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FUUAST published 47 books | Edu dept ignores school's problems

FUUAST publishes 47 books in four years
Karachi, April 15: Federal Urdu University of Arts, Sciences and Technology (FUUAST) has published about 47 books in Urdu language for higher classes (BSc and MSc) in different scientific disciplines.

Bureau of Composition, Compilation and Translation (BCC&T) of the Urdu University has achieved this target within a short span of four years only, while the Karachi University, in comparison, could publish seven books during the last 6 years.

According to director public relations FUUAST, Zafar Mohayyudin, the publication of around 39 books has been completed while that of 8 others is in pipeline. He further said that manuscripts of 16 more books would be completed in next 6 months. The BCC&T was set up in 2005 at a cost of Rs 12 million, funded by the Higher Education Commission (HEC). "However, the HEC had, initially, approved Rs 30.4 million for the project while the FUUAST received only Rs 12 million in this regard.

The Commission had given FUUAST the task to publish 90 books in three years, which was irrational. Though, the Urdu University managed to publish several useful books for BSc and MSc classes. These books relate to different disciplines, including History of Pakistan, economics, chemistry, geography, geology, pharmacy, mathematics, biology, medicine and others," he said.

Presently, there are more than 13,000 students enrolled in the university. It has also achieved other goals during recent years such as the establishment of faculty of Engineering and Pharmacy, provision of new books to its libraries, equipping laboratories with modern apparatus and introducing semester system. Besides, more than 100 PhD and MPhil students have also been enrolled at the university. FUUAST is also planning to open new campuses in across the country and abroad while has successfully set up fundamental structure such as board of studies, board of faculty, academic council, syndicate, senate, selection board and the GRMC.

Conversely, the Karachi University has published only departmental journals and other material so far. According to Prof Dr Mansoor Ahmed, director BCC&T at the KU, around seven books have been published during the last year under his directorship. He claimed that KU earned nearly Rs 19 million during one year on account of publishing assignment given by different institutions or departments.

It is pertinent to mention here that BCC&T of the KU was established in 1960 with the objective of publishing state-of-the-art books for the students, teachers and intellectuals. The Nation

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Students face difficulties as govt dept ignores school's problems
Karachi: Sana wipes the beads of sweat off her forehead as she desperately tries to pay attention to what her teacher is saying, but to no avail. A student of Ibrahim Ali Bhai Primary Urdu Medium School Gizri, Sana and her classmates have to brave the scorching sun, the irritating flies and the humid ground. The marble floorings, the freshly painted façade, wall and windows all portray an impressive picture but it is the internal state of the school that is quite grim. Thanks to the repairmen of the Education Works Department who have taken over Sana's classroom, turning into a storage room for their repairing materials, her classmates and she now have to sit in the porch for their classes.

According to Ibrahim Ali Bhai Primary Urdu Medium School Gizri Principal Yasmeen Akram, renovation work which started in November 2008 was suddenly abandoned in the middle of last month due to the shortage of funds. "The repairmen had unearthed old electricity connections, and taken out fans and lights to insert new ones. However, they neither fitted new connections nor were new fans or tube lights installed in classrooms. The students were deprived of electricity, and forced to study in hot and dusky classrooms."

The lack of electricity is not the only grievance of the school administration - water is another dilemma. The school has been operating without water since its inception in 2000. "An underground tank was dug up by these men but no connections have been made to provide water to the school's bathrooms. Often girls go back to their homes to relieve themselves. For the 500 girls studying in the school, the eight bathrooms are of no use," Akram lamented.

The adjoining building of Government Secondary Girl's School – with over 350 students – has been functioning without a sweeper for the last 10 months. One school teacher, requesting anonymity, said: "Several applications have been submitted to the Executive District Officer (EDO) Education Ibrahim Kumbar, but all efforts thus far have been in vain and we keep getting the same reply that there is a 'ban on appointment' and nothing can be done until the ban is removed".

Despite repeated attempts, the EDO however could not be reached for comment on the matter.

The absence of a sweeper is causing severe problems in the school. According to the teachers, the lack of cleanliness is creating hurdles in the girls' education process, as every week they spend three hours cleaning up their classrooms. The heap of garbage and trash littered across the school grounds attracts innumerable mosquitoes and flies, and the girls have no option but to study in such an unhygienic environment.

Incidents of theft have also been frequent, as the school campus has been without a watchman for the last one-and-a-half years and thieves enter the school premises at will. "Miscreants take away fans, stationery, water taps, folders and files, anything they can lay their hands on. The locks of shelves are frequently broken, as anyone can enter the school, and pose a threat to the students and the staff. After the death of the previous watchman, applications have been submitted several times to the authorities concerned but they have turned a deaf ear to our problems," said Akram.

While the school's problems are discussed by the District Education Officer (DEO) at each monthly meeting, it is rather unfortunate that despite numerous complaints and constant reminders, the government has failed to tackle the school's problems. -By Rabia Ali

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New secretary of BSEK
Karachi: Hoor Mazhar has taken over charge as Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) Acting Secretary, said a BSEK notification issued on Tuesday. It further said that Aminuddin had taken over as the BSEK Acting Controller of Examinations. Mazhar and Aminuddin have relieved Kalim Asghar Kirmani and Syed Jawed Iftikhar respectively.

