The University of Karachi and SWVL, a private transport operating service, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Friday to provide better transport service for faculty, students, and other regular visitors on special subsidies fare rates.

As per the MoU, the SWVL, an app-based international bus hailing startup, would provide a ride to and from faculty and students stop to the University of Karachi and back to those locations. The SWVL would be provided internal access to the KU campus for better serving the students, staff, and faculty where they would also offer a subsidized shuttle service.

According to the MoU, SWVL would offer subsidized prices for passengers associated with the University of Karachi based on the current pricing model on the routes throughout the city along with additional routes as per the request of the University of Karachi’s passengers.

Furthermore, the SWVL would engage with the student body and faculty at the University of Karachi by offering a series of workshops and lectures for the students of the University of Karachi on various topics.

Meanwhile, the SWVL would roll out additional routes at subsidized prices for the KU’s special events like Convocation and entry tests, and the SWVL and the KU would use their social media handles to uplift and update on key events, activities, and collaborations.

As per the MoU, the SWVL and the KU would work together to place signage across different locations on campus for students to have better access through visibility on the SWVL routes running from the KU.

According to the MoU, the SWVL would sponsor Karachi University’s events and conferences up to 0.5 million rupees per annum. This could include events, society events, conferences, sports kits, or any other similar proposal that could be presented.

The KU acting Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Nasira Khatoon and SWVL Supply Acquisition Manager Karachi, Aimun Asif Varind signed the MoU at the VC Secretariat. The KU Students’ Advisor Dr Syed Asim Ali, in-charge KU Transport Unit Dr Qadeer Muhammad Ali, members of Students Advisory Councils, in-charge Office Research, Innovation and Commercialization Dr Asma Tabassum, SWVL Supply Acquisition Executive Zawwar Ali, and others were present on this occasion

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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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