COMSTECH nanomedicine Workshop: IIUI students problems
Scientists urged to use nanotechnology
Islamabad, March 14, 2008: Scientists in Pakistan and rest of the Islamic world
should venture into the world of nanotechnology and reap its benefits,
especially in medicine, said Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr
Attaur Rehman on Thursday.
Addressing a weeklong International Thematic
Workshop on nanomedicine at the Secretariat of Committee on Science and
Technology of Organisation of Islamic Countries (COMSTECH), Dr Rehman said
nanotechnology-based medical devices were without side effects and they detected
diseases at the very early stage.
He said nanotechnology involved the
study of minute particles, a millionth of a centimetre in size that exhibit
special properties, which proved to be of immense use in medicine, engineering,
material and cosmetics. Health Minister Ejaz Rahim said states failing to invest
into a competitive today would have no place in the rapidly changing tomorrow.
COMSTECH Adviser (Science) Dr Anwar Naseem said the initiative to bring together
bright and dedicated people from Islamic countries to learn and share knowledge
and form a knowledge resource for their and others' strength. He said such
forums helped in leading to collaborative projects among the participating
countries. Daily Times
IIUI girl students face accommodation problem
Islamabad: The mismanagement on the part of hostel administration of International Islamic
University Islamabad (IIUI) has left the students without shelter and they are
roaming here and there with their luggage for a place to live in.
management had displayed lists on March 6 to announce the names of fortunate
students who got rooms at the hostel. The students were quite happy after seeing
their names on the lists but when they entered the rooms, they were pre-occupied
by four or six students, while a room can adjust only two students.
administration has charged Rs 13,000 from each student at the time of admission
in first semester now we are studying in the second semester and waiting for the
last six months for accommodation", said a student of the university who did not
want to be named.
The students complained that non-availability of lodges had
caused severe mental sufferings for them and they were unable to concentrate on
their studies. The students have spent six months of their first semester while
living at private accommodation despite that they had paid Rs 13,000. "Now, we
have vacated our private accommodation after seeing our names on the list. We
are sharing the rooms of our fellows for few days but now no one is ready to
accommodate us", said a tormented student.
It's also important to state here
that though the administration charges hostel fee from students at the start of
first semester but they are not given accommodation in that semester and wait
for the second semester. As quite a number of foreigners have been also studying
at the university so the administration gives priority to them in terms of
The girls of the university living in women campus are
facing the same situation and only those students manage to get seat at the
hostel who have strong reference.
The students also have complaints about
the hostel mess, which don't offer proper food according to the high charges. The Nation
Women Week begins at Fatima Jinnah Women University
Rawalpindi: The 10th Women Week began at Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU)
in a festive style here on Thursday.
'Journey of Pakistani Women
1947-2007' is the main theme of the week, which will also mark the completion of
the FJWU's first decade.
Former director of Federal Board of Intermediate
and Secondary Education (FBISE) Afroze Begum was the chief guest of the first
day events. FJWU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Saeeda Asadullah Khan, British Council
Director Sue Beaumaunt and Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) Director
General Naeem Tahir also turned up.
The students of the country's
different universities mesmerised the audience with their soulful voices during
Qiraat and Naat competitions. In Qiraat competition, Hafiz Obaidullah of
Government College University, Lahore, secured first position, Rizwan Bashir of
University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, second and Obaidur Rehman of Hazara
Sara Khan of Peshawar University won Naat competition.
Azeem Khan of University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, stood second and M Saeeda
Farooq of Government College University, Lahore, third.
Twenty teams of
different educational institutions from all over the country participated in
Mastermind Quiz, which focused on sports, general knowledge, Islamic studies,
computers, current affairs, art and culture, science, literature, history and
Pakistan. GC University, Lahore, won the contest while Arid Agriculture
University, Rawalpindi, remained the runner-up.
A mime competition was
also held. Eleven teams acted out on famous film song, "Tu Lakh Chaley Re
Chief guest Afroze Begum congratulated the winning teams and FJWU
VC Dr Saeeda distributed prizes among them.
Artisan Mela is another
feature of the event where craftswomen and students from all over the country
displayed handicrafts, woodwork, rugs, clothing, jewelry, accessories, interior
décors and greetings cards.
Most of these items were handmade and they
had beautiful yet innovative designs. Some food stalls were also put up there.
Women other than the university students were also allowed to attend the Mela. Daily Times
Bahria University signs MoU with UK institution
Islamabad: Bahria University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
with Bedfordshire University - UK at its Islamabad Campus.
The MoU was
signed between Prof Dr Ashraf Jawaid, Deputy Vice Chancellor Bedfordshire
University, UK and Vice Admiral (r) Farooq Rasheed, Rector Bahria University,
says a press release.
Through this MoU, both the universities agreed to
share a commitment to the provision of high quality education along with the
value of the international dimension of their activities and mutual development
of research and teaching activities.
Both the institutions will explore
the future possibility of developing collaboration in the areas of student and
staff exchange, research and access to reference materials to work together, and
promote collaborative research in Pakistan. The ceremony was followed by the
distribution of scholarship cheques amounting to Rs2.9 million by the rector of
Bahria University to its students who became eligible for the Japanese Need
Based Scholarship and Bahria University's Merit Based Scholarship.
signing ceremony was also attended by Rear Admiral (r) Shahid Latif, Pro-Rector
Bahria University, Commodore (r) Mumtaz Raza, Registrar Bahria University, Dr
Mohammad Riaz, Dean Computer Sciences, Bahria University and other university
officials and faculty.
Science show at Headstart School
Islamabad: Students of Headstart International School's elementary and
middle branch on Thursday enthralled visitors from across Islamabad with an
annual science exhibition, which has become central to HIS's activities, says a
The exhibition capped a 15-year long tradition of the
school in undertaking measures, which promote science programmes tied primarily
to hands-on activities.
Class projects on a simpler and elementary level
and others more complicated and intellectually challenging organised at regular
intervals throughout the academic year are a central feature of the curriculum
Each group prepared three to four projects, arranged in an
array of colourful displays. The students spoke with confidence, as they
explained the scientific facts and physical mechanism behind each project with
the help of working models and diagrammatic charts.
projects presented by Grade 6 incorporated a mechanical Robot, a functional
Catapult, a reproduction demonstrating the working of a Guillotine among many
other fantastic exhibits depicting the students' hard work and enthusiasm for
the subject and the entire event.
The projects prepared by Grade 7
portrayed a higher level of understanding and intellect in the subject
highlighting the event and some of them, which are worth mentioning, comprised
an operational model to save water for future generations, a miniature model of
a water filtration plant, a kaleidoscope and a hovercraft amid an assortment of
other remarkable projects. The News