After taking notice of the Vice-Chancellor University of Sindh Professor Dr. Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro on standing of the students in big queues for hours to deposit their admission fees, the SU Director Finance Syed Zain-ul-Abedin Shah has opted for automation system and introduced digital banking in collaboration with Information Technology Services Centre (ITSC) and Habib Bank Limited (HBL). As a result of which an agreement has been signed between the University of Sindh and Habib Bank Limited to facilitate the students in depositing their admission as well as other fees through HBL mobile app and Konnect account.

However, no additional charges will be levied for depositing fees in the university account through mobile app or Konnect account.

A ceremony in this regard was organized by the director finance Syed zain-ul-Abedin Shah in the Senate Hall of Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah Administration Building of the University of Sindh, where the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro on behalf of varsity while Regional Chief Abdul Jabbar Magsi on behalf of HBL signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU).

Director Finance Syed Zain-ul-Abedin Shah, Dr. Khalil-ur-Rehman Khoumbati, Dr. Javed Ahmed Chandio, Dr. Abdul Sattar Shah, Muhammad Mashooque Siddiqui, Dr. Siraj-ul-Haq Kandhro, Dr. Ayaz Keerio, Dr. Zeeshan Bhatti, Dr. Mushtaq Ahmed Jariko Dr. Ashique Jhatial, Dr. Jamshed Baloch, Manzoor Ali Panhwar, Munawar Khawaja and Fouzia Sheikh, bank officials Bilal Arif, Adeel Sattar, Mahwish Saad, Shahriyar Ali, Agha Talha and others participated at the ceremony.

Speaking on the occasion, SU VC Dr Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro said that he wanted to provide the students with facilities, for which an agreement had been inked with Habib Bank.

He said through digitalization, as many as 40,000 students studying in the university and approximately one hundred thousand enrolled in affiliated colleges will be benefitted.

He said that after signing the MoU with Habib Bank, the students will avoid standing in long queues for submission of fees and they will be able to pay through digital banking.

The Vice-Chancellor further said that it had been decided to move towards digitalization in a bid to help students get rid of standing in long queues and deposit the fees even from any nook and corner of the country.

Admiring the services of SU’s DF, he said that the varsity got a very professional director of finance who was resorted to doing something better for the progress of university and welfare of the students.

Talking on the occasion, DF Syed Zain-ul-Abedin Shah said that the students had to stand in long queues while submitting their admission fees but soon after receiving special instructions from the Vice-Chancellor regarding facilitating the students, he opted for an automation system and the outcome was in front of everybody.

“After the MoU signed with HBL, the students who have a bank account can now download the HBL app and install it in their mobile phones and deposit the fees through it without any hassle while such students who do not have bank accounts can deposit their admission or certificates’ fees from the bank account of their parents and siblings through HBL Konnect.

He said that it was not possible to move towards digitalization without the vision and support of the Vice-Chancellor Professor (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro adding that the Director IT Services Center Dr. Zeeshan Bhatti had also played an important role in moving towards digital banking.

On the occasion, Regional Chief of Habib Bank Abdul Jabbar Magsi said that after the emergence of COVID-19, the world had moved towards digitalization and SU also had to move towards it so that it could take advantage of technology and save its students from going to the banks for depositing fees.

He said that there was a long-standing relationship between the University of Sindh and Habib Bank Limited; therefore, the students studying on the campus will be provided maximum facilities under the vision of the Vice Chancellor.

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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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