gives preference to its national and regional languages. He suggested that there should be collaboration between the universities of Pakistan and Russia.

Dr Suleman Shaikh, Secretary of SZABIST in his speech said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University is not merely a university, but it is a movement, which started 131 years ago by its founder Hassanally Effendi, and now Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh running it successfully. He said that Sindhi language has centuries old roots in Sindh and despite facing difficult days on various times, it has survived. Therefore, Sindhi language has no threat in future also.

Earlier, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University in his welcome address said that Sindh Madressatul Islam has produced such persons, who created a new Sindh. Mentioning periods of before and after establishment of SMI he said that there was 75 percent Muslim population in Sindh before 1885, but they were deprived of all their fundamental rights. Also there was no arrangement of modern education for their children. But when SMI was founded it gave birth to a new Sindh that played a pivotal role in creation of Pakistan.

Talking on the Sindh Literature Festival he said that it was a most healthy activity that will inspire, especially the youth who will design their new approach about Sindhi literature, culture, history and education. He congratulated the organizers of SLF on the success of the festival. Mr. Ali Akash and Mr. Naseer Gopang, organizers of SLF also spoke on the occasion.

The reception was attended by a large number of diplomats of various countries, writers, intellectuals, academia, jurists and representatives of civil society including Justice (retd) Hamid Ali Mirza, Abdul Qadir Mangi, former Secretary Sindh Culture Department, Mr. Hamad of British Council Pakistan, Dr Arfana Mallah, Amar Sindhu, Dr Ali Rind, Dr Ayoob Shaikh, Dr Qasim Rajper, Rakhial Morai, Asghar Soomro, deans, faculty and staff members of SMIU and other guests.




Female students of SMIU leaving for China for one month Internship

02 November 2016

A group of 11 female final year students of SMIU, along with two female faculty members are leaving for China to attend month long internship program at Sanya University, from Friday, November 4, 2016. The SMIU students are going to China under the agreement signed between Sindh Madressatul Islam University and Sanya University of China. One male faculty member Dr Mujeeb Abro who has done his PhD from China is accompanying the group as coordinator.

It must be mentioned here that before this group of female students, another group of SMIU's ten male students of final year have already completed their one month internship from Hainan Tropical Ocean University, China, recently. Among the students who are going to China are Areeba Baig, Mahgul Nadir, Mahnoor Azhar, Misbah Iqbal, Sitara Sahar, Sumiara, Neelam Kheemani, Mahvish Baig, Tania, Falak Nawaz, and Qarina Mehboob. While among the faculty members are Dr. Mujeeb Abro, Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies, Ms. Sahrish Abro, Lecturer, Department of Business Administration and Ms. Sahar Zafar, Lecturer Department of Education.

While saying goodbye to the group, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University said that the SMIU is equally providing opportunities of modern learning and training to its students at campus as well abroad. Because, without international exposure, the learning process of a student couldn't be completed. He expressed best wishes for the students of SMIU who are going for internship program to China.


A delegation of United Kingdom's BPP University called on Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU

26 October 2016

A delegation of United Kingdom's BPP University, led by Mr. Peter Crisp, Dean and Chief Executive of BPP Law School, UK and Ms. Lil Bremermann - Richard, International Director, BPP Professional Education Group called on Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) on Wednesday at his office at SMIU.

Later on, BPP University's delegation held a meeting with SMIU's senior management led by Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh at Committee Room of the University, where they discussed on future collaboration and joint programs in the field of education. SMIU's Deans and Registrar were also part of SMIU's delegation.

During the meeting, Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh briefed the delegation about Sindh Madressatul Islam University's historic role in modern education in Sindh and also talked on the present day SMIU and its unique role in quality education.

Later on the delegation visited Jinnah Museum of the University, where they shown keen interest in the academic record of founder of Pakistan Quaid-e- Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, specially his education at SMI and Lincoln's Inn, London.


SMIU organizes lecture of Mr. Mahmood Shaam on "Future of Print Media in Digital Era"

24 October 2016

Prominent journalist of Pakistan Mr. Mahmood Shaam has said that although print media has no big threat in the age of Digital Media, but it must bring basic changes in its reporting, display of news and layout.

Delivering lecture on "Future of Print Media in Digital Era", organized by Department of Media Studies of Sindh Madressatul Islam University, at Junagarh Hall of the university on Monday, the veteran journalist said that despite electronic and social media, the print media is still stable and popular specially in Pakistan, He said today the major weakness of newspapers is that they have launched their own channels also. This is why, the owners of newspapers are giving less attention to their newspapers and also less investing in them. "The newspapers are paying low salaries to their journalists in comparison with the journalists working in their television channels," he said.

He further said that according to some sources, today in Pakistan circulation of Urdu and English newspapers is 12 million copies, viewers of television channels is 60 million, users of internet are 34 million and mobile phone users are 130 million.

Mr. Mahmood Shaam said if newspapers are shaped according to the needs of 21 st century, then there is a future for them, but today majority of newspapers are being published on the pattern of 1980s. The only change in the newspapers is that they are now being published on computer instead of calligraphy.

He further said that the timing of editorial writing should also be changed. In the past main source of the event for editorial writing was only newspapers, this is why editorial was written in morning, but today due to electronic, digital sand social media, news of any major event remains not fresh, therefore editorial should be written just before finalizing the copy.

Mr. Mahmood Shaam also said newspapers should not publish news of high government officials including prime minister, chief ministers etc. as the lead news, because people have already listened such news on the channels in the day, therefore, their own exclusive news or like the newspapers of the West, education, health and the news related to problems of masses should be made the lead news.

He also said channels are spreading confusion up to 11:00 pm daily, therefore, newspapers should need to clear such confusion in their next edition.

Mr. Mahmood Shaam further said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University and other universities can play a historic role in such situation. He said ideologies are getting birth in the universities. This is why, universities can train the future journalists of the country very well. He said SMIU can also give a charter about the newspapers of 21 st century, politics, economy and about the society to Pakistan.

He praised the role of Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU for converting SMIU into the modern university.

Earlier, Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University in his speech eulogizing the great role of Mr. Mahmood Shaam played in journalism in Pakistan said that Mr. Mahmood Shah has given about a half century of his life to journalism in the country. Now he himself has become an institution.

He said that Mr. Mahmood Shaam is among those journalists who are not only journalists, but they are working on the idea to bring social change in the society. Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh said education and journalism are un-separable subjects, but the young generation has lost their interest in book and newspaper reading. Despite that fact print media in Pakistan still occupies its space.

The question- answer session was also held on the occasion.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh also gave souvenirs to the guest. Before the lecture Mr. Mahmood Shaam also visited Jinnah Museum of SMIU


Sindh Madressatul Islam University's female students and female faculty and staff observe Pink Ribbon Youth Awareness Day

20 October 2016

Sindh Madressatul Islam University's Medical Unit in coordination with the Student Welfare Office, observed Pink Ribbon Youth Awareness Day at SMIU.

In this respect two days activities were organized by all female students and female faculty and staff members in the premises of the university. On the first day of the program, a large number of girl students participated in tug of war, human ribbon, poster/play card competition and skits, held in front of the Talpur House of SMIU.

On the second day, a program was held in the auditorium of SMIU, which was chaired by Mrs. Shaista M. Ali, spouse of Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University. Addressing the program, the speakers said that especially young women should spread basic information regarding breast cancer in the society. "Due to lack of basic information and early diagnosis of the disease, the affected women suffer a lot," they said. Mrs. Shaista M. Ali, in her speech appreciated the efforts of SMIU's Medical Unit and female students who successfully organized the day on very important health issue of the country.


Sindh Madressatul Islam University's delegation returns back from study tour of Malaysia

19 October 2016

An 18 member delegation of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has returned back from Malaysia after completing study tour of major universities and other important places of the country including Ministry of Higher Education of Malaysia, University of Kuala Lumpur and the International Islamic University of Kuala Lumpur. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University had also joined them on some occasions of their study tour of the said country.
The delegation comprised of 12 students (6 female and 6 male students), 4 faculty members and 2 administrative staff officers. Students, who were part of the delegation, were selected through an open competition under the Leadership Program of the university.
At the Ministry of Higher Education of Malaysia, the authorities of the ministry briefed SMIU delegation about education system of the country and governance of public and private sector universities. It was informed that out of top 100 universities of Asia, five universities are of Malaysia.
During the visit of University of Kuala Lumpur, SMIU delegation was warmly welcomed by the administration of the university. During the briefing, SMIU delegation was informed that 27,000 students are getting education in very wide range of disciplines in its 12 campuses.
Similarly, at the International Islamic University of Kuala Lumpur, SMIU delegation was informed that the university is spread over 1000 acres of land with enrollment of 38,000 students, who receive Islamic learning there.
During the visit of Malaysia, SMIU's 12 students gave presentations on various subjects related to various aspects of Malaysia including An overview of Agricultural Sector of Malaysia, State of Science and Technology in Malaysia, School Education in Malaysia, Tourism Industry of Malaysia, Environmental issues of Malaysia, Cultural Heritage of Malaysia, Malaysian Educational Policy, Social issues being faced by Malaysian Society, Malaysian Arts and Architecture, University Education in Malaysia, Political System in Malaysia and An overview of Industrial Sector of Malaysia.
SMIU delegation also visited various cities of Malaysia including Malacca.


Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU presides Research Meeting

07 October 2016

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has said that the research work is essential to understand causes of Asia's great Lake Machhar, law and order situation, air and noise pollution and de-motivating factors for selecting teaching as a profession in Karachi. He said this while speaking at the research meeting held at SMIU's Junagarh Hall on Friday, where four SMIU researchers gave presentations on their proposed research studies.

Among the researchers were Ms. Ayesha Tajmmul (topic: Study of water quality of Manchhar Lake and its Mitigation by Magnetic Technology), Dr Ambreen Fazal (topic: Impact of Law and Order Situation on Academic Performance: A Survey of Karachi), Dr Hashim Zuberi (Environmental and health impacts of urban air pollution in context of urban explosion and climate change: Case of East and West districts of Karachi) and Dr Stephen John (topic: Investigating diverse motivational factors distressing career choice as a teacher: A Phenomenal Approach).

In his presidential address Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that today Manchhar Lake is facing a great threat due to toxic materials of industries dropping into it through Right Bank Out Fall Drainage (RBOD) and from domestic wastages. He said that SMIU's researchers are working on the issue of contaminated water of Manchhar Lake. And in today's world the Magnetic Technology is being used for purification of water. So, in this regard SMIU will initiate experimental work in its Malir Campus by using Magnetic Technology on the small level. And after finding satisfactory results of it, then the Government of Sindh will be suggested to use the same technology for the purpose at Manchhar Lake.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh while talking on the presentation about law and order situation in Karachi's two areas like Lyari and Kati Pahari, said that we need concrete evidence of effects of law and order situation on education of the city. He suggested that the entire city should be divided into three categories like localities of poor people, middle class and affluent class. By these different spectrums we can draw a complete picture of affects of law and order situation on education and students of the city.

Similarly, he said that we have also included other parts of the city in the research study on pollution. He suggested that the researcher should conduct study on air and noise pollution separately. Talking on the career in education, Dr Shaikh said that it is also a problem of the entire country that the competent persons are not willing to join field of education as a profession. Therefore, de-motivating factors behind career choice in education field should be found through research study. The session was attended Dean and other senior faculty members.


Sindh Madressatul Islam University and Sindh Agriculture University sign MoU

06 October 2016

Vice Chancellors of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) and Sindh Agriculture University (SAU), Tandojam have agreed upon to work jointly in the areas of research, training and other fields of mutual interest.

In this regard Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU and Dr Mujeeb-u-ddin Sahrai, Vice Chancellor of SAU signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Thursday at the Committee Room of SMIU.

On this occasion Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU said that Sindh Agriculture University is playing very significant role in the field of agriculture education and development of the province, because Sindh is an agrarian based province of the country, which needs guidance in the said field all the time. He said that the SMIU and SAU are contributing a lot in their respective fields; therefore, the cooperation between these two universities will produce good results for students and faculty of both the universities and also for the country. "Prof. Dr Mujeeb-u-ddin Sahrai is rendering commendable services for promotion of agriculture education in Sindh that ultimately benefit the country," Dr Shaikh said.

Dr Prof. Dr Mujeeb-u-ddin Sahrai said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University being the historic institution of the country is considered most reputable institution in the region. He said SMIU has emerged as one of the most quality universities of the country in the very shortest period of four years and this whole credit goes to its Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh. "Dr Shaikh has dedicatedly worked for SMIU, as first its Principal and then vice chancellor," Prof. Dr Mujeeb-u-ddin Sahrai said and added that besides its quality education at the campus, SMIU is doing a marvelous job by providing international exposure to its students.

He said that SMIU and Sindh Agriculture University can jointly produce best results in the quality education and research as both are the major universities of Sindh. He invited the SMIU students to visit the SAU.

Later on, Dr Mujeeb-u-ddin Sahrai visited Jinnah Museum and appreciated the preservation of educational record of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.


Mr. Nauman K. Dar, President and CEO of Habib Bank Limited addresses at SMIU

05 October 2016

Mr. Nauman K. Dar, President and CEO of Habib Bank Limited has said that the new generation of Pakistan will not allow happening collapse of the country. They are future leaders, who will follow principles of honesty and hard work.

Addressing students and faculty of Sindh Madressatul Islam University on Wednesday at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium of the university, Mr. Nauman K. Dar said that only way of resolving problems of Pakistan is to work hard and not believing in safarish culture. By this way, we can make our country and children prosperous.

He further said that we have to create good atmosphere, secure life and eradicate poverty from the country. "Education is not only reading and writing process, but it is to serve the community, society and the country," the president of HBL said and added that, to achieve such objectives students must believe in merit, hard work and honesty.

Talking about SMIU, the president of HBL said that it is the institution of leaders. Also it is a liberal and progressive institution. It has a history of students and faculty, belonging to different religions, color and creed. Hence, we have a responsibility and task to build the nation and institutions.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University in his speech said that there are two common points between SMIU and HBL; one was the association with Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah who was behind the foundation of HBL. And other is neighborhood. Besides, both are also known for their quality in their respective areas of work.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further said that these two most important institutions of the county could work jointly for human resource development. He suggested that the SMIU and HBL can jointly organize seminars and conferences in this respect. Apart from it, SMIU is working for community development in Malir and it is establishing a resource center, vocational institution and school there for poor women and children. Hence, the SMIU and HBL can work together for these poor people also.

On this occasion Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh presented Ajrak, Khes, his some books and a shield to Mr. Nauman K. Dar.

Earlier, Mr. Nauman K. Dar visited Jinnah Museum and shown keen interest in educational record of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.


Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University, who is also Vice Chairman of Board of Directors of United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) along with current Chairperson of USEFP Ms Christina Tomlinson and Executive Director Ms Rita Bruun, cutting a cake of 66th Anniversary of Fulbright Program at Islamabad. Fulbright program in Pakistan completed its 66 years of great service, under which thousands of talented Pakistani scholars and students have received their fully sponsored PhD and masters degrees.


Sindh Madressatul Islam University launches fresh B.Ed and M.Ed Programs from 26th September

22 September 2016

Sindh Madressatul Islam University has launched fresh B.Ed and M.Ed Programs, in accordance with the policy of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. The admissions will open in B.Ed and M.Ed Programs from Monday, 26th September and will continue up to 13th October.

Duration of the B.Ed program would be 1.5 years for those candidates who had done M.A/M.Sc. and the duration of 2.5 years would be for the candidates having B.A/B.Sc or B.A (Hon.) with second division or 50 percent marks. Likewise, duration for M.Ed program would be 01 year. Candidates who have done B.A/B.Sc. & B.Ed. B.S.Ed. with second Division or 50% marks can apply.

The admissions are also open in Associate Degree in Education for In-service Teachers, for the period of 01 year. Eligibility for this program is Intermediate & PTC with 05 years teaching experience, or CT/Diploma in Education with 05 years teaching experience with 2nd Division or 50% marks is required.

Candidates including those students who are awaiting for their results, can apply on Online (www.smiu.edu.pk) or visit to the Admission Office Help Desk of SMIU during the working days (from Monday to Friday), from 9.30 am to 5.00pm. Classes will be commenced on weekends in the Morning from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and on week days in the Evening from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm at SMIU.


British Deputy High Commissioner in Karachi Ms. Belinda Lewis addresses at SMIU

20 September 2016

Ms. Belinda Lewis, British Deputy High Commissioner in Karachi has said that the university education is not only for achieving a degree, but it is about everything, it is about living life, lifelong dreams and extending skills.

Education is not a formal learning also, it is about lifelong learning, so keep pushing yourself and keep developing you.

Addressing the students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University on Tuesday at its Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium she said that there is a beautiful environment at Sindh Madressatul Islam University, and it is so interesting to be in Karachi to look at its architecture and to see similarities between the architecture of my own country. It is a rich mixture of architectural styles. Hence, this is very interesting place to see.

British Deputy High Commissioner further said that I have learnt many lessons and experiences from my university education, which were most stressful, and there was a lot pressure on myself, at Oxford University and Cambridge University, but I managed to balance all these things.

She further said that in our country and also over here in Pakistan we are lucky that we are studying in universities with fantastic facilities. Therefore, the students should teach their people in their spare time and volunteer for charity to improve people's education. "If everybody has the spirit of generosity to give something to the community, which is around you," she maintained.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University in his speech while welcoming the British Deputy High Commissioner said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University has historic relations with the United Kingdom. He said it was Mr. James Strachan, an Architect of Karachi Municipality, who had designed the Main Building of SMIU and supervised its construction work, and in return, he didn't charge a single rupee as fee. Later on, the said building was inaugurated by the then Viceroy of India Lord Dufferin, while coming from Calcutta to Karachi.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further said that the third great person who served SMI was Mr. Thomas Henry Vines, who remained here as a Principal for the longest period, from 1903 to 1922. Apart from him Mr. Percy Hyde and Mr. Harrison were also great Principals of the institute, belonging to UK. "In 1930's Mr. Harrison had also taken efforts for female education at SMI as at that time Muslim population of Sindh was 75 percent and Hindu's population was 25 percent only, but ironically, more Hindu girls were getting education than Muslims girls in Sindh.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said we are living in the era of international collaborations and cooperation, therefore, he hoped that British Deputy Higher Commissioner will play a role of a bridge for cooperation and collaborations between Sindh Madressatul Islam University and other universities of the country and the universities of UK.

On the occasion Dr Shaikh presented Ajrak, Khes and his books to Ms. Belinda Lewis. A documentary on SMIU's 131 years of historic journey was also screened on the occasion.

Later on, she visited Jinnah Museum and took keen interest in relics of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi and other alumni and old record of the institution. Mr. Naveed Shaikh, Secretary to Chief Minister Sindh on Universities and Boards also attended the program.


Vice Chancellors of Sindh Madressatul Islam University and Allama Iqbal Open University sign MoU

09 September 2016

Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) and Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) signed MoU on Friday, at a ceremony held at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium of SMIU. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU and Dr. Shahid Siddiqui signed it. According to the MoU, both the national universities will cooperate with each other in training, research work, M.Phl and PhD programmes.

Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, while addressing the MoU signing ceremony said that today we are living in the era of collaborations and linkages. This is why; SMIU has established its linkages with the universities of UK, USA and China. Also SMIU gives preference to establish cooperation with the national universities. The signing MoU with AIOU is a part of the said effort. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further said that the collaboration between SMIU and AIOU will ultimately benefit the whole country. He highlighted the services of Dr Shahid Siddiqui rendered for higher education and also in research and creative literature.

Prof. Dr Shahid Siddiqui in his speech said that the establishment of AIOU was a great vision of the then Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, in 1974, aimed at to get the nation literate through distance learning. At that time, there was only one distance learning university in the world and that was The Open University, UK. Today, 1.3 million students are enrolled at AIOU, where education and training is being provided mostly to the boy and girl students of remote areas of the country in more than one hundred disciplines.

Dr Siddiqui said that we can't live in isolation nationally and internationally. Therefore, we must learn from each other and work together for bright future of the country. Praising the role of Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU, he said that Dr Shaikh has all qualities of leadership and he is creative, caring and committed person, who always thinks and works for betterment of SMIU. He said that the cooperation between SMIU and AIOU will benefit both the very important universities of the country.

On the occasion Dr Shahid Siddiqui presented a shield some publications of his university to to Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh. Dr Shahid Siddiqui also visited the SMIU's Jinnah Museum.


MoU Signing Ceremony will held on Friday, 9th September

08 September 2016

Sindh Madressatul Islam University and Allama Iqbal Open University will sign MoU on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 2:30 pm at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium of SMIU.
Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU and Prof. Dr Shahid Siddiqui, Vice Chancellor of Allama Iqbal Open University will sign MoU at the ceremony, which will be attended by deans and chairpersons of SMIU.


Sindh Madressatul Islam University launches "SMIU Ambassadors 2016-17" program

08 September 2016

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has said that the university is providing opportunities of national and international exposure to its students through "SMIU Ambassadors Program." Under this program 126 students have be selected through a fair selection process.

Addressing the Badge Distribution Ceremony for SMIU Ambassadors 2016-17, at the Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that SMIU Ambassadors will be sent to the United Kingdom, Turkey, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka and China for visit of higher educational institutions and also for the internship programs. "Currently, SMIU's 10 students of final year, under the supervision of a faculty member, are doing internship at Hainan Tropical Ocean University of Hainan Province of China," Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said and added that among 126 students, 50 students will be sent to the above mentioned countries and the rest students will be sent for visits of various universities of Pakistan.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further said that the "SMIU Ambassadors" is a unique program for the students in the country. In this respect SMIU is also seeking international collaborations from various world organizations working for higher education.

"We want to groom our students to the international standards, as to provide competitive, honest and experienced future leadership to the country," Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said.

Earlier, Deans of SMIU Pro. Dr. Aurangzeb, Prof. Dr. Syed Asif Ali and Registrar Mr. Gulzar Ahmed Mughal, distributed badges among the 126 students, who were selected as SMIU Ambassadors.


Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU expresses condolence on sad demise of Dr Abdul Wahab

07 September 2016

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has expressed his deep sorrows over sad demise of prominent educationist of Pakistan Dr Abdul Wahab.

In his condolence message Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that, Dr Abdul Wahab was among a few educationists of the country, who produced most successful leadership for every sphere of life while serving on various core educational institutions of the country as a head. "He was a true patriot, who believed in social change through quality education," he said.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that Dr Abdul Wahab had also close friendly association with Sindh Madressatul Islam University, where he was regularly used to come and deliver special lectures to the students of SMIU, on the subjects, confronting society and youth of our country. "We lost a great friend of SMIU and an honest and dedicated educationist," Dr Shaikh said.


A group of SMIU students left for China for internship program

05 September 2016

An 11- member delegation of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has left for Hainan Tropical Ocean University of Hainan Province of China, for one month internship last day. It was the first group of SMIU students, which is participating in the internship program, after getting university status for the institution.

Giving details about the SMIU delegation, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University said that the delegation was comprised of 10 students of final year and one faculty member. He said the host university was providing residence and tuition fees to the students; SMIU has borne the expenditure of air tickets, while the students will bear their daily expenditure of food etc.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that the internship program was carried out under the MoU signed by both the universities – SMIU and Hainan Tropical Ocean University, last year at SMIU, during the visit of heads of leading Chinese universities, to SMIU.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that besides providing quality education to SMIU students at the campus, we are trying to provide them international exposure too. "Earlier, a delegation of nine students and four faculty members had visited UK universities, under an agreement with British Council. Similarly, a delegation of 50 boy and girl students of SMIU had visited important universities in Pakistan, located in Islamabad, under the National Leadership Program," Vice Chancellor of SMIU said and added that the main objective of SMIU's these efforts to produced good, competent, eligible and honest future leadership.


Sindh Madressatul Islam University organizes Orientation Day for newly admitted students

03 September 2016

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU), while welcoming the new batch of SMIU said that they are fortunate as they have been admitted in the institution, which has remained historic and an exemplary institution in the subcontinent due to its highly responsible and productive role in the field of modern education.

Speaking at the Orientation Day organized by SMIU for its newly admitted batch for session Fall 2016, on Saturday at its auditorium, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that today, SMIU, being the modern university of Pakistan, sets new examples and trends in quality education and overall grooming of its students. He said that the students selected for SMIU are fortunate that have got a chance to study in a university which is most prestigious due to its association with Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Hence they have multiple responsibilities to fulfill in the future life. "SMIU is the only university that sends its students to other countries under various leadership programs, free of cost. In this respect a group of SMIU students is leaving for China for internship program on Sunday, September 4th," the vice chancellor said.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh announced that during the current year 60 deserving students will be given scholarships. He stressed upon them to follow the discipline, ethic rules and policies of the university, if anyone found violating it, strict disciplinary action will be taken against him/her. He said the students must concentrate on learning and research by getting maximum benefit from the facilities available at the university. "The students must know that the SMIU has the history of 131 years of success, hence they should understand its sanctity and honor," Dr Shaikh said.

Earlier, the students were introduced with academic departments of the university by Deans and chairpersons. Similarly, heads of IT Department, Office of the Research, Innovation and Commercialization, Quality Enhancement Cell, Examination Department, Library and Students Welfare Department were talked about the facilities and opportunities, being provided to the students. They also informed the students about academic culture and standard of education.


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

02 September 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.


131st Foundation Day of Sindh Madressatul Islam University will be observed on 1st September

29 August 2016

Sindh Madressatul Islam University will celebrate its 131st Foundation Day on Thursday, 1st September 2016, with great spirit and enthusiasm. The celebration activities will start from 8:30 am and continued till 10.pm. Such decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University, on Monday. After detailed discussion, the arrangements of the celebration were finalized.

It was decided that the three separate programs will be held to observe the great day of the institution on 1st September. The mega event will hold in evening of the mentioned day, where prominent academicians, government functionaries and other dignitaries will participate. Before it, the students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University and SMIU Model School will celebrate the foundation day of their Alma-Mater at SMIU's auditorium, respectively. Speeches, cultural shows and tableaus will be presented by the students on the occasion.

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU while speaking at the meeting said that 1st September is a big day in the history of SMIU, Sindh and Pakistan, because on this day the Muslims of Sindh had received a most modern and quality institution in the British colonial period in 1885. Later it produced great leaders include founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Hence, the whole nation must celebrate this day with pride and reverence. The meeting was attended by deans of different faculties, chairpersons, registrar and other heads of different administrative departments.


Mr. Bilal Syed, a US expert on automated budgeting and finance delivers lecture at SMIU

24 August 2016

Mr. Bilal Syed, a US expert on automated budgeting and finance, has said that the financial operations in U.S. are carried out mostly through electronic medium. He said this during his lecture to the faculty of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) at Junagarh Hall of the university on the subject of Automated Financial Operations in USA, on Wednesday. This lecture was a part of 10- Days Faculty Development Program, launched by SMIU for its faculty from August 22 to September 02 at its campus.

Mr. Bilal Syed said that in U.S. the budget is prepared two years before the intended year. He thanked Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University, for inviting him to address the faculty and visit the institution.

Earlier, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU in his welcome address said that financial matters including preparation of budget and its transparent execution are very important for any country and any organization. He said that there are also certain limitations, rules and regulations for preparation and execution of budget. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further said that our younger generation should learn from the life of Mr. Bilal Syed, a U.S. national of Pakistani origin, who has achieved such an important position in USA, through his hard work.

Question- Answer session was also held on the occasion.


Alma-Mater of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah Sindh Madressatul Islam University celebrates Independence Day with great national spirit

14 August 2016

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has said that Pakistan is more prosperous and stable today than the day, when it had gotten independence on 14th August 1947.

Addressing the Independence Day Celebration at the Alma-Mater of Founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah on Sunday, he said that after independence, there were no resources in newly born country to run its routine affairs. Besides it, there was a major question of survival in front of its founders, but now, Pakistan has not only survived, it has ample resources, developed during the last 70 years, more educational institutions, health facilities and other infra structure.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that today's Pakistan is also facing some challenges internally and internationally, but we have to face these challenges with courage and wisdom through individual as well as collective performance.

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh further said that we, instead of criticizing each other, every citizen, must fulfill his/her national responsibility and think and act for better Pakistan.

"There is no difference among the people, living in different provinces of the country, but these all identities of nationalities, ethnicity, language and culture are real identity of Pakistan, which must be respected, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said and added that Sindh Madressatul Islam University feels proud that it has produced the leaders who created Pakistan, like Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Sir Abdullah Haroon and others. Likewise, SMIU is trying to produce future leaders of Pakistan also.

"SMIU's students must feel proud that they are fellow students of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah," Dr Shaikh said and added that Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had received his education from four educational institutions, i.e., Sindh Madressatul Islam, Anjuman-e- Islam Bombay, Church Mission, Karachi and Lincoln's Inn, London, but he bequeathed one third of his personal property for Sindh Madressah through his Last Will. He had also inaugurated Sindh Madressah College on June 21, 1943, that shows his great love and reverence for his Alma-Mater. "We are the real custodians of ideology of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, which must be up hold," he said.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh also paid great tributes to the founder of Sindh Madressatul Islam Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi, who was born on 14th August 1830.

The vice chancellor of SMIU appreciated the speeches and national songs presented by the students of MIU during the celebration. On this occasion SMIU students delivered speeches in English, Urdu and Sindhi languages and sung on the national songs. A group of SMIU students also presented a cultural walk, reflecting the folk culture of Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Kashmir. Earlier, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh performed flag hoisting ceremony in the premises of SMIU.


Hanif Mohammad was distinguished alumnus of Sindh Madressatul Islam:
Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh

12 August 2016

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has expressed his deep sorrows on the demise of Hanif Mohammad, the greatest cricketer of Pakistan and an alumnus of Sindh Madressatul Islam.

Paying great tributes to this legendary cricketer, the head of the Alma-Mater of Hanif Mohammad, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that he had played various matches in the ground of Sindh Madressah and had always showed his love and reverence for his Alma-Mater.

"The nation has lost one of its great sons as well as SMIU one of its illustrious old students, who also brought fame and pride to his Alma-Mater," Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said and added that during schooldays of Hanif Mohammad at SMI in 1950s, he learnt playing cricket under the tender care of his sports teacher Master Abdul Aziz at the ground of SMI. He said the playground where Hanif Mohammad played, still provides opportunities to students to polish their sports skills.

Dr Shaikh expressed condolence with the grieved family of "Little Master" Hanif Mohammad and prayed peace for his eternal soul.


SMIU will introduce e-management culture and paperless environment

03 August 2016

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has said that SMIU will soon introduce e-management and paperless system of working at the university, to make it most modern university of the country. Addressing at the meeting of principal officers, administrative staff and IT experts of SMIU at Junagarh Seminar Hall of university on Wednesday, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said the SMIU has always remained a modern institution throughout its history of 130 years and has regularly brought changes within its working system to coup up with the challenges of new era.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further said that the entire record of all administrative offices of SMIU is being digitalized. "Today, we are living in the digital age, hence we must shift all traditional administrative work to the electronic management, using fewer papers. "Due to adoption of such process, the working efficiency of the staff will improve and time will also be saved," he said.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further said that the HEC's Smart University Project has been implemented at SMIU in first phase. Apart from it, PeopleSoft Campus Management System will replace existing administrative systems with technology that will support the growing and changing campus and provide extensive web-based, self-service functionality to faculty and students also.

He maintained that the Online Admissions of Spring 2016 and Fall 2016 have successfully done through PeopleSoft CMS, as well as Online Transcript of Spring 2016 exams have been uploaded on Student Self-Service portal. Currently data migration activity is in progress. Dr Shaikh said that by the commencement of classes of Fall 2016 every student will be migrated at the new system. Therefore, Student Fees, grades and other records will be centralized.

The Vice Chancellor of SMIU said that Digital Library is already working at SMIU. Therefore, SMIU will completely shift its working at e-management system soon.


SMIU Model School provides Cambridge system education to the students of under privileged classes: Says Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh

02 August 2016

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has said that students of poor and lower middle class are getting education of 'O' and 'A' level at SMIU Model School, which makes it a unique institution in the public sector schools of the country.

Addressing the meeting of teachers of SMIU Model School on Tuesday at Junagarh Seminar Hall of the University, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that besides introducing Cambridge system of education in SMIU Model School, it has also been affiliated with the Aga Khan Board of Education which will help it in getting good results.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said it is also a fact that the SMIU Model School is providing better education to the students of under privileged classes than the private schools, but we are still trying to make it a real model institution of the country. He was of the view that there was no discrimination between rich and poor at SMIU Model School and we are equally providing educational opportunities to all the classes of the society.

He said that the majority of the teachers of the school are devotedly working, but they have to improve their teaching skills and teaching methodology. The Vice Chancellor said that in the country, there are not ideal public sector schools especially for the children of poor and lower middle class families, but it was the SMIU that is providing quality education through the Cambridge system of education. "We want that the students of poor families should also get best education, because they have also a fundamental right to get quality education as the citizens of the country," he said.

Ms. Nabila Kanwal, Principal of SMIU Model School, Wajid Ali Shah, Vice Principal and Mr. Abdul Latif Chachar, senior teacher, also spoke on the occasion.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh also formed a three member committee comprised of Dr Shaista Naz, Chairperson of Department of Education, Ms. Rakhshanda Kaukab and Mr. Stephen John, with the task to review the performance of the SMIU Model School.


SMIU will promote research culture at the Campus: Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh says

01 August 2016

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has said that the research culture will be promoted in the university and three research journals will be launched soon. He said while chairing the meeting of Deans, Chairpersons and faculty members of SMIU, held at Junagarh Seminar Hall of SMIU on Monday.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that there is a correlation between teaching and research, hence the faculty, especially the young faculty members must do research work, for which SMIU is providing all the required facilities and incentives to them.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University has entered in its fourth year of academic activities from 1stAugust as the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan has recognized it in August 2012. Afterwards, while completing the appointments of faculty, administrative staff and infrastructure processes, classes of first batch of SMIU students were commended from January 2013. Thus, the SMIU has completed its four years of academic activities successfully. Now the university has entered in its second most intensive phase, where faculty and students, especially of Master programs must concentrate on research work, individually and in groups.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that the SMIU is sending its students to the universities in China and Turkey for internship programs. Likewise, the faculty members will also be sent to the universities of UK for PhD program under spilt degree programs.

The Vice Chancellor said that each department of SMIU will also organize students seminars, based on research work by students, but the plagiarism will be discouraged. "Through seminars, the culture of dialogue gets promotion, and research skills are also developed among the students," Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said and added that teachers training programs will also be held on regular basis at the university.

"In the last five years the SMIU has succeeded to get recognition as one of the best public sector universities of the country, now it needs more improvement in teaching and research work," Vice Chancellor Sindh Madressatul Islam University said.

Deans of SMIU Prof Dr Syed Asif Ali and Prof Dr Aurangzeb also spoke at the meeting.


Entry Test for Fall 2016 held

Karachi 31 July 2016

Sindh Madressatul Islam University conducted Entry Test for Fall-2016 at its premises on Sunday for Bachelors and Masters programs for its five departments. The figure of candidates who had applied for admission through online was 941 against the available 300 seats. It was an adequate evidence of increasing demand for admissions at SMIU, which happens to be an Alma-Mater of founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University, while inspecting the Entry Test process, said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University has emerged as one of the best universities of the country; this is why a large number of students want to get admission at SMIU. "We will never compromise on merit and the admissions will be given purely on merit basis at SMIU," Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said and added that Sindh Madressatul Islam University is providing quality education to the younger generation of Pakistan with PhD faculty and modern facilities. It also provides scholarships to its deserving students and various opportunities of participation in national and international leadership programs.

Interviews of successful candidates will be held from 10th to 13th August, 2016, while classes will be commenced from 5th September, 2016.


NOTICE

28 July 2016

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Sindh Madressatul Islam University and Lasbela University sign (MoU)

30 May 2016

Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) and Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences (LUAWMS), Uthal signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Monday at SMIU.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU and Prof. Dr Dost Muhammad Baloch, Vice Chancellor of Lasbela University singed the MoU regarding cooperation in Exchange of faculty members, research personnel and graduate and under graduate students for study and research, joint educational, academic, training and research activities, participation in seminars and academic meetings , provision of research training and course work for M.Phil students, supervision of PhD students at subsidized fee structure, exchange of administrative managers/coordinators and training and development of administrative and academic staff.

On this occasion Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that we welcome this kind of cooperation that will be beneficial for both the universities of Sindh and Balochistan.

"Sindh and Balochistan, provinces of Pakistan have historic ties with each that will surely strengthen with this kind of collaboration and cooperation" Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said and maintained that Sindh Madressatul Islam University will welcome students, faculty and administrative staff of Lasbela University at SMIU under the exchange programme. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further said that Lasbela University is so close to Karachi city, therefore their cooperation in various fields of education will be in the interest of economic growth of the country, because China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is also nearer to both the areas.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh also talked on Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah's association and love for his Alma Mater SMI.

Pro. Dr Dost Muhammad Baloch said that the MoU will be helpful for newly established Lasbela University many ways. He said that we shall work together especially in marine science, education, media studies and other areas of research and training. He also said that SMIU may send its students for internship at LUAWMS. He also said that LUAWMS is an important university of Balochistan, as it is nearer to the Gawadr port and CPEC project. Also it is close to SMIU; therefore, cooperation between these two brotherly universities is in a national interest.

Praising the role of Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU, he said that Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh has very well developed SMIU within a shortest period. "We are also getting inspiration from his intellect, knowledge, way of work and dedication," the vice chancellor of Lasbela University said.

Later on, Pro. Dr Dost Muhammad Baloch visited SMIU's Jinnah Museum and other historic buildings and sections.


Group of SMIU students selected for China under exchange programme

23 May 2016

Sindh Madressatul Islam University's first group of final year students comprising 12 principal candidates will go to China's Hainan Tropical Occasion University, located in its Hainan province for 5 -Week Internship Program, from September 2016.

The selection of these students was made purely on merit. The students, who secured more than 3.0 GPA in their academic results and highest numbers in declamation contest and had also participated in various co-curricular activities at SMIU, have been selected. Therefore, out of 24 shortlisted candidates, 12 principal candidates are eligible to achieve the opportunity of having learning experience in China.

The Hainan Tropical Occasion University will bear their accommodation and tuition fees, and tickets will be provided by SMIU, while food, medicines, laundry and other personal expenditures will bear by the students.

The selected fortunate students are: Shahryar Khan, Umair Khan, Muhammad Danial Waseem, Atif Fayaaz, Masoor Manzoor Chandio and Fahad Patel (Department of Computer Science) Mohsin Abbas, Muhammad Arsalan, Arshman Naseer and Navin Kumar ( Department of Business Administration) and Hasnain Ali and Muneer Ahmed (Department of Media Studies). The remaining shortlisted students will to go China in the second phase.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU has said that this will be a first group of SMIU that is going to abroad for internship programme. "We are trying to give world exposure to our students along with the modern education at the campus," Vice Chancellor of SMIU said and added that we are creating a lot opportunities for study and research work for SMIU students and faculty members in the foreign partner universities. He hoped that the students selected for China will learn new things from China who is a time tested friend of Pakistan and on their return their motherland will benefit from them.


SMIU organizes farewell party in the honour of its devoted teacher Syed Wajid Ali

04 May 2016

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has said that the country needs good, honest and dedicated teachers on primary and secondary level, who could prepare new generation for development of the country in the present most challenging century.

Speaking at a farewell party organized by Sindh Madressatul Islam University in the honor of a retired teacher of SMIU Model School Syed Wajid Ali at its Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium on Wednesday, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said Syed Wajid Ali was an ideal teacher adorned with love, care and responsibility. The Vice Chancellor further said that during the last 22 years while heading the institution he found Syed Wajid Ali a most devoted and selfless teacher, who produced a number of successful students from here.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said these were the senior teachers of Sindh Madressatul Islam who stood along with him in the struggle of elevation of SMI to the level of university and we all succeeded in the mission. He said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University's school section was a mother of the university, this is why, he wants to make it the institute of international level.

Syed Wajid Ali, the senior teacher who completed more than thirty years at SMI, in his emotional speech said that it was Sindh Madressatul Islam, from where he earned unconditional love, respect, promotions and successful career. "Whenever I had listened prominent former students of SMI while speaking over here, and who were recalling their golden memories of school days spent SMI, I had wished that I couldn't have also been SMI's student, but now it was impossible, then I promised myself to do the job honestly and dedicatedly at SMI," he said and added that today, when he is going to get retirement from this great institution, he is satisfied that he fulfilled his promise by devotionally working at SMI. He expressed his thanks to the Vice Chancellor of SMIU Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, who always trusted him and gave respect and different responsibilities to him during his service at SMI.

Ms. Nabeela Kanwal, Principal of SMIU Model School said that Syed Wajid Ali was a true teacher, who always gave preference to the quality teaching and was a humble and polite in his attitude.

Mr. Abdul Latif Chachar, a senior teacher of SMIU Model School, while recalling his 33 years old association with Syed Wajid Ali said that one can gauge his dedication and honesty from the example that I was teaching subject of Islamiat to the students of tenth class of SMI and Syed Wajid Ali was teaching the subjects of mathematics and physics to same students, but every year in the month of January he had used to request me that I should give him at least two periods from my entire workload, as he wants to give more time to the students, who were going to appear in the final examination.

Other senior teachers Ms Zahida Abbasi, Mr. Wajid Ali Shah and Syed Qutab Ali Shah also highlighted the role of Syed Wajid Ali and called him a most valued teacher of SMI.

On the occasion Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh gave a shield, Ajark, topi and other souvenirs to Syed Wajid Ali as recognition of his services rendered at SMI.


Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah addresses concluding session of Sindh Hainan Universities Forum

04 May 2016

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah Wednesday said his government had prioritized education during the last seven years which was evident from the fact that it established more than 10 universities in public sector with the objective to encourage higher education in the province.

"The general impression that Sindh has been lagging behind in education has no reality as fact conveniently show that how hugely we have funded education with special emphasis on the higher education," said the chief minister while speaking as the chief guest at the concluding session of the three-day Sindh-Hainan Universities Forum's conference, organized by Sindh Madressatul Islam University at a local hotel.

He said education has been the sector which government of Sindh had unquestionably put on top of its priorities and with the involvement of the Chinese universities that field Sindh was bound to reap the fruit.

He said PPP's founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was architect of the Sino-Pak friendship when he was Pakistan's foreign minister. "Mr. Bhutto was the person whose endeavors got China and United States closer." Similarly, Shah said former president, Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, visited China several times and explored more avenues to benefit Pakistan, thus Sindh.

He said he also went to China a couple of times along with Mr. Asif Ali Zardari where he looked for possibilities of assistance of China in improvement of agriculture sector of the province.

"Ours is agro-based province, thus it always interests me when I get anything new in improving this sector. And, I am happy to say that Chinese experts who later came to assist us in Sindh gave us so valuable suggestions that it doubled our production of cotton and rice." With export of those produces, he said, the advantage even doubled.

He announced a grant of Rs20 million for Sindh Madressatul Islam University, which organized the conference.

Senior minister for education, Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, said Pakistan was reaping the fruit of Sino-Pak friendship with the advent of CPEC that had been sown by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. He said with the help of China, "we will be better equipped and we'll learn more from our friends."

Vice chancellor, SMIU, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, presented the report of the three-day conference to the chief minister. He said it was Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah who directed him to expand the scope of SMIU's joint venture with the Chinese universities to all the universities of Sindh and, if possible, to whole of Pakistan, to assist Pakistani educational institutions create linkages with their counterparts living along the Yellow River.

"The chief minister was the moving force, which eventually got 14 universities of Pakistan signing 56 agreements with the universities in Hainan," said Mr. Shaikh.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh also thanked Chief Minters Sindh, Chinese delegates, vice chancellors of various universities of Pakistan and other guests, who attended the Forum.


Sindh Hainan Universities Forum concludes
Chinese and Pakistan's Universities agreed to establish "Pakistan-China Research Centres" and 14 universities of Pakistan signed MoUs with 4 Chinese universities

04 May 2016

Heads of the universities of China's Hainan and Pakistan's Sindh have agreed to set up mutually and equally funded Pakistan-China Research Centres in the universities of the respective provinces of the two countries to launch joint research projects. The universities of Pakistan and China also initially agreed to launch student exchange programme for short-term courses and proposed to plan for long-term courses in future.

Representatives of the four universities from Hainan province and 14 universities of Pakistan discussed issues involved in the students and faculty exchange programme, which included visa process, and fund transfers etc.

They decided that universities of the two countries would send their students to each other for 4-week and 6-week courses who would be issued with guest visas. The host universities would provide academic assistance, food and lodging to visiting students.

"There should be a platform where we could share information with each other. We should launch joint programmes, for which I place an offer for our Pakistani researchers that they will be welcomed for any research that interests the two countries. We'll fund it," said Prof Jianbao Li, president of Hainan University, while presiding over a session on the concluding day of the three-day Sindh-Hainan Universities Forum workshop organized by Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) at Hotel Marriott.

He proposed that his university was ready to fund research projects in many fields that had shared interest for both the neighborly countries. He said universities of the two nations should set up joint research institutes in the universities located on each other's soil.

Likewise, he said universities of both the countries could launch joint research projects for which his Hainan University would be pleasingly funding. He said projects that related to ocean studies, issues, and conflicts or those relating to the CPEC that help aware the Chinese investors willing to invest in the project about risk evolution etc would be highly welcoming.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, vice chancellor, SMIU, said his university was ready to be involved in mutually conducted research projects and provide funds equal to its Chinese counterpart.

He said the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan had allocated $1 billion for universities, besides; Sindh government was generously supporting the SMIU for its research endeavors.

Dr Shaikh said China was emerging as the world's economic powerhouse, it was, apart from other things, was concentrating on constructing trade routes and Pakistan should grab the opportunity to get most of the fact that it had brotherly relations with the Asian giant. By engaging in joint research, said the SMIU VC, both the countries would be benefitting from it.

He said development had its problems as well as, on one hand, the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) had huge economic benefits for the two countries, but on the same side, it was bound to create certain social problems as well. He said as CPEC got pace it would create displacements of communities, force cultural adjustments as new industries would create cultural differences; and all those problems were worth addressed to.

"China and Pakistan Should collaborate to address those issues; and here comes the role of researchers to help those engaged in development process," said Dr Shaikh and added that communication gap between the two countries could be removed by learning of national and regional languages of China and Pakistan.

Dr Khalid Amin, head of International Cooperation, Institute of Business Management (IoBM) called for investment in applied research, which could contribute in wellbeing of the society, as, he said, the developing world, Islamic nations in particular, were miserably lacking in that field.

He said the combined GDP of all the Islamic nations, 57 to be precise, was less than a single developed nation like the United Kingdom and Germany of Europe. He said superior technological knowledge played important role in the development of nations.

Giving the state of affairs vis-à-vis research in the developing countries, he said, 95% of that research was purely for academic consumption, which largely remained unutilized and had little relevance to the society.

"We need to rely on applied research," he said, adding his institution had research ties with at least 60 universities of various countries. Jointly, he said, those universities were engaged in meaningful research that could be used for the sake of development of the society.

