The 3- Day Students Festival is continuing at Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU), which is being organized by the Directorate of Students Affairs (DSA). Prominent Urdu poets Mr Anwer Shaoor, Mr Ramzi Asim, Mr Hidayat Sayer, Mr Imran Shamshad, Mr Yasmeen Yaas, Ali Ahmed Jan, Dr Salman Sarwat and Mr Khurram Tahir recited their poetry and received a great response from the audience during Urdu Mushaira segment of the SMIU students festival.

Vice-Chancellor SMIU Prof. Dr Mujeebuddin Sahrai Memon attended the mushaira and praised the poetry presented on the occasion. Dr. Sana Shahid, Assistance Professor, Department of Media and Communication Studies conducted the program. The organizer of the Festival and Director DSA, Dr. Asif Ali Wagan, Deans and chairpersons of various faculties and academic departments including Dr Zahid Ali Channar, Dr. Aftab Shaikh, Dr Subhash, Dr. Ambreen Fazal, faculty and staff members and students attended it in large numbers.

Students of Art Society presented the story of society’s disparity prevailing between rich and poor people through a comedy mime performance. This was a silent act in which students performed with the help of facial expressions and background music. The act received a standing ovation and a huge round of applause from the audience.

In the documentary competition, five documentaries were shortlisted and among these three documentaries won prizes. The documentary that won first prize was “Save Water” by Fakiha Hassan, student of Environmental Science Department. In this documentary she has highlighted the importance of water in the world and said that if water was not saved human beings and other creatures could not survive in future. It was said that even we people are wasting water in our homes and could not care that what we are losing. Documentary on Thalassemia which was made by Urzam Butt, student of Media Studies Department, won second prize and third prize won the documentary titled “Meri Kahani Merey Sheher ki Meray Ghar ki,” made by Safdar Shah, student of Education Department, SMIU.

SMIU’s old student Sameer Ali Khan, who is also founder of Pakistan’s first digital startup Collective Pakistan told his story in the session titled “Two People Two Stories”. This session was organized by the Community Service Society to celebrate the contribution of our youth to society. Sameer talked about his journey of success and shared his valuable experiences with the students of SMIU. The session was interactive and audience asked questions to Sameer. The event concluded with giving away appreciation shield to the guest by the director DSA Dr. Asif Ali Wagan.

Also, Intra-University Declamation Contest was held in Urdu and English languages respectively. In Urdu competition Muhammad Talha, won first prize, Kumail Raza and Marzia Zehra received second prize and Gulshair Aftab won third prize. In English language declamation contest, Ghulam Abbas won first prize, Saima Soomro received second and third prize was shared by two students Raheela Soomro and Abdul Manan. Faculty members of SMIU Mr Hatesh Kumar and Mr. Wafa Mansoor Buriro were judges for Urdu and English language competition contest respectively. It was organized by the Debating Society.

SMIU’s young singers also participated in a singing competition, which was organized by the Music Society with the title of “Battle of Singers.” Abdullah Farooq, Parker, Parkash Kumar, Anmol Rahuja, Osama bin Hassan, Alishba sheikh, Mifzal Hassan and Afaq Sheikhani participated in it and received a great response from the audience.

Friday, June 3, would be the last day of the festival. Different student’s societies will present theater performance, singing competition, bait baazi and other programs. The conclusion of the session will be held at 4:00 pm and it will be addressed by prominent academicians and noted personalities.

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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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