Hyderabad: Sindh University’s Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Abida Taherani announced to establish a new department at the varsity which will be named as the ‘Department of Liberal Art & Science’ in a bid to promote peace and human behaviors about valuing personal independence of people in Sindhi society and pledged to increase funding for research excellence during her tenure, supporting those who discover, develop, and deploy knowledge on the campus.
She said the pledge to boost research excellence is fundamental to improving teaching and learning, building engagement throughout Sindh Varsity and the constituent campuses, fostering a vibrant national learning community, and promoting innovation.
This she said while speaking on the eve of her meeting with her counterpart of Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur Prof. Dr. Parveen Shah and the former Vice-Chancellor of SU Prof. Dr. Nazir A. Mughal, who hailed all the way from Khairpur and Karachi respectively to felicitate the newly appointed Vice-Chancellor of Sindh University Prof. Dr. Abida Taherani.
“Excellence in research is what distinguishes great institutions from the rest,” said Dr. Abida Taherani. “It’s what puts our students at the cutting edge of knowledge, so they have access to the latest discoveries and revelations.”
She said: the faculty members are efficient and their track record in research, development, and innovation will further cement SU’s position as a Pakistan-leading research and teaching university that strengthens our whole province especially and the country in general.
Vice-Chancellor committed to work for enhanced resources for students including more financial assistance, more campus housing, improved physical and mental health facilities, venues for sports, and outlets for culture.
She announced to build a new department named the department of liberal art & science which according to her will pave way to harmony, peace, equality, and promote faith amongst the masses to respect others personal independence and social norms in the society.
“This department will soon be opened and every students from the next academic session 2016 will be bound to take one course of one credit hour at his own behest whether he is student of natural sciences, art, law, education, pharmacy or social sciences”, she said adding that there will be various courses in the department of art & science including Sindh, Urdu, English literatures, fine art, performing arts, music, photo journalism, video editing, computer learning and much more.
Dr. Taherani further said that the initiative was being taken in order to steer the brains of new blood (newly entered students for pursuing their higher education) to right direction and safeguard them from being extremist in their outlooks and intolerant so that the unbearable behaviors of the people in the society ought to be brought to an end.
Dr. Taherani said she would make efforts to forge new research and learning alliances with the universities in the country and those around the world.
Vowing to double SU’s extracurricular student experiences through internship and co-op programs, she said she would achieve her goals through entrepreneurship, consultation and a clear focus on success for students.
Dr. Taherani urged the university community to build on the efforts of past leaders that helped make SU one of the top public universities in the country.
“It is our challenge to build on their contributions – endeavoring to lift SU from the top 8 to the top 1 in general varsities category. That is, I would argue, our responsibility: to take SU as we find it – and make it better.”