He suggested that there was need to produce graduates who were tailor-made to be used in China and Pakistan for conducting applied research. "There should be combined research that could be used for the corporate world."

Dr Razia Sultana, vice chancellor of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University, Peshawar, said the universities' forum would provide a representative platform for joint research ventures in innovative manner especially that interested the two countries.

She said China was a global power and its economy was destined to top the world by 2018, and it was in the interest of Pakistan's universities to get benefit of the success story of the friendly neighbor and set in motion joint research projects with its counterparts across the border.

"We should learn from each other's experience as China has been helping us attain lasting economic stability in our country."

Prof Yang Ziju, vice president of Hainan Tropical Ocean University and Ms. Li Huiyan of Sanya University, also spoke on the occasion.

Dr Mazharul Haq Siddiqui, ex-VC of the Sindh University while addressing the session held on Prospectus and mechanism for faculty and students exchange programme, said Sindh's liberal mindset had no conflict with the Chinese socialist culture. He said both countries had creative and hardworking people who would be panacea to kill all the ills, whatsoever.

Prof Chen Zuocong, vice dean, school of computer engineering, Hainan Tropical Ocean University, Xuebing ling of Hainan University, Dr Abdul Razzaq Sabir, vice chancellor, University of Turbat and Dr KB Mirbahar, VC of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University Sakrand, also spoke on the occasion.

At the conclusion of the Sindh Hainan Universities Forum representatives of Pakistan's 13 universities signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with four universities of China's Hainan province.

Under the MoUs the universities of the two countries agreed to cooperate with each other in future research-oriented and student and faculty exchange programmes.

Pakistan's universities were: University of SMIU, Dow University of Health Sciences, Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Sindh Agriculture University, Tando Jam, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University, Lasbella University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University, Larkana, Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University Sakrand, University of Turbat, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University Peshawar, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto University of Law and IBA.

The universities of China were: Hainan University, Hainan Normal University, Sanya University and Hainan Tropical Ocean University.


Second Day of Sindh Hainan Universities Forum
Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan announces to form Help Desk for Sindh and China's universities

03 May 2016

Governor of Sindh, Dr Ishrat-ul Ebad has announced that his office would be setting up a help desk at the Governor's House with the mandate to facilitate the universities of Sindh establishing academic ties with their counterparts in China

"We are going to establish a help desk at the Governor's House for coordination between the universities of Sindh and China," said Governor Dr Ishrat-ul Ebad Khan while speaking with a delegation of four Chinese universities and 13 vice chancellors of Pakistan's universities at the Governor's House.

The 10-member Chinese delegation along with the vice chancellors of 13 universities of the country discussed prospects of academic ties with the Chinese universities and other educational institutions. They introduced their programme for international institutions to the governor and said for Pakistani students, the Chinese authorities more to offer because of brotherly relations of the two countries.

Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan said his desk would take care of coordination and collaboration of the universities of Sindh with Chinese authorities and academic high-ups.

He said the Governor's House had already established a similar desk for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in which investors and companies were being offered with facilitation regarding investment in the CPEC projects.

"Basically, CPEC is future of our region," said the Governor.

He said intellectuals would be spearheading the future interaction between the two countries, thus the universities would be playing key role in grooming and providing those intellectuals.

The governor praised Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU), for engaging Chinese universities and establishing student exchange programme, which, he expressed his pleasure, was the first in history of Pakistan.

"It is good to know that our province Sindh has taken lead in establishing contacts with the universities in Hainan province of China," he said.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said Sindh-Hainan Universities Forum, which had organized the ongoing conference between the universities of the two neighborly countries, was founded an unparalleled academic cooperation.

Meanwhile, during the day's proceedings on the second day of the three-day conference, officials of four leading Chinese universities introduced their campuses and faculties to a packed audience at Hotel Marriott.

Representatives of the Hainan University, Hainan Normal University, Hainan Tropical Ocean University and Sanya University gave introduction of their institutions at series of sessions during the conference organized by the SMIU.

Yundi Chen, secretary of the Party Committee, International Education School of the Hainan Normal University, said under the Chinese government's policy of internationalization and globalization of the higher education, the number of universities in China was on the rise. Similarly, he added, it was also increasing the number of international students was increasing as well.

He said the foundation of the Sindh-Hainan Universities Forum was historic, which would help China and Pakistan to start mutual programmes relating to higher education and training in the two countries.

Prof Jianbao Li, president of Hainan University, Haikou, said he invited universities of all the provinces of Pakistan to send their students to the largest university of Hainan province of China.

Xuebing Ling, deputy director of the international cooperation and exchange of Hainan University, Prof Ziju Yang, vice president, Hainan Tropical Ocean University, Prof Zuocong Chen of Hainan Tropical Ocean University, Lu Dan, president, Sanya University and his associates including Che Yi, Gao Yilan, and Li Hiyan, representing various disciplines and Zhijun Qing of Hainan Normal University's journalism and communication school, gave presentations about their respective institutions.

They said Chinese government; Hainan's provincial government and universities themselves offered scholarships to foreign students in their institutions.

The audience was informed that more than 30,000 students were enrolled with the Hainan University alone. In a presentation, an official of the Hainan Normal University said the university's culture experience museum spread over around 4,500 square metres while its library boasted more than 157.5 million volumes.

Speakers said China opened up its campuses for international students since 1988 and at present pupils from the five continents were enrolled with the Chinese universities.

Most of the Chinese universities, they added, had academic ties with universities in scores of countries. The number of academic collaboration and foreign enrolment was on a healthy rise, the audience was told.


3- Day "Sindh- Hainan Universities Forum" started

02 May 2016

KARACHI: Chairman Senate, Mian Raza Rabbani, on Monday said collaboration between the universities of Sindh and Chinese province of Hainan was a 'healthy departure' by Pakistan from the old policy of looking towards educational institutions in Europe and United States, and that 'education corridor' would play a role in forging unity among the nations in Asia.

He said there should be a link between the universities of Pakistan and the country's parliament as being practiced elsewhere in the world, which would help the parliamentarians to devise concrete and reality-based policies in light of the guidance and advice of the scholars in universities.

The Senate chairman was speaking as the chief guest at the opening session of the Sindh-Hainan Universities Forum under China-Pakistan Partnership organized by the Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) at Hotel Marriott.

With the advent of the three-day Forum, affiliation of the SMIU with four universities in Hainan was formally announced. According to the agreement, the universities would offer admission to the two countries, and SMIU initially will its 20 students to China for short period.

Mr Rabbani spoke over the historic background of the Sino-Pakistan relationship. He said former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Chairman Mao forged friendship, which strengthened with the passage of time.

"We, the people of Asia, share many things in common in our rich history and tremendous future, and initiatives like this will help us a long way to forge inseparable Asian unity," said Mr Raza Rabbani.

He said Sindh and Hainan had many things in common - from geography and historic events to the fact that both - communism in the Chinese province and Sufism of Sindh – fight against autocracy.

"This education corridor launched by the two provinces of the sisterly nations will bring prosperity for both the countries and create economic fortunes that will benefit the generations to come," he said.

He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would cement relationship between the two countries and improve Pakistan's ability to defend its soil more efficiently.

He called on for 'academic freedom' and reinforcement of intellectual discourse in the country as, according to him, it would offer better prospects and shining future and help the parliament come about with reality-based solutions to all sorts of challenges Pakistan faced.

"The government should encourage academic discourse in universities and parliament should benefit from the intellect of scholars in universities in its proceedings and future legislation," he said.

He said dominant bourgeois stopped debate in universities to perpetuate their rule, which should be restored now.

He said Senate had signed memorandums of understanding (MoU) with eight leading universities of Pakistan, under which they would sent interns to the upper house. In fact, he added, some of those interns were already working in the senate.

Similarly, Mr Rabbani said, a MoU had been signed with the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) in under which they would provide the senate intellectual pool to help members and standing committee devising concrete and reality-based opinions.

He said it was high time to ensure autonomy of universities as they were the only forums that could help exposing best talent in Pakistan to the world and make the country one of the leading academic nations in the world.

He lauded Vice Chancellor, SMIU, Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, for looking to Asia instead of the West as most generally did.

Earlier, Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh traced back the civilizational past of Pakistan and China, which was as ancient as 5,000 years. He said both the countries had trade relations for millennia. He said universities were leading the world and effectively engines that offered advancements to the world.

He said formal contact between universities of the two countries materialized last year when a Chinese delegation visited Sindh and was reciprocated by a Pakistani delegation headed by him to China.

He said vice chancellors of 13 universities of Sindh were taking part in the conference, which would provide opportunity to them to have direct contact with 10 Chinese delegates from four universities of Hainan and strengthen the relationship further.

Acting consul general of the Chinese Mission in Mu Yong Ceng, hoped that this forum would open up new avenues in the field of education.

Prof Lu Dan, president of Sanya University, said cooperation between the two provinces in the field of education was the only way to gain prosperity for which he gave example of China's development that it achieved in one-third time compared to other nations.

Justice (retired) Syed Deedar Hussain Shah and MNA Ghous Bux Maher, members of SMIU syndicate, also spoke on the occasion.


Educationists talk about higher education of China and Pakistan at Sindh -Hainan Universities Forum

02 May 2016

In the firs technical session of Sindh - Hainan Universities Forum held on China-Pakistan Cooperation in Education, and was presided over by Abdul Qadeer Rajput, chairman, Charter Inspection and Evaluation Committee at a local, the speakers spoke about various cultural and educational initiatives that the two countries took in the course of past decades. The three day forum is being organized by Sindh Madressatul Islam University under China – Pakistan Partnership.

They said in 2003, a cooperative standard programme was launched under which the Higher Education Commission (HEC) had sent more than 200 students to China on scholarships. They said the Chinese government preferred Pakistan in offering most educational scholarships for foreign countries including Pakistan.

The audience was informed that Confucius Institutes had been established in the University of National University of Modern Languages (NUML) and the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. Across the border in China, Pakistan Study Centres had been established in four of its universities.

Speakers said there were 178 universities in Pakistan, of them 103 were being run in public sector, while more than 2,000 universities were running in China, a nation of 1.4 billion population.

It was addressed by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University, Prof. Lu Dan, President of Sanya University, Ms. Che Yi, Vice President of Sanya University, Prof. Ghulam Asghar Channa, Vice Chancellor Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University, Larkana, and Prof. Dr Razia Sultana, Vice Chancellor of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University, Peshawar.

Experts at the second technical session on Educational Landscape in Sindh and Hainan said there were huge prospects of mutual cooperation in the field of education for both the countries.

Iqbal Hussain Durrani, secretary to chief minister for universities and boards, chaired the session. Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor, SMIU, spoke about the language barrier between Pakistan and China and suggested to the Chinese authorities to make for English language faculties in their universities, which would create more interest internationally about education in China as well. He said he had offered to the Chinese that Pakistan would teach English to their faculties free of cost.

Qing Zhijun, vice dean, journalism and communication school, Hainan Normal University, said it was great time for Hainan and Sindh to go for mutual learning through long and sustainable partnership in education.

On behalf of Che Yi, vice president, Sanya University, it was said that thousands of scholarships in China would be offered in future in which Pakistani students and faculties had huge chance to take benefit from.

He said rich people were investing in Hainan and higher educational institutions were making contributions in overall development.

Dr Khalid Amin, head of international cooperation, Institute of Business Management (IoBM), said China had vast programmes in English language and the country was open to all. He said his institution did not give degrees until a student qualified in at least one foreign language. He said now they were starting Mandarin among those languages.

Discussing dual degree programmes in the final and third session of the day, chaired by Justice (retd) Syed Deedar Hussain Shah, heads of various universities and functionaries of the governments of the two countries spoke over the prospects of the idea, in which they also mulled over the mechanisms for quality assurance.

Yundi Chen of Hainan Normal University, Haikou, said his university had degree programmes for international students like other educational institutions in his country. He said they enjoyed complete support by the Chinese government for their international education programmes. He said Pakistani students could take benefit from all scholarships – thousands in number – offered by the Chinese authorities.

Dr Akhtar Baloch, vice chancellor, Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University, Lyari, said the question of curricula had to be discussed threadbare by the academia of the two countries as sensitivities were involved in the split programme. He said such sensitivities should be identified, discussed and settled before the programme got finalized.

He said Sindh suffered huge deficiency of PhD faculty members, thus, such split programme be more research oriented to get the desired benefit from it.

Xuebing Ling, Deputy Director of Hainan University, said Pakistani students would find greater prospects in China and similar learning experience would be there for the Chinese.

Dr Qazi Khalid Ali, Vice Chancellor, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto University of Law, said international collaboration and partnerships in education sector had become integral part in the 21st century.

Vice Chancellor SMUI Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh also highlighted the dual programme and called it in the interest of Pakistan and China.


Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU briefs media persons about 3- Day Sindh- Hainan Universities Forum being held from May 2

27 April 2016

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University is going to organize 3-Day Sindh – Hainan Universities Forum under China – Pakistan Partnership from May 2, to 4th May in Karachi.

Speaking at a media briefing held at Junagarh Hall of SMIU on Wednesday, he said that Governor of Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, who is also chancellor of public sector universities of Sindh, will inaugurate the Sindh – Hainan Universities Forum, while Syed Qaim Ali Shah will be chief guest in the concluding session on May 4. Consul General of China will also attend the Forum. Among other main speakers will be Mian Raza Rabbani, Chairman Senate, Mushahid Hussain Syed, Chairman of Pakistan- China Institute, Syed Murad Ali Shah, Provincial Finance Minster, Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Senior Education Minister, Sikandar Ali Mandhro, Provincial Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Mr. Iqbal Hussain Durrani, Secretary to Chief Minster for Boards and Universities, representatives of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and others will address different sessions.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that a ten member delegation of China's four universities as Hainan Tropical Ocean University, Sanya, Hainan University, Haikou, Hainan Normal University, Haikou and Sanya University, Sanya is attending the Forum. Apart from it, 13 vice chancellors from all the four provinces of Pakistan are also participating in it.

Giving more details about the Sindh- Hainan Universities Forum Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that besides inaugural and concluding sessions there would be 10 technical sessions, which will be held on China – Pakistan partnership in education, Hainan and Sindh's educational landscape, prospectus for joint/dual degree programme and mechanisms for quality assurance, introduction of China's partner universities, research collaborations in social sciences and management disciplines, prospectus and mechanism for faculty and student exchange programms and opportunities for research in science disciplines.

He further informed the media persons that the said Forum will open new avenues of cooperation between the universities of both the countries. "The Forum will bring China and Pakistan closer in the field of higher education. It will also open doors of higher education for students and faculty members of both Sindh and Hainan provinces and also encourage other provinces of the country," Dr Shaikh said and added that the Forum will produce positive results for students and faculty of SMIU that will be in larger interest of Pakistan and China.


Sindh Madressatul Islam University organizing 3- Day Sindh- Hainan Forum from May 2

13 April 2016

Sindh Madressatul Islam University is organizing a 3- Day "Sindh - Hainan Universities Forum" from" 2nd May to 4th May 2016 in Karachi. The Forum will focus on key aspects of educational partnership between Sindh and Hainan provinces of Pakistan and China, respectively under China-Pakistan Partnership basis. The forum will focus on many areas of interest including enhancing China- Pakistan partnership in education, educational landscape of Sindh and Hainan provinces of opportunities for joint research in science disciplines, research collaborations in social sciences and management disciplines, prospectus for joint/ dual degree programmes and mechanism for quality assurance.

Four universities of China from Hainan Province are participating in the programme, which are Hainan Tropical Ocean University, Sanya, Hainan University, Haikou, Hainan Normal University, Haikou and Sanya University, Sanya.

Besides inaugural and concluding sessions, there would be ten technical sessions on variety of subjects.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has said that the said Forum will bring China and Pakistan closer in the field of higher education. It will also open doors of higher education for students and faculty members of both Sindh and Hainan provinces.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that besides China, vice chancellors and noted educationists from Sindh as well as rest of Pakistan will participate in the Forum.


Third and Last Day of SMIU Spring Festival 2016 100 students SMIU Ambassadors to visit UK, China and other countries

09 March 2016

One hundred students selected through a competitive process shall be designated as "SMIU Ambassadors", who shall be sent to visit various universities in United Kingdom, China and other countries as well as represent SMIU in various national and international events and programmes.

This was disclosed by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) while addressing the Concluding Ceremony held at the premises of SMIU on Wednesday as a chief guest, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that among these students 50 will be female and 50 will be male students. "This kind of competition would be a part of their learning," the Vice Chancellor said.

Congratulating the office bearers of Students Societies and other students on organizing such unforgettable event Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that organizing the festival of more than 35 events, was a huge task that was successfully fulfilled by the student and hoped that they will serve the country with such spirit and skills in their future lives

He said that the SMIU students have a tremendous talent, which they have exhibited during the last three days of the Spring Festival, organized by all the six Students Societies. This festival has also proved a source of learning and training for the students of SMIU.

On this occasion Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh distributed shields among the winner students of various programmes including theater, singing, sketching, photograph, cultural creative Pakistani Cultural Walk, storytelling and stall organizing competitions respectively.

The Vice Chancellor also distributed trophies among the winner and runner up teams of cricket (female and male), tug of war, race and other games. SMIU student Maham received the title of "Ms SMIU" and Sohail Khan Jadoon "Mr. SMIU" during the festival. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh gave them shields also.

Earlier, in his welcome speech Prof Dr Aurangzeb, Dean of Business Administration said that during the last three days of the festival more than 25 events held at the Pandal, and almost 16 events were held outside it. He further said that 27 stall were setup by 6 Students Societies of SMIU and 3 bookstalls were setup by noted publishers of the city.

Before the concluding session, Declamation and Debate Competition on Resilient Women of Pakistan, Satirical poetry recitation, trilingual debate competition, musical concert, quiz competition and other programmes were held. These programmes had also provided food for thought to the students.


Second Day of SMIU Spring Festival 2016 Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh talked on "Pakistan: A Modern Country - Contrast Between Jinnah's and Today's Pakistan"

08 March 2016

The Literary Society of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) organized a talk on "Pakistan: A Modern Country - Contrast Between Jinnah's and Today's Pakistan" by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU on the second day (Tuesday) of Spring Festival at the premises of the university.

In his thought provoking talk Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh elaborated the ideals of Founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah for Pakistan in detail. In this respect he highlighted the rights and role of women, minorities, poor people, youth, government officers and Pakistan's relations with other countries including India with reference to Quaid-e- Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah's speeches delivered on different occasions.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that 8th March was being celebrated as International Women's Day, therefore he preferred to revisit the thoughts of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah on women. He said that the Quaid had fully favoured equal rights and respect to women. Giving reference of the Quaid's speech delivered on 10 March 1944 at a meeting of the Muslim University Union, Aligarh, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said the Quaid had said that, "no nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are not side by side with you. We are victims of evil customs. It is crime against humanity that our women are the shut up within the four walls of houses."

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that we have failed to honour the Quaid's ideals about women. Even today, women are being subjugated in various forms include karo kari and vata sata,

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that only a tiny size of our women population has gotten importance in the society and jobs and some positions in public and private organizations, while a majority of women is still deprived of their basic civil, human and educational rights.

Talking on the status of non Muslims living in Pakistan he said that the Quaid had assured them for their protection and rights as the equal citizens of Pakistan, but, even today, we have not succeeded to act upon the thoughts of Father of the Nation.

Similarly, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that the Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah was clear on the status of poor people of Pakistan. In his speech delivered at the meeting of Muslim League Workers at Calcutta on 1st March 1946, he had said that "I am an old man. God has given me enough to live comfortably at this age. Why would I turn my blood into water, run about and take so much trouble? Not for the capitalists surely, but for you, the poor people."

"Today poverty is on rise in the country, while rich man is becoming richer. That is again against the poor people, for whom the Quaid had founded this country," Dr Shaikh said.

Talking about youth of the country Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh was of the opinion that our young generation must achieve their education rather than to engage themselves in unhealthy activities. He also said that the Quaid had wanted cordial and friendly relations with the international community including India, but this situation has not fully improved today.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh in his concluding remarks said that we can make our country prosperous and developed only by following and working on ideals of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He also gave answers of some questions asked by the students. On the occasion Prof. Dr. Aurangzeb, Dean of Department of Business Administration presented a shield to Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh.

On the other side, festivities remained continued on the second day of the 3- Day Spring Festival at SMIU. A huge number of students were witnessed on the stalls setup by the students' societies. Also a lecture on Emotional Quotient, mystic music, singing competition, declamation contest on Resilient Women of Pakistan and short film awards, were held.

Students of SMIU, who have organized this three day festival through their elected Student Societies, were actively participating in all the programmes. The Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh also appreciated their enthusiasm and organizational skills.

Elected Student Societies organise '3- Day Spring Festival 2016' started at SMIU

07 March 2016

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University inaugurated 3- Day Spring Festival organised by the elected Student Societies of SMIU on their own. Speaking on that occasion the Vice Chancellor said that this exercise would provide a great opportunity to students to promote their organisational skills and leadership skills.

He inspected stalls, setup by different Students Societies of the university. The students had displayed cultural items of almost all communities of the country, things related to environment, media, I.T. and other important subjects. Some prominent publishers had setup bookstalls. Besides, a medical camp was also setup on the occasion by the Medical Unit of SMIU. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh appreciated enthusiasm and creative approach of the students, exhibited during the festival.

Dr Shaikh said that it was a matter of satisfaction for him that a large number of students are participating in different activities during the festival with national sprit and commitment. He said that all the stalls, which have been setup by the students, were best in their nature as well as in giving a positive message to the visitors. He further said that all the students of Pakistan have a right to get education with peace of mind and smiling faces.

A number of sports events are also part of the Spring Festival. In a simple ceremony the Wing Commander of Pakistan Rangers Sindh lieutenant Colonel Shahid said that it was the honour and his personal privilege to visit the Alma Matter of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. He said we were reading and listening about this place as an Alma Mater of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah since our childhood, but today he feels proud by seeing the institution.

He further said that the atmosphere and quality of education being provided to the students at SMIU is the best thing. Sindh Madressatul Islam University is also a good institution than other institutions of the country in cleanliness and organisation.

Among the other activities held on the first day of the festival were performance by Special Children, painting exhibition and photo, theatre and debate competitions. SMIU students also participated in indoor and outdoor games.


Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali addressed at SMIU

06 March 2016

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali has asked the students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University to come forward and play the leadership role, in conformity with the ideals of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

He said this while visiting Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU), where he addressed the faculty, students and staff members of the university and other dignitaries. He said at least one previous generation had failed in providing adequate leadership to Pakistan, which resulted in not only breakup of Pakistan, but underdevelopment in many areas, like education, social sector and infrastructure.

In his speech he expressed satisfaction over the quality of education being provided at Sindh Madressatul Islam University, the Alma Mater of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and hoped that this young university of four years will emerge as one of the best universities in Pakistan and the world in future.

The Chief Justice of Pakistan appreciated efforts and struggle of Vice Chancellor of SMIU Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh and said that Dr. Shaikh has transformed the dream of the founder of SMI into reality by making it a university. "I am very impressed to see the Jinnah Museum, where SMIU has preserved valuable record of our Father of the Nation and national heroes," said Chief Justice of Pakistan.

He said that SMIU students have honour that they are studying at SMIU, the historical institution, from where great leaders including Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had received his education. Due to such association the students of SMIU have a responsibility to make the country prosperous according to the vision and ideology of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah," the Chief Justice said.

Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, in his welcome address said that SMIU through its 130 years of service has produced a large number of great leaders including Founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

Talking about the international linkages, he said that SMIU has signed agreements with seven Chinese universities and was also working on collaboration with UK universities as well as other countries. It was also grooming its students to assume leadership role in various walk of life and had initiated various National Leadership Programme.

He said that SMIU has built its unique identity at national level through producing quality of education and research work. Recently, Sindh Madressatul Islam University' QEC has been awarded the top most "W" category by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.

Judge of Sindh High court Justice Nadeem Akhtar praised the role of Sindh Madressatul Islam University and said that he has been associated with the university as member of the Syndicate from the very beginning and knew the struggle behind the establishment of the university as one of the best university in the country. He also suggested that the SMIU should set up a Law Faculty at the campus.

Justice (retd) Agha Rafique Ahmed Khan, former Chief Justice of Federal Shariat Court and former Chairman of Sindh Public Service Commission said that though SMIU was a shining example for public sector educational institutions in Sindh, the rest of the institutions need improvement and drastic changes.

Justice (retd.) Syed Deedar Hussain Shah, former Chairman NAB, former judge of Supreme Court and Chief Justice of Sindh High Court said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University was working very well by imparting quality education and as the member of the university's selection board and syndicate can assure all that all the appointments have been made on merit basis.

Justice (retd.) Hamid Ali Mirza, former Chief Election Commissioner and former judge of Supreme Court thanked the Chief Justice of Pakistan on his visit to SMIU and said that the institution having the distinction of being the Alma Mater of founder of Pakistan has a unique place in the country, because of which everyone including the CJP should come forward to help it develop.

On the occasion Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU presented a memorial shield and traditional Sindhi Ajrak to the Chief Justice.

Earlier, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Anwar Zaheer Jamali visited SMIU' Jinnah Museum and took keen interest in the relics and educational records of Quaid –e- Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, founder of SMI Hassanally Effendi and other old students of SMIU displayed there.

The Progamme was attended by a large number of prominent personalities including Diplomats, serving and retired judges of Supreme Court and Sindh High Court, SMIU Syndicate members, faculty, students, staff members and media personnel.


Vice Chancellor SMIU Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh and Habib Bank President Nauman K. Dar agreed upon mutual cooperation

02 March 2016

Sindh Madressatul Islam University and Habib Bank Ltd will cooperate with each others in the field of education. Also Habib Bank will provide internship and scholarships to the students of SMIU from undergraduate to the PhD level. This was decided in a meeting held between Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University and Mr. Nauman K. Dar, CEO & President of Habib Bank at the VC Secretariat of SMIU on Wednesday.

During the meeting Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that SMIU and Habib Bank are prime most institutions of the country, which are working in the field of education and banking respectively. While speaking on the background of SMIU and major association of the institute with Habib Bank he said that SMIU and the bank are located next to each other. The other association with it was that the Habib Bank was founded on the desire of Quaid –e- Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, who was also Alumni of Sindh Madressatul Islam.

On the occasion President of Habib Bank Mr. Nauman K. Dar offered internship for graduating students of SMIU. He also said that Habib Bank will provide scholarships to the undergraduate and PhD students. "We both are partners in education," the President of Habib Bank maintained and added that this kind of cooperation with the Alma Mater of Quaid –e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah will continue in the future.


Students of KU's Department of Mass Communication visited SMIU

24 February 2016

Students of Department of Mass Communication, University of Karachi along with their teachers visited Sindh Madressatul Islam University on Wednesday. They went round the Department of Media Studies and Social Sciences, Jinnah Museum, TV and Radio studios, Hassanally Effendi Library, Computer Centers, Coffee House and other sections of the university.

Later, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University addressed them at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium of the university on the education movement launched by Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi for Muslims in subcontinent respectively.



Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University was contemporary institution of the Aligarh University. The founder of SMI Hassanally Effendi was inspired from educational ideology of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, because before the Partition of Indo-Pak subcontinent majority of schools and colleges were run by Hindus, Christians and Parsis, while common Muslims were deprived of modern education.

The Vice Chancellor of SMIU said that the establishment of Aligarh College and Sindh Madressatul Islam brought social change in the Muslim society and opened doors of progress for them.




Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further said that Sir Syed Ahmed Khan had also suggested to Hassanally Effendi that he should not think only about the establishment of a school, but after school, he must expand it to college and university.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh also spoke on the education record of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah at SMI and said that Quaid –e- Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had studied here for more than four years and learnt English language skills from the institute. He further said that it was Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who had elevated Sindh Madressatul Islam form school to college level in 1943. Talking about the present day SMIU, he said Sindh Madressatul Islam University has emerged as one of the quality and modern universities of the country, where besides quality education; students are being groomed as leaders of the future through student societies and national and international visits.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh while expressing his pleasure on the visit of KU students to the SMIU said that our younger generation must understand their national heritage.


Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh assumed charge of Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University for second term

22 February 2016

In accordance with the notification issued by Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan on the advice of Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh assumed the charge of Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University for second term of four years with effect from 20 February 2016.

On Monday, reviewing the performance of the last four years of the university and setting priorities for the next term with deans and principal officers of the SMIU Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that a strong foundation of the university was laid in the last four years.




Talking on the achievements of the university Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that during the last four years services of the PhD faculty were hired for all departments, admissions were made on merit basis, quality of education was ensured, the stat –of- the art facilities were provided, the international collaborations were established and accreditation was received for upgraded programmers. Today 70 percent employees of the SMIU are working on regular/permanent basis. Now the SMIU has emerged as one the leading universities of Pakistan.





Talking about the four year plan for the next four years Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that during the next four years the priority will be given to stability and strengthening of the university by focusing on research, particularly related to the issues being faced by Pakistan, Muslim Umma and the developing world. The Vice Chancellor SMIU maintained that in this regard five research journals shall be launched by five faculties of SMIU. Apart from it, the teaching quality will be enhanced, emphasis would be given on creation of knowledge/objectivity and raising questions by the students will be encouraged. He said that the national and international visits/collaborations and understanding will also be encouraged. The aim of the SMIU would be to produce leaders in all walks of life in conformity with 130 years old traditions of this institution.


43 employees of SMIU were regularized and promoted

18 February 2016

Sindh Madressatul Islam University has regularized and promoted 43 lectures and staff members of the university. In this respect a ceremony was held on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium of the university, where Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh distributed orders among them. Amongst the regularized employees 3 were assistant professors, 16 lecturers and 14 staff members, while 10 employees were promoted to the next grades.

On this occasion while addressing the faculty and staff members of the university Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that he has always thought and acted for benefit of employees. Because, being the head of the institution it was his responsibility to work for job security of the employees and promote deserving employees to the next grades after evaluating their performance at the institution.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh that he has headed this institution for last 22 years, first as its principal and then as its vice chancellor. During these whole years, besides getting university status for SMI, he has appointed, regularized and promoted a large number of talented, dedicated, honest and hard working employees. Now they have to show their commitment and intellectual honesty by working hard for betterment of the university.

Congratulating the employees Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University is an emerging university, which has tremendous potential to reach to the heights of success. Thus, its employees have to show their commitment and honest association with the university through their performance.

On the other hand the employees who were regularized and promoted thanked Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh for regularization and promotion of their services and pledged that they will work for progress and development of the university with the national commitment.


Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan and other prominent personalities address 4th Anniversary of Sindh Madressatul Islam University

16 February 2016

Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, Governor of Sindh and Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University, which is the Alma Mater of founder of Pakistan and its first governor general Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah is successfully moving forward with its new character and mission following the ideology of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The achievements of the university will certainly benefit the nation as a whole and the country.

Addressing the 4th Anniversary of Sindh Madressatul Islam University's grant of charter on Tuesday evening at inner courtyard of the Main Building of SMIU, Governor Sindh said that today he feels honored by visiting the Alma Mater of Founder of Pakistan and consider the SMIU a national institute and national asset, which has been preserved and developed accordingly.

He said that no doubt, it is the Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, who has made it a modern and quality university of the country within shortest period of four years. Thus, this example must be followed by other universities of the country.

Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan further said that establishment of an institution is not a difficult job, but to run it in right direction, with dedication, is the real job, which is being fulfilled by SMIU under the leadership of Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh.

Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan said that today he is satisfied and happy that the university, to which he had given charter four years back on February 16, 2012, has proved itself one of the best universities of the country. Remembering the day of signing charter of SMIU, the Governor Sindh said that it was his desire to give university status to his own Alma Mater Dow Medical College and Sindh Madressatul Islam University and establish a Law University in Sindh. And he succeeded to do all three.

Governor Sindh further said that today our country needs quality universities that can produce experts in all walks of life. To achieve such objectives, generally, universities of Pakistan and specially universities of Sindh must be made quality and result oriented institutes. "It is my wish that our universities should reach to a level that our students prefer to get education from their own universities rather than looking towards foreign universities," Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan said and added that the government and he are working on the same line for quality higher education.

Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan congratulated Vice Chancellor, faculty, staff members, students and also the whole nation on completion of four years to SMIU.

Ms. Sharmila Farooqui, Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh on Culture and Tourism has said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University is the place of history that has produced stalwarts of the country. Praising the role of its Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh she said that Dr Shaikh is dedicated, competent and visionary, who has made SMIU a modern university of the county.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU in his speech thanked Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, Ms Sharmila Farooqui, Mr. Robin Devious and other gusts on their participation in the 4th anniversary of SMIU.

He said that during the last four years this newly established university has progressed very fast in many areas. It has hired services mostly of PhD holders for teaching. Due to their efforts the SMIU has received highest category "W" for its quality enhancement from Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. He said that SMIU provides conducive atmosphere to its students to enhance their knowledge, learning, leadership qualities and democratic attitude through Student Societies.

"These initial four years of the SMIU were to lay foundation of basic needs and priorities. Despite that it generated results beyond the expectations," Dr Shaikh said and added that during this period SMIU organized 3- Day Second International Seminar on Sindh through the Centuries, which was attended by a large number of national, and international research scholars and intellectuals. Among them 25 were from foreign countries. Similarly, the SMIU had organized 3-Day National Conference on Media and a National Seminar on Higher Education, which was attended by the vice chancellors of all the four provinces include Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

The Vice Chancellor SMIU said that the university has tried to establish its linkages with the universities and educational organizations of other countries. In this respect SMIU signed MoUs with British Council and Seven Chinese universities. Under the MoU with the British Council, SMIU's students and four faculty and staff members visited five universities of the United Kingdom under the "Future Leadership Programme." Likewise, another delegation of SMIU visited Hainan Province of China and explored opportunities for its students and faculty.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that a delegation of SMIU students met with President of Pakistan Mr. Mamnoon Hussain at State Guest House, Karachi under the National Leadership Programme. Then a delegation of 50 students of SMIU selected on merit, visited various national institutions and met with their heads in Islamabad. Among these heads were Chief Justice of Pakistan, Chairman Senate, National Assembly, Chairman National Accountability Bureau, Federal Ombudsman, President of NDU, Vice Chancellors of Allama Iqbal Open University, Quaid-e-Azam University, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics and National University of Science and Technology

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further said that construction work on Malir Campus of SMIU is in progress and SMIU will be the first university in Karachi's Education City that will start functioning.

Mr. Robin Davies, Director of British Council for Sindh and Balochistan said that it was privilege and honour for him to attend the celebration of SMIU. He said that when he had got admission in University of East Anglia of UK his knowledge and understanding had expanded and now when he had come to SMIU, his feelings were also same. He said that he was so impressed with SMIU, and congratulated all on its 4th Anniversary.

Mr. Abdul Razzaq Soomro, Veteran lawyer and former ambassador of Pakistan in his speech recalled his memoirs at Sindh Madressah College in 1946 and said that it was pleasure for him that the SMIU had been well preserved. He gave its credit to Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh and hoped that SMIU will become a candle light.

Dr Suleman Shaikh, Secretary of the Board of Trustees of SZABIST said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University was a historic institution; hence its students must feel pride on it.

Other prominent personalities who attended the ceremony were Director General National Accountability Bureau of Sindh Lt Col (retd) Naeem Siraj, Justice (retd) Hamid Ali Mirza, Justice (retd.) Hazqul Khairi, Advisor to Governor Sindh Mr. Wajahat and others.

Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan and Ms. Sharmila Farooqui also visited Jinnah Museum of SMIU. In the last prominent classical singer Salman Alvi sung Ghazals of Ghalib, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Ahmed Fraz and others.


Sindh Madressatul Islam University honours its outgoing batch of 2012

11 February 2016

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has said that those students who are leaving this institution after completing their study over here, are now custodians of their Alma Mater. Thus, they must act on the slogan of SMI University "Enter to Learn- Go Forth to Serve," in their practical life.

Addressing the Farwell party organized by SMIU in the honour of the students of outgoing batch 2012, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said a single person – Hassanally Effendi had started his mission to promote education in this region with great cause in 1885 and after the passage of 130 years to it, his name has been enlightened and students from all social classes are studying at this great institution with pride.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that if you have a degree that is not important, but what and what teacher taught you, that is more important.

He further said that many memories of outgoing students were attached with SMIU, which will always remain a part of their life. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh hoped that they all would achieve success in their professional career. "We had great time with the first batch of this university and today the university is being run with same commitment," Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said.

On the occasion the outgoing students shared their golden memoirs related to their years spent at Sindh Madressatul Islam University and expressed their deep gratitude to the Vice Chancellor of SMIU Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh for his personal attention on their academic and co curricular activities and providing them quality education with latest facilities. Also providing them opportunities to actively participate in leadership programmes.

They also thanked to their teachers, who taught them lessons of their respective subjects as well as of life.


Secretary Universities and Boards distributes Certificates among participants of National Leadership Programme at SMIU

04 February 2016

Mr. Iqbal Hussain Durrani, Secretary to Chief Minister Sindh on Boards and Universities has said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University has set a marvelous example by launching National Leadership Programme for its students. The other universities should follow this programme. He said this while addressing the Certificates Distribution Ceremony held at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) on Thursday.

The certificates were distributed among the students, organizers and coordinators, who visited various national institutions of Pakistan, located in Islamabad under the National Leadership Programme.

Mr. Iqbal Hussain Durrani further said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University is an Alma Mater of the great leaders of Pakistan including founder of the country Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. This is why he had wanted to visit this great institution and feels proud while addressing the leaders of the future.

The Secretary to the CM said that the recent visit of SMIU students to Islamabad under National Leadership progrmee will enhance their competition skills and broaden their thought process. Because their selection on merit basis was also a form of competition.

Praising the role of Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor Sindh Madressatul Islam University, the Secretary to the Chief Minister Sindh on Boards and Universities said that Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh is a dynamic person and have an extraordinary managerial and leadership qualities with innovative ideas. "Due to Dr Shaikh's efforts SMIU has emerged as the best university of the country with a shortest period of four years," Mr. Durrani concluded.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU said that the SMIU has designated the National Leadership Programme to promote leadership qualities among its students. Because in the past this institution was known as the "Nursery of Leaders. But in the later days it witnessed decline in its quality education. As a result, the process of producing leaders for all spheres of life halted. Now we have again take up the mission to produce the best leaders in future that could work for the country on national and international horizon.

Talking on the recent visit to Islamabad under the National Leadership Programme by 50 students (among them 50 percent were girls), Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that at Islamabad the students had greatest interaction with the heads of various national institutions like Chief Justice of Pakistan, Chairman Senate, Federal Education Minister Federal Ombudsman, Chairman National Accountability Bureau and different universities include National Defence University. He said that during the visit of the National Assembly, the assembly members had warmly welcomed the SMIU delegation, because at that time the session of the assembly was in progress.

Dr Muhammad Ali also said that the SMIU students had organized a seminar on "Peace and Stability through Education" in a hotel of Islamabad, which was attended by ambassadors of America and European Union.

"In the forthcoming two and three years the SMIU will emerge as the best institution on national and international level by regaining its lost glory," Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh hoped.


Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh granted second term as Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University

03 February 2016

The Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, who is also Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University, has appointed Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh as Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) for second term on recommendation of Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, on Wednesday.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh has been serving as the Vice Chancellor of SMIU since February 2012 and his first term was to end this month. The appointment has been made in accordance with the Sindh Madressatul Islam University Act 2011, which has provision of granting another term of the office for four years to the incumbent Vice Chancellor.

Earlier, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh called on the Chief Minister Sindh, where he briefed him about the progress so far made by this newly established university. He informed the Chief Minister that SMIU has entered in several international collaborations as well as has been granted the highest "W" category by the Higher Education Commission regarding the quality assurance parameters of teaching and research.

The Chief Minister Sindh highly appreciated the services rendered by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh and imposed full confidence in his efforts to bring SMIU back to its old glory.

Subsequently, the Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan approved the recommendation made by the Chief Minister Sindh. The Governor has issued notification of granting second term for four years, ending in February 2020, to the incumbent Vice Chancellor.

The Governor handed over the notification of granting of second term in his meeting with the Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh in the Governor's House on Wednesday and appreciated his work for promotion of higher education and ensuring high quality standard at SMIU.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU also thanked to the Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan on trusting upon him and appreciating his services rendered for particularly for Sindh Madressatul Islam University and generally for higher education in the country.

It is pertinent to state here that the SMIU is one of the oldest institutions of South Asia, having the distinction of being Alma Mater of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. It had gone in obilivision with passage of time and had been reduced to a typical public sector school. However the institution started moving upward since 1994, when the present Vice Chancellor had assumed charge as Principal of Sindh Madressatul Islam. Now SMIU is considered as one of the best universities in Pakistan as for as quality education is concerned.

On the other hand, deans, chairpersons, faculty members and senior officials of SMIU have congratulated to Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh on accepting second term as Vice Chancellor of this great and historic institution and hoped that the SMIU in his leadership will reach to the heights of success.


Orientation Day 2016 held

30 January 2016

Sindh Madressatul Islam University Karachi (SMIU) organized a Grand Orientation and welcome reception to greet new comer students of the Spring 2016 Session at university auditorium Saturday. The Orientation featured presentations and speeches by Vice Chancellor, Deans, Chairpersons of various departments, senior faculty and cadre of SMIU Management and supporting units.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU welcomed fresh students and said that the number of students who secured admissions in SMIU is 25% of those figures which had applied for admissions here, which shows how people are taking interest in this institute. "This is a journey of centuries which still keeps its quality of education from 19th to 21st century. This is the second oldest institution than Aligarh University in subcontinent'' he further added.

Urging to students to focus on academic activities Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said we are facilitators and it depends on your individual approach that how could you avail benefits from such opportunities.

"The SMIU is an Alma Mater of Quaid -e- Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and I wish that students of SMIU will lead Pakistan as founder of Pakistan did. The institute has created great leaders in judiciary, politics, business and in many other fields" Vice Chancellor said and added that "We have brought best faculty members for our students, and providing best facilities, which as compared to the best institutions of the country, at our campus."

He further said that various academic exposures and social curriculum opportunities are also available to the students, which are students societies, study tours, foreign visits and volunteer and research work."

Briefing about the code of conduct for students Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said we have zero tolerance policy on breaching of discipline and gender discrimination at our campus. "We want to produce responsible, committed and disciplinary leaders from the university. We provide council activities for our students through student's electoral system also, which was being provided to the students at Oxford University," he said in his welcome speech.

Earlier, Deans, Chairpersons and other officials gave detailed introduction about their respective departments and facilities for students. Later on, the newly admitted students visited all departments, TV studios, FM Radio station and library.


US and EU ambassadors address seminar organized by Sindh Madressatul Islam University in Islamabad

Islamabad, 22 January 2016

Sindh Madressatul Islam University, Karachi organized a seminar on "International Peace and Stability through Education" on Friday at a local hotel. Mr. David Hale, US Ambassador, inaugurated its opening session.

Addressing the seminar US Ambassador extended his sincere gratitude to Vice Chancellor SMIU Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh for inviting him in the seminar.

The US Ambassador said that Pak-US relationships are promoting education opportunities in both the countries on priority basis. "Education is a key factor for prosperous and safer Pakistan," he said and added that Sindh Madressatul Islam University is a very distinguish institute of Pakistan because founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had studied over here. "I am happy that today I am talking to the future leaders who are students of SMIU," Mr. Hale added.

He said that from Jamshoro to Peshawar, the US has been cooperating to Pakistan for improving educational institutions. He was of the view that 12000 scholarships have been created for Pakistani citizens though Higher Education Commission. Elaborating future projects he said that we will launch educational, sciences and technology project.

The last session of the seminar was presided over by European Union Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Jean Francois. Speaking on the occasion he said that today he was addressing to the future leaders of Pakistan. He said the peaceful society can be built only through education. He further said that we are offering a number of scholarships to Pakistani students, and we want that more students of Pakistan should avail such educational opportunities at EU.

"We are already working for educational promotion in Sindh and hopefully will work with same spirit in future also," Jean Francois added.

The Vice Chancellor SMIU Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that US and EU ambassadors are very keen to improve and promote education in Pakistan. "We have provided opportunity to our students to have face to face interaction with various brains of the success,'' Dr Shaikh said.

He said that today education is the only mean to eliminate terrorism from society. Similarly, education is also a great shield against discrimination and terrorism.

Later on, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh presented souvenirs and traditional Sindhi Shaal to EU and US ambassadors.

Earlier, 10 groups of SMIU students gave presentations on the subject of "Peacekeeping Though Education." In the last VC SMIU distributed prizes among winner students and awards to the best category students of 10 days National Leadership Program.

The seminar was part of 10 day National Leadership Program-2016, in which students of SMIU visited different varsities including NDU, NUST, AIOU, AIZ and PIDE. The SMIU delegation also had meetings with different government officials, Chief Justice of Pakistan, Chairman Senate, Chairman NAB and Federal Ombudsman. Also they visited National Assembly and other places.


SMIU delegation meets Chairman Senate, visits NAB Headquarter and Ombudsman Office

Islamabad, 21 January 2016

Mian Raza Rabbani, Chairman Senate of Pakistan has said that he is very optimist about bright future of Pakistan because young generation of the country has tremendous talent and resilience. He said this while talking to the students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) during their visit to the Senate Secretariat on Thursday. These days SMIU students are on the ten day visit of the various national institutions, located in the capital city of the country – Islamabad under the "National Leadership Programme 2016."

The Chairman Senate said that once Karachi city was a centre of positive student's politics, but later it was eliminated in the dictatorial regime. Now young students must learn about their leadership role and until they will not ask questions and search themselves they will not get their rights. He said that Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh is a kind person, who has arranged this great programme for SMIU students.

On the occasion Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani has association with Quaid-e- Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, because his father had closely worked with the Quaid. He thanked to the Chairman Senate for welcoming SMIU delegation at the Senate Secretariat. During the visit Deputy Secretary Senate Dr Pervaiz gave detailed presentation to the SMIU delegation about role and formation of the Senate. Later on souvenirs were presented to the students from the Chairman Senate. Students also visited Senate Secretariat and it's Visitors' Gallery.

The SMIU delegation led by Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh also visited National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Headquarter. Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudry, Chairman NAB welcomed the delegation. On the occasion, Director Generals of NAB Ms. Alia Rashid and Syed Khalid Iqbal gave detailed briefing to the delegation about formation of the NAB.

Addressing the students and faculty members of SMIU the Chairman NAB Mr. Qamar Zaman Choudry said that I am grateful to Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh and other members of the delegation for visiting NAB Headquarter. "We have signed MoU with University of Engineering Lahore and I hope we would sign same MoU with SMIU in future," he said. Chairman NAB further said that today I feel double honour as the students of Alma Mater of founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah are present here and we are proud of SMIU because it has produced a large number of famous leaders in different walks of life.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU while expressing his gratitude to the Chairman NAB on hosting a reception for SMIU delegation said that SMIU and NAB have very old relationship. He said we have provided a great opportunity to the future leaders of the country to visit national institutions which are working on culmination of corruption from the country. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that participant students of National Leadership Program 2016 are one of the talented pools of SMIU, who have been selected on their academic scores and interview process. On the occasion Dr Shaikh presented a shield and traditional Sindhi Shaal to Chairman NAB, while Chairman NAB presented a shield to Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh and souvenirs to SMIU students.

