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KU announces BEd results annual examination 2008
Karachi, Mar 02: The University of Karachi on Saturday announced the results of
BEd Pass (morning) annual examination 2008.
Babar Ali and Syeda Sobia
Humayun of the Rehan College of Education bagged first and second positions,
respectively, while the third position was clinched by Najia Siddiq of the Jamia
Millia Govt College of Education.
According to the statistics, a total
of 954 candidates were registered and 941 of them appeared in the examination.
Two candidates passed it in Grade A-1, 130 in Grade A, 312 in Grade B and 18 in
Grade C. The pass percentage stood at 49.09.
YLWC demands initiation of B.Ed. classes
The Young Lyari Welfare Centre A students' organisation of Lyari Town has called for initiating BEd classes at
the Government Elementary College situated in the backward area of the
The Young Lyari Welfare Centre in a statement issued here on
Saturday said that said that commencement of BEd classes at this college would
benefit students from four towns - Lyari, Keamari, Saddar and SITE - who were
keen to educate people of Lyari after acquiring a BEd degree.
president, Ghulam Nabi Qambrani, also urged the authorities concerned to pay due
attention to the civic problems being faced by the people of Lyari and take
necessary measures to resolve them.
He said the problems mainly
pertained to education, water and sewerage, cleanliness and employment. Dawn
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Karachi University considering fee raise
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) administration is likely
to increase the registration, enrolment and examination fees of graduation and
post graduation degrees for private candidates and affiliated
"The idea has been under consideration following the cut in the
Higher Education Commission (HEC) budget by the government. The federal
government had slashed funds by Rs 5.7 billion from the fourth quarter of last
year's HEC budget," KU sources said.
The matter of raise in
the fees was discussed at length in the last meeting of the KU Deans' committee.
The committee gave its nod to the increase in fees of affiliated colleges, while
relating it to the approval of the academic council of the university.
It has also been learnt that another reason for the fee increase is the
request of the examination department in this regard. The examination department
told the concerned authorities that it had become impossible for them to manage
the expenses of the examinations.
Similarly, the examination department
has suggested commencing supplementary exams for degrees program which was
scrapped by KU few years back. "The decision of re-introducing supplementary
exams will generate a considerable amount to bear the expenses of the
department," the examination department argued. The deans' committee also
referred this suggestion to the academic council of the university. Daily Times
Iran Study Centre opens at KU
Karachi: A ceremony will be held on Tuesday at the University of
Karachi for the inauguration of the Iran Study Centre, which will provide
guidance to Pakistani students regarding the Persian language and literature.
It will also promote research and organise seminars and other
Consul-General of Iran in Karachi Masoud Mohammad Zamani
will be the chief guest and KU Vice-Chancellor Prof Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui
will preside over the inauguration.
The centre has been established by
the University of Karachi in collaboration with the Cultural Centre of the
Islamic Republic of Iran, Karachi.
Director-general of the cultural
centre Syed Hossein Taghizadeh, Dean of the KU's Faculty of Arts Prof Mohammad
Shamsuddin and In-charge of Iran Study Centre Dr Rehana Afser will also speak at
Lecture on colorectal cancer
A lecture on colorectal cancer awareness will be held at the KU campus on Tuesday, according
to a press release issued on Sunday.
The event has been organised by the
seminar committee of the Faculty of Pharmacy. Dr Nehal Masood, Medical
Oncologist at the Aga Khan University Hospital, will deliver the lecture.
Karachi: Sindh Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed has called for
introducing diploma courses for paramedics at their institutes, and said that
the standard of paramedics institutes in the province should be enhanced to
The minister said that diploma courses would help
improve the training being imparted to paramedical staff. App
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Cambridge International Examinations Board (Pakistan) workshop
Karachi: The Cambridge International Examinations Board (Pakistan)
hosted a professional development workshop for teachers in Karachi, entitled
'Good practice in Cambridge classrooms', says a press release.
workshop, which attracted over 55 Cambridge teachers, took place at a local
hotel on Saturday. It was led by the CIE's country manager (relationships and
communication) Uzma Yousuf. According to the press release, the workshop was the
first of its kind in Pakistan. Its mission was "to promote peer support networks
for CIE teachers, and encourage the sharing of best practice throughout
Cambridge schools and centres".
CIE teachers from local schools led the
workshops, and said they "were enthusiastic about sharing their experience of
teaching Cambridge qualifications such as O' and A' Levels to other colleagues."
