KARACHI (APP) - Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan Wednesday directed that all the public and private sector universities be kept open from Thursday. Chairing a meeting with vice-chancellors and high officials at Governor House, the Governor issued the directive after an assurance form vice- chancellors for maintaining fool proof security in their respective institutions. The meeting was attended by Senior Education Minister Pir Mazharul Huq, DG Rangers Maj Gen Liaquat Ali, Special Secretary Universities Aftab Lodhi, CCPO Karachi and other officials. We have to carry on our day today responsibilities without coming under pressure and machinations of terrorists and ant-state elements, the Governor said. He pointed out that objective of terrorists is to create chaos, unrest and destabilise the state system and this had been the objective of their recent actions. He said the nation will fight against this challenge with full preparation and alertness and convert this potential threat into an opportunity. Now when the decision to keep the Universities open has been taken, these institutions should ensure to maintain full security arrangements, the Governor said. He added that besides teachers and staff of the universities, an awareness be created in young students and they should be sensitised about the present challenge so that they could play their role for protecting not only their ulma mater but also every part of the country from extremists and terrorism. Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad directed that besides immediate measures, long term planning should also be made. On the occasion the Governor decided the formation of a committee comprising of five vice-chancellors of public and private sector universities which would also include his Principal Secretary, Special Secretary and Police and Rangers representatives. This Committee will chalk-out strategy for security in universities and besides use of modern technology, it would devise ways and means for creating a realisation in and dispensation of responsibilities by students, teachers and staff in this respect. It was decided that two focal persons will be appointed in each university who would remain in contact with the administration for coordination. The Governor also emphasised upon maintaining effective security in staff colonies and that there will be complete ban on keeping any kind of weapons in universities. He pointed out that Britain and many other have passed through such conditions and they encountered the challenges without their routines having been affected. On the occasion Senior Minister, vice-chancellors, heads of Rangers and Police gave a review of the obtaining situation and highlighted in detail the security at universities. The vice-chancellors informed that the security system which the Governor had got introduced in universities in 2006 is now being fully implemented. The Governor called for updating this system and making it more effective. The universities in the private sector were directed to adopted comprehensive and round the clock measures for security system and emphasis was laid on making provision out of their resources for this purpose. They were told that government will provide guidance and all possible cooperation.