Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan Dr Mukhtar Ahmed along with Vice-Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) Dr Mujeeb Sahrai and Sindh Higher Education Commission (SHEC) Chairman Dr Tariq Rafi inaugurated Allama I I Kazi Library at IT Tower of SMIU on Wednesday.

Thereafter, he addressed the inaugural ceremony, which was held at the Allama I.I. Kazi Library where he said that quality of higher education in Pakistan has improved, but still there is a long way to go and invest more quality into it. Dr Mukhtar Ahmed said we couldn’t compete with those universities of the world that are established hundreds of years ago, while our most universities are established within the period of 75 years. The HEC Chairman maintained that the universities of other countries that are ranked as top world universities enjoy highest budget. “Budget of a high ranked university of developed country is almost equal to the budget of our all universities of the country,” Dr Mukhtar Ahmed said and added that despite that fact our universities are producing highly successful students that are competing on the world level. A large number of our students have been succeeded in getting scholarships of European countries.

HEC Chairman praised the role of provincial government of Sindh for allocating 15 billion rupees for higher education in Sindh and said other provinces should also allocate some amount for higher education in their respective institutions.

He further said after Covid-19 the torrential rains and floods our nation is suffering a lot. Therefore, we are trying to cut our expenditures and support affected people. He said HEC has decided that fees of two semesters and hostel expenditure will not be charged from the students of affected families. “This process has been delayed a little bit as students belonging to non-affected families have also applied for support, that is why some time has wasted in scrutiny of students,” The HEC chairman said and urges the students of whose families who are not affected that they should not apply for support and didn’t usurp right of real affected students.

Praising the role of SMIU, HEC Chairman said SMIU has emerged as one of the quality universities of the country. Also, it inherits many distinctions as it has been Alma-Mater of Founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who had bequeathed one third of his residual property to SMIU. He also praised the role of SMIU’s Vice Chancellor Dr Mujeeb Sahrai and said he is striving for the development and quality education of SMIU. He announced every possible support to SMIU.

Vice-Chancellor Dr Mujeeb Sahrai in his address thanked the Chairman HEC Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman SHEC Dr Tariq Rafi and other guests for gracing the event. Talking about SMIU Dr Sahrai said students’ population is increasing during every admission process at SMIU, because besides quality education SMIU offers those courses which are being offered by best private universities. He said, apart from adding a new academic block of IT Tower, now SMIU has added third library named Allama I.I. Kazi Library to it. “Allama I.I. Kazi was alumnus of SMI, founder VC of University of Sindh (SU) Jamshoro and a great scholar of the country,” Dr Sahrai said and added, that is why SMIU has paid a great tribute to him by naming this library to him.

Dr Tariq Rafi, Chairman SHEC, Regional Director HEC Karachi Javed Ali Memon, Prof Dr Ghulam Raza Bhatti, Vice-Chancellor of Shaikh Ayaz University Shikarpur (SAUS), deans, chairpersons, sectional heads and other officials attended the program.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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