HEJ institute declared best in Islamic world
HEJ won the prestigious Islamic Development Bank (IDB) prize for science and technology
Karachi, March 25: Hussain Ebrahim Jamal (HEJ) Research Institute of
Chemistry, University of Karachi (KU), has been declared as the best
science institution in the Islamic world. It has won the prestigious
Islamic Development Bank (IDB) prize for science and technology that
include a cash reward worth 100,000 US dollars, besides a trophy and a
certificate. The prize will be presented to the director of the
institute in a special ceremony that will be held on the occasion of
the 35th IDB board of governors meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan on June 23
and 24, this year.
"The selection committee of the IDP prize
for science and technology has decided to award the HEJ Research
Institute of Chemistry, Karachi University (KU) in the category of
institutions having achieved outstanding contribution to a given
scientific discipline. I hope that this prize will encourage more
science and technology institutions in Pakistan to strive for achieving
excellence," said IDB President, Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali, in an official
letter issued to the Director International Centre for Chemical and
Biological Sciences (ICCBS), KU.
Vice-Chancellor, KU, Prof
Pirzada Qasim and former HEC Chief, Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rahman have
congratulated the director and staff of the ICCBS for this great
achievement, and said that it was an honour not only for the university
but also for the whole nation. Director ICCBS, Dr M Iqbal Chaudhry,
said that the institute has the single largest doctoral programme in
the country with over 250 PhD students.
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Educational institutes or training ground for corruption?
Karachi: The culture of corruption and moral decline has become a
part of our national character and now we have reached a point where
corrupt practices either go unnoticed or admired by others. The
education sector, from primary to higher level, has become a source of
filling the coffers of teachers and officials.
policies come and go but disarray remains forever. Postings and
transfers, increments and perks are the main goals of a majority of the
people - students being the least concern.
The University of
Karachi (KU), the largest university of the country, is passing through
difficult times. The helm of the university is with someone who is a
poet. "The university is sinking" is the VC's observation but there is
no desire to plug the holes. Aging advisers are roosting at his office
while the young and highly educated teachers are being ignored.
VC has just returned form a two-week long tour of India where he
attended Mushairas and literary events. This attitude is causing
disappointment among the teaching and non-teaching staff, who say that
the university suffers from his prolonged visits. The acting vice
chancellor cannot take any decision except attending the events at the
university and using the facilities given to a vice chancellor.
Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) is imitating political
parties by using its tenure to extract maximum benefits for its
office-bearers and support them in their misdeeds. It is unfortunate
that there are many instances where they (the office-bearers) are
involved in irregularities but KUTS continues to support them. An
assistant professor in the Mass Communication Department Samina Qureshi
has defaulted on her scholarship by not obtaining a degree from Holland
and failing to return the money (about two million rupees) to the
The third death anniversary of Sarwar
Nasim, a former associate professor of the Department of Mass
Communication, was observed on February 15. The Karachi University
Teachers Society (KUTS) and its breakaway faction Karachi University
Teachers Guild (KUTG) found it expedient to use the memory of the noble
teacher for their own political agenda. Both groups organised
programmes to commemorate the day in their own rustic style. Speakers
after speakers spoke about their warm relationship with the departed
soul only to project themselves. -firstname.lastname@example.org
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Moot on use of ICT in Political Science held at KU
Karachi: As Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
becomes more widely used in research and education, early adoption and
dissemination of emerging technology tools in the governance and study
of political sciences can give global recognition as it requires a
pre-set profile that can represent us in the main stream.
was stated by the Vice Chancellor, University of Karachi (KU), Dr
Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, here on Wednesday. Dr Qasim was delivering
the presidential address on the occasion of the certificate
distribution ceremony of a 15 day workshop. The event, titled `Use of
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Political Science',
was organized by the Department of Political Science, University of
"Since value addition is mandatory for a
knowledge-based society, the need of the hour is to develop a system
that can save time as well as funds, and it is possible only when we
use modern technology," Dr Qasim said.
Sindh Minister for
Information Technology, Muhammad Raza Haroon, who was the chief guest
on the occasion, appreciated the programme and said that the country's
spending on education should be more than 5 per cent of the GDP.
Science is all about getting power and using the power to bring about a
positive change and it requires the utilization of Information and
technology. E-governance is a modern concept which results in good
governance," he noted.
Chairperson Department of Political
Science, KU, Dr. Nusrat Idrees, said that the main objective of the
workshop was to introduce the concept of e-governance to the students
of political science.
Dean, Faculty of Arts KU, Dr. Saleem
Memon, in his welcome address said that the key elements of good
governance are transparency, participation and equal treatment which is
possible if modern technology is used.
On the occasion, a
presentation was also given by the IT Department of Government of
Sindh, in which the E-Government Pilot Project for Sindh Phase II was
introduced. The government representatives shed light on the e-office,
electronic procurement service, HRMIB, Project Management System,
Budgeting and Financing System. The news
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