TORONTO, Canada: There’s a new face on campus, standing on the north side of the Curtis Lecture Hall on Campus Walk at York’s Keele campus – and he could be a world first for York. A sculpture of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan and the country’s first governor general, was unveiled Tuesday, Jan. 30, to commemorate the creation of a scholarship that bears his name.
The Jinnah, Founder of Pakistan Scholarship at York University was established in 2004 (see YFile July 12, 2004) by the Consulate General and York’s Pakistan Student Association, with an initial gift of $25,000 that now stands at $50,000. The scholarship is awarded annually to one continuing undergraduate student at York who has demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and leadership.
After conducting a survey among other student associations around the globe, Babar Qureshi, president of the Pakistan Student Association at York, believes it is the first monument to a Pakistani leader at a university campus anywhere in the world.