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KU terrorists' presence & postponed papers

Blast shows terrorists' presence in KU: VC
Karachi, Dec 31: Vice Chancellor Karachi University (KU) Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui has clarified that the educationists, dealing with disciplinary issues, are not skilled to handle terrorists and their brutal activities, while the bomb blast incident at the campus was committed by terrorists.

Following the bomb blast incident, KU has beefed up the security in the campus, while a large number of Rangers has been deployed on different spots of KU; the time has come when teachers of public universities, especially Karachi University, are required to come forward to be united at one platform against those fanatics who are about to destabilise the academic atmosphere in the public universities on fanatic and sectarian grounds, he said on Thursday.

He said that the bomb blast incident in the Zohrain Prayer at the campus is really disgusting for every human being in the country, which shows the presence of the terrorists in the campus. Fanaticism is not specific for the KU merely, it is similar problem for other public universities in the country, he said and added that terrorism can not be handled in the academia with the available resources. He said, "Teachers usually deal with disciplinary issues but the KU bomb blast was the purely terrorists' activity, which is the point of concern not only for authorities concerned but also for every Pakistani. All KU officials, teachers, employees and students are required to play their due role to protect the largest university of Pakistan. Lack of sympathy among the teachers and employees for others has become another dilemma in the country after poverty, ignorance, lawlessness etc. Unfortunately, our teachers have confined themselves; sense of participation is being vanished in the academia."

However, the incident shows total failure of Pakistan Rangers, deployed at the campus. The bomb-blast-incident took place in the presence of Rangers. Prof Pirzada said that the administration was taking all steps for the restoration of peace in the campus. Proper security is one of the prime issues for the varsity, he said and added that the imposition of proper security system would be the first step towards the solutions of all problems.

On the other hand, members of Imamia Students' Organisation (ISO), whose six members suffered serious injuries in the blast, have observed the second day of mourning peacefully. It is also pertinent to mention here that members of ISO had declared USA and Israel responsible for this incident, and held anti American and Israel rallies in the campus.

Meanwhile, Bioinformatics and Proteomics are two most important disciplines that have emerged in post-genomic era.

Bioinformatics deals with utilisation of computational tools to understand biological phenomenon while proteomics represent large-scale characterization of all protein components at a defined state.

Without studying these two significant areas, it is very difficult to diagnose, cure and control various diseases. These views were expressed by the KU Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi, Dean Faculty of Science Prof Dr Darakhshan Haleem and Director of the National Centre for Proteomics Prof Dr Shamshad Zareena at the concluding ceremony of the workshop titled "Bioinformatics and Proteomics" organized by National Centre for Proteomics, Karachi University on December 30, 2010.

The current workshop on Bioinformatics and Proteomics is third in series that has been organized by National Centre for Proteomics, since last one and a half year.

Around 19 registered delegates from Dow International University of health Sciences, and different departments of University of Karachi including biotechnology, botany, microbiology and biochemistry participated in the workshop.

While introducing the workshop, Dr Shamshad Zareena told that the focus of the workshop revolved around utilising computational tools to understand protein structure-function relationship.

She added that a complete session of the workshop was also dedicated to explain Bioinformatics resources used in proteomic research.

Participants of the workshop learned various tools and software and performed hands-on-training session using these tools. Some of the topics that were covered during this workshop include databases, sequence analysis, structure prediction, Linux, docking, Molecular Dynamic Simulation, Quantum mechanical simulation and Proteomic Software for 2Dimentional electrophoresis and Mass Spectrometric analysis. Dr Shahana appreciated the efforts made by the institute in organising such an interactive sessions, irrespective of the financial constraints. Dr Sikandar Azam, the key resource person of the workshop also spoke on the occasion. In the end, certificates were distributed among the candidates. The nation

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KU organises youth leadership, professional uplift training
Karachi: University of Karachi (KU), in collaboration with Young Social Reformers (YSR), organised a three-day training session from Thursday. An official of the institution said that it was initiated under the 'Youth Leadership and Professional Development Training Programme'. He said that this is a unique learning opportunity, which will bring closer the youth of rural and urban areas. KU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui performed the inauguration ceremony. Speaking on the occasion, he said, the YSR is a group of those dynamic individuals who work tirelessly for the betterment of their homeland and keep struggling with a positive stance. The project is supported by US Consulate General Karachi, Karachi Medical and Dental College, City Institute of Image Management (CIMS) and PAK-US Alumni Association. app

