Karachi University World Ranking 2010
KU achieves 569th position among varsities across globe
Karachi, Mar 08: The University of Karachi (KU) was on Monday ranked 569th in the category of top universities of the world by
the Times Higher Education - Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World Ranking
KU was also ranked 3rd among 95 Pakistani institutes and
universities from both private and public sectors according to the peer-reviewed
journals index of Thomson Reuters-ISI Web of Knowledge 2010.
Chancellor Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui expressed his overwhelming
pleasure over this achievement of the university.
He said in his
statement, "It is a moment of immense pleasure that the KU has been ranked at
the 569th position in the category of top universities of the world."
further said, "I want to extend my gratitude to the hardworking teachers and
students, who are the emerging flair of the world and who have played a vital
role in achieving this goal."
The VC also sent a letter of appreciation
to all the scholars of KU, whose hard work and dedicated efforts resulted in
accomplishing the goal. Daily times
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KU seminar on Women's Day
Karachi: The Centre of Excellence for Women's Studies (CEWS) of the University of Karachi is holding
a seminar today (Tuesday) to celebrate International Women's Day and highlight
the problems faced by females in their lives and come up with methods to solve
them. This Seminar will also highlight the menace of child labour in Karachi and
the attempts of CEWS to eradicate this problem.
CEWS is also launching
three publications in collaboration with of Anjuman-e-Taraqqi-e-Niswan,. These
include the 'Directory of the Alumni of the Department of Social Work and the
CEWS, KU', 'Bridging the gaps: Research at the CEWS, KU' and' Karachi Kay Nu
Umar Mehnatkash Bachchey Aur Bachchiyan: Ek Jaiza that give an account of the
methods adopted by CEWS researchers to eliminate various forms of suffering.
Director CEWS Dr Nasreen Aslam Shah informed that the centre
believed in 'research with practical work'. "We want to draw the attention of
the government and the civil society and do something ourselves (CEWS) to
alleviate their suffering of working class women. They are a very important part
of our society and we can not ignore them". Former Karachi Nazim Mustafa Kamal
will be the Chief Guest; Minister Social Welfare Department, Government of Sindh
Nargis N.D. Khan will be the Guest of Honour. The news
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Two Urdu novels launched
Karachi: Two new Urdu novels - Aik Sadi Ki Kahani by Razia Fasih Ahmed and Qurtuba by Mustafa Karim - were
launched by distinguished humourist Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi at the arts council on
The highlight of the event was writer Hasan Manzar's
thought-provoking presidential speech.
He lamented the sad treatment meted out to the Urdu language and in that
context called the two novelists (Mustafa Karim and Razia Fasih Ahmed) servants
of Urdu (Urdu ke khuddam).
He commented that at a time when the number of buyers of Urdu books had
decreased appreciably, the two expatriates (both novelists live abroad) were
doing a praiseworthy job. He said it was difficult to make the new generation
(which considered 'slow' even A Street Car Named Desire by Tennessee Williams)
appreciate and acknowledge the worth of such a rich language. He hoped the way
Urdu was kept alive after partition through ghazals, films and music the next
generations might be able to rediscover it. He said both novels were important
because they're about their times.
He took a jibe at the film War and Peace claiming it didn't have the soul of
the novel. He said "novel dahr ka izhar hota hai". Painting a dark picture of
society, he argued the novelist had many a topic to write on (abduction,
extortion, black marketing, bloodshed, etc), and subtly touched upon what's
happening in the Arab world. He also criticised the developed countries for
keeping their stranglehold on the rest of the world. He returned to the
condition of Urdu at the end of his speech stating that in our society those who
silenced both governments and the masses had laid siege to the language.
Prof Sahar Ansari said Qurtuba could be analysed at an intellectual level,
and like Mustafa Karim's previous novel it had historical consciousness. The
city of Qurtuba had been used as a symbol of Muslims' 800-year rule of Spain. He
said the story on the one hand had characters who wished to understand history
through religion; on the other hand there were characters that employed
reasoning and rationale to solve life's mysteries. He likened the novel to Amin
Malouf's Samarqand, in which the poet Omar Khayyam was at the centre of the
Talking about Razia Fasih Ahmed's Aik Sadi Ki Kahani, he said she had used
the characters of her first novel Abla Pa in the story. He said while philosophy
and history presented a confined view of life, the human heart beat in the
Mustafa Karim gave a brief background to his book, and also referred to his
earlier novels Toofan Ki Ahat and Rasta Bund Hai.
Razia Fasih Ahmed read an excerpt from her novel.
Najmul Hasan Rizvi read a paper on Aik Sadi Ki Kahani. He said the novel was
an extension of Razia Fasih's first book Abla Pa and refreshed memories of the
20th century which was an era of inventions as well as conflicts and
controversies. He said the author hadn't allowed history to overtake the story.
He said the writer had used simple language and technique to propagate her
Saira Ghluam Nabi narrated the story of Qurtuba and told the gathering that
the protagonist, after losing his father and getting separated from his wife,
reaches the city of Qurtuba and sees history with a new angle.
In the end, publisher of the book Asif Farrukhi thanked the participants.
Poetess Fatima Hasan conducted the programme. Dawn
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No VC appointed at ICU after Ajmal's kidnapping
Peshawar: Seven months after the kidnapping of Islamia College University Vice-Chancellor (VC) Ajmal
Khan, the authorities concerned could neither take effective measures to recover
the head of the highest seat of learning nor could they appoint an acting head
of the university for its proper functioning.
