KARACHI: Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) organised a wonderful annual function in connection with its Foundation Day at a local hotel. Various groups of the university students presented shows depicting cultures of different countries, particularly those which they have visited as a part of SMIU Leadership Programme.
They presented popular folk songs of China, Malaysia, Turkey and the UK, while also presenting Sindhi folk songs.
On this occasion, SMIU Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Muhammad Ali Sheikh gave away awards to 43 of the institute’s employees, ranging from highest to lowest grades, for showing outstanding performance during the year 2016-17. Among the recipients of ‘Order of Excellence Award’ were Faculty of Information Technology Dean Professor Dr Syed Asif Ali, Department of Media and Communication Studies Chairperson Professor Dr Ambreen Fazal, Department of Education Chairman Stephen John, Examination and Admissions Controller Furqan Iftikhar, Finance Director Ghulam Ali Surhio, Registrar Gulzar Ahmed Mughal, HRM Director Shakeel Ahmed Abro and Planning and Development Director Ghulam Mustafa Shaikh.
Other employees who received these awards were working in different departments and sections of the university including Quality Enhancement Cell, Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC), Department of Planning and Development, HRM, Department of Finance, graphic designers, caretakers, security guards, peons and cleaning workers.
Later, in his address, the VC said that when the university was founded in 1885, there was no university and no college in the entire province, and no modern school for Muslims of Sindh, which was 75 per cent of the total population of the province. There were only a few schools of Zoroastrians, Hindus and colonial rulers, and only three matriculate Muslims in Sindh at that time.
The vice chancellor said that such situation compelled Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi and his friends to establish a modern school for Muslims of Sindh. He added that the first college [DJ Arts College] was established in 1887, just two years after the establishment of SMIU and the first university was set up in April 1947 in Sindh.
“At that time there were only two classes in the province, landlords and peasants, while the middle class was missing. Resultantly, the absolute Muslim majority of the province was deprived of their basic rights because landlords were not interested in education of the poor population,” Dr Shaikh said and added that in later days, when a middle-class person attained some social position, he took a mission to educate young generation by establishing a modern institution – the Sindh Madressatul Islam.
He also said that in later days, the institution produced great leaders including the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, who led the nation towards their independence and created a new country. He added that the Quaid had a great love and reverence for his alma-mater, and that was why he had bequeathed one-third of his personal property to SMIU in 1939 through his last will and had inaugurated ‘Sindh Madressah College’ in 1943.
Talking about the present status of the institution, the vice chancellor said, “Today this great institution is working as a university and imparts quality education to the youth, in the continuity of its great traditions set during the last 132 years.” The VC also congratulated entire nation on the celebration the founding day of the institute.
The programme was followed by performances of renowned mystic singer Sanam Marvi. She presented 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.