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KU sports facilities programme

Karachi, July 26: The University of Karachi (KU) has initiated a programme to improve the provision of sports facilities available for female students, who form 70 per cent of the students' body but are provided with no separate arrangements.

The Vice Chancellor (VC), Prof. Pirzada Qasim revealed the plan for these new facilities while talking to us in his office on Wednesday. He said that the university will construct a new building to house sports facilities which include badminton, table tennis and exercise areas along with other indoor activities for girls. This will allow girls to play sports in privacy. He added that the university administration has approved the plan and construction of the project will begin shortly.

Prof. Qasim said that he is on the look-out for a former sportsman who will be appointed Sports Director of the university. The existing gymnasium, which was built in 1962, will be renovated and a new segregated area for table tennis and basketball will be created, he said. The gymnasium will have a wooden floor and male students will be provided with changing rooms after the offices of gymnasium officials have been relocated. These rooms were originally meant to be changing rooms but were occupied by the Director of Physical Education and her staff. A new building will be built to house the offices of the Sports Director and his staff.

Moreover, he said that the university will ensure that all sports activities including football, hockey, cricket, squash and tennis are reintroduced with vigour and that students are allowed to use these facilities. The VC also said that the university has practically all the indoor and outdoor sports facilities but students are not making full use of them. "Studies and sports should go together. A healthy body has a healthy mind. It will allow the students to use their time judiciously instead of wasting it by indulging in useless gossip on campus. All the sports facilities remain unused as the hostels have no students and only some foreign students are seen playing in the grounds. It is not enough," he stressed.

Prof. Qasim added that the university will invite schools and colleges of the city to hold sports events in the university on nominal charges. This will create an environment for physical activities and the grounds will be used fully. The news
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