The delegation of SMIU had also visited the office of Ombudsman, where Mr. Salman Farooqui, Ombudsman said that it is a most praiseworthy step taken by Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh to provide opportunity to his students to visit the capital city. "Out of the campus exposure will support students in their grooming," the Ombudsman said and added that the SMIU students are lucky who have Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh as their Vice Chancellor.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh thanked to the Ombudsman for his warm welcome.

On the same day the delegation also visited National Library and got knowledge about its different sections.


SMIU delegation visits National Defence University and NUST

Islamabad, 20 January 2016

On the third day of their visit to Islamabad's national institutions under the "National Leadership Programme 2016", the delegation of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) led by its Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, visited National Defence University (NDU) on Wednesday.

Besides Vice Chancellor, the SMIU delegation was comprised of students, deans and chairpersons of various departments and faculty members.

At the NDU, Prof. Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema, Dean -Faculty of Contemporary Studies welcomed the delegation, while Lt. Col. Mohammad Javed Ghaffar Rao gave detailed briefing to the delegation about NDU.

On the occasion the President of NDU Lieutenant General Anwar Ali Hyder said that he felt much happy that SMIU students and Vice Chancellor are here at NDU and I hope that they all will get success in their respective fields after this leadership tour.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that I have delivered lecture at NDU some time ago. The university is growing day by day and has proved more qualitative than other universities of Pakistan. This is why; today it has become a pride of Pakistan. Meanwhile, heads of IR Department and War Gaming Centers and Librarian gave detailed briefing to the delegation about their respective departments.

Later on, the SMIU students asked different questions about the NDU. On the occasion Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh presented souvenirs to Lieutenant General Anwar Ali Hyder and invited him to visit the SMIU.

On the same day SMIU delegation visited National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST). Engineer Muhammad Shahid, Rector of Planning and Resources welcomed Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh and other members of the delegation at the university.

Speaking at the reception hosted by the university authorities in the honour of the delegation Dr Muhammad Ali said that he has memorable association with NUST, which is one of the quality institutions of the country. He said that NUST authorities have made it a preferable institution for students of the country by their sincere efforts.

While talking on the occasion Engineer Muhammad Shahid paid great tribute to Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU for his contribution in the field of the education also for the NUST. He said that we are producing solutions related to the society through research work. We don't want to produce job seekers but we need entrepreneurs who would give jobs and create public opportunities.

On the occasion Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh presented souvenirs to the Rector and invited him to visit the SMIU. The SMIU students also visited various departments of the NUST.


SMIU delegation visits Federal Education Ministry, QIU and PIDE

Islamabad, 19 January 2016

A delegation of Sindh Madressatul Islam University's students and faculty members led by Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh visited Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, Quaid-e- Azam University (QIU) and Pakistan Institute of Development Economic (PIDE) on Tuesday.

During the visit of the education ministry Minister of State for Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training Engineer Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman had a meeting with Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, VC SMIU. Deans and, faculty members and students of SMIU were also present on the occasion.

While addressing the delegation of SMIU, the said that he is very happy while meeting with the SMIU delegation. He said that the students of SMIU are fortunate because their institution is associated with founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He said that if the SMIU students want to become leaders in future, they must adopt principles like enhancing their skills and caring others.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that the SMIU has most talented students for the National Leadership Programme. "We have selected all the students on merit for the programme," Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said and added that SMIU has been awarded "W" category by Higher Education Commission, which proves the level of quality at the university. The minister gave souvenirs to Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh and SMIU students.

During the visit of Quaid-e- Azam University its Vice Chancellor Dr Javed Ashraf received the delegation, who had come from the Alma Mater of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Addressing the reception hosted by Quaid-e- Azam University, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that we are going to prepare future leaders of Pakistan, who will fill the gap of leadership in the country in the future.

He said that SMIU has gotten rebirth in the last four years, now its students are becoming proud for SMIU due to their talent and best performance in their subjects and co-curricular activities as well.

Dr Javed Ashraf, Vice Chancellor of QIU said that we are proud of SMIU, because it is an Alma Mater of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He said that Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh is visionary and progressive person. He emphasized that the students must choose QIU for their PhD, due to its quality education. He further said that QIA and SMIU should work jointly for progress and development of their students. He said the PhD holders in social sciences have countless opportunities in teaching, NGOs and other social sectors.

Later on, the delegation of SMIU visited library and other departments of the university. During the visit of PIDE, its Vice Chancellor Dr Asad Zaman welcomed the delegation. On this occasion Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh presented souvenirs to his counterparts Dr Javed Ashraf and VC PIDE Dr Asad Zaman. The SMIU delegation is on the visit of various institutes situated in the capital city of the country, under "National Leadership Programme 2016."


SMIU delegation visits Supreme Court, National Assembly and AIOU

Islamabad, 18 January 2016

A delegation of Sindh Madressatul Islam University's students, faculty and staff members led by Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh visited Supreme Court of Pakistan, National Assembly of Pakistan and Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad under the National Leadership Program 2016 on Monday.

Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali welcomed the delegation of SMIU at Supreme Court. During the visit he praised educational contribution of SMIU in the country. He said that the SMIU students have honour that they are studying in historical institution of SMIU, from where great leaders including Father of the Nation Quaid –e- Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had received his education.

The Chief Justice further said that it is now a challenge for SMIU students and faculty members to further enlighten the name and status of the university. The Chief Justice appreciated the National Leadership Programme 2016 and said that it will strengthen the level of the students.

On this occasion Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that SMIU has also produced great figures who have served in higher judiciary. Among them were former Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan Justice Syed Sajjad Ali Shah, former justice of High Court of Balochistan Justice Tufail Ali Abdul Rehman and noted lawyer Mr. A.K. Brohi. On the occasion Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh presented a memorial shield and traditional Sindhi wearing to the Chief Justice.

SMIU delegation visited National Assembly too, where Mr. Mushtaq Ahmed, Joint Secretary of NA warmly welcomed the delegation. On the occasion he gave detailed presentation to the delegation on history of National Assembly, legislation process and parliament's constitutional role. During the presentation he also gave answers to the questions asked by SMIU students.

The students of SMIU also attended session of the National Assembly.

On the same day the SMIU delegation visited Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU). During the visit Dr Shaikh held a meeting with Vice Chancellor of AIOU Dr Shahid Siddiqui. During the meeting Dr Shaikh said that we have chosen this university for our visit, because this institution has outstanding role in providing distance learning to the students across the country. SMIU delegation also visited Central Library and TV studio of AIOU.


16 January 2016

Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah is introducing Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University to US Ambassador Mr. David Hale at a reception hosted by US Consul General in Karachi Mr. Brian Heath at Karachi.

CM Sindh informed the US Ambassador that Sindh Madressatul Islam University was the historic educational institution of Sindh having the distinction of being Alma Mater of the Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.


China Pakistan Partnership: Sindh - Hainan Educational Forum finalized

14 January 2016

Four Chinese universities of Hainan Province and Sindh Madressatul Islam University from Sindh province of Pakistan have agreed to establish "Sindh – Hainan Educational Forum" under China and Pakistan partnership. This was stated by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University, who led a five member delegation to Hainan Province on the invitation of the Chinese government and the universities over there, while chairing a meeting of senior management of SMIU on Thursday.

The Chinese universities include Hainan university with an enrollment of about 40,000 students, Hainan Normal University, Haiku, which specializes in teachers training and education with about 25000 students, Hainan Tropical Occasion University, which was formally known as Qiongzhou University, in Sanya with special focus on maritime and coastal areas disciplines and Sanya University, which is a private sector top ranking university of China, would be part of the forum.

Dr Shaikh stated that China has about 1000 public sector universities and about 600 private sector universities, having about 1600 universities in nook and corner of the country. He said the universities, the SMIU delegation visited in Hainan Province, were most developed and offered state-of the art laboratories and other academic facilities.

He said in Pakistan there were about 160 universities (about 10 percent of China's number of universities) with half of them in public sector and half in private sector. He said that there was much to learn from China in the sphere of higher education.

Dr Shaikh said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University in partnership with four Chinese universities is organizing a seminar on "Hainan- Sindh Cooperation" from 11th to 13 April 2016, which would be attended by high level delegations from the Chinese universities. During the seminar each of the guest university will give detailed presentation about their academic and research facilities and admission procedures etc. to the academic heads, faculty and interested students highlighting the admission procedure etc.

He said the said event will bring closer both the provinces that is Sindh in Pakistan and Hainan in China to work together for the betterment of the people of two brotherly nations especially with reference to the China – Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The meeting was attended by deans, chairpersons, registrar, director fiancé and other officials.


SMIU delegation visits Sanya University of China

08 January 2016

A delegation of Sindh Madressatul Islam University led by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) paid visit to another university of China – Sanya University (SU) during their visit to Hainan Province. Vice President of SU Prof. Zoe Che, Dean Department of Science and Technology Prof. Zhou Mi, Dean Department of Sociology Prof. Sun Aizhen and Dean Department of Tourism Management Chai Yong, and Professor Yanwei warmly received them at the university.

During their visit to SU, the SMIU delegation had a meeting with Vice President of SU and its officials. The heads of both the universities agreed on short term as well as long term Students - Faculty Exchange Programme, and holding seminars and conferences jointly.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh suggested that as the language is a barrier in communication between students of both the countries, hence initially each university should select eight to ten students under the Student Exchange Programme, to develop understanding between both the universities. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that SMIU and SU should cooperate with each other in the field of education, which will benefit to China and Pakistan simultaneously.

He said that SMIU was the oldest institute of Pakistan, where quality education is being imparted in five disciplines i.e. Business Administration and Management, Computer Science, Environmental Sciences, Education and Media Studies & Social Sciences. "SMIU has also its own Radio and TV studios, which are fulfilling practical requirements of students of Media Studies Department," he maintained. The Vice Chancellor further said that presently 1600 students are studying at SMIU. He also informed them about developing a new campus of SMIU in the Education City of Pakistan.

He further said that we have high regards and appreciation for China, as it is time tested friend of Pakistan. He also said that China and Pakistan are coming closer by working on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). On the occasion he also briefed the officials of SU about Sindh Madressatul Islam University's history, development, academic performance and facilities available at the university. "Being the Alma Mater of Founder of Pakistan - Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the SMIU enjoys significant importance in Pakistan. This is why, the provincial government of Sindh as well as federal Government of Pakistan are giving special attention to its development," the Vice Chancellor of SMIU said.

Talking about the seminar, which is being organized by SMIU on "Sindh-Hainan Education Collaboration" in March/April in Pakistan, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that we have invited four universities from Hainan and two universities from Hiaku for seminar. He also invited SU to participate in the seminar.

"In the seminar Chinese universities would be able to inform Pakistan's people about their educational progress and achievements in science, technology and other fields," Dr Shaikh said and added that "The seminar will provide an opportunity to academia of both the countries to exchange views on education of Sindh and Hainan, respectively, with reference to China's and Pakistan's education systems." He said that "We are looking forward for your cooperation also."

While giving presentation on her university, Vice President Prof. Zoe Che said that SU was considered third best university of China's 600 private universities. She said that SU was 11 years old and around 20,000 students are studying over here at the university. The Vice President of SU hoped for further enhancement of Pakistan-China brotherhood and said that we want to strengthen friendly relationship between the two universities and two countries. She said that they will work on the possibilities of cooperation between both the universities. She said that we will find all kinds of possibilities for collaboration with SMIU. I would like to be in touch with SMIU for seminars and other programmes.


SMIU delegation visits Hainan Normal University

07 January 2016

Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh and President of Hainan Normal University (HNNU) Prof. Lin Qiang have agreed on mutual cooperation between SMIU and HNNU during a meeting held at HNNU. The areas in which they will cooperate with each other would be Students - Faculty Exchange Programme, Masters and PhD programmes and research and jointly organizing seminars and conferences.

The heads of both the universities reached on the understanding regarding educational collaboration between two universities during the visit of SMIU delegation, headed by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, to the Hainan Normal University. It was the third university of China which was visited by SMIU delegation. Earlier, they had visited Hainan Tropical Ocean University and Hainan University, located in Hainan, a most beautiful province of China.

Speaking at a meeting held between SMIU delegation and President and other officials of HNNU, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU appreciated hospitality and warm welcome extended by the management of HNNU to them. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that he had heard a lot about good reputation of HNNU, in Pakistan. Hence cooperation between SMIU and Hainan Normal University will benefit students and faculty of both the universities at large.

"It was a pleasure for us to receive your delegation at SMIU in June 2015 during their visit to Pakistan. Now I have to reinforce connection and brotherly relationship with the HNNU," Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said. He also talked on the importance of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in detail and suggested that both the universities can also start joint projects related to socio-economic subjects.

Dr Shaikh suggested that whenever HNNU or SMIU organize any event, they should invite President/Vice Chancellor and faculty members of both the universities to attend such programme, because this kind of interaction will strengthen relations of both the universities and countries. On the occasion he VC SMIU invited President of HNNU, faculty members and students to visit SMIU and attend educational seminar being held in forthcoming months in Pakistan.

In the meeting President of Hainan Normal University Prof. Lin Qiang said that hospitality extended to our delegation by SMIU last year would be remembered forever." He said that they are glad to see the relationship of both the universities was strengthening rapidly.

The President of China's one of the major universities Prof. Lin Qiang said that HNNU would be happy to support students of SMIU by granting scholarships, providing accommodation and other facilities to them at HNNU. Prof. Lin Qiang also suggested that we should focus on the cooperation in science and information technology under the Student – Faculty Exchange Programme.

Earlier, when the SMIU delegation led by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh reached at Hainan Normal University, the President of Hainan Normal University (HNNU) Prof. Lin Qiang, Director of Academic Affairs Prof. Liang Guang, Director O.I.C.E., Prof. Geng Juan, Dean of the School of Information Science and Technology Prof. Wu Lihua and Dean of the School of Economy and Management Prof. Pan Yangquan welcomed them. In the end of the meeting souvenirs were exchanged. Besides Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, other members of SMIU delegation were Deans Prof. Dr Aurangzeb, Prof. Dr Syed Asif Ali and faculty members Prof. Dr Naila Rozi and Prof. Dr Ambreen Fazal.


Sindh Madressatul Islam University and Hainan University agreed upon Student - Faculty Exchange Programme

05 January 2016

The delegation of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) headed by Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, visited Hainan University (HU) of China during their visit to China's Hainan province. President of Hainan University Prof. Dr Li Jianbao, Vice President Dr FU Guohua, Dean, Secretary General Prof Dr Yang Yunsheng, Dean Dr Huang Man, members of related colleges and Vice Executive Dr Jinying welcomed SMIU delegation at the university.

During the visit a meeting of heads and faculty members of both the universities held at HU, where Prof. Dr Li Jianao, President of HU said that he was delighted and happy to see SMIU delegation at HU. The President said that he has personally heard a lot about the development of SMIU, which provides a very good opportunity for collaboration between these two universities in the field of education and research.

Prof. Dr Li Jianbao further said that he invites ten students and two faculty members of SMIU, under the Students Faculty Exchange Programme for study at HU. The president further said that they were offering wide range of academic programmes to SMIU. Among these the major programmes are: Tropical Agriculture, Marine Sciences and Economic Management. He said that we can start Ph.D. programme in IT and Environmental Sciences. "We have expertise in Biological Science, IT, Economics and Management," the President of Hainan University said and added that under the exchange program, they will encourage students to learn about the business with Chinese people also. The President of HU said that the long term training or seminars/conferences will be beneficial for those students who are desirous to do business.

He was of the view that the HU and SMIU's relations will be in the larger interest of both the countries China and Pakistan.

He hoped that the International linkages of both the universities will help to enhance skills of students of both the countries. He also suggested establishing Confucius Institute at Karachi.

On the occasion Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU appreciated feelings and suggestions of the President of HU and said that he was grateful to President and other officials of HU on their hospitality and warm welcome. He said that the main purpose of their visit to China was to explore possibilities for working together in the field of education.

He further said that China and Pakistan were jointly working on the project of China -Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). In this content brotherly relations of both the countries should transform into Student – Faculty Exchange Programme. He said that if the students of HU are visiting Pakistan, it will be beneficial for both of the countries.

Dr Shaikh also raised five points for cooperation and invited the president and his team members to attend the forthcoming seminar to be held on education in March/April 2016 in Pakistan.

Dr Shaikh said that the Sindh government was already running the Confucius Institute at Karachi; hence it would be difficult to establish another institute with same objectives. Despite that he will forward their suggestion to the government for approval. Supporting the cooperation in business the Vice Chancellor of SMIU said that collaboration in socio-economic research would be a good option for working together.

Dr Shaikh also talked about SMIU's international linkages especially with UK universities. In the end of the meeting the souvenirs were exchanged from both the sides.


SMIU and Chinese University decide to exchange students and faculty

04 January 2016


SMIU delegation headed by the Vice chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh and comprising deans Dr Aurangzeb and Dr Syed Asif Ali as well as two female faculty members Dr Naila Rozi and Dr Ambreen Fazal visited Hianan Tropical Ocean University (formerly Qiongzhou University on Tuesday to finalize the faculty and student exchange programs of the two universities.


The president of Hianan Tropical Ocean University (HTOU); Prof.Dr. Wu Yaoting, Vice President (VP), Prof Guo Jianchun, Director, International cooperation & Exchange Wei.Jing with Deans and Deputy Dean of six different departments welcomed the delegation

After the introduction from both sides the vice chancellor Prof. Dr. M.Ali Shaikh expressed his gratitude about the hospitality of the Chinese people and congratulated them having such a beautiful place in China. The Vice Chancellor presented shield to the president.

The President of Chinese University said Pakistan and china are very good friends from many years and we could have deep cooperation in faculty and scientific cooperation in faculty and students. The Chinese counterparts were very much impressed by the presentation of Vice Chancellor and the photograph of SMIU, students and faculty with the president of Pakistan.

The two sides agreed to following points: greater cooperation in subjects related to CPEC; students exchange program of two week duration initially for the exposure of students of each university; faculty exchange and research collaborations particularly in tourism management; participation in events organized by both universities like seminars and conferences.

It was further decided to hold a joint seminar in Karachi in March on how to enhance cooperation between the two universities, two provinces and two countries.

Then the Dean of different faculties asks about the program offered by SMIU and Vice Chancellor gives their answers.

The Dean of School of Humanities Miss Zheng Liqiao said that she is impressed and admire to see the radio broadcast laboratories in SMIU.


Abdul Malik Abbasi elected as a member of SMIU Syndicate

01 January 2016

Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has elected Mr. Abdul Malik Abbasi, lecturer, as a members of Syndicate of Sindh Madressatul Islam University on Friday, January 1, 2016.

In this respect election was held at the premises of the university, where the faculty members cast their votes and elected Mr. Abbasi on the vacant seat of membership of SMIU Syndicate.

On the other hand, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has congratulated Mr. Abbasi on his success as a members of SMIU's one of the highest statuary bodies and hoped that he will play his positive role for betterment of the university.


SMIU and NBP signs MoU

31 December 2015

Sindh Madressatul Islam University and National Bank of Pakistan signed the MoU on Thursday at the VC Secretariat of SMIU. According to the MoU, the National Bank of Pakistan will provide scholarship funds amounting Rs.2.88 million as scholarship fee for 20 students payable in 04 in years.

The MoU was signed by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University and Mr. Ovais Asad Khan, EVP/Divisional Head (CSRD), NBP.

The representative of NPB also gave a cheque of year 2015 to Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh.


On the occasion Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh praised the role of NBP for the cause of education and said that in our country a large of students belonging to poor families, hence they need support from major financial institutions of the country, under CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility).


President of Pakistan Mr. Mamnoon Hussain addresses students, faculty and staff of Sindh Madressatul Islam University

24 December 2015

President of Pakistan Mr. Mamnoon Hussain has said that the young students should create hope among the masses of the country by following teachings of Founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Addressing the students, faculty and staff of Sindh Madressatul Islam University at the State Guest House, Karachi on Thursday, the President said that the students of SMIU, who belong to the Alma Mater of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah have a great responsibility to work for betterment of the country and support the development projects including Pak-China Economic Corridor, which will change the destiny of Pakistan in terms of development and prosperity.

The President of Pakistan said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University was working well, but there always remained room for betterment. Hence, its faculty, students and management should work hard to keep up the prestigious status of Sindh Madressatul Islam University due to its association with Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. "The emphasis should also be on research, and for that the faculty can carry out research in the country as well as abroad," the President said.

Stressing upon the faculty, the President of Pakistan said that besides imparting quality education to the younger generation, they should also provide them grounding in our moral value system, which was mostly lacking at present in the educational system of the country.

Mr. Mamnoon Hussain said he gave priority to education, health, art, literature and eradication of corruption. "Corruption has destroyed our country; hence we have to eradicate it. Without eradication of corruption from all departments, the country will not move forward," the President of Pakistan said and added that I always prefer to meet students, because they have to bring the change in the country.

Earlier, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University in his speech said that it was honour for him, the student, faculty and staff of SMIU that the honourable President of Pakistan had been kind to meet them.

He said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University has a uniqueness because of its association with founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, who not only received his early education from Sindh Madressatul Islam, but upgraded it from School to College in 1943 and also bequeathed one third of his last property through his Last Will.

Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that now the Alma Mater of the Quaid had become a university and was considered one of the best universities of country.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh also presented his books written on Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and history of Sindh to President of Pakistan.


SMIU Senate pays tribute to Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Mohtrama Benazir Bhutto

22 December 2015

The second meeting of the Senate of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) paid rich tributes to Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Mohtrama 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 Muhammad 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 Mohtrama 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.

Mohtrama 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 Muhammad 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.


SMIU awarded Top - Category in terms of quality by HEC

15 December 2015

Sindh Madressatul Islam University has been awarded the topmost "W" category in terms of quality of education by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC). "W" category was awarded to SMIU by HEC on the basis of multiple parameters including its evaluation of academic programmes.

It must be mentioned over here that Sindh Madressatul Islam University founded in 2012, is just three years old, but it has emerged as one the best universities of the country led by its Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh.

Sindh Madressatul Islam University is an Alma Mater of founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who had studied over here for longest period of his academic career from 1887 to 1892. He had great love and reverence for his Alma Mater, as a result he had bequeathed one third of his personal property to Sindh Madressatul Islam through his Last Will and also up grated it from school to college in 1943.

Now Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah's Alma Mater has reached to the highest level of success and playing significant role in imparting quality education to young generation of the country.

Consul General of Switzerland briefs students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University about "Local Government System in Switzerland"

07 December 2015

Consul General of Switzerland in Karachi Mr. Emil Wyss has said that Switzerland is 724 years old country, and also has an old democratic system, based on local governments. Delivering lecture on "Local Government System in Switzerland" at Sindh Madressatul Islam university's Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium on December 1, 2015, he said that Switzerland is a decentralized confederation, where 23 provinces exist. There are 2000 municipalities in the country, which play major role in development of the country. He said that in Switzerland, citizens can cast their vote through email, booth and in person.

Mr. Emil Wyss further said that although Switzerland has an old democracy, but it gave right to vote to its women in 1971. Now women are working in every field of life. He said that Switzerland was a centre of Europe, but it had its own political and local government system.

He further said that in Switzerland instead of conducting a census, local communities are collecting population data and on that basis resources are distributed and development works are carried out. He maintained that Switzerland's government has only nine ministers cabinet, and each minister was becoming president of the country, for one year, on rotation basis. "Our economy as well as sales tax collection system was very good," Swiss Consul General said.

Mr. Emil Wyss said that there was an 8 million population of Switzerland, where the unemployment rate was only 3 percent. He said that about 25 percent students moved to universities for higher education, the rest were giving preference to vocational education.

He said that Switzerland is hugely affected by global warming, and it is possible that there will be no snow in the country after 20 years. The world countries must work for better world environment. He also said that there was a huge influx of refugees of Syria and other countries, but the Swiss government handling it wisely.

Swiss Consul General also praised SMIU for its contribution in quality education and said that he will support collaboration between Sindh Madressatul Islam University and universities of Switzerland. He said that we can work together on students' exchange programme also.

Swiss Consul General further said that he had attended SMIU's 130th Foundation Day Celebration on 1st September 2015, observed at a local hotel and was impressed a lot from the presentations of SMIU students. Praising the hospitality of Pakistan's people, he said that Pakistan and Switzerland had similar natural beauty, so like Switzerland; Pakistan can also develop its tourism industry and attract a large number of tourists from all over the world.

Mr. Emil Wyss further said that he had been in Karachi for the last 16 months and had found the city most dynamic and has a great attraction for world tourists. He said that Karachi with a population of about 20 million people was considered as one of the biggest cities of the world and the big cities have more attraction for tourists and companies.

"Some attractive points and safety are needed for tourists over here and we are positively seeing the things, which are getting better in the city," Swiss Consul General said.

Earlier, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU in his welcome address said that Switzerland was an central country of Europe, where education system was also its best. Thus, there was a need of collaboration between Sindh Madressatul Islam University and the universities of Switzerland.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that Switzerland is the country of natural beauty, human values and precision. That is why; more than 20 Swiss persons have won Nobel Prizes so far. He said that we are trying to create opportunities for SMIU students to get international exposure. In this respect a 9 member group of SMIU students has visited UK recently and now another group of students is being going for national leadership training programme to China. After that some other students will be sent to Switzerland for academic visit.

"The students are selected on merit basis through competition," the Vice Chancellor of SMIU said. Later, question- answer session also held. Swiss Consul General also visited Jinnah Museum of SMIU.

"Council of Common Interests Model Debating Federalism Competition" held at Sindh Madressatul Islam University

02 December 2015

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has said that today the country needs the leadership that could understand issues and problems of Pakistan and its people and find their resolution.

Speaking at a "Council of Common Interests Model Debating Federalism Competition" held at the auditorium of Sindh Madressatul Islam University on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, Ms Humaira Alvani, former member of Sindh Assembly, said that the country needs well educated and talented leadership that can lead the country towards progress and prosperity. "Therefore, to achieve the goals we need devoted and honest leadership," she commented and suggested that Sindh Madressatul Islam University must take initiative to train future leaders of Pakistan.

Earlier, four groups of students i.e. Women Development Group, Education Group, Resources Group and Health and environment Group raised issues facing all the four provinces of Pakistan and said that without women empowerment, the country couldn't progress. Similarly, they suggested unified education system and equal educational opportunities for boys and girls and also basic health facilities to all the people of the country. Additionally, they demanded free education and set up of monitoring council for check of academic performance of all the four provinces. They demanded for opening of more girl schools in remote areas especially of Sindh and Balochistan.

The students said that the country was also facing environmental problems include deforestation and pollution, that could be resolved on emergency basis. The students said that all the provinces of the country have rich human as well as natural resources; hence there was a need of proper and equal utilization of the resources. Ms. Humaira Alvani, noted journalist Mr. Nasir Aijaz and SMIU's faculty member Mr. Zahid Islam were members of the jury of the debate competition.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU addresses Oath Taking Ceremony of SMIU's newly elected Students' Council

01 December 2015

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has said that SMIU was the first public sector University of Pakistan that has given opportunity to its students to form "Students' Government," after imposition of ban on students unions in the country.

Addressing the Oath Taking Ceremony of newly elected members of SMIU's Students' Council held in front of the Talpur House of the university on Tuesday, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that the elections of Students' Council, which is comprised of six different societies was a practical training of the students, that will design their leadership role in the future.

"Mohtrama Benazir Bhutto had become one of the great leaders of the world because she had remained president of the Debating Society at Oxford University, during her education over there," Dr Shaikh said and added that European universities were promoting intellectualism by giving democratic right to their students to participate in democratic process based on student unions and elect their representatives.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that our universities became graveyard of intellectual activism due to ban imposed on student unions, thirty years ago and the student organization were encouraged in universities, that acted on the agenda of their respective political parties, as a result they brought violence in the universities.

The vice chancellor of the Alma Mater of Father of the Nation said that, such violent culture got lives of many innocent students and created fear and undemocratic atmosphere in the universities. He said, on the contrary, SMIU has introduced Students' Government in the university and trying to produce the best future leadership.

"Sindh Madressatul Islam University was a land of leaders, as it produced Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Sir Abdullah Haroon, Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto, Sir Ghulam Hussain Hidayatullah and others," Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh while quoting Mr. Rafiuddin, the then member of Bombay Presidency said that he had also said during a session of the Bombay Presidency in 1936 that Sindh has two identities, one was that, it was the land of leaders and other one was that it was the land of sand."

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that Sindh's Indus Valley Civilization is also a proof of the fact that the people of this region were leading the world in many areas. So, he hopped that the newly elected office bearers of different societies as Science Society, Literary Society, Debating Society, Art Society, Community Service Society and Sports Society will work for betterment of SMI University, the country and its people.

Earlier, he administered oath to the newly elected members of the societies and congratulated them. Prof. Dr. Aurangzeb, Dean Management, Business Administration and Commerce of SMIU delivered his welcome address on the occasion.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh also gave shields to former office bearers of Students'Council and faculty members of SMIU.

Elections for Students' Council of Sindh Madressatul Islam University held

26 November 2015

Elections for Students' Council of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) for year 2015-16 held at premises of the university. Students of all the five departments of SMIU exercised their right to vote and elected representatives of six different societies that form Students' Council. The societies were: Science Society, Literary Society, Debating Society, Art Society, Community Service Society and Sports Society.

Following office bearers were elected for all the six societies: for Debating society Neha Altaf, (president), Pervez Ali (vice president), Hadeeqa (secretary) and Sumaira Aslam (treasure), for Art Society Hasnain Ali (president), Sumaira (vice president), Syed M. Adeel (secretary for male), Yusra Ali (secretary for female) and Gazain Khan (treasure), for Community Service Society Navin Kumar (president), Mahnoor Pervez (vice president), Muhammad Asad ( Secretary for male) Aafia (secretary for female) and Naveed Ahmed (treasure), for Literary Society Rebam Aslam (president), Ayesha Aslam (vice president), Rahemeen Akram (secretary) and Muhammad Ahmed Qureshi (treasure), for Science Society Fahad Patel (president), Wajib Khan (vice president), Hammad (secretary for male), Namra Mehmood (secretary for female) and Syed Shahroz Hassan (treasure) and for Sports Society Sharyar Khan (president), Muhammad Shahbaz Khan (vice president), Muhammad Sheraz Khan (secretary for male), Mahnoor Azhar (secretary for female) and Umair Khan (treasure).

SMIU was providing such opportunity to its students since 2014 to elect their representatives, who help in creating healthy atmosphere at the university through variety of creative co-curricular activities and support the students in their grooming as leaders of the future.

Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has congratulated the elected representatives of SMIU's Students' Council and hoped that they will play their positive role for betterment of Sindh Madressatul Islam University and also for students' community.

Inauguration Ceremony of SMIU Coffee House held

05 November 2015

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University, besides imparting quality equation to its students is providing space and opportunities to them for their intellectual development. The SMIU Coffee House is an addition to such facilities.

He said this at the inauguration ceremony of SMIU Coffee House held at SMIU Coffee House on Thursday, after inaugurating it. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that Coffee Houses of well reputed universities of European counties have remained engines for intellectual debates, discussions and development of their students. Following such tradition SMIU has also setup SMIU Coffee House.

He said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University is the first university of Pakistan that has established Coffee House for its students.

He said that the SMIU Coffee House has seating capacity of about 150 persons; initially it has opened with 72 seats. "We are providing basic facilities to our students for their intellectual grooming," the Vice Chancellor of SMIU said and hoped that students and faculty shall use this facility for discussing ideas regarding tolerance, enlightenment and social and economic development of the country.

The programme was attended by Deans of faculties, chairperson of different departments, Registrar, Director Finance and other officials. Earlier, Pir Muzaffar Ali Shah, Conservationist Architect of SMIU, presented welcome addresses and praised the role of Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU for his innovative ideas and hard work for betterment of the university.

Vice Chancellors of various universities and noted academicians talk on governance, financial sustainability, research and other subjects related to universities and higher education

16 October 2015

Prof. Dr. Javed Iqbal, Vice Chancellor, University of Balochistan, Quetta has said that Higher Education Commission should not be integrated in each province and the country must not establish its separate Higher Education Commission. Speaking at the technical sessions held on "Governance of Universities/ Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) and "Financial Sustainably of the Universities/Higher Educational Institutions," during the National Seminar on Higher Education in Pakistan: The Way Forward, he said that due to having different Higher Education Commissions in the country, quality of higher education will be destroyed. He said our universities were providing good quality education, hence instead of sending graduates to other parts of the world; we must encourage PhD and M.Phil study over here in our country.

Professor Dr. Dost Muhammad Baloch, Vice Chancellor, Lasbela University of Agriculture, District Lasbela said that sustainability comes with good governance. He said that governance of universities in each province is different. He said that good governance is related with financial sustainability.

Dr Akhtar Baloch, Vice Chancellor, Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University Lyari, Karachi said that governance is related to maintaining transparency and accountability in the universities.

Professor Mohammad Rais Alvi, Director KASBIT, Karachi said that without financial sustainability, it is very difficult to manage good governance. He said that the most universities are being run without financial assistance.

Professor Dr. Muhammad Haleem Khan, Vice Chancellor, Women University of AJK, Bagh, Muzaffarabad said that universities and their selection boards are not independent. He said that we instead of real universities are creating quantity of universities. Hence, universities must be independent in every way such as coordination and selection of faculty and students.

Dr. Javed Ashraf, Vice Chancellor, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad said that if we can improve quality education in existing universities then what would be purpose of establishing new universities in each district of the country. He said that many universities of the country have at least 35 years old equipments and other material, hence how can these impart quality education. He said that universities have limited sources, hence fees should be increased.

Dr Javed Ashraf said that the best way of quality research work is to hire faculty that have good research work on their credit. He said that good academic learning will lead to the best research. Hence, young faculty should be sent to the universities of other countries include USA, from where they can improve their research work qualities.

Dr Hamida Khuhro, noted historian while addressing the third technical session which was held on "Promotion of Quality Research" congratulated Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh for organizing this very important seminar. She said that the quality research work was not being carried out, hence without quality research work, we couldn't move forward.

Dr. Hamida Khuhro said that research was about to do something new. Also interest of students in research work should be developed from their school days, so they can become good researchers while reaching to the level of higher education. She said that the researchers should concentrate on local problems for their research.

Prof. Dr. Shahida Hasnain, Vice Chancellor the Women University, Multan, said that all universities are deprived of funds; hence we have no labs and other basic facilities at the universities. She said that we are not giving proper time to research work. She was of the view that the faculty was being selected on academic courses, but not on research work.

Dr. Muhammad Memon, Chairman, Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Hyderabad said that without research work, we could not survive. He said that there must be scholarships for research work in the country. He said that we need to have a national agenda and road map for research. He said that the regional partnership was available for research; hence we must utilize it and grab such opportunity.

Dr. Iqbal Panhwar said that without research we can't do progress. He said that outdated curriculum must be changed, while the pattern of doing M.Phil and PhD is also abusing.

Mr. Fazlullah Pechuho, Secretary Education and Literacy, Government of Sindh while addressing the last technical session held on the subject of "Perspective from Pakistan's International Partners in Education" said that with restoration of law and order situation in Pakistan, our country will emerge as a force in education and economy in the world. He said that Sindh government has launched many educational programmes with the help of donor countries. Among these programmes are Community Mobilization Programme and Public – Private Partnership that will support in brining reforms in education sector.

The provincial education secretary further said that teachers cannot manage administrative affairs of schools; hence administration and teaching cadre have been separated from each other. Now managers and directors will look after the administrative matters of educational institutes.

Consul General of Russia Mr. Oleg N. Avdeev in his speech said that research and higher teaching are a great source of Pakistan, but it requires more practical touch and establishment of more educational institutions in Pakistan. He said that there was only one university in Karachi that has singed MoU with Russia. He offered SMIU to send a batch of its students to study for few months in Russia. "These exchanges could be very fruitful as we have space research and technology, hence they can benefit from it. He said that we are working with Pakistan on these lines to establish linkages between both countries and we are offering ten free scholarships to Pakistan's students.

Ms. Rita Akhtar, Executive Director United States Education Foundation, Islamabad, Pakistan said that during current year Karachi has got more Fulbright Scholarships. She said that in the year of 2005 there were just 10 to 20 students of Pakistan who had availed said scholarships, now its number has been increased. She said Pakistan's students should be encouraged to get US degrees. Besides it, there were many other scholarships for education in USA, so Pakistan's students should avail such opportunities.

Ms. Sarah Parvez, Head of Higher Education, British Council Pakistan said that British Council was working in 110 countries of the world, and it was working with Pakistan since 1948. She said that the British Council was collaborating with many universities in Pakistan and wanted to give an international perceptive to Pakistan's universities. She said we were engaged in learning and training of Pakistan's students and teachers.

Mr. Lars Bergmeyer, Director, DAAD Information Center Islamabad said that research in universities was very important for economic development. He said that there were many scholarship holders of Pakistan, who got education and training from Germany and now serving their own country Pakistan. He further said that we all should strive for academic freedom, understating and to develop research in this scenario.

Talking in a session held on "Improving the Teaching and Learning Environment," Mohtrama Shahnaz Wazir Ali, President, SZABIST, Karachi said that institutions are build on quality education. She said knowledge skills were needed for research; hence we proactively should promote these areas.

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Aslam Uqaili, Vice Chancellor, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, said that there was a need to provide quality training to teachers. He said our country has many sources, but we were lacking behind in quality of higher education. Hence, we have to improve quality of our higher education.

Dr. Zahoor Ahmad Swati, Vice Chancellor, The University of Agriculture, Peshawar said that higher education in the country can be improved through competent and committed teachers. "Teachers should be role models for their students, and teachers should engage their students in creativity and research work," he said.

Prof. Nisar Ahmed Siddiqui, Director, Institute of Business Administration, Sukkur said that the higher education was considered as a tool for economic growth in a country. He said the government, academia and industry can jointly bring change in the higher education.

All the six technical sessions were followed by Question-Answer sessions also.

Concluding session

Dr Sikandar Ali Mandhro, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Environment and Cooperation Government of Sindh has said that universities are backbone of the Nation, thus, we can solve problems of our country through education. Similarly, knowledge is important to reduce curse of ignorance. He said this while speaking at the concluding session of "National Seminar on Higher Education in Pakistan: The Way Forward."

Dr. Mandhro said that resources of universities must be developed, that will benefit people of the country. He said that young generation must become exemplary citizens and that objective can be achieved through quality education. He also said that the federal as well as provincial governments should provide funds to the universities. He said vice chancellors, serving at different universities, can guide the governments in respect of financial and other related matters and we will follow their advices.

Mr. Shah Jahan Khan, Coordinator to Chief Minister Sindh said that more attention should be paid to universities for progress of the country. He said that more quality people should be produced for development of the country. He said if we want developed and harmonious country, then we must give priority to quality higher education.

Vice chancellors of difference universities also gave their concluding remarks during the session and said that higher education should be on priority of federal as well as provincial governments and their financial matters should be resolved.

In the end Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, the host of the event and vice chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University once again thanked to the honorable guests, and wished that the higher authorizes will act upon the suggestions given by the speakers in the seminar. On this occasion he gave customary gifts as Ajrak and shields to the guests.

National Seminar on Higher Education in Pakistan: The Way Forward

16 October 2015


Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Sindh's Minister for Education and Literacy has said that higher education was necessary for nation's progress and development. Hence, more universities should be opened in the country, especially in Sindh, where only 50 universities working in public and private sector, can't fulfill needs of huge population of the province. He said this while addressing inaugural session of "National Seminar on Higher Education in Pakistan: The Way Forward," which was organized by Sindh Madressatul Islam University at a local hotel on Friday, October 16, 2015.

Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said that we were not in favour of mushroom growth of universities in public and private sector, but there was a need of quality universities in Pakistan and Sindh province. The provincial education minister while emphasizing on merit based selection of students and faculty, said that we must concentrate on research. The distance learning was also a one way for getting education that should not be discouraged. He also said that after passage of 18th amendment the provinces were allowed to establish their own Higher Education Commissions, and now Sindh has its fully functional Higher Education Commission. He further said that our universities need funding, quality, encouragement and good faculty and students.

Mr. Khuhro said that Pakistan was doing well in education sector, but when we compare our universities with the universities of other countries, we feel that we must move forward in this respect. He said that there were more opportunities of higher education in Pakistan; hence we have to concentrate on quality of higher education in the country.

He also congratulated Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University on organizing this more important seminar.

Ms. Sharmila Farooqui, Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sindh said that Pakistan was confronting with an issue of quality of higher education. Hence, there should be merit based selection of faculty and students. She said that the enough funds should be allocated for scholarships for students. Also endowment fund should be set up for research work by faculty. She said that there was a continuous need of reviewing our syllabus. She also said that SMIU must open its campuses in other cities of Sindh like Sukkur, Larkana and other cities to provide quality education to poor students, who could not come to Karachi.

Mr. Mazharul Haq Siddiqui, former Vice Chancellor of University of Sindh said that human resources are very important for development of any country, while higher education is equally important for any nation's progress. He said that we must give importance to our primary education, thereafter, higher education could be improved. He said we were far below in investment in education sector and that was only 2 percent, hence education budget must be increased and more universities be opened specially in rural areas of Sindh, as almost all universities were situated in urban areas.

Earlier, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University in his welcome address extended his deepest gratitude to the guests especially vice chancellors who came from other provinces of Pakistan. He said that main objective of holding this seminar was to discuss the issues related to universities and higher education in Pakistan and find ways to move forward. He said that this was a first seminar of its kind that SMIU has organized in the country. Dr Shaikh said that we must think on it why majority of our universities was not generating good results. He said that there were weaknesses of our higher education system. This is why; only one person - Dr Abdul Salam had received Nobel Prize so far. He said that outdated syllabus and politicization of teachers and students were among the problems facing universities. Hence, we must focus on quality of our higher education.


Sindh Madressatul Islam University organizing National Seminar on Higher Education in Pakistan: The Way Forward on 16th October

08 October 2015


Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) is organizing a "National Seminar on Higher Education in Pakistan: The Way Forward" on 16th October 2015 at a local hotel in where vice chancellors from all over Pakistan, other distinguished academics and other stakeholders will discuss on variety of subjects and issues related to higher education in Pakistan.

In this regard a meeting of senior management, deans and chairpersons of SMIU was held at Seminar Hall of the university on Thursday, which was chaired by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor Sindh Madressatul Islam University. In the meeting, arrangements were reviewed and names of guests and panelists were finalized.

According to the details, besides inaugural and concluding sessions, there would be six technical sessions. Proceedings of the seminar will start from 9.00 am and will continue up to 6.00 pm. Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Sindh's Minister for Education and Literacy, Ms. Sharmila Farooqui, Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sindh and Mr. Mazharul Haq Siddiqui, former Vice Chancellor University of Sindh, Jamshoro will address the inaugural session, while Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU will present welcome address.

Then the first technical session will start from 11.00 am on the theme of "Governance of Universities/ Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs)." It will be chaired by Dr. Javed Ashraf, Vice Chancellor, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. Among the panelists would be Prof. Ajmal Khan, Vice Chancellor, Islamia College University Peshawar, Professor Dr. Dost Muhammad Baloch, Vice Chancellor, Lasbela University of Agriculture, District Lasbela, Balochistan, Dr. Akhtar Baloch, Vice Chancellor, Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University Lyari, Karachi and Dr Nilofer Shaikh, former Vice Chancellor, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur Mirs.

Second technical session would be on "Financial Sustainably of the Universities/Higher Educational Institutions." It will be chaired by Mr. Iqbal Hussain Durrani, Secretary to Chief Minister Sindh for Boards and Universities in Sindh, while Prof. Dr. Javed Iqbal, Vice Chancellor, University of Balochistan, Quetta, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor Sindh Madressatul Islam University, Professor Dr. Muhammad Haleem Khan, Vice Chancellor, Women University of AJK, Bagh, Muzaffarabad and Professor Mohammad Rais Alvi, Director KASBIT, Karachi will be among the panelists.

Third technical session would be on "Promotion of Quality Research," and will be chaired by Dr. Hamida Khuhro, noted historian and former Minister for Education, Sindh. Among the panelists would be Dr. Javed Ashraf, Vice Chancellor, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali Shah, Vice Chancellor Government College University, Faisalabad, Prof. Dr. Shahida Hasnain, Vice Chancellor The Women University, Multan and Dr. Muhammad Memon, Chairman, Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Hyderabad.

Fourth technical session would be on "Improving the Teaching and Learning Environment," and it will be chaired by Mohtrama Shahnaz Wazir Ali, President, SZABIST, Karachi. Among the panelists would be Prof. Dr. Muhammad Aslam Uqaili, Vice Chancellor, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, Dr. Zahoor Ahmad Swati, Vice Chancellor, The University of Agriculture, Peshawar and Prof. Nisar Ahmed Siddiqui, Director, Institute of Business Administration, Sukkur.

Fifth technical session would be on "Future of Distance learning Programmes." It will be presided over by Dr. Abdul Wahab, President, Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, while Dr. Shahid Siddiqui, Vice Chancellor, Allama Iqbal Open University, Dr. Mujeeb-u-ddin Memon, Vice Chancellor, Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam, Dr Zia ul Qayyum, Vice Chancellor, University Of Gujrat and Engr. Prof. Dr. Malik Akhtar Ali, Vice Chancellor NFC Institute of Engineering and Technology, Multan, would be among the panelists.

The sixth and last technical session would be on "Perspective from Pakistan's International Partners in Education." It will be chaired by Dr Fazlullah Pechuho, Secretary Education and Literacy, Government of Sindh. Among the panelists would be Mr. Hadi Santoso, Consul General, Indonesian Consulate General, Mr. Oleg N. Avdeev, Consul General of Russia in Karachi and Ms. Rita Akhtar, Executive Director United States Education Foundation, Islamabad, Pakistan.

The concluding session would be chaired by Dr Sikandar Mandhro, Provincial Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Environment and Cooperation, while a set of Vice Chancellors from various provinces shall give concluding remarks.


Sindh Madressatul Islam University observed Pink Ribbon Day

07 October 2015

Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) observed Pink Ribbon Day on Wednesday at its campus. In this respect an awareness programme was held at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium of SMIU, which was presided over by Ms. Shaista M. Ali and was attended by female faculty, staff members and girl students of SMI University and SMIU Model School, in a large number.


Addressing the programme speakers highlighted importance of Pink Ribbon Day, which was related to the breast cancer and stressed upon girl students to create awareness among women about breast cancer, which was a big threat to women's lives in the country.

Ms. Shaista M. Ali advised that women should be more conscious about the reasons of breast cancer and must avoid the reasons causing breast cancer.

Dr. Nausheen Shah, Campus Medical Officer of SMIU in her presentation said that there was a lack of health knowledge among women; hence it was a responsibility of literate women to educate their illiterate sisters about health issues and problems.

