RAWALPINDI - A five-day training workshop for the facilitators of ‘Active Citizens Programme’ concluded yesterday at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR).

The workshop was organised in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC) and British Council, with an aim to build the capacity of the trainees and raise the engagement of aspirants together with community and society to a great extent.

In this training workshop 24 teachers from three universities including PMAS-AAUR, Quaid-e-Azam University and Fatima Jinnah Women University participated. Vice Chancellor PMAS-AAUR, Prof Dr Rai Niaz Ahmad was the chief guest at the concluding session.

This training offered an opportunity to faculty members to build their capacity as facilitator of Active Citizens Programme by enhancing their understanding on global citizenship and participatory methodologies. Indirectly, this training course will also impact the university students by offering a comprehensive package that covers training on citizenship, opportunities for community engagement, and a chance to participate in youth exchanges programmes.

Prof Dr Rai Niaz Ahmad said that universities working with British Council and HEC in this programme would build their capacity and develop linkages with other national and international institutions. He said that through this programme students would also undergo self-exploration, personality grooming and skills learning initiatives.

“Whereas our faculty members would improve their teaching methodology and enhance their exposure and linkage development. As an end product of this program, as a whole the society will become more connected and responsible citizens,” he added. He also thanked British Council team for their endeavours in this regard. At the end, the VC also distributed certificates among the participants of the training.

Prof Dr Sarvat Naz Mirza, registrar PMAS-AAUR, and Prof Dr Safdar Anjum, dean faculty of veterinary and animal sciences, also participated in the session. The session ended with a vote of thanks from Dr Atta-ul-Mohsin, director external linkages PAMS-AAUR.