In connection with 50th year of establishment of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), top ranked higher education institution of Pakistan, the QAU Alumni Association has announced to establish endowment fund to assist the university and the students.
The announcement was made in a get together of QAU Alumni Association hosted by two senior members Mahmood Karim Qureshi and Professor Majed Rashid while presided over by President QAU Alumni Association Sikandar Ahmed Rai. Vice Chancellor Quaid-i-Azam University Dr. Javed Ashraf graced the occasion as the guest of honour.
The event was attended by a large number of old students of Quaid-i-Azam University. ‘Fatiha’ was offered over the sad demise of Abdul Sattar Edhi, former QAU vice chancellors and senior members of the alumni association.
Former QAU students expressed concern over the fact that despite lapse of 50 years, the needs of QAU are not being met through allocations of required funds which is not only affecting the performance of this important higher education institution of Pakistan but also increasing problems for the faculty and students.
QAU Vice Chancellor Dr. Javed Ashraf lauded the contribution of QAU Alumni Association over its various useful initiatives for the QAU students and its alma mater. He said that with limited resources QAU has earned a great name for Pakistan in higher education sector at national, regional and international levels. “With more financial support, it could win more laurels for the country,” he said.
The VC further said that decades’ old infrastructure and labs needs immediate attention. He remarked that QAU administration would continue to work closely with the alumni association and work benefit from them to overcome financial and other problems being faced by QAU.
Highlighting the achievements of the alumni association, secretary general QAU Alumni Murtaza Noor informed that since its inception in 2001, the alumni has undertaken a number of steps for the welfare of present and old students of QAU. After signing MOU with QAU administration in 2008, a number of scholarships have been awarded to the needy students belonging to far flung areas of the country for continuation of their studies. He announced establishment of endowment fund, publication of special edition of directory of its members and award ceremony for the alumni members for their outstanding contribution at national and international levels and other programs in connection with golden jubilee celebrations of QAU.
QAU Alumni Association President Sikandar Ahmed Rai said that as per signed MOU with QAU, the Association assured all possible cooperation to QAU administration through various new ideas, networking as well as financial support. He also demanded that in view of fifty years valuable contribution of QAU and its faculty, it should be declared as Flagship higher education institution. “As QAU is celebrating its 50th year of establishment, the federal government should announce special package for this real federal university of Pakistan to meet its growing needs,” he said.
Manger scholarships QAU Zulfiqar Ahemd apprised about the various initiatives and continued scholarships programmes of the alumni association. The alumni members also appealed to the President of Pakistan and federal interior minister for strict action against land mafia who has illegally occupied precious land of top ranked university of Pakistan.