Strategy for ensuring security of students, faculty: Ebad

KARACHI: Sindh Governor Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad Khan, has said that steps are being taken under a strategy to ensure security of students and teachers at the universities.

He was addressing a gathering in connection with the 4th anniversary of the grant of charter of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) at its campus here on Tuesday night.

The Governor, who is also Chancellor of the public sector universities in the province, said that the strategy was aimed at foiling any possible activity by the terrorists.

He said that the Vice-Chancellors of the universities are ensuring security measures in accordance with this very approach.

Ebad pointed out that the universities are centre for higher education and research and contribute towards the progress and development of the nation.

He said that he was proud that the school which was elevated by Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah from a school to college, he (Ebad) granted the charter to it as a university.

The Governor said that he had also granted charters to the Dow University of Health Sciences, and the first law university in the country- Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Law University.

He further stated that the Sindh Madressah Tul Islam has a unique distinction of being the alma mater of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah who had bequeathed one third of his property to this very institution.

Ebad said that in shorter span of four years the SMIU has made a rapid progress and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) accorded it W category.

He also extended felicitation to the management, faculty and students of the SMIU.

The Governor hoped that the new campus of the SMIU in Malir will provide further academic opportunities to the students to pursue quality education.

To a query by media persons, he said that in the wake of the 18th amendment in the constitution, there has been some reduction in the funding of the universities by the HEC. The provincial government, he added, is taking steps in this regard and that the results would come to the fore soon.

Ebad also visited the museum of the SMIU where the academic record of the Quaid-i-Azam has been displayed.
The Vice-Chancellor of SMIU, Muhammad Ali Shaikh, welcomed the Governor and also briefed him regarding future plans and expansion schemes of the institution.