SZABIST launches astronomy society
SZABIST International Year of Astronomy 2009 project
Karachi, Feb 11: The Szabist Night Hawk Society launched their first project by
the name of 'International Year of Astronomy 2009' here on Tuesday at the
Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute for Science and Technology (SZABIST)
Founder of the Szabist Night Hawk Society, Air Commodore
(retd) Khalid Marwat, recalled the history of astronomy and discussed its
importance. He also elaborated that the year 2009 has been named as the year of
Astronomy by the United Nations (UN) and there is a drastic increase in
activities related to astronomy the world over. "The Night Hawk society at
SZABIST would be the first student society which will facilitate students
interested in astronomy to broaden their horizons about the solar system", said
The second part of the presentation was an exercise of sighting
different stars, planets and the moon. Mr. Marwat and Abu Bakar Sheikhani, the
co-founder of the society, explained the mechanics using an advanced 'Schemidt
Cassegranian' telescope. The students sighted Venus, which appeared like a
crescent, and stars namely, Sirius and Ligules. It was interesting to find out
that the names of some characters from the famous Harry Potter series are
inspired from the name of these stars.
Mr Sheikhani further informed for
the audience that Karachiites can see Venus while standing at 'Do Talwar' near
Clifton or at Keamari Port from sunset till 10pm, in the shape of a bright
Dr Najmi Haider, the faculty supervisor of SZABIST Night Hawk said: "Once the society is established and we have passionate youngsters
working for this society, we plan to expand to other schools and institutes."
British Council team meets HEC chairperson
Karachi: A five-member delegation of the British Council (BC) met with
Adviser to Prime Minister and Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairperson
Shehnaz Wazir Ali and HEC Executive Director Prof. Sohail H. Naqvi regarding the
issues of higher education in Pakistan.
Begum Shehnaz Wazir Ali after
welcoming the delegation appreciated the steps taken by the British Council
regarding development of education sector in Pakistan. She said that the
collaboration of the British Council regarding the quality of research at our
universities could be initiated by the HEC by developing a comprehensive linkage
programme for PhD supervisors.
The HEC, which has initiated a number of
programmes in this regard, should not be discontinued due to financial
constraints. They are determined to overcome this core issue. They have to
provide more and more access to the higher education without compromising on
quality, she said.
For the purpose they are looking for innovative ways
and means to enhance our education standard. In this regard the collaboration of
the British Council is highly needed, she added.
Dr Naqvi briefed the
delegation about the ongoing efforts being done by the HEC to promote higher
education culture in Pakistan. He highlighted different projects of the HEC
which are on the way not only to produce better leadership in higher education
sector but also to develop quality assurance in the existing universities of
Pakistan. He said that the most important factor of research which was missing
in our universities was now on a better side.
Research of international
standards has begun to be conducted by our university faculty and this is due to
continuous joint efforts of the HEC, our universities and international
organisations. He hoped that the British Council is very much capable of helping
us in the sector of quality assurance.
The members of the delegation
assured their assistance and cooperation concerning issues discussed and offered
their full support to the HEC.
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IIU students protest against termination of faculty members
Islamabad: Students of the International Islamic University (IIU) held a protest demonstration here on
Tuesday against termination of two senior faculty members.
protesters, carrying placards, chanted slogans against the university
administration and demanded restoration of the sacked professors at the
Various student leaders addressed the gathering and blamed the
university administration for taking discriminatory measures against senior
faculty members. They said the university administration has terminated
Professor Dr. Ijaz Mansoor Qureshi and Professor Dr. Ejaz Muhammad without any
genuine reason, as evident from the text of their termination
Dr. Qureshi has served as an acting dean of the Faculty of
Engineering and Technology for one-and-a-half years before his termination.
While Dr. Ejaz Muhammad is among those professors who have joined the Faculty of
Engineering and Technology and started research and development in the working
environment coined by Dr. Ijaz Mansoor Qureshi.
The protesters alleged
that research activities at the FET have stopped and students of FET, especially
MS and PhD scholars, were bearing a big loss. They appealed to President Asif
Ali Zardari, who is also chancellor of the IIU, to restore the prominent
professors at their respective positions.
NNI adds: A spokesman of the
International Islamic University has said that only one dean who was working on
temporary basis and whose contract was about to end in June 2009 was dismissed
due to his maladministration. The spokesman added that the university has over
17,000 male and female students studying in eight faculties and 27 departments
peacefully. The News
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