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Sindh University Convocation | Int'l Urdu Conference

Sindh Varsity confers degrees on 769 graduates
Hyderabad, Dec 06: As many as 769 students were conferred undergraduate, postgraduate, M Phil and PhD degrees in variety of disciplines at the Sindh University Convocation-2009 held on Sunday at its Madr-e-Millat Fatima Jinnah Hall.

Acting Governor of Sindh and Chancellor of public sector universities Nisar Ahmed Khuhro presided over the convocation.

Flanked by Vice Chancellor University of Sindh Nazir A Mughal, the chancellor decorated 11 students with gold medals, 81 with silver medals and five with special gold medals, which included two Allama I I Qazi gold medals, two Allama Ghulam Mustafa Qasmi gold medals and one Ali Bux Channa gold medal.

Eleven Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and three Master of Philosophy (M Phil) degrees were also awarded to three candidates in Islamic culture, two each in education, botany and analytical chemistry, and one each in bio-chemistry, zoology, physiology, biotechnology, fresh water biology and fisheries subjects.

In his presidential speech, Khuhro, while congratulating the recipients of the awards and their teachers, said that culmination of their studies at the university was not an end to their endeavours as they had to go a long way towards helping their country in dealing with problematic issues, which need solutions.

Reminding about the stumbling blocks in the the growth of Sindh University, Khuhro said the university had been through difficult times when hooligans, belonging to different political groups, ruled the roost and marched towards academic excellence was impeded by such a situation.

However, he added, now the situation had changed and holding academic convocations, which confer degrees upon hundreds of meritorious students, regularly bears testimony to that fact.

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Graduating with excellence
Karachi: As many as about 700 degrees and nine gold medals were conferred in business management and allied disciplines at the Convocation 2010 of the Institute of Business Management (IoBM) in Korangi Creek, Karachi.

Dr Hafeez Shaikh, Federal Finance Minister and Dr Javaid R. Laghari, Chairman, Higher Education Commission (HEC) were the chief guests at the occasion. Dr Hafiz Shaikh said that with the unity of purpose, the nation has been able to face many challenges positively and practically. He referred to the nation uniting amidst recent devastating floods in Pakistan and the catastrophic earthquake that shook the country not long ago.

"There are many challenges posed to the national economy which are being confronted with a sense of purpose and unity. Such challenges are being positively addressed as those pertaining to education, health and drinking water," Dr Shaikh said. He added that higher education was a privilege and that it is time for graduates to blend excellence in academics and business with public service. He urged upon the graduates to emulate humility and to begin with self when it comes to transformation for the better.

Dr Laghari highlighted the need for quality enhancement in education. He commended the role of IoBM in this regard. He also underlined the need for Ph.D level specialisation in education.

IoBM President Shahjehan S. Karim said that within a decade and a half of its existence, IoBM has attained national and international recognition. According to international ranking of 1,000 Business Schools, Eduniversal, Paris ranked IoBM as one of the top two Business School in Pakistan. IoBM has also received the Best Asia Business School Award from CMO Asia and World Brand Congress at Singapore.

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Int'l Urdu Conference concludes
Karachi: The Third International Urdu Conference 2010 concluded on Sunday after various beautiful programmes were held during the four-day event at the Arts Council, Karachi.

The theme of the conference was the 200th death anniversary of Emperor of Urdu Ghazal, Mir Taqi Mir, and the services of Allama Iqbal, the Poet of the East.

In the first session of the conference, importance and effects of Mir's poetry on the Urdu language were highlighted by the speakers.

The grand international Urdu mushaira was one of the most interesting parts of the conference, in which renowned poets participated from across the globe.

Distinguished guests and scholars from various countries, including India, Bangladesh, UK, Kenya and Russia, presented their theses on various topics relating to the Urdu language and literature.

In the conference, the speakers shed light on the qualities, trends and effects of the Urdu literature.

They also talked about the needs of Urdu and the ways to promote the Urdu language and literature.

The speakers hailed the efforts being made across the world to introduce the world to the Urdu literature.

Book launching ceremonies were also organised in the conference, while the participants were also entertained with various musical concerts.

A large number of locals and delegations from various countries participated in the conference.

