KU B.A (Pass)B.Sc (Pass) and B.Com admissions
KU extends form submission date
Karachi, Apr 17: Registrar University of Karachi (KU) Prof. M. Rais Alvi
has announced that the last date for admission form submission to First
and Second years of B.A (Pass)/B.Sc (Pass) and B.Com classes has been
extended to April 30. A late fee of Rs1000 will be charged.
Registrar also requested principles of all affiliated degree colleges
of Arts, Science and Commerce to forward the pay orders of late fee in
favour of the university with a list of admission to the Registrar
latest by May 5. A copy of admission list may also be forwarded to the
Enrolment Section of the University.
Meanwhile, the KU Registrar
also announced that elections of members for the Senate and Academic
Council of the university from the Constituency of Affiliated College
Teachers that were scheduled to be held on April 22 have been postponed.
said that the reasons for postponement were objections/petitions and
some technical matters. The remaining process would be announced later,
the Registrar said.
"Thank you very much to M. Rais Alvi and KU Team. We will very thankful to you. This is a good efforts and it should give you a positive results."
City, Country: Karachi
"salam.i want to know about the b.a part 2 exams 2010 when it is going to held?and is there any procedure to fill exam form through internt becoz i live in dubai and i already gave my part1 exams in 2007 and i want to give part 2 exam this year.plz help me i will be very thankfull to you all."
Name: khairunnisa ali
City, Country: karachi,pakistan
"Plz. send me Date Sheet of B.A for Year 2010."
Name: Farman Shah
City, Country: Pakistan
"plz tell me that can i take addmision in b.a part 1 (private) and also tell about the fee. plz plz plz thank you"
City, Country: karachi
"Plz mujhe B.com both part k Addmission ka pata karna hai kab addmission form jainge plz jaldi bata dein 2010-2011"
Name: Burhan Ahmed Khan
City, Country: Karachi Pakisrtan
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MAJU awards Mustafa Kamal honorary doctorate
Karachi: Former Karachi Nazim Mustafa Kamal was conferred an
honorary PhD degree on Friday by the Mohammad Ali Jinnah University
(MAJU) at the institution's 2010 convocation.
tribute to the services of Kamal, MAJU President Dr Abdul Wahab said
that ability, action and accomplishment are the three factors that give
a person a "triple A rating."
He stated that Kamal became the
Mayor of Karachi in October 2005, and his tenure as city mayor
significantly described his ability to get things done on a timely
He completed 4,296 projects including 194 mega projects
related to water and sewerage, 35 flyovers and underpasses, 316 and
15,500km long road projects, 356 parks, 35 mega sports projects, 488
educational projects, 158 hospitals including 4 cardiac hospitals, 387
transport projects with e-ticketing CNG buses, a first of its kind
parking plaza and the commissioning of ISO-9001 for Citizen's
Complaints Information Management System.
Wahab stated that
the unique Command and Control System helped controlling crimes and
traffic congestion on major city arteries and corridors and the
plantation of over one million trees also made the city visually green
and environmentally clean.
He also said that on completion of
the Mayor's tenure, Karachi was handed over as a reshaped city. "Today,
Muhammed Ali Jinnah University is paying a tribute to this personality
and awarding him an Honorary Doctorate Degree", Wahab said.
thanked Wahab for appreciating the achievements of his government, and
hoped that the new set-up would carry forward the progress that was
made. The news
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KU develops edible film to preserve food
Karachi: A team of researchers at Karachi University has
developed a novel edible film from wheat protein (gluten) that can be
used as a sealing and packaging material to increase the shelf-life of
a number of processed and unprocessed foods. The process, the
researchers claim, could have a wide-ranging impact on the agriculture
sector by reducing the country's high post-harvest losses, especially
of fruits and vegetables, bringing their prices down and boosting
The research was conducted by Mahmood Azam, Dr Abid
Hasnain (research supervisor), Mohammad Danish and Sohail Akhtar at the
department of food science and technology.
The team has
secured a patent from the United States Patent and Trade Mark Office.
The process - Method for fractionating gliadin from wheat gluten
protein and fabrication of edible film therefrom - is also registered
with the Pakistan Patent Office.
