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KU decides to seek compensation for IBA land
Karachi, Nov 29: The Karachi University (KU) syndicate has
asserted its ownership right over the Institute of Business
Administration (IBA) land and stated that the university will never
abdicate its property rights and will request the chancellor, Sindh
Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad, to compensate it for the losses that the
university has incurred due to the use of its land by the institute.
This was one of the decisions taken at the syndicate meeting held on
Saturday - after a delay of six months - under the chairmanship of KU
Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui.
It is worth mentioning here that the IBA, built on the KU land, was
separated from the university in the 1990s for which a law had been
enacted by the Sindh Assembly. Nothing was paid to the university as
compensation, though the building was part of
the university facilities. No rent is paid to the university either.
The IBA is now claiming 52.25 acres from the university and the KU administration forwarded the matter to its syndicate.
Syndicate members stated that the university owned the piece of land
currently being used by the IBA. Therefore, any developmental work that
would not be in accordance with the KU master plan, should not be
acceptable to the university.
The syndicate also decided to set up a committee comprising Prof Dr
Nasiruddin Khan and Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan on the matter relating to
Dr Imran Hashmi, a candidate who appeared in the 2006 selection board
for his appointment in the chemistry department.
The committee will analyse the proceedings of the selection board and will submit a report to the syndicate.
The meeting did not approve the upgrading of the post of deputy registrar (legal) Asif Mukhtar.
It decided to propose the names of Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rehman, Prof Dr
Manzoor Ahmed and Prof Dr Syed Irtifaq Ali to the chancellor for the
award of 'Professor Emeritus' status in recognition of their services.
The meeting also decided to send the inquiry report prepared by
retired justice Nadeem Azhar Siddiqui in the case of alleged plagiarism
by Prof Jalaluddin Noori to the nominee of the Sindh High Court chief
justice for further action.
It was decided that from now on, teachers would be allowed to send their comments along with their annual confidential reports.
The meeting also finalised appointments of chairpersons of various departments. Dawn
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KU announces LLM final viva voce exam date
Karachi: Controller Examination Karachi University (KU) has notified for
the information of all concerned that the LLM final viva voce annual
examination 2010 will start from Dec 6, 2010. Candidates are directed to
contact the office of their principal during officer hours for their
examination schedule. ppi
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KU declares B.Sc results
Karachi: The University of Karachi on Saturday announced the result of B.Sc Second year home Economics Annual
Examination 2009. As many as 68 candidates appeared in the examination
and the passing percentage remained at 61.7 per cent.
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'Microbiology should be taught in every university in Pakistan'
Karachi: "Department of Microbiology, University of Karachi (KU), is
one of the few vibrant departments of the university that is engaged in
quality teaching and research," says Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi, the
senior-most Professor at the department and currently Pro Vice
Chancellor of KU. Dr Kazmi is also of the opinion that microbiology
should be taught in all the universities of Pakistan
had its separate identity in 1957 when it was created out of the
Department of Botany. It was the vision of Prof Dr Ahmed Ali Anwar who
realised the importance of microbiology and worked tirelessly to achieve
his goal. Prof Dr Pirzada Misbahuddin Siddiqui, his student and then
colleague in the department, was his right hand. Yet another teacher who
guided the department in its infancy was Prof Dr Khurshid Ali Khan, who
is currently a Professor and Registrar at Baqai Medical University.
department has the services of 30 full time faculty members that
include Professors, Associate Professors, Assistant Professors and
Lecturers who are teaching 300 honours and 600 subsidiary students.
There are more than 100 M.Phil and PhD students who are conducting their
research under supervision of various professors. The department is
awarding M.Sc (Evening), M.Phil, PhD and BS (Bachelor of Studies). The
first batch of BS students will pass out this year.
Urooj Kazmi is engaged in extensive research in Immunology and
Infectious diseases. She has supervised 15 students towards their PhD
degrees. Dr Kazmi points out that those students with degrees in
Microbiology are sought after in pharmaceutical and Food industry
besides getting jobs in pathological laboratories. "From 1961 till date
more than 6,000 students have passed out from our department and in key
positions at home and abroad. Majority of staff at the National
Institute of Health (NIH) at Islamabad are the graduates from our
department. They are also in the Health Industry, Pakistan Council of
Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) and Pakistan Medical Research
Council (PMRC). Plenty of jobs for the microbiologists", she informs.
is not being taught in many universities. KU was the only university in
Pakistan to teach microbiology up to 1980. A department of Microbiology
was established in Khairpur University in 1980. Sindh University (SU)
at Jamshoro established one in 1988. Thanks to the efforts of Dr Atta Ur
Rehman, now more than 10 universities have independent Microbiology
departments", she concludes.
"Our research is multi-disciplinary.
We are searching for the new microbial agents from natural or synthetic
compounds. Another area of our research is immuno-modulatory activities
that seek methodology for producing immunity for the human body from
diseases. The third area of interest is diagnosis where we isolate and
identify the agents and detect antibodies (microbes) in the infected
individual", informs senior Professor Dr Aqeel Ahmed.
Ahmed Khan, another Professor at the department is working on
industrially important microbial enzymes that include research on extra -
cellular bioactive metabolites of genus Bacillus. His research is also
concentrated on plant alkaloids and their bioactivity. "We are in the
process of identifying and isolating the active ingredients of such
plants. It will allow us to converge on the actual active ingredient and
isolating it or preparing some synthetic compound that will give the
same therapeutic effect. For instance 'Joshanda', the herbal treatment
for cold and cough has many ingredients.
Some of them might not be
actually important therapeutically. If we identify the active ingredient
it will be good for the patient and the industry. We will also be able
to isolate new antibiotics that could take the place of others that have
become ineffective due to microbial resistance", he gives detail. The news
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