Bahria University convocation | Karachi Literature Festival
8th Bahria University convocation
Karachi, Jan 30: Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila on Sunday
stressed the need for concerted efforts to raise the current three
percent of higher education rate in the country.
Speaking at the
8th convocation of Bahria University, Karachi campus, he said increased
enrollment of youth in the university level educational programmes, with
adequate provision for quality, was extremely essential for national
progress and development.
Sandila on the occasion conferred
degrees upon 324 graduating students, pertaining to the faculties of
Business Administration, Engineering (Electronics and Telecommu-nication
Management), Computer Sciences, Telecomm-unications, MSc in Geo Physics
and MSc in Professional Psychology.
Majority of the position
holders, clinching gold and silver medals, comprised girls who had
managed to bag positions in MBA, BBA, Bachelor of Engineering in
Electronics, Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Sciences and MSc in
Professional Psychology programmes.
The Chief of Naval Staff
appreciated that the Bahria University had recently raised its budgetary
allocation, under the head of scholarship, from Rs 16 million to Rs 20
million for meritorious students in need of financial support for their
Highly appreciative of the commitment and dedication
of the university's faculty members, he also assured of all support from
the naval headquarters.
Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila said
universities and other institutions of higher education, both in private
and public sectors, share the responsibility to increase the number of
students registered for higher education.
"It is heartening to
find that there are 9,600 students acquiring bachelor, masters, MPhil
and PhD level education at the Karachi and Islamabad campuses of Bahria
University," he said.
"This speaks of trust that parents have reposed in the university," said the Chief of Naval Staff.
advised the students to use their knowledge and skills for achievement
of professional goals as well as for poverty reduction and elimination
of injustice from the society.
"The education and development of
youth in upcoming disciplines of global market requirements can bring a
quantum jump to the economic growth of the country," he said.
the Rector Bahria University, Vice Admiral (Retd) Mohammad Haroon, said
the university, in accordance to the demands of present competitive
world, had laid equal emphasis on academic excellence coupled with
character building of the students. He said the university in a shorter
span of time has developed a reputation of among the best of higher
education institutions in the country as well as abroad.
University that already holds affiliation with 13 different universities
in the world has also recently signed Memorandums of Understanding with
three universities, of international repute, in China, Turkey and
Bahria University's Medical and Dental College is also
fast on its way to completion against a cost of Rs 600 million. In a
short span of time, the Rector claimed that the university has also
initiated MPhil and PhD programs at its Karachi campus.
To facilitate these students a research lab worth Rs 2 million has also been recently completed.
who received medals from the Chief of Naval Staff included Mohammad Ali
Shafiq, Gul Ahmed, Rabia Yasmeen, Fariha Khan, Ayesha Munir, Syed
Mustafa Ali Zaidi, Humaira Ali, Sana Karim, Afshan Fatima, Farah Amin,
Hamza Talha and Bushra Ashraf. app
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3rd Karachi Literature Festival set to begin on Feb 11
Karachi: The biggest literary event of the year, the annual Karachi Literature Festival, is
set to begin on 11th February 2012 at the Carlton Hotel, DHA, with a
galaxy of internationally renowned authors to attend the much-hyped
This is the third time the festival is being
consecutively held, which makes it arguably the most important annual
event of its kind to take place in Karachi. The two-day festival is
organised by the Oxford University Press and British Council.
the last two years, the size and scope of the festival has visibly
doubled, attracting booklovers and literary connoisseurs from across the
globe. The tentative programme schedule for 2012 seems far more
happening than the previous years.
The first day of the festival
seems to be the most star-studded, featuring conversations with Hanif
Kureishi and Shobha De, along with William Dalrymple."The idea behind
this event is to celebrate the rich literary past of the city. Be it
Urdu, Sindhi or English, Karachi has always been a hub of literary
activities in the past," said Asif Farrukhi, one of the organisers of
"This year, our scope is far too wide, we kept
detailed sessions on socio-political issues, which were missing in
previous years", he added.
