HYDERABAD: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Sindh addressing the celebrations of the centenary year of historic Government College Hyderabad has announced the historic decision to upgrade it to the level of a university.
The chief minister said that this college has completed 100 years of its grandeur and academic excellence and we all have gathered here to celebrate its long academic journey.
“This institution has produced numerous talented people in almost every field,” he said, adding that it was is not only the college that has academic excellence but also, it is a national heritage.
“I have also approved Rs40 million for restoration of the lost glories of the college building and its library,” he said.
It may be noted that the chief minister inaugurated the newly renovated library of the college.
It may also be noted that in 1920, the College Library was established with the donation of an alumnus and an affluent citizen of Hyderabad Mr. Partab Rae son of Diyaldas Moolchand.
Syed Murad Ali Shah said “this college has given us a lot, it has shaped up the future of our elders, our brothers and friends and even most of us sitting here today have received education in this college. God willing, this institute would further flourish to continue its journey for provision of quality education to our children and to our future generations.”
“I am proudly announcing to grant Government College Hyderabad the status of a University for which the process has been started,” he said, adding that “I am sure it would turn out to be one of the best universities in the country.”
The chief minister paid rich tribute to Dr Annie Besant who had founded Government college on Oct 1, 1917 and said “The sapling she had planted has grown up into a mighty tree of 100 years, and today it has embarked upon a new journey of a University”.
The college was founded in October 1, 1917 was one of the historic and challenging day for its founders but they excelled with best of their abilities.
“Again, like October 1, 1917, the Oct 9, 2017 is a historic day when the college has been give the status of University- now it is a big challenge for all of us and we have to excel once again,” said the CM.
He also recalled the services of those who wanted to educate people of Sindh had generously donated for establishment of Government College Hyderabad must also be remembered today.
He mentioned Seth Pertab Rai Manghar Singh who gifted sixty-four acres of his fertile land along the left bank of Phuleli Canal.
He added Another noble man, who never disclosed his name, donated Rs20,000 apart from the total donation of rupees forty thousand which was collected by National Educational Trust for the establishment of this college.
The chief Minister lauded the services of Shahani family. Diwan Dayaram Gidumal Shahani, who under the aegis of “Diwan Metharam Gidumal Darmada Trust” donated Rs100,000 for initial setup, and this amount turned to be the sole source for the affiliation of this nucleus of knowledge with Bombay University (1921).
Earlier, the chief minister visited the college and the library along with Minister Education Jam Mehtab Dahar and Local Government Minister Jam Khan Shoro.
Principal of the college briefed him about the uplift works he has completed or are being completed.