The Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) on Thursday celebrated its 138th foundation day at the varsity auditorium paying a rich tribute to the founder of the institution Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi.
In his address, SMIU VC Prof Dr Mujeeb Sahrai said that Effendi 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 of 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 unaware of the role and services of Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi,” he said and added that we must explore and share his great contribution towards modern education especially 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 are produced good results and good students, but unstable institutions fail to serve the nation accordingly. Hence stability and strength of SMIU must be given priority.
Sahrai said; “I also have 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 the efforts of Director Directorate of Students Affairs and Counselling Dr Asif Ali Wagan and his team for organizing the event”.
He also said: “we are passing through hard times these days. Sindh and other provinces of the country have been 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 organizing a simple ceremony”.
The vice chancellor announced to donate two days of his salary, one for rain and flood-affected people and one for SMIU’s Endowment Fund. The vice chancellor also advised to the employees of SMIU 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,” Dr Sahrai suggested.
On the occasion students of the SMIU Model School delivered speeches in English, Urdu, and Sindhi languages, in which they highlighted the 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 the Advisor to Vice Chancellor on Academic Affairs, deans of different faculties, chairpersons, heads of various administrative departments, faculty, staff members, and students.