Jamshoro, November 01, 2017 (PPI-OT):Thousands of female and male students declare University of Sindh a ‘Safe Campus’. This declaration was voiced vociferously in a rally taken out by SU girl students from Mausoleum of Allama I.I. Kazi to Central Library as hundreds of girls, their class and batch fellows, male and female leadership of teachers, Pro-Vice-Chancellors of various SU campus, Deans of various faculties, academic and administrative heads, officers and employees of the varsity also accompanied them.
It was a rare spectacle to behold as one clearly heard full-throated slogans chanted by girls ‘Sindh University – Safe University’ and ‘We respect our teachers’ – once again making their trust and confidence in both their male and female teachers public. The number of girls participants clearly outdid the size of their male peers. The participants of the rally were also carrying placards containing scripts – ‘SU-Love U’, ‘We are with you our respected Vice-Chancellor Sir!’ and “Dunia Confuse Aa – Sindh University Mehfooz Aa” (The world out there is confused – University of Sindh is absolutely safe).
Addressing the swarming multitude of students on the occasion VC-SU Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat said that participation of thousands of girl students in the rally had dispelled all doubts as regards the clear character, matchless caliber and enviable ethical bearing of SU faculty. “Today I count myself blessed to witness firsthand the unflinching fervour and heightened passion of the SU girls by which they have come out on the roads to bear out the unquestionable character of their teachers”, he pleaded.
The Vice-Chancellor observed that he categorically condemned all misperceptions as to the character of SU teachers and gender vulnerability of the varsity terming it ‘a conspiracy, a part of the propaganda to malign varsity’s image and thwart his (VC’s) reform agenda. “The disgruntled elements against whom I have initiated reform action and those whose prospects of corruption I have plugged have joined hands as an unnatural union of convenience to come against me and the genuine interests of the Alma Mater”, he urged.
Dr. Burfat said he considered his duty as a sacred mission, thought of SU students, as his own offspring and would not even for a fraction of a second hesitate to go to any lengths to protect the interest of his children (students) and his mother (university). Citing growing number of girl admission aspirants for admission to SU for 2018, VC-SU said the public trust in varsity was continually on the rise. “This rise proves girls consider SU the best and the safest option”, he argued. The Vice-Chancellor called upon all present to join ranks to foil nefarious designs of the enemies of the varsity.
Dr. Burfat explained that merely on the basis of one single case, that too was under probe; one could not and should not develop a generalized skeptical stance for worthy varsity teachers. “Today the presence of thousands of female SU students proves how much they trust and respect their teachers; and today the evil elements must hear it loud and clear that their tactics to tarnish the image of the university would not, in anyway, work”, he insisted.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor SU Thatta Campus Prof. Dr. Sarfaraz Hussain Solangi in his speech on the occasion termed the recent wave of generalized accusations against SU as unfair defamation of a worthy institution, known for its service and excellence for decades. Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy Prof. Dr. Abdullah Dayo said that University of Sindh was an excellent seat of higher learning in the world and that they would leave no stone unturned to save its rightful repute. Dean, Faculty of Education Prof. Dr. Saleha Parveen called social media hype ‘baseless and wrong’.
President SUTA Dr. Azhar Ali Shah remarked that the content uploaded on the social media in the backdrop of recent development at the campus was absurd, misplaced, ill-motivated unleashed by certain subversive elements for their petty vested interests. He said such unchecked release of wrongful content qualified for cyber crime procedures and penalties.
The Chairperson, Department of Philosophy Amar Sindhu said that the ill-intended media trial of SU must be stopped forthwith. She said no one was above law; but it also was a part of the law to wait for the probe to complete and for the facts to emerge. She said the entire media development was a part of the plot to prevent girls of Sindh from seeking higher education which needed to be nipped in the bud.
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