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