Gift Distribution to students of DSU Academy

DHA Suffa University’s CSR Department runs a five week literacy program by the name of “DSU Academy”.  The academy is run by Management Sciences students on DSU’s campus, and is attended by underprivileged primary school children from the neighboring slums of DHA Karachi.  Recently gifts were distributed to the DSU Academy students by student volunteers, courtesy of a silent donation received by the CSR Department.

DSU Academy

Students of the Management Sciences Department in collaboration with the CSR department initiated the DSU Community Academy in fall 2017. This program was a literacy elevation initiative aimed at enhancing basic English and Mathematics skills of underprivileged primary school children from the neighboring slums of DHA Karachi at the DHA Suffa University premises. The DSU community academy is run by student volunteers under the supervisor of DSU faculty volunteers and is fully funded by the university. This education initiative will continue as a regular activity at DSU.

The DSU community academy continued in Fall 2018 and was run by 15 volunteers from BBA 1, 2, and 3. The academy started on the 27th September and ended on the 23rd November and students that volunteered in the program earned a total of 18 community service hours. The volunteers were spilt in three groups and each group conducted a two hours session each week. The DSU academy focused on the core subjects of English and Mathematics and also aimed at inculcating an understanding of basic etiquettes among the children. Till date 25 children from the neighboring slum of Qayyumabad have been inducted into the DSU community academy.  This program will be continued in the following semester.

Acts of Kindness

  • Gift pack for student suffering from Cancer

A student of MS department semester 8, was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer stage 4 in July 2018. As a part of CSR activity a gift basket was sent at his residence on behalf of DHA Suffa University. The gifts included:

  • A get well soon card, signed by Vice Chancellor, Dean, ASO and CSR Director
  • Virtual Reality glasses (that will allow him to watch 3D movies while he is undergoing chemotherapy)
  • Car freshener/scent (since he loves driving)
  • Rubik’s cube and a puzzle game
  • Chocolates and chips

The student’s strength of character and faith during this challenging time in his life is commendable and inspiring. He was very grateful for the gift on behalf of the University. The CSR Department is grateful for the Universities continued support for such initiatives.

  • Groceries for widow of deceased electrician who used to work at DSU

On 20th November, 2018, Ms Farhat Umar and Ms Shaharbano Jafri, from the CSR department went to Orangi town at the residence of Mr. Nadeem, an electrician working at DSU who was shot few months ago, to deliver groceries and baby products (for his daughter). The grocery included fresh meat, vegetables, fruits with rice, wheat, pulses, spices, eggs, bread, milk and etc. The total donation funds collected from faculty and management were Rs.60, 000, of which Rs. 20,000 was given in cash and Rs. 20,000 was used for purchase of groceries delivered to them. For the month of December, VC has requested the wife and mother of Mr. Nadeem to visit the university, so he can meet them in person.  The remaining collected donation will be given to them at this time.

Seminar on “Lead and Succeed”, conducted by Ms. Daniya Hassan

A seminar on “Lead and Succeed”, was conducted by Ms. Daniya Hassan for the students of BBA 1, 2 and 3 in the ELT on 8 November, 2018. Being a founder of “Fun to Learn”, Ms. Daniya spoke to the students about the leadership and social entrepreneurship campaign she has launched in Karachi, and how young students can become change agents. Her talk was especially relevant for those students who are currently running the CSR initiative of DSU Academy that provides academic support to less privileged students.

Industrial Visit to PTCL

The students of Mechanical Engineering visited the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) on 30th November’ 18 as part of their learning on the practices of management. A group of about 27 students was accompanied by Ms. Tehseen Azhar. The Management and Human Resource perspective was shared by the HR team of PTCL along with a session with the EVP Technical South of PTCL, Mr Mubashir Naseer Chaudhry. He shared his experiences with us as to how his department grew from the infant stage to having many successful stories, especially in such a challenging economic environment. He also shared that how he used to direct the day to day operations of such a big structure of PTCL. Overall it was a great learning experience for the entire team.

Decision making & Problem Solving Skills- (EPC)

A training on ‘Decision making and Problem-Solving Skills’ was held on 20th November 2018 for Mechanical Engineering students. under the supervision of Ms. Tehseen Azhar. The session featured Certified Human Resource Professionals with the experience of industries including Health care, Technology FMCG, Media & Digital, Mr. Kamil Malik and Mr. Jehanzaib Chughtaee. At the beginning of the session, the trainers talked about the tools and techniques to solve problems more effectively and make better decisions. Also, styles of problem-solving and decision making were discussed with reference to experiences of the audience and how they can plan well to execute decisions effectively. The session concluded with an interesting activity to help students make decisions on their problems and Q&A session.

Corporate Mentorship Program Launch

DHA Suffa University believes that, along with the business education, it’s imperative to equip the students with the essential toolkit required for the transition into the corporate/business world. In line with this and to strengthen the corporate linkages, the “Corporate Mentorship Program” has been launched by the Management Science Department for the final year BBA and MBA students. The kick-off session took place on Wednesday, 5th Dec 2018 at DHA Suffa University and was attended by the selected mentors, mentees, faculty, Vice-Chancellor, Dean and HoD of Management Science. The session started with an overview of the program given by the Program Coordinator, Ms Subeika Rizvi, who highlighted the importance of this initiative and commended the commitment by the mentors and the management of DHA Suffa. This was followed by an extremely uplifting session by the trainer, consultant, Mr Ali Saeed who praised DHA Suffa University for being a pioneer in such a structured program. The Vice-Chancellor of DHA Suffa University, Engr Dr Sarfraz Hussain thanked all the attendees and the organizers and reiterated the commitment of DHA Suffa for bridging the Academia-Corporate gap and providing all support for the implementation of the program. The session ended with a networking session.

Children Eid

The CSR department and the students of DHA Suffa University raised funds in the month of Ramadan to assemble Eid packages for the children of Qayyumabad who participated in DSU Community Academy. A total amount of PKR 31,000 was collected and 25 Eid packages containing a variety of items including clothes, accessories and edibles were prepared for the children and their families. Student volunteers from DHA Suffa University along with CSR Coordinator, Admin Officer and a security guard went to Qayyumabad and distributed Eid presents. The aim of this drive was to bring smiles to the faces of children who were unable to celebrate Eid.

Hydraulic Arm Project Display 2018

On May 9 and 10, 2018, the Mechanical Engineering department at DHA Suffa University organized a display of second semester term projects on “Hydraulic Arm” led by Engr. Syed Ali Afzal and Engr. Mansoor Dawson under the supervision of Engr. Mohammad Khurram and Engr. Zeeshan Vohra. The objective of the activity was to manufacture a Hydraulic Arm and offer the students a platform to display projects related to principles of Mechanical Engineering. The designs of Hydraulic Arm were highly appreciated by faculty members and guests.

International Arduino Day 2018

The Electrical Engineering Department of DHA Suffa University celebrated International Arduino Day on May 10, 2018. The objective of this event, organized by Engr. Sara Noor and Engr. Haris Zikrur Rehman, was to motivate students to showcase their talents by designing innovative projects using Arduino. Arduino controller is a vital component of nearly all the engineering prototypes that can be developed into commercial products, creating new pathways for students to select their final year projects. This event provided a platform to people from academia and industry to share their experiences and guide future engineers, thus, bridging the gap between both domains.