On this occasion a poster competition was also held at SMIU, in which girl students of SMIU participated. SMIU's girl students gave a strong message about the breast cancer through their posters displayed in corridor of the Main Building of SMIU.


Later on, Ms. Shaista M. Ali along with Dr Nausheen Shah and Prof. Dr. Syeda Dawood, Advisor Students' Affairs, distributed certificates and shields among the girl students of SMIU.


All Pakistan Study Tour of Sindh Madressatul Islam University Students

5th October 2015

The selected students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University, selected through competitive process, shall visit various cities of Pakistan on their study tour during the semester break in January 2016. In this regard, first round of competition has already taken place and 30 students (16 female and 14 male) have been selected.

In the second round, the students of Masters Programs i.e. MS, MBA etc. as well as the final year students of undergraduate programs (7th and 8th Semesters) shall be eligible to compete, provided their GPA and CGPA is above 2.5.

There shall be a written test, comprising of following three components, tentatively on 14th November 2015 for the second round:

a) English Composition and Essay Writing
b) Objective type General Knowledge
c) Précis Writing

The students who shall qualify in the above test shall be called for interviews and due weightage shall be given to their public speaking skills, sports achievements or any other co-curricular activity in which they excelled like painting, photography, singing, music, prose, poetry etc.

The interested students are advised to register their names with Mr. Furqan Iftikhar, Manager Research Operations (ORIC) on email: fiftikhar@smiu.edu.pk latest by 15th October 2015, with a copy endorsed to the Controller of Examinations. The names of the eligible candidates for the test will be notified in due course of time.


Mr. Oleg N. Avdeev, Consul General of Russian Federation in Karachi visited SMIU and addressed faculty and students of the university

01 October 2015


Mr. Oleg N. Avdeev, Consul General of Russian Federation in Karachi has said that Russian Federation offers 10 scholarships to Pakistan's students for free education in Russian Federation annually, but due to unawareness among the students of Pakistan, most scholarships are un availed. He said this while addressing faculty and students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium of SMIU on Thursday.

The Russian Consul General said that there was no agreement between Pakistan and Russia about cooperation in the field of education. Therefore, we should do something in this regards and find ways of cooperation and collaboration in various fields of education including exchange of faculty and students and also in the area of research between the two counties and Sindh Madressatul Islam University can lead in this regard.

Mr. Oleg N. Avdeev further said that there was a need of collaboration and cooperation between SMIU and other universities of Pakistan and Russian universities and that act will prove beginning of a new era between the two countries. The Russian Consul General said that here are great opportunities of education, trade, commerce, industry, medicine and information technology in Russian Federation.

He said that these two countries have become very close in bilateral relations, which are being strengthened day by day. "We are working on joint projects including a pipeline from Karachi to Lahore and establishment of two power plants: one at Guddu in Sindh and other one at Muzzafargrah in Punjab. Besides these projects, Russia is also assisting Pakistan in gas and oil exploration," Consul General of Russian Federation informed.

He said that we are improving the climate of bilateral relations between two countries and in this regard Mr. Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan, a delegation of businessmen of Pakistan and other officials visited Russia recently, and these visits were helping to find the ways of cooperation between Pakistan and Russia. He also said that these two countries have too come very close on burning international issues.

Mr. Oleg N. Avdeev said that in near future we see better relations between Pakistan and Russia. Besides government to government contacts there was a need of people to people contact between these two countries.

Earlier Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University in his welcome address welcomed Mr. Oleg N. Avdeev, on his visit to SMIU and said that Pakistan and Russia have good friendly relations spread over decades. "No one country was willing to transfer technology to Pakistan, but it was the then Soviet Union (to which Russia was a part) not only assisted Pakistan in setting up of Steel Mills in but also transferred its technology to Pakistan," Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said.

He further stated that there was a need of cooperation between Pakistan and Russian Federation in field of education. He said that the visit of Consul General of Russian Federation to SMIU will result in dawn of a new era of cooperation and collaboration between Sindh Madressatul Islam University and Russian universities.

The speech of the guest was followed by question answer session. Later on, Mr. Oleg N. Avdeev visited Jinnah Museum of SMIU and praised the relics of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan, Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi, founder of SMIU and other old students and also old record of the institution, preserved at the museum.


Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh addresses Certificate Distribution Ceremony at SMIU

17 September 2015



Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University believes in quality performance of its employees, this is why; it was continuously organizing training programmes and refreshing courses for its teaching and non- teaching cadre.

He said this on Thursday while speaking at a Certificate Distribution Ceremony, organized by SMIU after completion of 3- day Indigenous On-Campus Training held for SMIU's non- teaching staff with collaboration of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. About 35 non-teaching staff of 15 departments of SMIU participated in it.

Before it, SMIU had also been organized trainings for its faculty with collaboration of British Council and Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that trainings are necessary for personal grooming of employees, which ultimately benefit the institution by their increased performance and skills. The Vice Chancellor of SMIU advised the employees who got training that they must improve their performance and prove themselves as an asset for the university.

Prof. Dr Aurangzeb, Dean Department of Business Administration and Ms. Uzma Batool, Deputy Registrar, who were also coordinators of the training programme, also spoke on the occasion. Later on, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh distributed certificates among participants of the training progrmme.


Mr. Fazlullah Pechuho, Secretary Education delivers lecture on State of Education in Sindh at Sindh Madressatul Islam University

15 September 2015

Mr. Fazlullah Pechuho, Secretary Education and Literacy Department, Government of Sindh has said that the Education Department has taken revolutionary steps for improvement in education system in Sindh by introducing Biometric System and separation of management cadre from education cadre as teaching staff can't mange education system properly.

He said this while delivering lecture on "State of Education in Sindh" on Tuesday at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU).

Mentioning changes brought in the department Mr. Fazlullah Pechuho said that the Sindh Education Department has enrolled a large number of teaching and non teaching staff members through Biometric System, while more than 2200 Monitors for teachers' attendance are being hired to ensure attendance of teachers in schools. In addition to it, the Sindh Education Department is also working on scanning and archiving one hundred and fifty thousand files of employees of the department aimed at digitalizing official record. He further said that a mobile complaint system has also introduced, that can be helpful in improvement of education system.

Mr. Pechuho said that 2000 head masters are also being recruited on merit basis. "In the last three years no single teacher has been recruited on chit, and all the 15000 teachers have been recruited through NTS system and the donors had too testified their merit," Mr. Pechuho said.

He said that the Sindh government is spending 15000 to 18000 rupees per child enrolled in a public sector school, annually, but the private schools are spending approximately 900 rupees per child, while there is no difference in quality of education in both the private and public sector primary schools. Private schools also pay less than 50 percent salaries to their teachers than the teachers of public sector schools. Hence the private schools should increase salaries of teachers, not fees of students.

He also said that the USAID is spending a huge amount on education in Sindh and 120 most modern schools are also being established in Sindh, which will be run through Education Management System. He said that for this management system Rs500million have been allocated. The Sindh Education Secretary said that curriculum is also being reviewed. After 18th Amendment, the Government of Sindh has established its Curriculum Wing, which earlier was a federal subject.

Mr. Pechuho said English language is essential for individual as well as national progress and Urdu, Sindhi and other languages should also be taught. "In today's global village we can't live in isolation," he said and added that people should own schools of their respective areas as our ancesters were doing in the past. In such a way we can improve our education system.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University in his speech welcomed the Education Secretary at SMIU and said that education is a more important area that can make or destroy a nation. Because quality of human resources is important for any nation's progress and development.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that he had also served the Sindh Education Department as a Director General of Colleges some time ago; hence he was fully aware about the problems facing Sindh Education Department including curriculum, absentees and ghost teachers.

On this occasion Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh gave books written by him, to Mr. Fazlullah Pechuho. The lecture was followed by question – answer session.

The Education Secretary also visited Jinnah Museums and other sections of SMIU.


Vice Chancellors of Sindh Madressatul Islam University and Allama Iqbal Open University agreed on mutual cooperation between two universities

14 September 2015

Dr Shahid Siddiqui, Vice Chancellor of Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad (AIOU) has said that AIQU and Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) will cooperate with each other in the field of education and research and will share their resources for cause of quality education in the country.

Addressing the faculty members of SMIU at Junagarh Hall of the university on Monday, the Vice Chancellor of AIOU said that it was his first visit to SMIU, which has a historic significance being an Alma Mater of founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. "I felt proud while passing through the corridors, where the Quaid had walked during his period of study over here. Even the faculty of SMIU is also privileged as it was serving here," Vice Chancellor of AIOU commented.

He further said that AIOU was publishing eight research journals, hence, SMIU faculty can also contribute their research works. He said that if the research work can't benefit our society and under privileged people, then it has no importance.

Praising the role of Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU played for development of the institution, the Vice Chancellor of AIOU Dr Shahid Siddiqui said that Dr Shaikh has performed a marvelous role by elevating a school to the level of university. He has great leadership qualities and he always thinks about progress and development of SMIU and its contacts with national and international universities.

Talking about literacy rate in the country, Dr Shahid Siddiqui said at the time of Independence, there was only 19 percent literacy rate in Pakistan, now it has reached to 60 percent. Despite that we have to spread education even to the down trodden classes and remote areas of the country.

He said that AIOU is imparting education to 1.3 million students all over the country and it was a great vision of Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, who introduced distance learning in 1974 by establishing AIOU, while the world is coming to the same idea of distance learning now. He said that the main objective of AIOU is to provide quality education to financially poor students on their door steps.

Earlier, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU said that the cooperation between SMIU and AIOU is pertinent for quality education in the country. He said that among these two institutions one carries name of Allama Muhammad Iqbal and other university is an Alma Mater of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, hence these two universities must come closer to each other, which will be a great national service.

On the occasion, a Question-Answer session also held. Prior to it, Mr. Shahid Siddiqui visited Jinnah Museum, TV and FM Radio Stations of SMIU and other sections and appreciated the administration of SMIU for providing such modern supporting facilities to its students.


Interview Of Successful Students For National Tour.

Result of the Comprehensive Examination (Short Courses) Conducted on 28th August 2015.

01. Under mentioned 40 Male and 40 Female Students have been successful in the Comprehensive Examination (Short Courses):

Male

S.No Name Student ID Department
1 Huzaifa 13EN01 Environmental Sciences
2 Ahsan Khan 15SBSCS03 Computer Science
3 Fahad Patel 12CS32 Computer Science
4 Noor Ul Haq 14CS49 Computer Sciences
5 Syed Farhad Anwer 13MD14 Media Studies
6 Syed Atif Raza 12CS14 Computer Science
7 Yousuf Raza 15SBSCS71 Computer Science
8 Muhammad Danial 12CS44 Computer Science
9 Usama 13MD02 Media Studies
10 Rehan Ahmed 14CS51 Computer Sciences
11 Muhammad Assad Ali 15SBSCS37 Computer Science
12 Asad Iqbal 13CS04 Computer Sciences
13 Rizwan Ahmed 14CS54 Computer Sciences
14 Junaid Abid 12BU05 Business Administration
15 Junaid Ali Warsi 12CS31 Computer Science
16 Shaharyar Khan 12CS05 Computer Science
17 Umair Khan 12CS13 Computer Science
18 Wasif Ali Shar 12BU45 Business Administration
19 Syed Fouzan Ahmed 15SBSCS62 Computer Science
20 Abdul Muneeb Zahid 13CS11 Computer Sciences
21 Usama 15SBU52 Business Administration
22 Umar Usman Zaidi 13MD01 Media Studies
23 Nadir Ahmed 13BU14 Business Administration
24 Arshman Naseer 12MD07 Media Studies
25 Muhammad Mubashir 15SBU31 Business Administration
26 Muhammad Shoaib 15SBSCS47 Computer Science
27 Hasnain Ali 12MD15 Media Studies
28 Muhammad Saqib Khan 12MD01 Media Studies
29 Mohabbat Ali 13BU03 Business Administration
30 Danish Khan 15SBSCS12 Computer Science
31 Osama Imran 15SBSCS52 Computer Science
32 Sumeer Khalid 12BU34 Business Administration
33 Syed Taimoor Ahmed 14CS68 Computer Sciences
34 Ikram Rasool 14BU16 Business Administration
35 Mohsin Abbas 12BU17 Business Administration
36 Syed Athar Ali Shah 15SBSMD14 Media Studies
37 Talha Nasim 15SBSCS66 Computer Science
38 Navin Kumar 12BU44 Business Administration
39 Muhammad Maaz Ijaz 13BU12 Business Administration
40 Dost Muhammad 15SBSCS14 Computer Science

Female

S.No Name Student ID Department
41 Sehar Aslam 13BU02 Business Administration
42 Munza Abro 12EN10 Environmental Sciences
43 Sadaf Ghori 13MD11 Media Studies
44 Kanwal Iqbal 12CS07 Computer Science
45 Rebam Aslam 13BU06 Business Administration
46 Hafiza Alia 12CS16 Computer Science
47 Sumaira Aslam 12BU02 Business Administration
48 Rimsha Kanwal 13BU01 Business Administration
49 Ayesha Aslam 13BU08 Business Administration
50 Faiza 12BU11 Business Administration
51 Rozeena Sindhu 12ED01 Education
52 Saima 15SBU38 Business Administration
53 Rahemeen Ikram 13BU07 Business Administration
54 Aafia 14BU01 Business Administration
55 Khushbo Rizwan 12MD11 Media Studies
56 Ayesha Atique 12BU27 Business Administration
57 Hina Rao 12BU39 Business Administration
58 Faiza 13ED01 Education
59 Kiran 14CS21 Computer Sciences
60 Umaima 15SBU50 Business Administration
61 Hadeeqa 14BU11 Business Administration
62 Qarina Mehboob 12MD16 Media Studies
63 Yusra 14BU47 Business Administration
64 Hiba Shah 15SBU18 Business Administration
65 Syeda Qandeel Zehra 15SBSMD15 Media Studies
66 Maria 12ED03 Education
67 Halima Agha 12ED02 Education
68 Saher Khan 14CS55 Computer Sciences
69 Falak Nawaz 12BU41 Business Administration
70 Namra 13CS01 Computer Sciences
71 Saleha 13BU04 Business Administration
72 Maliha 14BU21 Business Administration
73 Misbah Iqbal 12MD12 Media Studies
74 Zobia Kanwal 13CS15 Computer Sciences
75 Wajeeha Shahid 14BU46 Business Administration
76 Rida Ali 14CS52 Computer Sciences
77 Faiza Riaz 15SBSMD03 Media Studies
78 Saba Khalil 13BU16 Business Administration
79 Aliza Batool 15SBU06 Business Administration
80 Arhama Afif 15SBSCS08 Computer Science

02. The above mentioned students are to appear for interview beforeSelection Committee.

03. Some marks have been allocated for Interview which will be added in the Comprehensive Examination. These marks will be given on the basis of their participation in Co-Curricular activities consisting of the following:

  1. Sports
  2. Debates/Declamation
  3. Photo Competition
  4. Mushaira
  5. Theatre
  6. Singing
  7. Community Services etc

4. Students are to produce proofs of participation in these activities during interview.

5. Interviews will be held in the Conference Room and dates of interviews for the Students are as follows:

STUDENTS FROM SERIAL NO. DATE DAY TIMINGS
Serial No. 01 - 26 16-9-2015 Wednesday 3:00pm (Sharp)
Serial No. 27 - 54 17-9-2015 Thursday 3:00pm (Sharp)
Serial No. 55 - 80 18-9-2015 Friday 3:00pm (Sharp)

6. On the basis of the interview and their performance in the Comprehensive Examination, Selection Committee will select only 20 Male Students out of 40 and 20 Female Students out 40 thereby the Final Selection of only 40 Students (20 Male + 20 Female) will be made.


Sindh Madressatul Islam University and NED University signed MoU

09 September 2015

Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NED University of Engineering and Technology, on Wednesday at SMIU's Conference Room.

The MoU was signed by Dr Tasneem Ahmed, Director Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) of SMIU and Dr Syed Mehmood Hussain, Director ORIC of NED University. Both the universities will collaborate in education, research and commercialization with each other.

It would be important to mention here that SMIU had earlier signed MoUs with seven Chinese universities and also collaborating with five UK universities in the field of education, training and duel degree programme. Besides, SMIU has signed MoUs with Pakistan's universities including Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University, Islamabad, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University, Peshawar, Sardar Bahadur Khan Women's University, Quetta, Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi and others.

Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU while referring collaborations with national and international universities has said that besides establishing close relations with domestic universities, SMIU's has entered in its global academic role. This is why; it was emerged as a world class university.

Dr Shaikh has further said that SMIU is sending its 20 students to China for one semester in February 2016, while it is also going to establish its an offshore campus in Colombo, Sri Lanka with the help of Government of Pakistan.


SMIU organizes Orientation Day

05 September 2015



Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) while welcoming the newly admitted students at Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has said that SMIU is like a river of learning, where newly admitted students have now been reached. Hence, it is their responsibility to equally benefit from this place of opportunities.

Addressing the Orientation Day organized by SMIU at its Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium on Saturday he said that the newly admitted students have great responsibilities, being the fellow students of founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.



"Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Jinnah was admitted at SMI like you and he had also used to sit in this auditorium, in classrooms and walk into corridors and ground of the institute, as you will go through it, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said and added that this elevation of your career, will go with you throughout your life. Hence, if you work hard, you will make proud to us, your family and your country also.

He said that SMIU has world class facilities for its students and it follows merit based system in admissions as well as sending students to foreign visits as recently a group of 9 students of SMIU had gone to UK with cooperation of British Council. "In month of January 2016, a group of 20 students will go to China for six months for learning and training purpose," the Vice Chancellor said.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh advised the students to follow the principles of time management, which is key factor to achieve something in life. "Proper usage of time makes different to human beings from each other, as the nature has given equal time to all, without any difference of colour, creed, religion and physical appearance," he said.

Earlier, Dean of Department of Business Administration Prof. Dr Aurangzeb, Dean of IT Department Prof. Dr. Syed Asif Ali, Chairperson Department of Computer Science Mr. Abdul Hafeez, Chairperson Department of Business Administration Dr Riaz Soomro, Chairperson Department of Media Studies and Social Sciences Ms. Ambreen Fazal, Chairperson Department of Environmental Sciences Ms Nargis Akhtar, Chairperson Department of Education Dr Shaista Naz, Registrar Gulzar Ahmed Mughal, Director Quality Enhancement Cell Dr Tasneem Ahmed, Controller of Examinations Mr. Zafar Hameed, Director IT Mr . Shah Mohammad Butt, Director Finance Mr. Ghulam Ali Surhio, Librarian Ms. Samreen Gul and Dr. Syeda Dawood introduced their departments and staff working there.

Documentaries about SMIU were also screened on the occasion.


Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Chief Minister Sindh, foreign diplomats and Vice Chancellor SMIU Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh addressed 130th Foundation Day Anniversary of Sindh Madressatul Islam University held on 1st September 2015



Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Mr. Chad Peterson, Acting U.S. Consul General in Mr. Robin Devies, Director British Council, Mr. Olig Avdeer, Russian Consul General in Mr. Hadi Santoso, Indonesian Consul General in Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University, Mr. Emil Wyss, Consul General of Switzerland in Mr. Akhtar Baloch, Vice Chancellor of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University Lyari and Dr Abdul Wahab, Vice Chancellor of Muhammad Ali Jinnah University addressing 130th Foundation Day Anniversary of SMIU at a local.


Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that Sindh Madressatul Islam was established by a visionary person Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi on the time when Sindh was backward in modern education. Therefore, Sindh Madressatul Islam was second great Muslim educational institution after Aligarh Muslim University in subcontinent. He said this while addressing the 130th Foundation Day Anniversary of Sindh Madressatul Islam University celebrated at a local hotel by Sindh Madressatul Islam University on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. He said that today we must pay tribute to Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi, who was behind the establishment of this great institution.

Syed Qaim Ali Shah further said that SMIU has flourished through the times and now it is working as a best university of the country due to efforts of its vice chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh. "Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh was the first man, who convinced me to elevate Sindh Madressatul Islam to the level of university," the CM Sindh said and added that Dr Shaikh had argued that Sindh Madressatul Islam would be a different university from other public sector universities in Sindh and now it really has emerged as a different university in Sindh in terms of its international linkages, quality of teaching and learning.

Talking about 130 years old historic building of SMIU, Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that after passage of 130 years, this beautiful building has been maintained very well by administration of the university.


He hoped that in future he would see Sindh Madressatul Islam University one of the best universities not only of Pakistan but of the world.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Chad Peterson, Acting U.S. Consul General in Karachi congratulated SMIU's Vice Chancellor, its faculty and students on 130th anniversary of SMIU. He said that the US extends support to Pakistan in education sector. He also said US was providing Fulbright Scholarships and need based scholarships to the students of Pakistan in a larger number. Mr. Robin Devies, Director British Council for Sindh and Balochistan said that SMIU was a marvelous institution; therefore, he was happy to participate in its 130th anniversary. He also appreciated the services of SMIU's Vice Chancellor as well as the presentations given by SMIU's nine students, who recently visited UK under the Future Leadership Programmae, jointly sponsored by SMIU and British Council.

Mr. Hadi Santoso, Indonesian Consul General in Karachi in his speech said that it was an honour for him to be there on the 130th anniversary of SMIU, which has moto of "Enter to learn and go forth to serve." Mr. Hadi said he hoped that SMIU will strive to continue its educational services nationally and internationally, in future. Lauding the brotherly relations of these two brother countries, Indonesia and Pakistan the Indonesian Consul General said that Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had supported Indonesia's War of Independence in 1945.

"After creation of Pakistan, Pakistan had sent its 600 soldiers to Indonesia and among these, 500 had been martyred and one hundred survived," he said and added that similarly, during the Indo- Pak war of 1965, Indonesia had offered military assistance to Pakistan. He congratulated vice chancellor SMIU and faculty and students of SMIU on 130th Foundation Day of the institution.



Mr. Olig Avdeer, Russian Consul General in Karachi said that as SMIU was providing quality education to the younger generations of Sindh, hence Russian Federation also wanted that SMIU and Russian universities should cooperate with each other in the field of learning and training. Mr. Emil Wyss, Consul General of Switzerland in Karachi said that the efforts of the people related to this institution made its 130 years long journey possible. He wished that after Noble Laureate Abdul Salam, the next Nobel laureate will come from Sindh Madressatul Islam University. He also extended cooperation to SMIU on behalf of Swiss universities.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University in his presentation on the subject of "Past, Present and Future of Sindh Madressatul Islam University" said that SMIU through its 130 years of service has produced a large number of great leaders including Founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. He also highlighted the role and successes of present day SMIU.

Talking about the international linkages he said that SMIU has signed agreements with seven Chinese universities and was also working on collaboration with UK universities as well as other countries. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh also said the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan is supporting SMIU for opening its offshore campus in Colombo (Sri Lanka); hence government of Sindh should initially provide seed money for the project.

Mr. Akhtar Baloch, Vice Chancellor of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University Lyari and Dr Abdul Wahab, Vice Chancellor of Muhammad Ali Jinnah University also highlighted the role of SMIU played in modern education in the region. Earlier, students of SMIU who visited UK also shared their experiences and observations through their presentations. A documentary on SMIU, prepared by SMIU students was also screened on the occasion.


Prof. Dr. Asif Ali, Dean of SMIU's Department of Computer Science presented welcome address. In the last, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh and other prominent personalities and foreign diplomats performed the cake cutting ceremony.

The ceremony was attended by a large number of foreign diplomats, academicians, intellectuals and prominent personalities of the country including spouse of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, provincial minister Dr Sikandar Mandhro, Consul General of South Korea Dr. Kim Dong Gi, Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh Noor-e-Helal Saifur Rehman, distinguished historian of Pakistan Dr. Hamida Khuhro, MNA Mr. Ghous Bux Mahar, Justice (retd.) Hamid Ali Mirza, Justice (retd.) Agha Rafiq Ahmed, A.W. Kazi, Alia Imam, Muslim Shamim, Dr Musrat Mirza, SMIU faculty and staff members also attended it.

In addition to the evening reception, SMIU also organized two programmes by the University students as well as SMIU Model School at its campus in the morning, which were by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh and Mrs. Shaista M. Ali respectively. Ms. Nabila Kanwal, Principal of SMIU Model School and other teachers also spoke on the occasion. Besides, Students of SMIU presented tableaus, dramas, performed on folk songs and delivered speeches. Cake cutting ceremony also held during this programme.


Sindh Madressatul Islam University is celebrating its 130th Foundation Day on 1st September 2015

31 August 2015

Sindh Madressatul Islam University, Alma Mater of Founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and other heroes of the country is celebrating its 130th Foundation Day on Tuesday, September 01, 2015 with a great fervor and enthusiasm.

In this regard a meeting of deans and chairpersons of various departments and other senior officials of the university was held at Conference Hall of SMIU, which was chaired by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU.

In the meeting all arrangements of 130th Foundation Day Anniversary of the second modern Muslim educational institution of subcontinent, after Aligarh Muslim University, were reviewed in detail and then finalized.

According to details activities of the foundation day anniversary will start from 9.00 am and will continue whole the day. SMIU Model School will organize a beautiful programme at 9:00 am at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto auditorium of the university that will continue up to 10:15 am. In it boy and girl students of SMIU Model School's primary and secondary sections will deliver speeches, present folk songs and perform on tableaus. Teachers of SMIU Model School will also speak on the role of Sindh Madressatul Islam played in modern education and social change in the region before and after partition.

Then students of various academic departments of Sindh Madressatul Islam University will organize a programme at 11:00 am at the same auditorium. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU, will be chief guest. In this programme various groups of students of SMI University will trace the journey of this historic institution from school to the university, through their different activities.

In the evening a programme will be held in a local hotel, where prominent personalities of different walks of life of the country will participate.

It would be important to mention here that SMIU was founded on 1st September 1885 at Karachi by Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi and his colleagues for imparting modern education to Muslims of Sindh. It received college status on June 21, 1943, which was inaugurated by Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and it was elevated to the level of university on February 16, 2012. Now SMIU has emerged as one of the best universities of the country with international linkages with universities in UK, China and other countries.

Thus, this greatest academic institution of Pakistan is to complete 130 years of its marvelous and proud journey on 1st September 2015.


Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU gives letters of regularization, promotion and up gradation to 23 employees of the university

19 August 2015

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University distributed letters of regularization, promotion and up gradation of 23 faculty and staff members of Sindh Madressatul Islam University on Wednesday at a ceremony held at the auditorium of the university. Among these employees, services of eleven faculty members were regularized, three staff members were promoted and six office superintendants were upgraded.

Prof. Dr. Aurangzeb was also given letter of his appointment as Dean of Faculty of Management, Business Administration and Commerce.

On this occasion Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU while congratulating the employees who received promotion, regularization and promotion letters said that he has fulfilled his promise that he had made earlier to the employees of the university that those who will perform their duties honestly and with dedication, will be regularized and promoted as soon as possible. He said that it was a tradition of this great institution that it has always gave honor to its those employees who had upheld its interests and played their positive, healthy and result oriented role in its promotion.

The Vice Chancellor of SMIU Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further said that it was a second phase of regularization of the employees. A few months back, 66 employees, working in grade 16 and below were regularized. "In the next phase more deserving employees would be regularized and promoted," Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said and added that SMIU is newly established university, of about three years, and during these years it has emerged as a world class university. Thus, there are big opportunities for faculty and staff members working over here. He said that the faculty members will be supported in their higher and post doctorate education within the country and abroad.

He said although the SMI University is in its formative phase but it has signed agreements and MoUs with 7 Chinese universities, Pakistan's universities and has also established linkages with USA and UK based universities and educational organizations. Hence, we are creating lot of opportunities of academic and professional development of students as well faculty and staff members.

On the other hand the employees of Sindh Madressatul Islam University thanked Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU, on his decision to regularize and promotion them. They, in a separate statement said that Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh has always thought and taken decisions for benefits of the employees." We had never demanded for promotion and regularization, but the Vice Chancellor himself considered our services and himself and put our cases for regularization and promotion before the statuary bodies," they said.


Mr. Kamaluddin Tipu, acting chairman of PEMRA delivers lecture at SMIU

18 August 2015

Mr. Kamaluddin Tipu, Acting Chairman of Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has said that the PEMRA is regulatory authority not a controlling authority, despite that it is advising electronic media to follow the laws, which are modern laws. He said this while delivering lecture on "Media Ethics," organized by Department of Media Studies and Social Sciences of Sindh Madressatul Islam University on Tuesday at its auditorium.

Mr. Kamaluddin Tipu said that there were 18 laws about the media, but there was no media policy in the country, that is why many complications are being faced by the authority as well as the media.

The PEMRA chairman while mentioning development process that took place in formation of code of conduct for media, said that so far no consensus on the code of conduct has been built due divergence of views.

Mr. Kamaluddin Tipu further said the PEMRA, following its own code of conduct, upholds national interests and it is clear about norms, values, national interests, terrorism, personal and social rights, beliefs and other such matters related to citizens of the country.

Mr. Kamaluddin Tipu further said that now we are witnessing a revolutionary change in media that Indian channels are demanding Pakistan's content, as their middle class people have been fade up with their stereotype stories and glamour.

The PEMRA chairman was of the view that for the last 15 years, media and judiciary have emerged as a prominent source of power in the country. He also said that there were 91 Seattleite television channels, 199 FM radio stations and 25 channels of foreign countries have landing rights.

Giving details about investment in the field of electronic media he said that there was cumulative investment of 3.5 US$, and hopefully it would be 4.00 billion US$ up to December 2015. He said the electronic media has generated about 200,000 direct and indirect jobs for the people of the country.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University while welcoming Mr. Kamaluddin Tipu at SMIU said that there was only one channel in Pakistan before 2002, but after it, an independent media emerged, that benefited almost all sections of society. "Prior to the private electronic media, about half of the population of the country, being illiterate had no access to information and entertainment except Radio Pakistan and PTV," but these channels reached to their door steps with latest information. Such change has created awareness among the masses.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that despite such big social change there was a problem especially with the electronic media that they had a lack of professionally trained manpower; as a result they couldn't present quality content and uphold ethical and moral values. On the contrary, the print media was so balanced due to its centuries old traditions of balanced journalism.

On this occasion Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh gave away shield to Mr. Kamaluddin Tipu. Later on, a question- answer session held.


Mr. Javed Jabbar delivered lecture on Electronic Media: Challenges and Opportunities at SMIU

17 August 2015

Mr. Javed Jabbar, former senator and federal minister for information and broadcasting has said that media is powerful to such an extent that they can change the mind of a person, but people shouldn't become slaves of media.

He said this while delivering lecture on the subject of Electronic Media: Challenges and Opportunities at the auditorium of Sindh Madressatul Islam University on Monday. The lecture programme was organized by students of Department of Media Studies and Social Sciences of Sindh Madressatul Islam University. Mr. Javed Jabbar said that the government should implement 40 recommendations of Media Commission formed in 2013 on the directives of two member bench of Supreme Court of Pakistan comprised of Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain.

"Justice (retd.) Nasir Aslam Zahid was chairman of the commission and I was its member," Mr. Javed Jabbar said and added that now Justice Jawaad S. Khawaja has become chief justice of Pakistan, hence he will hopefully give a decision regarding implementation of the report.

Mr. Javed Jabbar further said that the Standing Committee on Information of the National Assembly as well as Mr. Pervaiz Rashid, federal minister for information and broadcasting had 90 percent supported the recommendations of the Media Commission given for reforms in media.

He said today we are living in the Convergent Media Age, hence all the bodies and ministries like ministry of information and broadcasting, ministry of information technology, PEMRA and PTA should be merged together. He also suggested reforms for private television channels.

The former federal information minister said the media should introduce self accountability process and there is also a need to free media from the influence of advertisers.

Mr. Javed Jabbar also praised the role and performance of Sindh Madressatul Islam University and gave its credit to its vice chancellor Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh in his speech said that in the past there was a media theory known as 'magic bullet' and today there is a media theory termed as "user and gratification". Thus, today the viewers have a choice to select a programme of their choice. He was of the view that people, especially students should monitor the media and write their observations to the television channels. This sort of act can bring positive change in the media programmes and policies.


Alma Mater of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah celebrated Independence Day with patriotic spirit

14 August 2015

Sindh Madressatul Islam University, Alma Mater of founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah celebrated 68th Independence Day with patriotic sprit. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU performed flag hoisting ceremony in the premises of the university, which was attended by a large number of SMIU students, faculty and staff members.

SMIU was presenting a look of a festival on the day of 14th August, as its boy and girl students, who were in colourful attire had shined the beauty of the university.

They had also decorated entire main building of the university with flags, balloons and other decoration pieces. All the students were feeling proud by organizing the Independence Day activities.

After flag hoisting ceremony a programme held at SMIU's Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium, which was presided over by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, VC SMIU. It was organized by SMIU's Students Clubs and Societies. On this occasion the students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University and SMIU Model School presented national and folk songs, and impressive tableaus on the theme of cultural diversity and unity. The students in their speeches woe to work for their country and its people. They also said that unity, discipline and faith are basic principles for development, progress and prosperity of the country.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh in his presidential address said that different cultures of Pakistan's communities form Pakistan's single unique culture. "These all communities of Pakistan living in Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan and KPK have their own centuries old culture and civilization that beautify the Pakistan's culture," Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said and added that those people who came from India to Pakistan during the partition had also their own rich civilization that too made Pakistan's civilization most beautiful.

Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh said folk culture of Pakistan is fascinating in its colours and artistic work; hence the younger generation must be aware about it. "These are the true colours of Pakistan," he remarked.

The Vice Chancellor SMIU further said that 14th August is also birthday of founder of Sindh Madressatul Islam Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi, who was born on 14th August 1830 at Hyderabad. "It was a historic coincidence that 117 years after the birth of founder of SMI, the illustrious old student of SMI, Quaid –e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah founded a new country for Muslims, for whom Hassanally Effendi had founded SMIU in 1885.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh also stressed upon the students to work hard for better Pakistan with honestly and dedication.


Memorial lecture on Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah by Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh

13 August 2015

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor Sindh Madressatul Islam University has said that today we are living with honour, dignity, our own beliefs and culture due to the creation of Pakistan, otherwise in undivided India survival of Muslims with honour and dignity would have been difficult.

He said this while delivering a memorial lecture on Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium of SMIU on Thursday. It was a part of Independence Day Celebrations of Pakistan.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah wanted that the Pakistan should be free from corruption, bribery, nepotism and black marketing and had also wanted the state to enforce law and order and ensure religious harmony. And all these thoughts he had expressed in his speech delivered on August 11th 1947 in the Constituent Assembly.

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh said that no doubt Mr. Jinnah was an ambassador of Hindu Muslim unity, but he had wanted equal rights for Muslims and voiced that no Hindu majority had a right to bulldoze the rights of Muslim minority.

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh said that although Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah was a Khoja, but he was above religious sects and was true Muslim in his practice.

Talking about the family background of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said his grandfather Poonjabhi was living in Paneli Village of Gondal state of Kathiawar region. Then his son Jinnabhai, father of Mr. Jinnah, shifted to Gondal town for business purpose. "When the construction of Suez Canal completed in 1869, Karachi became the closest port of British India to Europe. Through Suez Canal, Karachi became about two hundred nautical miles nearer Bombay from European ports, saving time, money and fuel. Additionally, the route through Sindh provided an easier access to the Punjab, northern India and even Afghanistan. In this backdrop, Karachi's fortunes as a port city were getting an unprecedented boost and Jinnabhai decided to shift to Karachi along with his wife and to establish his business there," Dr Shaikh said.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said there are two schools of thought about his birth place also. One school of thought says that Mr. Jinnah was born in Jhirrak, but there is no record available about it, while the others say that Mr. Jinnah was born in Karachi and Mr. Jinnah had himself also mentioned Karachi as his birthplace. Also his school record at SMIU shows that he was born in Karachi.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further said Mr. Jinnah was enrolled at Sindh Madressatul Islam in Standard I in English medium after passing primary education in Gujrati medium. He said his sister Ms Fatima Jinnah has written that when Mr. Jinnah had reached to the age of six years, a tutor was hired to teach him Gujrati at home.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said Mr. Jinnah had received his education up to Vth Standard from SMI, then he had moved to Kutch for marriage on January 30, 1892, and after his return to Karachi again, he received his education of Sixth Standard at Church Mission School from 8th March 1892 to 31st October 1892.Then he proceeded to Lincoln's Inn, London.

The VC said that Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had passed the "Little Go" Entrance Test, as to get admission at Lincoln's Inn.

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh said that actually Mr. Jinnah's father had sent him to London for business education, but Mr. Jinnah got admission in Lincoln's Inn and studied there from 1893 to 1896 and became a Barrister.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh also talked about his marriages with Emibai in 1892 and then Rattibai in April 1918. Dr Shaikh said that his both the wives couldn't survive and he had only one daughter Dina (born on August 15, 1919) who is now living in USA.

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh said Dr Ziauddin Ahmed, Vice Chancellor of Aligarh University had offered Mr. Jinnah an honourary degree of PhD in 1942 but he had politely declined the offer by saying that he wants to remain plain Mr. Jinnah.

Dr Shaikh narrated his love and reverence for his Alma Mater SMIU and informed that the Quaid had bequeathed one third of his property to his Alma Mater and had also inaugurated Sindh Madressah College in 1942. Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh in his lecture talked about his vision, his struggle for Pakistan and his last journey.

The lecture followed question-e-answer session also. Besides the students and faculty members the lecture programme was attended by noted historian Dr Yaqoob Mughal, SMIU's alumnus Mr. Saifuddin Bandooqwala and others.


SMIU - IBA Sign Agreement

12 August, 2015

Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) and Institute of Business Administration (IBA) signed an agreement on I.T. Service Collaborations on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at a programme held at auditorium of SMIU. The agreement was signed by Mr. Shah Mohammad Butt, Director Information Technology of SMIU and Mr. Imran Batada, Head of ICT, IBA City Campus, in the presence of Dr Ishrat Hussain, Director IBA and Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor Sindh Madressatul Islam University.

On this occasion Dr Ishrat Hussain said that whenever he has visited SMIU it has given him great inspiration. "This great institute makes distinguish to its students to others," he remarked and said that the students shouldn't prefer to GPA, grades and examination, instead they should acquire knowledge that will benefit them in their future life and profession, whatever they choose. "If they couldn't acquire knowledge it would be disservice and couldn't survive," former governor of State Bank of Pakistan said. He said that the sense of commitment and feeling of compassion are key factors for success.

He suggested that those students, who are belonging to rural areas, should help their brothers and sisters in education. Likewise, the students living in cities should help the students coming from rural areas and go to slum areas of the cities to help their brothers and sisters living.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University, in his speech welcomed Dr. Ishrat Hussain and said that today is a historic day that the two big institutions of Pakistan – SMIU and IBA have become partner in promotion of IT facilities.

He said this kind of institutions can bring change in the country. He maintained that the change would be eminent if one can discourage corruption and have national spirit.


Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, VC SMIU will deliver Memorial lecture on Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah on 13th August

12 August 2015

Sindh Madressatul Islam University is organizing a "Memorial Lecture on Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah" by Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor Sindh Madressatul Islam University on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 11:30 am at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium of the university. The lecture will be based on pictorial presentation. The lecture is a part of the Celebrations of the Independent Day of Pakistan.


Syndicate meeting of Sindh Madressatul Islam University held

09 August 2015

The 8th meeting of Syndicate of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) was held on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at the Committee Room of the university. Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University was in chair.

The members who attended the meeting were Justice (retd.) Syed Deedar Hussain Shah, Justice (retd.) Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, MNA, Mr. Rahim Bux Channa, representative of Higher Education Commission, Dr. Syed Asif Ali, Professor SMIU, Dr. Adnan Hassan, Associate Professor, Dr Shaista Naz, Assistant Professor, Mr. Ameen Ahmed Khuwaja, Lecturer and Mr. Gulzar Ahmed Mughal, Registrar SMIU.

The Syndicate approved proposals regarding international collaborations of Sindh Madressatul Islam University with five UK universities i.e. University of East Anglia, University of Nottingham, University of Dundee, Nottingham Trent University and University of Bradford. The Syndicate advised to seek guidance from Higher Education Commission and authorized the vice chancellor to formalize the agreements with UK universities aimed at starting dual degrees programs etc in light of HEC policy.

Similarly, the Syndicate approved the collaboration agreements signed with seven Chinese universities and institutions of higher learning in the Hainan province, including Hainan Normal University, Qiongzhou University, Hainan University, Hainan College of Economics and Business, Hainan College of Software Technology, Hainan College of Vocation and Technique and Qiongtai Teachers College. The Syndicate was informed that one of the Chinese universities has offered to host 20 SMIU students for one semester from Feb to July 2016, which was appreciated by the Syndicate.

Regarding collaboration with Pakistani universities, the Syndicate rectified agreements signed by SMIU with Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University, Peshawar and Sardar Bahadur Khan Women's University, Quetta.

The Syndicate highly appreciated commissioning of FM Radio and Television Studios, Computer Centers and Junagarh Video Conferencing Hall as well as introduction of O and A Level stream in the SMIU Model School.

Regarding the SMIU's Education City campus, the meeting was informed that construction of ground floor of a new building for Elementary and Secondary School at SMIU Malir Campus has been completed, while the work was going on for the first floor. The syndicated appreciated the speed of the work.

The Syndicate also approved SMIU's membership of UNESCO based International Association of Universities (IAU), London based Association of Commonwealth Universities, Asia Pacific Quality Network, Association of Quality Assurance Agencies of the Islamic World, Quality Assurance Agency of the Higher Education Commission and the Talloires Network.

The meeting also approved the minutes of meeting of the Selection Board and Promotion Board of SMIU.

The Syndicate also approved in principle setting up of SMIU's Offshore Campus in Colombo, Sri Lanka in collaboration with Government of Pakistan and authorized the vice chancellor to determine the feasibility and take necessary steps in this regard.

The meeting resolved that the 130th Foundation Day of Sindh Madressatul Islam University falling on 1st September 2015 should be celebrated in befitting manner and directed the administration to chalk out an elaborate program.

The members of the Syndicate highly appreciated the services rendered by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of the university for progress and uplift of this great institution having distinction of being the alma mater of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.


Acting chairman of PEMRA Mr. Kamaluddin Tipu visits Sindh Madressatul Islam University

04 August 2015

Mr. Kamaluddin Tipu, acting chairman of PEMRA has said that PEMRA will arrange internship programme for the students of Media Studies Department of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) at Karachi soon. In addition to it, the PEMRA can also work with a willing television channels for internship programme for SMIU students, as a partner. He said this during his visit to Sindh Madressatul Islam University and meeting with Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, on Tuesday.

The PEMRA chairman said that the authority will depute its officials to brief the regulatory matters to the students of SMIU also.

Talking about his visit to the historic university Mr. Kamaluddin Tipu said, it was a fascinating experience for him to visit the Alma Mater of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and other luminaries of Pakistan and Indian history and feels an honour for him. "It was a journey down the memory lane of Indian Muslims and Pakistani leaders' past," he commented.

He said that PEMRA has issued a FM Radio license to the SMI University and he has been informed that it was fully functional and extending educational and technical capacity building service to the students of media studies and to the students of other departments. He hopped for prosperous academic future of Sindh Madressatul Islam University.

Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU welcomed the PEMRA chairman and said that SMIU not only imparts quality education in all the degree and master's programmes but it also give priority to practical and research work especially for students of Media Studies. He said SMIU's FM Radio; named Voice of Education telecast such programmes that are helping the students in their education. Likewise, SMIU's TV studio is also having latest cameras and other equipments that are helping students to improve their skills related to the field of media.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh also thanked the chairman of PEMRA Mr. Kamaluddin Tipu for his offer for internship for SMIU students.


Vice Chancellors of Sindh Madressatul Islam University and Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University agreed to cooperate each other

03 August 2015

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor Sindh Madressatul Islam University and Professor Javed Akram, Vice Chancellor Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University, Islamabad (SZABMU) in principle, agreed to cooperate with each other in related fields on Monday during the visit of Professor Javed Akram to SMIU.

While talking on the occasion Professor Javed Akram, Vice Chancellor (SZABMU) said that his visit to Sindh Madressatul Islam University was a great learning experience for him and being a Pakistani he feels proud of the institutes like SMIU, being so ably led by Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU, that happens Alma Mater of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Professor Javed Akram maintained that he wish Sindh Madressatul Islam University should reach to its horizons and he looks forward to work together with Sindh Madressatul Islam University and develop cooperation believe the two universities.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU expressed gratitude on the visit of Professor Javed Akram to SMIU and said SMIU wants both the universities - SMIU and SZABMU cooperate each other in the fields of mutual interest. He said SMIU being Alma Mater of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah believes in cooperation and coordination with all the universities of Pakistan that can ultimately benefit the country. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh in his presentation, given at the Conference Room of SMIU, talked on history of SMIU and highlighted present day role, resources and performance of the university.

Mr. Mohammad Tariq Iqbal, Head of Burns Center PIMS said he feels indebted and honoured to visit such a historic educational institution.

The delegation of the academicians visited Jinnah Museum, where Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh briefed them about the study of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah at Sindh Madressatul Islam, Anjuman Islam School Bombay, Church Mission School, Karachi and Lincoln’s Inn, London. Professor Javed Akram took deep interest in the details of early life and academic career of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and relics founder of SMIU Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi and other prominent students of SMI, displayed in the museum. They also visited other sections of the university.


Sindh Madressatul Islam University withdraws orders relating to termination of service of Mr. Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo as Graduate Teacher of Sindh Madressatul Islam in 1946-47.

01 August 2015

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor Sindh Madressatul Islam University has announced that Sindh Madressatul Islam University withdraws orders relating to termination of service of Mr. Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo as Graduate Teacher of Sindh Madressatul Islam in 1946-47. He made this announcement during a Centennial Birthday Celebration and launching of English and Sindhi translation of biography of living legend, illustrious alumnus and former teacher of Sindh Madressatul Islam Mr. Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo at a local hotel on Saturday.

Mr. Muhammad Ibrahim Joyo, the living legend and author of many books was a chief guest of the programme, which was organized by Sindh Madressatul Islam University. Mr. Joyo will complete 100 years of his life on 13th August, 2015.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh in his presidential speech said that in order to correct a historic wrong, I on behalf of Sindh Madressatul Islam University, formally withdraw the orders issued in 1946-47 to the effect of termination of the service of Mr. Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo, then Graduate Teacher of Sindh Madressatul Islam. He said that I regret the anguish, inconvenience and hardships caused to him in this regard.

Dr Shaikh further said that the university places on record its deep appreciation for great scholarly services rendered by Mr. Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo as well as his outstanding work carried out in the fields of literature and education.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said the university takes pride in the fact that Mr. Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo once remained its student for four years and then a teacher for eight years, during which he was sent by the institution to complete his bachelor's degree in teaching at Bombay for two years. "On the occasion of his Centennial Birthday Celebrations, this day, the university proudly announces placing him on its "Roll on Honour." Then Dr. Shaikh presented him shield.

Mr. Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo in his brief speech said that my mothers, sisters, brothers and dear friends I am grateful to you that you invited me and gave me respect and reverence.