Pledges and demands were
renewed both regarding the safe recovery of the kidnapped VC and having an
acting administrative head of the university after the appointment of Masood
Kausar as new governor of the province exactly one month ago.
nothing material could be seen so far even after the noted lawyer took oath as
governor, chancellor of public sector universities and federal government's
representative to oversee the affairs of the tribal areas.
It has been
the persistent demand of the teachers, other employees and students of all the
universities and other educational institutions that sincere efforts should be
made to ensure safe recovery of the vice-chancellor.
The Class-III and
Class-IV employees of the Islamia College held the longest protest camp and duty
boycott in the universities' history to press the authorities to expedite the
struggle for recovery of the vice-chancellor, but to no avail.
representative bodies of the teachers have also been pressing the government to
ensure safe recovery of the academician. The Federation of All Pakistan
Universities Academic Staff Association (Fapuasa) in its general body meeting
held at the Agricultural University here a few days ago threatened to launch a
countrywide strike at the public universities if proper measures were not
adopted to make sure safe recovery of the vice-chancellor.
government and the law-enforcing agencies too have made several claims of
reaching very close to the recovery of Ajmal Khan, who happens to be a close
relative of the top leadership of the ruling Awami National Party, but no claim
could prove true.
The militants have released four videotapes of the
kidnapped VC so far, in which he has been shown appealing the quarters concerned
to make serious attempts for his recovery. The VC was kidnapped near his house
at the Professor's Colony in the close vicinity of the university campus on
September 7 last year.
The kidnapping also badly affected the smooth
functioning of the university, as the authorities failed to appoint an acting
administrative head of the institution. All the demands of the university's
employees for appointment of the acting vice-chancellor have so far fallen on
deaf ears. The teaching staff association of the university made a fresh demand
of the incumbent chancellor after he took oath as governor to appoint an acting
vice-chancellor, which is yet to be fulfilled.
The teaching staff in a
letter to the governor stated that since the tragic kidnapping of the VC,
Islamia College University has been immensely suffering due to the absence of
acting head. "We are utterly at a loss as to why the higher authorities have
failed to appoint an acting vice-chancellor despite a very clear Section in the
University Act 2009," the letter stated.
The Act says: "At any time when
the office of the vice-chancellor is vacant, or the vice-chancellor is absent or
unable to perform the functions of his office due to illness or some other
cause, the chancellor may appoint the senior most dean/officer of the university
to officiate as vice-chancellor."
Despite these clear instructions, the
former governor tried to appoint a junior professor as acting vice-chancellor,
which was vehemently opposed by the senior faculty members of the university
forcing the then chancellor to take his decision back. However, the university
was left working without a head, a senior professor of the university said.
"Even now some junior professors and even associate professors are
trying to win the sympathy of the chancellor so that they could be appointed as
acting head of the university," he said.
The teaching staff association
in their letter to the governor clearly mentioned that there was no room of
appointing any other person that the senior most dean/officer as acting or
officiating vice-chancellor. The news
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Gomal University submits report on minister's degree
Peshawar: The Gomal University,
Dera Ismail Khan, on Monday submitted an inquiry report regarding the graduation
degree of senior provincial minister, Rahimdad Khan, before an election tribunal
hearing election petitions against the minister.
The tribunal presided over by Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel of the Peshawar
High Court fixed March 14 for next hearing of two identical petitions filed by
Shahid Khan and Riaz Khan, two of the candidates who had lost to Mr Rahimdad in
the Feb 2008 general elections in the provincial assembly constituency PF-27,
An assistant registrar of the university appeared before the tribunal and
submitted the inquiry report sealed in an envelope.
Advocate Abdul Lateef Yousafzai, appearing for Mr Rahimdad contended that he
had already challenged through a writ petition before the high court the order
of the tribunal whereby the said inquiry report was summoned and made part of
the record. He requested the tribunal that as the said writ petition would be
taken up for hearing on March 9, therefore, till next hearing the sealed inquiry
report may not be opened.
The presiding officer accepted his plea and decided not to unseal the inquiry
report till next hearing.
Advocates Qazi Muhammad Anwer and Abdul Lateef Afridi represented the
petitioners. The petitioners claimed that in the inquiry conducted by the
university it was proved that the degree presented by Mr Rahimdad was not
Meanwhile, the tribunal reserved its judgment in another election petition
challenging the election of MPA Sarfaraz Khan who had won in the general
election on the provincial assembly constituency PF-36, Swabi.
The tribunal fixed March 21 for pronouncing the order. Advocate Qazi Muhammad
Anwer, appearing for Mr Sarfaraz, and petitioner's counsel Aamir Jawed completed
The petitioner, Aamir Saeed, has challenged the election of Mr Sarfaraz on
the ground that around 224 votes, which were double-stamped, were counted in
favour of Mr Sarfaraz, which was illegal and against the provisions of the
Representation of Peoples Act. The petitioner had lost with a narrow margin of
Mr Aamir argued that the representatives of the petitioner were not allowed
to sit during counting of votes at polling station No.44, where votes stamped
twice were found.
Similarly, the tribunal also adjourned till April 4 the hearing in different
election petitions challenging the election of MNA Aftab Ahmad Sherpao and MPA
Muhammad Ali. Dawn
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