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All about humour in literature
Karachi: An amazing effort in humorous literature is publication of an Urdu book titled 'Israf-e-Bahami' by Anwar Ahmed Alvi, a noted writer and editor of quarterly 'Mizah Plus', as the book contained writings of contemporary writers.

Alvi, who compiled this book, said, "I compiled only humorous works of famous contemporary writers in order to acknowledge their services in the filed of literature."

He argues that in the case of some of writers he (Alvi) had concluded that they were unable to publish their book under the present circumstances when cost of living had increased so much and it was a hard task to publish books. On the other hand, some of the writers had a lot of irons in their fire and owing to other literary engagements, they found it hard to spare time to compile and publish their books. So he decided to publish their works in a single book titled 'Israf-e-Bahmi'.

In this book, Alvi has included the writings of some 13 writers. He not only presented an introduction of the writers separately, but took their pieces from different magazines and placed them in the book very beautifully.

The detailed account of lives of these writers shows that they have a deep commitment the literature. That book presents details of works and pieces of nice writings of Abu Zafar Zain, Najmul Hasan Rizvi, Naim Niazi, Shaukat Jamal, Dilshad Anjum, Abul Farah Himayun, Mirza Abid Abbas, Hassan Anwar Alvi, Muhammad Zaheer Qandeel, Saira Ghulam Nabi, Ibtisar Qadiri, Kaleem Chughtari and Raziuddin.

Among them, some are considered to be accomplished writers, whereas some are newcomers. However, as Alvi has his own perception about seniors and juniors in his famous magazine 'Mizah Plus' where senior and juniors are equally treated on merit. His magazine is popular for encouraging and publishing junior writers with senior writers. The latest ninth issue of his magazine is also a unique example of his approach towards seniors and juniors. In this issue he has given a 'special corner' for a senior journalist, columnist, writer and author of several books, Humaira Athar. The issue not only highlighted the services of Humaira Athar, but senior writers and scholars wrote articles on her works and nature of her humorous writings. Humaira has been paid many tributes by her contemporary journalists and writers in their articles.

A team consisting of Shaukat Jamal, Saira Ghulam Nabi, Naim Niazi, and Muhammad Asghar Khan is there to assist Editor Anwar Ahmed Alvi and ensuring the timely publishing of the quarterly. According to Alvi, since the quarterly presented very worthy writings regularly (on three months basis) by seniors and juniors has gained ground in all important cities of country as a first 'Tanzeeya aur mazaheeya silsala' in Urdu language in Pakistan. The news

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Universities to be involved in anti-drug drives
Karachi: The federal and the provincial governments in principle have decided to involve the universities in creating awareness against the use of drugs.

The ministry of social welfare and the ministry of narcotics control (MoNC) would jointly develop a strategy for introducing volunteer programmes at the universities.

This decision was taken at a meeting held recently in Islamabad to review the implementation of the national Anti-Narcotics Policy 2010 pertaining to the "social welfare sector", according to documents obtained on Sunday.

It was attended by officials of the federal and provincial governments, the AJK, the ANF and the UNODC.

A representative of the Sindh government reportedly informed the meeting that the government had not yet approved the projects planned by the social welfare department for the rehabilitation of drug addicts in Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur.

The Sindh government was also directed to share its treatment and rehabilitation projects with the MoNC.

The meeting also took several other decisions to prevent addictions.

The ministry of social welfare and the MoNC would sign an MoU on utilizing the existing facilities against drug use.

The former would also share data on the NGOs with the latter.

The National Council of Social Welfare would train workers at the federal and provincial levels.

The MoNC and the Bait-ul-Maal would finalize the modalities of funding the treatment of the drug addicts.

The MoNC, the UNODC and the ANF officials would visit Quetta to review the performance of the Drugs Treatment Complex recently established by the Social Welfare Department, Balochistan.

The ANF would work closely with the federal and provincial departments in provision of treatment and rehabilitation facilities.

A representative of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa said that there had been a lack of coordination between the ANF and the provincial government.

A representative of Balochistan government said though they had established the Centre, it lacked trained staff to handle the addicts.

An official of the Planning and Development Division suggested that the addicts should be treated as victims and not as criminals. The DG of ANF stressed the need for community participation in eradicating drug abuse. Dawn

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