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KU announces new dates for postponed papers
Karachi: The Controller of Examinations University of Karachi (KU) has announced the schedule of the postponed papers of B.Sc (Part I and II), BA (Part I and II) and MBBS 2nd professional annual examination as follows:

The papers of Botany-II and Mathematics of B.Sc (Part I and II) which were earlier scheduled on December 28 will now be held on February 4, 2011 while Botany-III and Statistics-III scheduled on December 29 will now be held on February 7, 2011. The papers of Mathematics-I and Braille-I of BA both parts (Regular and External) which were earlier scheduled on December 28 will now be held on February 4, 2011, while papers of Statistics-III and Psychology-II scheduled on December 29 will be held on February 7, 2011.

The Pharmacology paper of MBBS 2nd professional which was earlier scheduled on December 28 will now be held on January 3, 2011.

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Strike not to affect KU exams
Karachi: After days of chaos and uncertainty, examinations at the University of Karachi (KU) were held amid tight security on Thursday, though students still seemed frightened as they left the campus immediately after finishing their papers.

Registrar Prof Kaleem Raza Khan said that today's examinations would also be held according to schedule despite a countrywide strike call given by religious groups against the proposed amendments to the blasphemy law. "We have not postponed the examinations. We are already behind the schedule," he elaborated.

A final-year student of Pharmacy, Amina Mujeeb, who had come to the university with fever to appear in the examinations, said: "I have come because I do not want to miss my papers. I had to take the paper of Quality Control on Wednesday but it was cancelled. I have a job offer from the Aga Khan Hospital but the delay seems to put that eventuality in doubt."

Wishing anonymity, a senior professor at the Department of Political Science, criticised the KU administration for its failure to perform its responsibilities. "It is very painful and embarrassing that the administration announces closure of the university and then cancels the notification, only to be issued again. It is the worst case of bad governance," he claimed.

Meanwhile, the Controller of Examinations, Board of Intermediate Education announced postponement of today's papers "owing to the prevalent situation". The postponed paper will now be held on January 21.

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Education dept needs to put house in order
Karachi: A democratic government has been in office for the last three years, but the education department does not have any worthwhile achievement to show to the people, or even to save it for the next elections.

To make things worse, the Transparency-International Pakistan has now placed the department in the league of the most corrupt departments of the country. Not a very good title for a department on whose performance so much, and so many, depend, from a child to a grown up.

Getting down to the nitty-gritty and putting the education department's performance under a microscope reveals many things. Four education secretaries have come and gone so far in the province in the last one year. That's less than a year for each secretary at an average in the life of the present government.

With the provincial education secretaries ducking in and out at such a quick pace, it would only take a daydreamer to expect anything good from the department. Needless to say that the department neither introduced any new policy nor implemented the old ones, unless one counts introducing a new secretary at very short intervals as an evidence of a vibrant department where things (and people) are moving all the time.

It is ironical, to say the least, that not only the department did not contribute anything new, but it even failed to maintain what it already had. In this regard, it seemed to have completely surrendered to the land mafia as it did not bat an eyelid over the mafia's taking over of some of the nationalised schools.

This is very unfortunate, more so when one realizes that the nationalized schools are the legacy of the first PPP government. With the buildings gone and the education department's legs turning to jelly in demanding them back, what was to be done to the students left high and dry? Some were transferred to other schools, while the parents of some other students opted to have their children admitted to other schools.

There were incidents in which teachers of government schools and colleges took to the streets to get their demands across to the government after they felt that the education department had not been interested in giving them an audience.

Some of their demands were accepted by the government but only after an agonisingly long wait, the ever-present bureaucratic red-tape slowing things down. And not just the red-tape. The teachers were, indeed, baton-charged by the law enforcement agencies during one of their protests. It did not stop here either. The women teachers were insulted by the male policemen during their sit-ins in Karachi. A water canon was used against the school-cadre teachers during their rally between the Karachi Press Club and the Governor's House.

The teachers were demanding timescale, promotions and postings as per the new grades. At least seven male and three female teachers who were to retire in a year or two were forcefully transferred to other cities.

