HYDERABAD: The lawn of arts faculty building was full when the new students were welcomed during Sindh University’s (SU) Orientation Day here on Wednesday.
The new academic year 2015 was symbolically inaugurated by holding the orientation day. Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Abida Taherani presided over the function. Organized by the Bureau of STAGS, the Day gave information about SU, environment of the campus, various departments and study life at the University.
“We are delighted to welcome all the new students to Sindh University”, said the Vice-Chancellor of the varsity Prof. Dr. Abida Taherani in her inauguration speech to almost 3,000 students attending the Orientation Day.
She spoke of the alma mater which wants students not only to be informed of the subject knowledge, but formed and ultimately transformed into “men and women for others.” Welcoming and motivating the students, Dr. Abida Taherani gave some important guidelines to the students about taking active part in extracurricular activities also instead of that of mere study.
She told the students gathered that they should have a goal in life and then automatically they would work towards achieving that goal. Quoting the tens of thousands alumni of the varsity, she said “your attitude is your altitude” and inspired the students to have right attitude towards themselves, others and have faith in God.
Dr. Taherani said that “our education should be man making, character building and assimilation of ideas and not just filling the mind with knowledge which could run riot”. Vice-Chancellor highlighted the importance of the role of education in the socio-economic development of societies.
Taherani said she will make the institution financially sound and self-sustainable. “We are proud that this university has graduated five hundred thousand students since its establishment in 1947; I deem it a big achievement of our alma mater”, she said.
“We all are encouraged to learn about the initiatives taken by the University’s administration; the goals achieved and the spirit with which the University team is serving this alma mater. I wish this institution should always be a real launching pad for learning, research initiatives and development,” Dr Taherani said. Pointing towards new students, she said it was the beginning of a new phase in their lives, which indeed would be highly thrilling but rewarding too.
“Always try to be honest to your profession; loyal to your institution and ready to confront any challenge which you come across”, the vice-chancellor advised the students. She said Sindh province especially and the country in general could not get benefit from its geographical location unless youths were skilled and highly qualified to explore and make use of the potential of the region.
The vice chancellor said the region had enormous potential, which needed to be tapped. Dr Taherani on the occasion directed the deans of various faculties to ensure the regularization of classes in their respective faculties.
Earlier the Deans of faculties Prof. Dr. Noor Mohammad Jamali, Dr. Abdul Rasool Abbasi, Dr. Abdullah Dayo, Dr. Anwar Ali Khan, Dr. Javed Iqbal, Dr. Parvaiz Ahmed Pathan and Dr. Parveen Munshi also spoke on the occasion and greeted the students.
They said the university with 58 departments & institutes had moved from intense research studies to imparting knowledge in true sense. They advised the students to focus on their studies during the four years they would have to stay on the campus.
On the occasion, Advisor Bureau of STAGS Prof Mohammad Yousif Pardesi spoke about the performance of his Bureau and advised the students to participate in different competitions being held by becoming member of it. He also put light on the hard work of brilliant students of SU who won Quaid-e-Azam trophy and many other trophies by taking part in national quiz competitions.