Forman Christian College (A Chartered University) organized a kickoff meeting for the RTI & RTS Awareness campaign on FCCU campus. The meeting was attended by Vice Rector, Dr. Douglas Trimble; Associate Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, Dr. Gloria Calib, and Registrar, Dr. Nayer Fardows. From GIZ, Mr. Iftikhar Khan, Advisor Outreach and Public Dialogue, Support to Local Governance Program was present to facilitate the collaboration. Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Zulfi, Director Lahore Arts Council; Mr. Khurram Naveel, Assistant Director Lahore Arts Council; Mr. Umair Ali and Mr. Aniq from Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) also graced the occasion with their presence.

Dean of Humanities Prof Dr. Altaf Ullah Khan took the lead of the project at FCCU. Chairperson Department of Mass Communication, Ms. Rachel Hasan; Chairperson Department of English, Dr. Fatima Syeda; and Coordinator Visual and Performing Arts program Ms. Sobia Zaidi were also present on the occasion. Moreover, representatives of FCCU administration also attended the session; including Mr. Furqan Mall, Chief Financial Officer; Mr. Andrew John, Chief Supply Chain Officer and Senior Financial Advisor; Mr. Asif Anwar, General Manager Procurement and Fixed Assets; Mr. Anthony Richards, Chief Information Officer; Ms. Michelle Jacob, Head Communications and Publications and Mr. Douglas Ferdinand David, Chief Human Resource Officer.

The event kicked off with an introductory note by the Chairperson of Department of Mass Communication, Ms. Rachel Hasan. She thanked the guests for their support to the cause of RTI-RTS awareness. Prof Dr Altaf Ullah Khan gave a brief about different components of the project and said that FCCU is fulfilling its social role by implementing a Right to Information and Right to Service awareness campaign. The aim of the project is to strengthen the democratic processes by grassroot empowerment and through awareness by engaging the student body as RTI champions and RTI ambassadors to create awareness. The students will be trained to conduct surveys and monitor the service delivery for women through RTI and RTS in the selected districts. They will also monitor media campaigns by the government and participate in group discussions and community programs about Right to Information and Right to Services.

The meeting was concluded with Vice Rector, Dr. Douglas Trimble’s remarks where he acknowledged that this project is a good model of what FCCU can offer in terms of student capital and academic expertise. He congratulated Prof Dr Altaf Ullah Khan and his team for initiating the project. He also thanked the representatives from LAC, PIC, PITB and GIZ for their commitment and support to the cause.