Sir Syed University of Engineering Convocation-2009
1,089 students get degrees at varsity convocation
Karachi, Mar 24: Over 1,089 graduates and postgraduates in various disciplines of
engineering including Computer, Electronics, Bio-Medical and Civil Engineering
and Computer Science received Bachelor and Masters degrees at the
Convocation-2009 - the 12th in the series of Sir Syed University of Engineering
and Technology held here Saturday.
Out of total recipients of degrees 1,009
were graduate and 80 post-graduate engineers.
On the list of medals all three
top positions in Computer and Bio-Medical Engineering were clinched by girls
while boys bagged medals for three top positions in the Electronic and Civil
Engineering and Computer Science. The vice-chancellor's shield for meritorious
performance was grabbed by Muhammad Waqas Qureshi.
Addressing the Convocation
Chancellor Z.A. Nimzami said that the goals set by Aligarh Muslims University
Old Boys Association (AMUOBA) - the sponsors of the university - are being
Founded in 1994, as the first engineering university in the private
sector, it is already considered as centre of excellence', he added. The
University, he said, follows the vision of great reformer and educationist, Sir
Syed Ahmed Khan whose epoch-making contributions have been the prime moving
force for us.
He pointed out that inspired by his ideas and tireless efforts
to promote the cause of education and awakening, and above all his convictions
to succeed, AMUOBA started with this university project with its own limited
means and continued without asking for any financial help from the
government. The Nation
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'Shortage of teachers to affect college results'
Karachi: The principals of several government colleges who were issued
show-cause notices by the board of intermediate education over the poor
performance of students in the last year exams apprehend that the students may
not perform any better this year either because the education department has not
resolved the issue of teachers' shortage so far.
The Board of
Intermediate Education Karachi had sought explanation from 89 government and
private colleges for the poor results of their students in pre-engineering,
pre-medical and general science exams last year, warning that the board might
suspend or cancel the affiliation of the colleges if they failed to give a
The principals of most government colleges in
their replies blamed a shortage of teachers for the unsatisfactory
The issue was thoroughly discussed by BIEK chairman Prof Anwar
Ahmed Zai and Sindh director-general (colleges) Prof Rafique Ahmed Siddiqui and
the latter reportedly agreed to help resolve the issue in the current academic
However, background interviews with the principals of a number of
government colleges in the city revealed that such assurances were nothing new
The principals claimed that officials of the provincial
directorate-general and the provincial education department had repeatedly
assured them that the issue would be resolved very soon and postings of teachers
in colleges would be made strictly in accordance with the approved SNE (schedule
of new expenditures).
However, they said nothing had been done so far
despite the fact that the next intermediate examination was only a month
Besides, the principals complained they were not given funds for
the salaries of teachers to be hired on a temporary basis.
arrangement was made to overcome the shortage of teachers when intermediate
colleges in the city were under the umbrella of the city government, they said,
adding that both the former and the incumbent city nazims used to release some
amount of money from their discretionary funds for this
Additional Secretary of the Sindh Professors and Lecturers
Association Prof Iftikhar Mohammad Azmi said: "Isn't it a joke that on the one
hand there's a shortage of around 2,000 teachers in colleges across Sindh and on
the other the provincial directorate-general (colleges) office has met the
teachers' requirement of the city's four newly-opened colleges by detailing
teachers from other colleges although there is a ban on such an
He said there was already a dearth of teachers, especially
for Urdu and English subjects, in colleges.
In some cases there's only
one teacher available for taking Physics or Chemistry classes of six or seven
sections, he added. Dawn
A submission to SPSC. Combined Competitive Examination (CCE) from 6th of April
Karachi: The decision of Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) to take the Combined
Competitive Examination (CCE) from 6th of April is a source of great trouble for
the students of the Sindh province. This is because the CSS exams are also to
take place on 25th of next month. It is quite difficult for the students of
Sindh to prepare for both of these stressful exams at the same time while they
are conducted in the same month (April). The CCE is held by SPSC after every
five years while the CCE for Punjab is held by Punjab Public Service Commission
The students of Sindh are in a quandary due to a clash of schedule
between CSS and CCE (Sindh) in the same month. The students of Sindh have
already suffered a lot in the form of delays of many exams like Mukhtiarkar and
others. I appeal to the CM Sindh and all concerned higher authorities to take
the following steps on an urgent basis to restore hope among Sindhi students:
1) The Combined Competitive Exams date must be pushed further into May
instead of holding it on April 6 so that there is no clash with CSS dates.
