RAWALPINDI - The oath-taking ceremony of the first Academic Staff Association (ASA) of Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) was held at University Auditorium here on Wednesday.

PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Muhammad Azim Malik was the chief guest while Rashid Khalid, President FAPUASA-Islamabad was the guest of honour on the occasion.

In his address, Dr Azeem Malik congratulated new office-bearers of ASA and said that employees and management should work together for development and expansion of the university. He assured the employees that all their genuine demands would be addressed at the earliest. He urged the faculty members to remain positive and productive in all their scholarly efforts and always think for the collective cause of the community. He said that all-out efforts should be made to keep this association clean from the petty affairs and politicising in the hands of those who think of their own interests instead of collective cause.

While sharing his vision for the future, Professor Dr Nadeem Akhtar Abbasi, ASA President, reiterated that this platform would provide a great opportunity for the faculty members for tabling their reasonable ideas committed to the welfare of the community. He added that the misconception should be removed that such kinds of associations work against the administration rather ASA serves as a bridge between the administration and the faculty.

We are optimistic that with a positive approach and collective efforts we would help each other in meeting their genuine demands.

Rashid Khalid, President FAPUASA-Islamabad, emphasized on the importance of universities staff associations, saying that these associations would promote and secure the cause of education and play a positive role in addressing the longstanding grievances and problems of the teaching community. He urged the new office-bearers of ASA to fulfill their responsibilities with commitment to serve the national cause as well as playing their role in the university’s image building.