HYDERABAD: At the sixth annual convocation of the Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam, 493 students received their degrees, including two doctors of philosophy.
On Friday, 26 gold medals and 32 silver medals were handed out by vice chancellor Dr Abdul Qadir Mughal.
The university offers 36 teaching courses through its five faculties, including crop production, crop protection, agricultural social sciences, agricultural engineering and veterinary sciences.
“Following the standards of the Higher Education Commission, the university offers best education in agriculture sciences to the rural population of the province and even to students from Balochistan,” said the vice chancellor while addressing the ceremony.
Around 38 scholars from the university have been sent abroad to China, Malaysia, Germany, Canada and Australia to complete their PhDs. Four of these scholars, according to the VC, have returned after completing their studies and were now teaching at the institute. “In order to support students from underdeveloped areas, the university has introduced an endowment fund which is supporting 100 students this year.”
Around 6,575 students are reportedly enrolled at the university while more than 50,000 undergraduate students and over 10,000 postgraduate students have completed their studies from the university. Prof. Dr Shamsuddin Tunio, dean faculty of crop production, said that the research at his faculty has contributed to the increase in agricultural yield of cotton, wheat, rice, sugarcane and all other locally-produced crops. According to him, the university is selling six different varieties of seed, adding that it will soon introduce more varieties of cotton and vegetable seeds. “We are introducing an Australian farming method to increase the production of banana and mango crops.”
The issue of water shortage was highlighted by Dr Safar Mirjat, dean faculty of agricultural engineering, who observed that farmers have to deal with shortage at the start of sowing seasons. “While water shortage and theft continue to adversely affect crop production, measures to achieve optimal yield with minimal use of water need to be adopted.”
The registrar Hafizullah Memon said that the university distributed free seeds for cultivation of two acres to the flood-hit farmers. The vice chancellor demanded the Sindh government to declare Tandojam an agricultural city.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 20th, 2012.
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