Karachi University postponed MA papers
Postponed KU MA papers to be held on 14th
Karachi, July 12: The University of Karachi has announced that all
postponed papers of MA Previous (Regular and External) Annual Examination
originally scheduled for July 8 will be held on July 14 (Wednesday). These
papers were postponed due to unavoidable circumstances, and now will be held on
July 14. The centre and timings of the papers will be as already announced in
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KU finds almost all referred degrees genuine
Karachi: The University of Karachi has completed the verification
process of academic certificates of legislators and found 105 degrees genuine.
The university administration is likely to make a formal announcement in
this regard on Monday.
The process was initiated when the Higher
Education Commission (HEC) referred to the University of Karachi 106 academic
certificates of legislators in the beginning of this month for verification and
set July 13 as deadline to complete the scrutiny. The initiative was taken on
the directives of the election commission.
Subsequently, the university
set up a three-member committee comprising Pro-Vice-Chancellor Dr Nasiruddin
Khan, Registrar Prof Kaleem Raza and Prof Aqil Burney to carry out the
Some of the legislators and ministers whose academic
certificates were referred for verification included Federal Interior Minister
Rehman Malik, Federal Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Sindh Chief Minister
Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Khuhro and Deputy Speaker
Shehla Raza, Sindh Health Minister Dr Saghir Ahmed and IT Minister Raza Haroon,
Senator Faisal Raza Abidi, Minister of State Nabeel Ahmed Gabol, MNA Dr Farooq
Sattar, Senator Raza Rabbani, Sindh Sports Minister Dr Mohammad Ali Shah, MNA
Fauzia Wahab and MPA Shazia Marri.
According to sources, the university
tallied the information of the submitted documents with the official record of
its examinations and enrolment sections as well as with tabulation data. It
found 105 of the 106 degrees genuine.
The university administration did
not comment on validity of the degree of Mr Yaqub Bizenjo, an MPA from
Balochistan, in its report on the grounds that the matter was pending before a
court of law, according to the sources.
It is worth mentioning that the
university has found the academic certificate of Senator Faisal Raza Abidi
genuine. Mr Abidi, belonging to the Pakistan People's Party, had done his BA as
a private candidate last year. However, his degree became a hot issue in the
media when it was reported that Mr Abidi had failed in one paper and the records
were allegedly tampered with in order to declare him "pass".
Maqsood Hussain, the KU controller of examinations at that time, had resigned
during the course of the controversy. Dawn
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KU discusses death of Congo Virus-infected butcher
Karachi: In order to discuss the recent death of a Congo Crimean
Haemorrhagic Virus (CCHV) infected butcher at Landhi Abattoir, who visited
several hospitals for treatment and eventually expired, a joint meeting of the
Pakistan Society for Microbiology (PSM), the Infection Control Society of
Pakistan (ICSP) and the Bio-Safety Association of Pakistan (BSAP) was held at
the University of Karachi (KU).
The meeting was held with special
reference to exposure of healthcare personnel who may have attended this patient
and the possible source from where he contracted the infection, said a press
release issued here on Sunday.
Prof. Dr Shahana Kazmi (KU) and Dr Rafique
Khanani (DOW), who attended a meeting in the Health Department Sindh on July 9,
informed the participants about the measures taken by the government to control
the spread of CCHV in Karachi.
All the participants, including Sikandar
Sherwani (FUUAST), Dr Ghulam Fatima (Civil), and Prof Dr Aqeel Ahmad (KU) agreed
that CCHV is endemic in some parts of Pakistan. According to them, such cases
are reported sporadically and there is nothing to worry.
stressed on the need of an effective national strategy to contain such
infections. The participants highlighted that Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever
(CCHF) is a widespread tick-borne zoonotic viral infection caused by Nairo Virus
that may affect humans seriously with mortality rate of 30 per cent.
75 per cent cases, signs of haemorrhage appear within three to five days of the
onset of illness, mood instability, mental confusion, bleeding nose, bleeding
gums, vomiting, bloody urine, bloody stool.
Diagnosis is suggested on
clinical grounds when the patient has a tick bite or exposure to the infected
products of blood, body secretions or excretions of the patients. For diagnosis,
IgG and IgM antibodies can be detected in the laboratory from sera samples of
the infected individuals by ELIZA method. PCR is a more sensitive and reliable
diagnostic tool for CCHF, which is currently available at very few centres in
Karachi, they said.
There is a vaccine available for this infection
except an antiviral drug called ribavirin. Most of the participants recommended,
"In order to control the spread we should organise awareness and Bio-safety
training sessions for health care workers, lab technicians and paramedical
staff, butchers, livestock and agriculture farmers to enhanced capacity for the
Diagnosis of CCHF should be established at
designated centres to avoid unnecessary exposure of healthy citizens to the
infected and to control such spreading infections, they added.
discussion Prof. Shahana Kazmi also disclosed that the KU has developed a
comprehensive project on "Emerging Zoonotic Pathogen Surveillance Program
(EZPSP), in view of increasing incidence and deaths due to zoonotic or vector
borne viral and bacterial diseases.
She said, "The problems cause is
especially severe in underdeveloped and developing countries like Pakistan where
surveillance and monitoring of pathogens is poor and our public health
infrastructure is not optimally developed".
All bacterial and viral
pathogens represent potential public safety threats; however, some of them
"especially dangerous pathogens" or EDPs - Plague, Anthrax, Dengue and CCHF are
of particular concern because of their ability to cause lethal infections which
spread rapidly and trigger outbreaks or epidemics with potential of
neurodegenerative complications like Multiple Sclerosis(MS), Sub-acute
Sclerosing Pan-encephalitis (SSPE), she further said.
According to her
there is an urgent need to improve knowledge concerning the prevalence,
distribution, and basic biological properties of EDPs worldwide. The emergence
and spread can be rapidly detected and closely monitored, and appropriate
science-based prevention, treatment, and containment strategies should be
developed, she told the participants.
The primary objective of the
proposed multi-pathogen project is to determine the baseline of occurrence and
the basic biological characteristics of selected EDPs of concern in Pakistan,
she said. The appropriate education, eradication and treatment efforts can be
planned to protect the Pakistani citizenry and economy from the effects of
disease outbreaks, she mentioned.
Dr Shahana added that a very
significant aspect of the proposed project is that it will stipulate surveying
and studying multiple EDPs at the same time, which will enable a comprehensive
and simultaneous screening for several highly virulent bacterial and viral
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SSUET's new semester begins
Karachi: The Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) is
providing quality education to prepare them to face the challenges of modern
age. This was stated by SSUET Chancellor ZA Nizami in a pre-semester meeting
held to review the progress of development work and preparations for the new
semester scheduled to start from Monday (today).
Nizami gave instructions
to the faculty members to keep an eye on students' performance and academic
progress. He emphasised to make sure that students are taking interest in their
studies, regularly attending classes in full uniform and abiding by all the
rules and regulations of the university.
Deans, chairmen and heads of
departments informed the chancellor about the progress of development work and
the preparations so far done. They said that the laboratories had been upgraded
and improvements were continuing. They further said that the maintenance work
was done in all departments.
The Electronic Engineering Department was
ready to start Robotics experiments from this year, the chancellor of the
university said. The meeting was attended by Professor Dr Saiyid Nazir Ahmed,
Vice Chancellor, Shah Mahmood H. Syed, Registrar, Deans, all chairmen of
teaching department and senior faculty members. The news
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