Sindh Madressatul Islam celebrates its 138th Foundation Day

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Sindh Madressatul Islam celebrates its 138th Foundation Day

Stable educational institutions produce good results and good students: Mujeeb Sahrai

KARACHI, Sep 02,2022- The Sindh Madressatul Islam University celebrated its 138th foundation day at the Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium on Thursday, with simplicity due to the present day sorrowful conditions of people of the country created by torrential rains and flood.

It was the first time in the history of SMIU that no cake cutting ceremony was held and not a singing session by students and other such jubilation were held on the occasion.

While addressing the ceremony Dr. Mujeeb Sahrai, Vice Chancellor SMIU said we are passing through hard times these days. Sindh and other provinces of the country have badly affected by heavy rains and floods, hence we all are worried for our countrymen.  Thus, we are just remembering this historic day of SMIU’s life by organising a simple ceremony.

The vice chancellor announced to donate his two days’ salary for rain and flood affected people and SMIU’s Endowment Fund respectively.

The vice chancellor advised to SMIU employees to voluntarily donate for rain affected families, whatsoever they can. “If you donate one-day salary, half day salary, few hours or one-month salary, it’s up to you, but must support rain and flood victims,” the vice chancellor suggested.

SMI was considered the first modern Muslim educational institution of this part of the subcontinent

Paying rich tribute to the founder of SMI Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi Dr. Mujeeb Sahrai said he was a real son of the soil and unsung hero of the land who established a modern educational institute for the nation as he was fully aware about the challenges the nation was facing in 19th century in the British colonial rule and had to face in coming days.

“Unfortunately, a large number of our literate people are unware about the role and services of Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi,” Sahrai said and added that we must explore and share his great contribution towards modern education specially with our young generation to motivate them for the service of the country.

Dr. Mujeeb Sahrai was of the view that when a child is born in a family, he/she brings a lot of happiness for them, but when an institution is built it brings happiness for a nation- and the institution can’t meet to a natural end like a human being but it can grow with the passage of time.

He said we are custodian of SMIU, and its legacy, hence our sincere and honest efforts are needed for its progress and development. He opined that stable educational institutions produce good results and good students, but the unstable institutions fail to serve the nation accordingly. Hence stability and strength of SMIU must be given priority.

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Sindh Madressatul Islam foundation day – Sahrai visiting relief camp

Dr. Mujeeb Sahrai said I have also a sentimental attachment with SMI as my father Mr. Taj Sahrai (who was a noted research scholar, historian and academician of Sindh) was its alumnus.

He also lauded efforts of Director Directorate of Students Affairs and Counselling Dr. Asif Ali Wagan and his team for organising the event.

Earlier, Dr. Asif Ali Wagan in his welcome address congratulated SMIU’s students, faculty and staff members on the SMIU’s foundation day and termed the SMIU a proud institution of the country.

Dr. Zahid Ali Channar, Director Post Graduate Studies talked on the co-relation between education and economy and Ms. Nabila Kanwal, Principal of SMIU Model School reviewed the role of SMIU and SMIU Model School in the quality education.

On the occasion students of the SMIU Model School delivered speeches in English, Urdu and Sindhi languages, in which they highlighted role of SMI’s founder Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi, SMIU’s alumnus Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, and Sindh Madressatul Islam, played for the nation and the country.

Alumni of SMIU Sohail Khan Jadoon and Moomal Bughio also narrated their success stories, while success stories of SMIU Model School’s alumni were told to the audience too.

The ceremony was attended by Advisor to Vice Chancellor on Academic Affairs, deans of different faculties, chairpersons, heads of various administrative departments, faculty, staff members and students.

Later on, Dr. Mujeeb Sahrai visited Flood Relief Camp set up by SMIU in its premises and donated some amount for the rain and flood affected people.