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Hamdard, PAF-KIET & Isra University convocations

1,288 degrees awarded at Hamdard University convocation
Karachi, Mar 02: Hamdard University awarded 1,288 degrees and diplomas to its students at its 13th Convocation on Saturday. The portrait of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah served as the chief guest on the proposal of Chancellor Senator S.M Zafar.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan and Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah were expected to attend the convocation but the stormy political scenario in the country prevented them from turning up at the event. It was their absence that put the novel idea of using Jinnah's portrait as the chief guest into practice.

The university also awarded five PhD and 12 M.Phil degrees and 38 university and Shaheed Hakim Muhammad Saieed gold medals. Consul General of Saudi Arabia Dr Hasan A. Attar was presented an honourary Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) degree.

448 degrees awarded at PAF-KIET convocation
As many as 448 graduates were conferred degrees on Saturday at the sixth convocation ceremony of the Pakistan Air Force - Karachi Institute of Economics & Technology (PAF-KIET). The degrees were awarded in the disciplines of business administration, computer science and engineering.

Around 332 degrees were also awarded to students of the College of Management Sciences, including 85 degrees in BBA, 242 in MBA and five in MS (Management Sciences). Of the remaining degrees, 56 were awarded for the College of Computing and Information Sciences including 25 in BS, 27 in MCS and MBA-MIS, and four in MS areas. The remaining 60 degrees were awarded to the Engineering students, including 56 to BE Electronics students and four to the MS-Telecom students.

Former Sindh governor Air Marshal (retd) Azim Daudpota was the chief guest.

PAF-KIET Chancellor Prof. Dr Izhar-Ul-Hasan praised the efforts of the students and emphasized the role of education in enhancing knowledge. Approximately 375 attended the convocation and the remaining students were awarded degrees in absentia.

210 dentists, doctors get degrees
Some 210 students of the Fatima Jinnah Medical and Dental College were awarded graduate degrees at the annual convocation on Saturday. University of Karachi (KU) Vice-Chancellor Peerzada Qasim distributed degrees among the budding dentists and doctors.

Some 138 students were awarded MBBS degrees and 78 were awarded BDS degrees. Nineteen students achieved positions while 190 students achieved distinction marks.

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189 graduates awarded degree at Isra varsity convocation
Hyderabad: Prof Dr. Ghulam Qadir Kazi, Chancellor of Isra University, presided over the sixth convocation ceremony here on Saturday, in which 189 graduates were awarded degrees.

Out of these 189 graduates, 96 were awarded MBBS degrees, 14 in nursing, 9 for post graduation in MS (E.N.T), MS (General Surgery), MS (Obs & Gyane), MS (Ophthalmology), MD (Internal Medicine) and MDS (Operative Dentistry) in clinical sciences, 38 for bachelors and 30 for the masters in business administration, information technology, telecommunications and computer science, whereas two for post graduation degree in management sciences (M.Phil).

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Asadullah Kazi, in his welcome address said that the holding of convocations falls with in the purview of academic traditions of a university.

He said that the main purpose of such celebrations is to confer degrees on students who have successfully completed their studies, and at the same time those who have performed meritoriously are decorated with gold and silver medals.

Dr Kazi said that the number of students enrolled during this short history of the Isra University had increased from 28 in October 1997 to 1,396 in November 2008.

He said fifty-two per cent of the students were enrolled for the medical sciences, while the remaining forty-eight per cent for computer and management sciences.

He further said that the total number of students enrolled since the university opened in 1997, were 2,700.

Of these, 895 have already graduated, and 189 graduated on Saturday (Febuary 28), bringing the total to 1,084.

Later, gold and silver medals were also given to outstanding students. Among them Sufi Farman Ali, Moomal Memon, Saba Memon and Rizwana Panhwar were awarded gold medals, whereas the silver medals were awarded to Zeeshan Memon, Soofi Farman Ali, Naeemuddin Awan, Moomal Memon, Qurat-ul-Ain Qureshi and Saba Memon.

73 BISE position holders awarded
Hyderabad: Sindh Minister for Rural Development Zubair Ahmed Khan announced on Sunday that the position holders of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Hyderabad, would be awarded with gold and silver medals and cash prizes on regular basis to promote competition among students. He also announced to regularise those employees of the BISE, Hyderabad, who were working on the daily-wage basis.

He said this while addressing the awards distribution ceremony, organised by the BISE, Hyderabad, for the position holders of academic years 2004, 2005 and 2006 at the Public School Hyderabad here. Later, about 73 position holders were awarded with medals and cash prizes. The provincial minister presented Rs 10,000 each to Qari Inamul Haq and Agha Gohar Ali on behalf of the governor for reciting Qirat and Naat in the ceremony. The News

Library roof collapses
Jacobabad: The roof of Shah Abdul Latif library in Thull collapsed on Sunday. They was no casualty because the library was closed.

Later, local people and political activists took out a procession to protest against the incident. The procession started from the library chowk and after passing through different roads, reached the press club.

The protesters were carrying banners and placards and raising slogans. They said that the works department had been informed about the cracks but no action was taken.

Due to collapse of the roof, furniture and books were damaged. The protesters demanded inquiry into the matter.

They said that the library was constructed six months ago at a cost of Rs5 million and alleged that due to use of substandard material its roof collapsed, adds our Sukkur correspondent.

They demanded of the provincial minister for local bodies to take action against corrupt TMA officials and the contractor.

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Sindh University names hall after Prof Zakaria
Hyderabad: The University of Sindh honoured Prof Zakaria Sajid, a teacher of Mass Communication Department, with a shield and naming a conference hall at the Centre for Rural Development Communication after him in recognition of his services, at a special ceremony held on Saturday.

Vice-Chancellor Dr Mazharul Haq Siddiqui who presided over the ceremony lauded Prof Zakaria's services for the establishment of CRDC and his contribution to the Department of Mass Communication.

He said that Prof Zakaria had always helped the university in selecting talented students and teachers. The university had over time established a very transparent system for selection of teachers with multiple filter processes, he claimed.

Prof Zakaria said that his association with Sindh spanned over half a century. He had worked in the USA on a project for library development and he had helped Karachi University in the establishment of the Department of Library Information Science, he said.

He said that journalists were advocates of society and this was the first university of the country, which had set up a centre for rural development communication.

The centre's director Prof Ibadullah Rashidi said that established in 2002 as academic branch of the faculty of social sciences, the centre primarily served as clearinghouse of information on development communication, problems and issues of rural areas.

He said that the centre was mandated to perform functions of training and capacity-building, research and consulting, developmental networking and linkages.

He said that in addition to the HEC-funded research project on inventory of Mass Media in Sindh, the centre had recently signed an agreement with a German organisation, International Institute of Youth Education, to undertake coordinated research on the impact of satellite TV on working children in Sindh.

Earlier, the vice-chancellor presented memento shield to Prof Zakaria and inaugurated Prof Zakaria Sajid conference hall at the centre. He also awarded certificates to candidates who had completed four-month professional diploma certificate in the Rural Development Communication.

Teachers of the Department of Mass Communication of the University of Karachi, Dr Mehmood Ghaznavi, Dr Nisar Ahmed Zuberi, Prof Inam Bari, Dr Tahir Masood, Dr S.U. Saleem, family members of Prof Sajid and teachers of the Sindh University, including pro-vice-chancellor Dr Rafia Ahmed Shaikh, Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences Dr Iqbal Ahmed Panhwar, Prof Har Bux Makhijani, faculty members and students attended the ceremony. Dawn

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