The vice chancellor University of Sindh and the British Deputy High Commissioner Belinda Lewis have stressed the need for exploring common grounds aimed at improving quality of academic and research engagements through students’ as well as faculty exchange initiatives and cross-flow of knowledge and professional projects.
They said there was a great deal of space for joint academic, research and professional ventures between University of Sindh, Jamshoro and its British counterparts through British Deputy High Commission, Karachi and British Council, Pakistan.
This they said while in a meeting held at SU Vice-Chancellor’s Office. The delegation led by British Deputy High Commissioner Belinda Lewis including Director International Trade Sumera Naveed, Political Officer Batool Zahra and Media Manager Madiha Rizki.
VC-SU Dr. Burfat on the occasion said that University of Sindh had the lowest fees structure as compared to its entire sister public universities in Pakistan, which he termed as a blessing for the poor masses of Sindh.
He informed the visiting guests that the university received student intake from all districts of the province. He also bemoaned the fact that only 8 percent of Sindh youth could make it to the university.
Dr. Burfat said that he had the firsthand experience of public sector education as he had himself attended government schools, colleges and universities, and had also taught at all academic levels. Therefore, he said he knew the internal dynamics of public sector education system.
The vice chancellor further said the children and the youth constituted 60 percent of the entire population of Pakistan; hence they merited greater attention and resource allocation. He emphasized the need for student and faculty exchange programs. “We need to mutually work towards improvement of quality of education in Pakistan, especially in Sindh”, said Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat.
The British Deputy High Commissioner Belinda Lewis said that her associates and she had come to University of Sindh with the specific objective to foster goodwill, analyze university’s needs, explore the prospects of British assistance for those needs and probe the possibility of future academic and research collaborations.
A detailed exchange of views on the possibility of materializing Memoranda of Understanding related to academic and research student as well as faculty exchange programs, joint professional projects and extension of assistance by the British Council to University of Sindh in terms of capacity building and infrastructural development took place in the meeting.
Earlier, Dr. Shahzad Ahmed Memon, Director, Quality Enhancement Cell, University of Sindh gave the visiting delegation a detailed briefing about the university.
On the occasion, the Director, Institute of Business Administration, University of Sindh Prof. Dr. Imamuddin Khoso proposed launching of MBA-NGO Management discipline which was received with due appreciation.
The Director, Institute of English Language and Literature Prof. Dr. Rafiq A. Memon, solicited British Council intervention and cooperation towards establishment of English Language Laboratory at IELL. Among others, Registrar Muhammad Mashooque Siddiqui, Dean Commerce Prof. Dr. Muneeruddin Soomro, Dr. Hamadullah Kakepoto, Dr. Imamuddin Khoso, Dr. Rafique Ahmed Memon, Dr. Lachmand Das, Dr. Naghma Mangrio and Dr. Mehtab Ali Shah.
Later, Ms. Lewis accompanied by VC-SU arrived at Institute of Sindhology to visit its world renowned Museum where the director of the institute Dr. Ishaque Samejo warmly welcomed them. The delegation showed great interest in the Sindhi handicrafts, art crafts, history and culture of Sindh as displayed in various museum galleries and also made memories by taking random shots.