Dr Mujeeb Sahrai, Vice Chancellor Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has said that it was the founder of Pakistan and alumnus of Sindh Madressatul Islam- Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who had donated Rs.5000 on June 21, 1943 for SMI, when he had inaugurated college section of Sindh Madressatul Islam. Besides, Quaid-e-Azam had bequeathed one-third of his residual property to his Alma-Mater-SMI through his Last Will. Likewise, Dr Ibrahim Mulla, who lives in the USA, came forward and financially supported his Alma-Mater-SMIU for the establishment of a most modern computing lab. He said this while addressing the inaugural ceremony of “Dr Ibrahim Mulla High-Performance Computing Lab”, which was organized by the Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) of SMIU.

The Vice Chancellor further said at the time when Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had decided to open a college in Sindh Madressah, some people had opposed it, but the Quaid never bothered and came to open college along with Pir Illahi Bux, the then education minister of Sindh and who was also the Secretary of Sindh Madressah Board. Dr Mujeeb Sahrai said leadership always leads the nation to get the institutions flourish and develop according to the needs of the time. Therefore, Dr Sahrai said, from Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to Dr Ibrahim Mulla, SMIU’s alumnus have always supported their Alma-Mater in its development.

“Tens of thousands of SMIU’s alumni are spread all over the world, and they want to support SMIU, hence the Alumni Chapter of SMIU must be reorganized,” the Vice Chancellor said added that grandfather of Dr Ibrahim Mulla had also received his education from Sindh Madressah. Thus, Dr Mulla’s love and reverence for his Alma-Mater is visible.

He also said that there is a need for research in the universities and the newly established computer lab will help the faculty and post graduate students of SMIU to get benefit from it, which is equipped with the latest and most modern computers and other I.T facilities. He thanked Dr Ibrahim Mulla, Mrs Mehnaz Mulla, spouse of Dr Ibrahim Mulla and other members of Mulla family, who generously supported this noble cause.

Dr Mujeeb Sahrai also lauded the efforts of Dr Aamir Iqbal Umrani, Director ORIC, Dr Aftab Ahmed Shaikh, Dean Faculty of Information Technology, Dr Abdul Hafeez Khan, Chairperson Department of Software Engineering and Advisor to CM on Academic Affairs and Dr Asif Ali Wagan, Director Students Affairs and Counselling, taken for establishment of the computing lab.

Dr Ibrahim Mulla, in his speech said he wants to see Sindh Madressatul Islam University like Oxford University, because it happens to be an Alma-Mater of founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and other great personalities. “This (Sindh Madressah) is my Alma-Mater and I had always thought of doing something for it in the field of science and technology,” Dr Ibrahim Mulla said and opined that there is a need for research work in the country and SMIU provided him an opportunity to do something for it. He praised the role of Dr Mujeeb Sahrai, Vice Chancellor and Dr Aamir Iqbal Umrani, Director ORIC for executing the work of establishment of the lab.

Dr Aftab Ahmed Shaikh, Dean Faculty of Information Technology in his speech gave details of the laboratory and said that by the year 2026, 11.5 million job openings are expected in data science which need high computing labs. He said this most modern lab would be a power nap for research scholars of SMIU and a great asset for academia. He was of the view that this newly established lab also fills up one of the basic requirements of post graduate programs evaluation.

Earlier, Dr Aamir Iqbal Umrani, Director ORIC in his welcome address welcomed the guests and said this lab is a wonderful addition to SMIU, which will promote research culture at SMIU.

Mrs Mehnaz Mulla, spouse of Dr Ibrahim Mulla also expressed her views and highlighted the importance of the lab.

Before it, Dr Mujeeb Sahrai, Dr Ibrahim Mulla, Mrs Mehnaz Mulla and Dr Aamir Iqbal Umrani participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony, held at the Talpur House of the varsity, where the lab has been set up.

The inaugural ceremony was attended by deans, chairpersons of various academic departments, heads of different administrative sections and faculty members.

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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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