Arba Minch University President, Dr Feleke Woldeyes in a brief interview has listed out series of corrective measures to be taken by AMU to create conducive environment for girl students to successfully complete their courses and pursue right career in life.

On the question of girls faring poorly, he said, ‘‘Compared to yesteryear's our statistics say that number of female graduates has increased. However, we are taking strong measures and a system would be in place to arrest the attrition of female graduates. 

To begin with, we would place them in the department of their choice. More importantly, AMU would reserve 30% slots for the female graduates; this move will not only encourage competition amongst them but they can also compete with the boys. Once they are assigned respective courses, they should study well,’’ he stressed.

Elaborating further, he said, ‘‘It may not be easy for some so there would be high attrition, therefore, we would develop a mechanism which will facilitate smooth completion of their study. We would offer tutorial and even aid to those facing financial crunch, which prevents them from completing their courses.’’

Unraveling AMU’s plans, he said, ‘‘To create more secure and safe environment, we would take strong measures to stop sexual harassment. It will help them grow in their personal and professional life and AMU will stand by its promises. Skill Development Coaching will also be started that will develop their confidence to take on the challenges.

On introduction of new UG & PG courses, he said, ‘‘We are contemplating to introduce new UG and PG courses in coming years.

After launching PhD in Irrigation & Drainage Engineering, we may have more PhDs particularly in water engineering stream; right now we are building our capacity. There is likelihood that we may launch PhD from College of Natural Science.’’

‘‘I have a vision of making AMU as one of the top universities in the nation and a competent one in Africa and world as well. It’s my dream to see AMU soaring high as the most competent university in the world.’’

Congratulating AMU community, he said, ‘‘As we are celebrating our 26th Convocation, which has been made possible due to cooperation from Academic, Administrative staff and Students.

This year we have successfully hosted special sports festival, where we have showed our strength, unity and commitment, This event has made us realize, if remain united we can make anything possible. I congratulate one and all, a Happy Graduation Day and break period - HAPPY KIREMT.


By Philips Joseph