Arba Minch University in its daylong Good Governance meeting simultaneously held across all campuses on March 14, 2015, took stock of the situation with regard to issues pertaining to service delivery to students in the university.

Steering the meeting at Main Campus AMU President, Dr Feleke Woldeyes, said, ‘‘Things with regard to multiple services being rendered to the students i.e. library, internet access, laboratory equipments, dormitories, café and daily utility services are improving. Particularly teaching-learning process is much improved with teacher-student relationship getting better.’’
The meeting began with, Dr Feleke discussing students’ issues which were raised in the last summer training. Thereafter, he responded to the queries and explained the real situation as to what improvement after that training has transpired.

Scientific Director of Institute of Technology, Dr Negash Wagesho, questioning the veracity of queries raised by students he said, ‘‘Most of the questions hardly had whiff of reality; though, it lacked evidence, but we gave careful consideration. We are strict in penalizing teachers who were found ignoring their responsibility for monetary gain in other ways; this step has restored sense of responsibility and things are improving.’’
Further he said, it was allegedly found that some research advisors don’t give enough time to students, while the latter were also not making themselves available. And to resolve the issue of power supply in library and dormitories, the college has bought two generators.
Some students praising university management’s commitment in resolving the vexed issues said, water scarcity, shortage of texts, copying during examination etc. persist still. They sought intervention against some students consuming excessive alcoholic drinks and reporting late.
Dr Feleke responding to students’ concern, said, now water quality is good and adequate amount will be supplied from the town. Informing them as to how university is working for the welfare of the community through research and community service initiatives, he urged students to cooperate with university management to resolve the problems amicably.
Similar issues were discussed in the meeting held at Chamo Campus, which was chaired by Research and Community Service Vice President, Dr Guchie Gulie along with Deans of College of Social Science and Humanities and Business and Economics and others.
At Chamo Campus, few students aired their grievances followed by the department heads who ventilated their perception on the issues discussed. Dr Thesome Yirgu, said, soon we will come up with the solutions for the problems being faced.
Vice President for Administration, Dr Yechale Kebede, chairing the meeting at College of Medicine and Health Sciences at Necksar Campus in the presence of Dean Behailu Merdikios and others gave patient hearing to the students.
Vice President for Business and Development, Rahel Elias Kitila and Dr Nejib Mohammad chaired the meeting at Kulfo Campus; Dean Dr Nejib Mohammad and others attended the meeting. Students, teachers and administrative staff attended the meetings at all campuses.

(By Corporate Communication Directorate: Philips Joseph)