Policy Guidelines of BU-CSP
Category: Community Support Program March 6, 2014

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  1. The vision of the university “To become an internationally recognized university that contributes towards the development of nation through excellence in education and research” articulates the desire to contribute in nation building. Youth makes more than sixty percent of Pakistani nation and it is vital to equip the fresh blood with sense of responsibility and paying back to society. Community support is an integral activity, in which every institute should participate as per capacity. It not only helps in alleviating the image and credibility of the institute but also reflects as socially responsible entity. “Community Service” has significant importance in QS and HEC ranking criteria.

 

  1. The Higher Education System of Pakistan is getting mature and the focus is moving towards youth participation in community. Bahria University students are already performing various activities regarding CSP. The students need to be involved in such activities by introducing a comprehensive program, which shall include following:

 

  • Objectives,
  • Scope,
  • Means and Instruments,
  • Implementation Methodology,
  • Activities to be considered in Community Support

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_text_separator title=”Objective” title_align=”separator_align_center”][vc_column_text]Following are the desired objectives of the CSP:

  1. Encourage Bahria University students to work for NGO’s – Government/Semi-Government agencies/ International Organizations, University Administration for matters related to community welfare.
  2.  To inculcate in our students a sense of responsibility and commitment to serve the community.
  3.  Transform Bahria University graduates into socially responsible citizens with clear vision and thrust for nation building by optimum utilization of limited resources and by using their personal and professional skills.
  4.  To capitalize the opportunity of contributing in the socio-economic uplift of the country by focusing on the under privileged sections of the society.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_text_separator title=”Scope” title_align=”separator_align_center”][vc_column_text]The focus will primarily be on education, health (including psychological issues), peace, tolerance, protection and promotion of human rights, observance of the rule of law, environment, sustainable development, media, marine sciences, and conflict resolution with emphasis on trainings and skill enhancement. The CSP is prepared considering afore mentioned areas, and include following:

  1.  Develop the active citizenship among Bahria University students,
  2.  Promotion of following causes:
  • Staying connected to roots (culture and religious practices),
  • Tolerance and respect for others point of views,
  • Disaster relief and rehabilitation,
  • Health promotion and care (basic health and use of ICT),
  • Reduction in environmental degradation,
  • Conflict resolution,
  • Self-defense and civil defense,
  • Social and urban entrepreneurship,
  • Assist and contribute in initiatives for relief and rehabilitation already taken by Armed Forces of Pakistan, and
  • Women Entrepreneurship/ Skill enhancement.

[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”The terms used in policy are defined as follows” title_align=”separator_align_center”][vc_accordion active_tab=”false”][vc_accordion_tab title=”Organizations”][vc_column_text]Following type of organizations shall be included (partner with) in the CSP:

  • Government/Semi-Government organizations involved in social service or community development.
  • Non-Government Organizations operating in Pakistan and working in cohesion with the Objectives and scope of Bahria University CSP.
  •   International organizations working for the social development and community uplifting of Pakistan.
  • Corporate Sector / organizations carrying out Corporate Social Responsibility activities in compliance with Bahria University CSP.
  •    Armed Forces/ Government welfare organizations.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Community”][vc_column_text]The word community in this document refers to the organizations involved in activities mentioned in Para 2 (b) under the heading of “Scope of the CSP”. Initially only those organizations will be involved who are working with-in the geographical boundaries or suburbs of cities where BU campuses are located. However in the next phase depending upon the level of maturity of the CSP and requirement, the activities may be expanded to other areas of Pakistan.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][/vc_accordion][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_button title=”Download the Policy in a Document Format” target=”_blank” color=”btn-primary” icon=”wpb_document_word” size=”btn-large” href=”https://www.bahria.edu.pk/docs/Policy Guidelines CSP FINAL 26-03-2013.docx”][vc_accordion active_tab=”false”][vc_accordion_tab title=”Means and Instruments”][vc_column_text]The resources available with Bahria University are:

i)       More than 500 management and faculty with expertise in disciplines of Management Sciences, Engineering, Computer Sciences, Social Sciences, Law, Marine Sciences, Medical Sciences and Earth & Environmental Sciences.

ii)     More than 10,000 energetic students body with high level of motivation.

iii)   Custom built campus buildings with state of the art facilities, high tech computer and electronic laboratories and well stocked libraries that have free internet accessibility.

iv)   Dedicated and experienced staff skilled in planning, preparation and execution of projects.

