128th Foundation Day of SMI celebrated

KARACHI: Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) organized a grand ceremony on Sunday evening in its premises to celebrate 128th Foundation Day of Sindh Madressatul Islam (SMI).

On the occasion, SMI’s old students Hassan Bhutto, Saifuddin Bandooqwala, and Dr Jabbar Khattak inaugurated TV Studio set up by SMIU. Similarly, Dr Suleman Shaikh, noted intellectual of Sindh, inaugurating FM Radio Studio set up by SMIU.

Earlier Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU in his speech paid rich tribute to the SMI founder Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi. He said that Hassanally Effendi despite facing an intensive opposition from Hindus and Muslims of Sindh established SMI on 1st September 1885 in Karachi.

“Hindus and Muslim were working on the same plate form of Sindh Sabha for betterment of Sindh and its people. Dyaram Jethmal was president of the Sabha and Hassanally Effendi was its vice president. So Mr. Dyaram had wanted to establish a college in Sindh, because at that time there was no college over here and students of Sindh were used to go Mumbai and other parts of present day India. While Hassanally Effendi wanted to establish a school, because there were only two schools in Sindh at that time, one was in Karachi and other was in Shikarpur,” Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh said and added that on this point the differences widened between these two communities, resulting separation of Hassanally Effendi from Sindh Sabha. The Hassanally Effendi started to establish a secondary school for Muslim children.

VC SMIU said that Effendi met with Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and then matured the idea of establishment of SMI. On the other hand Dyanram Jethmal established Sindh Arts College, which is known as DJ College. “Despite these differences the SMI and Sindh Arts College had cordial relations, even Sindh College was offering admissions, scholarships and jobs for SMI’s students.

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh said it would be interesting to note that the Viceroy of India Lord Duffern had inaugurated both the educational institutions on the same day at Karachi.

The Vice Chancellor SMIU said the opposition for establishment of Sindh Madressatul Islam had come from some Muslim Ulema, which was based on the notion that Muslim children would be influenced by western culture and values while getting education in English at Sindh Madressah. “But Hassanally Effendi and some other enlightened Muslims were determined to establish a modern Muslim school, because they were fully aware about the call of the day, under the British Raaj,” Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh said and added that the main reason behind the successful journey of Sindh Madressah was that the majority of Sindhi Muslims fully supported it in various capacities.

He said now Sindh Madressah has been achieved the status of University from 2012. Thus we can now proudly say that, we have upheld the mission of Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi by getting elevation for it.

He also said that the founder of Pakistan Quaid –e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had studies in the present Main Building of SMI for more than one year. During its construction he had studied in a building located near Bolton Market hired by Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi for SMI.

Senator Dr Karim Khuwaja, who is also a member of Senate’s Standing Committee on Science and Technology offered establishment of Science Museum at SMIU. “If SMIU is agree on the idea we shall set up it within one year,” Dr Khuwaja said.

Justice ® Rana Bhagwandas in his speech said that Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh has made Sindh Madressatul Islam University a modern educational institution of the country whish shows his devotion and love for it. He hoped that SMIU will emerge like a Harvard University, Berkley University and Oxford University of Pakistan in future.

Prof. Dr Nazir Sangi, VC, Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), Islamabad offered joint venture with Sindh Madressatul Islam University for better education in the country. He also announced to open “Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi Corner” in the AIOU, Islamabad to recognize the services of Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi, rendered for Muslims of the region.

Dr. Zafar Iqbal, VC, Federal Urdu University said that those were the great people who established schools, which have been reached to the level of university, like Sindh Madressah, but now some universities are working like schools in the country. He praised the role of SMI played in modern education and offered full cooperation of Urdu University to it.

Dr Akber Hyder Soomro, VC Benazir Bhutto Medical University Larkana said SMIU has emerged as one of the successful universities of the country. He also lauded preservation of SMI’s historic buildings in its original grandeur. Dr Abdul Wahab, President of Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, said the life of Hassanally Effendi is like a torch for them. He said Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh has proved that if a single person wants to bring change, he can do so, as he has made SMIU a great university.

“When I was studying in SM Science College, I had seen Sindh Madressatul Islam in a very sorry state, but today I feel that I am present in a foreign university,” the great academician commented. He said the universities can not progress with rankings, but they can progress with tangible efforts as Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh has taken for SMIU.

Mohammad Rais Alvi, Rector Newport Institute of Communications and Economics, said Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh must be credited that he raised SMI to the level of university, which is a great achievement. He hopped better future for SMIU under the dynamic leadership of its present Vice Chancellor.

Shoaib Siddiqui, Commissioner Karachi, said that SMI is a proud institution for them, because it happens to be an Alma Matter of Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. He said the President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari has also great attachment with SMI, because it was established by his great grandfather Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi.

“Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh has maintained beautiful buildings of SMIU with affection and care, so he it is a matter of happiness for him that Karachi city has such wonderful buildings,” the Commissioner said and added that he is fully aware about the problems of SMIU, especially which exist in its surroundings. The Commissioner of Karachi offered his full and sincere cooperation to the management of SMIU for resolving its problems and for its progress and development.

SMI’s old students Hassan Bhutto, Dr Jabbar Khattak and Saifuddin Bandooqwalla and Ali Aslam Jaffery and Dr Suleman Shaikh also spoke on the occasion. They all praised the historic role of SMI played in imparting quality education to younger generation of the region. The cake cutting ceremony was also held on the occasion.

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