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Karachi University has produced 1,055 PhDs
Karachi, Dec 29: The University of Karachi (KU) has produced over 1,055 PhDs so far in various disciplines, a KU official said on Sunday on the eve of the university's 20th Convocation. This year, 16 M.Phil and 48 PhD degrees in addition to 743 graduation degrees are being awarded to successful candidates.

The official further said that the institution has great honour and privilege of having conferred honourary degrees to 46 renowned celebrities, including the former King Saood bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia, Mahmud Celal Bayar, the then President of Turkey; Muhammad Zahir Shah, the then King of Afghanistan; Raza Jafri, the then Minister for Education, Iran; and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Voelter.

Karachi University has the honour to have produced outstanding scientists and scholars like Dr Saleemuzzan Siddiqui and Dr Ata-ur-Rahman.

During recent years, centers such as the Dr A.Q. Khan Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, Umair Basha Institute of IT, Dr Feroz Ahmed Institute of Mass Communication, and Dr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Development have been established with the generous contribution of the private sector and individuals.

Particularly in the field of natural sciences, the HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry and International Centre of Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) enjoys international repute.

At present, KU has nearly 24,000 students, including a number of foreigners. In order to meet the increasing demand of the metropolis, education is being imparted in the evening, accommodating almost 6,000 students and professionals. The faculty comprises about 1,000 highly qualified teachers and the university management is assisted by the administrative staff comprising some 2,000 officers and employees. The News


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Karachi University issued BS(Hon) admission list
Karachi: The University of Karachi has issued the second merit lists of candidates qualifying for admission in the BS (Hon) first year and BS third year/Masters programmes.

An announcment to this effect was made by an official of the university on Sunday.

The lists have been displayed at the Silver Jubilee Gate of the institution and can also be seen on the KU website: www.uok.edu.pk.

Workshop on Nutraceutical foods
The International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi, has organised a workshop on "Nutraceutical Foods" on Tuesday at the auditorium of the Latif Ebrahim Jamal National Science Information Centre.

The workshop has been organised jointly by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the British Council, Pakistan. According to an ICCBS statement issued on Sunday, the objective of the workshop is to discuss the importance of functional/bioactive components in nutraceutical foods and promote production of nutraceutical foods on industrial scale.

Edible products possessing healing capacity and health promoting effects are known as nutraceutical foods.

The bioactive constituents of many foods have been identified during evidence-based scientific studies.

Dr Atta-ur-Rahman, Coordinator General of Comstech and former HEC chairman, will inaugurate the workshop.

KU Vice-Chancellor Prof Prizada Qasim Raza Siddiqui will preside over the inaugural ceremony. Regional Director of the British Council Mashhood Rizvi, ICCBS Director Prof Dr M. Iqbal Chaudhary, Prof Rashida Ali, Sadia Naveed and Dr M. Kamran Azim will speak. App/ppi

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BB chair at Karachi University to be made a research institute
Karachi: The Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Chair at the University of Karachi (KU) will be made into a research institute, stated a KU official on Sunday. He said that the plan aims to preserve the sacrifices and services of Shaheed Motarma Benazir Bhutto for the people of the country. Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah had inaugurated the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Chair at KU on November 21 and the Chair is sponsored by the Sindh Culture Department. app

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Schools in Karachi continue charging extra fee
Karachi: Despite an announcement by the Department of Education ordering private schools to not charge fees for the non-tuition periods of June and July, schools have openly been extorting fees from parents.

According to complaints received, even though the current session for Secondary School Certificate (SSC) would end in April 2009, private schools have, however, issued fee challans for January and June, while the fee for July was expected to be demanded along with the fee for February.

Aggrieved parents who asked for anonymity owing to fear of backlash from the schools, said that they were facing difficulty in paying two months' fees at once.

They said that upon receiving the challan, they approached the school administration and reminded them of the directives of the Education Department, but they were told that this was the school policy.

In one such case, a school has demanded an additional Rs1,500 lab fee per month in addition to the tuition fee amounting to nearly Rs8,000 per month, for January (when the school would be in session) and for June (when the school would not be in session).

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Pakistan National Council for United World Colleges (UWC) invited applications for scholarships
Karachi: The Pakistan National Council for United World Colleges (UWC) invited applications for scholarships for the academic term 2009-2011 to study at UWC in the United States, Britain, Canada, Italy, Norway, Hong Kong, Singapore, Wales, Venezuela, and Costa Rica to acquire International Baccalaureate Diploma, a pre-university diploma ranking higher than Intermediate or 'A' level.

There are two full scholarships (not including travel, miscellaneous expenses), one 80 per cent scholarship, one 25 per cent scholarship and a placement.

Students should not be less than 16 years, nor over 17 years and five months on September 1, 2009. Entry is based on merit and siblings of prior UWC scholarship awardees are ineligible to apply as are dual nationality holders.

The last date for the submission of applications is January 16, 2009 at the Pakistan National Council for UWC (Flat No 1, 58-C 24th Commercial Street, Tauheed Commercial Area, Phase V, DHA) from where the form can be collected by providing proof of age, last board exam mark sheet (O Level or Matriculate), and proof of single Pakistani nationality. The News

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