By: Sahib Khan
JAMSHORO NOV 25 Prof. Dr. Mohammad Aslam Uqaili, Vice Chancellor Mehran University of Engineering & Technology (MUET) inaugurated Women Resource Center (WRC) established under the auspices of Women Society of Engineers Sindh Chapter at MUET. In the inaugural ceremony of the Center, Dr. Uqaili said that MUET administration striving hard to empower women and through the recent initiatives of the University the women gender committee and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) were founded to institutionalize the efforts. He said that U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W) is driving force behind the establishment of this Center. Whereas, this Center is established with generous support of American People through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and technically assisted by the University of Utah, USA. Dr. Uqaili said that populations of women is more than men and it is time to invest in human specially women capital to strengthen the institutes which ultimate benefit the society. He said that in most of cases especially in the field of medical, the qualified women doctors prefer to be housewives rather to serve in the community in spite of huge amount of taxes of common people incurred on their education. Dr. Uqaili said that this WRC is established to provide central place for all gender related activities and it will help to implement MUET Gender Equity Policy and to transform policy principles into action plans. Ms. Uzma Imran, Assistant Professor of USPCAS-W gave presentation and briefed about the objectives, functions, sustainability and governance of WRC. She in her presentation said that WRC aims at serving as a central facility to promote gender equity, diversity and full participation of women and girls in all the activities at MUET Campus. WRC will take affirmative efforts to promote women friendly culture across the University and also will promote research on gender related issues in higher education institutes and other relevant academic disciplines. She said that the resource center will facilitate promote networking among girls’ students, women faculty and staff of different departments of various Universities. She further highlighted that WRC will assist girls’ students in getting scholarships, trainings, internships and other learning opportunities and also will organize different events. While Dr. Bakhshal Khan Lashari presenting the vote of thanks said that visit to University of Utah gave the inspiration to the MUET management to take efforts for women empowerment in the campus and outside be adopting Gender Equity Policy and establishing this resource center for women. He thanked Prof. Dr. Mohammad Aslam Chaudhry, Chief of Party USPCAS-W, University of Utah, and Ms. Shabnam Baloch for their efforts on the part of University of Utah for the establishment of this resource center. Prof. Dr. Khadija Qureshi, President of WSE presented welcome address briefed about the Society efforts to encourage the women in the professional field. Pro-Vice Chancellor MUET Prof. Dr. Tauha Hussain Ali, Dr. Kamran Ansari, Prof. Dr. Bhawani Shankar Chowdhry, Prof. Dr. Abdul Sami Qureshi, Prof. Dr. Khanji Harijan, Ms. Shabnam Baloch, Ms. Hadiqa Maqsood, Ms. Nafisa Zaki, Ms. Quratul Ain, Ms. Attiya Baqai, Ms. Sahib Khatoon, Ms. Madeha Channa and other office bearers of the society and gender committee attended the inaugural ceremony of the resource center. Before the inaugural ceremony, Vice Chancellor MUET Dr. Mohammad Aslam Uqaili inaugurate Women Resources Center which was established by Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Sindh Chapter.