The 6th meeting of the Senate of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) was held at SMIU’s Senate Hall on Tuesday chaired by Provincial Minister for Universities and Boards Muhammad Ismail Rahoo.
Vice-Chancellor SMIU Dr Mujeeb Sahrai and other members of the Senate including Dr A.Q. Mughal, Mr Shahzad Mahmood, Dr Jamshed Adil Halepota, Prof Dr Muhammad Malook Rind, Mr Asif Hussain Samo, Ms Quratulain Nazeer Ahmed, Mr Muhammad Naeem Ahmed, Mr Mushtaq Muhammad Gopang, Register Mr Ghulam Mustafa Shaikh, deans, chairpersons, heads of various sections and faculty members of SMIU attended the meeting.
The minutes and actions taken on the decisions of 5th Senate meeting were confirmed. A resolution was passed on the Annual Budget Estimated for the fiscal year of 2022-23 and the revised budget of the fiscal year of 2021-22.
The Vice-Chancellor Dr. Mujeeb Sahrai informed the Senate that government of Sindh has allocated Rs.292 million as a Grant-in-aid for the fiscal year of 2022-23. In this regard, the vice chancellor lauded the role of Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah, Minster for Universities and Boards Mohammad Ismail Rahoo, Secretary Universities and Boards Muhammad Mureed Rahimoon and other officials of Sindh Government for their support. Adding to it, he said SMIU is needed more funds as it is an expanding university, which had planned to launch different development projects.
He also informed the Senate that SMIU is bearing expenditure of about 90 million rupees of SMIU’s Model School annually. Hence, to get separate budget for the SMIU Model School, the matter is with the provincial department of education and literacy. The vice chancellor hoped that the SMIU will be given separate budget for its School in the next fiscal year of 2023-24.
Rahoo said that he shall take efforts to get the matter resolved, because he conserved an important part of SMIU. The report of construction of two buildings i.e. I.T. Tower and SMIU Model Schools’ building in the city campus was presented and it was said that these buildings were constructed from SMIU’s own reserved funds. Similarly, the Senate was informed about the construction work of the Malir Campus and said that now its work has been spedized as compared to the years of Covid-19.
The Senate was informed that since the last two years, SMIU has progressed a lot in the field of research. Seven research journals are being published and out of them two have received Y- category from the HEC Pakistan. Thus, it was decided that financial assistance for research work will be sought from national and international organizations.
Dr. Mujeeb Sahrai informed the Senate that SMIU is going to organise a mega research event titled 1st Global Research Congress on 8th and 9th March 2023, that will boost the research culture in the country.
In the Senate it was decided that study visits for students within the country and abroad will be started at amid to give them exposure of the world. Some members raised questions on the leadership program initiated by the former management of the university, and in their response it was decided that a committee will be formed to look into the matter.
The Senate members lauded role of Vice Chancellor Dr. Mujeeb Sahrai playing for progress and development of SMIU.
Minister Mohammad Ismail Rahoo also gave his observations in the meeting and appreciated the services of Dr. Mujeeb Sahrai. He said SMIU being a historic educational institution is on the priority of the Government of Sindh, and he personally takes keen interest in its development. In the Senate meeting Fatiha was performed for victims of earthquake in Türkiye and Syria.
Meanwhile Rahoo attended oath taking ceremony organised by Directorate of Students Affairs for newly elected office bearers of SMIU’s nine students’ societies at the Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium of the varsity. The Minister along with Vice Chancellor Dr. Mujeeb Sahrai and Senate Member Mr. A.Q. Mughal administered the oath. He also distributed certificates among the former office bearers of the Students’ Societies and their patrons.
Thereafter, in his address Mr. Muhammad Ismail Rahoo said students’ societies are essential for students’ growth as leader. Also, they provide various opportunities to their fellow students to exhibit their creative talent. But they shouldn’t compromise on their basic aim of acquiring education at the university.
Dr. Mujeeb Sahrai, Vice Chancellor SMIU congratulated the office bearers of the Student Council and said that their all activities should be for development and progress of the university. He praised their role in organising most meaningful events for learning and training of students.
Dr. Asif Ali Wagan, Director Students’ Affairs presented a welcome address and thanked the minister and vice chancellor for their support. Ms. Zonaira Jalali, Manager Students’ Affairs conducted the program. Deans, chairperson, officials and students attended the program.