SHIKARPUR -  Transformation of Sukkur IBA from a two-roomed accommodation to a full fledge university is no less than a miracle.

These views were expressed by former president of Sukkur Chamber of Commerce and Industry and renowned entrepreneur and professor of practice at Sukkur IBA University Aamir Ali Khan Ghauri while welcoming the honourable guests at a dinner hosted by him in the honour of VC SIBAU, faculty members, trade and industries body and civil society at Officer’s Gymkhana Sukkur last night.

Leader of the Opposition Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah and Vice Chancellor Sukkur IBA University Professor Nisar Ahmed Siddiqui inaugurated the ceremony.

Ghauri urged upon the traders and industrialists to join hands and express their ownership to Sukkur IBA University through donating generously for the noble cause. Sukkur IBA University has become the pride of Sukkur and therefore we should not only feel proud of this institution, but also feel our responsibility to do whatever we could, he added.

Leader of the Opposition Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah lauding the untiring efforts of Professor Nisar Ahmed Siddiqui said: “We need many educationists like him, because despite taking so many steps, we still are lagging behind in this particular sector. Even today a large number of our children are out of schools. It is my desire to see all the colleges and schools of Pakistan develop like Sukkur IBA University.”

“It is very easy to criticise, but very difficult to take ownership. We must shoulder our respective responsibilities like Professor Nisar Ahmed Siddiqui and his team, which is the only way to take the country to the heights of prosperity,” he said. If there is a will, there always is a way, he added. He also called for investing in education department.

MNA Nauman Islam Shaikh in his speech urged upon the civil society especially trade community to take ownership of the Sukkur IBA University and donate on regular basis, so that, more deserving and talented students can get benefit of the quality higher education .

Registrar Sukkur IBA University Engr Zahid Hussain Khand giving example of different universities of the world said, many cities of the world are known for their universities. Talking about Harvard University he told that, it was established by John Harvard back in 1836 and now they are celebrating its 375th anniversary. John Harvard he said, donated his library and half of his property for the establishment of the university and today it is having huge endowment fund.

Terming Professor Nisar Ahmed Siddiqui as the “John Harvard” of Sukkur IBA University, he said, what we have achieved today is because of his untiring efforts and love for education . He said, we too have established endowment fund, because in case if the Sindh government or other donors stop funding, we could continue our mission. Therefore the civil society and trade bodies should help us in building a sizable endowment fund, he said.

Sukkur IBA University Vice Chancellor Professor Nisar Ahmed Siddiqui speaking as the chief guest thanked Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah for his continued support in transforming Sukkur IBA into a university and said, he alone wouldn’t have been able to do this job, rather it is a team work, which made it possible.

“At Sukkur IBA University we are offering such courses to the students, which can help them in getting jobs in the market. However with changing technologies I am afraid that, many people will be rendered jobless, he went on saying, and therefore we are trying to cope up with the changing scenario and only offering job worthy courses. Today Sukkur IBA University has become a “STEM” University, which means Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. These are the main subjects, which will never go obsolete,” he said.

Earlier, Director QEC Sukkur IBA University DrSher Mohammad Daudpota briefed the participants about various aspects and courses of Sukkur IBA University.

Later, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah and Vice Chancellor Sukkur IBA University Professor Nisar Ahmed Siddiqui jointly presented souvenir of SIBAU to Aamir Ali Khan Ghauri.