v)     Linkage with Pakistan Navy in particular and Armed Forces in general, which can help us and involve us in disaster relief and rehabilitation and national development projects.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Implementation Methodology”][vc_column_text]In order to achieve the desired objectives with in the defined scope and resources, a thorough strategy is designed. Various steps have to be taken, as follows:

i)                   Need based analysis of CSP keeping in view various programs being taught at BU and the respective industry requirements/practices. Chalk out strategy in the light of results from the need based analysis, industry opinions and the brain storming sessions,

ii)                 Seek opinions from the industry using alumni network,

iii)               Brain storming sessions of industry professionals/ academicians and professionals from different walks of life,

iv)               Identify potential organizations where students can run the CSP, discuss the strategy with them and sign MoU,

v)                 Initially the CSP will be introduced at under-graduate programs only,

vi)               The program is to be implemented on same pattern as the internship program being practiced i.e. dedicated faculty member nominated as CSP Coordinator in each department,

vii)             The CSP will be implemented w.e.f. Spring 2013 in-take,

viii)           Every student enrolled in undergraduate program, is required to serve the community for 40 hours (8 hours daily for 5 working days), which makes one week of active student participation, any time during his/her entire degree program,

ix)   The activities will be preferred to schedule in summer or semester breaks, to avoid the disturbance in academic commitments of students,

x)   The transcript of undergraduate students will include  CSP  as Non – Credit (same as internship)

xi)  To inculcate culture of community support among students, budget on annual basis may be allocated specific for conducting CSP activities in all CUs. The amount will be reserved depending upon the level of activities being organized/ arranged.

xii)  On later stage once the CSP gets matured in all the campuses, efforts will be made to set-up Community Support Centers (CSC) with joint collaboration of social sector in all CUs. This will help in bringing funds from national and international donor agencies for promoting community support activities among students.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Activities to be considered in Community Support Program:”][vc_column_text]The CSP will be driven by the active participation of Bahria University student body. The students will preferably conduct the activities with in their respective area of  specialization; e.g. providing trainings on hard and soft skills, preparing marketing strategies, preparing financial statements, preparation of various software’s or programs, writing reports etc. The activities may include, but not limited to, following:

  1. Assist the partner organizations in smooth running of their campaigns or activities, meant for social development as mentioned in scope,
  2. Conducting training programs or related activities, which will be beneficial to both BU students and the partner organization, meeting the scope and objective of the CSP.
  3. The students shall be involved in activities that will help in enhancing their personal and professional skills by utilizing the platform provided by the partner organizations.
  4. If student performs internship in compliance with the BU CSP Policy, that internship will be considered towards his CSP activity after the evaluation by the respective CSP Coordinator.
  5. In case a faculty assigns some assignment to his class which relates to Community Support and involves students in minimum 40 hours of CSP activity, it can be considered as required CSP activity, if recommended by his/her respective teacher.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][/vc_accordion][vc_text_separator title=”Following are the roles of BU faculty members and offices:” title_align=”separator_align_center”][vc_accordion active_tab=”false”][vc_accordion_tab title=”CSP Coordinator”][vc_column_text]A faculty member should be nominated as CSP Coordinator in each department, same as internship coordinators are working. Their responsibilities will be to:

i)       Explore various potential CSP activities in the organizations; prepare the activity schedule in collaboration with PO SRC.

ii)     Depending upon the nature of CSP activities, assign the task to individual or group of students to carryout activities with concerned organization.

iii)   Receive input/ report from students and organization at the end of the activity.

iv)   Evaluate the report and if found necessary, take the viva to evaluate the performance.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Student Resource Centre”][vc_column_text]The SRC at respective campuses will have following role:

i)       Identify the potential partner organization and will make arrangements to sign MOU following the Bahria University CSP Policy. The DSA office will support SRC as and when required.

ii)     Schedule the CSP activities in their respective campuses in collaboration with the CSP Coordinators.

iii)   Prepare the “CSP activity progress report” of their respective campus with the help of all CSP Coordinators and forward it to the DSA office, on quarterly basis.

iv)   CUs where SRC is not present, the respective Director/Principal will assign any concerned department/office/person to perform the duties of same.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Community Support Centre(s)”][vc_column_text]Once the program gets mature in all the campuses, efforts will be made to set-up an independent Community Support Center (CSC) at each campus. The CSC will be a bigger entity which will take the CSP further to the next levels in following ways:

a)     The centers will organize student activities in collaboration with International donor agencies for fund raising and acquire resources to successfully hold the program.

b)    The CSC may also conduct various training programs for under privileged class of society.

c)     It will provide a platform for various undertakings and will ensure BU participation in community development.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][/vc_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row]