The Vice-Chancellor of Sindh Agriculture University (SAU), Dr Fateh Muhammad Marri, has said that the graduates from the university can play a major role in the development of their mother institution, and the alumni working in various positions came forward to pay scholarships for the poor students studying in the university and to develop the departments.

He said this while addressing the get-together organized by the alumni of the 89-batch of the Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences who completed their degree 30 years ago in SAU.

Dr Fateh Marri said that after 30 years, the alumni will see the university completely changed, today the university has modern infrastructure, and new degree programs have also been started, but due to economic problems, parents from many parts of the country, including Sindh, are not able to pay the educational expenses of their children.

He said that the distances have been reduced due to information technology but the trend of competition in research, talent, inventions, skills, and opportunities has increased in the world, as well as the environment, climate change, disasters, food security, global warming, and other problems have also increased.

Dr Farooq Hassan Mateen, Vice-Chancellor of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (SBBUVAS) and alumni of Sindh Agriculture University said that SAU is main institution in the field of veterinary science all over the world including Pakistan.

Former Vice-Chancellor of SBBUVAS, and EX- Professor of SAU Dr KB Mirbahar said that new ideas can be generated along with the development of the institution through such programs. Alumni should also play a role in the development of his mother institution.

During the ceremony, Dr Noor-un-Nisa Marri, Dr Ahmed Nawaz Tunio, Dr Sahib Shahani, Dr Hakim Jalbani, and others in their speeches said that after 30 years they all came together at their university, it felt like they returned at their home, they said that the university will be supported in terms of scholarship, endowment fund, student internship, and employment opportunities.

Dr Amir Bux Kalhoro, Dr Abdullah Arijo, Dr Maqbool Memon, Dr Bachal Bhutto, Syed Asif from KPK, Dr Mirbaz Jaffar from Balochistan, Ali Jafari from Kashmir and others addressed the program on this occasion. While alumni in London, Canada, UAE and other countries participated online and also addressed.

In the end, there was a Musical event, in which the well-known singer Tameer Hussain performed. A large number of alumni from Sindh, Balochistan, Kashmir, KPK, and Islamabad participated in the event, while the guests were awarded cultural souvenirs.

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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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