On this occasion Mr. Mazharul Haq Siddiqui, former vice chancellor of University of Sindh, Jamshoro said Mr. Joyo has rendered great services for Sindh. His new thinking revolves around the social change.

MPA Ms. Mehtab Akbar Rashdi said this is a historic moment because a great man of Sindh, having age of 100 years is amongst us. She said this is a man with pure soul and innocence smile.

Professor Dr Aslam Uqaili, Vice Chancellor of Mehran University Jamshoro, Professor Saleem Memon, Dr. Amjad Siraj Memon and Anwer Abro also paid rich tribute to Mr. Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo.

On the occasion Mr. Joyo celebrated his centennial birthday by cutting a cake and launched translations of his biography into English and Sindhi by Dr Amjad Siraj Memon and Prof. Saleem Memon. The original biography was written by Syed Mazhar Jamil in Urdu.

The prgramme was attended by noted writers, intellectuals, poets and academicians including Imdad Hussaini, Sehar Insari, Dr. Fahmida Hussain, Allia Imam, Sehar Imdad, Madad Ali Sindhi, Noor Ahmed Jinjghi, Musrat Khawaja, Rochi Ram, Ms Sultana Waqasi, Rakhial Morai, Hameed Sabzoi, Shams Jaffrani, Sattar Pirzado and others.


Important Announcement

ADMISSION / SUBMISSION OF FORMS

The last date for issuance of admission forms and submission for Admission forms is July 30, 2015. All the students who seek admission in any discipline at SMIU are informed to collect and submit their admission forms on or before July 30, 2015.

ENTRANCE TEST

The Entrance test will be conducted as per schedule on Saturday, August 01, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at SMIU. All the students who have applied for admission in the SMIU are advised to report at reception desk at SMIU at 9:00 a.m. Mobile phone, calculator or any other electronic device(s) are strictly prohibited at the examination centre.


Registration In Department Specific Courses And In Courses Offered By Other Departments

1. All Students are hereby directed to register themselves in FOUR COURSES, out of these four courses registration in two courses of Department Specific are Mandatory and remaining two courses may be opted from other departments also. Registration may be completed by PM Thursday 30th July 2015. If students don't opt the courses from other departments, they are to register themselves in the four courses of Department Specific.

2. Focal persons are requested to finalize the Registration Process by P.M Thursday 30th July 2015 so that arrangements can be made accordingly.

3. All the students are directed to report at university at 8:00 am on Monday 3rd August 2015 to check the Timetable and rooms allocated to different groups for Communication and Writing Skills.


Commencement of short courses

w.e.f. 3rd August 2015

PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION AND REPORT WRITING:

This course is compulsory for all the students for two hours duration throughout the week from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Fourteen (14) groups of the students have been formed on the basis of their GPA/CGPA in the examination in each level i.e. Bachelors Sixth Semester, Bachelors 4th Semester, 2nd Semester and 1st Semester etc. Courses will be conducted in fourteen classrooms, separate for each group.

PRESENTATIONS/LECTURES ON THE TOPICS OF COMMON INTEREST FOR THE STUDENTS OF ALL THE DEPARTMENTS:

These presentations/Lectures have been arranged in the Auditorium from 11:30 – 1:00 pm from Monday to Thursday (4 days a week) Topics are related to Career Management, Effective CV Writing, Sayings of Quid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Examination System, Ethics & Corporate Responsibility, Cyber Ethics, Information Retrieval System, Environmental Pollution, Climate Changes, Investigative Journalism etc.

DEPARTMENT SPECIFIC COURSES:

All the Departments are offering courses of General Nature. Students of other departments can also register themselves in these courses as per their choices Details of the courses offered by different departments are as follows. Students can register themselves with the Focal Persons of the departments from 22nd July 2015.

DEPARTMENTS

COURSES

FOCAL PERSON

Business Administration

1. Developing Entrepreneurial Skills

Ms. Sarah Wali Qazi

2. Developing of Marketing Skills

3. Change Management

4. Developing of Managerial Skills

Computer Science

1. Programming skills

Mr. Abdul Hafeez Khan

2. Object Oriented Programming

3. Data Base Management System (DBMS)

4. How to write Final Year Project / Thesis

Environmental Sciences

1. Environmental Hygiene & Sanitation

Dr. Hina Shahnaz

2. Health Safety & Environment

3. Water Conservation

4. Environment Risk Management

Media Studies

1. Environmental Journalism

Ms. Nosheen Hussain

2. Photo Journalism

3. Creativity in Advertisement 

4. Professional use of Media

Education

1. Introduction to Research 

Dr. Shaista Naz

2. Educational Management and Training

3. Micro Teaching

4. Educational Leadership

DEPARTMENT SEMINARS:

Each Department will arrange a Seminar; students of the concerned department will speak on the topics chosen by the Departments. Each Department will invite a high profile Chief Guest for the Seminar, who will present certificates and prizes to the Students Speakers. Tentative topics of the Seminar of different Department are as follows:

DEPARTMENTS

TOPICS FOR SEMINAR

Business Administration

Strategies of Successful Businessman

Computer Science

Digital Social Network

Environmental Sciences

Environmental Laws and their implementation 

Media Studies

Electronic Media in Pakistan: Challenges and opportunities

Education

Female Education

GUEST SPEAKERS SESSIONS:

Each Department will arrange a Guest Speaker Session and will invite Guest Speaker of high profile having command on the Topics. Tentative Topics for the Guest Speakers Sessions are as follows:

DEPARTMENTS

TOPICS FOR GUEST SPEAKER

Business Administration

Opportunities of Investment in Pakistan

Computer Science

Cyber Ethics

Environmental Sciences

Climate Change

Media Studies

Code of Conduct for Media

Education

Education in Sindh: The way forward


Sindh Madressatul Islam University regularizes services of 14 faculty and Staff members

10 July 2015

The Selection Board of Sindh Madressatul Islam University in its 16th meeting has recommended regularization of services of its 14 faculty and administrative staff members working in BPS-17 and above in accordance with the Statutes of the University.

The meeting was presided over by Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh and attended by two former judges of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, retired justices Hamid Ali Mirza and Syed Deedar Ali Shah, as well as former Secretary Cabinet Division Mr A. W. Kazi and former Inspector General Police Syed Javed Ali Bukhari.

The Board adopted criteria for regularization of the services, which included clearance of NTS test if prescribed for the post/ cadre under the Statutes, their selection on contract basis should have been selected through the Selection Board of the University, they should have completed at least one year of satisfactory service as a contract employee, should meet the requirement for the respective post like age, qualification, experience etc and should be working against a budgeted post.

Based on this criterion, the Board reviewed the cases of employees desirous of regularization and recommended for regularization of Prof. Dr Syed Asif Ali as Professor (BPS–21) in the Computer Science department; Dr. Shaista Naz, Dr. Hina Shahnaz, Dr. Hashim Zubairi, Ms. Shumaila Kashif and Mr. Abdul Hafeez as Assistant Professors (BPS-19) in their respective departments; Mr. Abdul Malik Abbasi, Mr. Munir Moosa, Ms. Nosheen Hussain, Ms. Samreen Razi and Mr Muhammad Kamil Lakho as Lecturers (BPS-18) in their respective departments; Mr. Shakeel Ahmed as Additional Registrar (BPS -19), Ms Uzma Batool as Deputy Registrar (BPS-18) and Ms. Quratulain Memon as Assistant Director in (BPS-17).

It may be recalled that the Statutes/ laws governing the appointments and promotions in the university were assented to by the Governor Sindh in January this year after their passage from the Syndicate and Senate of the university. Subsequently, the vice chancellor regularized the services of sixty-six employees working in BPS-16 and below, for whom he is the competent authority. With the latest regularization the total number of employees regularized in SMIU during last six months comes to eighty.


Sindh Madressatul Islam University decided to start one month compulsory short courses for SMIU students

08 July 2015

Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has decided to start one month short courses for all students of SMIU from August 3 to August 31st 2015. These would be compulsory for all students.

This was decided in a meeting of Deans and Chairperson of SMIU chaired by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU on Wednesday at the Conference Room of the university.

While speaking at a meeting Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that these courses will be about moral and ethical values, ideals of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Business Communication, English communication skills, computer science, environment, media, presentation skills, marketing and public speaking skills.

"Through these training and grooming sessions the SMIU students would be given knowledge different to their classroom learning,” Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said and added that the students must be given knowledge related to their practical life and provide them an opportunity to enhance their skills that will support them in their academic career as well as in their future life."

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further said our new generation must follow the ideals of Father of the Nation Quaid â€"e- Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and must be introduced with moral and ethical traditions of SMIU.

Earlier, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh chaired another held with the staff of Department of Examination. In it the performance of the Examination Department was reviewed in detail and taken decisions to reorganize it.


SMIU going to collaborate with national and international libraries

July 6, 2015

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has said that SMIU's Hassanally Effendi Library is being made modern, update by digitalized. Apart from it, the online access to the books will be provided to the readers and online cataloguing system will also be developed.

He said this while chairing the meeting of the staff of Hassanally Effendi Library on Monday at the Conference Room.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that a separate website of SMIU's library will be developed and sharing of latest information related to the latest books, journals and other material will be made possible for all employees and students of SMIU through internal sharing based system.

He said SMIU will collaborate with national and international libraries for sharing learning resources also. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further said that a multi media room for students will also be added to SMIU's library, where they will discuss on academic matters in form of groups.

The vice chancellor SMIU said the SMIU has 130 years old library, where besides latest books, a large number of rare books is also available.


Certificate Distribution Ceremony held

June 18, 2015

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has said that Pakistan needs professionally trained journalists, with commitment to the nation and the country. He said this while speaking at the Certificate Distribution Ceremony organized by Sindh Madressatul Islam University's Media Training Center on completion of short courses in Radio, TV and graphic designing on Thursday, at its Seminar Hall. It was the first batch of SMIU Media Training Center that completed the course. Among these trainees there was a large number of working journalists and the persons, related to radio.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said presently 70 to 80 private television channels are working in the country; hence they need well trained media persons. This was the main objective of the Alma Mater of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah to train the youth who could play their positive role in the field of media.

Ms. Mehtab Akbar Rashdi, member Sindh Assembly said she is feeling happy while seeing the students getting training before joining the market and media. In the past we had joined Radio Pakistan and PTV without any training. She was of the view that today we are living in the age of Technology. Although technology is going through a continuous process of change, but basics of knowledge remain same. Hence, this kind of training could improve the performance of the students in their professional career.

Mr. Saleem Ahmed Memon, Chairperson Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai Chair, University of Karachi congratulated Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh on opening media training center in the university and said that it was a good initiative to produce professional media persons, who could work with responsibility.

Mr. Saqib Abro, Director Media Training Center and Electronic labs highlighted the importance of short courses and said that during training courses more emphasis was given on practical work. A documentary related to the training courses was also screened.

Later on, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh and Ms. Mehtab Akbar Rashdi gave away certificates to the trainees who successfully completed the short course. On the occasion Ms Mehtab Akbar Rashdi also visited SMIU's TV Radio (FM. 96.6) studios.


Sindh Madressatul Islam University's delegation visited University of East Anglia

June 15, 2015

Sindh Madressatul Islam University's delegation led by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU visited University of East Anglia (UEA) of the UK as a part of "Future Leaders Program" organized in collaboration with British Council, whose 3 member team was also part of it.

Prof. David J Richardson, Vice-Chancellor University of East Anglia, Ms. Karen Blackney, Head of the International Office, Prof. Richard Harvey, Academic Director of Admissions and Internationalization and Dr. Daniel J. Rycroft, Chair, India Dialogue, welcomed the delegation at the university.

During this visit Vice Chancellor SMIU Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh along with his team had a meeting with Vice Chancellor University of East Anglia Prof. David J Richardson and his staff, where possibilities of partnership, collaboration and mutual cooperation were discussed.

Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh suggested four areas to work together, firstly, he proposed for undergraduate students to study one semester at UEA on their degree programme, second was regarding PhD Split Programs for faculty members in the first, then it would be expanded to other interested candidates, third recommendation was about dual degree programme, in which students will study two years at SMIU and other two years at UEA and the forth proposal was regarding assistance in content management of short training programmes for working journalists.

The UEA's international staff and management appreciated all the suggestions and assured to work in collaboration.

During the visit, students and faculty members interacted with students, faculty members and management of the UEA. They also had a guided tour of university campus.

Ahsan Habib, student of Business Administration while commented on the visit said, I have learnt a lot from this study trip and it has totally changed my approach and direction of thinking. I will now work on more practical grounds.


Sindh Madressatul Islam University and seven universities and colleges of China sign MoUs

June 13, 2015

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) and heads of seven most important universities and colleges of Hainan province of China signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) on Saturday, June 13, 2015 during the visit of chinese delegation to SMIU.

According to the MoUs, Hainan University, P.R. China will extend its cooperation to SMIU in educational and scientific fields, Hainan Normal University, in communication and cooperative relations, Qiongzhou University, in the field of academic, science, technology and students exchange cooperation and Hainan College of Economics and Business, Hainan College of Vocation, Technique, Hainan College of Software Technology and Qiongtai Teachers College will extend its cooperation in education, science, technology and students exchange, respectively.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU, while addressing the delegation of chinese universities and colleges at the Seminar Hall of SMIU, said Pakistan and China have close and friendly relationships and these agreements further strengthen the ties of brotherhood and cooperation among these two nations and countries. He said that people of Pakistan have great respect for people of China and wants to work closely with them.

The vice chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University suggested that the SMIU and the universities of Hainan province may jointly organize an International Educational Conference in Sindh in the month of November and December. This idea was supported by Chinese delegation and said that it will be a good opportunity for them to explore ways and means for cooperation in the field of education in Asia.

Mr. Liao Qinglin, DDG, Education Department of Hainan, said China and Pakistan have very close relationship spread over last more than 60 years. These two nations are good brothers and good neighbours. "The main objective of their visit to SMIU was to enhance friendship and cooperation between each other in education and other related fields," he said and stressed that deep cooperation is needed between other universities of China and Pakistan. He hoped that the two countries benefit from the MoUs, singed between various educational institutions of Hainan and Sindh Madressatul Islam University.

On the occasion, a documentary about history, life, resources, education, tourism and other related matters of Hainan province, was screened by the Chinese delegation. It followed question- answer session.

Earlier, the members of the delegation visited the Jinnah Museum, TV and FM Radio Studio and other sections of the university and praised the historic role of SMIU played in education since the last 130 years.


SMIU's delegation visited University of Nottingham under "Future Leadership Programme"

June 12, 2015

Sindh Madressatul Islam University's 14 member delegation visited the University of Nottingham on Thursday, the fifth day of their visit to the higher educational institutions of the UK under "Future Leadership Programme." The SMIU and the British Council Pakistan are equally bearing cost of this training programme.

Ms. Jessica Davison, Senior International Relations officer, the staff of International Office and students of the university welcomed the SMIU delegation led by Vice Chancellor SMIU Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh at the campus.

Later, Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, VC SMIU had a meeting with Ms Helen Foster, Acting Director of International Office and both the educational leaders discussed on possibilities of partnership; collaboration and mutual cooperation between both the prestigious universities. In the meeting they agreed to seek possibilities for cooperation especially in the fields of computer Sciences and environmental Sciences. The dual degree programme also came under their discussion. Under this programme the students of SMIU will study for two years at SMIU and the rest two year at University of Nottingham.

On this occasion Ms. Jessica Davison introduced the UoN to the delegation through presentation and said the UoN was established in 1881 and has many faculties to offer. It provides many scholarships to the international students and is always remained among top 20 universities of the UK.

She further informed that the UoN has its international branches in China and Malaysia. Besides, it has a distinction of having Albert Einstein as its guest speaker in his life. "The UoN's Department of Pharmacy is considered top in the UK," she commented.

During their visit to the university, SMIU students met with students, faculty members and management and had a guided tour of the campus by bus, as it was spread over a large area.

On this occasion Misbah Mahmood, student of Computer Sciences at SMIU, while sharing her experiences said, "What I have learned from this visit, is, if you don't make mistakes, you don't learn. I have found universities of the UK student friendly. They allow students to experiment and learn independently. Students don't rely solely on books and teachers but they have to do self study which increases their knowledge and build their confidence."


Heads of Sindh Madressatul Islam University and Nottingham Trent University, UK explore possibilities for mutual cooperation between SMIU and NTU

June 11, 2015

Sindh Madressatul Islam University's 14 member delegation headed by Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU visited Nottingham Trent University (NTU) of the UK on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 as a part of Future Leaders Programme, jointly organized by SMIU and the British Council Pakistan.

The delegation was welcomed at the NTU by university's Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nigel Healey, its International Office staff and heads of different faculties. Later, in a meeting held at the NTU, Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh and Prof. Nigel Healey discussed on the ways to find possibilities of partnership, collaboration and mutual cooperation between both the universities for learning and training of students, faculty and administrative staff. Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh also suggested for PhD Split Programme and short training programmes for working journalists in the meeting.

Thereafter, the SMIU delegation took a guided tour of the campus of NTU, where they interacted with students, faculty members and management of the university. On this occasion Pro-Vice-Chancellor of NTU, Prof. Nigel Healey talked about history and mission of the university, while Christopher Crabot, Head of International Affairs gave overview of Nottingham Business School and shared possible ways for jointly working of SMIU and NTU.

Dr. Andy Clapham, Partnerships Manager, in his presentation explored the ideas of modern world education, its approaches and implementation. Dr. Heather Powell, Acting Associate Dean, School of Science and Technology, presented curriculum of IT department and talked on its relevance to the market needs. While Julia Davies, Academic Team Leader, School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, described importance of the said department in making modernity sustainable to it. She also agreed to reach on an agreement, where her department can assist SMIU's main campus design process as an environmental friendly institution.

Prof. Murray Pratt, Dean of School of Arts and Humanities, while explaining media studies department said it is one of the top institutions of journalism in the UK. It gives practical hands - on - training to the students with help of campus built-in radio and TV studios, in collaboration with the Notts TV.

Later on, the SMIU delegation, in the guidance of Carole Flaming, Director of the center, moved to a guided tour of the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism.

On this occasion, Arsalan Riaz, student of computer science at SMIU, while sharing his experiences about the tour said, "It was a great experience for me. We have learnt a lot about history of these old educational institutions of the UK. What I like most, is the practical approach of its curriculum. It is highly knowledgeable trip and I am really looking forward."



SMIU Delegation visits University of Bradford, England

June 10, 2015

A 14 member delegation of students and faculty members of Sindh Madressatul Islam University, who are currently on 10 day visit of the UK for "Future Leadership Programme" under supervision of Vice Chancellor Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, visited University of Bradford, England (UoB) on Tuesday, June 9, 2015.

The SMIU and British Council Pakistan have jointly organized this training programme. British Council's three member team headed by Mr. Shaikh Hammad Amjad is also a part of the delegation.

The International Office of the University of Bradford welcomed SMIU delegation led by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU, on their arrival at the campus. Then Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh had a meeting with Professor Donna Lee, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences. In the meeting various proposals for mutual cooperation between these two universities came under discussion and it was decided that a group of three faculty members of the University of Bradford including Professor Donna Lee will visit Sindh Madressatul Islam University in the month of November, this year.

During their visit to the UoB, students of SMIU interacted with faculty, students and management of the university. They went round the various parts of the campus under theme of "Sustainability at UoB" with Ms. Shelley Hurst, International Partnerships Manager. During this tour, it was revealed that UoB is the only university in the UK which has student's accommodation known as "The Green," operating on solar energy, which makes it more environmental friendly.

Afterwards, SMIU students attended a presentation given by Ms. Sue Baker, International Student Advisor at UoB. She introduced basic norms and values of the university by sharing its vision of spreading religious harmony, peace studies and environmental sustainability. She also shared basic requirements and procedure of applying for admission at the UoB. This session followed by an interactive workshop by Prof. Farhad Analoui on the theme of "Management and team work." This activity based workshop provided an opportunity to SMIU students to understand importance of working in a team rather than a group.

Thereafter, they moved for a walking tour of Bradford City Center, where they witnessed major attractions of the city.

While commenting on these activities, Gul Afroz, student of Media Studies Department at SMIU said, "Visiting the UoB was a great experience for me. I have learnt a lot from it and looking forward for more exposure during this study tour."


Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor Sindh Madressatul Islam University and students and faculty members visited University of Dundee, Scotland

June 9, 2015

SMIU delegation comprised of 9 students and 4 faculty members under the supervision of vice chancellor Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh visited University of Dundee, Scotland on June 8, 2015 as a part of “Future Leaders Program” organized by SMIU in collaboration with the British Council Pakistan.

The University of Dundee had invited SMIU’s delegation at its campus, thus the students while getting opportunity of their visit to the university, interacted with students, faculty members, student union heads, library and computer department officers. The purpose of visit of SMIU’s delegation to this public sector university, founded in 1881 A.D, was to provide them a practical exposure to the modern educational world.

During the visit, Vice Chancellor Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh had a meeting with Ms. Wendy Alexander, Vice Principal International, Dundee University, in which both agreed to explore possibilities for further cooperation between these two universities in the field of academic advancement of students and faculty. Apart from it, the heads of these universities also discussed on some other proposals for mutual cooperation in the universities, including Split Degree Program, where under graduate students of SMIU may study at University of Dundee for one year (2 semesters), while they will complete their remaining 3 years programme at SMIU.

Another proposal was regarding to PhD for faculty members, wherein vice chancellor Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh proposed to send SMIU’s faculty members, who are carrying out their research work in Pakistan under supervision of a local supervisor, for brief intervals to the University of Dundee.

It was decided that the said proposals will be mutually studied and convenient agreement could be reached in the next few months. During this meeting Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh was assisted by Mr. Gulzar Mughal, Registrar and Prof. Dr. Aurangzeb, chairperson of Department of Business Administration, SMIU.

Then the students and faculty members had a tour of the university campus, where they went through different departments and met with faculty members and students of the university, where they were briefed by concerned persons about different programmes, portfolio of courses and scholarships.

The delegation of SMIU also met with office bearers of the Dundee University Students Association (DUSA) and Dundee University Pakistani Society. The university has 140 general societies and 43 sports societies. They also visited DUSA offices, radio and TV studios, computer labs and observed their working. They also held roundtable discussion with the Center for Enhancement of Academic skills, Learning, Teaching and Employability (CASTLE) to find innovativeness in learning methodology. Afterwards, they visited the different sections of library and got innovative ideas from there.

Thereafter, the delegation had a discussion with Ms Trudy Cunningham, Environment and Sustainability officer at Dundee University, where she explained the way that leads towards environmentally sustainable campuses. She also showed practical examples and innovations to make the process easier and possible. She suggested many ideas including green transport, recycling wastage and using innovative bins etc to the delegation.

The last session of the SMIU delegation held with Ms. Lesley Brennan, local councilor, who explained local governance system. Ms Fouzia Butt, community activist also shared her experiences to the students.

Syed Shahroze Hassan, Student of Computer Science, while sharing his experiences said, “Experiencing this trip across different educational institutions in UK has really enhanced my views of seeing world and the possibilities it contains. I now want to think out of the box. Implementation after learning basically counts; this is what had I had learnt from this trip.


Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor Sindh Madressatul Islam University and SMIU's students and faculty members visit Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah's Alma Mater Lincoln's Inn

London, June 8, 2015

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) and students and faculty members of SMIU visited Lincoln's Inn, the institution, where Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah studied Law for two and half years on the first day of their visit to London under 10 days "Future Leadership Programme", jointly organized by SMIU and the British Council Pakistan.

As SMIU itself is an Alma Mater of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, so seeing another Alma Mater of the Quaid in England was a wonderful experience for SMIU's students and faculty members. They were enthusiastic while finding their association and link between these two great institutions - SMIU and Lincoln's Inn.

The delegation of SMIU under supervision of SMIU's Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh comprised of Registrar Mr. Gulzar Mughal, faculty members Dr. Aurangzeb, Dr. Shaista Naz and Nosheen Hussain and students Ahsab Habib, Shahroz Hassan, Misbah Haroon, Mahgul Nadir, Gul Afroz, Muhammad Arsalan, Jawad Hassan, Zahira Jahan and Mahnoor Arain. This delegation had arrived at London on June 5th, for ten days training under the programme "Future Leadership Programme." The expenditure of the group of SMIU students and faculty members is equally bearing SMIU and British Council Pakistan.

British Council Pakistan's members Mr. Shaikh Hammad Amjad, Ms Mariam Qadir and Mr. Arsalan Rabbani are also part of the delegation.

During their visit of Lincoln's Inn Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU explained the students and faculty about importance and history of Lincoln's Inn, which was founded in 1292 A.D. He said Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had opted to study Law instead Business Administration over here.

He further said that Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had needed a few exemptions during admission at Lincoln's Inn, one of them was exemption from giving entry test in Latin Language as he had argued that he had not learnt Latin Language earlier and the administration of Lincoln's Inn provided him opportunity to appear in the entrance test. "During the admission process he was able enough to pass entrance test that was equivalent to matriculation level, because he had just passed ninth grade at SMI and there was needed matriculation certificate for admission in Lincoln's Inn," he maintained.

Later the group of SMIU visited the Hall of Fame at Lincoln's Inn, where Quaid-e-Azam's portrait was displayed with the title of `Role of Honor. `

The delegation of SMIU students also visited Trafalgar square & captured historical architecture of this great attraction of London through their cameras.

On this occasion the students of SMIU shared their observations. Mahgul Nadir, student of Computer Science, said, "Being in the UK for first time, is the best thing ever happened to her. It was just like a dream come true. It is educational, cultural and technological exposure for them, which will help them in future. Even her thought process has been changed after seeing the whole new world." I shall try to learn more from this visit," she remarked.


Sindh Madressatul Islam University's 9 students and 4 faculty members left for UK for "Future Leadership Programme" on Friday

June 5, 2015

Sindh Madressatul Islam University's nine students and four faculty and staff members left for United Kingdom for "Future Leaders Programme" on Friday. Parents of the students and dean and chairperson of SMIU as Prof. Dr. Syed Asif Ali, Prof. Dr. Rukhsar Ahmed and Prof. Dr Anjum Bano Kazmi said goodbye to the group of SMIU students and their colleagues at the Jinnah International Airport, Karachi.

Now Sindh Madressatul Islam University has become the first public sector university in Pakistan that has sent its students and faculty members to the United Kingdom in collaboration with the British Council Pakistan for educational training.

The SMIU and the British Council Pakistan are equally bearing the cost of training programme of the students.

SMIU had signed MOU with the British Council Pakistan in 2014, for various learning and training programmes for its students and faculty members. Under this MOU, the most talented students of SMIU has achieved such opportunity to have exposure to the universities in the UK as well as lectures by some of the most distinguished academics there.

Selection of the students for the UK had been made purely on merit basis. The representatives of the British Council Pakistan including Mr. Robin Davies, Director British Council for Sindh and Balochistan Region, were also part of the selection process.

During their training at the UK, the students and faculty members of SMIU will also visit Lincoln's Inn, the second Alma Mater of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah after Sindh Madressatul Islam. Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had studied at SMI for about four and half years, up to 1892, then had had went to Lincoln's Inn for his Law education.


Sindh Madressatul Islam University's 9 students and 4 faculty members will leave for UK from June 5 for Future Leadership Programme

May 29, 2015

Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) becomes the first public sector university in Pakistan that is sending its nine students and four faculty members to United Kingdom in collaboration with the British Council Pakistan for "Future Leaders Programme", from June 5, 2015. SMIU and the British Council Pakistan are equally bearing the cost of training programme of the students. This was stated by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor, Sindh Madressatul Islam University while meeting with parents of the students, who are traveling to the UK, on Friday, at SMIU.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said SMIU had signed MOU with the British Council Pakistan for various learning and training programmes for its students and faculty members. Under this MOU, the most talented students of SMIU will get an opportunity to have exposure to the universities in the UK as well as lectures by some of the most distinguished academics there. Therefore, according to MOU, SMIU's students going to avail the most valuable opportunity of training from the UK.

"Selection of the students for the UK has been made purely on merit basis," the vice chancellor SMIU said and added that in the first phase those students were allowed to participate in essay writing competition, who had secured at least 3 GPA in their respective semester examinations. The main objective of this exercise was to judge their writing skills. As a result 18 students were short listed from 111 participants. These students were evaluated by a team of the British Council, Dr. Dean Bernadette of VM Institute and Mr. Zahid Islam, faculty member of SMIU.

In the second round of the competition, the students were evaluated for their public speaking skills in the auditorium of SMIU, where three judges i.e. Mr. Robin Davies, Director Sindh and Balochistan Region from the British Council, Mr. Zahid Islam and Ms. Qurait-ul-Ain, both faculty members of the Department of English of SMIU served as jury.

Finally the students were called along with their parents for interview before the selection committee, where their overall performance in their academic examinations, results of written test, and public speaking skills were taken into account. Their parents were also asked if they would allow their sons / daughters to go to UK, to which all agreed.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further said the students and faculty members of SMIU will also visit Lincoln's Inn, the second Alma Mater of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah after Sindh Madressatul Islam. Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had studied at SMI for about four and half years, up to 1892, then had had went to Lincoln's Inn for his Law education.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh congratulated the selected students and hoped that their training at the UK would benefit their Alma Mater SMIU and their country – Pakistan.


Sports Minister Mr. Fayaz Ali Butt visits Sindh Madressatul Islam University

May 25, 2015

Mr. Fayaz Ali Butt, Provincial Minister for Sports has said that the Sindh government was taking efforts to promote sports in the province by organizing sport festivals and other programmes. Thus, the Sindh government will support Sindh Madressatul Islam University to organize inter-university tournaments and sports festival in its premises.

He said this during his visit to Sindh Madressatul Islam University on Monday. The provincial minister said sports are essential for youth to learn lessons of healthy competition and tolerance, which is a need of the day. "Without sports, we can't create healthy and competitive nation," the minister commented. He said Sindh Madressatul Islam University is a historic institution of the country, where founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had received his early education; hence it is equally important for the Sindh government and for him personally.

During his visit to the Jinnah Museum of SMIU he got keen interest in relics of founder of Sindh Madressatul Islam Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi, founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah , Dr Umar Bin Mohammad Dawoodpoto, Qazi Khuda Bux and others. On this occasion Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU briefed him about the historic record of SMI preserved and displayed in the museum. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh informed the minister about SMI's role in sports. "Little Master Haneef Muhammad had also received his secondary education from SMI and had played in SMI's spacious sports ground," Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said and added that students of SMI had won "Jsmshed Nisarwanjee Cup" 12 times in 18 years during the annual cricket matches played between students of SMI, Karachi Grammar School and N.J.V. School."

He said that SMI won the cup last time in 1919, after that no match was played; hence the cup remained at SMI.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh also said that Quaid –e- Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had also took keen interest in sports at SMI and his sister Fatima Jinnah had also mentioned that in her book "My Brother."

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh further said that SMIU had various teams of sports including girl's cricket team. He expressed his thanks to Mr. Fayaz Ali Butt on his visit to SMIU.


U.S Consul General Karachi addresses faculty and students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University

May 21, 2015

U.S Consul General Karachi Mr. Brian Heath has said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University is an oldest educational institution of South Asia that has played very important role in transforming society though modern education.

Addressing the faculty and students of SMIU on Thursday at its Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium, he said founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had also received his education from Sindh Madressatul Islam, that shows its importance also. He congratulated Vice Chancellor of SMIU Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh and SMIU faculty and students on getting university status for SMI.

Mr. Brian Heath said USA and Pakistan has old relations since from 1947, when USA had recognized it as a sovereign county and which are still yet strong one. "Pakistan and USA are long term friends and allies of each other," he commented and said USA is trying to build domestic capacity of Pakistan. This is why we are supporting it in energy sector, which is essential for growth of economy in the country.

Mr. Brian Heath further said USA supports Pakistan to become strong and stable in every sphere of life including economy, education and social sector. He said our main focus is education in Pakistan and also we are providing educational opportunities to Pakistan's graduates in large number, to get education in best universities of USA through scholarships. "There are many programmes for students of Pakistan, but they have to pass GRE and fulfill other academic requirements," he maintained.

The US Consul General said we are also working with government of Sindh since 2011 and providing financial support to it for educational development in the province. He was of the view that a country can be developed through education only.

Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University in his welcome address said the visit of US Consul General, Karachi to SMIU is a beginning of new era for SMI University. He said that before him, the US Consul General of Karachi had visited SMI last time in 2004, but Mr. Brian Heath is the first US Consul General who has visited this institution after its becoming university.

He further said that SMIU is playing a role of building bridges between people of different communities, cultures and religions. Apart from it, we are also working for peace and harmony in the country and region and the world at large. He said we have to learn many things in education, including governance of universities, research and quality of education from USA as it is providing high quality education to its own students and also to the international students. Dr Shaikh said although China and USA have differences on many issues but a largest number of international students come to USA from China.

Earlier Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh briefed the US Consul General Mr. Brian Health about SMIU's history and its present status.

On this occasion Mr. Brian Heath visited Jinnah Museum of SMIU and shown deep interest in relics and academic credentials of Quaid –e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and also old record of SMIU preserved it the museum.


Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University is presenting his book written on Quaid -e- Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to Ms Ramona Soares, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Advanced Education, British Columbia, Canada at Victoria (city).


Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University is presenting a copy of his book on Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to Dr John W. Hepburn, Vice President of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

May 4, 2015

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University is presenting a copy of his book on Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to Dr John W. Hepburn, Vice President of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Dr Shaikh visited the university as part of delegation of 16 vice chancellors of Pakistani Universities under a program of the British Council and HEC.


Sindh Madressatul Islam University organizes lecture on "How capital markets work in Pakistan" for its students

April 23, 2015

Mr. Kamran Nasir, CEO, JS Global Capital Limited has said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University has a great history, and it deserves reverence, respect, attention and cooperation of each and every citizen of Pakistan, as founder of the country Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah has received his education from here. His company JS Global is also working in education field; therefore, we shall extend cooperation to Sindh Madressatul Islam University in some areas. He said this during his lecture delivered on "How capital markets work in Pakistan" to the students of Department of Business Administration and Commerce of Sindh Madressatul Islam University on Thursday. This lecture was a part of SMIU's efforts to establish linkages between the university and industries.

Mr. Kamran Nasir said students of the Business Administration and Commerce must learn dynamics and modern trends of economy, finance and capital market, due to that they will become good leaders, businessmen and entrepreneurs in future. He said his company shall welcome to the graduates of SMIU by offering them job opportunities in the company.

Talking on the subject of his lecture "How capital markets work in Pakistan" Mr. Kamran Nasir said since last three years, economy of Pakistan is on right track and improving gradually, which has resulted in improvement of capital market of the country also.

He was of the view that political stability, security and education are key factors for development of Pakistan. He said there is also shortage of economists in the country; hence this subject must be given priority. He further said each and every citizen can become a share holder in the Stock Market with investment of lowest amount, but students must know that their success depend on hard work, dedication and commitment. He was of the opinion that investment in capital market (stock exchange) is better than investment in gold and property.

He said the government is not spending much money on education, but parents with the help of private educational institution are playing important role in the field of education and literacy. Mr. Kamran Nasir said PIA, Pakistan Railways and Pakistan Steels Mills are going in loss of 1.0 billion rupees yearly, that debt is being paid from national exchequer. So, the only solution of this problem is to privatize these companies and save 1.00 billion rupees. "Due to privatization policy, economy of the country is becoming better," he maintained.

He opined that Pakistan is 6th largest global populated country, this is why the consumer companies of the world and investors couldn't ignore it. "Business is a large scope in the country, and successful businessmen are investing their money in the days of panic, but the successful persons are always going opposite to the circumstances and Mr. Jahangir Siddiqui is doing so," he concluded.

Prof. Dr. Rukhsar Ahmed, Dean of Department of Business Administration and Commerce and Prof. Dr. Aurangzeb also spoke on the occasion. The lecture followed by question- answer session.


Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC addresses on "Higher Education in Pakistan" at Sindh Madressatul Islam University

April 18, 2015

Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) has said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University's rich history reveals the fact that how the new nation is born and then built. Hence, visit of this great institution is honour for him. Addressing the faculty of SMIU on Saturday evening at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium of the university, chairman HEC said first stone of modern education for Muslims in subcontinent was laid by Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, hence we want to see such activities in the country again, which are necessary for its progress, development and prosperity.

He said we must focus on knowledge economy, because without education our nation couldn't survive. "Today approximately 1.6 percent of GDP is being spent on education that should increase to at least 4 percent," HEC chairman said and added that despite such low allocation of budget for education in Pakistan, our country is being producing experts of each and every field of the country that proves that our nation has a great potential to move forward.

The chairman of HEC further said the Higher Education Commission is direct responsible to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, this is why it is producing good results in sector of higher education in the country. Now due to support of federal government, the HEC is emphasizing on research work, quality education, access and equity and trying to relate classroom study with social, economical and other real issues of the country.

He was of the view that now mindset regarding education has changed in the country and we are moving in right direction now. He also said that female education is also being given priority and positive changes have been started to come in this regard.

Dr Mukhtar Ahmed stressed upon teachers to impart knowledge, create knowledge and integrate it with the society. "Teachers must educate basic values, ethics and social responsibilities to younger generation and also train them," he said and maintained that we have selected seven universities of the country as "Smart Universities", which will be converted into highly qualitative universities of the country within next three or four years.

He said that almost all universities and big educational institutions are situated in just five major cities of the country like Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta, but now we are trying to open a campus or establish at least one university in each and every district of the country, because we understand that development of every nook and corner of the country is overall development of the country.

He said the governance of all public and private sector universities is a big problem facing the HEC today, but we are trying to resolve issues of the universities and provide quality education to young generation.

Earlier Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam in his welcome address expressed gratitude on first visit of HEC chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed to the Alma Mater of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. He also gave detailed presentation on past and present day affairs of SMI University, facilities available at the university and also its future plans. He said SMIU has developed Video Conference Hall and constructing a building of Technical Training Center and a school in Malir Campus of SMIU, from its own resources. Dr Shaikh also said SMIU is focusing on quality education and research work also.

Prof. Dr Asif Ali, Dean Department of Computer Science also spoke. On the occasion Dr Mukhtar Ahmed visited Jinnah Museum, Archives Department and Radio and TV Studios of SMIU. The programme was attended by Dr Raza Bhatti, member HEC, Mr. Avais Ahmed, Dr Akhtar Baloch, Vice Chancellor of Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University Lyari, Justice (retd.) Aslam Jaffery, Director British Council for Sindh and Balochistan Mr. Robin Davies, other dignitaries and faculty senior management of SMIU.


3rd and last Day of SMIU Spring Festival 2015

April 9, 2015

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has said that the joint efforts and cooperation between students and teachers can create a most healthy and learning atmosphere in any university and the students and teachers of SMIU while organizing successful 3- Day Spring Festival at SMIU proved that they are real heirs of legacy of founder of Pakistan and illustrious old student of SMI Quaid –e- Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Addressing the Award Distribution Ceremony at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium of SMIU on the end of Spring Festival on Thursday he said that the SMIU provided an opportunity to its students through the Spring Festival to exhibit their hidden creative abilities and qualities through painting, photography, acting, singing, speaking before a huge crowd and participating in games and sports and also setting up stalls and running them successfully.

He said that this competitive atmosphere revealed that there is a large number of students that have tremendous qualities. So, it has been planned that in the near future there would be organized two festivals in a year.

On this occasion he distributed shields among the successful students and the organizers. He also announced Rs 1000/-as a cash prize for winning students in different programmes. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh also gave away a shield to Prof. Dr Aurangzeb, organizer of the event with Rs10, 000/- cash prize. On the occasion Pro Dr Anjum Bano Kazmi and Dr Aurangzeb presented a special Shield to Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh.

Later on Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh gave away trophies to winning and runner up teams of cricket (boys and girls) and also to football teams. He also gave away trophies to Prof. Dr Rukhsar Ahmed and Prof. Dr Syed Asif Ali on winning of teams of their respective departments i. e. Business Administration and Computer Science.

Earlier, the SMIU Spring Festival 2015, organized by Student Clubs and Societies of Sindh Madressatul Islam University remained continue on its third and last Day with same sprit as was witnessed during previous two days. Festivity was visible from various activities organized by different groups of students in auditorium and also near Main Building, Hassanally Effendi Library and Talpur House. During the last three days students and their parents purchased books, cultural things and other products on nominal costs. Faculty members, staff members, students and their parents availed the facilities of free medical checkup of eyes, calcium, sugar, weight and lungs. Free medical camps were set up by Health Department of Government of Sindh. Sports were also remained continue in the spacious ground of SMIU on last day of the festival.

The activities in Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium of SMIU were also remained continue on the last day. The first programme was singing competition among SMIU students. They all sung national songs with patriotic spirit. Fahimu Zaman, Muhammad Hamza, Waqas, Falk Nawaz, Farhad, Muhasin, Sadaf Ghori, Asif Hussain, Hyder Ali, Umair Siddiqui, Kanwal Iqbal and Noor Aziz participated in the competition. The next programme was of Drama Competition. In this segment four dramas were presented by students of Department of Media Studies, Department of Environmental Sciences and other departments. The theme of these dramas was disharmony, education, respect for teachers and negative role of the persons of various fields of life. The strongly voices for peace, tolerance, education for all, respect of teachers and elimination of devil characters. The audience praised the performance of the students who had merged themselves in their respective roles.


Second Day of SMIU Spring Festival 2015 Students highlight basic problems of society through dramas

April 8, 2015

3- Day SMIU Spring Festival organized by Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) in its premises remained continue on second day (Wednesday), with same vigour, enthusiasm and dedication. Students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University actively participated in activities organized by various Students Clubs and Societies of the university in Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium. Huge rush was also witnessed on stalls of books, culture, garments, ornaments, cosmetic and other things.

The first event of the day was presentation of tableaus, dance, speeches and songs by Special Persons of Darul Sukoon School. They captivated hearts and minds of audience by their performance, which was full of life. Their emotions and feelings about life, society and this world made the audience so much sad. In her speech Ms Kooky, a special person, said that the social and governmental organizations must involve special persons in their activities as they are also a part of the society. She suggested that the media should also support the special persons.

The special persons talked about peace in Karachi city and appealed to all citizens to restore its glorious past that had given it the name of "City of lights.

On this occasion Prof. Dr. Aurangzeb, Advisor Students Affairs of SMIU in his speech said that these special persons are most talented, who need our love, attention, care and sympathy. This programme was organized by Rotaract Club of the students. The event was attended by girl and boy students of SMIU Model School in a large number.

The second programme of the day was presentation of dramas, which was organized by Art Society of the students. Themes of all the four dramas presented by students in Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium of the university were poverty, unemployment, health, role of politicians and class system. The students performed well on each drama and proved that they are adorned with great talent. The message of these dramas was that our society must provide employment to youth, eradicate poverty, solve health problems, improve quality of education and politicians must honour their promises made with masses during election days.

On this occasion Mr. Muskwaith, Visiting faculty of SMIU, CBM and IBA, in his speech said that there was an excellent performance on drams by the students. "Theme and sense of humour was excellent, script writing was creative, and acting was natural, he said added that there is a possibility that these students will become stars of tomorrow. The programme followed by mystic songs sung by Syed Muhammad Adeel, student of Media Studies Department of SMIU.

Later a declamation contest among 28 students of SMIU was held in English, Urdu and Sindhi languages. In English language Farhad, Mahnoor Pervaiz and Aafia, in Urdu language Imroz Khan, Mumtaz Khan and Miss Kanwal and in Sindhi Muhammad Nawaz Dahri, Pervaiz Ali and Asif Hussain secured first, second and third positions. The last programme of the second day was musical moments, in which noted singers Zulfikar Hussain, Nazia Ashraf and Syd Muhammad Aadi sung variety of songs.


Vice Chancellor SMIU Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh inaugurates 3- Day Spring Festival at University premises

Karachi: April 7, 2015.

Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University inaugurated 3- Day SMIU Spring Festival 2015 by cutting a ribbon at SMIU. The festival is organized by SMIU's Students Clubs and Societies.

Talking to participants on various stalls, Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that besides studies, educational trends, co-curricular activities and extra-curricular activities are essential for flourishment and furtherance of abilities, qualities and knowledge in various sectors. He appreciated the efforts of students and their teachers, with the result the performance for extra-curricular activates is note worthy and encouraging. The Vice Chancellor further said that students are an asset of any institution and their creative objective is prime function for the knowledge of participants.

Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh also appreciated the students cultural stalls depicting the trend of heritage and products, together with the stalls of Oxford Publishers, Sindh Health department stalls of Sindh Prevention & Control of publishes programme, bone care department and other health stalls. He further said that besides scientific knowledge, stalls pertaining food, snacks, Nimco, Goshe-a-Saqafat cultural evening of Mendi, Sindhi culture wearings, ajraks, khaddar etc has shown remarkable representation of our cultural values.

Vice Chancellor gave round of the festival and went to every stall and saw the items presented / prepared by the students. Encouraging the skills, efforts and labour of students, Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh hoped that students of SMIU will play their positive role in participating in national progress and prosperity.

The Dean, faculty members, teachers and office bearers of students clubs and societies accompanied the Vice Chancellor and visited the stalls of the Festival. Students of the University fully participated the events of festival.

Later, Urdu Mushaera was held at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto auditorium of the University by Arts Society of SMIU Students, which was presided over by famous poet of Urdu language Mr. Sahar Ansari, while renowned progressive poetess Fahmida Riaz was the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, Sahar Ansari said that Sindh Madressatul Islam possesses historical status and importance and there are several historical references of this institution. He further added that this institution provided education and learning to great personalities like Quaid-e-Azam. Besides, prominent figure of Cricket Hanif Muhammad was also student of this great Centre of learning. Likewise, so many prominent personalities also received education from this great institution, he added and recalled that in 1953, on the eve of Golden Jubilee of Anjuman Tariqi Urdu a combined Musharea of Hindustan and Pakistan was held at the ground of this institution, and he had also participated. He stressed the need to play positive role to lead the society with our character and thinking.

Fahmida Riaz said that she is thankful to the management of SMIU who had invited her to participate the event. She further said that while coming to this institution, she always felt that there was a time when there was a tall Sindhi boy who had received education here and later, he become founder of Pakistan.

She said that his sister Fatima Jinnah always remained with that boy, who always upholds the precious traditions of equality, brotherhood and respect, and certain elements are striving to finish those traditions. She further said that we should jointly struggle against illiteracy and with regard to Mushearea, she said that at present lady poetess number has increased in comparison to past, which is a positive trend. On the occasion, Sahar Ansari, Fahmida Riaz, Anwer Shaoor, Arif Shafique, Naseem Nadir, Rashid Noor, Ambreen Haseeb Ambreen and Romana Roomi recited their newly written poetry which was appreciated by the participants.

In the end of first day of Festival, the students of SMIU Jehanzeb Khalid Shaikh and Neelam Kimani gave presentation of Karachi which was followed by a documentary on ancient and old mosque of world prepared by students of SMIU. Habba Aslam and Neelam Kimmani.

