9th convocation attracts professionals, agriculturists, water scientists
SAU confer PhD, masters degrees to 598 candidates in various disciplines
HYDERABAD: Sindh Agriculture University (SAU) Tandojam conferred bachelors, Masters, and PhD degrees to 598 candidates and post-graduates while 45 top scoring students have received medals for their outstanding performance on the occasion of 9th Convocation on Thursday.
Senior Minister of Education and Literacy Mr.Nisar Khuhro in his presidential speech praised the SAU VC and his team for working on research development mainly in environment, water and nutrition status, and planting treesin the province. The minister said environmental safety in present time is must to avoid disastrous impacts on agriculture, human health and other resources.
He said the Sindh province is contributing more in food production through agriculture. And now when the graduates in agriculture are leading in land management practices in many areas, creating a hope for the future development to increase crop production through these learned agriculturists, he added.
Not only this, Khuhro said this professional university is supporting to engage more people to avail job opportunities in different fields because of their expertise in new and challenging technology emerging here from the world.
The minister also appreciated the SAU for promoting interactive sessions for fresh gradates and other professionals, which is further landmark achievement to promote knowledge-based approach.
He realised that there are constraints and challenges facing the provincial government, but saying looking to these graduates there is a ray of hope to cope with all these challenges.
He assured that the Sindh government will extend support to the University for achieving goals. He advised the graduates to stay aware and do not forget the mother institute which has provided opportunity to them have such bigger position and must return the debt and support this institute.
The minister also lauded the opening of campuses such as Umerkot, which is major base of livestock, saying these campuses will bridge the gap and the province may have more institutes.
Prof Aslam Uqeli, VC Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET), Mazhar ul Haq Siddiqi, former VC Sindh University, a large number of students, faculty members, and professionals from agriculture, water technology and other fields also attended the event.
SAU Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Mujeebuddin Sehrai claimed that the university presently is implementing more than two dozen research projects with total budgetary provision of more than Rs80 million while the share of international funding is about 25 percent for the research and development of agriculture of country. He shared contribution of SAU in agriculture, banking, financial institutes, livestock, corporate sector and other relevant fields, saying more than one dozen projects, amounting to Rs60 million, are in the pipeline and awaiting approval of the sponsoring agencies.
He said the university produced 125 research papers out of total 225 publications in HEC recognized journals. He said during the past few years, the university has pursued its policies as to enhance student enrollment, improve quality of degree programmes, pursue human resource development for the faculty members and to establish effective linkages with the stakeholders
He said the SAU has produced 32000 graduates, who are working in agriculture and other related fields to contribute in increasing national economy.
Mr. Mazharul Haq Siddiqi, an academic legend and former VC SU appreciated the efforts bySAU and attached the hope with fresh graduates to take each step carefully to prove that how you have got learning and returning the same to help the community people. He said the university is producing human resource and asset of the community. He said agriculture sector requires dedicated graduates so they may serve in major institutes of corporate sector, banking and other fields.