130th Foundation Day

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 Karachi, Mr. Robin Devies, Director British Council, Mr. Olig Avdeer, Russian Consul General in Karachi, Mr. Hadi Santoso, Indonesian Consul General in Karachi, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University, Mr. Emil Wyss, Consul General of Switzerland in Karachi, 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.