Sindh Madrasatul Islam

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Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU)
Motto in English
"Enter To Learn Go Forth to Serve"


University Status Granted in 2012
Type Public
Chancellor Governor of Sindh
Vice-Chancellor Dr Muhammed Ali Shaikh
Location Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Campus 8 acres
Affiliations HEC, Chartered By Govt. Of Sindh

Sindh Madressatul Islam University (Urdu: سندھ مدرسۃ الاسلام‎; Sindhi: سنڌ مدرسته الاسلام) is a university in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. SMIU is a public university located in the commercial hub of Karachi, near I.I. Chundrigar Road in vicinity of Habib Bank Plaza. It is spread over more than eight acres of land and has some beautiful colonial era buildings. Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) offers four years Bachelor's in Computer Sciences, BBA, BS Environmental Sciences, BS Media Studies and BS Education And also offers Masters Programs in different fields such as MBA, MS(CS) etc.

Sindh Madrasa was founded in 1 September 1885 by Hassan Ali Effendi, a Sindhi of Turkish origin who settled in Karachi. It began to become popular with mainly Muslims of Sindh including Baloch. It is modeled on the British public school system. The founding father of Pakistan, Mohammed Ali Jinnah studied there. Sindh Madressatul Islam is one of the oldest modern Muslim educational institutions in South Asia. It was founded on September 1, 1885 in Karachi, with the objective to impart modern education to the people of Sindh. It was founded by a group of Sindhi Muslim visionaries led by Khan Bahadur Hassan Ali Effendi, the great grandfather of President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari. By 1895, with the untiring efforts of Hassan Ali Effendi, the institution had fully developed into a very well functioning high school with three primary branches that taught in Sindhi. The Quran classes were regularly conducted in the prayer halls.

Sindh Madressatul Islam was established on the premises of Qafila Serai a former caravan station in Karachi.

Muhammad Ali Jinnah's will, excerpt

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Sindh Madressatul Islam (SMI) University is a chartered University duly recognized by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. It is one of the oldest institutions in South Asia, which started as a school in 1885, became a college in 1943 and a university in February 2012. Its campus is located in the commercial hub of Karachi, near I.I. Chundrigar Road (old McLeod Road) in vicinity of Habib Bank Plaza and MCB Tower. It is spread over more than eight acres of land and comprises some of the most beautiful colonial era buildings designed by architect James Strachan in 1880s. The Founder of Pakistan QuaideAzam Mohammad Ali Jinnah studied at this institution for about four and a half year from 1887-92. The SMI University has started with five departments, each offering graduate and undergraduate program. The departments are Media Studies, Computer Sciences, Business Administration, Environmental Sciences and Education. The University is privileged to have highly qualified and devoted faculty with PhD, M.Phil and Masters from the best national and international universities. In fact it has the largest number of PhD faculty members amongst the newly established universities in Pakistan.

It has spacious classrooms equipped with air conditioners, multimedia projectors, designed furniture etc. SMIU has also the distinction of establishing state of the art television studio and FM Radio studio to serve as its broadcasting laboratories. Both the studios offer handson training to the students as well as working journalists. The Information Technology laboratories of the University are equipped with latest computers, laptops, scanners, printers, multimedia projectors and other technical equipment. The labs are managed by highly qualified technical staff. It provides free internet service through WiFi. All University computers are provided with super highspeed link for accessing research journals, research repositories on internet, electronic libraries and email. SMIU is continuously improving its facilities with cutting edge technology. The University Library has more than fifteen thousand books, some of which are rare ones. The library subscribes to about three dozen national and international research journals in addition to Higher Education Commission (HEC) sponsored digital access to most reputed international journals. It is looked after by a team of qualified librarians and technical staff. The University has Jinnah Museum also, which contains the relics associated with the founder of the institution, Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi, as well as educational records of QuaideAzam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and other alumni. It has recently established an archives section also, where important record is being preserved.

The University has a fully airconditioned and stateoftheart auditorium named after one of its illustrious old students Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto. It is used for holding extensive lectures and other functions of the institutions. Cocurricular programs like debates, declamation contests, quiz competitions, drama and variety of functions are organized on regular basis. There is a cafeteria also that provides quality food and beverages items at reasonable cost to students, faculty and staff members ensuring their health and safety. The students and faculty is encouraged to carry on visits to the places relating to their professional interests as well as go for recreational visits in form of groups under supervision of University professors. In addition to these facilities at its main campus, the University is also in the process of building its additional campus in the newly launched Education City, in the vicinity of Karachi, where 100 acres of land have been allotted to SMIU

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