KARACHI: Sindh Madressatul Islam is an integral part of the history of educational movement of the Muslims of the Sub-Continent as well as of Pakistan.
This was stated by the speakers while lauding the services of institution spreading over 131 years, an official of the institution said here on Friday.
They were addressing a gathering here in connection with the 131 foundation day of the Madressah which became a college and later elevated to the level of university.
They remarked that Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) was the integral part of the history of educational movement of Muslims of subcontinent and also of Pakistan.
The speakers further pointed out that it changed the course of history of the region by producing great leaders.
Jam Mehtab Dahar, Sindh Education Minister, while representing the Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah, said that SMIU 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 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’, Jam Mehtab Dahar said.
On behalf of the Sindh Chief Minister, he pledged that Sindh government will provide all necessary assistance to SMIU, because they consider SMIU a proud on asset of the country.
Dr Mohammad 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.
He 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 Principals Thomas Henry Vines, Percy Hyde, Harrison, Dr Umer Bin Mohammad Daudpota, Architect of SMIU’s Main Building 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.
Salman Farooqui, an alumnus of SMIU and present Federal Ombudsman, while sharing memories of his student life at SMI’s college said that, they 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 Mohammad Ali Shaikh on converting SMIU into an ideal university, 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.
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 Mohammad 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, 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.
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.
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.
Pir Mazharul Haq, former education minister of Sindh, said he had
also played a little role for getting university status for SMI as the
provincial education minister and had piloted the bill of SMI University in the Sindh Assembly.
He also congratulated Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, his colleagues, students and faculty members on the occasion of 131st anniversary of SMIU.
The program was attended by a large number of prominent personalities, educationists, intellectuals, writers, SMIU’s faculty members and students.