Karachi University Operation Clean Sweep
KU students conduct 'Operation Clean Sweep'
Karachi, May 04: Valuing cleanliness as next to godliness and weighing its importance in
creating a healthy space to nurture healthy minds, a group of students
from the Department of Psychology of the University of Karachi (KU)
celebrated the completion of the 'Operation Clean Sweep' with an
awareness walk on Thursday.
The novel assignment taken up
by a group of students as the part of their social psychology course
took the shape of a rigorous campaign to declutter the entire
university, by installing dustbins across the campus.
over hundreds of acres and catering to thousands of students,
ironically only a few dustbins could be spotted, and garbage could be
witnessed piling up on sidewalks and on roads of the university.
in order to inspire a change and calling environmental cleanliness a
necessity not a fad, this youth took up the task of collecting funds for
the installation of dustbins. The KMC and Rashid Latif Cricket Academy
(RLCA) along with scores of youth in the university donated the money
and made arrangements to buy and place 25 dustbins each costing around
The Dean of Arts Faculty inaugurated the
awareness walk and a score of students participated in the walk across
the university with the rapid chants and slogans on cleanliness. Ayesha
Zia, Ifrah Zafar, Ramsha Syed, Saima Saif, Sidra Hameed, Sarah Wasi,
Aeliya Zaidi, Munazzah Mansoor and Amna Shaukat were the prominent
members who ventured for the project and turned it into a success.
healthy welfare activities only motivate students to gird up for
greater tasks to build up and to protect the community at a macrocosmic
level. This initiative not only signifies a step towards a clean
environment but is in fact an effort to build up a society where people
are psychologically healthy as well", said the Dean of Arts, Prof Dr
Appreciating the spirit and enthusiasm in the
youth, Farah Iqbal, assistant professor and course in-charge remarked,
"The rightly guided youth is the most powerful weapon in fighting off
all the social ills persisting in our society." Setting a precedent in
purging the environment of the filth and dirt, this effort is a hope
that more effective and counter-intuitive plans would be made to help
the society at large. The news
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Books shortage: Textbook board chief summoned
Peshawar: The Peshawar High Court on Thursday summoned
chairman and controlling authority of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Textbook Board
in a writ petition challenging shortage of school books in the market.
A PHC bench comprising Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan and Justice
Mian Fasihul Mulk put on notice the chairman and controlling authority
of the board, asking them to appear in person and explain under what
consideration contract of printing was given to a printing
company, which could not ensure timely provision of books on the commencement of academic year.
The bench fixed May 31 for next hearing with the direction that the
two board officials should also produce the record of tender notices
published, the bidding chart and final order of allotting contract to
Advocate Mohammad Essa Khan, the petitioner, contended that he had
filed the petition in public interest as several weeks had passed, but
some important textbooks had still not been available to the students.
He argued that media had regularly been highlighting this important
issue, but the authorities remained unmoved.
In a lighter vein the chief justice asked Mr Essa Khan why he had
been transferring the burden to the courts and he and the civil society
should come forward for addressing such issues. The chief justice asked
him why they had not been staging peaceful protests on this issue.
The petitioner stated that several organisations had staged
demonstrations. He contended that it was the responsibility of the
chairman and controlling authority of the board to ensure provision of
books in the market.
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HED plans evaluation of public-sector colleges
Lahore: The Punjab Higher Education Department is
planning to put in place monitoring and evaluation system for public
sector colleges, which so far never come under scrutiny.
Sources in the department said an institutional mechanism would be
developed to rank all public sector colleges on the pattern of
universities' ranking by the Higher Education Commission. In the next
budget, the department would also ensure funds to maintain the missing
facilities excluding construction of new rooms.
In the next financial year, the higher education department is
reportedly seeking development funds worth Rs7 billion against last
year's allocation of Rs6.5 billion. However, it was also learnt, that
the higher education department was released only Rs5 billion.
The BS (Honours) programme in public sector colleges was not taken
well by the respective colleges' faculty members as well as teachers'
association owing to the constitution of board of governors. The higher
education department has indicated that such issues will be resolved in
the next budget. "A stakeholders conference will be called to reach at
some mutually agreed points to run the programme effectively," an official said.
The department would also launch its indigenous teacher training
programme for capacity building of teachers so that they could impart
quality education to their pupils. The higher education department
senior official also said that the department would establish a
Knowledge Park at 800 acre land in Muridke, while another Knowledge City
had been proposed in Rakh Terra, Burki.
HEC: The Higher Education Commission, it is learnt, is planning to
evaluate the performance of senior faculty members serving on Tenure
HEC Executive Director Prof Dr Sohail H Naqvi said that the TTS
faculty members' performance would be assessed as the commission had
evaluated the performance of foreign faculty. He said the foreign
faculty performance evaluation had revealed that they had done a great
job and Pakistan's research contribution was increasing day by day. "The
research in Pakistani universities has improved in terms of quality as
well as quantity and has formally been measured and identified at
international level," he added.
