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Karachi University announced LLB results

KU declares LLB results
Karachi, Nov 11: The University of Karachi on Monday announced the results of LLB (final) examination 2008.

According to statistics, out of 606, 590 candidates appeared in the examination and 343 of them were declared successful.
The University of Karachi also notified for the information of all concerned that the application forms for admission against reserved seats could be obtained from the office of the deputy registrar (academic) against a payment of Rs300 each.

The forms for BS IIIrd year could be submitted from November 11 to 20. Applicants for admission on an open merit basis would also be accepted, it added. Ppi

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KU Botanic Garden …quot; heaven on earth?
Karachi: In the City of bustling vehicular traffic and noise pollution, Karachi University's (KU) Botanical Garden is like an oasis.

It spreads over 35 acres, divided into 12 sections, having three Green Houses. It has as many as 2,000 indigenous and exotic species of rare plants.

It was established in July 2005 at the place, which was house of termites, scorpions and snakes. The entire project was inaugurated in September 2007. Now it is funded by HEC worth of Rs. 29.2 million.

Dr. Anjum Perveen, Director of Botanical Garden, credited Dr Qaiser for laying foundation of the tremendously valuable garden.

Dr. Anjum and her staff have maintained the three green houses tropical, temperate and Alpine.

The gardeners keep them busy with the work day and night. The Tropical House has indigenous plants brought from Germany. They are kept under daylight protection of the Green House; the temperature is warm as of the tropical atmosphere of the Green House.

Temperate and Alpine have been brought from the Northern Areas and maintained in a cool climate which is created by air condition facility.

The rare plants include Grass Tree, Fern Tree, Ginkgo biloba and even Blue Pine and the endemic plants are Acacia nilotica, Ruellia Sindica, Asparagus dumosus, Abutilon Sepalum and Rhodiola.

Many of the natural faunas do get intoxicated to these there are rare termites around, as mentioned by the Head Gardener Waseem, butterflies too get formed here at the garden through natural habitat and more importantly exotic birds and even rabbits have started visiting the site.

During winter season, the garden is open to general public during evening hours but in the spring and the summer season, it will be opened after noon hours.

The academics and garden lovers have been encouraged to visit the site, as the Centre has planned to hold short courses on horticulture by 2009. The Nation

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When teachers don't make the grade
Karachi: With their reservations regarding the role of university teachers, senior professors believe that drastic changes are required to improve the standard of education.

Dr Muhammad Qaisar, Vice Chancellor of Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST), is wary of teachers' performance, especially in terms of their ability to guide and lead the students. "Since I have assumed the charge of VC, I am aggrieved to see that teachers are either involved in eliciting benefits from the university or indulging in petty politics."

A survey of the university reveals how true the allegations made by the VC are. In one case, the chairperson of a department in the Faculty of Science displayed poor understanding of his subject while speaking to us, a state which could not have been expected from a university teacher.

A senior administrative staff member of FUUAST was not surprised at this state, he explained that most university teachers "lack professional knowledge, communication skills and are seldom able to influence students in a positive manner."

Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi, Professor at the Department of Microbiology and Dean, Faculty of Science at the University of Karachi (KU), believes that drastic changes are required to improve the standard of education. "Restoration of student unions, introduction of a full-fledged semester system and a change in the attitude of teachers are essential if we are serious about our university (KU)." Meanwhile, she adds, that even students are not happy because they do not have representative unions while the teachers have failed to create a rapport with the students." Kazmi criticised the culture of Red-Tapism in the university and the unfortunate emergence of a separate class of vice chancellors, deans and chairpersons. "There is a tendency among teachers that they do not conduct their classes in the first period. Upon inspection I discovered that in the morning only a few chairpersons were present in their departments while classrooms were locked and students were waiting outside."

Dr Zahida Maqsood, Professor in the Department of Chemistry, complained about the appalling behaviour of teachers with each other and especially mentioned a chairperson in the Arts Faculty who was removed from office on the complaint of her staff members. "I was surprised to find that the chairperson was running her department like an estate. She has a sister there as a lecturer and was about to induct her daughter in the same capacity," she said.

Both Kazmi and Maqsood were highly critical of 'cooperative teaching' at the university and described it as a form of corruption that allows the chairpersons and senior professors to hire co-op teachers of their own liking while obstructing others from entering the profession. The co-op teachers act as the 'mules of burden' while the permanent staff lounges in their rooms and enjoy their salaries and perks.

Meanwhile, Beenish Tabrez, Ahmer Hayat and Afshan Begum - students from the Department of Applied Chemistry - were of the opinion that the accusation that students lack discipline is unfounded. "We know that most students here are serious about their studies." On the other hand, she added, "we feel that most teachers here are unable to inspire the students and provide them enough guidance mainly because their own knowledge is superficial."

Salam Bano and Javed Hayat Malik from the Department of Education talked about the presence of Rangers in the university and the insistence of most teachers to retain them for security reasons. Most students wonder from whom the teachers need protection?

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DUHS offers M.Sc diploma in diabetes
Karachi: Two year post graduate Master's training program leading to M.Sc Diploma in Endocrinology and Diabetes has been started at the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), Ojha campus. This programme will be the first of its kind in Pakistan in both private and public universities.

Medical professionals at National Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology (NIDE) will work to control the alarming increase of diabetic patients in Pakistan where the prevalence rate of diabetes mellitus is quite high (around 10 per cent) in adult population, according to Vice Chancellor DUHS, Prof. Masood Hameed Khan.

Speaking at a programme at NIDE, he said Pakistan stands eighth on the list among world nations with diabetes population of 4.3 million. He explained that although there is a significant increase in the ratio of diabetic and endocrinological disease patients in Pakistan yet not a single institute has worked exclusively on the cure of these diseases.

Prof. Zaman Shiekh who is M. Sc Endocrinology and Diabetes from Glasgow was given the task to complete and head the project.

In collaboration with overseas universities, MSc programme at National Institute of NIDE, DUHS will be a two year diploma Masters course with four semesters, first two in diabetes and second two in endocrinology. The faculty will include senior professors of DUHS and renowned endocrinologists and diabetologists of the country. There will be a rotation of candidates in orthopaedic, medical ICU, Paediatrics and Gynaecology, Obstetrics department of DUHS, Ziauddin Hospital and NICH.

The MSc Diploma is being offered at Diabetes and Endocrine Institute of Excellence at Ojha Campus of Dow University where in the first phase, a day care centre with computerised record keeping, with trained diabetic educator nurse, dietician and chiropodist, a diabetic foot clinic and a men's health clinic have been established.

In the second phase, M.Sc diploma in diabetes and endocrinology started while in the third phase, indoor facility, and quality assured lab have been established to conduct basal and dynamic sophisticated hormone test with the establishment of the Dow International Medical College.

After completing their MSc Diploma in Endocrinology and Diabetes under the guidance of renowned local and international endocrinologists the doctors will bring new clinical advancements in the field. The MSC diploma will provide a sound background for physicians training in diabetes; endocrinology and related disciplines will serve as a major contributor to the training requirements for this specialty.

A special teaching strategy has been designed for MSC Diploma programme which includes interactive lectures by local and foreign speakers, discussions, self presentations, demonstrations, workshops, self assessments activities, hands on training clinical rotation and research methodology. The News

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