The Charter Inspection and Evaluation Committee (CIEC) of Sindh Higher Education Commission (SHEC) on Tuesday has completed the detailed inspection of the functioning, academic performance, and students’ aid being provided by the University of Sindh (SU) Jamshoro, which continued for two consecutive days.

Led by the chairman Sindh HEC Professor Syed Muhammad Tariq Rafi, the members including Vice-Chancellor Mehran Engineering University (MUET) Prof Dr Taha Hussain Ali, Vice-Chancellor Sindh Agriculture University (SAU) Tandojam Prof Dr Fateh Muhammad Mari, Vice-Chancellor of Karachi University (UoK) Prof Dr Khalid M Iraqi,  Vice-Chancellor of Jinnah Sindh Medical University (JSMU) Karachi Dr Amjad Siraj Memon, Agha Mushtaq and others were part of the CIEC.

On their arrival to the VC office, the Sindh University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro and Registrar Dr Ghulam Muhammad Bhutto welcomed the guests. Later, a meeting was held in the Senate Hall of the VC Secretariat, where the Director SU’s Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) Dr Altaf Nizamani gave a detailed briefing to the committee members about the achievements, progress, updates and monitoring policies of the Quality Enhancement Cell of Sindh University.

He said that the University of Sindh had maintained the excellence/competitive framework of higher education and research under the guidelines provided by the federal higher education commission, which could be compared with the international standards of higher education.

On the occasion, Sindh HEC Chairman Professor Syed Muhammad Tariq Rafi said that a team of 44 experts of the CIEC’s sub-committee visited Sindh University on the first day to inspect and evaluate the facilities, infrastructure, educational activities, teaching standards, academic programs, financial assistance to the students and other administrative matters of Sindh University and furnished their separate reports to the Charter Inspection and Evaluation Committee (CIEC) of Sindh Higher Education Commission (HEC) with their recommendations.

He said that no negative opinion had surfaced in their reports about the teaching departments/ centers and institutes and Sindh University; consequently, he said he was passing on good wishes to the SU Vice-Chancellor for doing the best work.

He said that the members of the committee and the sub-committee inspected all the educational departments, institutes and centers of the University of Sindh in detail and reviewed the situation of various facilities and found that there were continuous reforms, improvement in teaching and research.

The chairman further said that the quality of higher education imparted by the Sindh University was of international standard and it prepared its faculty updated and skilled as per the latest requirements, for which he said the VC deserved accolades.

Praising the effective communication and coordination between the academic departments of the varsity and the quality enhancement cell (QAC), he said that the Sindh University management should monitor the performance of the affiliated public and private colleges and institutes closely.

“If any college or institution is negligent in providing higher education as per standards of the higher education commission, it can be disaffiliated”, he said and added that the detailed reports against such institutions should be sent to Sindh HEC so that they could be interrogated and warned.

Prof. S.M Tariq Rafi went on saying that Sindh Higher Education Commission will continue to extend its support to SU and it will ensure the implementation of Sindh HEC policies and reforms within the Universities in Sindh.

At the juncture, the members of the committee including Vice-Chancellors of Karachi University, Mehran University and Sindh Agricultural University also appreciated the educational vision and performance of their Sindh University counterpart and felicitated him for introducing reforms and austerity measures to bring the varsity to the right direction.

SU VC Dr Kalhoro said that despite the financial difficulties, efforts were being made to ensure the provision of quality higher education and the results of which were also coming forward in the form of success of students in the national job market.

He said that a number of SU law graduates had recently passed the competitive examinations and become civil judges and law officers, which he said was a great accomplishment and the result of the hard work of the university administration and faculty members.

He demanded that the Chief Minister Sindh should be approached by the chairman provincial HEC to include SU on the route of the People’s Bus service plied in Hyderabad.

The house decided that the Vice-Chancellors of the four Universities of Jamshoro and Sindh Agricultural University, Tando Jam will call on the Provincial Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon and the Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah in this regard in order to convince them to ply the buses on the route Hyderabad, Jamshoro and Kotri.

The VCs said it will lessen the financial burden from the universities and greatly benefit the thousands of students and the general public.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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