Faculty Advisory Initiative program launched at SMIU

KARACHI: A faculty advisory initiative program has been launched at the Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) Karachi.

An official on Friday said that a ceremony in this regard was held under the auspices of the Quality Enhancement Cell of the institution.

Speaking on the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor of SIMU, Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh, said that young generation of the country needs counseling to resolve their problems facing specially in universities.

He said that SMIU has started a pilot program of academic counseling for its students through faculty. In this respect SMIU’s faculty members will be nominated to give two hours in a week to various groups of students for academic counseling.

The Vice Chancellor further said that today’s young generation is most sensitive, and from parents to teachers, all these persons instead of supporting them, are imposing their decisions upon them.

This is why a large number of young generation is confused today. While citing the example from the past, Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh said that teachers of the past were most kind, sympatric, dedicated and supportive to their students. They were used to establish a bond of respect with their students, but today there is lack of interaction between teachers and students.

If this sort of interaction would have not been necessary then, there was no need of presence of a teacher in person, in any institution. Hence, a teacher must play his/her role of guide, advisor and councilor.

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh said that the SMIU has a great tradition of teacher-student interaction, as in the past, SMIU used to support its students.

Earlier, Ambreen Barwani, Deputy Director of QEC, gave presentation on the subject and talked about the mechanism chalked out by QEC for students counseling.