"Edible films and coatings
have been gaining popularity across the world in recent years as means
to preserve food. They are biodegradable, environment-friendly as well
as low cost. We got an international patent because the method we
applied is different from the ones currently in use. While it's the
first time in Pakistan that an edible film has been produced," Dr Abid
Dr Hasnain praised the Higher Education
Commission for providing support to the researchers to file for a US
patent which, he said, was a costly affair.
are now waiting to secure government funding to take the research to
the next level of testing the process on a pilot scale.
new technology could positively impact the agriculture sector where,
according to unofficial estimates, the post-harvest losses of fruits
and vegetables are as high as 40 to 45 per cent.
on the situation, Mahmood Azam said: "A number of factors are impeding
the growth of the agriculture sector, a major contributor to the GDP
and the single largest source of foreign exchange earnings of our
country. The foremost issue is the high losses in the post-harvest
management of fruits and vegetables that are happening due to
inefficient handling and transportation and lack of modern storage and
processing and packaging facilities."
Edible films and
coatings, Mr Azam said, was one of the methods to increase the
shelf-life while maintaining the freshness of fruits and vegetables
after harvesting. The method had been in use for many years in the
The edible films and coatings were made of natural
polymers obtained from animal and vegetable proteins, gums and lipids.
These proteins include corn zein, wheat gluten, soy protein, peanut
protein, keratin, collagen, gelatin and milk proteins.
Edible films increase shelf-life of fresh produces
Explaining the function of the edible films and coatings, he said that
the increase in shelf-life of fresh produce was based on the fact that
fruits and vegetables required specific gas composition for ripening.
Modification in the gas composition of the surrounding air could delay
the ripening process and hence increase the shelf-life of fruits and
"The edible films and coatings not only provide
an effective barrier against the transfer of moisture, but can also
regulate the rate of gas transfer between fresh produces and the
surrounding air. The retention of moisture helps in maintaining the
freshness of fruits and vegetables while specific gas composition delay
the onset of ripening," he said.
An edible film can also act as a carrier of nutrients, preservatives and colorants when applied to food, he pointed out.
When asked about the novelty of the indigenous idea and the prior work
done on the subject, Mr Azam said that wheat gluten proteins were
inexpensive to fabricate flexible films and efforts had been made in
different countries to optimise its thermal and mechanical properties.
"Most of the films developed earlier exhibited excellent edible and
barrier properties, but failed to achieve good heat sealing together
with solubility. The edible film we have developed can conveniently be
removed by simple washing or the consumer can eat it along with the
food. There is no health risk."
"We have avoided using large
quantities of ethanol, enzymes and disruptive or reducing agents in
order to make it cost-effective," he said, adding that the solubility
of the new edible film was more important for people who were
Unlike other commercial preparations, the
gluten-derived edible film does not have any objectionable flavour,
colour or odour. The method also does not require any pH adjustments. 'Frequent power outages hamper research'
Regarding problems faced during the two-year research, Mr Azam said
that the lack of funding for routine laboratory chemicals and equipment
coupled with frequent power outages caused a lot of inconvenience.
Answering a question regarding the cost and viability of the process,
he said that there was no problem in its large-scale operation and that
the cost factor was always connected with the consumer demand.
"Take for instance the case of fresh pineapple. The fruit is much
economical in tin and is available all over the world. In fact, its
cultivation has increased many times after the development of packaging
facilities. Therefore, as we have developed an edible film from a
fraction of wheat protein (relatively a simple compound), there is also
a possibility that one can synthesise it chemically, which will again
reduce the cost.
"Secondly, gluten-free flour is available
even in Pakistan. So, wheat protein is a by-product in this case. This
fact should attend to the concern that we are not compromising on the
wheat being used for human consumption. Thirdly, the edible films are
biodegradable and environment-friendly. The edible films could also
replace polythene in certain applications," he explained.
next step for the team is to launch the exercise on a pilot scale that
would help improve the mechanical properties and quality of the edible
"We want to purchase a laboratory scale extruder for
the fabrication of the edible films. There should also be more testing
facilities for the edible films and other packaging material. This will
help us compare mechanical and barrier properties of our edible films
with synthetic packaging materials and other reported research involved
in fabrication of edible films," he said.
The team has also started developing edible films from fruit and vegetable waste. So far, the results have been positive. Dawn
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DUHS students to display their research work today
Karachi: Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) here on Friday announced to hold a
"Research Work Exhibition" of the projects undertaken by its
under-graduate and post-graduate students. The programme titled as DUHS
Research Fair 2010 will be held on Saturday (today) and will be
inaugurated by Dr Farhat Abbas of the Aga Khan University. A special
ceremony has been arranged on the occasion providing selected students
to make their respective presentation and the first best three of them
will be awarded with shields. The news
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