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AKU's 23rd Convocation held
Karachi, Nov 15: Keeping the annual tradition alive, Aga Khan University
(AKU) trustees, alumni, faculty and staff honoured 323 graduates at the
23rd AKU Convocation on Saturday.
This year, AKU's Institute for
Educational Development graduated 21 students and the School of Nursing
162 nurses, 12 of whom received Master's degrees. The medical college
graduated 97 doctors and granted 24 Master of Science degrees. There
were 19 Master of Bioethics graduates also, the first class from this
programme, at the university. Amidst much applause, Rinam Rahmatullah
received the Best Graduate Award from the School of Nursing and Dr
Saulat Sajjad Sheikh from the Medical College.
Secretary, Khushnood Lashari and chief guest at the morning convocation
reminded graduates of the contribution the university has made to the
country. Highlighting the hardships the country is facing in the
aftermath of the recent floods, he commended the university's relief
efforts in making the Railway Hospital in Sukkur operational and turning
it into a diarrheal treatment centre which potentially saved many from
the epidemic of diarrhoea and cholera in the region.
He said that
much needs to be done and urged the graduates to build institutions,
create knowledge, set benchmarks of quality by using best practices,
develop models for change, inspire ethical practice and lead by example.
chief guest at the afternoon programme, Chief Justice Sindh High Court,
Justice Sarmad Osmany reminded the graduating doctors that they should
not treat the medical profession as merely a career, adding, "They must
have compassion for their fellow human beings and the desire to serve
He also spoke about the current situation in Pakistan and
how the nation is facing a series of major calamities including the
2005 earthquake and the recent floods, as well as terrorism. These are
situations that only the citizens of Pakistan can take responsibility
for and respond to.
On a similar note, President, Aga Khan University, Feroz Rasul reminded the graduates of their role in rebuilding Pakistan.
emphasised how great leaders have been able to effect change by
challenging the way a society thinks and shapes its institutions; from
Nelson Mandela, who withstood 27 years in prison on the basis of a
principle, to Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who nursed the birth of a
nation. Rasul called for leadership that displays the same qualities of
resilience. "Leaders who have the capacity to bounce back from
misfortune, disruptive change, and crises; who have the ability to step
up, see a new horizon with greater opportunities, and then engage those
around them to achieve that vision," he said. The ability to be a
resilient leader is driven by a person's intrinsic qualities, attitudes
and behaviours and an ethical framework. "It comes from the ability to
look at challenges as opportunities to grow, to change, and to learn
from mistakes rather than seeing ourselves as victims of circumstances
and feeling we are not in control of our own destiny.
It comes from
our willingness to take the initiative rather than feel sorry for
ourselves and inspire those around us to believe in their own
The University also presented three people with
awards. The Award of Excellence in Education went to Dr Shaista Masood
Khan, for her outstanding contribution to education, the Award of
Distinction to Dr Terrence Gibson and Dr Riaz Qureshi, who have
contributed constructively and consistently to the development of the
Also in attendance were representatives from student
groups, various student and academic leaders, and staff, all of whom
played an important role for students during their years at AKU.
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Exam fever puts teaching activities on the periphery
Karachi: The teaching activities in the University of Karachi (KU) are
gradually dying down to give way for the Terminal Examinations that
commence from the last week of November. This semester at KU, like many
other universities, was disturbed because of the law and order situation
and security situation but managed to lurch forward anyhow.
students at the university have learned to meander their academic way by
requesting, manipulating, threatening and compelling their teachers to
award them marks that they do not deserve. It cannot be generalised as
there are good, God-fearing students who use their time for studies and
do not ask for favours. Again all the teachers do not crumble from the
students' tactics but some do. It has assumed alarming proportions
because of the patronage from the students' associations who are
patronising the students. These associations, in their turn, have the
blessings from the political parties, especially the ruling parties.
elections of the Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) have
recently concluded. The previous panel has regained its supremacy in the
elections except for the post of Secretary that has gone to a teacher
who had broken away from the parent panel about two years ago. The
elections were an interesting show of the teachers and their
disposition. The main agenda was the maligning of each others characters
and petty issues, calling names. There were teachers who are victims of
Narcissism and their hollowness and deceit that is hardly expected from
the teachers. "We may call it signs of times".
showed his distrust in the teachers by blandly saying that they were
doing everything but teaching. Some teachers in the university are
infamous for their rowdy and bawdy behaviour. They spin tantrums and
term it their linguistic ability. It could be. After all sufficient
amount of water has passed from under the bridge.
The Federal Urdu
University of Arts, Science & Technology (FUUAST) has become nine
years old and its Vice-Chancellor Dr Muhammad Qaisar hopes that the
teachers of his university will grow up likewise. FUUAST is trying to
serve the cause of Urdu. Many do not agree calling it a lip service. "So
what do we expect from our people? Actual service? It is a fallacy. A
senior Professor of the university says in disgust". Watch it Dr Qaisar!
NED University of Engineering & Technology continues to work in
isolation. The university has an able administrator and disciplinarian
in Engineer Abul Kalam. Others in the higher level of NED University
need some pruning and trimming.
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Students seek UoM Pharmacy Deptt affiliation with PPC
Peshawar: Students of Department of Pharmacy, University of Malakand,
have asked the government to affiliate the department with the Pakistan
Pharmacy Council (PPC).
A graduate of the
university, Muhammad Fayyaz of Sakhakot in Malakand Agency, said the
department was still not recognised with the Pakistan Pharmacy Council
even though it was established in 2001.
He said he had done his
Pharm-D in the subject from the Malakand varsity but due to the
non-registration of the department with pharmacy council he was unable
to get a job or a license to run a drugstore.
He added that he was also not capable to get a foreign visa or scholarship on the basis of his degree.
student of the same subject, Rahmat Ali, said they had met all the
relevant authorities including chairman of the department, registrar and
vice chancellor of the University of Malakand and all of them had
promised to support them, but they did not come up to their
The students blamed the authorities at the University
of Malakand and claimed that they were using delaying tactics and
threatened to launch a protest movement if their demands were not met.
registrar of the university said that they were in contact
with the Higher Education Commission and Pakistan Pharmacy Council
authorities and hoped they would succeed in registration of the Pharmacy
Department in the near future.
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Five teachers suspended
Mardan: Five teachers were suspended for absence from duty in various schools of the district,
official sources said on Sunday. The sources said that following the
public complaints, a team of education department officials headed by
Executive District Officer (EDO) Bahadur Khan Marwat and EDO (female)
Fouzia Khan paid surprise visits to the government primary schools No.1
and 2 in Mardan city, Government High School Jehangirabad and government
primary schools for boys and girls in Qamargai Killay and found two
female and three male teachers absent from duty. The news
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