MULTAN-Bahauddin Zakariya University Vice Chancellor Dr Tahir Ameen said on Wednesday that although the nation was in a state of mourning due to Quetta tragedy, we needed to prove it to the enemy by celebrating Independence Day that suicide bombings could not shake our resolve.

Addressing a meeting of deans, chairmen, directors, principals, campus directors and senior teachers here, he added that Pakistanis are a nation that knew how to fight odds. He said that the senior teachers and officers of the varsity had been assigned duties to finalise arrangements for celebrating Independence Day with fervour. Referring to a recent grant of Rs530 million for the Institute of Bio Technology, he declared it a great achievement for the progress of BZU. He directed the heads of all departments to take first class of their departments themselves for ensuring punctuality of the staff. He hoped that the BZU would soon attain a considerable status in the field of education and research.

He asked the varsity teachers to contact philanthropists, industrialists and businessmen for getting funding for the endowment fund. “This kind of initiatives reflects the interest of locals in universities,” he added. The VC constituted a committee for collecting funds which would be headed by Dr Shaukat Malik.