2) The combined Competitive Examination should be conducted annually in
Sindh so that SPSC is not regarded any less than Punjab Public Service
3) The political intervention must not be allowed to tamper with
merit in SPSC. -INAYATULLAH RUSTAMANI, Dadu, via e-mail, March 17. The Nation
Sindh University administration holds jirga to resolve dispute
Karachi: Despite the ban on holding jirgas, the Sindh University
administration held a jirga in the university premises on Sunday to resolve a
dispute between students and the security guards of the varsity. The heads of
the jirga came to the decision that the students should approach the guards and
resolve the dispute, while also imposing a fine of Rs 50,000 on them. The jirga
was presided over by the head of Nohani tribe, Sardar Muhammad Khan Nohani,
while Sindh University Registrar Muhammad Salleh Rajar, Hostel Provost Muhammad
Siddique Kalhoro, Project Director Ahmed Ali Abbasi and other officials were
part of the jirga.
Three guards of the VC House were involved in the clash and
from them, Anwar Ali Nohani and Abdul Hussain Nohani, attended the jirga while
the third, Muhammad Ali Bhalai, boycotted it. The jirga heads' decision was to
impose a fine of Rs 50,000 on the students and compelled them to visit the
guards to resolve the dispute. The Deputy Registrar of the university, Mushtaq
Qureshi, denied his involvement in the jirga that was held in the varsity and said in a telephonic conversation that when the jirga was being
conducted he was in Karachi. A number of varsity students expressed their anger
over the jirga and demanded the government to take action against the university
administration for defaming the university. Daily Times
LUMHS alumni moot Doctors pick on each other over attitude to patients
Hyderabad: A bitter exchange of arguments by doctors on their attitude
towards poor patients overshadowed an otherwise colourful gathering of
Liaquatian alumni on the lush green lawns of Liaquat University of Medical and
Health Sciences in Jamshoro on Sunday.
The idea to bring together alumni
of the former medical college was to share experiences and proposals for the
welfare of patients and doctors but some guests used the opportunity to vent
feelings against each other.
Dr Manzoor Memon, who is now additional
commissioner in Income Tax Department, reminded his colleagues of the oath they
had taken when they had graduated.
"It's a profession and not a
business. It pains me to see that with a few noble exceptions all other doctors
are doing business in the name of profession," he said.
He was critical
of the fact that students were not taught medical ethics and stressed that the
gathering should use the occasion to hold self-accountability.
"Pharmaceutical companies offer foreign trips to doctors, present them
air conditioners and cars and sponsor their visits to conferences in Bhurban
which are hardly genuine," he said.
His criticism met an immediate
rebuttal by Dr. Shahzad Leghari, eminent urologist who was instrumental in
organising the gathering.
"We are serving the society and we are proud
to be doctors because we belong to a noble profession," he said.
harshest criticism came from Dr. Hadi Bux Jatoi, former director general of
health services, who threw a challenge that he would tear into pieces his degree
if any candidate of Master of Surgery, awarded degree of MS by LUMHS, gave
answers to four questions.
His comments left many fuming and Dr Agha
Taj, in particular, retorted to Dr. Jatoi. The two are also electoral rivals in
a private club.
Dr. Jatoi who twice served as medical superintendent of
the civil hospital was known for his abrasive attitude towards the professors
who did not attend their respective wards and let the poor patients
He said that when he requested a professor to give discount to a
poor patient he was given only Rs500 discount. "I urge you to please take care
of poor people," he said.
President of Pakistan Ophthalmology Society
Dr. Nazeer Asharf Leghari urged the doctors to forget the past and move ahead.
Doctors' should try their level best to do something positive for the
institution where they had studied, he urged.
Former VC of LUMHS Prof.
Jan Mohammad Memon recalled services of late Ms Benazir Bhutto for this
institution and briefed the audience on how this medical college attained the
status of a medical university.
Dr Shahzad appealed to the participants
to donate handsomely to alumni and said the fledgling organisation planned to
hold an international conference in December this year and invite all the
Liaquatians who were serving abroad in various institutions.
share their experiences and expertise in their respective fields to the benefit
of doctor working in the LUMHS and civil hospital, he said. Dawn
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