KARACHI - The Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) on Monday formally got the foundation stone laid by Governor Muhammad Zubair on its new campus in the Education City, Malir. The new campus is a part of the designated site for the Education City established by the Sindh government.

On the occasion, Governor Zubair said he was proud to have visited the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and unveiled the foundation stone for the new campus of an institution, which was alma mater of the Father of the Nation, the same day.

“It is indeed great honour for me to be in this ceremony when the Sindh Madressatul Islam University is beginning construction of its new campus. It is one huge occasion that the Prime Minister is presiding over a function for another mega project of the Islamia College University and I am here on his behalf doing the same in SMIU. They are the two of the three institutions to which Quaid-e-Azam had bequeathed one third of his properties through his Last Will,” said Governor Muhammad Zubair.

About establishment of the new campus of the SMIU, he said it was the first campus of a public sector university where foundation stone for a new campus had been placed in the Education City. He said it was good that every political party in the office chipped in for making the Quaid’s alma mater a great place of learning.

“I am here to assist to the SMIU administration in completing this project well in time.”

He said that recently he had visited the Lincoln’s Inn in UK where a bust of the Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah was inaugurated and placed in the 15th century educational institution, which was a great honour for all Pakistanis and one satisfying reason to be proud of.

He said the people of Pakistan new sketchy and mostly superficial things about the life of Quaid-e-Azam, and every Pakistani should know more about the Father of the Nation.

Earlier, Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, vice chancellor of the SMIU, said the occasion was highly important; and it was the only second such occasion with equal significance in 130 years.

He said Viceroy of British India Lord Dufferin inaugurated the Sindh Madressatul Islam’s historical Main Building on November 14, 1887.

He said the day for the foundation stone was selected as December 25, which was the birth anniversary of the institution’s most illustrious alumni.

“Quaid-e-Azam spent four-and-half years of his life from 1887 to 1892 in SMI, which was the maximum period he spent in an educational institution, more than all other institutions he was enrolled with,” said Dr Shaikh.