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KU announces last date for BA, BCom exam forms
Karachi, Aug 17: The University of Karachi (KU) has announced last date for the submission of examination forms of fresh enrolled students of BA and BCom. A statement issued here on Wednesday said that the students could submit their examination forms till September 17. The examination fee of BA Part-I is Rs 2,500 while that of BCom Part-I is Rs 3,000. Daily times

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Fuuast teachers threaten protest against non-appointment of VC
Karachi: Teachers of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (Fuuast) on Wednesday threatened an all-out protest if one of the three candidates shortlisted by the Senate for the post of the university's vice chancellor was not finalised by August 25.

In an emergency-press conference held by teachers at the Karachi Press Club, it was shared that the post had been empty for the last six months and the university was suffering due to the absence of a caretaker.

The teachers alleged that due to the carelessness of the authorities concerned 1, 000 students, 500 teachers and 1000 non-teaching staff was suffering in a university where no new departments had been set up in the recent years.

They hinted that it was a deliberate plan to sabotage the only university of the country using Urdu as a medium of instruction.

Currently, Professor Muhammad Qasim is the vice chancellor of Fuuast and Karachi University. "In February, Muhammad Qaiser took additional charge of Karachi University, but the way things are in Fuuast it seems as if he took additional charge of Fuuast," said Dr Syed Tahir Ali, vice president of the teachers union of Fuuast.

"On May 28, a session was held where four names were shortlisted, after that another session was held on July 29 where three names were selected and sent to the president."

The candidates include Altaf Hussain, ex-vice chancellor of the Allama Iqbal Open University, Zafar Iqbal, dean faculty of Arts at Karachi University and Dr Moinuddin Ahmed, professor of botany at Fuuast.

However, after the whole process, Farooq Leghari, chairman Higher Education Commission, wrote a letter to the president alleging that the three candidates had a below average academic background.

But the teachers dismissed this charge. "Farooq Leghari is a part of the body which elected the three candidates. It took six months to finalise the names. He had no issues then. Suddenly, when everything is done he writes a letter to the president," said Dr Sajid Jehangir, one of the members of the teachers' union.

The teachers said that all three candidates were reputable, and some had even been given grants by the HEC for research.

"We are teachers. We should be in laboratories finding cures for some deadly diseases. Unfortunately, we have to sit and protest for a VC. This is not our job, yet we have to do this," he deplored.

"We want the decision for a VC to be taken in three days. The session should take place in Fuuast and not KU where the protesting teachers do not have access. Otherwise we will boycott classes," said Kausar Yasmeen. When asked if it was ethical to suspend teaching, they said it would only be their last resort. The news

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Pakistan's first PhD woman BB Qureshi dies at Edhi Home
Karachi: Doctor BB Qureshi, Pakistan's first PhD woman, died in Edhi Old Home on Wednesday. BB Qureshi taught in different national and international universities and also claimed to have taught former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan. She has been living in Edhi Home for long as she had not married due to her busy life. Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan offered BB Qureshi accommodation at the Governor House but she had excused. inp

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Illahi Bukhsh Soomro appointed as IoBM Chancellor
Karachi: Sindh Governor and Patron of the Institute of Business Management (IoBM), Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan in exercise of the powers of governor under section (b) and (c) of the IoBM Act 1998, appointed Illahi Bukhsh Soomro, former rector and speaker of Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Technology and National Assembly respectively, as the IoBM Chancellor. Soomro has been appointed for a period of three years effective August 13, 2012. Daily times

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DUHS institute launched
Karachi: The foundation stone laying ceremony of the Dow Life Sciences Institute, Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), was held at the Governor's House on Thursday.

Speaking on the occasion, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad said that it was his privilege to lay the foundation stone of the Dow Life Sciences Institute, which he described as another milestone achievement of the Dow University of Health Sciences during a short span of eight-and-a-half years.

"My alma mater, Dow Medical College has been producing doctors for the past 68 years. However, creative research activity has only been initiated after it gets the status of a university," he said.

He said that he was glad to know that the Dow Life Sciences Institute would be working on various projects, including production of anti-snake venom in Pakistan, the cases of which were specially seen in sindh.

"Snake bite cases are routinely seen all over Pakistan but more so in the interior of Sindh, which unfortunately have meager facilities and mostly lack in expensive anti-snake venom vaccine and the vaccine is usually imported," he added.

"Prof Masood Hameed Khan as a vice chancellor has played a dynamic role in building up his team and providing a congenial environment to produce the best possible results. It was Prof Masood Hameed Khan's vision that rightly embraced this alarming situation and he practically focused on this issue to come up with a solution with the help of his team and that is to produce anti-snake venom locally so as to bring down its cost and increase its availability even in far-flung areas to reduce the mortality rate of snake bite cases. This shows that our doctors and experts have creative minds and they only need resources and the correct environment to have best possible results, despite various limitations," the governor said.

"We are always encouraging research at the university level by supporting them with all possible means," he added.

The governor said that it was a moment of great pleasure for him to be there on this occasion of laying the foundation stone of this institute.

DUHS vice chancellor Prof Dr Masood Hameed Khan said that he knew the ground realities faced by the poor people where healthy individuals working in fields were bitten by poisonous snakes. Dawn

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