JAMSHORO: The 2nd indigenous on campus training (IOT) workshop for the management cadre (BPS-16 and above) officers concluded here on Friday. Dean Faculty of Natural Sciences Dr. Abdul Rasool Abbasi presided over the concluding ceremony.
The workshop comprising 15 sessions, starting from May 18 and concluding on May 22, 2015, was planned and organised by the SU Quality Enhancement Cell and Planning & Development in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission under its modern university governance programme and capacity building of non-teaching staff.
As many as 30 officers of Sindh University and directors as well as principals of various SU affiliated colleges of Jamshoro, Kotri and Hyderabad participated in the workshops titled ‘leadership in management’.
“Whether one is a student or a professional, one’s need for learning new trends and approaches never ends. This workshop offers a unique opportunity to non-teaching staff to enhance their capacity and productivity”, said Dean Faculty of Natural Sciences Abdul Rasool Abbasi.
“This will not only improve efficiency of the university’s officers but also help promote good governance on the campus,” he said.
He said that the officers were the facilitators of the university and there was a need to equip the staff with skills that would enrich their knowledge through the usage of modern trends and technologies. Dr. Abbasi said the objective was to build the capacity of the staff.
The focal person for the training & SU advisor planning & development cell Sajid Qayoom Memon said that IOT was a unique opportunity under the auspices of HEC for universities’ non-teaching staff and employees to enhance their capacity and productivity.
He said that this would increase effectiveness and lessen the communication gap among different stakeholders within and outside the universities. He said that the training was aimed at improving the efficiency of non-academic staff.
Mr. Memon further said “the interactive and real life-like activity based sessions helped the participants a lot to learn how to deal with difficult situations at their job by mere application of management and organizing skills.” “The elements of conflict resolution and effective communication in difficult times have critical role in every organisations and especially in academic set up and the trained officers will enjoy their professional responsibilities with this new learning,” he added.
Course coordinator Dr. Shahzad Memon said, “This IOT is designed to impart some important leadership skills that are essential for those who are working in different capacities and at different managerial levels in universities. In other words this course is intended to develop core leadership competencies in participants, their personal transformation in particular and enhancement of organization leadership capacity in general,” he added.
He said, “This training will not only improve the capacity and efficiency of the universities’ employees but also help to promote good governance on campus.”
Dr. Shahzad said that this was second time that SU organised training workshop for management cadre. It was a very positive sign as management cadre never had a chance to attend such training workshops either by SU or any other university and for this credit goes to HEC and its leadership that envisaged it.
Expressing his views a participant, Ghulam Nabi Kaka, Director SU campus security, said, “I feel honoured after having had target oriented lectures and interaction with learned doctors. Being an officer I have to deal with technology by considering the needs and demands of my stakeholders, however, this workshop on leadership in management has added into my managerial as well as leadership skills to get my objectives effectively and efficiently. I learnt to understand and not only to reply,” he added.
Another participant of IOT, Abdul Majeed Kaka, Director Admissions SU, said that such training were a good opportunity to interact with your counterparts and share your problems, achievements and tips of growth in certain professions.
Another participant Huzoor Bux Buledi said that the learned resource persons were of great help to break the monotony of what we have learnt in our studies.
In the last, the certificates along with three thousand Rs. each were given to the participants in the closing ceremony.