KHAIRPUR - Grace W Shelton, the US consul general in Karachi, paid a visit to the Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, on Friday.

She was received by acting Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Noor Ahmed Shaikh, Prof Dr Lutfullah Mangi, pro-vice chancellor of the Shikarpur Campus and deans of various faculties. She visited the Faculty of Education and interacted with students and faculty members. She talked to them about various programmes of the university.

Speaking on the occasion, Shelton said she was honoured to be at the SALU, which had been named after sufi saint Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai who gave the message of universal peace, love, affection and harmony. She said that education was the source of progress and economic development. She the future of Pakistan was bright because it was making tremendous efforts for promotion of education. She said the United States was a partner of Pakistan in technology, education, community engagement, power generation and skill development. She said the youth of Pakistan had a great potential. “We are committed to a peaceful and democratic Pakistan in the comity of nations,” she said.

She said that education was a key to social and economic growth of any nation. She said that education in Pakistan, especially Sindh, was the top priority of the US. She said that 106 schools had been constructed with the generous support and funding of the US. “We have provided Wi-Fi system to approximately 100 higher educational institutions in Pakistan to equip the youth with latest mode of technology. More than 9,000 Pakistani students are enrolled in the US every year. At least 7,000 girls are enrolled for non-formal education in Pakistan with the support of the US. Under an exchange programme, 1,100 students were enrolled in the US last year,” she said.

Shelton said the US was providing ample opportunities to Pakistani students in the form of Fulbright Scholarships. She said that efforts were underway for capacity-building and skill development of Pakistani students so that they could play their role in the development of the Pakistani society.

Prof Dr Noor Ahmed Shaikh said the United States through the USAID was helping Pakistani children and adults in pursuit of education.

Dr Shaikh said the USAID had constructed and repaired more than 1,000 schools across Pakistan, trained more than 20,000 teachers and school administrators and provided more than 17,000 scholarship for talented and financially disadvantages students. It improved reading skills of over 400,000 primary school students. He said the US was helping Pakistan improve basic education and develop a culture of higher education.


Prof Dr Taj Muhammad Lashari, spokesperson for the Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU) Khairpur, announced on Friday that the Pre-Entry Test 2017 for admission to BS (Four-Year Programme), LLB (Five-Year Programme) and Pharm-D (Five-Year Programme) at the SALU campuses will be held at 10am.




He said that candidates were advised not to bring calculators, mobile phones and stationary to the examination centres. He said the university would provide a stationary kit for the test.

The Pre-Entry Test for master’s programmes of all departments of the SALU would be held at the Central Lawns of the Administration Block at 10am sharp on Sunday, Nov 20.