Islamabad—In connection with 50th year of the establishment of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), the top-ranked higher education institution of Pakistan, the QAU Alumni Association has announced endowment fund to assist the university and the students expressing their solidarity with their alma mater. The announcement came during a ceremony here at Islamabad Club in the presence of Vice Chancellor Dr. Javed Ashraf.
The get-together of QAU Alumni Association was hosted by two senior members Mr. Mahmood Karim Qureshi and Prof. Majed Rashid while presided over by Sikandar Ahmed Rai, President QAU Alumni Association.
The event was attended by a large number of old students of Quaid-i-Azam University. At the beginning of the ceremony, Fateha was offered over the sad demise of iconic social worker of Pakistan Abdul Sattar Edhi.
Ex-vice chancellors and senior members of the alumni association were also among the audience. Highlighting the achievements of the alumni association, secretary general QAU Alumni Murtaza Noor informed that since its inception in 2001, the alumni has undertaken a number of steps for the welfare of present and old students of QAU. After signing MOU with QAU administration in 2008, a number of scholarships have been awarded to the needy students belonging to far flung areas of the country for continuation of their studies. He announced establishment of endowment fund, publication of special edition of directory of its members and award ceremony for the alumni members for their outstanding contribution at national and international levels and other programs in connection with golden jubilee celebrations of QAU.
Vice Chancellor QAU Dr. Javed Ashraf lauded the contribution of QAU Alumni Association over its various useful initiatives for the QAU students and its alma mater. He said that with limited resources QAU has earned a great name for Pakistan in higher education sector at national, regional and international levels. With more financial support, it could win more laurels for the country. He further said that decades’ old infrastructure and labs needs immediate attention.
He remarked that QAU administration would continue to work closely with the alumni association and work benefit from them to overcome financial and other problems being faced by QAU. President QAU Alumni Association, Sikandar Ahmed Rai said that as per signed MOU with QAU, assured every sort of possible cooperation of alumni association to QAU administration through various new ideas, networking as well as financial support. He also demanded that in view of fifty years valuable contribution of QAU and its faculty, it should be declared as Flagship higher education institution.As QAU is celebrating its 50th year of establishment, the federal government should announce special package for this real federal university of Pakistan to meet its growing needs. Manger scholarships QAU Zulfiqar Ahemd apprised about the various initiatives and continued scholarships programs of the alumni association. Mr. Zulifqar Ahmed said that the scholarship support by the alumni association has been greatly helpful for talented needy students.
The alumni members regretted that despite lapse of 50 years, the needs of QAU are not being met through allocations of required funds which is not only affecting the performance of this important higher education institution of Pakistan but also increasing problems for the faculty and students. They also appealed to the President of Pakistan and federal interior minister for strict action against land mafia who has illegally occupied precious land of top ranked university of Pakistan.