The event will include sessions with
Pakistani authors who write in English like Mohammed Hanif, Bina Shah
and Muniza Shamsie. "Pakistanis who are writing in English today have
managed to attract a following in the West. In Pakistan, they do have
an important audience but I think we can certainly expand their scope
through events like this," said Farukkhi.
One of the important
features of the event this year is the galaxy of internationally
renowned authors the festival has managed to attract. Oscar-nominated
Hanif Kureishi of 'My Beautiful Laundrette' fame is expected to attend
the event along with Scottish historian William Dalrymple, whose book
'The White Mughals' has been hailed as one of the greatest text on the
British colonial rule in India.
Shobah De, one of the
best-selling "chick-lit" novelists from India, is also attending the
event with writer and broadcaster Victoria Schofield. This year the
audience will have a tough time choosing between sessions as the paucity
of time has forced organizers to conduct a number 'important' sessions
simultaneously, which will only add more excitement to the two-day
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SBBC to introduce MPhil, PhD programmes
Karachi: MPhil and PhD programmes are to be introduced this year by the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Chair (SBBC) at the University of Sindh.
was decided at a meeting of the Board of Governors of the Shaheed
Benazir Bhutto Chair which took place at the regional office of the
Higher Education Commission here, a spokesperson for the education
department said on Sunday.
The board of the SBBC also approved
the budget for the year 2012 and the funds for an international seminar
on Benazir Bhutto, he said. The board also decided that an advert
inviting applications for the post of a full-time director of the chair
would again be placed in the newspapers, the spokesperson said.
Speaker of Sindh Assembly, Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, and the Vice Chancellor
of Sindh University, Dr Nazir Ahmed Mughal, jointly presided the meeting
which was also attended by provincial education minister, Pir Mazharul
Haq, adviser to the prime minister, Begum Shahnaz Wazir Ali, and
representatives of the department of culture.
Responding to a
question on suspension of classes at the University of Sindh, Pir
Mazharul Haq, who is also the pro-chancellor of the universities in the
province, said it had been an unhealthy practice that a teachers'
association had boycotted classes. The minister, however, praised the
efforts of the VC of Sindh University, Dr Nazir Mughal, for striving to
bring peace to the campus.
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HEC chief calls for paying attention to agriculture sector
Hyderabad: Higher Education Commission Chairman Dr Javed Leghari has stressed the need
for paying proper attention to the agriculture sector as it is the
backbone of the national economy and can help eliminate poverty and
reduce unemployment to a great extent.
Dr Leghari said this at a
reception hosted by the Sindh Agriculture University Teachers
Association (SAUTA) at the Senate Hall in Tandojam the other day.
said that the economy was dependent on agriculture and, therefore, it
was of paramount importance to increase per acre yield to meet the food
requirements of an ever-growing population, which within 40 years would
reach 380 million.
He said that agriculture experts should
discharge their duties by concentrating fully on increasing the
production since doctors, engineers and bureaucrats have no role to play
in it. "The Higher Education Commission is playing an important role
in the development of universities and promotion of education and
expects well-matched results," Dr Leghari said.
Agriculture University Vice-Chancellor Dr Abdul Qadir Mughul said that
the university preferred giving admissions to children of the poor,
besides engaging itself in community services.
He felt sorry for
the education budget getting smaller as money this fiscal was lesser
than that of the previous year, which is giving rise to financial
The laboratories should be updated for conducting
research. Around 25 per cent of the teachers have PhD degrees and some
42 graduates are completing their doctorate in foreign states, he said.
location of Shaheed ZA Bhutto Agriculture College in Dokri is not
suitable and attempts are being made to shift it to Larkana where more
students would be attracted to it, he said. Sindh Chamber of Agriculture
President Dr Syed Nadeem Qamar said agriculture, including livestock,
is contributing a lot to the GDP. Major industry of the country is
dependent on the agriculture sector, he added. The news
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