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KU ranks 546 among 600 world universities

Karachi University is the second university from Pakistan to achieve the honour
Karachi, Jan 26: The University of Karachi (KU) has been ranked among the top 600 universities of the world, from a pool of 30,000, as per the latest rankings announced by the Times Higher Education and Quacquarelli Symonds (THE-QS), UK.

The KU is the second university from Pakistan to achieve the honour, prior to which the National University of Science and Technology secured the 376th position among the world's top universities. According to the ranking agency, KU ranked 546th in 2008.

The THE-QS World University Rankings are based on a multi-faceted view of the relative strengths of the world's leading universities. The research yields results on 600 "in the round"and 300 in each of five broad faculty areas. The overall rankings are compiled based on six distinct indicators.

After being judged on these indicators, the KU was included among the top 600 universities of the world. Daily Times


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Death of a Karachi University student. Bridge demanded near KU to avert accidents
Karachi: Expressing grief over the death of a student on Saturday, vice-chancellor of the University of Karachi Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui has urged the authorities to immediately construct a flyover in front of the university's main Silver Jubilee entrance to prevent any future accidents.

The vice-chancellor also asked the traffic police to ban the plying of heavy vehicles on the main University Road in order to lessen the danger to students crossing the road when entering or leaving the campus. A third year student of the university's BS (Economics) evening programme, Syeda Anum Zehra, was crushed to death by a speeding truck in front of the Silver Jubilee entrance at around 7.25pm on Saturday when she, along with classmates, was waiting for a bus.

She was laid to rest on Sunday and her funeral was largely attended by students and teachers of Karachi University.

Meanwhile, a number of students and teachers of the university recalled that Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, who had recently visited Karachi University in connection with the setting up of the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Chair, in his presidential address had committed to build a flyover near the university's Silver Jubilee gate.

Noting that two students had lost their lives in the last year while crossing the road near the gate, the students and teachers demanded that the CM direct the relevant authorities to expedite the plan to build the flyover.

Meanwhile, a meeting to condole the death of Anum Zehra will be held today (Monday) at 10am at the Karachi University's Arts auditorium. Dawn

Karachi University announced BDS, MBBS exams 2009 schedule
Karachi: The University of Karachi has announced that BDS and MBBS final professional annual examinations-2009 will commence from Feb 2 and 16, respectively.

Karachi University New block inaugurated
A new block of the university's physics department will be inaugurated on Monday. Vice-Chancellor of Karachi University Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui will be chief guest at the inaugural ceremony.

Karachi University lecture on lung cancer
The seminar committee of the University of Karachi (KU) Faculty of Pharmacy is organising a lecture on "Lung Cancer" on January 31 at the Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre. According to a press statement issued on Sunday, Medical Oncologist of the Aga Khan University Hospital, Dr Adnan Ali Zaidi will deliver the keynote address. The News

Temperature affects weight eggs: KU research
Karachi: A study, conducted by Karachi University (KU), reveals that weight and production of commercial layers' eggs can be increased if such chickens are provided feasible low temperature in their environmentally controlled houses.

Environmental temperature effects on the feed intake, egg production and egg weight of commercial layers.

The study was conducted by the poultry unit of the department of physiology at KU. Lecturer Zulfiqar Ahmed and Professor Farhat Zafar conducted the research under the supervision of Dr A A Qureshi in collaboration with K&N's Poultry Research Institute, Karachi.

Zulfiqar Ahmed said that more than 90 per cent of chickens were kept in the scattered open houses with Asbestos, tin sheets and thatched roof, in spite of the fact that the climate was extremely hot or cold.

Because of this reason, birds should be housed in such a place where environment will enable them to maintain their thermal balance and yield optimum production. The body temperature of the chickens rises as the ambient temperature rises but the environment helps the bird to loose body heat equal to the heat produced," he said.

Karachi has nearly 300 commercial egg layers poultry farms with a capacity variation of 3,000 to 10,000 layers kept in cages under the thatched roof and concrete buildings, he said, adding that that a drop in egg production was a serious problem faced by most of the farmers who did not have any environmentally controlled houses except some having locally improved cooling systems.

He said, "These systems are designed on the basis of evaporative cooling but Karachi being a sea port, has always a high humidity during summer. Consequently evaporative cooling systems do not provide any relief to the birds as excessive water vapors continue to cause distress to the birds. This study was carried out at a commercial farm having a flock of 3000 commercial layer under a roof with asbestos, automatic drinkers and manual feeders. The water was given at lib but feed was calculated on the basis of breed specified quantity once a day. Daily record was maintained of feed intake, egg production, egg weight and temperature since 21 5t week of age till 44th week. On the basis of statistical analysis it was concluded that the increase of house temperature significantly decreases the feed intake and egg production but increased house temperature showed non significant relationship with egg weight."

To a query, he said that in winter the feed intakes of such birds have been increased that was why layers' eggs in the winter period were sold on the high prices. The Nation

Urdu university's convocation today
Karachi: The first convocation of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology will be held at its Gulshan-i-Iqbal campus on Jan 26.

According to an official announcement, Federal Education Minister Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani will be chief guest. Seven hundred degrees, including nine PhD and three MPhil degrees, will be awarded during the convocation. Besides, 12 gold medals will be awarded to students.


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Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro 11th convocation. 519 receive degrees
Jamshoro: As many as 519 students were awarded bachelors, masters, MPhil and PhD degrees on Saturday at the 11th convocation of the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro.

Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq who is also the pro-vice-chancellor of the university presided over the convocation.

Seven students including two girls received gold medals while 14 toppers were awarded silver medals. Three scholars who received their PhDs included, Javed Iqbal, Khalifa Qasim Laghari, and Mohammad Ishaque Abro.

Sidra Saleemi was awarded two gold medals and one silver medal, Shafique Ahmed Odhano was awarded gold and a silver medal, Sana Bhaimani received gold and a silver medal and Mohsin Hanif Khan and Muzammil Ahmed were awarded gold and silver medals.

In his presidential address, the education minister said that it should always be remembered that proper environment, conditions and surroundings of an educational institution had great impact on the students.

He said that the Jamshoro campus was the gateway to the Indus valley, which had a great civilization and cultural heritage. He said that the government and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) had worked a lot for the promotion of higher education but without spirit, commitment and resolution, all the support, funds and other assistance could not prove effective.

He said that the faculty and students of the university had already proved their abilities and that was why the university enjoyed an important position among professional institutions.

He hoped that the university's name would soon be included in the top 100 universities of the world.

He said he was not oblivious of the fact that the university, after successful completion of many a projects and infrastructure, would need enhanced recurring expenditure and added that the increase in enrolment, which had now almost doubled from 2,690 students to 5,200 over the years, would also require additional expenditure.

He, however, said that because of the financial constraints of the government of Pakistan and the Higher Education Commission, the recurring grant had not been increased.

Sindh University syndicate
Hyderabad: The syndicate of the University of Sindh has approved appointments of heads as well as faculty for various teaching institutes and departments in its 169th meeting held on Saturday.

The syndicate meeting was presided over by vice-chancellor of the university, Prof Mazharul Haq Siddiqui. Dawn


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