The Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has acquired SM Science College after the college was working independently for 39 years, according to a university statement.
The Sindh government’s education and literacy department had approved this merger through the notifications issued on August 31, 2012 and October 4, 2012. According to the merger terms, SM Science College will be declared a constituent part of the SMIU. The SM Science College will be converted into a model college and will operate under SMIU’s administrative control. All staff and faculty members of the college have the choice to either continue their work at the college under SMIU’s administrative control or to be under Sindh government’s education and literacy department.
While speaking to the senior SMIU management, SMIU vice-chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said that the name of the college will remain same and the college will soon start offering BBA, MBA and PhD degrees. The staff and faculty members who decide to work under SMIU’s administrative control will be promoted to the next grade, he said. “SMIU will try its best to rank SM Science College as one of the best model colleges in the country.”
Thanking the Sindh government for the reunion, Shaikh recalled that Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah inaugurated Sindh Madressah College on June 21, 1943, as an arts college. At some point, the arts college was closed down for unknown reasons and the science section was rechristened as SM Science College. SM Science College is situated in the Sindh Madressah-Hassanally House (built in 1909), Khairpur House (built in 1912) and Sardar House (built in 1919) buildings. These three buildings are located on the Sindh Madressah land and they served as student hostels till 1950s when science classes started.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 20th, 2013.