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KU to hold special exams
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) has informed all those students whose enrolment/re-enrolment has expired, and who have yet to complete their degree programme, to avail the KU's 'One Time Special Chance' Examination-2009. The exam will begin from May 5. The last date for submission of examination form is April 30. A fee of Rs1,000 per course will be charged from April 18 to April 24. A late fee of Rs500 will be charged from April 25 to April 30.

FUUAST: Students of Applied Chemistry Department, Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology (FUUAST) have won the inter-departmental quiz competition. The News

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FAL to organise study tours for school kids
Karachi: Community Development Department (CDD) of the city government has planned to organise study tours at the newly established Fine Arts library and Atia Faizee Rahmeen Art Gallery to create awareness among the students about the importance of library and fine arts in the society.

Talking to The Nation on Tuesday, DO cultural wing, Naheed Abida, said that on the directives of the City Nazim Mustafa Kamal and other concerned high ups, a comprehensive plan has been chalked out to invite groups of students from various schools to visit the Fine Arts library on weekly basis. She said that facilities would also be provided to young artists for organising free their exhibitions of their paintings at the art gallery.

Abida added that every week one local school would be invited to visit the library and art gallery. It may be noted that City Nazim Mustafa Kamal had directed the authorities concerned to provide free facilities to the students and art lovers to organize their exhibitions and gatherings in the premises of the library.

Abida hoped that study tours would prove very useful in boosting creative activities of the students. She further said that a group of 36 students of Aga Khan School Kharadar, headed by Art teacher Ms Sadeea, recently visited the library and art gallery and was very much impressed by the facilities and friendly environment here.

Librarian Bilqees Bano briefed them about art books and paintings displayed at the art gallery. She said that on the directives of city nazim Mustafa Kamal and EDO, Rehana Saif, school children would be invited to visit the library on weekly basis. She informed them that any school could contact the library administration at phone No 9213361-2 for arranging the visit for its students. Bano added the department would also invite students from all of the CDGK-run schools at various towns in the metropolis. The Nation

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Mehran University Exam schedule
Hyderabad: The Mehran University of Engineering and Technology has announced that the examinations of 1st term to 10th term of Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of City and Regional Planning and 1st term to 10th term of Bachelor of Architecture will begin from April 27. It may be noted that this is the last chance and the timings would be from 1pm to 4pm.

The last date for submission of examinations forms had been fixed as April 18.

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SU students organise food fair
Hyderabad: Students of the Institute of English Language and Literature, Sindh University, organised a food fair on Tuesday at the Institute of Sindhology.

Many stalls were set up presenting food with both classical and modern touch.

Noted scholar Dr N.A. Baloch, Vice-Chancellor Mazharul Haq Siddiqui, teachers and students visited the fair held in connection with the founder's week celebrations.

Dr Rafiq Ahmed Memon and Dr Nargis Raza Otho of the institute briefed the guests about the food fair.

The vice-chancellor appreciated the efforts of the teachers and students of the Institute of English Language and Literature.

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PhD scholars advised to focus on thesis material
Hyderabad: Every phase of a PhD project needed thoughtful deliberations and the researcher must focus on reviewing their thesis material which was a major exercise for the doctorate, said Sindh University Faculty of Social Sciences Dean Prof Dr Iqbal Panhwar at a seminar.

He was speaking on "How to earn PhD in qualitative and competitive settings" at the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, on Tuesday.

Dr Panhwar explained significance of quantitative and qualitative research, usefulness of sampling and flow charts, mindset of researcher, design and procedure and the role of supervisor.

Earlier, Continuing Education Director Prof Dr Mujeeb Sehrai, welcomed the speaker and spoke on the objectives of the seminar.

Dr Sehrai said that in many PhD projects at their final stages, various comments on the thesis suggested that basics of the research was not being taken care of and it was not evaluated.

He expressed the hope that the seminar would provide a guideline to the postgraduate students of the university. Prof Dr M.R. Abro, the acting vice-chancellor, presided over the seminar and appreciated the efforts of Dr Panhwar and the directorate of Continuing Education for organising such an important seminar.

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PPP leader rejects VC's allegations
Hyderabad: Sindh People's Party (women wing) Finance Secretary Ms Noorunnisa Abro has described the allegations levelled against her by Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences Vice-Chancellor Prof Noshad Ahmed Shaikh as baseless.

According to a report published on Tuesday, Prof Noshad has sent letters to high government officials complaining about Ms Abro's alleged misbehaviour, use of abusive language and issuance of threats.

The PPP leader said in a statement that six months ago, she had met the vice-chancellor and requested him for the appointment of her son Dr Arshad Abro, who was a postgraduate and presently the president of the People's Doctors Forum.

Ms Abro said she was told that there was a ban on appointments and after lifting of the ban, he would consider the matter.

Meanwhile, she said, she learnt that the vice-chancellor had appointed some doctors. When she again met the vice-chancellor and questioned the appointments, Prof Noshad told her that the doctors had been appointed on the recommendation of 'big' people and that she should also get a recommendation letter from the Sindh governor for her son, she said.

Ms Abro said she submitted an application to the Sindh chief minister who recommended to the governor for her son's appointment and the governor wrote to the vice chancellor.

But on April 10 when she approached the vice-chancellor, he refused to accept the recommendation.

The PPP leader said she quietly came out and made a complaint to the governor against the vice-chancellor.

She said that when the vice-chancellor learnt about the complaint, he levelled allegations to save his skin. Dawn

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