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Benazir Bhutto Chair at Karachi University

Benazir Bhutto Chair set up at KU
Karachi, Nov 13: Amidst generous praise for the slain former prime minister, the Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Chair was established at the University of Karachi on Wednesday at a dedication ceremony held in the Arts Auditorium of the varsity. With an initial fund of Rs25 million, the chair will be dedicated to researching different aspects of Ms Bhutto's life as well as focussing on issues that may confront Pakistan in the future.


The dedication ceremony saw the auditorium packed to capacity as faculty members, scholars, students, politicians and Pakistan People's Party supporters gathered to honour the former prime minister's memory, with raucous pro-Bhutto slogans often punctuating the proceedings.

Announcing the grant of Rs25 million for the chair, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, who was the chief guest, said he would ensure a unanimous resolution is passed in the Sindh Assembly to guarantee permanent funding for the chair, adding that he would attend to the issues of the youth, as both Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto emphasised empowering the youth.

He described Ms Bhutto as a writer, philosopher, politician, sister, mother and wife, adding that she suffered many privations for her beliefs after the execution of her father, during Gen Ziaul Haq's martial law.

A message was read out on behalf of President Asif Ali Zardari, in which the need to collect and compile data on Benazir Bhutto before it is lost to the vagaries of time was stressed. The president also suggested in the message that the chair should help disseminate the late leader's ideas.

It was also announced that a chair in honour of Ms Bhutto was being established at Sindh University.

Professor Dr Qasim Raza Siddiqui, KU's vice-chancellor, said that the impact of the Bhutto family could be seen on national life as they were enlightened people, and that society should remember its enlightened minds. He recalled that ZAB used to have books regularly issued from the university's library, while both Mr Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto were authors themselves.

Praising what he termed was Ms Bhutto's "political vision," the vice-chancellor said that "major things can be achieved through this chair. As well as research on BB's life, future trends should be studied so that there can be a focus on the issues likely to confront the nation."

He also urged the chief minister to build a 2,000 seat auditorium on the university grounds in honour of Ms Bhutto.

Sindh Minister for Housing Haji Muzaffar Shujra, who is also a member of KU's syndicate, said that the Bhuttos had a knack for predicting future political trends, adding that Ms Bhutto in particular had an attachment to education.

Labelling Benazir Bhutto an "institution" and a "role model," Information Minister Shazia Marri said that political stability in the country today was the result of Ms Bhutto's efforts. She also announced the sum of Rs200,000 on behalf of the information department for the chair.

Sindh Culture and Tourism Minister Sassui Palejo, whose ministry helped set up the chair, said that she felt proud as the first chair linked to Ms Bhutto in Pakistan had been established in Sindh. She said that BB was not just a political leader but had a "multi-dimensional vision," adding that she had studied and lectured in some of the most prestigious universities in the world.

She said the government would support the chair while a liaison would also be established with those varsities where BB had lectured. Ms Palejo also thanked the VC and the chief minister for their help in establishing the chair.

Prof Saleem Memon of the Department of Sindhi, who conducted the proceedings, pointed that though there were several chairs at the university such as the I.H. Qureshi Chair, Sirah Chair and Shah Latif Chair, only the Shah Latif Chair was active. He asked for a permanent grant for the Benazir Bhutto Chair and suggested that an endowment fund be set up for the chair so that it would not be neglected and to ensure future governments would not withdraw support for it.

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Private schools told to get registered within 30 days
Karachi: The directorate of private institutions, Sindh, has asked all unregistered private schools to get registered within 30 days or face legal action.

Through a press release issued here on Wednesday, director of private institutions Mansoob Hussain Siddiqui also asked all private elementary schools (Nursery to Class-VIII) which had earlier got their registration certificates from the executive district officers (education) concerned to submit a copy of their certificate with the directorate's office within the next 30 days to facilitate computerisation of private schools' record.

The directorate has recently been authorised by the provincial education department to register private elementary schools through a notification. Prior to the issuance of the notification, it was the EDO (education) who used to exercise the authority of registering elementary schools.

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St Joseph's College observes diamond jubilee
Karachi: The St Joseph's College is observing its diamond jubilee this year. Founded in 1948 to educate women with the aim of "making them perfect citizens of the brave new world" (as Pakistan was described by the founders of the college soon after Independence), St Joseph's has grown phenomenally.

It started with 66 students on its rolls. Today there are 1984 students studying in this institution of higher education. The faculty has also grown to 67. Starting with the arts faculty, the college launched its science faculty in 1953 and moved on to enrol students for commerce in 2006.

The St Joseph's College traces its beginnings to the Congregation of the Daughters of the Cross founded in Belgium in 1833. Nuns from the congregation came to Karachi in 1862 and the following year a girls' school was founded with 10 children as the first entrants. The college came 85 years later when Karachi's population grew as the city became the federal capital.

St Joseph's soon made its mark on the country as many of its graduates went on to win high positions in all walks of national life.

The college was nationalised in Sept 1972 along with all other private colleges in Pakistan under the education policy of the first People's Party Bhutto government. A link - though a tenuous one - with the Congregation was maintained for a few years through Sister Mary Emily who continued as the principal of the college until her retirement in 1981. But the management was taken over by the education authorities. Subsequently the principals were appointed by the education department.

In May 2005 General Pervez Musharraf's government decided to restore the St Joseph's College to its "right owners" as the members of the mission were termed in the documents that recorded the return of the institution to the Daughters of the Cross. In the intervening decades several denominational educational institutions had been handed back to their owners with the St Joseph's College being one of the last few to be returned.

In the last three years since the college reverted to the Congregation, it has worked to regain its old standards while charging modest fees. One of the fears expressed by the critics of its "denationalisation" that a shopping mall would be erected on the prime two-acre plot that was leased to the St Joseph's College in perpetuity for educational purposes by the Cantonment Board have proved to be unfounded. The college continues to function as a girls' college with no commercialisation having taken place. Dawn

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