The Centre for Coastal and Deltaic Studies—Sindh University has been awarded the Marine Research Project by Petroleum Marine Development Committee.

In this regard, a memorandum of understanding was signed by the Pro-Vice Chancellor Sindh University Thatta Campus Dr Rafique Ahmed Memon, and the Director Center for Coastal and Deltaic Studies Dr Mukhtiar Mahar, MNA Sujawal Syed Ayaz Shah Sheerazi and Deputy Commissioner Sujawal Ismail Memon.

As per MOU signed by the both parties, the campus will establish a Marine Research Laboratory and Survey Unit at regional level and will conduct research on biodiversity population dynamics, pollution impact assessment and way forwards of commercial marine biodiversity existing in creeks in Sujawal district.

On the occasion, pro-vice chancellor Dr Rafique Memon said that he will ensure smooth establishment of the facility, adding that the research will be productive and one of its kind in the region to change its fate.

He said that getting assignments like that of a marine research project; it proved that the campus was doing a prolific job in the field of research and higher education.

MNA Ayaz Sheerazi said that the initiative will bear positive results for the peoples of the region. “This is really the thing we want. We want our people to lead a hassle free life”, he said.

Director CCDS Dr. Mukhtiar Ahmed Maher expressed hope for using qualified human resources for obtaining credible research findings and said that he along with his team will also conduct research on pollution impact assessment and way forwards of commercial marine biodiversity existing in creeks in the district.

Deputy Commissioner Ismail Memon assured the PVC of providing every kind of support in terms of logistics and hoped that the research will discover authentic findings that will prove useful for the people of Sujawal district.

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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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