A newly constructed seven-floor building of Information Technology Tower (IT Tower) has been added to Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU). It has twelve classrooms, four computer labs, seventeen rooms for faculty on the ground floor, three executive center rooms, an incubation center and a library. The IT Tower building is located on the premises of SMIU near the SMIU Model School.

Dr Mujeeb Sahrai, Vice-Chancellor SMIU, inaugurated IT Tower on Tuesday.  Later on, while addressing the participants Dr Sahrai said there was a need for more academic blocks for SMIU as enrollment of students was increasing during every admission process, while there was insufficient space for academic activities. Now this building will accommodate a sizeable number of students.

Dr Mujeeb Sahrai further said we are living in the age of information technology; hence our young generation must be given education of information technology, computer science, artificial intelligence, software engineering, data science and cyber security as they could compete with the world.

“When I joined SMIU as a Vice-Chancellor two years ago, the building of IT Tower was incomplete, then I took special efforts for its completion, now it is complete and fully functional,” the VC said.  He praised the role of Dean Faculty of I.T. Dr Aftab Ahmed Shaikh, Advisor to Vice Chancellor on Academic Dr Abdul Hafeez Khan, Director Works and Services Parvez Ali Bhutto and others for making the I.T. Tower functional.

Earlier, Mr Parvez Ali Bhutto, Director Works and Services in his presentation said IT Tower has been provided modern facilities including heating, ventilating and air conditioning system (HVAC), VRF air-conditioned system, firefighting system, data system and surveillance rooms etc. He also said that the construction work of the building will be completed in three years.

Dr Zahid Ali Channar, Director Post Graduate Studies, Dr. Aamir Iqbal Umrani, Director ORIC, Dr. Asif Ali Wagan, Director Students Affairs, Registrar Ghulam Mustafa Shaikh, Director Finance Mr. Ghulam Ali Surhio, Director HRM Mr. Shakeel Ahmed Abro, other heads of academic and non-academic departments and faculty and staff members attended the inauguration ceremony.

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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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