This is the constitution of the Ziauddin University Atlas. It is being published here for the very first time and will continue to be printed in every edition of the Atlas. It is our way of remaining transparent and being accountable to you, dear readers.
THE ZIAUDDIN UNIVERSITY ATLAS CONSTITUTION
Shahzeb Najam (Batch XVIII) – Founding Editor
Wajeeha Mahmood (Batch XVII) – Founding Editor
Zakariya Irfanullah (batch XX) – First Editor-in-Chief
- The ZU Atlas (ZUA) exists to facilitate the creative spark of the Students and Faculty. We aim to foster an appreciation for culture and the arts, raise the literary bar, and bring students closer in touch with the aspects of Campus Life.
- Our objective is to produce at least one volume every academic year. The magazine is to be handed out free of charge.
- The ZUA represents all the schools that fall under the banner of Ziauddin University. However, Atlas Team members, and content, will be selected purely on a meritocratic basis.
- The scope of the Atlas will be quite varied. In addition to being available to the Student Body, we aim to have multiple copies in each of the libraries. Our objective is to have this publication accessible as a source of pleasure reading for both medical students and medical professionals. Moreover, in the interests of building ZU’s reputation as a well-rounded and creative community, we aim to have editions of the Atlas in the libraries of other institutions of higher learning all over Pakistan.
- The ZUA is an independent organization formulated under the directive of the Dean.
- The ZUA is not authorized to publish articles that are political in nature due to the waiver signed by all students on admission to the University.
- The Administrative Structure of the Atlas Team is as follows:
- The Patron is appointed by the Dean.
The role of the Patron is to liaison with the Administration.
The Patron gets the final say in selecting content for the Atlas.
- The Editor-in-Chief (E-i-C) answers to the Patron.
The E-i-C must have served at least one year as Editor.
The E-i-C manages the day-to-day running of the Atlas.
All content selected by the Editors must be approved by the E-i-C.
The E-i-C is elected by the Council after an interview process.
- The Council comprises of previous EiCs.
A Seat on the Council lasts until Graduation.
Each year, the Council will elect a Chairperson, who will serve as the de-facto representative of the Council.
The Council serves primarily to advise the Atlas Team.
The Council can put any member of the Atlas Team on probation, and if necessary, depose and replace them after one month of probation. Deposition of the offending member can only occur if the Council agrees in (majority) after one month of probation. If there is ever a split decision on any matter within the Council, the Patron will get the final say.
- The Council must be shown the Selected Content, after it is screened by the EiC, and before it is shown to the Patron for final approval. Interviews for the position of Editor and Marketing Manager (MM) are carried out by the Council and current E-i-C. The E-i-C gets final say in choosing students for the two roles. Each post lasts for one academic year, after which a fresh selection process will be carried out. The role of the Marketing Manager(s) is to manage our social media presence and manage the Atlas blog. All social media posts must be approved beforehand by the EiC. The MM is chosen by an interview process and is expected to have some prior experience. The responsibility of the Editors is to preliminarily select content and to draft content when need be. The selection process for the role of Editor consists of two stages. All hopefuls must first submit samples of their writing to the Council and E-i-C. In this stage, they will be assessed on their command over the English Language. The shortlisted candidates will be called in for an interview. Some form of prior experience in the field of writing is expected. A minimum of two Editors must be chosen every year.
- The ZUA Blog will be run by the Marketing Manager. It will follow a system of ‘rolling submissions’, whereby originalities can be sent in at any point throughout the year. The Editors and E-i-C will filter through the content, and if selected, it will be put up on the Blog and shortlisted for the next edition of the Atlas. In addition to submissions, we will also feature previous editions of the Atlas in our ‘Archives’ section. Each edition will be uploaded exactly one year after its printed release.
- At the time of their appointment, the new team members will be required to sign an acknowledgment of the Constitution. This is to ensure that everyone is clear regarding the structure and running of the Atlas.
- Amendments to the Constitution can only be made by a majority Council vote and must be approved by the Patron.
- This Constitution, as well as the Preface, is to be printed in each successive copy of the Atlas.