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Monday, August 28, 2023

A Collaborative Session on Student Support Services Held at AWKUM with USAID HESSA Team


A collaborative session took place at AWKUM on August 22, 2023, involving the HESSA (Higher Education System Strengthening Activity) team from USAID and officials from AWKUM. The purpose of the meeting was to address various aspects of the Student Support Services Component. The key attendees of the session included:




Focal Area


Ms. Asma Mohsin

Manager, HESSA Program

Student Support Services


Ms. Amara Saeed

Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist, HESSA Program

(Joined via Microsoft Teams)

Student Support Services


Dr. Shaista Irshad Khan

Treasurer, AWKUM

Leader, Student Support Services


Mr. Hassan Khan

Deputy Registrar, AWKUM

AWKUM Focal Person for HESSA Program


Dr. Muhammad Jehangir

Director, Institute of Business Studies & Leadership, AWKUM

Microenterprise Development


Dr. Hazir Rahman

Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, AWMUM

Student Leadership & Programming


Dr. Tahir Farid

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, AWKUM

Mental Health


Dr. Majid Khan

Director, Admissions & Financial Aid, AWKUM

Financial Aid


Mr. Shah Hussain Awan

Deputy Director, Quality Enhancement Cell, AWKUM

Alumni Engagement


Mr. Atta Ur Rahman

Assistant Director, University Advancement Cell & Career Development Centre, AWKUM

Career Readiness

During the session, participants engaged in discussions covering six primary focal areas. The discussions encompassed post-summit activities, the strategies devised by AWKUM during the summit, the process of updating and finalizing details within the Airtable system, identification of indicators for the six focal areas, procedures for monitoring and reporting progress, as well as the formulation of an activities plan designed to enhance Student Support Services from October 2023 to August 2024. Additionally, the meeting emphasized the significance of an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) plan with a particular focus on disability-related aspects.

Following the productive discussions with AWKUM officials, Ms. Asma Mohsin, the Manager of the HESSA Program, engaged in an in-depth conversation with the respected Vice-Chancellor, AWKUM, Prof. Dr. Zahoor Ul Haq. The conversation centered around AWKUM's strategic plan for Student Support Services.

As a gesture of appreciation, the Honorable Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Zahoor Ul Haq, presented a commendation shield to Ms. Asma Mohsin, acknowledging her outstanding contributions to the HESSA Program.

This collaborative session provided a platform for meaningful exchanges and paved the way for further progress in enhancing Student Support Services within AWKUM.