KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali has asked the students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University to come forward and play the leadership role, in conformity with the ideals of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
He said this while visiting Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU), where he addressed the faculty, students and staff members of the university and other dignitaries. He said at least one previous generation had failed in providing adequate leadership to Pakistan, which resulted in not only breakup of Pakistan, but underdevelopment in many areas, like education, social sector and infrastructure.
In his speech he expressed satisfaction over the quality of education being provided at Sindh Madressatul Islam University, the Alma Mater of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and hoped that this young university of four years will emerge as one of the best universities in Pakistan and the world in future.
The Chief Justice of Pakistan appreciated efforts and struggle of Vice Chancellor of SMIU Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh and said that Dr. Shaikh has transformed the dream of the founder of SMI into reality by making it a university. “I am very impressed to see the Jinnah Museum, where SMIU has preserved valuable record of our Father of the Nation and national heroes,” said Chief Justice of Pakistan.
He said that SMIU students have honour that they are studying at SMIU, the historical institution, from where great leaders including Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had received his education. Due to such association the students of SMIU have a responsibility to make the country prosperous according to the vision and ideology of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah,” the Chief Justice said.
Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, in his welcome address 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.
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. It was also grooming its students to assume leadership role in various walk of life and had initiated various National Leadership Programme.
He said that SMIU has built its unique identity at national level through producing quality of education and research work. Recently, Sindh Madressatul Islam University’ QEC has been awarded the top most “W” category by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.
Judge of Sindh High court Justice Nadeem Akhtar praised the role of Sindh Madressatul Islam University and said that he has been associated with the university as member of the Syndicate from the very beginning and knew the struggle behind the establishment of the university as one of the best university in the country. He also suggested that the SMIU should set up a Law Faculty at the campus.
Justice (retd) Agha Rafique Ahmed Khan, former Chief Justice of Federal Shariat Court and former Chairman of Sindh Public Service Commission said that though SMIU was a shining example for public sector educational institutions in Sindh, the rest of the institutions need improvement and drastic changes.
Justice (retd.) Syed Deedar Hussain Shah, former Chairman NAB, former judge of Supreme Court and Chief Justice of Sindh High Court said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University was working very well by imparting quality education and as the member of the university’s selection board and syndicate can assure all that all the appointments have been made on merit basis.
Justice (retd.) Hamid Ali Mirza, former Chief Election Commissioner and former judge of Supreme Court thanked the Chief Justice of Pakistan on his visit to SMIU and said that the institution having the distinction of being the Alma Mater of founder of Pakistan has a unique place in the country, because of which everyone including the CJP should come forward to help it develop.
On the occasion Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU presented a memorial shield and traditional Sindhi Ajrak to the Chief Justice.
Earlier, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Anwar Zaheer Jamali visited SMIU’ Jinnah Museum and took keen interest in the relics and educational records of Quaid –e- Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, founder of SMI Hassanally Effendi and other old students of SMIU displayed there.
The Progamme was attended by a large number of prominent personalities including Diplomats, serving and retired judges of Supreme Court and Sindh High Court, SMIU Syndicate members, faculty, students, staff members and media personnel. NNI