LAHORE :12 April: Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) has announced establishing a fund to provide interest-free loans (Qarz-e-hasna) to families who do not compromise over their self-respect and do not ask for help in the lockdown due to the coronavirus. It was announced in a virtual conference organised by PUASA on the social role of universities in the prevailing situation on Saturday. Akhuwat Foundation Chairman Dr Amjad Saqib was the chief guest on the occasion. PU Dean Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences Prof Dr Khalid Mahmood, PUASA President Prof Dr Mumtaz Anwar Chaudhry, Secretary Javed Sami, heads of various departments and teachers from all faculties participated in the virtual conference. Prof Dr Mumtaz Anwar Chaudhry said that the teachers had agreed to provide Qarz-e-Hasna to people who find asking for help from anyone against their respect and they were in a very large number in our society. He said, “We must prefer helping those first who are in our surroundings. The universities should play their role as their role is very much important in the crisis because it is creating multiple problems and we should work as a team to solve the problems.” Dr Amjad Saqib said there were three million families who belonged to lower middle class and needed cash for their expenditures of daily life. He said that along with the Ehsas program, many families could be given interest-free loans who did not find it appropriate to take financial assistance due to their self-respect. He said that such crises brought some opportunities as well and could help establish a great society and prepare a great nation. Prof Dr Khalid Mahmood said that it was the test of every person and they should play their positive role in bringing the world out of the crisis. Institute of Social and Cultural Studies Director Prof Dr Rubina Zakar said the government should provide access to the data of coronavirus patients to cope with it on all fronts keeping in view all aspects. She said the comprehensive database of coronavirus patients would help develop policies and strategies to implement policies for preventing the spread of Covid-19. Department of Philosophy Incharge Shahid Gul said that there were a large number of people who were doing two jobs to earn their livings and they were in sever crisis and most of them preferred starving instead of asking someone for help. Institute of Agricultural Sciences Director Prof Dr Saleem Haider said that Pakistan was 90 percent self-sufficient in food and people should not be panic in this regard and should not store food at large scale. Department of Social Work Chairperson Dr Mahnaz Hasan said that professional beggars were a big hurdle to the provision of financial and any other assistance to the really deserving people. Dr Bushra Khan from Department of Zoology advised people to keep themselves away from their pets as well as the coronavirus had also affected various animals in zoos of western countries.The news.