Students of Umerkot, Tharparkar and Mirpur Khas district will benefit from the newly built campus spread over 54 acres
Sindh Agriculture University (SAU) Tando Jam has decided to introduce new degree programs for the students of Thar Desert districts at its Umerkot sub-campus.
The second campus of university spread on 54 acres given by Sindh Government was jointly visited for the first time by the heads of academic and administrative departments including the Vice Chancellor of Sindh Agriculture University on Wednesday.
Sindh Government had recently handed over new campus built on 54 acres in Umerkot to the Sindh Agriculture University, after which the Sindh Agriculture University has started efforts to provide the best academic and research facilities to the students of Thar including Umerkot, Tharparkar and Mirpur Khas.
Dr. Fateh Marri, Vice Chancellor, SAU, accompanied by academic and administrative heads – Deans Dr. Qamaruddin Chachar, Dr. Aijaz Ali Khooharo, Dr. Naimatullah Leghari, Dr. Syed Ghiasuddin Shah Rashdi, Registrar Ghulam Mohiyuddin Qureshi, Director Finance Anil Kumar, Project Director Riaz Hussain Soomro, Advisor Planning Dr. Syed Ziaul Hassan Shah and others visited the campus.
During the visit, Director Campus Prof. Dr. Jan Muhammad Marri briefed the Vice Chancellor and others about the ongoing degree programs in the sub-campus at Umerkot and the infrastructure available in new campus which was handed over by Sindh Government.
In this regard, a high level meeting was also held with Vice Chancellor Dr. Fateh Marri, in the chair, in which he sought suggestions on the requirements and scope of new degree courses for the students of Thar.
It was decided that all local stakeholders and especially the communities of the area, would be invited in the proposals for new degree programs at campus, while agriculture, livestock, information technology, energy, environment, irrigation and drainage would be discussed during the meeting and suggestions for degree programs in various fields, as well as diploma courses in Medicinal Plants, Organic Fruits and Vegetables, By-products, Dairy Technology and Livestock were also discussed on campus.
Dr. Fateh Marri said that Thari students have great talent, but due poverty and limited financial resources, local peoples are unable to educate their youth and especially the girls. “We are expanding the sub-campus to provide a better learning environment to the youth in Thar.”
He said that new degree programs and market oriented diploma courses would be introduced in this campus and the academic process would also start soon, and added that various private sectors including Thar Coal and other NGOs are also active in various sectors in Thar, so the experts from SAU sub-campus will jointly work with private organizations for development of peoples of Thar.
He said that a joint strategy will also be formulated on the need of increasing agricultural production on low water and raising new crops and better breeds of animals. In this regard training and capacity building programs would be started for the common farmers to improve the quality of cattle.
Dr. Jan Mohammad Marri, Director, Campus said that the best academic environment is being provided to the students. “After the activation of the new campus, National Cattle and Camel Festivals would be organized and investors and the private sector will be attracted to Umerkot and Tharparkar,” he told.
Dr. Vishndas, Imam Bakhsh Chachar, Ayaz Ahmed, Madam Lubna Khoso, Saleem Chang, Nusrat Hussain Chandio, Mir Muhammad Khushk, Ahsan Channa and others were also present on the occasion.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor along with the team inspected the Academic blocks, hostels, rest house, residential hostel for teachers and employees, auditorium hall, mess, canteen, market and mosque in the new campus provided by the Sindh government. (PR)