Dr Naqvi said the government had invested in higher education and
during the last 10 years many new universities and old universities'
sub-campuses were established and added that "universities are building
However, it is learnt, the commission is currently facing financial
crunch. The commission has yet not received the last quarterly
installment, which was due on April 1. Dawn
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Lahore: The 65th meeting of Advanced Studies and Research Board of the University
of Health Sciences (UHS) was held here on Thursday with Vice Chancellor
Prof IA Naveed in the chair.
According to a press release,
the board considered the thesis reports of Dr. Salman Idrees for M.Phil
(Biochemistry), Dr. Muhammad Jawad Anwar for M.Phil (Chemical
Pathology), Dr. Malik Shahid Shoukat for M.Phil (Community Medicine),
Dr. Muhammad Tahir Saeed for M.Phil (Haematology), Dr. Ehsan Ullah for
M.Phil (Morbid Anatomy & Histopathology), Dr. Muhammad Usman Shams
for M.Phil (Morbid Anatomy & Histopathology), Dr. Sana Mahmood
Qureshi for M.Phil (Oral Pathology), Dr. Asad Mahmood Khan for M.Phil
(Pharmacology), Dr. Rubina Iqbal for M.Phil (Pharmacology), Dr. Aamir
Nazir for M.Phil (Physiology) and Dr. Shazia Naz for MDS (Operative
Dentistry). The board approved the panels of examiners for the
evaluation of theses submitted by Dr. Samina Khokhar Ph.D. Scholar, Dr.
Nazish Mahmood Aisha M.Phil (Biochemistry), Mr. Muhammad Yasir M.Phil
(Microbiology), Dr. Khalida Ahtesham M.Phil (Morbid Anatomy &
Histopathology), Dr. Hassan Mujtaba M.Phil (Oral Pathology), Dr. Syeda
Ijlal Zehra Zaidi M.Phil (Physiology), Dr. Uzair Mumtaz M.Phil
(Physiology) and Dr. Ali Haider M.S. (General Surgery). The following
synopses were also considered for registration of students in various
"Ficus caraca l. (Anjir) leaf
extract reduces gentamicin induced nephrotoxicity in adult male albino
mice" by Dr. Ammara Ghafoor for M.Phil (Anatomy), "Spectrum of von
Willebrand disease in Lahore; Clinical features and types" by Dr.
Muhammad Kaleem Khan for M.Phil (Haematology), "Prevalence of
respiratory syncytial virus infection in children on assisted
ventilation" by Dr. M. Tamour Ashiq for M.Phil (Microbiology),
"Frequency of PVL and TSST1 genes in MRSA and MSSA isolates from nasal,
anal and vaginal colonization in pregnant women" by Dr. Qurrat-ul-ain
Elahi for M.Phil (Microbiology), "Diagnostic accuracy of Bethesda system
of reporting thyroid cytology and its histological correlation" by Dr.
Fakhar Abbas for M.Phil (Morbid Anatomy & Histopathology),
"Clinicopathological and Immunohistochemical analysis of oropharyngeal
lymphomas" by Dr. Waqar-un-Nisa for M.Phil (Oral Pathology).
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Chinese meet PU VC
Lahore: An eight-member Chinese delegation of Shenzhen Chamber of E-Commerce
called on Vice Chancellor Punjab University (PU) Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran
Chairperson of Shenzhen Chamber of
E-Commerce Jennifer Tong, General Secretary Yilin Wen, Vice President
Minfei Yan, CEO Best Source International Helen Ho, President and CEO
Hueway Technology Jackson Zheng, CEO Baykee Electric Equipments Sunny
Ye, President and CEO Shenzhen Fine Chemicals Eric Peng and Director
Foshan Emass President Industrial Investment Tiger Huang attended the
PU results: Punjab University (PU) Examinations
Department on Thursday announced results of various examinations.
Results are available on PU website www.pu.edu.pk.
wins TDCP competition: Punjab University's College of Art & Design
(PUCAD) students have won awards in a painting and photography
competition organized by TDCP.
A press release here on
Thursday said Maryam Laique, Aamir Hassan and Farhana Rasheed bagged
1st, 2nd and 3rd position and got Rs 10000, Rs 5000 and Rs 3000 prize
money in the painting competition respectively.
photography competition, Awais Ali Sheikh, Abdul Rehman and Shoaib Ahmed
won 1st, 2nd and 3rd position and got Rs 10000, Rs 5000 and Rs 3000
respectively. The news
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