AMU’s Community Service Directorate has inaugurated colorful ‘4th Community Week’ beginning from 2nd to 5th July, 2019, at Main Campus. The program will mirror philanthropic endeavors conducted by every units across all colleges and streams of university in a year. On the occasion, those individuals who made exceptional contributions in respective arenas to better lives of surrounding community will be felicitated. click here to see the pictures

Ongoing exhibition at Architectural Studio is showcasing myriad community service activities done by respective colleges; prototypes of CNC Milling machine, PLC chemical reactor, home service system, Li-Fi implementation, smart farming system, course offering & management system,, different hydropower projects, metal art & bender machine, apple juice extractor and Scizer lifter machine were made by graduating students and their advisors.

Community Service Directorate Director, Dr Teklu Wegayehu, while welcoming gathering also gave lowdown on altruistic services, said, this year has been unique in a way as our budget got increased that gave us scope to go for more And despite challenges, we could achieve over 95% of good works like legal service, Sahay Solar, Adult Education, professional support in healthcare and STEM project are some areas where we have done exceptionally well. He assured to keep the momentum and infuse enthusiasm in others to follow the suit.

Opening weeklong celebration, Academic Affairs Vice President, Dr Yechale Kebede, representing AMU President, said, as per 5-year strategic plan, AMU is striving to integrate its goal with teaching-learning, research, community service and technology transfer endeavors. Nevertheless, it’s community service that is putting more efforts to ensure livelihood for community by extending financial aid and capacity-building trainings. Free legal service, adult education, short-term trainings, consultancy services, ICT trainings, solar power projects, freebie tutorials, environment-friendly projects, etc. are some of major activities, we are engaged in.  

On optimistic note, Research and Community Service Vice President, Dr Simon Shibru, said, I am happy, but there is lot to be done as we are here to maximize opportunities. The trend is inclining as we are offering multiple services to the community. The most important aspect is to prioritize things as there are social, economic, environmental and capacity-building components to be cared for. To make great difference, all colleges and departments need to work hard. And despite engagements, Institute of Technology and Water Technology Institute have to walk extra miles in making effective contributions.  

Some of the graduating students from Architectural and Urban Planning, who came up with unique concepts, shared their visions. Yared Desalegn on adopting Media Façade in high-rise building, said, it’s all about integrating advertising with structures; it will ensure advertising keeping buildings’ façade intact by considering different layers like screen panel, LED display, materials and concrete or glazing.

While, Natan Fola found to be proposing the idea where tradition gets merged with eco-friendly constructions that helps to promote respective cultural traditions and yet adhere to standardized practice.

Kalkidan Lemma displaying gorgeous string arts, said, I always try to create beautifully delicate and aesthetically valuable artifacts using strings and nails. This is new for our society and I often try to mirror emotions such as romance or confluence where tradition meets modern era. Presently, I have two shops in Arba Minch, where I sell such colorful artifacts and I am receiving overwhelming response, he added.

Speaking on proposal to construct a unique square inside AMU Main Campus, Mr Gizaw Fikre, said, this proposal is prepared by him and his coordinator; this structure will display elements of heritage along with present day development.  

Kaleb Wondemu, unraveling about his research, said, I focused on architectural designs that affects overall personality of its inhabitants. There are parameters like ventilation, lighting, inappropriate furniture and design itself must be looked into while designing any structures, he quipped.

During weeklong celebration some activities stipulated by Ministry of Science and Higher Education to celebrate graduation on theme, ‘Sustainable Development of Nation,’ and under this, graduating class is told to plant seedlings in their campus and nearby areas, provide aid to elders and collect around 1000 units of blood through blood donation camp will be carried out. Some college-wise best performer will be feted by giving certificate of appreciation. Field visit, adults’ graduation and a panel discussion are also on agenda.
(Corporate Communication Directorate)