JAMSHORO Nov 13: It was a stunning sight for one to behold a massive number of young, energetic, zestful boys and girls walking their way up a steep hill on a crisp breezy morning to get to the venue of the Pre-Entry Test of Morning and Evening Bachelor Degree Programs 2018 for admission to various disciplines at Faculty of Arts and suburban buildings. In parallel, another sizeable number of candidates took their test at the Varsity’s respective additional campuses at Badin, Mirpurkhas, Dadu, Thatta and Larkana.
The test was conducted in all respects by Sindh University Testing Centre (SUTC). As per available details, a total of 21075 aspirants appeared in the test. As per details in this context, 15368 male and 4421 female candidates coming up to a total of 19789 candidates took Bachelor Test at the main campus of the Varsity at Jamshoro. However, the number of candidates regarding additional campuses remained as detailed ahead: Laar Campus Badin – 249 (Male: 200, Female: 49) candidates, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Campus Dadu – 465 (Male: 345, Female: 120) candidates, Thatta – 109 (Male: 86, Female: 23) candidates, Mirpurkhas – 298 (Male: 236, Female: 62) candidates and Larkana – 165 (Male: 127, Female: 38) candidates. Approximately 21075 (Male: 16362, Female: 4713) candidates appeared in the test.
Fool-proof security, walk through gates, seating, guidance, test-execution, stationery, water, logistic, medical and other candidate-assistance arrangements were ensured by the university administration on this occasion. For the parents accompanying the candidates, a separate and tidy make-shift pavilion was set up at the premises; and they were imparted with regular updates through a special audio contact mechanism. This was a first-time feature implemented under the specific instruction by Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat, Vice-Chancellor, University of Sindh. Efficient parking facility for staff, candidate and parent vehicles was put in place at various ideally-designated locations close to the venue of the test. For the first time, under the special directives of VC-SU Dr. Burfat a contingent of 150 male and female students from the platform of Bureau of STAGS and Directorate of Students Affairs of the varsity was also prepared to guide the candidates; which turned out to be a highly successful initiative.
The candidates were allowed entrance to the examination centers; upon careful verification of admit cards and other relevant documents after thorough body-frisk by male and female security personnel. A vigilance committee comprising Deans, Members of SU Syndicate and other relevant officers visited various centers to inspect the arrangements of the test and expressed satisfaction to this effect.
Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat, Vice-Chancellor, University of Sindh, in his address, extended warm welcome to all candidates and their parents to the test. He said that University of Sindh was one of the finest, largest, oldest and most trusted universities in Pakistan; adding that it possessed all, a first-rate world-class university may be possessing anywhere in the world. “It has around 250 foreign PhD faculty, more than 60 teachers who had done PhD in Pakistan, more than 150 M. Phil teachers; and another 100 or so teachers were about to complete their PhD studies in and outside Pakistan”, he informed.
Dr. Burfat observed that higher education without quality would be of little or no value. Realizing this fact, they had developed a comprehensive quality enhancement policy which will be implemented from the very first day they started academic session 2018 in January next, he explained.
“We are also fast shifting from manual to digital and online operations in all spheres. You would agree that the shift from traditional manual mechanisms to modern technological ones has never been as necessary as it now is. Shortly, University of Sindh will be fully technology-efficient campus”, he added.
Dr. Burfat argued that women constituted half of Pakistan’s population; and Pakistan could not fully progress until this entire half population took part in its progress. And that entire half could not take part in this progress until it received quality higher education. This was where universities’ role became significant.
“Today we live in the times of “knowledge economy” where ‘knowledge’ becomes the biggest resource, capital and financial asset. This means one who has the highest quality knowledge will be the richest and the happiest individual/ nation”, he urged.
VC-SU said he was happy to share that in the ongoing year, University of Sindh had been able to attract greater number of female candidates seeking admission at its main and additional campuses, last year around 3 thousand girls had applied for admission at main Jamshoro campus; whereas, this year the number had gone well over 4, 500.
Earlier, in his interaction with print and electronic media; Dr. Burfat said that the test at SU was the biggest of its kind in the world in the context of admissions to a public sector university. “This is the trust people repose in University of Sindh. This is a matter of special pride for the varsity”, he stressed.
Later, Dr. Burfat, accompanied by Registrar, Deans, Syndicate Members, Director Admissions and other teachers and officers visited the examination centers and expressed satisfaction over arrangements of the test. He also appreciated the efforts of all concerned teachers, officials and employees of the university and complimented them on successful organization of the event.