Dr Mujeeb Sahrai, Vice-Chancellor Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) and Dr Jan Muhammad, Vice-Chancellor University of Turbat (UoT) signed an MoU on Friday at SMIU.

Both the vice-chancellors agreed to work together in the areas of training of faculty and students, research, organizing joint conferences, seminars, and workshops and working on the exchange program.  It was also decided that a consortium of SMIU and universities of the Makran region as Turbat University, its Panjgur Campus, Gwadar University and Makran university would be formed. Similarly, both the vice-chancellors decided that the Education Department of SMIU will arrange capacity-building training programs for female teachers of ten affiliated colleges of Turbat university.

Dr Mujeeb Sahrai suggested that a four-member joint committee comprising directors of ORIC and senior faculty members of both the universities might be formed to identify the areas of joint working in the fields of mutual interest. In this regard Dr Mujeeb Sahrai nominated Dr Aftab Ahmed Shaikh, Dean Faculty of Information Technology and Dr Aamir Iqbal Umrani, Director ORIC, of SMIU, for the committee. Dr Mujeeb said we should work together in the field that are need of the day and would be tangible.

Dr Jan Muhammad said Sindh Madressatul Islam University being an Alma-Mater of founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah is very important for them. That is why, they want to collaborate with this historic institute in areas of research and training.

He said Makran is a big region of Balochistan province, and interestingly there is no traditional tribal system in the said region, that is why a large number of female students are studying in Turbat University. He said there is a highest number of female students specially in the Department of Sociology and Education. “Out of 4000 students of the university about 1800 are female students,” Dr Jan Muhammad said. He said some female students are residing in hostels and some are coming from their remote villages in buses daily.

The MoU signing ceremony was attended by Deans of SMIU Dr Jamshed Adil Halepoto,  Dr Aftab Ahmed Shaikh, Dr Zahid Ali Channar, Advisor on Academics Dr Abdul Hafeez Khan, Director ORIC Dr Aamir Iqbal Umrani, Registrar Ghulam Mustafa Shaikh and Additional Director Planning & Development Ms Uzma Batool.

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