The concluding ceremony of Sindh Madressatul Islam University’s (SMIU) Job and Students Fest was held at the Sir Shahnawaz Auditorium of the University on Friday. Prof Dr Tariq Rafi, Chairman of Sindh Higher Education presided over the ceremony, while the chief guest was Sindh Madressatul Islam University’s Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujeebuddin Sahrai and organizer of the event and Director Directorate of Students Affairs Dr Asif Ali Wagan.

Addressing the concluding ceremony, Prof Dr Tariq Rafi appreciated the efforts of DSA, SMIU and organizers of different events and said it was a matter of pride for him that he is attending the concluding ceremony at the great institute that holds the title of Alma-Mater of Father of the Nation-Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and other great leaders. He said these sorts of activities are surfacing the abilities of students. Education always comes first but there is also room for other activities. He also praised the role of students’ societies of SMIU and said students will get positive results of their association with the societies, in their future life.
He said SMIU has a great legacy that Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and other leaders had received their education from here. SMIU students are carrying such a great legacy; hence they should follow the footsteps of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
Praising the Job Fest organized by SMIU, he said providing job opportunities to youth was a great service being rendered by SMIU. SMIU and Sindh HEC should jointly work in such direction and jointly organize a job expo at expo center.

Prof Dr Mujeebuddin Sahrai Memon in his speech congratulated the organizing body of the Job Fest and Students Festival, Directorate of Students Affairs and said the Students Festival has showcased hidden talent of SMIU students with the support of faculty and other staff members. He specially congratulated Dr. Asif Ali Wagan, Director DSA, for organizing this wonderful mega event. He said about four hundred students of SMIU were registered at the different companies during the Job Fest and almost one hundred students surely will get jobs. He said this kind of festival shall be organized at SMIU with high frequency. He thanked Chairman Sindh HEC for attending the event. “Today he had to leave for Sukkur by air but he preferred to attend our program and tomorrow he will proceed there by road,” VC Sahrai said and added that professors always prefer academic activities.
Dr Asif Ali Wagan in his welcome address thanked Vice Chancellor Dr Mujeebuddin Sahrai, faculty, staff and students who supported them during the festival.

Earlier, patrons of the Art Society, Debating Society, Community Service Society, Music Society and Sports Society presented reports of the activities they organized during the festival. Ms. Khushboo Rafiq, Patron Art Society said they organized variety of programs including photo exhibition with the title of Life at Karachi, My Dream, Live Sketch and SMIU to Eyes. She said to make society stable and peaceful we have to encourage art.
Kiran Shirazi, Patron of Debating Society in her report said they organized two guest speaker sessions, theatre, bait bazi and set up stalls. The patron of Music Society in the report said they organized three singing competition programs during the last three days, where eight students participated in the singing competition.
Wajiha Naeem, Patron of Community Service Society said they organized “Two People Two Stories,” Monologue Theatre “Meri Maan”, and documentaries. Similarly, the Sports Society organized eight indoor and outdoor sports events. All patrons appreciated the cooperation extended to them by Dr Asif Ali Wagan, Director DSA during the festival.

Later on, prize distribution ceremony was held at the same venue, where Chairman Sindh HEC Dr. Tariq Rafi, VC SMIU Dr Sahrai and Director DSA Dr Asif Ali Wagan distributed prizes among the winning students. Also, Dr Sahrai gave away a shield to Dr Tariq Rafi and Dr Asif Ali Wagan.

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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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