CM an­nounces Rs20m for SMIU

Pakistan Observer - - KARACHI CITY - CITY RE­PORTER

KARACHI—Sindh Chief Min­is­ter, Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Wed­nes­day an­nounced Rs 20 mil­lion for Sindh Madres­satul Is­lam Univer­sity (SMIU).

The Chief Min­is­ter made this an­nounce­ment while speak­ing at con­clud­ing ses­sion of a three-day Sindh-Hainan Uni­ver­si­ties Fo­rum here.

The fo­rum was aimed at es­tab­lish­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween uni­ver­si­ties of Pak­istan es­pe­cially of Sindh and China’s Hainan prov­ince.

This would in­clude the ex­change of stu­dents and fac­ul­ties.

The Chief Min­is­ter as­sured all sup­port to SMIU, which is alma mater of fa­ther of the na­tion Quaid-e-Azam Muham­mad Ali Jin­nah. Ex­press­ing his sat­is­fac­tion, he said it was SMIU which was lead­ing other uni­ver­si­ties of Sindh.

He said that credit for up­grad­ing SMI to a univer­sity level went to last PPP govern­ment.

He along with Sindh Se­nior Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion Nisar Ahmed Khuhro wit­nessed sign­ing of Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ings (MoUs) with four uni­ver­si­ties of Hainan prov­ince.

He was in­formed by Vice Chan­cel­lor of SMIU, Dr Muham­mad Ali Shaikh that four­teen uni­ver­si­ties - one each from Balochis­tan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa- had es­tab­lished col­lab­o­ra­tion with Hainan var­si­ties through this fo­rum over last three days. And, he added, 56 agree­ments were signed.

He em­pha­sized on fur­ther strength­en­ing of re­la­tion­ship be­tween Sindh and China es­pe­cially through peo­ple-to-peo­ple con­tacts.

He re­counted his govern­ment’s ef­forts for pro­mo­tion of ed­u­ca­tion over last eight years, which in­cluded set­ting up of 10 pub­lic sec­tor uni­ver­si­ties in the prov­ince.

Sindh Chief Min­is­ter was of view that for­mer Prime Min­is­ter and founder of Pak­istan Peo­ple’s Party Sha­heed Zul­fikar Ali Bhutto gave boost to Sino-Pak re­la­tion­ship.

He claimed that PPP had al­ways given top pri­or­ity to China while es­tab­lish­ing for­eign re­la­tions and col­lab­o­ra­tion.

Sindh Se­nior Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said it was great day for Sindh govern­ment and the peo­ple as many MoUs were signed with Hainan uni­ver­si­ties for col­lab­o­ra­tion in ed­u­ca­tion.

This would ben­e­fit a lot to stu­dents of Sindh. He said such col­lab­o­ra­tion should be ex­panded to other uni­ver­si­ties of Sindh. He said Pak­istani na­tion was proud of hav­ing strong re­la­tion­ship with China.

SMIU Vice Chan­cel­lor Dr Muham­mad Ali Shah in­formed the Chief Min­is­ter about the ac­tiv­i­ties of this fo­rum over last three days and the out­come in­clud­ing the sign­ing of 56 agree­ments with Hainan uni­ver­si­ties.

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