Sindh Madressatul Islam University has finalized the schedule of its 4-Day Festival of Arts and Ideas in a meeting chaired by Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh on Wednesday at the Conference Room of SMIU. The festival will hold from 7th December to 10th December in the premises of SMIU.
In the meeting it was decided that during the festival four international lecture programs, eight guest speaker’s sessions, nine panel discussions, 3 bookshelf sessions, documentaries/short films competition, painting and photography’s exhibition, performance by SMIU’s students on seven famous folklores of Sindh, singing and quiz competitions, film fare, fun fare, national and international cultural shows and school show will be organized.
It was also decided that in the category of international lecture programs Prof. Thomas Dahnhardt of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy will deliver lecture on “Contacts between Hind and Muslim-Sufi Spirituality in South Asia,” Ms. Che Yi, Vice President for H. R. and International Partnerships University of Sanya, P.R. China, will deliver lecture on “Exchange Programs between Chinese Universities and Pakistani Universities”, Ms. Weimin Delcroix-Tang, Dean, School of Foreign Languages, University of Sanya will talk on “Inclusivity and Indignity: The Double-sidedness of the Oceanic Culture of China’s Tropical Island Hainan” and Dr. Matthew A. Cook, Professor of Postcolonial and South Asian Studies, Department of History, Department of Language and Literature, North Carolina Central University, USA, will deliver lecture on “Writing and Reciprocity: Standardizing the Sindhi Language in Colonial South Asia.”
The names of the guest speakers were also finalized and was informed the meeting that Mr. I. A Rehman, senior columnist, Dr. Ishrat Hussain, former Governor, State Bank of Pakistan, Mr. Ghazi Sallahuddin, senior journalist, Mr. Iftikhar Ahmed, senior anchor person, Mr. Mazhar Abbas, senior journalist, Mr. Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Federal Secretary for Planning and Development, Government of Pakistan, Ms. Mehtab Akbar Rashdi, columnist and Ms. Khalida Ghous, eminent scholar will address their respective sessions as the guest speakers.
During the festival the classic films, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Bridge on the River of Kwai and Ben Hur will also be screened.