The SMI University in its announcement has informed that on the eve of second day of Festival (Wednesday 8th April 2015, a programme for special children will be held from 9:15 am to 10 am. Theatre will be presented form 11: 30 to 1:00 pm. Later 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm there will be contest in English, Urdu and Sindhi languages. In the end, music programme will be organized at 3:00 pm.


Syndicate of Sindh Madressatul Islam University lauded services of Justice (retd.) Rana Bhagwandas

April 2, 2015

The 7th meeting of Syndicate of Sindh Madressatul Islam University held on Thursday at its Conference Room, with Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of University in chair. The Syndicate members who attended the meeting included Mr. Salman Farooqui, Federal Ombudsman, Justice Nadeem Akhtar of Sindh High Court, Justice (retd.) Syed Deedar Hussain Shah, Justice (retd.) Agha Rafique Ahmed, Additional Secretary Education Ms Aziz Fatima, HEC representative Syed Mehmood Ali Shah, Registrar SMIU Mr. Gulzar Ahmed Mughal, Prof. Dr Syed Asif Ali, Prof. Dr Rukhsar Ahmed, Dr Shaista Naz, Dr Adnan Ahmed and Mohammad Ameen Khwaja.

In the meeting great tribute was paid to Justice (retd.) Rana Bhagwandas for his services rendered for justice in the country and also for Sindh Madressatul Islam University as a member of its Selection Board. In a resolution passed by the Syndicate it was said that "Rana Bhagwandas attended all 28 days sessions for the 12 meetings of the Selection Board, without absenting himself for even a single day or coming late. He thoroughly examined each and every candidate, giving him or her full opportunity to bring forth his potential."

The members of the Syndicate also suggested for paying everlasting tribute to Justice (retd.) Rana Bhagwandas, SMIU may name its any building, laboratory or a center with his name in its City campus or in Malir Campus.

The minutes of 6th Syndicate meeting held on 20th December 2014 were also approved and expressed satisfaction over the actions taken in view of the decisions made in 6th meeting. Similarly, the minutes of 12th meeting of the Selection Board of SMIU, held on 5th and 6th January were approved. It was the last meeting of Justice (retd.) Rana Bhagwandas, who had attended it. He left this world on 23rd February 2015.

A report was presented before the meeting regarding appointment of Mr. Gulzar Ahmed Mughal as Registrar of the University by the Governor Sindh, who is also a chancellor of SMIU, on recommendation of Chief Minister Sindh. Mr. Mughal's name was recommended by the Selection Board and Syndicate of SMIU for the post respectively.

The report regarding admissions for Academic Session 2014-2015 was also presented in the meeting, and received satisfactory feedback from the members.

The progress report regarding construction work of first building of SMIU at the Education City Campus of the University was also presented in the meeting and it was said that the construction work on the ground and first floor building is in progress, which could be completed up to ground floor masonry walls, the ground floor slab will be casted in the next 10 days, while the whole work will be completed in the next couple of months. The building will serve as Secondary School for Boys and Technical Training Center.


Director British Council Mr. Robin Davies addresses students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University

Karachi: March 31, 2015

Sindh Madressatul Islam University in collaboration with British Council Pakistan organized Public Speaking Competition among the students of the University at its Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium. Director British Council for Sindh and Balochistan Mr. Robin Davies was the chief guest. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMI University was the honourary guest.

Sindh Madressatul Islam University is being sending its eight students under supervision of its four faculty members to United Kingdom for Leadership Training Programme in collaboration with the British Council Pakistan soon.

In this regard a comprehensive mechanism has been evolved to select students for the programme on purity merit basis. For this, one eligibility criteria was Public Speaking Competition. Before this, the SMI University has conducted written test of the willing students. Now their performance in co-curricular activities will also be observed. In the end of the selection process interviews will be conducted from the highest score securers.

Addressing the students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University Mr. Robin Davies, highly appreciated English language skills, content and style of the students, who delivered speeches on various subjects.

He said that we are collaborating with Sindh Madressatul Islam University, which is a historic institution of Pakistan, in various fields of education and training for its students and faculty. He said the British Council Pakistan has also conducted a training progamme for faculty of SMIU recently, while the British Council Pakistan is also collaborating with Sindh Madressatul Islam University in organizing National Conference on Education in coming days.




Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University said that to send a group of SMI students for Leadership Training Programme to UK is a first initiative of the university. The other such programmes are also in pipeline. Dr Shaikh said Sindh Madressatul Islam University is the first public sector university of Pakistan that bears half cost of sending its students for the said programme, the remaining cost will be paid by the British Council Pakistan.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said the objective of sending students of SMIU to UK is to produce top quality students, who should prove as the highly qualified leaders of the country in their practical life.

Prof. Dr Aurangzeb, Advisor Students Affairs of SMIU also spoke on the occasion. The programme was largely attended by Dean, Chairpersons, faculty members and students of the university.


Efforts being made to fill gap between academia and industry in IT field

March 26, 2015

A representative of the Microsoft for Sindh and Balochistan Mr. Usama Mustafa while giving presentation on the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Microsoft Partnership, to the deans, chairpersons, senior management and students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University on Thursday said that there is a big gap between academia and industry, which is being filled by the joint adventure of HEC and Microsoft through supporting local IT to benefit the country.

He said that it is a biggest partnership of Microsoft with the HEC to provide latest IT information, technical facilities and training to the faculty and students of 156 universities of Pakistan. Mr. Usama Mustafa further said that now the HEC is also considering the level of IT usage in the universities for their ranking.

He said, earlier merely 30 to 40 public sector universities, mostly engineering universities, were being provided technical services and training, but now this cooperation has been extended to 156 universities, and Sindh Madressatul Islam university is one of them.

"Microsoft also provided operating system with license to 0.2 million laptops given to the students under the Prime Minister's Laptop Scheme," Mr. Usama informed and maintained that the students especially of IT and BBA and MBA of public sector universities are being trained from their sixth semester to avail job opportunities in the industries.

Dr Syed Asif Ali, Dean IT Department of Sindh Madressatul Islam University appreciated the efforts of HEC and Microsoft for extending technical expertise to the faculty and students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University that will ultimately benefit the country in its progress and development in every field of life.

On the same day the Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) of Sindh Madressatul Islam University organized an awareness session on "How to write Self Assessment Report (SAR)". Mr. Arslan Wasti gave the presentation on the subject and said that the objective of self assessment is to maintain and continuously enhance academic standards and students' learning. Dr. Tasneem Ahmad, Director QEC also shared his views on the topic.


STUDENTS VISIT TO UNITED KINGDOM (UK).

Karachi: 25th March, 2015

In the First phase of selection process of the students for the visit to United Kingdom (UK), under mention Nine(09) Students from Male and Nine(09) Students from Female have been Successful.

a. Nine(09) Male Students

S.No Name of Student Registration No
1. Mr. S. Shahroz Hassan Rizvi 12CS06
2. Mr. Muhammad Ahsan ul Arfeen 12BU08
3. Mr. Hassan Najeeb 12BU01
4. Mr. Parvez Ali Rind 13CS09
5. Mr. Muneeb Zahid 13CS11
6. Mr. Jawad Hassan Soomro 13CS10
7. Mr. Ahsan Habib 12BU06
8. Mr. Rizwan Ahmed 14CS54
9. Mr. Muhammad Arslan Riaz 12CS08

b. Nine(09) Female Students

S.No Name of Student Registration No
1. Ms. Mahgul Nadir 12CS22
2. Ms. Mahnoor Pervaiz 14BU20
3. Ms. Misbah Mahmood 14CS26
4. Ms. Zahira 13CS17
5. Ms. Sumaira Aslam 12BU02
6. Ms. Kanwal Iqbal 12CS07
7. Ms. Gul Afroz 12MD02
8. Ms. Afia 14BU01
9. Ms. Saher Aslam 13BU01

State Minster for Education Mr. Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman addressed at SMI University

Karachi: 20th March, 2015

State Minister for Education, Professional Training, Interior and Narcotics Control. Mr. Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman has stressed upon students and educationists to receive education aimed at to provide assistance to deprived people who are in acute need of basic needs and facilities. This he observed while addressing students and faculty of Sindh Madressatul Islam University Karachi at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto auditorium.

He said that students are asset for the best future of Pakistan and are ambassadors of the Nation, while there should be clear vision before us, as such the education must be imparted under firm ideology of the Nation.

He said that after passing 18th amendment, the Education Sector has been devolved and like Germany, the Education in Pakistan is a provincial subject. He said that a high level meeting was held at Islamabad which was also attended by Chief Minister's of Provinces, ministers of education and others, which resolved to form National Curriculum Council, and the same now has been notified last month. The meeting decided to finalise minimum education standards/ curriculum for primary to class XII, as far as national heroes, national poets, national writers and other personalities are concerned.

State Minister informed that all provinces have sent names of 3 members each, so that there is consensus of uniformity in decision making, which is essential for national solidarity. He said that SMI University has distinction of status, history and time period, which was established by Khan Bahadur Hassan Ali Effendi in 1885 about 130 years ago.

Mr. Baligh-ur- Rehman further said that with regard to allocation of funds by Higher Education Commission, he will personally talk to concerned quarters and will apprise the Prime Minister of Pakistan, planning & Development Commission etc so that the needs of this great institution are met. Regarding, schemes of development sector of S.M.I University, the state Minister informed that, the scheme will be approved in ADP for the year 2015-16.

He said that previously the University Grants Commission, and at present Higher Education Commission disburse the funds in sectors of recurring grants and development grants, for which previously there was allocation of Rs: 40 Billion which has been increased now up to more than Rs: 70 billion.

He said that the Prime Minister of Pakistan has invited and approved scheme of Fee Reimbursement Programme for which students of backward areas/less developed areas of Sindh, Balochistan, K.P.K, Azad Kashmir and Gilgat Balochitan have been included.

He said with that, 30% admissions have been increased in those less developed areas. The State Minister further said that another scheme of distribution of laptops has been launched in educational institution. He said that founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had spent sufficient time in the institution and in his LAST WILL, he had reserved 1/3rd funds for Sindh Madressatul Islam University. State Minister reaffirmed that present government will make the institute as role model for nation and it is hoped that the journey for betterment of this historic institute been started, where various personalities had played their historic role.

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of S.M.I University Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh welcomed the state Minister and apprised him about the past, present and future of S.M.I University. He requested that the federal government should provided funds and facilities for S.M.I University, which is Alma mater of father of the nation. He said that the requirement of funds for University is Rs: 37 crore, out of which HEC had only provided allocation of Rs: 7 crore.

He appreciated the efforts of Sindh Government particularly Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, who had together with financial support; got approved the Charter of University was approved. He said that Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is well known Education-friend person and will hoped that he provide funds for this historic institution.

The function was largely attended by faculty, deans hard of departments and students.

Chairman PEMRA visits SMI University and addresses students and faculty members

March 11, 2015

Chairman, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Mr. Mohammad Pervaiz Rathore has stressed upon students to work hard during practical life, aimed at to serve the poor and needy people of our society. This he observed while addressing the students and faculty members of Sindh Madressatul Islam University at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto auditorium of the University.

He said that Pakistan was achieved as an independent action after big sacrifices and continuous struggle. Mr. Rathore also paid rich tributes to the father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah who led the Muslims of sub-continent and succeeded in achieving a separate homeland. Chairman PEMRA added that we should respect our country and should regard Pakistan at all stages.

He said that people of Pakistan are in need of support and help, and at many far-fling and less developed areas, they are in need of food and drinking water. Mr. Rathore said that we should follow reality and truth, while media should mention reports based on facts not on perception. He also stressed upon students and young generation to pay attention towards progress and development of the country while efforts be made for self redressal in the better interest of Pakistan.

Earlier, Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMI University presented welcome address and highlighted problems of the University with special emphasis to needs of Media studies department. He lauded the role of Chairman PEMRA in granting license for F.M Radio to SMIU. He said that the F.M Radio transmission at present is hours, which will be enhanced for 12 hours from 23rd March, 2015. He said that short courses for Radio and TV subjects are being started from 1st April, 2015.

Vice Chancellor SMIU Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh presented books and publications published by the University, while Chairman PEMRA Mr. Rathore presented Momentous as of PEMRA to Vice Chancellor Dr. Shaikh and Chairperson Media studies department Dr. Sayeda Dawood.

The Chairman PEMRA also visited Jinnah Museum and Radio and TV Studios.

Mr. Chris Reilly, member of Scottish Government Team called on Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU

March 4, 2015

Mr. Chris Reilly, a member of Scottish Government International Development Team called on Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) on Wednesday at his office at SMIU. He discussed with him the matters related to development in Sindh and Balochistan with reference to education. Mr. Chris Reilly in his remarks appreciated the services of Sindh Madressatul Islam University and Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh for imparting quality education specially to the students belonging to lower and middle class.

Later on, Mr. Chris Reilly also visited Jinnah Museum, SMIU's F.M Radio and Television studios and other sections of the university and praised environment, beautiful architecture of the main building and facilities, the university provides to its students.

Sindh Madressatul Islam University observes Condolence Reference for Justice (Retd) Rana Bhagwandas

March 02, 2015

A rich tribute was paid to a renowned personality and icon of the judiciary, Justice (Retd.) Rana Bhagwandas in a befitting manners at a Condolence Reference organized by Sindh Madressatul Islam University on him, within the premises of the University on Sunday night. The distinguished speakers highlighted background, life achievements, performance, and role played by Rana Bhagwandas for strengthening Judiciary and democracy in Pakistan.

Former Chief Minister Sindh Syed Ghous Ali Shah said Justice (Retd.) Rana Bhagwandas was an honest and daring judge who had never compromised on his principles, thus no one can question about his honesty and character. He said Rana Bhagwandas was resident of Naseerabad, District Larkana and he himself belonged to Khairpur Mirs, and there was passage of River Indus in between both, but he owned will like River Indus, thus he never made any wrong decision during his span of life, in such a way he kept his respect up, and respects of his own community and the country as a whole.

Renowned parliamentarian and MPA Syed Sardar Ahmed said Rana Bhagwandas was a man of great character and dignity. He also possessed symbols of great human beings prominently and was like a rose flower spread fragrance everywhere.

Senator Saeed Ghani was of the view that Rana Bhagwandas always upheld justice in all eras, either of dictatorship or democratic in the country. He said Rana Bhagwandas was not only judge but he was a true supporter to humanity.

Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University spoke in detail about the services of Justice (Retd.) Rana Bhagwandas rendered for judiciary and especially for Sindh Madressatul Islam University. He said Rana Bhagwandas was selected a member of the first Selection Board of Sindh Madressatul Islam University constituted after getting university status in 2012. He said during the last two years, he, as its member participated in its all meetings, which lasted for 28 days on different dates.

Dr Shaikh said it was his effort that he provided full opportunity of expression to every candidate, and he had never consideration of cast, creed, colour, ethnicity or religious. Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh said Rana Bhagwandas remained present in about 400 interviews of the candidates, out of which 100 employees were selected, who are presently performing their duties at SMIU. He added that people like Rana Bhagwandas take birth in centuries.

Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh also read out message of Justice Muhammad al-Ghazali, Judge of Supreme Court of Pakistan and member of Shariat Appellate Bench. In his message Justice Ghazali said that Justice (Retd.) Rana Bhagwandas was a pride of judiciary. He while appreciating the effort of Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh to organize the reference said that it is indeed a well-deserved tribute to the great man who was an embodiment of noble humility. He radiated trust in human values and inspired nothing but respect and admiration among all those who met him. "I compliment Dr Shaikh for hosting this meeting and or recording our nation's debt of gratitude to this pride of our judiciary," Justice Muhammad al Ghazali said and added that indeed it beloves the great Alma Mater of the father of the Nation to perform this solemn national duty.

Justice (Retd.) Hamid Ali Mirza counting his almost 50 years old friendship with Rana Bhagwandas was weeping and said that whenever he stayed at Hala, Kotri, or Islamabad, we remained with each other. He said that we usually discussed and consulted each other on legal aspects/points. He said Rana Bhagwandas never came under pressure of any one. He added that when former Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chowdhary and other judges were made non functional, at that time Rana Bhagwandas was made acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, where he constituted a full bench and inspite of pressures, he reinstated Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chowdhary and other renowned Judges. "Rana sahib's such decision was based on justice," he said.

Noted businessman Mr. Jahangir Siddiqui highlighting various decisions given by Rana Bhagwandas in many cases and said that he was a big justice loving person and always made decisions based on reality and truth.

Justice (Retd.) Syed Deedar Hussain Shah paid rich tributes to Rana Bhagwandas and said that he never done favouritism and every one salute him on his judgments. He said that Rana Bhagwandas was not promoted twice inspite of seniority. Later in 1994, former Prime Minister Mohtrama Benazir Bhutto promoted him.

Justice (Retd.) Ali Aslam Jaffery said he was a multi-dimensional personality and stood like a rock in the crucial circumstances. Justice (Retd.) Saendino Meitlo, Justice (Retd.) Agha Rafiq Ahmed, former Cabinet Secretary Mr. A.W. Kazi, and former Chairman Sindh Public Service Commission Mr. Mohammad Hassan Bhutto also spoke on the occasion. Ms. Anita Kumari, daughter of Rana Bhagwandas said her father is alive. He will live always with his honesty and Judicial decisions. She added that he always paid due care to his children, parents, relatives and friends and there will be no other alternate to him. Rana Kailash Chandar, son of Rana Bhagwandas said he always loved the country, this is why he could not listen anything against Pakistan. He said that his father made training to the children in a way that we could stand on their own feet, but may not be from others. He also expressed his gratitude for Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh on organizing the condolence reference for his father.

Mr. Rana Ashok Kumar, brother of Rana Bhagwandas, said that although he was 11 years old to him, but he was not only his brother, he was his friend and ideal also.

Besides the family members of Justice (Retd.) Rana Bhagwandas, noted personalities including Dr Hamida Khuhro, Justice (Retd.) Mushtaq Ahmed Memon, Justice Nazar Akbar, Judge of Sindh High Court, Mr. Aftab Lodhi, former Special Secretary to Governor Sindh, noted Sindhi poet Imdad Hussaini, noted poetess Sahar Imdad and Deans, chairpersons and faculty members of SMIU attended the programme.

Ms Rita Bruun Akhtar, Executive Director USEFP delivers lecture at Sindh Madressatul Islam University

February 26, 2015

The Executive Director, United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP), Ms. Rita Bruun Akhtar has said that the USEFP is arranging Fulbright Scholarships for students of various universities of Pakistan and youth of Sindh Province, hence they should come forward and avail this opportunity on the basis of Merit and hardworking. She said this while delivering lecture to faculty and students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University on "Educational Opportunities in USA" at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium of SMIU on Thursday.

She said that the USEFP is announcing 250 scholarships for Pakistan every year. This year, 150 persons are being sent to USA, out of which 23 persons have been selected form Sindh Province, which is about 24 % of the total selectees. Ms. Rita Akhtar added that about 2000 students from China and 10,000 students from India are availing such facilities, while the total number of students from Pakistan is 5000. She added that 50 percent of scholarships are reserved for women.

She added that the students of Sindh must avail these opportunities of scholarships of United States. Mr. Rita Akhtar lauded role of Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh for furtherance of education of SMIU and said that the number of students from Sindh is increased due to the efforts of Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, who is a member of the Board of Directors of Fulbright Scholar Programme, in Pakistan. She hoped that the number of students from Sindh will further increase in future also.

She maintained that the USEFP has been extending facilities for furtherance of quality education in various subjects for student s all over the world purely on their academic merit. Ms. Rita Bruun Akhtar further informed that there are two programmes i-e one is Fulbright Scholar Programme and other is Global Undergraduate Programme. She said the students would apply for scholarships to have studies in various universities of USA. She also stressed upon them to work hard and devote time to studies as they could be selected for higher education in high quality universities of USA.

She also answered the questions of intending students.

On the occasion she announced that the USEFP will provide books for the library of SMIU. Earlier, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh presented welcome address and said that Execute Director USEFP Ms Rita Akhtar has come here to interact with teachers/ students who intend to go USA for higher studies. He said there is complete merit for selection of persons for availing the scholarships and those who will work hard, they can avail such facility. He informed that he has been selected as Fulbright scholar purely on merit basis.

The lecture programme was attended by Deans, chairpersons of various departments, faculty members and students of the SMIU.

Vice Chancellor SMI University Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh express deep sorrows on sad demise of Justice (retd.) Rana Bhagwandas

February 23, 2015

Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor, Sindh Madressatul Islam University, has expressed his deep sorrows on sad 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, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, in his condolence message issued on Monday, has said that there was big attachment of Justice (retd.) Rana Bhagwandas with Alma - Mater of founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad 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. Muhammad Ali 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, Mr. 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 Muhammad Ali Shaikh concluded.

Sindh Madressatul Islam University celebrates its 3rd anniversary

February 17, 2015

Sindh Madressatul Islam University celebrated 3rd Anniversary of getting its charter, in the Main Campus of the University. It was attended by a large number of dignitaries including academicians, jurists and other government officials.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University in his detailed presentation highlighted historic role of Alma Mater of founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, background of establishment of SMIU, its present day performance and facilities and also future plans.

He said that it was a joint vision of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi to establish a school in first phase then it should be elevated to the level of college and then it should be given university status. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said Justice Syed Amir Ali, founder of the National Mohammaden Association, had also supported Hassanally Effendi to establish SMI in 1885. Now SMI is completing 130 years of its glorious journey of nation -building this year and also it has been received university status in 2012.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh further said SMI University has emerged as one of the best and quality higher educational institutions of the country within past three years. "Many successes are in its way," he commented and added that SMI University recruits faculty and staff and also enroll students on purely merit basis. He said now SMI University has confirmed the services of 66 contract employees working in BPS 1 to 16.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said SMI University is also giving emphasis on research work. In this respect it, last year, organized Second International Seminar on Sindh Through the Centuries, National Media Conference and some other seminars on variety of research oriented subjects. "The proceedings of the Second International Seminar on Sindh Through the Centuries, has been published in a book form," he informed and said that besides faculty students are also being engaged in research work. Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh informed that audience that development work at SMIU's Malir Campus is also in progress. Initially, a building for school and technical training center is being constructed there.

He pledged that SMI University, in a few coming years will be known as one of the world class universities.

The prominent personalities who attended the programme were Justice (retd) Hamid Ali Mirza, Justice (retd.) Syed Deedar Hussain Shah, Justice (retd.) Agha Rafiq, Justice (retd.) Syeda Majida Rizvi, Justice (retd.) Ali Hassan Jafri, Justice (retd.) Saindino Metlo, Vice Chancellor of NED University Prof. Dr Afzal Ahmed, Dr Abdul Waha of Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Mr. Robin Davics of British Council Pakistan, Dr Muhammad Memon and others.

The anniversary followed by dinner. Prominent singer of Sindh Dr. Zulfikar Hussain had also presented Wai of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai on the occasion.

Vice Chancellor SMIU distributes letters of appointment on regular basis to the employees.

February 11, 2015

Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh has said that there is shortage of job opportunities in government sector while youth obtaining jobs should devote their energies to deliver good output in the larger interest of their institutions. This he observed while distributing the letters of appointment on regular basis to the employees of University in BPS-1 to BPS-16 in accordance with the recommendations of selection committee at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto auditorium this afternoon.

He said that in first phase 66- employees have been given letters of appointment on regular basis in BPS-1 to BPS-16, while the remaining employees will be given letters of appointment of regular basis in second phase, after completing the requirements.

Vice Chancellor added that SMI University was emerging as famous institution, as such all employees have to work hard for future betterment and development of institution. He said that we all have to perform our duties with devotion, dedication and sense of responsibility with consciousness. The ceremony was largely attended by Faculty members and administrative staff.

Earlier, Mr. Gulzar Ahmed Mughal Controller of Examination presented welcome address. Later, the Vice Chancellor distributed the letters of appointment on regular basis among employees.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh's compiled book "Sindh Through the Centuries-II" Published

February 10, 2015

Sindh Madressatul Islam University, Karachi has published the book entitled "SINDH Through The Centuries -II, which has been compiled by Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of the University.

The book possess proceedings of "2nd International Seminar on Sindh Through the Centuries," held in Karachi in the month of March 2014, containing 31 research articles in English, and Sindhi languages, which were read out by eminent national and international scholars and researchers during the deliberations of the seminar.

The writers include – Dr. Hamida Khuhro, Dr. Ishrat Hussain, Dr. Louis Flam, Dr. Michael Jansen, Dr. Rita P. Wright, Dr. Nilofar Shaikh, Osada Toshiki, Park Kyosoon, Dr. Jetho Lalwani, Dr. Andre Wink, Dr. Mathew A. Cook, Dr. Thomas Dahnhardt, Dr. Michael Boivin, Dr. Mrs. Supriya Banik Pal, Dr. Hari Ram Lohano, Dr. Kamala Goklani, Hiro Thakur and Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Kalhoro, Dr. Humera Naz, Dr. Iqbal A Panhwar, Tania Ali Soomro, Dr. Fahmida Hussain , Gul Muhammad Umrani Dr. Ali Kumail Qazilbash, Kailash Shaadaab, Dr. Vinod H. Asudani, Saleem Memon, Dr. Aftab Abro and Ayaz Gul. The introduction of the book has been written by Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh.

It is historic document on ancient as well as present day Sindh, Pakistan and South Asia.

CM Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah pledged to resolve problems of SMI University

7 February 2015

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor Sindh Madressatul Islam University held a meeting with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, at CM House. In the meeting Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah pledged that the financial issues of the historic institution of Pakistan and an Alma Mater of Founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah will be resolved on priority basis. He also appreciated the role of Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh for successfully running SMI University. Syed Qaim Ali Shah also appreciated scholarly work of Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, who has done in the form of book writing.

Earlier, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh apprised the CM Sindh about issues especially the financial matters facing SMIU. Dr Shaikh said that Sindh government is being providing just 100 million rupees as a grant and the Higher Education Commission is providing only 70 million rupees to SMIU, which is insufficient amount to run a university. Therefore, he requested the CM Sindh to provide special grant to the university.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh also presented his two books to the CM Sindh, among these one book was on Quaid –e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and other one was his compilation of research papers presented by the national and international scholars in the Second International Seminar on Sindh Through the Centuries, organized by Sindh Madressatul Islam University last year.

On the occasion Principal Secretary to CM Sindh Mr. Alamuddin Bullo and Secretary to CM Sindh on Boards and Universities Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah were also present.

Begum Syed Qaim Ali Shah attended Eid Milad un Nabi (PBUH) at SMIU

January 27, 2015

"Holy Prophet Hazart Muhammad (P.B.U.H) has directed to spread message of Almighty Allah for observing peace, brotherhood, tranquility and tolerance amongst mankind," Begum Syed Qaim Ali Shah said this while attending Eid Milad un Nabi (PBUH) programme organized by Sindh Madressatul Islam University for its female faculty and students on Tuesday at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium.

She stressed the need to follow the teachings of Holy Prophet (PBUH) and spread the trends of living, behaviour and true picture of day to day happenings of Holy Prophet Hazart Muhammad (PBUH), so as to create society of prosperity and truth based on justice.

Girl students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University and female faculty members presented Naat on the occasion.

Besides Begum Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Begum Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU, female deans, chairpersons and faculty members of various departments and girl students of SMIU attended the Eid Milad un Nabi (PBUH) programme in a large number.

Laptop distributed among students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University

Karachi: January 26, 2015

The invention of Computer is very important one and human beings have achieved lot of success in every sphere of life, while it is essential for the students to acquire maximum study and knowledge from Computer.

This was observed by Head Academic Affairs and Advisor Students Affairs Prof. Dr. Aurangzeb, while addressing the Laptop Distribution Ceremony of Sindh Madresstual Isalm University at second phase of Prime Minster programme at Talpur House on Monday, January 26, 2015.

He said that students must concentrate on their studies and latest and update knowledge, research, discussions, information and detailed reports for future planning and achievements be acquired. Dr. Aurangzeb added that as far as prizes are concerned, even it may be smaller, the prizes are prizes. He congratulated the students who received computers and laptops.

Earlier, Prof. Dr. Syed Asif Ali, Dean of Department of Computer Science presented welcome address and highlighted the objective of distribution of laptops amongst deserving students. He gave away laptops to 32 boy and girl students of SMIU.

Mr. Gulzar Ahmed Mughal, Controller of Examinations also assisted him. The ceremony was attended by deans and chairpersons of various departments of SMIU, lecturers and students of Business administration, education, Computer Science, environmental sciences and Media studies and social sciences. Students of SMIU thanked to Vice Chancellor SMIU Dr.Muhammad Ali Shaikh for providing laptops to them for further study, education and knowledge.

Farewell for first Graduating batch of Sindh Madressatul Islam University held

January 23, 2015

Enter to learn and go forth to servehas been the mission statement of SMI since its inception in 1885, noted the Vice Chancellor Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh while addressing the first Graduating batch of students in the Department of Media Studies and Education at a local hotel. He said that the first part of the mission statement has been completed for the Graduating students and now the second part relating to rendering service to the society started.

Dr. Shaikh said that the Graduating students owned debt to the poor people of Pakistan, through whose contribution in form of taxes etc, enable these students in this public sector university to use latest Radio Station, Television Station, digital library and laboratories etc. He said the nation had invested in them and now it was their turn to return the favour to the nation, society and the institution.

He gave example of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah who studied at Sindh Madressatul Islam for about five years from 1887 to 1892 and gave his entire property, which he earn through hard work, to educational institutions in the sub- continent with 1/3rd to his Alma-Matter Sindh Madressatul Islam through his Last Will

Earlier, Prof. Dr. Aurangzeb Head Academic Affairs & Advisor students Affairs presented welcome address and endorsed the hardworking of students and teachers for achievement of better results. The function was also addressed by Prof. Dr. Syeda Daud, Pro. Dr. Shaista Naz and office bearers of different clubs and societies of SMIU as Kanwal Iqbal, Wasif Ali, Hussain Ali, Ms. Tania Suleman, Mumtaz Hussain and Minaa Talia. The students presented their experience views and lauded the efforts of Vice Chancellor SMIU Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh for his endeavors in achieving University with in shortest time. Entertainment programme was also presented followed by HI. Tea. The farewell was largely attended by guests, students, faculty, principal staff officers and others.

Professional development workshop held at Sindh Madressatul Islam University in collaboration with HEC and British Council Pakistan

January 20, 2015

Sindh Madressatul Islam University's Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) with collaboration of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) and British Council Pakistan organized a 5- Day Professional Training Workshop for faculty and staff members of the university in its Talpur House.

As a part of Letter of Intent (LOI) singed between Sindh Madressatul Islam University and British Council Pakistan recently, the British Council Pakistan arranged two resource persons for the training; one from University of Karachi and second from University of Swat. The main objective of the workshop was to enhance professional skills of faculty and staff members of the university in their respective fields. In the workshop fifteen sessions were held on English language, its learning, modes of learning and medium of learning.

On completion of the workshop Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University expressed his satisfaction on it and said that this kind of workshops will remain a continuous feature of the university in future also.

Dr. Rukhsar Ahmed, Dean Faculty of Business Administration, also appreciated interest and enthusiasm of the participants shown during the training.

Governor of Sindh assents the statutes of Sindh Madressatul Islam University

Karachi January 20, 2015

The Governor of Sindh Dr. Ishratul Ibad Khan, who is also the Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University, has assented on 19th January 2015 to the statutes approved by the Senate of SMI University.

According to details the statutes include those relating to appointment and promotion of employees, conduct, efficiency and discipline; powers and duties of officers, pension, gratuity G.P. Fund, provident fund, leave and other matters relating to the official business of the University.

The statutes were debated and deliberated upon in three meetings of syndicate and were vetted a retired judge of High Court of Sindh. The draft of statutes passed by the Syndicate was placed in the first meeting of the Senate of SMIU on November 13, 2014, presided over by Governor of Sindh Dr. Ishratul Ibad Khan. After the Senate passed the statutes and the minutes of the meeting were confirmed, the statues were sent for formal assent (approval) of Governor of Sindh, who is also the Chancellor of SMIU.

The Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh congratulated the employees and students of the institution, terming it a historic day, when the university has its own set of laws. He said there were very few universities which have completed all the stages involved in framing of statutes in such a short time.

The employees also congratulated the Vice chancellor of SMIU for his singular efforts aimed at giving the university its set of laws.

Students Must Learn Latest Knowledge and Technologies for Better Future of Nation Dr. M. A. Shaikh V.C (SMIU) Address Orientation Day - 2015

January 17, 2015

The Orientation Day 2015 of newly admitted students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University was held today at Sir. Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor of SMI University Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh welcomed the students and stressed upon them to learn more from this great institution, where father of nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had studied for four and half years.

Dr. Shaikh said that father of nation was an intelligent student of this institution and due to hard work and devotion, he became great lawyer at that time.

He fully admired during his stay at Sindh Maderassatul Islam School and later on June 21, 1943, Quaid-e-Azam got up gradation of School upto the level of College, which was the only College in Sindh for muslim students, Vice Chancellor added.

He said that the admitted students are co-students of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah as such they have distinction that they had got admitted here, as Mr. Jinnah had claimed his stay in the institution. Vice Chancellor further said that there are more than 150 public and private Universities in the country but SMIU receive meager amount as fees from students.

He added that this institution was spreading blessings of knowledge, education and studies since last 130 years the oldest one in Sindh Province. He added that students can be best Judges by evaluating the performance and teachings of their teachers as it is utmost effort to provide best learning to the students, who will then go forth to serve the society and nation.

He said that in case of any deficiency, there is way of further improvement for teachers. Counting facilities at the University, he said that latest needs have been full filled and students can acquire best education and knowledge here.

Dr. M. A Shaikh added that it is the effort to build up the confidence of students so that could face the challenges of further education for acquiring best status in the society. He announced that weekly lecture program will be organized where prominent, highly skilled persons could deliver lectures on various topics.

He added that creation of the trend and atmosphere of leadership is main objective, and there are 6 clubs/teams comprising of elected 30 students to participate in co-curricular activities.

Vice chancellor further informed that video link with Higher Education Commission has been arranged at the cost of Rs. 12.5 million and students of University can avail videos link throughout world for attending lectures of highly reputed personalities while after every six months a group of students and teachers will have tour of UK in collaboration of British Council. He said that students should have commitment with their institution while needy, poor and intelligent students will be encouraged and awarded financial assistance in shape of scholarship.

Earlier, Dr. Rukhsar Ahmed Dean welcomed the participants and students and highlighted the past, present and future of SMIU. Later, Dr. Syed Asif Ali introduced computer Science Section, Dr. Syed Adnan Hassan Environment, Dr. Shaista Naz Education Section, Dr. Mumtaz Media, and Prof. Dr. Aurangzeb Business Administration sections. Also Sana Bhutto introduced business administration,Dr. Nargis informed about K.B. Hassanali Affendi library where 12000 rare and important books are available. Mr.Shah Muhammad Butt spoke about I.T Administration Unit, Dr. Tahir Qader quality enhancement cell, Dr. Nosheen about medical facilities, Mr. Amin Khwaja for code of conduct, Mr. Gulzar Ahmed Mughal about conduct of examinations, Mr. Shakeel Ahmed Abro (Officiating Registrar) on administration issues while Mr. Ghulam Ali Surhio Director Finance spoke of financial aspects. He informed that last year 40 students were granted scholarship while this year so far 115 applications have been received and soon decision will be taken.

The ceremony was attended by Deans, Faculty Members, Staff of University and newly admitted students at large.

Vice Chancellor SMIU Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh Laid the Foundation Stone of School / Technical Training Center SMI University, Malir Campus at Education City Karachi

Karachi January 12, 2015

Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh today laid the foundation Stone of Model School and Technical Training Centre at SMIU Malir Campus situated at Education City near Memon Goth.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh said that SMIU is the first University which has started construction work at Malir Campus at Education city, which will be completed by the year 2025 in phases and first phase will be completed early so as to start school classes with commencement of new academic year i.e 1st April, 2015.

He added that the objective of this project is to spread the literacy and provide quality education to the children of less developed area like Malir, where people were deprived.

Vice Chancellor further informed that Malir Campus will spread over area of 100 acres, while Universities and Institutions have also been provided land by the Government of Sindh. He said that the three floor building of Model School and Technical Training Centre will be completed soon. He informed that present construction work of Model School, and Technical / Vocational Training Center is being completed from special grant provided by Sindh Chief Minister on the Directives of Ex-President Mr. Asif Ali Zardari. He stressed upon people of area to get admitted there children in the Malir Campus of SMIU. Where all academic and recreational facilities will be provided to students. The Vice Chancellor further said that there is vast scope of theoretical and practical studies for students so that the services of skilled youth are made available in a befitting manner.

He said that SMIU is Alma Matter of founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and educational institute of prominent personalities of Sindh province. Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh added that furniture has been purchased while generator is also being arranged soon, and transport facility will be provided to students from their Villages to the School and back.

He said that Malir Campus is being made functional and elementary and secondary classes are being started, while technical courses and training will encourage youth particularly the unemployed one will get jobs after completion of courses. He said that teaching staff has been recruited purely on merit and it will be effort that qualified teachers are inducted in the institution and students will be provided free uniform and free books. The Vice Chancellor informed that a scheme has been sent to Planning and Development Department, Government of Pakistan for establishment of 200 to 250 bedded hospital which will be later upgraded up to the level of Medical College. He added that a Master Plan has been prepared for Malir Campus by NESPAK Co. and about 30 to 35 departments will function in the Malir Campus. He said that more than 50 Universities and Institutes have obtained plots for their schemes and have only constructed compound walls.

Dr. Shaikh informed that the building will comprises of ground plus two floors, and Vocational Center will be established at ground floor while separate boys and girls classes will be established at first and second floors of building. Engineer Ali Gohar Larik was briefed about project while the Vice Chancellor visited construction work on the project.

Earlier, Mr. Muzaffar Ali Shah, Architect of the project welcomed and highlighted the objective of project. He lauded the services of Vice Chancellor Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh for establishment of University and SMIU Malir Campus.

Later, the Vice Chancellor performed the Foundations Stone Ceremony of Model School and Technical Training Centre. He also visited various proposed sections of campus and enquired about details. The function was largely attended by notables of area, teachers and students of University.

Following papers are rescheduled from Sunday January 4, 2015 toMonday January 5, 2015due to Eid Miladun-Nabi (s.a.w).


January 2, 2015

Department Subject Teacher Time
MS (Education) Trends and issues in Education Dr. Amjad Ali 9:30 to 12:30
MS (CS) Advanced Algorithms Analysis Dr. Manzoor Hashmani 9:30 to 12:30
MS (CS) Machine Learning Dr. Manzoor Hashmani 9:30 to 12:30

Sindh Madressatul Islam University inducted teachers and officers selected through NTS Test and evaluation of lecturing skills

January 1, 2015

Sindh Madressatul Islam University inducted a batch of about 25 Lecturers in various departments of the institution on Thursday 1st January 2015. The SMIU became the first public sector university which has inducted teachers after a comprehensive selection process, which included clearance of NTS test and evaluation of lecturing skills by the Selection Board of SMI University comprising amongst others two former judges of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

According to details, SMIU invited applications for the positions of lecturers as well as other administration positions in Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) and Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC). A large number of candidates applied for the positions. They were subject to a written test conducted by NTS. The top scorers of the written test were invited for interviews by the Selection Board, which comprised Justice (Retd.) Rana Bagwandas and Justice (Retd.) Syed Deedar Hussain Shah, both former judges of Supreme Court of Pakistan, in addition to former Secretary Cabinet Division Mr. A.W. Qazi, former Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Sindh Mr. Wasim Ahmed and experts of the respective subjects. The Vice Chancellor Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, chaired the Selection Board meetings which lasted for about 9 days.

During the interviews the candidates were asked to deliver a lecture with the help of white board and marker, placed in the conference room. After thorough evaluation of their teaching skills, the candidates were selected on the basis of their score in the written test conducted by the NTS and their performance in the lecturing exercise and interviews.

Welcoming the newly inductees Vice Chancellor Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh congratulated them on the basis of merit in the time honor institution of SMIU, which has the distinction of being Alma Mater of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. He informed them that training programme for the teachers had been arranged in collaboration with the Pakistan British Counsel, in order to further improve and polish their teaching skills.

The newly inducted teachers and staff members were briefed about various facilities and features available at SMIU like digital library, I.T. facilities etc. by the respective incharges of the sections and departments on Thursday at the Senate Hall of SMIU. The briefing session came to end with lunch arranged for the newly inducted faculty and staff members.

Peshawar Tragedy compared with Karbala Tragedy at SMIU

Karachi December 17, 2014

A condolence meeting and prayers were offered today in an environment of deep sorrow to condole the martyrdom of 148 innocent children, teachers and instructors at Army Public School in Peshawar yesterday, at Sindh Madressatul Islam University, Karachi.

After recitation of Holy Quran, special prayers (Dua) was offered which was attended by faculty members, teachers, students and staff of university. The meeting prayed for depart soul of martyred persons and innocent children.

Speaking on the occasion, vice chancellor SMIU Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh expressed his deepest sorrows on massacre and termed it biggest loss of nation. He said that this tragic incident was like Karballa where forces of yazid martyred the children and family members of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and associates in a cruel manner. He added that the difference between both incidents was that one incident occurred at Karbala while the other occurred at Peshawar, while the forces were same at both the places.

Vice Chancellor added that the objective of terrorists was to create terror and harassment in the name of Islam, which is religion of peace, harmony and brother hood. He added that history has proved that terror and atrocity can never stop the light of reality and truth.

Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh, added that it was darkest hour when innocent children were massacred by those so called religious forces. He said that our Holy Prophet (PBUH) was the person who was blessing for whole world who preached peace for human beings. He said that Pakistan was established after long struggle and it is time to remain united against those terrorists. This is how the martyrdom of the innocent children will not go waste. He added that the incident must be condemned and hoped that the prayers will be accepted by Almighty Allah. Earlier, Professor Dr. Aurangzeb highlighted the perspective and objective of morning meeting.

National Seminar on Citizen's Right to Information and Social Accountability organized by SMIU

December 15, 2014

Pakistan was the first one in South Asia to embark upon its Journey in the domain of freedom of information by introducing legislation in 1997, but that was a reluctant move and the law, which was inform of an ordinance issued by the President, was allowed to lapse. This was stated by Justice (Retd) Syed Deedar Hussain Shah, former Judge of Supreme Court/Chief Justice, Sindh High Court while addressing. National Seminar on Citizen's Right to Information and Social Accountability organized by Sindh Madressatul Islam University Karachi at a local hotel this evening.

He said that the new government, elected through elections, did not promulgated it or pass it in form of a bill in the parliament and after a lot of inertia and reluctance , another flawed version of the law in form of "Freedom of Information Ordinance" was issued by the President in September 2002 Justice (Retd) Syed Deedar Hussain Shah added that the greatest problem being faced by Pakistan today and during last 67 years of its history has been corruption and with passing every year, the menace of corruption has been constantly increasing. He said that the result of this ever increasing phenomenon has been that, an overwhelmingly large number of development projects financed through Pakistan's National resources as well as international aid have not been able to contribute to the national economy, the purpose for which they were intended for.

Justice (Retd) Deedar Hussain Shah further said that on the contrary, they enhanced the country's international financial obligations due to debt retirement increasing poverty. He said that the state of affairs has largely been due to absence of transparency in public spending, both civil and military, and the remedy to this malady lies in cultivating the culture of openness in the public dealings while the institutional framework for bringing openness and transparency could be introduced through the Citizen's right to Information. He added that it is commendable that the Constitutional protection to the right to Information has been provided; it is high time that Pakistan should frame set of rules for ensuring this right in an efficient and effective manner. He said that it is only through transparency ensured by the Citizen's right to Information that Pakistan society could curb the menace of corruption making it possible to eradicate poverty and embark upon the Journey to the National Development.

Senator Farhatullah Babar in his speech informed that law regarding establishment of Information Commission is under way and the draft law has been placed before legal committee, which will later be placed before Federal Cabinet and hopefully the bill will be enacted after duly endorsed by the Cabinet. He added the matters pertaining to National Security and Military installations have been exempted from such necessity. The information commission will be comprised of Judges, High ranking advocates, eligible to become the Judges. He said that we only make the law but lacks the implementation of the same at all levels, for which there is need of awareness. He added that this is appropriate time to encourage and approve the law and form the required Commission early with spirit of work of the subject. Senator Farhatullah Babar also gave replies to questions of audience and students of the University. He said that freedom of speech, freedom of expression and rights of freedom to information have been made with constitutional need.

Justice (Retd) Majida Rizvi elaborated constitutional history of human rights, good governance, eradication of corruption, and other aspects which inacted the law of citizens Right to Information and Social Accountability. She added the there is acute need of accountability in our society and social sectors like education, health, public welfare are to be promoted for better results. She further said that the public services/expenditure is to be monitored by responsible authorities. She said that whether it is only to pass law or the issues, atrocities and public grievances must be resolved on priority basis.

Vice Chancellor of SMI University Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh in his keynote address presented detailed historical background about right to information citing examples of issue, he highlighted the matter prevailed in India and then to Pakistan. He added that at present our Parliamentarians are eligible to obtain information, or the courts of law receive. Details/information while the Government is determined to provide any information. Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh added that Citizen is a the master and the poor people have also right to ask question , Vice Chancellor informed that under the UN Charter, the law support to possess freedom of information. Earlier Prof. Aurangzeb of SMIU presented welcome address and highlighted the perspective and background of SMIU.

All speakers landed the role of Vice Chancellor Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh who arranged the Seminar under the banner of center for public policy, which was attended by intellectuals, researches, lawyers, media men, teachers and students at large.

Table Calendar "Jinnah and SMI" launched

The Vice Chancellor Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh launched the Table Calendar-2015 "Jinnah and SMI" published by SMIU here on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. This beautifully designed calendar highlights various aspects of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah's association with historic Sindh Madressatul Islam. In addition to narrations relating to the subject, the calendar also carries some of the historic photographs of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah taken at Sindh Madressatul Islam as well as other places.

The twelve leaves of the calendar representing each month highlight different aspects of Mr. Jinnah's association with SMI where he spent the longest spell of his academic life, from 1887 to 1892. The themes highlighted in the calendar relates to his years of education; his reverence and respect for the founder of the institution, Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi; his deep sentiments about his alma-mater as well as his last will, wherein he bequeathed one third of his personal property to Sindh Madressatul Islam.

The calendar also highlights the fact that Quaid-e-Azam got his command over English language during his studies at SMI, where he learnt the language under the tutelage of Mr. H.P. Jacob who served as Educational Inspector in Sindh at that time but took personal interest in proficiency of students in English. One of the leaves also highlights that Quaid-e-Azam might got introduced to Shakespeare's poetry at SMI. It also bring to the fore the notion that the institution provided top quality education to Mr. Jinnah, which is evident from the fact that even without appearing in matriculation examination Mr. Jinnah was able to clear the Lincoln's Inn's entrance examination in London, which got him admission in the Inn.