Still many teachers have not received promotion orders and postings while there is acute shortage of teaching and non-teaching staff in schools and colleges.

Meanwhile, the schoolteachers who applied for their Annual Confidential Reports (ACR) were asked to give bribe if they wanted to collect their ACRs. It was learnt that the ACR of schoolteachers had not been updated for many years. There was also no concept of overtime, and Rs1,000 a month was the limit for the medical bills.

The merit list of Primary School Teachers (PST), Junior School Teachers (JST) and High School Teachers (HST) was issued in 2009, but only PSTs got appointment letters and postings, but they are yet to get their salaries. The PSTs and the HSTs are yet to get their appointment letters.

There were even complaints about the manner in which recruitment of low grade staff in education department was done. There were allegations of appointments on the basis of political affiliations.

There were predicaments for the students too as the ones who appeared in the annual examinations of Class IX and X witnessed one of the worst situations this year.

To start with the papers were postponed on several occasions because the board could not issue admit cards to many of the students who later staged a sit-in on the MA Jinnah Road just a night before the commencement of the annual examinations. The paper of Islamiat was cancelled on rumours that it was available outside the examination centres well before the exam session officially started.

The board also failed to take any action against the people involved in using unfair means and selling blank answer transcripts of the examinations.

The BSEK was also reluctant to punish those teachers who were found helping some candidates do their papers. On the whole, the Secondary School Certificate annual examinations exposed irregularities, mismanagement and lack of interest on part of the authorities in putting the house in order while using of unfair means during the papers went on unchecked.

Furthermore, the students whom the board had banned from appearing in the exams for three years managed to hoodwink the board.

Meanwhile, the fairness of examinations of technical board were also thrown into doubts when the media alleged that some teachers, including a principal of a college, had been involved in helping students resort to unfair means at the examination centres.

This correspondent had also raised the issue of sale of answer booklets used in the examinations of BA private candidates, but, unfortunately, the University of Karachi preferred to ignore the matter. The government, however, has done a couple of good things too, especially the distribution of free textbooks among the college students of the province and reducing the tuition fees at government colleges. Next thing in the pipeline is the distribution of free textbooks from Class I to Class X students. The news

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LUMHS MBBS results
Hyderabad: The controller of examinations of the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences announced on Thursday result of final professional MBBS annual examination 2010 of LUMHS, Chandika Medical College, People's Medical College and Ghulam Mohammad Mahar Medical College.

Ms Marvi Memon secured the first position by obtaining 1,448 marks, Ms Misbah bagged the second by obtaining 1445 marks and Mohammad Asif Mangi secured the third position by obtaining 1442 marks. Dawn

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College principal kidnapped
Karachi: Unidentified kidnappers on Thursday morning abducted Mono Technical College (MTC), Malir Principal Professor Tajuddin while going to the college within the remits of Surjani police station.

SHO Surjani police station Mussadiq Rafiq said unidentified armed men kidnapped the principal along with his driver near his house in Tesar Town area when he was on his way to the college.

He said the kidnappers left his car (CS-4156) and driver Mohammad Aijaz on Super Highway and took him away in their vehicle. He further said the kidnapping might be the result of an old enmity because some days ago a fight between Tajuddin and another person had occurred. The family of the professor avoided nominating any person.

Police have lodged an FIR (865/2010) under section 365-A on the complaint of the principal's son Raja Abdul Waheed and initiated investigation.

The driver of the professor's car said that the incident occurred at 8:30am when four unidentified armed kidnappers intercepted and kidnapped them but at Super Highway, they left the car and him, taking the professor away in their vehicle. He said that the kidnappers were masked, so he could not identify them.

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SSUET holds workshop
Karachi: The Computer Engineering Department of Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), in collaboration with the Institute of Business Management (IoBM) organised a workshop on IBM DB2 academic and IBM DB2 professional training to create awareness among the computer professionals and students about the industry leading database software IBM DB2.

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DUHS opens training centre
Karachi: Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) launched a Vocational Training Programme in which patients and their attendants will be provided training towards education and skill enhancement, which will help in the direct income generation for the family.

Addressing the participants at the inauguration ceremony Prof Masood Hameed Khan said that the programme is formulated to provide focused vocational and technical education that will augment an individual's capability to formulate, design, develop and implement modern industrial techniques. Daily times

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