Lahore: Governor Punjab, Muhammad Balighur Rehman, chaired a meeting of vice chancellors of various universities regarding the rehabilitation of flood victims here today in Governor House Lahore. Principal Secretary to Governor Punjab Nabeel Awan, Head of Akhuwat Foundation Dr. Amjad Saqib and Chief Organizer Edhi Foundation Pakistan, Dr. Saeed Elahi were also present.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor Punjab Muhammad Balighur Rehman said that the relief activities carried out by the public sector and private sector universities is truly appreciated. He said that the vice-chancellors, faculty members and students of the universities should continue to contribute in the same spirit to the rehabilitation of the flood victims.He said that along with the rehabilitation activities in the wake of devastation caused by the floods, there is a need to work to bring them out of the post floods emotional and psychological trauma. He called for mobilizing universities to help solve the post flash floods psychological and emotional problems of the flood victims. Governor Punjab said that the most important aspect is to bring them out of this trauma along with the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the houses of the flood victims. He said that the people who saw their loved ones swept away in the flood waters, whose homes and livestock were washed away in the flood are going through worst mental agony. It was agreed in the meeting that a pilot program should be started soon in which students, especially students of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work, would conduct a survey to address the psychological and emotional problems of flood victims and help them recover from their trauma. In the meeting, it was also considered to expand the scope of this program and start short courses in universities to make it a permanent part of the education and training of students.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Saeed Elahi said that there is a need to promote passion for volunteer work and among the students. Dr. Amjad Saqib, head of Akhuwat Foundation, said that Akhuwat Foundation will provide all possible facilities to the vice-chancellors of universities in this regard. He said that Akhuwat Foundation is also considering giving scholarships to students in this regard.
King Edward Medical University Vice Chancellor Dr. Mahmood Ayaz, University of Education Vice Chancellor Talat Nasir Pasha, Lahore College for Women University Vice Chancellor Dr. Bushra Mirza, University of Engineering and Technology Vice Chancellor Syed Mansoor Sarwar, University of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences Vice Chancellor Naseem Ahmed, IT University Vice Chancellor Sarfaraz Khurshid and others participated in the meeting.