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.
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.
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.
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
"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
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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.
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
In the first session of the conference, importance and
effects of Mir's poetry on the Urdu language were highlighted by the
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.
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
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."
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'.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
representative of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa said that there had been a lack of
coordination between the ANF and the provincial government.
representative of Balochistan government said though they had
established the Centre, it lacked trained staff to handle the addicts.
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
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