Social welfare of university students
Social support for students of the University is a primary task of S.Seifullin Kazakh Agrotechnical University.
In accordance with the initiative of the Rector of University, Professor A.K. Kurishbayev in February 2013 the social shop was opened on the territory of the campus where products for students are sold at affordable prices.
This year in March the student health center was opened on the territory of campus for the first time. Students are served by 3 therapists, a cardiologist, a neurologist, a psychologist and six nurses, who provide timely primary and secondary medical care and treatment.
University administration meets regularly with the students of different categories: students ask questions concerning general university life. Basing on the suggestions of students, efforts to improve the students’ life are taken. Taking into consideration the students’ requests the university book stock is constantly replenished by books in the official language. It was the students’ request to extend the Library hours until 21.00.
Every week our rector receives students with their personal issues, there is a hotline, and students ask questions via the website of the university.
70% of students enrolled in S.Seifullin Kazakh Agrotechnical University come from the countryside. Therefore, the canteens have fixed prices for food, i.e. price for lunch makes up 250 tenge.
Taking into account the students’ proposals the prices at the university canteens are fixed and they are the lowest in the city. Students actively participate in actions to improve the quality of the canteens.
In our university along with training processthe constant attention is paid to the improvement of social conditions, health and healthy lifestyle. The agreements allowing our students to visit sports clubs, swimming pools and gyms were made with the administration of such city sports complexes as "Kazakhstan", "Alatau", "Zhіger". Currently, about 50 students attend the above-mentioned sport complexes.
The University provides all the conditions for students to be healthy and be able to get medical help in time. To support students from low-income families in the University there is a medical center with a wide range of medical services which provides three meals a day as well. Only during the 1st term of 2012-2013 academic year 600 students were able to improve their health at the medical center.
The university administration tries to give qualitative service and to create a favorable moral and psychological climate for students.
Much attention is paid to students’ recreation at our university. Orphans, students from families with many children, single-parent families, disabled students and activists visit city theatres at the expense of state procurement and the university.
The statistics shows that during the 1st semester of 2012-2013 academic year our students visited Kazakh Music and Drama Theatre named after K.Kuanyshbayev and Gorky Russian Drama Theatre (October -December 2012). Overall, only during one semester of 2012-2013 academic year 606 students attended theatres and the total expense made up 294 thousand tenge.
In the second semester of 2012-2013 academic year university students visited the theatre for the sum of 850 thousand tenge.
Attendance of such places is another kind of promotion for excellent training and active participation in the social life of the university and the city and also support for students from low-income families, orphans and the disabled students.
The administration of S.Seifullin Kazakh Agrotechnical University pays careful attention to social issues and improvement of the students’ life. The university has 27 orphans and 85 students who have trustees. These students get financial assistance from the student fund and the students’ union committee. So, from November 4 to November 30 113 students who applied to the trade union allocated financial assistance in the amount of 785 500 tenge. During this period 100 students were given stationery and office supplies in the amount of 345 thousand tenge. 563 students from large families receive monthly travel ticket from Akimat of Astana. 85 students have free meals in the canteens of the university.
On the eve of the 55th anniversary of the university the University Academic Council made a decision to pay a monthly grant in the sum of 10 000 tenge from the Development Fund of the University to 26 orphan students. In January 2013, that is, during the vacation time a 5-day rest at the "Saryarka" health centre in Shchuchinsk was organized for socially-disadvantaged students. Funds have been allocated by the Development Fund of the University. Sponsorship has been given by the university graduate, President of "On Olzha"Ltd Marat Askenovich Nabiyev.
The head of the medical center S.A. Uaisova gave advice on health, healthy lifestyles and prevention of cold. During 4 days an entertainment program including horseback riding, sleigh ride, ice skating, skiing, excursions to the museum of Borovoye was organized for the students. The administration of the Palace of Culture in Shchuchinsk provided a concert hall for the performance with participation of the Dean of Social Professions Department, Honored Artist of the Kazakhstan B.T. Baysagatov and KVN team headed by Bayandy Sakharuya. At the concert the guest, an artist Askar Sarsembekov presented a master class, and all the students were given his master paintings.
At this time, in response to the request of the Committee for Protection of Children's Rights of the Ministry of Education and Science, in order to provide accommodation for orphans and children left without parental care, the staff of the Department of Social and Educational Work of the University are concerned with putting students of such social category on the accommodation waiting list from the state fund.
It is very important to organize a system of social support for students, which will cover all the areas of life of students at the university. The university administration does everything to assist students who are in a difficult financial situation. Social support is an activity aimed at spiritual development based on human values.