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CM Murad reminisces college days while inaugurating pedestrian bridge at DJ Science College

KARACHI: Inaugurating a pedestrian bridge built to connect two building blocks of DJ Sindh Government Science College situated here across the road, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Friday reminisced old college days.

The pedestrian bridge has been built to safeguard movement of students and teachers between two blocks of the college. The metallic pedestrian bridge was named after a deceased faculty member of the college Prof Iftikhar Azmi.

Murad Ali Shah recalled the days he used to get intermediate-level education at DJ Science College. He disclosed that he had lost concentration in his studies and enjoyed considerable freedom during his college education after his father got arrested under the then martial-law regime in the country.

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The CM on the occasion also launched periodical of the college.

He said that he had spent precious two years of his life in the college. “Has it been allowed to me, I will prefer to leave this seat of the chief guest to go and sit with students in the last row (of the programme) to make noise and do fun,” said the CM while passionately reliving his college days.

Murad Ali Shah

The chief minister said that during his college days, the then democratic govt in the country had been overthrown and its place a martial-law regime was imposed.

“My father used to drop me to this college everyday as he also got arrested in those days,” said the chief minister while recalling about his father late Abdullah Shah who later also served as Sindh chief minister during mid-90s in a previous the Pakistan Peoples Party government in the province.

“After arrest of my father, I was assigned the duty to drop my younger sister and brothers to their schools and colleges,” he said. “With arrest of my father, I got freedom as this led to lessening of my concentration on studies. With availability of car, I enjoyed having leisure time with friends as studies at that time was not our preference,” said the CM.

“I used to park my car here at the footpath (outside the DJ College) and later use it to roam around with my friends,” he said.

He said that in the exams of first year of Intermediate education (Class 11th) he had obtained 79 per cent marks while percentage of his marks had decreased in the exams of second year of Intermediate.

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Murad disclosed on the occasion that later he had started attending BSc degree classes at the college without any formal admission to the class.

“Once our class teacher was taking with him the class attendance register to the principal office to get expelled from the college students in our class who were not serious in their studies. I was advised by my friends that I should surreptitiously walk up to the class teacher and run away after getting hold of the attendance register from his (class teacher’s) hands. I acted on their advice and that was how we were saved from getting expelled from the college,” said the CM while recalling a thrilling incident of his days in the college.

He gave assurance on the occasion that he would take steps on a preferential basis to resolve issues of the college as pointed out by the incumbent principal. “I would rather say it like that resolving problems of my own college will be on the top of my priorities,” he said.

DJ College

The CM said that he owed much to the DJ Science College being an old and great educational institutions as its problems should be resolved on a priority.

“Being chief minister of the province and also being an alumni of DJ college, I doubly feel the obligation to do some service for my alma mater. You will always find me ready to do this service and within a few days, you will see from your own eyes practical demonstration to this effect,” he said.

He thanked the college administration for inviting him on this occasion. Earlier, the DJ Science College Principal Prof Saleem Khan Ghouri welcomed the CM at the college with its other teachers.

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