KU M.A Examination forms: IR moot
KU extends deadline for submission of exam forms
Karachi, March 28, 2008: The Karachi University (KU) has extended the date for the submission of
Examination forms for M.A./Double M.A. and Improvement of division for external
Annual Examination, 2007 (to be held in May/June 2008), from March 31 to April
5, 2008, without late fee. A late fee of Rs100 will be charged from April 7 to
April 12 and Rs200 will be charged from April 14 to April 19.
Idries, Student Advisor, KU, has organised a workshop on Career Planning that
will be held on March 29 at the Arts Auditorium. More than 500 Final Year
students from various departments will participate. Dr Akhlaq Ahmed, the
Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the university, will preside while Ghazal Khawaja of
Public Administration and Sadiq Ali Khan of the Computer Science departments
will coordinate the workshop.
Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science
& Technology (FUUAST) has announced the results of MBA Final semester batch
2, 2006 - examinations. Sabit Ali and Mirza Arsalan Baig were placed in the
first and second positions respectively while Raja Muhammad Naeem Khalid and
Mahreen Irshad shared the third position. The News
IR moot stresses need for coordinated research
Karachi: The two-day conference on "The State of International
Relations in Pakistan" organised by the Department of International Relations,
University of Karachi, concluded here on Thursday after discussing various
aspects of the post-Cold War developments, especially since the 9/11 tragedy.The
conference was organised in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission
and Hanns Seidel Foundation.
In his keynote address, Dr Maqsoodul Hassan
Noori, a senior research fellow at the Islamabad Policy Research Institute, said
that research methodology and its teaching were essential for a vibrant
intellectual culture. "It is research that instils the real impetus of growth in
As a "subordinate system", South Asia has to face the
hegemonic cultural and educational onslaught of the West. Most of the
models/paradigms and frameworks are western in origin. It is increasingly felt
that indigenisation should be carried out to adapt these models to suit the
cultural and social particularities of the region.
Dr Noori said that the
post-9/11 developments had presented challenges with the centrality of nations
coming under increased pressure from non-governmental organisations,
international advocacy groups and threats of ethnicity, terrorism, climate
change, globalisation, migration and Aids.
"For the discipline of IR to
progress along scientific lines, a multi-pronged approach is needed," he
Prof Moonis Ahmar, Chairman of the KU IR department, said that
the culture of research required a peculiar openness of mind which could
entertain critical and crucial issues.
Prof Rukhsana Qamber, Director of
the Area Study Centre for America, Islamabad, said her institution had
consistently been pursuing research activities to explore the most significant
features of political and economic life of the people living in the
Prof Naveed A. Tahir, Director of the KU Area Study Centre for
Europe, said that the scope of European Studies was expanding fast because of
the extraordinary economic integration taking place in Europe.
Hayat Khan, Director of the Peshawar University's Area Study Centre for Central
Asia, said his centre was equipped with modern expertise for understanding
politics of a particular region, adding that findings of regional centres could
be very useful for governments and policy-makers.
Dr Shaheen Akhtar, a
senior research analyst at the Institute of Regional Studies, Islamabad, said
that her research institute like similar others could contribute immensely
towards the formulation and implementation of foreign policy objectives and
Mr Ghulam Murtaza Khoso, a lecturer at the Area Study Centre
for South East Asia and Far East, Sindh University, highlighted the importance
of Pakistan-China friendship, and said the relationship required renewed
contacts to be established in terms of increased trade and finance.
penultimate session focused on the institutionalisation of the IR discipline in
Dr Imtiaz Ahmed of the Dhaka University suggested
the creation of an International Studies Association of South Asia along with an
"international relations assembly". This association, he believed, could
immensely tie the institutions in a powerful network.
Dr Adnan Sarwar of
the Peshawar University, Dr Zulfiqar Chughtai of the Balochistan University, Mr
Sarfaraz Korejo of the Shah Abdul Latif University, Dr Naeem Ahmed of the
Karachi University and Prof Talat Wizarat, former chairperson of the KU IR
department, also spoke at the conference.
In the end, shields were
presented to the distinguished participants. Dawn