The calendar also highlights that the first contact of Mr. Jinnah with the highest ranking British officials might have been taken place at SMI, which was visited by the Viceroy of India, the Governor of Bombay and other senior British Officers on different occasion during the period of Mr. Jinnah's study. One leaf of the calendar highlights that during the period of Jinnah's studies at SMI, he was subjected to living in a multicultural environment, where students and faculty belonging to various religious communities like Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Jews studied and worked together. It suggests that Mr. Jinnah's famous speech of 11th August 1947 in the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan might have basis in the multicultural environment prevailing at SMI.

It may be pointed out that "Mohammadally Jinnabhoy," as Quaid-e-Azam was known in his early life, was enrolled at Sindh Madressatul Islam in July 1887 and studied there till January 1892, with two brief intervals. Quaid-e-Azam revered his Alma Mater to the extent that he upgraded it to college from school in 1943 and bequeathed one-third of his personal property to it through his last will.

It may be noted that SMI is one of the oldest institutions in South Asia, which was established as a school in 1885 by Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi. It was upgraded to college by Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah in 1943 and was elevated to University in 2012. At present it offers graduate and undergraduate programs in Media Studies, Computer Science, Business Administration, Environmental Sciences and Education. It is known for its high quality of education and research.

The excerpts and quotations given in the calendar are taken from the book "Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah: Education, Struggle and Achievements" written by Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU and published by SMI University Press in 2014.

Federal Minster Mr. Ahsan Iqbal addresses faculty of Sindh Madressatul Islam University

Pakistan is an important country and present government under the leadership of Prime Minister Mian Mohammad Nazaw Sharif has chalked out education vision 2025, so as to bring all parts and areas of the country on unified level of literacy, education, technology and social uplift. This was stated by Federal Minster for Planning and Development Mr. Ahsan Iqbal while addressing the faculty members of Sindh Madressatul Islam University on Wednesday December 3, 2014 at its Junagarh Hall.

He said that present government has given slogan of Passionate Pakistan, which will create education of job oriented with positive thinking and social responsibility. Mr. Ahsan Iqbal added that there is a need of joint identity to our country and we have to think and work for national interest as there are moments for making the Pakistan.

He added that instead of quarrelling each other we have to follow the lessons and struggle of Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, and teachers, parents and students should work for each task on excellence.

He underlined the need that Sindh Madressatul Islam University being the Alma Mater of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, will be made top most educational institution as the Father of the Nation always believed ion hardworking, honesty and excellence.

He further said that as far as education in Pakistan, in comparison to other countries is concerned, there is lack of standard, performance and facilities. He said that present age is progressive and needs positive education with objective of development in all fields.

He said that after industrial revolution the world is moving rapidly towards knowledge revolution, while the future of development and prosperity under human resources lies on brain power instead of mussel power. At present, the main issue of USA and other European counties is education and issues pertaining to education, while there is need under present circumstances about a smart economy, creativity under critical thinking as such the latest needs are being fulfilled by the government.

Federal Minster P&D further added that a National Curriculum Council has been founded aimed at to prepare a unified curriculum in consultation with all provincial governments for creation, innovation and creative thinking as such necessary funds and resources have been provided in the budget. He added that under that council the standardization will be enforced by unification of all educational boards of provinces of the country so as to enforce system of conferring degrees to students reliable and acceptable in all provinces.

He said that it is a right of every student of every city, town and village to acquire unified quality education for which together with curriculum, examination system is also being reviewed. He further said that under 18th amendment, education had been devolved to the provinces, but yet there is need of good coordination in the system. He added that we have to work harder for achieving better quality education, smart education and latest technology, so as to bring revolution and changes in our social sector. He said that HEC has been entrusted target of establishment of at least one university in each district of the country, so that no child is deprived of higher education.

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the University Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, presented welcome address and gave briefing about past, present and future vision of the university. He said that SMIU is an Alma Mater of Quaid-e-Azam and there is historical background of personalities who remained associated with this institution, which has been established 130 years ago.

On the occasion Mr. Ahsan Iqbal visited Jinnah Museum of SMIU and got deep interest in the relics of the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

Sindh Madressatul Islam University organizes Declamation Contest

November 28, 2014

Prof. Dr. Aurangzeb, Head of Academic Affairs and Advisor Students Affairs of Sindh Madressatul University has said that besides academic activities; SMI University is emphasizing on improvement of communication skill, knowledge and learning process of its students through co-curricular activities. He said this while speaking as a chief guest at the First/ University Round of All Pakistan Inter University Declamation Contest for the Award of 17th Allama Iqbal Shield held at SMI University on Friday, at its Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium.

He said that we are passing through a dangerous phase, hence the academia should guide the young generation to adapt positive thinking. Dr Aurangzeb also congratulated the winners and said that SMI University's students have a potential, but it is needed to be explored and this kind of activities will help in talent hunt. He said that second round of the declamation would be held on provincial basis.

Earlier, nineteen boy and girl students of SMIU's all the five departments i.e. Media Studies, Business Administration, Education, Computer Science and Environmental Sciences participated in the contest, which was held in English and Urdu languages.

Ms. Mahgul, Mr. Umair Siddiqui and Ms Mahnoor secured first, second and third positions in English contest, respectively, while Ms. Kanwal Iqbal, Mr. Mumtaz Hussain and Hamza M. Yousuf stood first, second and third in Urdu language contest. Prof. Dr. Aurangzeb, Head of Academic Affairs and Advisor Students Affairs and other deans and chairpersons of various departments distributed cash prizes and certificates among the position holders. Certificates were also distributed among other speakers.

The contestants spoke on variety of subjects including power of pen, sword and wealth, burn my degree, my country and my responsibility and you are free to speak (boal key lab aazad hein terey).

The students were of the view that corruption is a prime problem of the country that has destroyed all institutions and the society. This is why, the country has been failed to achieve its goals in social development. They also said that the young and eligible persons are failing to get employment as there is no respect of degree and ability. Some students opined that we should develop our skills rather than focusing on achieving degrees without having skills. But they said that for good cause, we must bring change in the system and respect and value the talent.

First elected "students council" in a public sector university takes oath at SMIU

November 21, 2014

The oath taking ceremony of elected office bearers of "Students Council" of Sindh Madressatul Islam University was held on Friday, November 21, 2014 in a simple but impressive manner at Junagarh Hall of the University. Vice Chancellor SMIU Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh administered the oath to newly elected 24 office bearers of six clubs and societies. He congratulated the members of elected Students Council and stressed upon them to fully participate in creation of healthy atmosphere of respective clubs/societies and bring positive thoughts, constructive vision and practical suggestions in the larger interest of students in general and the University in particular.

Later, a ceremony to celebrate the oath taking of first elected "Students Council" in a public university was held at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto auditorium. Speaking on the occasion, the Vice Chancellor SMIU Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh termed it a great day for celebration that after a gap of over 40 years, students of a University has go right to elect their representatives and are provided an opportunity to take part in co-curricular activities for creation of healthy atmosphere in the campus and make sense of participation in clubs and societies of Debating Society, Arts Society, Literary Club, Scitech Society, Rotaract Club and Sports Club.

He added that it is a right of students to participate in sound, positive and healthy activities but the Martial Law regime of General Ziaul Haq snatched that democratic right from students, with result various students groups were scattered. He said that the educational institutions were made hostage at the hands of those students groups.

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh further said that students of even Sri Lanka and Nepal possess such right of participation in elections for various societies and clubs; as such SMIU is the first public sector university where this process has been completed smoothly. Vice Chancellor SMIU stressed upon office bearers of societies/clubs to come up with proposals, suggestions and programmes aid at to highlight the activities on one hand and build upon the image of the University on other hand.

Dr Shaikh said that at present, out of 250 employees, there are 100 female employees in the University, while there are nine girl students elected in Students Council. He said that our criteria should not be gender but ability, respect, devotion and dedication.

Earlier, Prof. Dr Aurangzeb presented welcome address and Mr. Ghulam Ali Surhio, Director Finance presented vote of thanks. Elected presidents of six clubs and societies as Mohammad Nawaz (Debating Society), Hasnain Ali (Art Society), Mr. Talha (Rotaract Club), Mr. Mumtaz Hussain (Scitech Society), Wasif Ali Shaar (Literary Club) and Mr. Saad Iqbal (Sports Club) also spoke on the occasion.

First elections for clubs and societies of Sindh Madressatul Islam University held

18 November 2014

The first elections for six student clubs and societies including Debating Society, Literary Club, Scitech Society, Rotaract Club, Art Society and Sports Club of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) were held on Tuesday in a most festive, peaceful and cordial atmosphere in the premises of the university. Almost all students of the university made the elections most interesting event by their fully participation in it.

The elections held under supervision of Students Advisor of SMIU Prof. Dr. Aurangzeb and other faculty members of various departments of the university, in which following office bearers were elected: for Debating Society Mohammad Nawaz (President), Ms Kanwal Iqbal (General Secretary), Mr. Pervaiz Ali (Joint Secretary- male) and Ms. Mehtab (Joint Secretary-female), for Art Society Hasnain Ali (President), Ms Sumaira (General Secretary), Syed Adeel (Joint Secretary- male) and Ms. Sara Saleem (Joint Secretary-female), for Rotaract Club Mr. Talha (President), Ms Tania Sulaiman (General Secretary), Mr. Arsalan (Joint Secretary- male) and Ms. Uroosa Khursheed (Joint Secretary-female), for Scitech Mr. Mumtaz Hussain (President), Ms Syed Waqas Shah (General Secretary), Wasel Khalil (Joint Secretary- male) and Ms. Maham Riaz (Joint Secretary-female), for Literary Club Wasif Ali Shaar (President), Mr. Sharyar Ansari (General Secretary), Mr. Faraz Ahmed (Joint Secretary- male) and Ms. Ms Neelam (Joint Secretary-female), for Sports Club Mr. Saad Iqbal, (President), Mr Armanullah Khan (General Secretary), Mr. Sheeraz Khan (Joint Secretary- male) and Ms. Minna Taliha (Joint Secretary-female) were elected.

On the other hand Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU congratulated the newly elected office bearers of different clubs and societies of the university and hoped that they will create healthy competition for promotion and furtherance of educational activities. He said that SMIU is the first public sector university that has brought its students in the democratic process and gave them a right to run various clubs and societies for betterment of students and the university.

The vice chancellor hoped that the elected office bearers of SMIU will be messengers of literacy and should spread message of research, knowledge, hardworking and goodwill in and outside the SMIU.

Dr Aurangzeb said that the main objective of these elections was to fully involve students in the healthy and creative co-curricular activities to enhance their learning process at SMIU. He also congratulated to the successful office bearers.

First meeting of SMIU's Senate held at Sindh Governor House

November 13, 2014

The first Senate meeting of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) was held on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Governor House. Governor of Sindh Dr. Ishratul Ebad Khan, who is also chancellor of SMI University, presided over.

The meeting in a resolution expressed deep sorrows and grief on sad demise of renowned scholar, poet, an old student of SMI and a member of SMIU's Senate Mr. Khan Yousuf Jamal.

The meeting also approved and endorsed the decisions of SMIU Syndicate, which were passed at its previous meetings. The meeting also approved budget of last two years and finalized the issues of financial matters.

The meeting also unanimously appreciated services and efforts of Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, vice chancellor SMIU, for improvement of historical institution, for which Dr S.M.Qureshi presented a resolution, which was endorsed and seconded by Mr. Salman Farooqi.

The Senate meeting requested the Government of Sindh to resolve financial matters of SMI University and informed that case of special grant worth Rs300 million duly approved by Sindh Finance Department has been sent to the Chief Minister Sindh, requesting for necessary sanction.

The Senate also approved the Master Plan of SMIU Malir Campus duly recommended by the Syndicate.

It was also decided to initially start school classes at the Malir Campus from the next academic year, while the construction work be completed as early as possible. It was further decided to submit PC-1 to the Higher Education Commission with reference to the Master Plan.

The meeting also requested the Government of Sindh particularly the Governor of Sindh to take up the matter with Federal Government of this institution being the Alma Mater of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah for early approval of the scheme for furtherance of the institution.

The Governor of Sindh pledged an honour for him that after a period of 65 years he had approved the Charter of this great institution, for which Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had inaugurated a college in the year of 1943. Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan further said that it is also historical event that he is chairing the first meeting of the Senate of this university.

Besides Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, Governor of Sindh and Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU, the meeting was attended by Sindh Education Minister/Pro Chancellor of SMIU Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Federal Ombudsman Mr. Salman Farooqi, Justice (retd.) Agha Rafiq Ahmed, Chairman of Sindh Public Service Commission, Justice Nadeem Akhtar, High Court of Sindh, MNA Mr. Ghous Bux Mahar, Dr. S.M.Qureshi,former Chairman of Charter Inspection and Evaluation Committee, Mr. Fayaz Ali Butt, MPA, Dr. Sikanadar Shoro MPA, Dr. Noman Ahmed, Chairman Architect and Planning Department of University of Mr. Rahim Bux Channa, Nominee of HEC, Mr. Mohammad Uzair Soomro, Nominee of Secretary of Sindh Education, Dr Syed Asif Ali, Dr Rukhsar Ahmed, Dr Aurangzeb, Dr Anjum Bano Kazmi, Mr. Ameen Ahmed Khowaja, Mr. Ghulam Ali Surhio, Mr. Gulzar Ahmed Mughal, Mr. Shakeel Ahmed Abro, Mr. Mohammad Yousuf and other members attended the meeting.

Earlier Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh presented a detailed report of SMIU through multi media and highlighted the past, present and future of SMI University.

Establishment of Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University Lyari termed as greatest happening for the people of Lyari in centuries

September 29, 2014

Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University Lyari (BBSU), has termed establishment of Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University in Lyari as one of the greatest happenings for the people of Lyari, since Lyari came into being.

Speaking as a chief guest on Orientation Day of 5th batch of BBSU Lyari; held on Monday at auditorium of the university, Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, who is holding additional charge of vice chancellor of BBSU Lyari besides working as vice chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University said the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University, Lyari is going to change the identity of the Lyari from commonly perceived as den of gamblers and drug dealers to the one producing scholars, intellectuals and professionals.

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh said Lyari possesses a centuries old rich history and culture; hence BBSU Lyari will bring positive changes in lives of people of the area through modern and quality education. "The change in Lyari is imminent as BBSU Lyari has been named after name of a great leader Shaheed Mohtrama Benazir Bhutto, who had given much importance to education for young generation of the country," he maintained. Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh said the nations can earn respect only by education not by violence, oppression and injustice. Therefore, BBSU Lyari will prove one of the best universities of the country that will change destiny of people of Lyari and its adjoining areas.

He was of the view that BBSU Lyari has laid foundation to become a university of an international level; hence he is optimist that it will produce dynamic leadership of the country in coming days." He also said the university will concentrate on research work also which is main component of a university.

While recalling historic bond between Sindh Madressatul Islam and people of Lyari; the Dr Shaikh said SMI had very close relationship to people of Lyari, spread over 130 years, as majority of people of Lyari had received their education from Sindh Madressah. "It is proud to say that the best footballers of Lyari had also remained students of SMI," Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh said and added that doors of SMIU are open for students of BBSU Lyari; who can visit SMIU and get benefit from its facilities at any time. Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh also declared both the universities – SMIU and BBSU as 'sister universities' and emphasized on establishment of best working relationship among them, in the areas of quality education and research work.

Mr. Habib Hassan, Head of Lyari Resource Center also expressed his views about the university and said it is a great gift to the people of Lyari from PPP.

Earlier, heads of various faculties and departments such as Prof. Dr Abdul Hussain Shah Bukhari, Dean of faculty of Computer Science, Dr Farida Azeem Loadhi, Chairperson of Education Department, Dr Gobind, head of faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, Prof. Noor Mohammed Memon, Director Finance and Controller of Examinations, Prof. Dr Taj Mohammad Baloch, Registrar and Syed Shafique Hyder Moosvi also spoke. Faculty members of various departments also introduced themselves on the occasion. Later on Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh inaugurated a Bookshop established by the BBSU Lyari in its premises.

Sindh Madressatul Islam University organizes Orientation Day

September 13, 2014

Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) organized an Orientation Day for newly admitted students (Batch 2014) at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium of the university on Saturday. It was third batch that was enrolled in SMIU after getting university status in 2012.

Fresh students attended the event along with their parents. They were feeling proud to be here and were full with sprit while entering in corridors of the institution, where Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and other great leaders had walked through it as its students.

Deans and chairpersons of SMI University's five departments gave presentations on their respective departments. They apprised the students about latest facilities and resources available for students at the campus. They also informed them about job opportunities available in the market of the country and abroad.

Dr. Rukhsar Ahmed, Dean of Business Administration while welcoming the students said they will embark a wonderful learning experience at SMIU during their stay over here for next four years, as it provides quality education with the help of most learned and experienced faculty. He said last year 40 students of SMI were given merit and need bases scholarships and this year scholarships will be given to more students.

He also talked about the history and role of SMIU played in the academic revolution in the region. He lauded academic services of Sindh Madressah rendering during the last 130 years. Officiating Dean of Faculty of Education Department Dr Anjum Bano Kazmi gave presentation on research work carried out by faculty as well students at SMIU and also mentioned co-curricular activities, organized by SMIU so far. Dr. Amjad Ali, Officiating Chairperson of Department of Education highlighted importance of education in the country and said his department is responsible to impart education that is need of the day.

Dr. Azfar Ali, Officiating Chairperson of Media Studies Department briefed fresh students about media and said we are living in the age of media; hence students should take the subject as a challenging one. "We have also TV studio and FM Radio for practical work of students," he said and added that one can listen SMIU's FM Radio in the city on 96.6 frequency.

Dr. Naila Rozy, Associate Professor Department of computer Science while introducing her department and its faculty briefed the students about the importance of IT in the country as well as in the world. Mr. Abdul Hafeez of IT Administration Unit said presently SMIU has 07 computer labs, one electronic lab and WIFI networking. Dr. Syed Adnan, Officiating Chairperson of Environmental Sciences talked about environment, its importance and job opportunities available for students in different public sector and private organizations. In his presidential address Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University said students of SMI University are true heirs of founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, who studied in classrooms of SMI for almost four and half year and played on its ground and then bequeathed one third of his property through his last will.

He said Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had loved very much to his Alma Mater as when he had inaugurated Sindh Madressah College in 1943, he had emotionally recalled his old days spent at SMI. "The students who have been succeeded in getting admission at SMIU are fortunate that they are now fellow students of founder of Pakistan, hence they have to follow the food steps of the Quaid in his honesty, leadership qualities and love for his nation," the Vice Chancellor of SMI University said.

Mr. Gulzar Ahmed Mughal, Controller of Examination, Mr. Shakeel Ahmed Abro, Officiating Registrar, Mr. Ghulam Ali Surahio, Director Finance, Mr. Mohammad Hashim Zuberi of ORIC, Mr. Mohammad Yousuf, Liberian, Mr. Ameem Khwaja, Deputy Controller Examination and Dr. Nausheen Shah also spoke on the occasion.

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMI University distributes certificates among participants of HEC Indigenous On – Campus Training

September 10, 2014

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has said that teachers' trainings are essential for enhancement of teaching capabilities, skills and efficiency; hence these must be given priority in universities, and other educational institutions.

He said this while addressing the Certificate Distribution Ceremony on completion of five days HEC Indigenous On – Campus Training. Prominent academics participated in the training as resource persons including Mr. Abuzar Wajidi, Mr. Abbas Hussain, Dr. M. Altaf Mukati, Ms. Nimrah Waseem, Dr Shahid Qureshi, Dr Manzoor Ali Isran, Mr. Fawad Soomro, Dr Kamran Siddiqui, Mr. Faraz Bandukda and others.

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh said it was the first time when SMI University has issued certificates to anybody after becoming a university. He said these kinds of workshops and trainings will continue, as we want to impart quality education and that objective can be achieved through highly qualified and trained faculty.

"Now it is a responsibility of faculty members who participated in the training to transfer their latest knowledge and skills, learnt from the training to students of SMIU," Vice Chancellor said and added that it was a good effort on the part of Higher Education Commission to sponsor training for faculty of SMI University.

Governor Sindh gives additional charge of Vice Chancellor Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University, Lyari,to Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh, VC, SMI University

September 4, 2014

The Governor Sindh of Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan has entrusted additional charge of Vice Chancellor Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University, Lyari, Karachi to Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor, Sindh Madressatul Islam University, in addition to his own duties.

Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh shall work as Vice Chancellor of Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University, Lyari, during absence of Vice Chancellor Dr. R.A. Shah, who is proceeding on Ex- Pakistan leave from 4th September 2014 to 10th October 2014. This was notified in a notification issued by the Secretariat of the Governor of Sindh, who is also chancellor of both the Universities. Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh assumed the additional charge on Thursday, September 4 2014 and along with his original responsibilities as Vice Chancellor of SMI University, started to perform his additional responsibilities at BBSU, Lyari.

SMI University celebrates 129 years of Foundation Day of Sindh Madressatul Islam

September 1, 2014

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor Sindh Madressatul Islam University has said that 129 years of Sindh Madressatul Islam life are years of devoted national service and pride.

Speaking at a 129th Foundation Day Ceremony of Sindh Madressatul Islam Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh said those are great men, who dream great for their nations and then materialize them through their efforts and sacrifices.

Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi were among those great persons who changed the destiny of Muslims of Subcontinent by establishing modern educational institutions,â€￾ Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh said and added that in 1885, when Sindh Madressatul Islam was established, there were only three Muslim matriculates in the entire Sindh, hence Hassanally Effendi decided to establish a modern school, which was first of its kind especially for Muslims.

Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh maintained that at that time there were schools of Parsis, Hindus, and Christians and there was a grammar school also, where mostly secular education was being imparted, but there was no modern school for Muslim children where moral education of their religion could also be imparted.

He said that it was Hassanally Effendi and his comrades who felt to establish a modern school with religious education. Dr Shaikh further said that it was the time when Sindh Arts College was established by Dayaram Gidumal and his friends. Later its name was changed and it became D.J Sindh College, while the name of Sindh Madressatul Islam remained same till date.

Vice Chancellor of SMI University said this great institution was upgraded to level of college and was inaugurated by its most distinguished old student Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah in a grand ceremony held on June 21, 1943.

Revealing the page of history Dr Shaikh said when Sir Syed Ahmed Khan had visited the site, where development work of Sindh Madressatul Islam was in progress, he had suggested Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi that you should not think only for school, but aim at a school, college to expand into a university. “Later we materialized the dream of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and Hassanally Effendi by getting university status for Sindh Madressatul Islam in 2012,â€￾ the first vice chancellor of SMI University said.

He said that he had joined Sindh Madressatul Islam in 1994 as its principal and has been here for over 20 years and worked for its betterment and quality education.

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh said that SMI University provides quality education with best academic atmosphere, where no politics and financial and morale corruption is allowed. He said similarly, SMIU Model School is also working excellently.

Talking about future plans Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh said that a new world class campus of SMIU of world standard would be established in Education City, Malir, which will be completed up to 2025 in three phases. Alike it, a 10 floor tower will be constructed in the vacant space of SMI University’s city campus, as to provide access to a public sector university to people living in odl city area of as well as rest of the province and the country.

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh gave congratulations to all faculty members of all sections, students and other employees on the completion of 129 years of Sindh Madressatul Islam’s journey of success and entering in 130th years of its life.

Earlier, Principal of SMIU Model School Nabila Khnawal, Vice Principal Syed Wajid Ali, chairpersons of SMI University Ms. Anjum Bano Kazmi, Dr Syed Asif Ali, Dr Syed Adnan Ahmed, Dr Syed Azfar Ali, senior and Dr Muneer Ahmed and senior teachers of SMIU Model School Mr. Abdul Latif Chachar, Wajid Ali Shah, retired teacher Mr. Rajab Ali Mallah also spoke on the occasion. On this occasion boy and girl students of SMIU Model School presented wonderful and impressing tableaus on national and folk songs.

Sindh governor forms committee regarding uniform rules and allowances in public sector universities

Karachi August, 25, 2014

Dr. Ishrat- ul-Ebad Khan, Governor of Sindh has constituted a committee with Prof. Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor Sindh Madressatul Islam University as chairman and comprising Prof. Dr. Mohammad Aslam Uqaili, Vice Chancellor Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, Jamshoro, Prof. Dr. Memon Mujeeb-u-ddin Sahrai , Vice Chancellor Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam and Dr. Fazalullah Pechuho, Additional Chief Secretary Education, as member to study, evaluate and recommend uniform rules, allowances and benefits for the officers/ officials of the Public Sector Universities.

The Terms of the Reforms include to examine existing allowances/benefits allowed in all universities of Sindh; to examine the possibility for uniform rules in all universities of Sindh; and to submit its recommendations for uniform rules / allowances and benefits to all officers / officials of all universities in Sindh within one month.

SMI University's Syndicate meeting held

August 16, 2014

A meeting of Syndicate of Sindh Madressatul Islam University held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Conference Hall of SMI University. Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMI University presided it over.

In the meeting service rules of the university were approved. The minutes of previous 4th Syndicate meeting were approved and decided that these would be placed before forthcoming meeting of the Senate of SMI University for final approval.

The meeting was attended by the members of SMIU's Syndicate Justice (Retired) Syed Deedar Hussain Shah, Mr. Justice (Retired) Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan, Chairman Sindh Public Service Commission, Dr. Syeda Nafisa Shah, MNA, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, MNA, Dr. Sikandar Ali Shoro, MPA, Mr. Fayyaz Ali Butt, MPA, Mr. Rahim Bux Channa, Director HEC Representative, Mr. Hafeezullah Abbasey, Additional Secretary Education, Government of Sindh, Dr. Tariq Rahime Soomro, Dean, Faculty of Information, Technology, SMIU, Dr. Syed Asif Ali, Professor SMIU, Dr. Adnan Hassan, Associate Professor, Dr. Syed Azfar Ali, Assistant Professor, Mr. Ameen Ahmed Khuwaja, Lecturer and Mr. Shakeel Ahmed Abro, Acting Registrar, SMIU.

Flag hoisting ceremony held at Sindh Madressatul Islam University on Independence Day August 14, 2014

August 14, 2014

A Flag Hoisting Ceremony held at Sindh Madressatul Islam University, an Alma Mater of Founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah on the Independence Day, Thursday. Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, vice chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University performed the ceremony by hoisting national flag.

Thereafter, in his speech he said that during the last 67 years of the independence, the country has progressed in many areas, which was impossible for Muslims in undivided India. Besides, with creation of Pakistan, Muslim nation preserved their national identity, cultural values and fundamental rights. "Now we are free to perform our religious rituals, celebrate our cultural day and move ahead," he said.

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh further said Pakistan had received only one public sector university on the day of Independence, and that was Punjab University, where only 644 students were enrolled, but now 150 universities are working in the country, out which 75 are public sector universities and 75 are private sector universities, where one million students are getting higher education.

He maintained that before Partition of Indo Pak subcontinent there was 75 percent population of Muslims in Sindh, but only 22 percent Muslims were in public sector jobs. Hence, there was a big difference between Muslims and Hindus in almost all areas of life. This is why, Muslims united under one flag of Pakistan under the dynamic leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. He also said that it was the ground of Sindh Madressatul Islam, from where the central leadership of Pakistan like Quaid –e- Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Sir Abdullah Haroon, Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto, Khan Bahadur Mohammad Ayub Khuhro, Ghulam Mohammad Bhurgri and others emerged and they ultimately achieved a separate state for Muslim.

Dr Shaikh said that there is no doubt that the country is facing challenges of law and order situation, terrorism, corruption and other problems, but we have to critically review our performance today - on the Independence day, which is also a day of accountability for us and then must think and work for betterment of the country and its people.

Later on cake cutting ceremony was also held. Senior management, faculty and staff members attended the flag hoisting ceremony. In the end sweets were distributed among the participants.

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh delivers lecture on "Higher Education in Pakistan" organized by Rotary Club Karachi

August 11, 2014

Rotary Club Karachi He organized a lecture on "Higher Education in Pakistan" by Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University at a local hotel on Monday, August 11, 2014.

Proceedings of the program started with recitation from Holy Quran. Then the president of Rotary Club Mr. Saifuddin Bandooqwala, who also happens to be an old student of SMI, presented introduction of Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh.

Afterwards while delivering the lecture on "Higher Education in Pakistan" Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh said that before creation of Pakistan there was only one Public Sector University in the present day provinces of Pakistan and that was Lahore University. Now there are 150 public sector universities in the country, but generally; the research work is lacking in these all universities. Except a few private sector universities, the rest universities are catering traditional education especially in business administration and IT, but there is no valuable research work is being carried out by faculty and students.

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh while mentioning the problems facing specially public sector universities in the country said students politics have negatively affected academic atmosphere of public sector universities. Therefore, to counter the militant wings of political parties, another force like Rangers has been deployed in the campuses.

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh further said political interference in selection of faculty is also a main reason of poor performance of public sector universities. "Now autonomous status of public sector universities have been remained no more as main officials of the universities such as vice chancellor, registrar, director finance and controller of examination are being appointed by Sindh Governor on advice of Chief Minister of Sindh," Dr Shaikh said and added that about 34 billion rupees are being given to public sector universities annually, which amount although is less than annual budget of foreign universities, but it is being not utilized properly. He said 6 times less amount is being given to colleges in Sindh as compared to the universities; this is why the performance of colleges is also very poor. "Colleges are most ignored sector of education in our country," he said.

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh has said before the Partition of Indo-Pak Subcontinent, the British government of India had given autonomy to public sector universities, but later it was snatched from them by interference of politicians and bureaucracy. Now public sector universities are facing big problem of good governance and fair utilization of funds.

The vice chancellor of SMI University also talked on the history of Sindh Madressatul Islam University and its present day situation."SMI University besides opening Department of Business Administration and Computer Science, three departments of public service as the Department of Education, Environmental Sciences and Media Studies have been opened," Vice Chancellor of SMI University said and added that the private sector universities are concentrating only on two departments as Business Administration and Computer Science, as these universities mostly have been established by businessmen.

Concluding his lecture Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh said the higher education in Pakistan is passing through an evolution phase; hence he is optimist that the future politicians and rulers would realize the importance of the higher education and will improve it according to the world standard. He also suggested that that modern facilities and conducive atmosphere should provide to the students as they could get better education with peace of mind.

A large number of members of the club including Sardar Yaseen Malik attended it.

Twenty Years of Academic Leadership at Sind Madressatul Islam University Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh sets new record of longest serving Head of the Institution

July 21, 2014

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, who assumed the charge of the Principal of Sindh Madressatul Islam on 21st July 1994 completed 20 years of serving as Head of the Institution on Monday, 21st July 2014. He set new record of the longest serving head of Sindh Madressatul Islam since its establishment in 1885.

Prior to him, the longest serving Head of the Institution was Mr. Thomas Henry Vinces, who served as Principal for 19 years from 1903 to 1922. Mr. Vinces was seconded by Mr. Syed Nasir Hussain who served for 17 years from 1953 to 1970. During the tenure of Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Sindh Madressatul Islam which had been working as a government run school, progressed to College level and finally became a University imparting most modern quality education in the country.

In this respect the Serves of Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) were eulogized in a meeting of senior staff and faculty members of SMIU on completion of 20 years of his academic leadership at this historic of institution of Sindh.

In the meeting which was chaired by Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, the progress and development of Sindh Madressatul Islam made in the last 20 years was reviewed in detail and it was said that during the last two decades of Dr Shaikh's service at SMI he gave a new birth to Sindh Madressatul Islam and got elevated it from school to university level. It was a fact that SMI got university status due to his restless efforts. He also holds a credit of getting university status of another institution- Dawood College of Engineering and Technology, Karachi.

When Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh had joined SMI in July 1994 the institution was in most deplorable condition, but he improved its standard of education and got renovated its century old buildings. Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh also added girls secondary section and college classes into it. He provided modern facilities including computer centers, modern library and modern science labs to the students.

On the occasion Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh said that he feels proud that he completed 20 years of his service while serving the Alma Mater of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Talking about the tasks lying before him now, he said that his priority is to stabilize the institution as its all units start to work independently. Besides, there is long term development plan of the university including Malir Campus of SMIU, which would be completed up to 2025. He also said the contract employees of the university would be regularized soon after passage of serves rules from the SMIU Syndicate.

Noted intellectuals and academicians met Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University

14 July 2014

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has said that English and Sindhi translations of veteran scholar and writer Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo's biography complied in Urdu by Mr. Mazhar Jamil, would be published by SMIU Press, making his centenary birthday celebrations, from 12th August 2014 to 12th August 2015.

He said this on Monday, while talking to Mr. Mazharul Haq Siddiqui, former vice chancellor of University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Mr. Saleem Memon, Head of Shah Latif Chair of University of Karachi and Mr. Syed Mazhar Jamil, noted intellectual, who called on him at his office at SMIU in connection with the 100-Year Celebrations of Mr. Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo, to be observed from August 13, 2014 to August 13, 2015 in various parts of Sindh.

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh informed the delegation that Sindh Madressatul Islam University has already planned to host a reception in honour of great intellectual of Sindh Mr. Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo and to present him "Alumni Excellence Award" as he happens to be an illustrious old student of Sindh Madressatul Islam and had also served there as a teacher in the end of 1930's and 1940's.

Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh, on the invitation of the delegation, informed them that Sindh Madressatul Islam University will also be part of other activities to be planned by Jashane-e-Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo Committee.

Meeting of Sindh Madressatul Islam University's Syndicate held

June 28, 2014

The meeting of Sindh Madressatul Islam University's Syndicate held with Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMI University in chair on Saturday, at its Conference Hall.

It was attended by Justice (retd.) Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan, Chairman Sindh Public Service Commission, Mr. Justice Nadeem Akhtar, Justice of Sindh High Court, Justice (retd.) Syed Deedar Hussain Shah, Dr Syeda Nafisa Shah, MNA, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, MNA, Dr. Rahim Bux Channa, former Director General A &A, Higher Education Commission, Mr. Waheed Ahmed, Additional Secretary Education, Sindh Government, Dr. Tariq Rahim Soomro, Dean Faculty of Information Technology, Professors of SMIU Dr. Syed Asif Ali, Dr Syed Azfar Ali and Dr Syed Adnan Hussain, Mr. Ameen Ahmed Khowaja, lecturer and Mr. Gulzar Ahmed Mughal, Controller of Examinations.

The Syndicate gave approval of the Master Plan of Sindh Madressatul Islam University's Malir Campus in Education City. It was decided that new campus would be completed up to 2025 in three phases; each phase would be of three years. The meeting decided that the buildings would be constructed in accordance with the architecture of present historic buildings. It was decided that the final approval of the Master Plan would be taken from the Senate of SMI University.

The services rules were presented in the meeting, about which decision was differed up to next meeting.

The Syndicate of SMIU approved admission policy, fee structure, research policy and code of conduct for students, on recommendations of Academic Council of SMI University. It also gave approval of the appointments made through Selection Board of SMI University. The meeting gave approval for appointment of Dr Syed Asif Ali, as chairman of Department of Computer Science.

The Syndicate of SMIU lauded services of former President of Pakistan Mr. Asif Ali Zardari for giving university status to this historic institution and then supporting the SMIU continuously and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah for giving 100 acres of land of SMIU in Education City free of cost. The members also lauded Mr. Anwar Mansoor Khan and Justice (retd.) Shahid Anwar Bajwa for rendering legal services for SMIU on honorary basis.

"Quaid-e-Azam's last Will had two parts: about his family and about educational institution," says Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada at Sindh Madressatul Islam University

June 26, 2014

Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada, a close associate of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and senior lawyer of the Supreme Court of Pakistan has said that there were two parts of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah's last Will. One of which was about share of his property given to his family members which was later challenged by his daughter Ms Dina in a court of law, while the other related to bequeath to three educational institutions, Aligarh Muslim University, Islamia College Peshawar and Sindh Madressah of which was not challenged by her.

He said this while addressing the faculty and staff of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) on Thursday at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium. He said the record available at Sindh Madressatul Islam about Quaid-e-Azam's birthday was placed before a court of law, where Quaid-e-Azam's date of birth had been challenged after his return from England after completion of his law education at Lincoln's Inn more than a century ago.

Mr. Pirzada said Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah was a great leader who had charisma of Churchill and dignity of Nelson Mandela. Besides it, he was a great lawyer of the subcontinent. Sharing his memoirs with the audience the noted lawyer said he had taught at Sindh Madressah as a Professor of Law in 1947-8, when Hassan Ali Abdur Rehman served as principal and Mr. A.K. Brohi also taught there.

He said that he was very happy and proud to be at Sindh Madressatul Islam University, which has been a seat of learning for more than a century. He said he felt more proud on the singular honor bestowed upon him to address the faculty of such a historic institution where founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah studied. He said that Sindh Madressatul Islam had come into being with the efforts of Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and Justice Amir Ali Syed, whom he paid tribute for their efforts aimed at reformation.

Mr. Anwar Mansoor Khan, former Attorney General of Pakistan and a senior lawyer of Supreme Court of Pakistan said although he studied at Karachi Grammar School, but used to come to Sindh Madressah to participate in sports. "At that time also Sindh Madressah was a complete institution, where students of different communities and classes were studying together," he said and added that such diversity was missing in his school.

Mr. Anwar Mansoor Khan further said that now Sindh Madressah had has been moving very fast towards progress and was coming out as a remarkable seat of higher learning in public sector under the leadership of Vice Chancellor Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh. He said Dr Shaikh was trying to convert SMI University into an institution like Cambridge University and Oxford University, a task in which he would have our all out support.

Earlier Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh in his welcome address said he personally felt honored at the presence of Mr. Sharifuddin Pirzada and Mr. Anwer Mansoor Khan, both of whom he held in high esteem. He said Mr. Sharifuddin Pirzada had a long association with Sindh Madressah as its Professor in 1947, when a section relating to study of law was added to the institution and Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada used to come here to teach law to the students. He said he was also pleased at the presence of Mr. Anwar Mansoor Khan at SMIU, whom he knew for a long period and respected him on account of his being a man of principles.

Both the guests visited Jinnah Museum of SMIU and showed interest in the relics associated with Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and other old students of SMI, which are at display in the museum.

Earlier, Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh gave presentation to the guests on the past, present and future plans of SMI University at Conference Room of the University.

Sindh Madressatul Islam University gets FM Radio license from PEMRA

June 23, 2014

Sindh Madressatul Islam University has received FM Radio license with frequency of 96.6 from Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority. Mr. Mohammad Pervaiz Rathore, acting chairman of PEMRA handed over the license to Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMI University in Islamabad on other day.

The Radio will be part of the Media Studies Department of SMIU and would train students as well working journalists in the skills related to broadcast journalism in addition to work for promotion of education in the country.

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh while expressing his thanks to chairman PEMRA Mr. Mohammad Pervaiz Rathore for giving FM Radio License to the Alma Mater of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah has said that the test transmission of the radio will start from the holy month of Ramdhan Mubarak, while regular transmissions will start from 14th August 2014, the Independence Day of Pakistan.

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh said SMI University's FM Radio will work for promotion of education in the country with spirit of patriotism. It will broadcast academic activities of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, Education Departments of the provincial governments, different universities, colleges and other educational institutions.

Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh further said profiles and interviews of prominent scholars, academicians, philosophers, poets and other related persons of the country will be broadcasted.

He said the vision of the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah also will be strengthened through SMI University Radio on top priority basis.

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh said on the culture side, the SMI University's FM Radio will broadcast lyrics of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, Baba Bulleh Shah, Baba Farid, Allama Mohammad Iqbal, Asadullah Galib, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and others and set new trends in the field of broadcasting.

The chairman of PEMRA while congratulating the vice chancellor of SMI University Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh for receiving FM Radio License said he hoped that SMI University's FM Radio will play such role in promotion of education in the country as Sindh Madressatul Islam has played since its inception. Additionally, he hoped that SMI University FM Radio will also set an example for other universities for quality broadcast.

It would be worth mentioning here that Sindh Madressatul Islam University has already set up a most modern radio studio in its main campus, where highly qualified and experience personnel have been recruited.

Secretary to Sindh Chief Minister on Boards and Universities extends full support of Sindh government for development of Sindh Madressatul Islam University

June 10, 2014

Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah, Secretary to Sindh Chief Minister on Boards and Universities has said that it is our duty to support and develop Sindh Madressatul Islam University with the objective of quality learning, because it is the oldest Muslim educational institution of our country. He said this during his visit to Sindh Madressatul Islam University on Tuesday. "The government of Sindh is fully committed to play its role in development of this historic institution," he pledged.

Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah further said that it is indeed privilege for him to visit historic institution, which has attained the status of University. "Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh has made great efforts to establish SMI University," he said and added that Dr Shaikh is putting his all efforts to develop it as a modern and quality learning institution.

Earlier Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University gave a presentation on Sindh Madressatul Islam University's evolution from school (in 1885) to college (in 1943) and to the level of university (in 2012).

Dr. Shaikh in his presentation focused on the present day facilities available at the university for imparting quality education and also on the future plans including Malir Campus of SMIU. The vice chancellor informed the secretary to CM that SMI University is planning to carry out construction work of Malir Campus on its 100 acres plot soon. "We intend to establish a world class campus in the Education City, where modern education would be imparted to national and international students," he said.

Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah also visited the Jinnah Museum and other historic sections of the university. In the museum he inspected the old academic record regarding to Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah as well as his alma maters Church Mission School, Karachi and Lincoln's Inn, London.

Sindh Madressatul Islam University to have world class campus at Education City

June 6, 2014

Sindh Madressatul Islam University has decided to build a world class campus at its 100- acres of plot in the Education City, Malir, Karachi. It was decided in a meeting of Finance and Planning Committee of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) held on Friday at its Conference Room with Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU in chair.

The meeting observed that Sindh Madressatul Islam University being a modern university should have its Malir Campus of international standard, where besides the students of the country, the international students will also be imparted quality education.

In the meeting the members discussed on the Master Plan of Malir Campus of Sindh Madressatul Islam University, prepared by two leading architect and town planning firms, who were shortlisted among the 11 firms who had applied to prepare the Master Plan, through advertisement placed by SMIU in the national newspapers of the country on February 25, 2014.

The representatives of the two shortlisted firms gave presentation before the joint meeting of the Finance and Planning Committee of SMIU. It was decided that after approval of the Master Plan by the Finance and Planning Committee headed by Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh on the recommendation of the Technical Committee of SMIU headed by Mr. Noman, Chairman Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, NED University, PC-1 shall be prepared for Phase – 1 of the development scheme amid at construction of SMIU Malir Campus, and submitted to the Government of Sindh and HEC for funding. "The construction of Malir Campus will be completed in three phases," informed the Vice Chancellor.

SMIU has already constructed boundary wall, four watch towers and a camp office, while a work of greenery is in progress at the site.

Besides Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, the meeting was attended by Justice (Retd) Syed Deedar Hussain Shah, member of the committee, Mr. Abdul Hafeez Mahesar, Additional Secretary (B&E), Finance Department of Government of Sindh, Mr. Samar Sibtain, Assistant Director (Finance), Higher Education Commission, Dr Tariq Rahim Soomro, Dean Faculty of Information Technology, SMIU, Dr Rukhsar Ahmed, Dean Faculty of Management, Business Administration and Commerce and Mr. Ghulam Ali Surahio, Director Finance of SMIU.

Chairman Pakistan National Shipping Corporation Mr. Mohammad Siddique Memon visits Sindh Madressatul Islam University

May 23, 2014

Mr. Mohammad Siddique Memon, Chairman of Pakistan National Shipping Corporation has said that in today's most competitive and challenging world the younger generation of the country must be imparted market oriented education. Speaking at Sindh Madressatul Islam University on Friday during his visit to the university Mr. Memon said SMI University fully understands needs of the hour that is why, it has established TV and Radio studios and modern computer labs that surely will help students especially the students of Media Studies, to get practical experience over here.

While visiting Jinnah Museum, Television and Radio Studios, Computer Section and other departments of the university Mr. Memon said Sindh Madressatul Islam has grown over times, where many new additions had made it a marvelous institution of the country. He said the greatness of the SMI University is its association with Founder of Pakistan – Quaid –e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, who studied over here.

Appreciating the establishment of Jinnah Museum at SMI University he said it is pleasant to see the relics of great personalities preserved over here, but he hoped that it should expand, where more relics belonging to its alumni should be added.

Mr. Mohammad Siddique Memon also appreciated the efforts of Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh for converting SMI into a modern university.

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMI University said SMI University has emerged as one of the modern universities of the country, where students are being trained to equip themselves for future challenges.

He said SMIU has established modern TV and Radio studios to provide practical knowledge to the students, as after passing out from SMIU they could easily serve the nation. "Presently a number of students of SMIU are also working in electronic and print media in the evening," he said.

Lauding the services of Mr. Mohammad Siddique Memon especially for up gradation of SMI to the university level Dr Shaikh said it was Mr. Memon, who being the secretary of Sindh Education Department at that time played a role in getting university status for SMI. Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh also said that the SMI University has established an archives section of the historic institution, where almost all record of SMI will be preserved.

Ms. Rita Akhtar, Executive Director, United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan addresses students and faculty of Sindh Madressatul Islam University

May 12, 2014

Ms. Rita Akhtar, Executive Director, United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) visited Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) on Monday, May 12 2014. During her visit, she while addressing the students and faculty of SMI University at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium of the university briefed the students about the Fulbright scholarships available for Pakistani students to pursue their higher education in the United States and encouraged them to compete for it. Ms. Akhtar said that Fulbright grants are awarded through an open and merit based competition and not on need basis.

Ms. Rita Akhtar said that in Fall 2014, 160 Fulbright grantees, from 39 different universities in Pakistan, will be departing to study in the U.S.A. Similar number will be selected for 2015. She said that the USEFP is working to try to increase the number of students applying from public universities and under-served areas.

She informed the students that since 2005, 1,255 Pakistanis have received Fulbright Awards for graduate degrees, of which 40 percent have been women. Ms. Rita Akhtar said since inception of the USEFP in 1950, nearly 5,000 Pakistanis and more than 900 Americans have participated in the USEFP -administered exchange programs.

"In addition to the Fulbright program, the USEFP administers a number of scholarship programs for undergraduates, teachers, journalists, and other professionals," Ms Akhtar said. She also thanked Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh for providing her opportunity to address the students and faculty members of SMI University.

Earlier, Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMI University, who is also a Fulbright Scholar and a member of the Board of Directors of the USEFP, in his address said that there were a lot educational opportunities at USA for students of all provinces of Pakistan, but unfortunately a lesser number of students from Sindh succeeded in getting Fulbright grant and other scholarships due to lack of knowledge and not clearing GRE.

Dr Shaikh said that the talented students of Sindh should avail educational opportunities available at USA, that will ultimately benefit Pakistan.

Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh announced to open the GRE Preparation Center at SMI University specially for the students of public sector universities to enable them to avail the USA scholarships.

During her visit; she along with Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh visited the Jinnah Museum and showed keen interest in the relics of founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi, Founder of SMI.

On this occasion she discussed with Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh about different perspectives of the Fulbright scholarships and other educational opportunities available in USA, for students of Sindh at the Conference Hall of SMI University, where Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh also gave a presentation on modern Muslim education in subcontinent and the role of Sindh Madressatul Islam in it.

