Sindh Madressatul Islam University

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Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU)
SMIU Logo.jpg
Motto in English
Enter To Learn Go Forth to Serve
Established1885 University Status Granted in 2012
ChancellorGovernor of Sindh
Vice-ChancellorDr Muhammed Ali Shaikh
Location, ,
Campus8 acres
AffiliationsHEC, chartered By the government of Sindh

Sindh Madressatul Islam University (Urdu: سندھ مدرسۃ الاسلام‎; Sindhi: سنڌ مدرسته الاسلام‎, also known as SMI University) is a university in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Founded in 1885, it is one of the oldest education institutes in South Asia.[1][2][3]

Sindh Madrasa was founded on 1 September 1885 by Hassan Ali Effendi, a Sindhi of Turkish origin who settled in Karachi. Its establishment was supported by Indian Muslim jurists including Syed Ahmad Khan and Syed Ameer Ali.[4] It became a popular school for many Muslims of Sindh and Balochistan. Modeled after a British public school, Sindh Madrasa remained a high school until 1943 when it was elevated to a college, and in February 2012 was chartered as a university by Sindh.[5]

Today, Sindh Madrasa is a publicly funded university located in downtown Karachi, near I. I. Chundrigar Road on an eight-acre estate which is home to several colonial era buildings most of his designed by architect James Strachan. Sindh Madressatul offers four year undergraduate programs and two year master's degrees, however doesn't award doctorate's.[6] The university is constructing a 15-floor academic tower in its current campus.[7] The institute has been associated with several prominent South Asian Muslims including Pakistan's first head of state Mohammad Ali Jinnah who received his matriculation from the school in 1892, apart from Jinnah, Muhammad Hashim Gazdar (9th Mayor of Karachi), Shah Nawaz, Abdullah Haroon, Ghulam Hussain and Ayub Khuhro also studied here.[8]

Muhammad Ali Jinnah's will, excerpt


  • Department of Business Administration
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Education
  • Department OF Environmental Sciences
  • Department of Media Studies

The department offers the following degree programs:

  • BBA (Finance, Human Resource Management, Marketing)
  • BS (Accounting and Finance)
  • MBA (3.5 years) ((Finance, Human Resource Management, Marketing),
  • MBA (2-2.5 years) ((Finance, Human Resource Management, Marketing),
  • MBA (1.5 years) ((Finance, Human Resource Management, Marketing),
  • MS (Management Sciences & Public Administration)
  • MS (Public Administration)
  • PhD in Computer Science (3 Years Program)

The department offers nationally and internationally recognized programs at graduate and undergraduate levels, which have been designed in consultation with the corporate sector. The department is located in Karachi's Business District, close to I.I Chundrigar Road, which is known as the Wall Street of Karachi. Most of the multinational and national trading houses, banks, financial institutions as well as Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry are located on walking distance from the department. Living in the 'Business Environment' is one of the advantages that the Business Administration students of SMIU enjoy in addition to opportunities for internships. Being a public-sector institution, SMIU charges minimum fees. It charges about one-sixth of the fee charged by other comparable institutions for business education programs.

The department offers the following programs:

  • BS (Computer Science)
  • MS (Computer Science)
  • Phd (Computer Science)

It is equipped with three computer labs: two of them are computing laboratories while the other one is a hardware laboratory with electronic and digital circuit design courses. The computers are connected through a network.

IT/Industrial Hub:SMIU is located in the area where numbers of IT industries, software houses, institutions, media and government organizations' networks are located, enabling students to seek internships, etc., as well as familiarize themselves with IT related environment.

The department offers the following programs:

  • BS Education- 4 years
  • Associate Degree in Education – 2 years
  • MS Education – 2 years

The department has access to SMIU Model School for practical training of the students of its graduate and undergraduate programs.

The department offers the following programs:

  • BS Environmental Sciences
  • MS Environmental Sciences

The department offers the following programs:

  • BS (Media Studies)
  • BS (Social Sciences)
  • MS (Media Studies)
  • MS (Social Sciences)

The university is located in the area where leading media outlets, both print and electronic, like Daily Dawn, Daily Jang, The News, as well as almost all the major satellite television networks are located. The department has a television studio and FM Radio station, providing an opportunity for hands-on training on broadcasting equipment.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A rare insight into the Quaid's early education – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 2016-12-25. Retrieved 2016-12-25.
  2. ^ "Dailytimes | SMIU students leave for China for internship program". Retrieved 2016-12-25.
  3. ^ "Over a century: SMIU celebrates 131st foundation day – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 2016-09-02. Retrieved 2016-12-25.
  4. ^ "Sindh Madressatul Islam University". Retrieved 2016-12-25.
  5. ^ "Sindh Madressatul Islam University". Retrieved 2016-12-25.
  6. ^ "Sindh Madressatul Islam University". Retrieved 2016-12-25.
  7. ^ "Sindh Madressatul Islam University: SMIU plans to build new campus next year – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 2013-07-31. Retrieved 2016-12-25.
  8. ^ "Sindh Madressatul Islam University". Retrieved 2016-12-25.

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Coordinates: 24°51′03″N 67°00′15″E / 24.8507796°N 67.0040286°E / 24.8507796; 67.0040286