HYDERABAD: Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United Nations, Abdullah Hussain Haroon on Friday said, “University of Sindh, I assume is the only university in Sindh which houses culture for youth to engage in critical thinking, reflect philosophically, and develop and maintain opinion on phenomena facing them.”
He was speaking at the opening ceremony of 3-day ‘University of Sindh Model United Nations (USMUN) conference organized by Bureau of Students Tutorial Guidance/ Counseling Services and Co-curricular Activities (STAGS) at Shaheed Muhtarama Benazir Bhutto Research Chair and Convention Center of the varsity.
Abdullah Hussain Haroon said that Sindh University possessed the peculiar pride of pioneering through towering personalities like Allama I.I. Kazi and Prof. A.B.A Haleem.
He said that youth would learn through USMUN experience the art of communication which did not mean only ‘to speak’; which rather integrated in its loop ‘active listening’ and ‘meaningful exchange of ideas’ as its inseparable parts.
VC-SU Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat said that student activism at University of Sindh in curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular fronts had gained increased-momentum as the students of University had begun increasingly passionately participating in activities offered at the campus from time to time.
“Events like these bring students space and opportunities to meet new people, travel new places, explore cultural and social aspects of the people they meet and places they discover. This way, they come to better understand one another, which leads to increased social harmony and stronger national bond”, the vice chancellor added.
The vice chancellor asserted that events like USMUN inculcated in students teamwork spirit, helped them enhance their self confidence, grow more tolerant, get attuned to the habit of active listening, be able to overcome fear of public speaking, learn to effectively communicate and negotiate, achieve ability to take independent decisions, judge judiciously and; thus more passionately and powerfully contribute to national and global well-being and progress.
Former Pakistan ambassador to many countries and special Pakistan envoy to the United Nations G.R. Baloch encouraged delegates to seriously contemplate foreign services as their career.
“Career in diplomacy brings you the prized option to represent your beloved homeland world-wide. It also offers you the most-coveted opportunity to explore countries and continents; enabling you to connect to people and cultures converting you into a real cosmopolitan with rich experience in history and heritage,” Baloch said.
Earlier, Director STAGS Dr. Sumera Umrani presented welcome note.
The event is to continue for two more days featuring more simulation sessions, social events, cultural celebrations, socialization segments and folk concerts.
Jan-e-Alam Solangi of Department of Media and Communication Studies and Fozia Chandio of Institute of English moderated the inaugural session of the conference.