The Department of Psychology of the University of Karachi (KU) and the Charter for Compassion Society of Pakistan (CfC) signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) that aims to create a vibrant, peaceful, and compassionate society through the creation of innovative programs, education, and training on compassionate thought and action.

As per the MoU, the CfC will provide internship opportunities to students enrolled in the department of psychology as well as provide volunteer opportunities for students enrolled in the department of psychology in mental health camps for the on-ground experience.

According to the MoU, the department of psychology will be on the referral panel for Ruhbaru for clients who need extension counseling and psychometric testing for diagnosis while discounted rates for different certifications in clinical psychology for Ruhbaru counsellors.

Both parties have agreed to provide access to psychometric assessments (manuals and forms) for Ruhbaru for screening purposes. The Executive Director CfC Zareen Qureshi shared that our programs, tools, and activities allow our stakeholders and partners the opportunity to explore the value of collaboration, empathy, and compassion within their respective entities, and institutionalize these positive changes across all sections of society.

The acting Vice Chancellor University of Karachi Professor Dr Nasira Khatoon and the Executive Director Charter for Compassion Society of Pakistan Zareen Qureshi inked the MoU documents at the VC Secretariat.

The Chairperson of the Department of Psychology Professor Dr Qudsia Tariq was nominated as the focal person whereas Professor Dr Farah Iqbal would be the coordinator. The Director Office of research Innovative Centre Professor Dr Bilquees Gul and others were also 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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