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SSC papers' scrutiny applications
Karachi, July 24, 2008: The Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) has
announced that applications for scrutiny of scripts of SSC General group annual
examinations-2008 will be accepted from July 28 to Aug 25. App
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KU writes lab safety manual
Karachi: The International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS),
Karachi University (KU), has published a safety manual to promote good
laboratory practices according to Occupational and Safety Hazards Prevention
Authorities (OSHA) standards.
If proper precautions are not taken while
working in a laboratory, one can be susceptible to biological hazards, causing
ailments such as bronchitis, eye sore, nervous disorders, skin diseases and even
cancer, said ICCBS Acting Director Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary while
delivering a lecture at the ICCBS Auditorium on Wednesday.
He noted that
several types of hazardous chemicals are being used in laboratories, including
carcinogenic chemicals, flammables, corrosive substances, methanol, cyanide,
mercury etc. "The safety of the best brains of the country and the safety of
those around them, as well as the environment, is the foremost responsibility of
this institution," he said.
"Masks, lab coats, goggles, gloves etc. are
some of the most important safety and precautionary devices which should be used
by everyone while in a laboratory. In recent years, ICCBS has adopted a vigorous
policy to motivate and engage scientists in the best laboratory practices. An
organized effort has been made to develop a safety net and to train individuals
in handling emergencies. Common accidents, which often occur simultaneously, are
fire, explosion, chemical and thermal burn, cut from broken glass, tubing or
thermometers, absorption of toxic but non-corrosive chemicals through the skin
and the inhalation of toxic fumes. Lesser common, but obviously more dangerous
is the ingestion of a toxic chemical," he said.
"The ICCBS institutions have established, probably, the best possible safety
infrastructure and practices. We understand that a lot more needs to be done and
we are committed to fulfill this challenge in an ongoing process of development.
I am sure the safety manual will be a useful guide for readers and will
contribute in promoting safe working practices in ICCBS and other relevant
institutions." Daily Times
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New faces to run Sindh's law colleges
Karachi: The Sindh Law department has reconstituted the boards of governors of law colleges throughout
Sindh, it was learnt on Wednesday.
According to Sindh Minister for
Law and Parliamentary Affairs Ayaz Ahmed Soomro, the decision was taken to
improve the quality of law colleges in Sindh. He said that all new appointments
have been made purely on merit, and renowned professional lawyers have been
brought on board. The government will try to also reduce the tuition fees of law
colleges to make them affordable for everyone. The law department has also
terminated the services of all non-official members of the boards who were
appointed during the tenure of the PML-Q-led government.
members have been appointed for three years. Around eight new members have been
appointed to the board of governors affiliated with the University of Karachi
(KU)," he said. Seven members each have been appointed to the boards affiliated
with the University of Sindh, Jamshoro and Shah Abdul Latif University,
The status of official members will remain the same. The vice
chancellors, a judge of the High Court of Sindh nominated by the chief justice,
the law department secretary or his nominee, the Advocate General, Sindh,
secretary or additional secretary of the education department and the vice
chairman of the provincial bar council will be the official members of each
board of governors, while the principals of the three law colleges will be the
ex-officio members of their boards.
The newly appointed non-official
members for Karachi are Justice (Retd.) Zahid Qurban Alvi, Asif Abdur Razaq
Soomro, Khalil Ahmed Qureshi, Abdul Karim Nizamani, Muhammad Nawaz Shaikh,
Sadaqat Awan, Hamid Muneer and Riaz Ahmed Lund.
The non-official members
for the board of governors of those affiliated with Sindh university include PPP
MPA Syed Murad Ali Shah, Barrister Pir Mujeeb-ul-Haq, Zia-ul-Hassan Lanjar,
Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Salahuddin Panwar, Dildar Ahemd Pathan, Ghulam Uquali and
Abdul Majeed Bhatti.
The non-official members for the board of governors
of colleges affiliate with Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur are Sajjad
Kolachi, Bilawal Burero, Syed Abdul Latif Shah, Mukesh Kumar, Syed Mushtaq
Hussain Shah, Sardar Khan Chandio and Abdul Hakim Brohi.
The law minister
added that, at present, around a dozen law colleges are running in the public
sector, while several private colleges are also functioning in the province.
According to him, law students studying at government colleges pay around Rs
8,000 to 10,000 annually in fees. "Private colleges charge double this amount,"
he added. "The government will try to reduce the fees being charged by private
colleges by putting pressure on the board of governors."
Responding to a
question, Soomro said that for the first time, the law department has given
representation to all districts in the three boards of governors in the
province. He alleged that all sacked non-official members had been appointed on
a political basis. Daily Times
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