CM announces Rs20m for SMIU
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.