ISLAMABAD: Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) inaugurated a three-day SMIU Spring Festival 2015 by cutting a ribbon at the varsity. The festival is organized by SMIU’s Students Clubs and Societies.
Talking to participants on various stalls, Dr 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.
Dr 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 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 visited the stalls of the festival. Students of the University fully participated at the events of festival.
Later, an Urdu Mushaira 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 Sahar Ansari, while renowned progressive poetess Fahmida Riaz was the chief guest.
Speaking on the occasion, Sahar Ansari said that SMIU possesses historical status and importance and there are several historical references of this institution.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 Mohammad 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 Mushaira 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 on Karachi which was followed by a documentary on ancient and old mosque of world prepared by students of SMIU. Habba Aslam and Neelam Kimmani.