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University of Karachi Baba-e-Pharmacy

'Baba-e-Pharmacy' passes away
Karachi, Nov 03: The founder of Pharmacy Department Prof Dr Syed Muhammad Shams-uz-Zoha T.I died peacefully on Tuesday at Karachi. He was 85.

Dr Zoha was an institution who mentored thousands of his students, selflessly without expecting any thanks or any return.

He was affectionately called Baba-e-Pharmacy because he was the lone ranger who strove for the foundation of the Department in the University of Karachi (KU) and did not take any respite until the department was founded in 1964, and later upgraded as a Faculty in 1973. He was the first dean of the new faculty.

Dr Zoha was born in Bihar Sharif (Bihar) in 1925 and did his M.Sc in Organic Chemistry from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in 1945 and M.Sc in Technical Bio-engineering and Fermentation from University of Manchester in 1946.

He completed his MS in Bacteriology from the University of Illinois, USA in 1955 and PhD in Microbiology and Public Health, Michigan State University, USA in 1957.

Dr Zoha also founded the first Penicillin factory in Daudkhel, near Mianwali in 1958 and was appointed General Manager. He successfully isolated Pencillinium Crysogenium from Fungus through the submerged process of fermentation in 1958. He was also the Incharge of Central Drug Laboratories in Karachi.

Dr Zoha was invited by the Libyan government to establish the Faculty of Pharmacy in the University of Tripoli and appointed its first Dean. He ran the faculty very efficiently and received appreciation from the Libyan government.

Dr Zoha was a loving teacher and his care did not end after his students graduated. He would call them and send them to various pharmaceutical companies for internship and then for jobs. His letters of recommendations were always honoured by the companies and the students would get jobs. Thousands of his former students in Pakistan and abroad still remember him affectionately.

His Namaz-e-Janazah will take place at Masjid Sultan Khyaban-e- Bahria, DHA Karachi after Zuhr prayers on Thu 4 Nov 2010. The news

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IJT launches 'student aid week'
Karachi: Islami Jamiat Talba (IJT), Karachi chapter would observe 'Student Aid Week' from November 3 to 9 for collecting funds for the needy students in the metropolitan, said Nazim IJT Karachi Samiullah Hussani on Monday. Addressing a news conference at IJT office, Samiullah mentioned IJT would initiate "Project Intelligentsia" for the deserving and impoverished students. ppi

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Students announce to launch protest campaign
Islamabad: Student leaders from Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), National University of Modern Languages (NUML) and the Army Public College of Management and Sciences (APCOMS) held a press briefing at the National Press Club in Islamabad to launch a 'prolonged protest campaign' against the injustices being faced by students in public and private higher educational institutions.

They said that last evening's arrests of 6 student leaders of Army Public College of Management and Sciences (APCOMS) were clear evidence of the efforts being made by the college administration to crush the students' peaceful struggle for degree accreditation. The leaders warned that students from various universities and colleges would join hands and bring their protests from the campuses onto the streets if the APCOMS students were not immediately released and the bogus FIRs against them not cancelled.

Alia Amirali and Muhammad Babar of the National Students Federation (NSF) at QAU, Izhar-ul-Haq, Jamal Khan, and Ramzan Leghari of NUML and Hassan Shakeel, Najeeb Ashfaq and Nauman Fida Abbasi of APCOMS stressed that many of the long-standing grievances faced by students would only be resolved if the elected government follows through on its commitment to fully restore student unions as promised by Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani in his inaugural speech in the Parliament.

They said that the lack of meaningful steps taken in this regard have been a major source of disappointment for students wanting to play their part in the democratic process across Pakistan. They lamented that instead of restoring the students' right to organise, the government has instead turned a blind eye to the injustices being faced by the students, the starkest example being the arrest of student leaders who were merely demanding accreditation of their degrees. The student leaders also warned that students would join hands with teachers and professors who have been protesting in recent times to save the already poor educational system from complete elite capture.

The student leaders from NUML and APCOMS highlighted the extremely serious problem of degree accreditation for students in engineering departments. They noted that both NUML and APCOMS had been issuing degrees for at least a decade yet neither institution had bothered to get their degrees accredited from the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC). As a result all students who have graduated with engineering degrees from both NUML and APCOMS have been professional outcasts whom no one is willing to hire.

The students slammed their administrations for continuing to fleece the students at rates as high as Rs60,000 per semester and running a virtual scam. Student leaders from APCOMS said that hundreds of students had been protesting against the administration's unjust policies since 6th October yet no one has taken remedial action.

They said that if such problems continue to mount then students will left with no option but to take to the streets to continue their peaceful protest.

They said that if their outstanding grievances are not addressed soon then a 'qurbani' protest will be organised on Eidul Azha in which students will lie down in front of the Parliament House and present themselves for sacrifice. The news

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