Oxford University Press was on hand with a display of CIE-endorsed
texts, to give teachers access to resource materials for teaching.
Graham Platts, principal of Karachi Grammar School, kicked off the event with a
talk entitled 'The indications of good practice in classrooms'. Delegates were
able to attend five workshops on various O' and A' Level subjects.
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Scientists complain about govt support withdrawal
Karachi: With the economy's increasing dependence on the export of
agricultural produce and growing salinity and water shortages that threaten to
make Pakistan a water-deficient country in coming years, there is a dire need to
restore government support to research activities that could provide solutions
to the very basic problems the country faces today and help bring it on the path
of development, speakers at a workshop held at the University of Karachi said.
A number of initiatives taken in the past few years in the field of
biotechnology, they pointed out, were coming to fruition when the economic slump
struck and financial support to research activities was drastically cut. If the
government understands the merit of investing in research and restores
assistance, the country is bound to gain from indigenous research and technology
in near future, they said.
The scientific communication workshop,
'Implementation of the Strategy for Development of Biotechnology in Pakistan',
held at Latif Ebrahim Jamal National Science Information Centre, Karachi
University (KU), was part of the launch of the ISAAA (International Service for
the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications) global report on the development
of genetically modified crops made last year.
'Microorganisms that can do wonders': One of the more interesting presentations at the
event was made by Dr M. Jalauddin who has been carrying out research on fungi
and bacteria for decades.
Making a strong case for the application of
specific microorganisms, mycorrhizas, to produce healthier plants, Dr Jalauddin
said that the microorganisms that already existed in nature entered a 'friendly'
biological interaction with plants and acted as bio-fertiliser without causing
pollution and environmental degradation.
"Around 95 per cent of our crop
plants stand to benefit from mycorrhizas, which can absorb soil nutrients 10
times more than the root hair. Plants living with these microorganisms can
withstand drought, are disease resistant and bigger in size and produce better
yield. They also help in effectively addressing the problem of phosphorus
Elaborating further, he said that when phosphorus, a major
plant nutrient, was added to soil it quickly accumulated in one place, becoming
insoluble and immovable. Mycorrhizas had the unique capability to transform the
unavailable phosphorus into a form that could easily be absorbed by the plant.
"Pakistan spends precious foreign exchange every year to import
phosphorus to make fertiliser. That amount could be saved and we can also reduce
the import bill of agricultural produce, if we take advantage of the fungi
(mycorrhizas) already present in soil and make them more available by
multiplying their growth in laboratories," he said.
research focuses on sunflowers. Explaining why he chose the plant as the subject
of his research, he said: "Pakistan is deficient in food, especially in edible
oil. Around 65 per cent of edible oil is imported on which the country spends
US$1 billion every year. So, there was a great need for research that could help
us save money. Besides, the oil extracted from sunflowers is one of the best
quality and is cholesterol free."
Dr Jalaluddin's research was in its
final stages when the government decided to cut down on the Higher Education
Commission's budget. Along with other scientists, he said he is now keeping his
Solutions to salinity, water shortages: "Pakistan faces an acute shortage of fresh water and loses around
400,000 hectares of cultivated land to salinity every year. There are also
shortages of fodder, leading to increase in the prices of milk and meat. These
problems could be addressed to an extent with the cultivation of halophyte
species which are grown in saline soil on brackish water," said Dr M.A. Ajmal
Khan, project director, Institute of Sustainable Halophyte Utilisation (ISHU),
Highlighting the achievements at ISHU, he said that several species
of halophytes, highly salt tolerant plants, had been successfully utilised to
make fodder at a farm in Gaddani, while more trials were underway when the
budget cut was announced, and the project now hangs in balance.
about to take off when curtailment in finances took place. Though we are seeking
local and foreign help, the institute can't do much without government support,"
he remarked, adding that government support was critical in any scientific
"The good thing about halophytes is that they flourish in
saline soil and brackish water. We have a package that, if properly implemented,
could contribute significantly in rehabilitating saline land and providing
fodder to arid areas like coastal Balochistan that have plenty of saline water
resources," he said.
Halophytes, he said, were the most cost-effective
method to tackle salinity. They were used for food, forage, fodder, medicinal
and ornamental purposes all over the world. Research was also underway at the
institute to use halophytes as bio-fuel and to determine the oil quality of the
seeds when the financial crisis hit.
Dr Saifullah and Dr Mohammadi also
addressed the gathering. Dawn
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