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Bab-i-Allama I.I. Kazi

December 26, 2008

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THIS is apropos of Dawn's report, 'Monument in memory of I. I. Kazi planned' (Dec 24), stating that the advisory committee appointed by the Sindh University Syndicate while eulogising the services of the founding father for the cause of education has decided to build a monumental gate to be named 'Bab-i-Allama I. I. Kazi' on the main road of the new campus at Jamshore.

For this the university is inviting proposals from architects of international repute.

Allama Imdad Ali Imam Ali Kazi was not only the founding father of the present Sindh University but his stature was more exalted as a world-renowned modern thinker who, through his sermons, spread the message of Islam as a religion of peace and amity.

He was also an educationist par excellence and the services he rendered for the great cause of learning and know- ledge in Sindh are indisputably unparallel.

It is for this recognition that not only the new campus of Sindh University at Jamshoro is named after him but a chair, 'Allama I. I. Kazi Chair', has also been established to carry out his mission, i.e. spread of education.

This chair is headed by another eminent scholar, Prof Emeritus Dr N. A. Baloach, ex-vice chancellor of Sindh University.

In the presence of the university campus and a chair already in the name of the Allama, building a gate, 'Bab-i-Allama I. I. Kazi', after spending millions of rupees to only have his name engraved on it will, on the one hand, relegate his place and, on the other hand, will not at all please the spirit of this great scholar who throughout his life eschewed such publicity.

I suggest to the Syndicate Committee that the amount set apart for the construction of the so-called gate be rather utilised for educational purposes, especially on the research activities carried out by the Allama I. I. Kazi Chair.

Altamash M. Kureshi

Karachi