This refers to the letter by Asma Talib Qureshi (December 01) wherein the writer has described plight of compatriots and requested Higher Education Commission to make community service mandatory for university students.

The suggestion is commendable but not a practical proposition. It was tried during Ayub Khan rule but did not work as expected. Community service can work voluntarily but not through compulsion. We have seen spirited volunteers working in various disasters and also in normal life.

So, it may be appropriate to make concerned government departments efficient in public service and motivate people by example for organised community service, particularly through cooperation of Ulema using the best institution of Mosque.

M. AKRAM NIAZI,

Jhelum, December 1.