To frequently engage with the graduating students, University of Peshawar has launched a broad base alumni association and a website to register the varsity students online. This association named as Peshawar University Alumni Association (PUAA) would be a forum available to the University students in addition to the ones of the, same kind, present at the constituent colleges and institutions of the varsity. The launching took place in a ceremony with Vice Chancellor UoP Prof. Dr. Qibla Ayaz as the chief guest.
PUAA is an initiative to interact with family members of UoP, said Vice Chancellor UoP Prof. Dr. Qibla Ayaz on the occasion. He added after thorough deliberation with senior faculty members the most appropriate title that came up for addressing former UoP students was “Upeshians”. The formal membership process for the alumni would start from Barrister Syed Masood Kausar the Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who also happens to be a former student and faculty member at Law College University of Peshawar, he informed.
VC said that in the present circumstances, an alumnus is a prerequisite of the success of a greater institution. PUAA will be a cornerstone in the development of the University of Peshawar. He also said that he would appreciate if more and more former students register at the PUAA website www.upesh.edu.pk/alumni . Highlighting the importance of the website, he said an alumni association is the other name of contacting people. In this cyber age, contacting via email, internet, face book, and chat rooms are the need of the time. Hence, alumni’s website was a very important step for the progress of the cause.
Dr Syed Hussain Shaheed Soherwordi the coordinator of the PUAA said that different programs will be initiated to collect the former students in the University. An Alumni card will also be issued to the Upeshians for visiting the University, using its different facilities and enjoying cut-prices in different commercial stores in Peshawar. He said that different reunions of the departments will be celebrated and supported by PUAA for the departments. He also said that University will support any initiative of the departments for making arrangements for the former students. Dr Soherwordi gave a detailed presentation of the Alumni and its different aspects and features. He said that on the directives of the VC, University of Peshawar, Peshawar University Alumni Association (PUAA) has been established. Being coordinator of the PUAA, he is trying his best to make it a success by mustering as much popularity as possible so that more and more ex-students may register themselves at the website. Interest of greater number of former students with PUAA means a successful Alumni, dais Dr Soherwordi. He also pledged to publish a directory of the data of registered Upeshians.
The ceremony was attended by Registrar Dr. Syed Fazli Hadi, Deans Prof. Dr. Muhammad Riaz, Prof. Dr. Amir Nawaz Khan, Prof. Dr. Abdul Qayyum, Prof. Dr. Naeem ur Rehman Khattak and officers of the University.