Sindh Madressatul Islam University gives "Alumni Excellence Award" to Mr. Salman Farooqui

April 12, 2014

Sindh Madressatul Islam University awarded "Alumni Excellence Award" to Mr. Salman Farooqui, an old student of S.M. College, erstwhile part of Sindh Madressatul Islam management board and present Ombudsman of Pakistan on Friday evening in a ceremony at SMIU's Main Building courtyard.

Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Pro Chancellor of SMI University and Sindh Education Minister and Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMI University presented him the award. On this occasion Mr. Salman Farooqui, in his speech recalled his days of student life spent at SM College and other colleges in Karachi city, as well as his participation in students union and debates held on Pakistan and Indo- Pak level. He also paid great tribute to his teachers. He said a mother and a teacher play major role in development and mental growth of a child. Citing an example from his life experience he said that once had asked a question from his colleagues in Civil Service that who was behind in success of their lives? About 80 percent said that their mothers were behind their success and 60 percent said that their teachers were behind their success."My father, who once had remained Sindh's education minister for a short period, had once said that 'a teacher should be such adorned with a quality that a student shouldn't differentiate in a role of father and a teacher,'" he said.

He said his teacher Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah was a great teacher. "When I was studying at SM College, where Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah was serving as Principal, he was involving students in competitions and other co-curricular activities held on Pakistan level and India-Pakistan level," Mr. Farooqui said. He appreciated services rendered by Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh for Sindh Madressatul Islam University. "The services Dr Shaikh has rendered for SMI are matchless," the federal ombudsman remarked. Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Pro Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University and Sindh Education Minister said that Sindh Madressatul Islam is a historic institution of subcontinent that produced pioneers of Pakistan. He said that due to the struggle of Sindh Madressah's distinguished old students Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Sir Abdullah Haroon, Mohammad Ayub Khuhro and others, we are living in our own country as independent citizens.

He said these were the leaders of Sindh, who before creation of Pakistan in 1947, had gotten Sindh separated from Bombay Presidency in 1936, that was the cornerstone for creation of Pakistan. He also appreciated the effort of presenting glorious tribute to SMI's old students. He also lauded services of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan who founded Aligarh College for Muslims, which became a source of inspiration for Hassanally Effendi to established SMI. Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, while talking on the services of Mr. Salman Farooqui rendered for the country said that he is a man of substance. "Mr. Salam Farooqui was the person who was behind so many development projects in Karachi and added that SMI University did a great job by giving him an "Alumni Excellence Award," which is like a "Life Achievement Award" for him. He also lauded services of SMI University's Vice Chancellor Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh for converting SMI into a modern educational institution. Earlier Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh in his welcome address said that Mr. Salman Farooqui had many qualities of head and heart. One of them is that he develops an idea and the other is that he implements them. "Mr. Salam Farooqui had also played a major role in up gradation of SMI to the university level," the Vice Chancellor of SMI University said. Mr. Shoaib Siddiqui, Commissioner Karachi and Mr. Tariq Rahim Soomro, Dean of IT Department of SMI University also spoke. Dr Hamida Khuhro and other dignitaries attended the ceremony.

2nd International Seminar on "Sindh Through the Centuries"(Day-1)

Inaugural Session

March 24, 2014

Opposition Leader in National Assembly of Pakistan, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah on Monday, March 24, 2014 underlined the need of more research on Indus Valley and transferring the knowledge to the people.

"There are several aspects of history of Indus Valley, which are yet to be explored," he said adding that ambiguity still exists about Rani Kot located in Khirthar Mountain range as to who built it. Similarly history of Kotdiji too needs to be researched, he said in his presidential address at inaugural ceremony of Second International Conference on 'Sindh through the Centuries' organized by Sindh Madressatul Islam University at Marriott hotel.

He also drew attention of historians to the distortion of Sindh history and cited example of birthplace of Father of Nation Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah who was born at Jhirrak town of Thatta district but the textbooks of present day contain lessons that he was born in Karachi. "We must get rid of complex and proudly tell the world real facts about it." He said Sindh is proud having given birth to great leaders of international repute like Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto.

Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah said Sindh is land of Sufis and the people of this land embraced Islam only because of their influence and not through the sword. He however said the immigrants who used to came here in different periods of history prevailed over Sindhis. Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah called for protecting the Sindhi language and added that he was addressing the seminar in Sindhi language as it was about history of Sindh. He lamented that 70 percent people of Sindh were still illiterate, as children use to study at such schools where the teachers remain absent.

Opposition leader proudly said Sindh was intact while Kashmir is divided in Pakistan and India, Gilgit-Baltistan is part of Pakistan, Iran and India. Similarly, he added, the Punjab is also divided into two parts, one in India and other in Pakistan while Balochistan is divided between Pakistan and Iran.

Leader of Opposition in Senate Senator Aitzaz Ahsan speaking as chief guest said Sindh of today is a society of migrants as most of the people from Syeds of Saudi Arabia to Urdu speaking from India came and settled here. It is the land of the Sindh that embarraced everyone of them. "Sindh is distinct in its exclusiveness, as it embraced all the immigrants." Mr. Aitzaz Ahsan told his frequent visits to Mohen Jo Daro since early seventies and said he was impressed by the civic system of ancient city. "We can see the present cities like Lahore, Faisalabad and other cities which have turned into heaps of garbage. Briefly tracing the history of kings and kingdoms, Mr Aitzaz Ahsan said according his findings there were no kings in that period of history and only the priests used to govern. "I wrote a chapter in my book titled 'Priests of Mohenjo Daro.'" He called for more and more research on Indus Valley history.

In her keynote address renowned historian Dr. Hamida Khuhro also called for more research saying 'we have not been able to identify many urban settlements and cities mentioned by historians and travelers. She gave example of Ibn Battuta who mentions the city of Janani which he describes as large fine city on the banks of Indus River with splendid markets. "Also not much work has been done on the social and economic history of the entire period from pre-Muslim times to the colonial period and this is in an unlimited field for research. No serious student of Sindh and researcher will be short of subjects. This vast field of study also includes the much neglected subject of Sindh anthropology," she said.

Dr. Hamida Khuhro said this region is home to a large number of marginalized communities that are very important to the economy of Sindh through the ages and performed skilled tasks. "For instance the Oads who expertise in mud construction that can well compete the cement and concrete. Mohanas or Mirbahars who plied the Indus in boats are oldest of our communities but are referred as Punjabis in upper Sindh. May be some study can explain why or how?" She said Sindh is suffering from downside of globalization-environmental degradation from pollution, destruction of local habitats, excessive flooding from global warming, salinity and degradation of fertile land and so on. She also referred to floods of 2010 and 2011 that hit the economy of Sindh due to destruction of crops, houses etc. She said 'We need to have more research to show how to prevent environmental degradation." "Many inexpert attempts at preservation have had disastrous effects on the irreplaceable monuments and there is need not only of awareness but of expertise and dedication in the work of restoration", she said. For instance, she added, use of substandard materials for the new tile work that are being used to replace the old, are destroying the beauty and durability of the historic buildings as indeed is the use of concrete instead of age old mixtures of lime plasters the recipes for which can even now be found among the old practitioners of the art.

Earlier, Vice Chancellor of the SMI University, Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh welcomed the foreign delegates and participants. He informed the participants how he and Dr. Hamida Khuhro worked on idea of organizing second international conference on history of Sindh after a gap of 39 years. He said that first such conference was held in March 1975 under the patronage of former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. According to him it was first opportunity that a large number of scholars from different countries had come to talk on Sindh. The conference was held at auditorium of the Habib Bank Plaza and continued for six days.

Talking about theme of the conference he said that Sindh has been cradle of civilization from times immemorial. Its geography helped it develop a peculiar culture. Located between two great ancient civilizations, the South Asian and the Middle Eastern, Sindh enjoyed a degree of islolation throughout its history due to physical barriers on its three sides, a vast desert in the east, an ocean in the south and mountain in ranges in the west. Only in the north it is connected with plains of the Punjab through a bottleneck of the Indus, he added. He said that the Sindh has been destination of several migrations in the history of mankind, mainly due to upheavals taking place beyond its borders. All these factors have afforded Sindh to chart a peculiar course of history and to develop its distinct culture. This seminar focuses on history, culture, language, archeology, anthropology, cusine, arts and crafts of the Sindh.

In the last the speakers were given shields by Dr Muhammmad Ali Shaikh and other guests.

Technical Session I

Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, the Sindh Minister for Works and Communication, has urged upon the civil society to follow the path of brotherhood, religious harmony and tolerance preached by Sindh through ancient days for restoring peace and tranquility in the country as well as region. "Religious harmony and tolerance are social assets and identity of Sindh. We should strictly hold it to defeat terrorism and bring peace in our society", he said in his presidential address at first technical session titled 'Sindh: The Cradle of Civilization' at second international conference on 'Sindh through the Centuries.' He said that the Sindh had been a country and not a province in the history having its own identity and prominent culture. Traditionally, he added, Sindhi people were peaceful in the region, but also the warriors at the same time. He hoped that research papers being read at the seminar will be preserved in shape of books, saying that knowledge about history plays vital role in development of nations.

Earlier, US scholar, Jonathan Mark Kenoyer has said that Indus technologies such as metallurgy, ceramics, ornaments, textiles and writing provided a unique window into the socio-economic, ideological and political organization of the early Indus cities during the Harappa Phase of the Indus Tradition.

Kenoyer, who is Professor at Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, Madison said that study of seals and artifacts from the major sites of Harappa and Mohenjodaro, and Lakhanjodaro, Pakistan and Dholavira and other sites in Gujarat, India provide a new understanding of the complex nature of internal trade between the major regions of Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan and Gujarat. He also highlighted new research on sourcing of materials and tracing the movement of raw materials and finished goods within the Indus civilization.

He also looked at major discoveries in adjacent regions that show the extent of trade in goods produced within the Indus Valley and the possible movement of Indus traders and craftsmen to adjacent regions. The areas with the most concrete evidence for Indus trade include Oman and the Gulf, Greater Mesopotamia (Iraq and Iran) and Central Asia. The paper also emphasized the important links between the Indus Tradition and historical period cultures that continue to inhabit the same regions, with a special emphasis on Sindh.

In his research paper, "Between the River and the Desert: The significance of Sindh over millions years of incredible human history, Atsushi Noguchi, researcher at Archeological Investigation Unit, of Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan, said Sindh was the cradle of the Indus civilization in prehistoric times as well as the melting pot of various cultures and ethnic groups. "Sindh keeps its unique position through more than 1.5 million years of incredible human history. Handaxes and cleavers, the oldest form of stone tools, found in the Rohri Hills could be clues of Afro-Asian connection 1.5 million years ago. This shows us the route of the earliest migration of hominids out of Africa into Eurasia", he stated.

Noguchi said another stone tool component from Veesar Valley in the Thar Desert, where our Pakistan-Japan Archaeological Mission is now running a joint research project, has big potential in revealing the history of encounter with and replacement of Archaic Homo by Homo sapiens.

According to him after the Pleistocene Ice Age human beings developed three different types of subsistence economy. In the Thar Desert, new micro-blade technology appeared around the saline Duhbi Lakes at the western fringe of the desert. He maintained that in n Middle Eastern cases, hunter-gatherers with micro-blade technology intensified interaction with herds, learnt controlling and maintaining them, and finally achieved to be the first herders. This probably happened in the Thar Desert in same way.

He said that according to the recent studies, the origin of human adaptation to coastal environment probably appeared in South Africa 100,000 to 70,000 years ago and spread to the Mediterranean region during the Middle to Upper Paleolithic Age. Thus there is the possibility of discovering older evidence of coastal adaptation along the coast of Makran to Karachi In his research paper on 'Indus Valley Heritage Dholavira', Dr. Jetho Lalwani, a retired professor from India said that in the third decade of 20th century, while digging of Mohenjo daro, the discovery of ancient and cultivated civilization of Sindhu Valley motivated the scholars to write a new history of human civilization of the world. The major sites discovered so far are Harappa, Mohenjo daro, Ganeriwala, Rakhigarhi, Kalibangan, Rupnagar, Lothal and Dholavira..

After partition the places where digging has been done are Gujrart's Lothal and Dholvira which are of great importance. During this digging it was found that the towns had been populated in the rectangle are of nearly 48 hectares divided into three parts, this town is the best example of structure. In this town in addition to Rajmahal, the houses too were constructed with planning. Like in Mohenjo Daro high ways, streets, magnificent houses, pakka wells, ponds and drainage facilities in each house etc are seen. Dr. Nilofer Shaikh, former Vice Chancellor, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur presented her paper 'Sindh: The Millenniums Unraveled'. Her paper focused on unveiling of the earliest levels of prehistory in the above region followed by the settled village cultures, the magnificent Indus Civilization and it's fading away in the early 2nd millennium BCE. According to her the millennium that followed evanesce of the Indus civilization, is still shrouded in mystery.

Mr. Mohammad Rafique Mughal, Professor at Department of Archeology at Boston University, Massachusetts, USA, presented an overview on 'Archaeological Heritage of Sindh from Prehistory to the Islamic times'. He highlighted significant aspects of archaeology of Sindh as revealed through excavations and intensive surveys especially in the post-colonial period since 1947.

Technical Session – II

Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister for Culture and Tourism Ms. Sharmila Farooqi has said that nations who do not care of their cultural heritage get lost their identity. Protecting the cultural heritage is a great challenge on account of availability and utilization of funds and the government was trying to meet this challenge, she added. She expressed these views while delivering presidential address at second technical session 'Archeological Heritage of Sindh' at first day of the second international conference on 'Sindh through the Centuries.' She said that the Federal government had transferred control of 129 cultural and archeological sites to Sindh in 2011 under devolution of federal subjects. According to her preservation and protection of these sites was a bit challenge for the provincial government especially for want of funds and their utilization. Despite difficulties her department took the job and is trying to do it well, she said adding that people of Sindh are proud of their cultural heritage because it is their identity. "Our identity is our rich cultural heritage and history and not the terrorism and extremism", she added.

Earlier Toshiki Osada, Professor Emeritus of the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto, Japan presented his paper. He was head of the team of researchers that painted the fresh image of the Indus civilization through five years of research, known as the Indus Project. "Different regional communities created a loose network through trade", Osada and his team members concluded in their research. He said that two of the more well-known ruins of the Indus civilization are Harappa and Mohenjo-daro, both in Pakistan. Currently, most researchers focus on the ruins of five major urban centers: the two famous sites; Pakistan's Ganeriwala, which is in a desert; India's Dholavira, which is on an island in a marsh; and Rakhigarhi, also in India.

The common view is that the desert sites used to have rivers other than the Indus flowing nearby. Researchers, led by Hideaki Maemoku, a physical geography expert and professor at Japan's Hosei University, examined the area around the desert ruins with a dating method based on mineral crystals. The conclusion is that the cities were built on these dunes only after the river was long gone. Japanese scholar said that at Dholavira, artifacts have been found that suggest thriving maritime trade. The most likely candidates for this trade are the ancient societies in Mesopotamia, which could have been reached via the Arabian Sea. He stated that the Indus Project used computers to plot changes to the coastline over the centuries to figure out where ancient shorelines would have been. Geological features were also studied and changes in terrain were estimated. "All of this found that sea levels were around 2 meters higher and the coastline was much deeper inland. This suggests that many of the ruins in the area were along the ancient shoreline and that this part of the Indus civilization was dependent on the ocean", he opined.

According to him the research has also tried to find out when and why the Indus civilization declined. "When changes in the distribution of ruins are traced using what is called a geographic information system, ruins start to concentrate in northern India at the decline of the civilization", he said, adding that Indus script has yet to be deciphered, which means there is much more to learn. Presenting her paper during the session on recent excavations in Banbhore Dr. Asma Ibrahim, Director, State Bank of Pakistan Museum & Art Gallery Department, said that the site was surveyed completely in 2011; kite-pictures were taken aimed at mapping the site intra moenia, surrounding quarters was carried out.

The next season 2012-13 comprised of excavations and further documentation, results were very interesting and raised many questions, the third season of excavations was 2013-14, Jan –Feb , the results of which are in its preliminary stages but the discoveries are amazing.

Professor Dr. Ghulam Mohiudin Veesar, Department of Archaeology, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur presented his paper on 'Mesolithic sites in Thar Desert and its implications for human dispersal in Sindh'. He said that the evidence of early, middle and late/upper Paleolithic sites in this region shows that the favorable echo system, raw material and exploitation of natural resources were available for the people of stone-age followed by the prehistoric and post historic settlements that have been systematically documented.

Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Kalhoro, a Research Anthropologist at Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE), Islamabad, presented his paper on 'Stupa Images in the Rock art of Sindh'. His paper discusses the Buddhist traditions that are found in the rock art of Sindh.

Ms. Tasleem Alam Abro, who is serving as lecturer at Department of Archaeology, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur presented her paper on Surface analysis of newly discovered sites in Larkana District'.

2nd International Seminar on "Sindh Through the Centuries"(Day-2)

Technical Session-III-A

March 25, 2014

Renowned German scholar, architect, archeologist, conservationist Prof. of Urban History Mr Micheal Jansen said on Tuesday that the provincial government has approved a project for more research and excavation of Mohen Jo Daro and drilling at different places would soon start to ascertain the depth of remains of ancient city.

In his presentation at technical session III-A held on 'Ancient Art & Architecture of Sindh' he said the archeological site of Mohen Jo Daro is spread over one and half a kilometer but UNESCO is interested in depth of ancient remains.

German scholar was of the view that Indus river course poses threat to Mohen Jo Daro and added that before the banks of Indus River were raised during British rule here in 1870, the river water used to inundate the area eroding the remains.

He did not agree to general perception that the Stupa of Mohen Jo Daro belonged to Buddhist era. "The Buddhist Stupas are generally found far away from the urban areas while the Stupa at Mohen Jo Daro is located in urban area of the ancient city. However, it needs further research," he said.

A study jointly conducted by a South Korean and a Pakistani scholar says there is an illustration of possible linkage between human factor of Manhattan gridiron system (City Plan) and the anthropology of Indus Valley Civilization (Mohen Jo Daro).

Presenting the paper on comparative study on gridiron planning from America to Indus Valley Civilization and pre-Amri period Mehargarh, Balochistan, at the technical session on 'Ancient Art & Architecture of Sindh' on second day of international seminar 'Sindh through the Centuries' at a local hotel on Tuesday, the scholars said archeologists and historians had been requesting the urban planners to systematically design the gridiron due to its after effects in the history. The gridiron once embedded in urban mass is difficult to revise for further change.

The paper, which intended to identify the trends over the time for anthropological living settlement patterns and chronology of compact city plan, says that gridiron pattern is fixing lines and urban frame, a water front line and fixing geometry for defining urban segments. Scholars quoted Stanislawski as saying in 1946 that the origin of the grid (type of city plan in which streets run at right angles to each other forming a grid) was Mohen Jo Daro. He had analyzed that the grid emerged from the tradition of Indus Valley.

The paper was co-authored by Dr. Jae Seung Park, Professor at the School of Architecture, Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea and Javeria Manzoor Shaikh, PhD candidate in Healthcare Architecture at same University.

Dr. Kaleemullah Lashari, co-director, Center for Archeological & Environmental Research, in his paper on Makli, which is dubbed as largest necropolis of Islamic world and world's epigraphic wonder, reproached that the site, protected a century ago under preservation laws and subsequently declared as the world heritage under UNESCO conventions, has unfortunately suffered a colossal neglect as it neither been studied nor maintained. He urged for full documentation and scientific conservation strategy for Makli.

According to his study, most of the inscribed graves are neither dated nor give information regarding the person buried at Makli. It has created the problem in understanding the spatial growth of the graveyard. It however is well compensated with structural classification of the Cenotaphs showing perceptible evolution in the design, he concluded.

Dr. Mastoor Fatima Bukhari, Director, Archeology & Anthropology, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur presented her paper on early historic period pottery, its history, earliest evidences, typology, designs/decoration, colors and motifs. She said that pottery provides most important information about the technologies and stylistic development of the past. The pottery has played a vital role in archeology and served as a document of important themes in human life and also a source of inspiration in the history of arts and crafts. She spoke about stamped pottery with different patterns and directly stamped on clay.

Another important paper "Tale of dying craft and identity: the saga of the Silawat Community" presented by Varda Nisar, who studied Architecture at University of and currently is freelance editor of online magazine, highlighted the role of Silawat community in architecture of Karachi. "The Silawat, which means 'Stone Masons', had been the force behind buildings like KMC Building, Merewether Tower, Mohatta Palace etc, but the impact of modernization has been such that their craft, a major source of their identity, would soon diminish, remaining as only a footnote in our history," she said.

The former Project Architect and Researcher of Karachi Heritage Building Resurvey Project, NED University, Tania Ali Soomro readout paper on conservation practices used in Karachi for protection of architectural heritage.

Renowned urban planner Arif Hassan Khan presided over the session.

Technical Session – III-B (Sindhi language)

The critics of Sindhi short stories believe that the first original Sindhi story was 'Hur Mukhi Ja' (Hurs of Mukhi Lake of Sanghar) written by Lal Chand Amardinomal Jaghtiani in 1914. Thus the first Sindhi short story has completed its century in 2014, renowned Sindhi short story writer and former director, Institute of Sindhology, Jamshoro, Shoukat Hussain Shoro stated.

Presenting his paper 'One hundred years of Sindhi Short Story' at technical session on 'Sindhi Language' at second day of international seminar 'Sindh through the Centuries,' he discussed different periods, movements and trends of Sindhi short story during last one hundred years.

Referring to British efforts for standardization of Sindhi language, he said it was beginning of golden era in Sindhi literature, which provided impetus to Sindhi writers for writing and publishing Sindhi books related to various streams of literature. "Initially, short stories were translated into Sindhi from English and other languages. Afterwards, the Sindhi writers started writing original short stories depicting Sindhi society," he added.

Eminent poet Mr. Ayaz Gul, who is head, Department of Sindhi language, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, presented paper with overview of Sindhi Ghazal after the partition. According to him, Sindhi Ghazal writing started during Kalhora rule in Sindh and developed to present form passing through the centuries. He highlighted the role of Sindhi poetry in raising the social issues of society including the human rights. The paper covered evolution of Sindhi Ghazal in Sindh and India in pre-and post-partition era.

Mr. Tufail Chandio, Lecturer in English, University of Sindh, Laar Campus, Badin, in his paper 'Social dynamics of Sindh and the poignant impact of Sindhi proverbs developing massive mindset among natives', analyzed the social fabrics of Sindhi society and impact of Sindhi proverbs or sayings, which inculcate a negative mindset leading to passivism and inaction, hence all the doors to activism, progress and development stay shut upon the natives.

Mr. Chandio referred several studies conducted on why eastern societies are less inclined to progress, social change and development as compared to the western ones.

Mr. Taj Joyo, a renowned poet and secretary, Sindhi Language Authority, presented paper on academic and literary services of Mr. G. M. Syed. He said, Saeen G. M. Syed, who is author of several books, was the person behind establishment of Sindhi Adabi Board.

Dr. Rafique Ahmed Mangrio, professor at Government Muslim College, Hyderabad and author of 25 research papers, spoke on advent of Islam in Sindh, history and geographical boundaries of Sindh before Islam etc.

Intellectual, writer, former government officer MPA Madam Mahtab Akber Rashdi in her presidential remarks said papers presented by Dr. Rafique Mangrio and Mr. Mohammad Tufail Chandio raised several questions that need to be discussed thoroughly.

Noted poet Mr. Imdad Hussaini speaking as the chief guest traced the history of verbal and written poetry. According to him the common man used to speak correct words but unfortunately the poets were making mistakes in usage of words.

Mr. Imdad Hussaini also recited his latest poem and received applause by the audience.

Later, Madam Mahtab Akber Rashdi and Vice Chancellor of SMI University Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh gave away shields to the scholars.

Technical Session- IV- A (History of Sindh-1)

The Mongol conquests and migrations in Sindh and other Indus borderlands in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries were not only responsible for the destruction of sedentary agriculture and village life in many areas but equally led to demise or weakening of existing patterns of culture and religion.

"The destruction of culture, religion and social cohesion over two centuries of Mongol conquests and tribal migrations, in combination with pervasive nomad-ization and raiding paved the way for subsequent conversion to Islam and formation of new pir-and-shrine-centered forms of religious organization. The latter were instrumental in religious conversion as much as the restoration of a war-damaged society, the arbitration of land rights among settled and nomadic populations and community building," said Dr. Andre Wink, Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, in his paper presented at technical session on 'History of Sindh-I.'

Dr. Mathew A. Cook, another American scholar, who is Assistant Professor of Post-Colonial & South Asian Studies at North Carolina Central University, in his paper titled 'The annexation of Sindh and socio-cultural distinctions' said local support for the British in 1843 hinged on internal social relations among Sindh's Hindus and attempts to challenge distinctions of status within this community. "I argue that such local distinctions give important insights into larger processes (for example the establishment of global empires).

His paper looked beyond the imperial great game and economic rationalism in the global expansion of British Empire. He focused on how Hindu merchants supported the British Empire. According to the US scholar, the British Empire provided property security and types of institutional stability that indigenous states were incapable of guaranteeing. As a result, the merchants abandoned indigenous states and shifted their support in favor of British sovereignty.

Saaz Aggarwal, an Indian writer, painter and literary critic, who had been continuously documenting aspects of Sindhi Diaspora, presented her paper titled 'Wherever' that focused on mass migration of Sindhi Hindus from Sindh and who settled in different parts of world.' According to her, they migrated to such regions, which were isolated and had a unique culture; therefore they had to learn new languages, and adapted new lifestyles. The paper presented 66-year seamless efforts of Hindus of Sindh and explored possible reasons for their material success, their abandonment of culture and the reasons for which they have remained silent about their loss and trauma.

US scholar Dr. Rita P. Wright's paper on 'Mohen Jo Daro and Harapa: The Indus, its rivers and responses to environment chage' was read by Ms. Nilofar Shaikh.

Humera Naz, lecturer in Department of General History, University of readout her paper titled 'Fateh Namah-i-Sindh alias Chach Namah: The first magnum opus of the history of Sindh' while Dr. Abdullah Aftab Abro presented paper on 'Historical perspective of research on Indus Script'.

Scholar and historian Dr. Hamida Khuhro presided over the session.

Technical Session IV-B (Cultural Heritage of Sindh)

Dr. Thomas Darnhardt from Ca' Foscari University of Venice in his paper 'Multi-Cultural Perspective' pointed out the presence of a cross-cultural devotional cult, deeply rooted in the imagination of popular Sindhi culture in which both Hindu and Muslim devotees join in some places in Hyderabad, Thatta and Sukkur provinces of the Sindh.

He analyzed figure and cult of Amarlāl, the 'immortal' saint, also known as Jhulelāl, the 'swinging child', as it is known among Hindus and the parallel cult of Khwāja Khiḍr, the mysterious guide of those endowed with spiritual insight dear to both trans-regional Sufis and local communities.

Mukhtar Ali Durrani, an Associate Professor at the Institute of Chemical Sciences, University of Peshawar presented his paper on 'Tomb of Hamshera (sister) of Jam Fateh Khan at Makli Hill, Thatta, Sindh: History and Architecture'.

He said that the tomb of Hamsheera (sister) of Jam Fateh Khan was constructed in AD 1465. Her name is shrouded in mystery however the only one recognition as an important personality to be known in the historical and epigraphic sources is mentioned as Hamsheera Jam Fateh Khan, who remained the ruler of Sindh from AD 1413 to 1428.

Durrani stated that the tomb under study was constructed during the second half of the 15th century AD. This tomb as a whole reflects the beginning of a new style at Makli Hill necropolis that is the initiation of a perfect three-tier building architecture. In the present work, besides the historical significance and the architectural glory, the epigraphic evidences shall also be discussed at length in order to reach the conclusion.

Dr. Kamal Jamro, Chairman of the Department of Sindhi, Federal Urdu University, Karachi in his paper 'An analysis of research on Sindhi folklore (1970-2013)' said that folk literature is a real picture of the society. "It presents the portrait of any nation's culture, traditions, rituals and rhythms of life. Folk poetry in particular can be thought of as a beautiful flower in a desert, which not only has an aesthetic charm but also an inimitable fragrance", he said. According to him like other enlightened nations, Sindhi folk poetry is also very rich in thought and tune. Sindhi folk poetry has a huge impact on Sindhi society.

Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Qureshi, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Media Studies, University of Jamshoro presented his paper on 'Peculiarity of vowels in Sindhi music communication'. According to him Sindhi music, basically, in its very nature is folk-oriented culture, therefore it has the distinct quality of having a huge number of vowels.

Dr Ahmad Hussain from University Of Haripur presented his paper on 'Unfolding Nature, Vivacity and Life in Sindh Culture through the accounted Behavior among the Elites'. He said that the recognition of fundamental importance of greenery suggested a probe to be served in Sindh culture to know the deep roots it carried not only on common masses but also on privileged groups. He stated that the human society and civilization in Sindh was greatly inspired and influenced by nature including rivers, plants and animal life. This was depicted by the agricultural practices along the Indus and forests of Indus, shrines of priests on scenic sites and the historical, fossil and archeological record of civilizations and animal species.

Former Secretary Culture, Sindh Mr. Abdul Hamid Akhund in his presidential remarks said that culture of Sindh was not stagnant and resembled it with flowing water of Indus River. According to him archeological sites of Gandhara and Mehr garh were also part of Indus civilization.

TTechnical Session V-A (Belief Systems & Mythology)

The earliest archeological evidence of Swastika-shaped ornaments, a symbol of auspiciousness in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, dates back to Indus Valley Civilization as well as the Mediterranean Classical Antiquity and Paleolithic Europe, says Esther Park, a South Korean research scholar and Secretary General, Gandhara Art & Cultural Association, also working as visiting professor at Fatima Jinnah University.

In her paper presented at technical session on 'Belief Systems & Mythology' she focused on Swastika-shaped ornaments found in Mohen Jo Daro and other parts of Sindh and its significance through centuries.

Esther Park said Swastika word comes from Sanskrit Svastika – 'su' (meaning good or auspicious) combined with 'asti' (meaning it is) along with diminutive suffix 'ka'. The Swastika literally means 'it is good'. "It is a common practice for Hindus to draw Swastika symbol on the doors and entrances to their houses during festivals, which is believed to symbolize an invitation to goddess Lakshmi."

Michel Boivin, director of research at CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research), who specializes in anthropological history of Muslim countries in South Asia, and is author of book 'Artifacts of Devotion: A Sufi Repertoire of the Qalandaryya in Sehwah Sharif, Sindh', presenting his paper titled 'Somewhat of the charm of the wild flowers: Language, Literature and building of Sufi culture in colonial Sindh' quoted John Beams, a civil servant in British India, as saying that 'Sindhi language had got somewhat charm of the wild flowers'.

The scholar, who sought to understand the process through which a new culture was produced in colonial Sindh, said British started to standardize both the script and language. The grammars were published soon and later after the learning of Sindhi was compulsory for British officers, they were interested by the structure of the language and above all with its connections with other North Indian languages. They depicted Sindhi as rude language expressed by a rude population; he said and added that nevertheless others simultaneously tagged the Sufi poetry as 'beautiful'.

Dr. Jurgen Schaflechner, Phd degree-holder of Heidelberg University, and Masters degree in Modern South Asian Languages & Literature, Comparative Religion & Classical Ideology with thesis 'The Godess Hinglaj', presented paper on 'The Shrine of Hinglaj Devi or Bibi Nana', and focused on how the shrine in Balochistan had been rearticulated in different time-periods to appropriate political claims. He spoke on Hinglaj's role in the political upward mobility of certain castes and communities, foremost the Khatris; and the modern day approach in Sindhi scholarly writing.

Dr. Supriya Banik Pal, a former Associate Professor in the Department of Sanskrit at Sarat Centenary College, India, presented paper on 'Sindhu or Sindh: A study through the Mahabharata' exploring the rich heritage and culture of Sindh or Sindhu in the light of epic Mahabharata.

Ms Fouzia Naz, M Phil scholar at Taxila Institute of Asian Civilization, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad readout her paper on 'Belief System of Indus Valley people based on seals'. Her paper focused on seal, sealing, tablets, figurines and plaques to find out religious traditions that kept them alive to this date.

Dr. Mohan Dev Raj, research scholar from India who is author of book 'Shrines of Maheshvari Meghwar Saints in Sindh', presented a paper 'Facts about seven Mamoi Fakeers and the Shri Mamoi Dev, the great historic and spiritual personality of Sindh and Kachh'.

MNA Syeda Nafeesa Shah in her presidential address said Sindh is known for land that respects all the beliefs. "Unfortunately some of the chapters of history have been excluded from the textbooks in Pakistan and a different definition of Islam is being taught here that has promoted extremism," she said. "Every Pakistani is targeted by the terrorists. We are fighting the war of ideology and beliefs. He described historians, writers and researchers as the warriors of history who can save Sindh and the country from terrorism.

Technical Session V-B (History of Sindh- II)

Scholars belonging to USA and Pakistan highlighted different aspects of history of Sindh on Tuesday, second day of the three-day international seminar 'Sindh through the Centuries.' Dr. Amir Ali Chandio, Professor, Department of Political Science, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur in his paper 'Role of Sindh in Freedom Movement: An Analysis of Hur Tahreek' said history of Sindh province is mentioned in the textbooks, and the books of the history of independence but the role of Hur Tahreek has been ignored and forgotten despite of the fact that Hur Tahreek played vital role in the freedom movement of Sub-continent.

Parveen Talpur, writer and historian from USA, whose paper on 'Indus Seals (2600-1900 BCE) Beyond Geometry to their Socio-cultural Context', was presented on her behalf by Javeria Shaikh, said that the first case examines the main sign which appears on a large number of seals. Possibly this sign was used for calculating angles and has given birth to a word that is widely spread in a number of languages. According to her the second case examines the object that mostly appears with the animal images. It has been interpreted in various ways, perhaps it has an astral significance as it is also substituted with the stars. Parveen was of the view that third sample examines a narrative seal that sheds some light on the ancient Indus ideology and carries hints that can be related to a few legends of Sindh. She explained that the scope of interdisciplinary approach to crack the code of Indus seals needs to be widened to accommodate bits and pieces of information from a wide variety of sources along with the conventional sources, for these will eventually help in the reconstruction of the greater story of Indus Civilization.

Ms Zahida Rehman Jatt, Monitoring Officer, Rural Support Program Networks, Islamabad, presented her paper on 'Role of contributions of Sindhi Hindus in socio-economic and cultural life of Hyderabad, Sindh: 1800-1947. Sindhi Hindus worked in every sphere of life in pre-partitioned Hyderabad ranging from art and architecture, philanthropy, education, and politics. She said that some of the landmarks of that time like schools, teachers training institutes and public buildings are still standing today as testimony to the dexterity and passion of their builders.

Dr Shuja Ahmad, faculty member of Pakistan study Centre, University of Sindh, Jamshooro in his paper 'Struggle for separation of Sindh from Bombay Presidency (1847-1936)' said that the struggle for separation of Sindh from the Bombay played a significant role in creating political awareness in Sindh.

He said that the positive impact of this movement was an active participation of Sindhis which enabled them to train themselves in politics and it proved to be the primary institution of political leadership. He said that the opportunities for progress were even greater in Sindh than in other parts of India but the exploitation of resources was hampered by lack of funds because of the negligence by the Bombay Presidency.

Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah, Assistant Professor at Department of English, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur presented his research paper on 'Bilingual English Sindhi Dictionary'. He stated that the dictionaries are essentially good and carry many merits but in one aspect or in another. According to him not a single dictionary can be categorized and found on the sound principles of modern Lexicography. "A user-friendly dictionary based on the needs and requirements of learners and perfect in all aspects is still to come," he opined. Mr. Noor Ahmed Janjhi, Assistant Professor, Government Boys Degree College Mithi, Tharpakar in his paper "War of Independence in Parkar" revealed many aspects of patriotism, war strategy and human behavior.

Mr. Mohammad Moazzam Khan from WWF presented his paper on 'Fishery Industry of Sindh through Ages'. He said that Fisheries industry possibly developed into an organized industry during Harappa Civilization, while an organized pearl extraction industry based on window-pane oyster existed during the Talpur dynasty.

Renowned historian Dr. Mubarak Ali in his presidential remarks said that the real history of world is that of common man and masses while the history of Elites is written by force and cannot be described as peoples' history. "What the people, a common man, a shopkeeper, trader etc writes today is real source of history in future," he added. He viewed that more and more in-depth research is required on Sindh using modern technology.

Report of 3 Day 2nd International Seminar on "Sindh Through the Centuries" (Day Three: Last Day)

Technical Session –VI(Sindhi Language and Literature )

March 26, 2014

Sindhi language has got some peculiar linguistic features, which are not available in other modern languages of Indo-Pak subcontinent. Noticing this, European scholars and linguists have highly praised linguistic structure of Sindhi language, said Dr. Murlidhar Kisshinchand Jetley, a linguistic scholar from India.

Speaking as chief guest at technical session VI held on 'Sindhi language and Literature' on last day of International Seminar 'Sindh through the Centuries,' he quoted Captain George Stack who wrote in the introduction of his book 'Grammar of Sindhi Language' published in 1849 that Sindhi has more interesting dialects than many of other Indian languages' dialects. He also quoted Ernest Trumpp who also had expressed almost same opinion on linguistic peculiarities of Sindhi language in the introduction of his 'Grammar of Sindhi language' in 1872.

Dr. Jetley, vice chairman of Sindhi Academy of Dehli and former professor of Dehli University, said they were striving hard to keep alive Sindhi language in India. "Young generation of Sindhis in India takes interest only in English medium, as their parents wanted them to be officers. The result is that the number of Sindhi speaking youths is on decline. In view of such a situation we have started summer workshops to teach the youth Sindhi language," he told adding that results are encouraging as the kids now urge parents for speaking in Sindhi.

Another writer from India, Kailash Shaadaab in his paper on 'Humanism in classical Sindhi poetry' said much before Europeans learned the lesson of humanism, it was the of Eastern culture. "All the classical poetry of Indian subcontinent in general and that of Sindh in particular are replete with spirit of Humanism." He said classical poets of Sindh such as Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, Sachal Sarmast and others had devoted them to the spread of humanism. "In modern globalised and democratic world, the humanism has come to be recognized as one of the most respected values. The classical poets of Sindh had realized the importance of humanism many centuries ago. They considered yeoman service as the greatest duty towards divine."

Dr. Vinod H. Asudani, a researcher, poet, psychologist and scholar from India, in his paper titled 'Expression of Image of Sindh' spoke on how the Sindhi writers and poets artistically and aesthetically depicted image of motherland. He especially mentioned the works of Sindhi writers and poets who had to migrate from Sindh as a result of partition in 1947.

Dr Vinod said the artistic expression is not only confined to the notion of nostalgia but it takes into its fold the history, geography, mythology, culture and many other dimensions of Sindh as well. "In fact, Sindh is reflected as dynamic and fascinating organism in literature," he added.

Dr. Fahmida Hussain, renowned scholar and chairperson, Sindhi Language Authority, in her paper titled 'Socio-linguistic analysis of Sindhi society', shed light on gender-based discrimination in our society and contended that from a socio-linguistic perspective, inequality and injustice in the society is also manifested as linguistic discrimination in the use of language. "From the perspective of feminism, there are two aspects worth considering. Firstly, to identify difference in language between men and women on the basis of social status and as such differences that exist in the language used by men and women to assert themselves," Dr. Fahmida said. According to her, in some cultures women are prohibited to express themselves in public with self-confidence and are even forbidden to raise voice.

Dr. Kamla Goklani, another scholar from India holding degree of doctorate in Sindhi, presented paper titled 'Comparative study of West Rajasthani and Sindhi Language' and highlighted similarity in Sindhi and Rajasthani language. According to her there are several words, phrases, verbs, proverbs and names of body parts that are similar in both languages. Dr. Kamla said she found 70 Marwari words, verbs, proverbs, phrases and names of body parts similar to Sindhi. She told that facility for PhD degree in Sindhi language is available in Delhi and Pune however they are striving to get such facility in Rajasthan too, where jobs are preferably offered to those who know the local languages.

Mr. Gul Mohammad Umrani of Dr. N. A. Baloch Foundation, spoke on 'Mirza Kalich Beg's World of Art & Literature' while Prof. Qalandar Shah Lakiari presented paper on 'Letters, Phonemes and Pronunciation'. Prof. Salim Memon read out his paper based on book review of Pir Ali Mohammad Rashdi.

Technical Session - VII (Economy of Sindh)

An Indian economist Ms. Suman Sonkar said on Wednesday that Sindh has potential to become an important trade route between South Asia and Central Asia, while provincial advisor for finance Syed Murad Ali Shah also suggested improving Khokhrapar route between India and Pakistan that ultimately would benefit the economy of Sindh.

"What we need is to promote trade activities with India through Khokhrapar route. For this we should improve facilities at Khokhrapar on Pakistan side where presently we do not have even shelter from sunlight at immigration counters," he said comparing the best available facilities on Indian side.

Addressing the technical session VII on 'Economy of Sindh' at the International Seminar 'Sindh through Centuries' on last day of the event, Syed Murad Ali Shah said, "This route suits more for promotion of trade between two countries because Pakistan has large border with India and Karachi port is much closer to it than other ports of Pakistan."

Murad Ali Shah apprised audience about government efforts aimed at alleviating the poverty in Sindh however added that despite all the efforts no remarkable results could be achieved in this regard. About the Benazir Bhutto Income Support Program, he told that no disbursement could be done since last year and hardly fifty percent of allocated amount of Rs.12 billion have been disbursed so far. Talking about agriculture economy of the province, he expressed apprehension about water shortage in future in Sindh. Earlier, presenting her paper, Indian scholar Ms. Suman Sonkar said, "Pakistan provides an opportunity for Central Asian countries to diversify their international connections and to reduce the distance and the number of borders to be crossed to reach international maritime transportation hubs. For instance, the Central Asia-Afghanistan-Pakistan (Karachi Port) road corridor would provide potentially one of the cheapest and probably the quickest routes to Central Asia."

In her paper titled 'Revival of new Silk Route through Sindh' Ms. Suman, the professor of economics at Lakshmibai College, University of Delhi, said, "Pakistan refers Sindh province as the gateway to Central Asia and strongly believes that the good relations with region would not only enhance its security but also provide enormous economic opportunities." Highlighting the existing overland silk transport corridor between Pakistan and China, she explored the possible options to enhance the transport linkages from port of Karachi through Karakoram Highway and further to Central Asian region and even to Khartoum. "The study of the trade route will help in the development of the entire region," she added.

Indian scholar said it is the ancient passage that has connected the civilizations and thus promoted the multi-interchange between East and West. "This ancient route not only circulated goods but also exchanged the splendid cultures of China, India, Pakistan, Persia, Greek and Rome."

According to her Sindh has the potential to become an important transit route between South Asia and Central Asia. Hiro Thakur, another eminent scholar from India, speaking about courageous cattle traders and seafarers of ancient Sindh, said Rig Veda, the oldest composition which came into being in the first half of first Millennium BC, was composed on the banks of River Indus. He said Rig Veda suggests that the Punis were inhabitants of ancient Sindh and known as valiant, wealthy people who used to process enormous wealth of cows and horses. They were traders and eminent seafarers, he added.

Dr. Hari Lohano, University of West of England, speaking on Poverty Dynamics in Rural Sindh, suggested that policies to mitigate shocks in farming, enhancing sustainable growth in the agriculture sector, and improving non-farm employment opportunities in rural Sindh would reduce chronic poverty, prevent descent into poverty and allow escape from poverty in Sindh.

Mr. Ishtiaq Ansari of Sindh Heritage Cell, Hyderabad spoke on ecotourism in Sindh with special reference to Gorakh Hill Station and other resorts of the province, while Dr. Iqbal Panwar's paper shed light on agro-economic response to climate change in Sindh and Dr. Faisal Hussain presented analytical study on vegetation in Sindh.

Concluding Session

Dr. Ishrat Hussain, head, Institute of Business Administration, and former Governor, State Bank of Pakistan, in his concluding keynote address said on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 (the last day of the International Seminar) said that economic development in Sindh is not possible without improving law and order situation and bridging the gap between rural and urban areas. "The development efforts should be focused more on rural areas so that they could be brought at par to urban areas." "Sindh possesses abundant economic resources but what we need is to utilize them properly," he viewed.

He said the 54 percent of country's economy depends on Karachi port while the agriculture had 23 to 24 percent share in economy but it declined to 17 percent due to neglect. He further stated that country's youth is in dire need of employment but unfortunately manufacturing sector has failed to create jobs and it is only the services sector that offers jobs.

Dr. Ishrat Hussain while describing Thar Coal Field as largest source of energy having vast potential, said, "We had been listening about Thar Coal since last 15 years but such a big source of energy has not yet been developed." "The indigenous resources are always utilized by the nations in case of crisis but the case here is contrary to it." Elaborating the urban and rural divide, Dr. Ishrat Hussain cited example of difference in literacy rate. "The literacy rate in Pakistan is said to be 59 percent while it is 75 percent in urban and only 42 percent in rural areas. The gender-wise literacy figures show further difference as female literacy rate in rural areas is only 22 percent while it is 68 percent in urban areas."

Dr. Ishrat Hussain said the rural areas have big role in economy but unfortunately they have very less purchasing power. He also spoke of dearth of healthcare facilities in rural areas.

Dr. Hamida Khuhro, Convenor, Organizing Committee of the International Seminar, offered thanks to the foreign delegates and participants and gave overview of the three day proceedings of event. She praised the efforts of scholars and hoped their papers would help planners and future researchers. She also praised the efforts of Vice Chancellor of SMI University Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh for organized such mega event. Vice Chancellor, Sindh Madressatul Islam University, Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh in his concluding remarks supported the point of view expressed by Syed Murad Ali Shah, Advisor to the Sindh Chief Minister for Finance that trade through the Khokhrapar route should be restored at the earliest. "What is harm in it", he said adding that restoration of the Khokhrapar trade will not only boost trade in Sindh but also improve economy of the country.

On the occasion he announced establishing an institute on Sindh studies at the SMI university. The institute will award doctorate degrees in arts, culture, history, language, economy and other aspects of Sindh. At the same time he assured to organize another seminar on Sindh saying that this time we will not wait for another 39 years.

Earlier the standing ovation was given to Dr Murlidhar Jetley, a noted scholar, on his remarkable work on Sindhi language and Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMI University on his marvelous efforts to organize a memorable International Seminar on Sindh Through the Centuries.

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3- Day "Sindh- Hainan Universities Forum" started
02 May 2016

Educationists talk about higher education of China and Pakistan at Sindh -Hainan Universities Forum
02 May 2016

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU briefs media persons about 3- Day Sindh- Hainan Universities Forum being held from May 2
27 April 2016

Sindh Madressatul Islam University organizing 3- Day Sindh- Hainan Forum from May 2
13 April 2016