Students, faculty fund education of students on other side of the world

Monday, April 3, 2006

A number of SCSU students and employees have organized drives to collect food, clothing and financial aid for victims of tragedies like Hurricane Katrina. But when the Pakistani Students Association, faculty of Pakistani descent and a professor from the hardest-hit area of Pakistan-held Kashmir took it upon themselves to initiate a fund raising drive for people hurt by a devastating earthquake in their home country, they decided to use the money for a different purpose.

Organizers of the Pakistani drive focused on raising funds for the students who lost their parents and, thus, their financial support for education. Associate Professor of Chemistry Mohammad Mahroof-Tahir, who grew up and went to schools in Kashmir, then taught as a chemistry professor in university buildings that no longer exist, helped keep the drive’s administrative costs low by teaming up with a group of surviving students and educators in Kashmir to distribute the funds.

According to Professor Ghulam Sarwar, chair of the SCSU Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate and adviser to the Pakistani Students Association, $11,000 was raised within the first few weeks of the drive. The campaign is ongoing.

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