KARACHI: US Consul General Karachi, Brian Heath, said on Thursday that Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) is an oldest educational institution of South Asia that has played very important role in transforming society though modern education.
Addressing the faculty and students at SMIU’s Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium, he said founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had also received his education from SMIU that shows its importance also. He congratulated SMIU’s Vice Chancellor Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, faculty and students on getting university status for this institute.
Heath said the USA and Pakistan have old relations since from 1947, when USA had recognized it as a sovereign county and which are still yet strong one. Pakistan and the US are long term friends and allies of each other he commented and said USA is trying to build domestic capacity of Pakistan. This is why we are supporting it in energy sector, which is essential for growth of economy in the country.
Heath further said USA supports Pakistan to become strong and stable in every sphere of life, including economy, education and social sector. He said our main focus is education in Pakistan and also we are providing educational opportunities to Pakistan’s graduates in large number, to get education in best universities of USA through scholarships.
There are many programmes for students of Pakistan, but they have to pass GRE and fulfill other academic requirements he maintained. The US Consul General said we are also working with government of Sindh since 2011 and providing financial support to it for educational development in the province. He was of the view that a country can be developed through education only.
Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh in his welcome address said the visit of US Consul General Karachi to SMIU is a beginning of new era for SMIU. He said that before him, the US Consul General of Karachi had visited SMI last time in 2004, but Brian Heath is the first US Consul General who has visited this institution after its becoming university.
He further said that SMIU is playing a role of building bridges between people of different communities, cultures and religions. Apart from it, we are also working for peace and harmony in the country and region and the world at large. He said we have to learn many things in education, including governance of universities, research and quality of education from USA as it is providing high quality education to its own students and also to the international students.
Dr Shaikh said although China and USA have differences on many issues but a largest number of international students come to USA from China.
Earlier, Dr Shaikh briefed the US Consul General about SMIU’s history and its present status. On this occasion, Brian Heath visited Jinnah Museum of SMIU and shown deep interest in relics and academic credentials of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and also old record of SMIU preserved it the museum.