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FUUAST researchers awarded PhD, MPhil degrees
Karachi, April 19, 2008: Three researchers of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) have received PhD degrees while the fourth one has been conferred with an M.Phil degree. This is a first in the history of the university.

These researchers include Dr Muhammad Iqbal Asad, who also has the distinction of being the first PhD in Urdu, Zarina Ali, the first PhD in Botany, Dr Muhammad Arif Hussain who received a PhD in Mathematical Sciences, and Shaheen Abbas who was conferred an M.Phil degree also from the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Asad, 58, who works for Radio Pakistan and hails from Haripur, Hazara, did his MA in Urdu, 30 years after his graduation, in 2002. According to him one of his colleagues in Radio Pakistan encouraged him to go for a PhD degree. "It was in Radio Pakistan, Khuzdar, when I was encouraged by Dr Khalid Shirazi to work for a PhD degree. I was inclined towards Urdu Literature, therefore I decided to go ahead with it. My supervisor was Dr Aslam Farrukhi," he said. The topic of his research was 'Radio Pakistan Karachi ki 50 saala ilmi wa adabi khidmaat' (50 years of educational and literary services of Radio Pakistan Karachi).

Dr Zarina Ali's topic of research was the 'Taxonomic study of Chlorophyta, Vaucheriophyta and Charophyta from the North-Eastern areas of Pakistan'. Ali said that the classification of plants are based on primitive methods and for this reason, she has "revised the system to be ultramicroscopic. New groups have been found and new species have been included in the flora of Pakistan." She has extensively researched on algae that are water-loving plants. Her research has discovered some plants in Pakistan that were thought to be present in other countries only. Her supervisor was Dr Mustafa Shamim.

Meanwhile, Dr Muhammad Arif Hussain's thesis was on the 'Mathematical aspects of the impact of urban greenhouse gas emissions on global warming'. Hussain teaches Applied Mathematics at the KANUPP Institute of Nuclear Power Engineering. He has also worked at the Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (PINSTECH) for 10 years as a senior scientific officer.

Hussain's thesis is based on the fact that the earth's natural energy balance is influenced by changes of radiation balance, especially the concentrations of atmospheric greenhouse gas emissions, induced by humans. Thus, it needs development of reliable models to gauge, analyse and monitor the level of greenhouse gas emissions, especially for thickly-populated mega cities. He has focused on Karachi as a case study.

Shaheen Abbas, the first person to get an M.Phil from FUUAST, has worked on the 'Quantitative aspects of the urbanisation of Karachi' to receive her degree. She has highlighted the population explosion in Karachi and has suggested ways to accommodate the population by locating them in areas that are not overpopulated.

Abbas cited the example of Malir Town, which is thinly populated and can be used to relocate people from the thickly populated areas of Karachi. She also recommended having several city centres rather than only one.

D.M.R. Technical High School's affiliation cancelled
Karachi: The Sindh Board of Technical Education on the recommendations of Inspector of Institutions has disaffiliated D.M.R. Technical High School located at Bungalow No.B-70, Block N, North Nazimabad, for non compliance of registration/affiliation rules of SBTE. Parents and students have been advised in their own interest not to take admission in the disaffiliated school, as affiliation with the Board is mandatory for conducting technical school certificate course as per the SBTE Amendment Ordinance 1974. The News
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