The Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi and the Sumitomo Corporation signed an MoU to financially support aspirational students in their academic journey. Executive Director, IBA Karachi, Dr S Akbar Zaidi and General Manager, Pakistan Office, Sumitomo Corporation Asia & Oceania Pte Ltd, Mr Kazuteru Mihara on behalf of Sumitomo Corporation signed the MoU.

Participants included Mr. Shahzad Ali, Assistant General Manager, Sumitomo Corporation Asia & Oceania Pte Ltd and Ms. Malahat Awan, Director, Alumni Communications and Resource Mobilization (ARC), Institute of Business Administration. The objective of this agreement is to nurture and foster the education of capable young leaders attending the Institute, who shall be entrusted with the future of Pakistan. The corporation will support 3 MBA students each year. The selected students will receive individual grants to cover their tuition fees.

Sumitomo Corporation is one of the largest global general trading companies, working towards making education accessible for deserving and ambitious students. Whereas IBA is trying to impart quality education in numerous educational fields to students selected on merit irrespective of ethnicity, gender, religion, or financial means. This agreement will create opportunities for local students to attain the financial support needed to pursue their educational goals.

Related: IBA holds session on Muslim Devotional Poetry of South Asia

The Department of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts, School of Economics and Social Sciences, Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi organized a session titled ‘Muslim Devotional Poetry of South Asia’, on the main campus.

Paying tribute to the holy month of Ramzan, the event featured recitation of Naats written in Urdu, Persian, Sindhi, and Punjabi. The IBA faculty and students recited devotional verses of renowned Sindhi poet Maulvi Ahmad Mallah and famous Urdu and Persian poets including Mir Taqi Mir and Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib.

The highlight of the event was a special guest appearance by naat-khwaan Zara Madani, who is well-known for her regular singing appearances in Coke Studio Pakistan and the film ‘Khuda Ke Liye’. The audience was moved to hear Ms. Madani’s qirat of Surah Rahman and appreciated her hauntingly beautiful original compositions and recitation of the famous Urdu devotional verses, ‘Lauh Bhi Tu Qalam Bhi Tu’ and ‘Taazim Se Leta Hai Khuda Naam-i Muhammad’ by Allama Muhammad Iqbal and Khwaja Muhammad Akbar Warsi respectively, and Punjabi verses ‘Main Lajpaalaan De Lar Lagiyaan’ by Abd us-Sattar Niyazi.

Some other Urdu poets whose naatiyah verses were recited at the event include ‘Nushur’ Wahidi, Kunwar Mahendra Singh Bedi ‘Sahar’, and Najmunnisa Munawwar Ali Bukhari ‘Najm’. IBA students Hamraj Singh, Muhammad Ahmad, and Syed Ghazi Haider Zaidi also recited naats in Sindhi, Arabic, Persian, Braj Bhasha, and Urdu.

Keeping with the spirit of honoring original contributions to the field of devotional poetry in praise of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Lecturer SESS, IBA and poet, Syed Muhammad Baqar Mehdi Rizvi, who teaches Urdu Literature and Psychology, presented examples of his own naatiyah shaairi. His work was acclaimed by the audience, as well as by Ms. Madani, who then took the stage and expressed appreciation for Mr. Rizvi and his fine contributions to the field of Urdu poetry as a young poet in Karachi. Adding to the creative spirit of the evening, Lecturer SESS, IBA and literary translator, Ms. Zahra Sabri, who had organized the event, presented her own English translation and recital of Ghalib’s famous Persian naat ‘Haq Jalwah-gar zi Tarz-i Bayan-i Muhammad Ast’ and commented on how the devotional poetry of literary giants like Ghalib and Mir is often overlooked by enthusiasts who tend to be familiar only with their mainstream ghazals.

Sabri, who teaches Indo-Islamic History and Urdu Literature at IBA, also discussed the importance of Muslim women poets in the domain of South Asian devotional poetry. She spoke about how the long-standing tradition of women’s milads inside private homes has historically offered a training ground for the recital and appreciation of devotional poetry, and how naats and hamds penned and composed by women in such settings form important material for literary research, forming some of the earliest examples of women’s contribution to the field of Urdu literature.

The literary session honored the spirit of the holy month and concluded with an iftar for the attendees.

Behind every choice that we make in our life, there lies an inherent impetus that pushes us down a particular path. If we talk about education, every individual wants to obtain quality education that is in line with his or her vision of life in the latter stages of age. Hailing from Peshawar, it was a difficult decision for me to head all the way to Sukkur in pursuit of an education that I always wished I could receive. Gladly, the decision paid off. And paid off well. Today, I feel really blessed to be part of this great citadel of knowledge, and among the numerous reasons that have made me love Sukkur Institute of Business Administration University,  I am glad to share the top five.

Asad Umar

Pakistan’s Minister for Finance, Revenue, and Economic Affairs. Former CEO and President of Engro Corporation.

Shaukat Aziz

Former prime minister of Pakistan and former senior executive at Citibank.

Sheheryar Munawar

Celebrity film/drama actor and model.

Zubair Umar

Former governor of Sindh.

Ishrat Husain

Notable economist Dr Ishrat Hussain. Former governor State Bank of Pakistan, former dean of  IBA.

Mamnoon Hussain

Former president of Pakistan.