A meeting under the chair of Sindh University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr. Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro was held at the provost office of Marvi Girls Hostel in a bid to review the facilities being provided to the female students living at girls’ dormitories.

The house decided to provide sports facilities to the female students inside hostels and in Fatima Jinnah Girls Gymnasium in order to keep them hale and hearty.

It was also announced to conduct awareness lecture programs inviting the female professors of the Department of Psychology every week to make them stress-free and unperturbed.

During the meeting, various female faculty members were given key responsibilities to keep in touch with the female students and redress their grievances in the twinkle of an eye.

The meeting was aimed at reviewing the facilities of female students residing in the hostel and assigning duties to various female professors for timely solution of every kind of problems concerning them.

The meeting decided that the newly posted Deputy Director Student Affairs (Girls), Dr. Najma Nawaz Channa will bring the problems relating to the students regarding the examination results and attendance to theController of Examinations Muhammad Mashooque Siddiqui who would be bound to resolve the same on priority basis.

Similarly, the wardens deputed at various blocks of the hostels will immediately solve the problems on the complaint received to them by the concerned girls about the dormitories.

During the meeting, the SU Vice-Chancellor directed the Provost Girls Hostel to conduct half an hour lecture inside the hostel every week, for which the Chairperson of the Department of Psychology Dr. Irfana Shah or any other female teacher would be called for raising awareness among the students.

“Let’s make it sure that the girls may reside comfortably in the hostels instead of being stressed”, he said and added that maximum sports facilities should be provided to the hostlers so that their minds might remain fresh and active and they might not get any kind of anxiety and mental disturbance.

He said that the Director Institute of Physical Education Dr. Soniha Aslam and the Director Sports (Girls) Miss Mukhtiar Bhatti would play a role in bringing them towards sports and looking after sports affairs.

He said that the Director Bureau of STAGS Dr. Ghazala Panhwar should prepare and guide the hostel students for various educational programs so that they might get an opportunity to showcase their talents.

During the meeting, the Director Anti-Harassment Cell Prof. Dr. Naseem Aslam Channa gave a detailed briefing about the harassment laws at the workplace and informed about the performance of his cell.

The house was informed that CCTV cameras had been installed around the Marvi hostels and strict monitoring was being carried out.

On the occasion, Dr. Kalhoro issued instructions regarding installation of biometric machines so as to keep the record of the relatives of the female students who come to visit them from time to time.

In the meeting, Electrical Engineer Tanveer Gulfam informed about the supply of electricity and gas to the Marvi Girls’ Hostel. Meanwhile, the Public Health Engineer Ghulam Muhammad Soomro presented his performance report regarding water supply in the dormitories.

Purchase Store Officer Faisal Zaman Mughal informed the house about the provision of required items in the hostels. It was decided that the students would be provided with the equipment of table tennis and badminton separately in each block of the hostels and they would be encouraged to participate in sports activities and take exercise.

The meeting also decided if any complaint was received from any student regarding harassment, no compromise should be made on it and the responsible persons should be warned immediately and started the process of investigation.

The Vice-Chancellor Dr. Kalhoro directed that a review meeting should be held inside the hostels every month. He said that sports activities should also be started in Madar-e-Millat Fatima Jinnah Girls Gymnasium and full protection should be provided to the female students as usual during transportation.

He said that sports like volleyball and basketball should also be started inside the hostels, for which separate sporting equipment would be provided to the students of different blocks.

He said that Hostler students will be taken care of as they were the responsibility of the university. He said if any student lodged a complaint, her problem might be solved forthwith by keeping her name in top secret.

He said that the security guards deputed at the gates of the hostels should not have any discussion with the female students and in case of their late arrival; the wardens should come forward and talk to the girls and persuade them to return to the hostels on time.

Registrar Dr. Ghulam Muhammad Bhutto, Controller of Semester Examinations Muhammad Mashooque Siddiqui, Provost Girls Hostel Dr. Naheed Arain, Director Anti-Harassment Cell Prof. Dr. Naseem Aslam Channa, Director Institute of Gender Studies and Member of Anti-Harassment Cell Prof. Dr. Misbah Bibi Qureshi, Chairperson, Department of Psychology Dr. Irfana Shah, Lecturer of the same department Parvasha Memon, Director Institute of Physical Education Prof. Dr. Soniha Aslam, Director Bureau of STAGS Prof. Dr. Ghazala Panhwar, Deputy Director Student Affairs (Girls) Dr. Najma Nawaz Channa, Director Sports (Girls) Miss Mukhtiar Bhatti, Xen Electrical Engr. Tanveer Gulfam Memon, AEN Public Health Department Engr Ghulam Muhammad Soomro, Purchase Store Officer Faisal Zaman Mughal, Girls Hostels’ Wardens Shumaila Solangi, Komal Hingoro and Kainat Jabeen were also present in the meeting.

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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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