Punjab Governor Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman has called on Vice Chancellors (VCs) of different universities. King Edward Medical University (KEMU) Vice-Chancellor Dr Mahmood Ayaz, University of Education (UoE) Vice-Chancellor Talat Nasir Pasha, Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) Vice-Chancellor Dr Bushra Mirza, University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Vice-Chancellor Syed Mansoor Sarwar, University of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Vice-Chancellor Naseem Ahmed, Information Technology University (ITU) Vice-Chancellor Sarfaraz Khurshid and others participated in the meeting.

Chairing a meeting of the vice-chancellors of various public-sector universities regarding rehabilitation of flood victims at the Governor’s House on Thursday, he said there is an urgent need to help people come out of the post-floods emotional and psychological trauma and carry out rehabilitation activities. He said that it is important to treat people who suffered from trauma due to devastations caused by the recent flash flood in different parts of the province.

“Those who saw their loved-ones swept away by the flood waters and homes and livestock being washed away are going through the worst mental agony,” Governor Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman said.

Head of Akhuwat Foundation Dr Amjad Saqib and Chief Organizer Edhi Foundation Dr Saeed Elahi were also present. He called for mobilizing universities to help solve post flash floods psychological and emotional complications of the flood victims.

Lauding the relief work by the public and private sector universities, he urged the vice-chancellors, faculty members and students to continue rehabilitation efforts for the flood victims. The meeting decided to start a pilot program for psychology, sociology and social work students so that they could conduct a survey to address the psychological and emotional problems of flood victims and help them recover from trauma.

It was also decided to expand the scope of the program and start short courses in universities to make it a permanent component of the education and training of students.

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