HYDERABAD, Apr 12: Sindh Agriculture University (SAU) Tandojam on Wednesday inaugurated Gender Resource Center– the first initiative in all the public sector universities of Sindh province– under gender equity program in collaboration with Aurat Foundation, funded by USAID.
The aim is to motivate graduates, specially girls to conduct studies on women workers, rural entrepreneurs and artisans to ascertain their issues and needs.
SAU Vice Chancellor Dr Mujeebuddin Memon Sahrai opened the center with renowned scholar Jami Chandio, Dean of faculties of the university, teachers, students, civil society members and mediapersons.
The center is well equipped with all required furniture/ fixture. Larger number of gender related reading material has been put there for reading of the visitors. Open access will be available for allthe visitors to read the resource material for enriching their knowledge and research purposes.
Speaking on the occasion, the VC congratulated the team, saying this will help girls students in understanding gender issues, specifically rural women, who contribute a lot in agro-based economy.
He said it was the need of hour. He attached the hope that this center will give boost to further working and developing linkages with community organizations and those working in other public sector universities.
He said Sindh has cultural diversity, specifically rural women, who will be focused while initiated research in future. He said students will be encouraged to visit frequently, use books and get ideas for research.
Prof Muhammad Ismail Kumbhar, Director University Advancement and Finance Assistance in his introductory remarks attached the hope that the center will attract girls to use library in the center and take guidance of learned staff to move ahead for their studies and learning.
He said though the university has launched this important center with limited sources, it will benefit the students and those interested in research on women issues in Sindh.
He said this gender resource center will bring little change in the university. Students will be encouraged to conduct studies on home based women workers in different districts of Sindh province, whose role will be highlighted
He said the center will be supporting to the visitors, especially students of the university to enrich their knowledge with regards to gender and development.
He also gave entire activities implemented under the project and said the team has contributed to achieve success. He also acknowledges the support extended by vice chancellor, teachers and students whose contribution has made it successful.