NED University 19th convocation 2011
NED convocation on 19th
Karachi, Feb 08: The registrar of the NED University of Engineering and Technology, Javed Aziz Khan,
on Friday said that the convocation 2011 would be held on February 19 on the
main campus of the university.
The successful candidates of BE Civil,
Mechanical, Electrical, Computer and Information Systems, Textile, Electronic,
Industrial and Manufacturing, Urban, Telecommunications, Petroleum, Marine,
Automotive, Material and Chemical Engineering (Batch 2006-07), BCIT Degree
(Batch 2006-07), BE Bio and Medical Engineering (Batch 2005-06), and B Arch
(Batch 2005-06), as well as students who passed examinations in 2010-11 in M
Engg, MEM, MURP and MCIT, would receive degrees, he said.
Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan, who is also the chancellor of the university, will preside
over the convocation. The convocation rehearsal will be held on February 18.
The last date for the submission of the application form for the
convocation is February 10. The convocation corms could be downloaded from the
university's website. A convocation counter has been established at the
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KU announces guidelines for BCom candidates
Karachi: The registrar of the University of Karachi has announced that the candidates
appearing in BCom examinations could enter the university from Gate No. 1 and
the Maskan Gate. In a statement on Friday, he said the candidates would not be
allowed to bring their vehicles inside the university. The vehicles should be
parked at the parking lots near the gates, he added. The news
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SSUET awards Rs 261 million scholarships to 15,000 students
Karachi: Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET)
spent more than Rs 261 million on providing scholarships to some 15,000 students
since its establishment in 1994-95 under an Act of Sindh government. "It is our
commitment and we proved it that no student will be allowed to give up education
because of mere financial constraints," remarked Chancellor SSUET ZA Nizami. He
pointed out that aside from this amount given for scholarships, the university
provided millions of rupees out of its endowment fund as financial assistance
for deserving students and the university staff. He said the university's
endowment fund instituted with Rs 250 million three years back had reached Rs
The chancellor informed that out of the profit earned on endowment
funds, 50 percent is used in providing financial assistance and 50 percent on
development. Under the development head, Rs 14 million had been earmarked during
the current financial year, which was increased to Rs 15 million because of
better return on the investment, which today amounts to Rs 826.471 million as
against the investment of Rs 4.72 million made in 1993-94, he pointed out. This
year, he said, the university is spending Rs 40 million on providing
scholarships to students who earn a GP of 3 or above. app
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Prof Dr Naeem appointed Jinnah University for Women VC
Karachi: Prof Dr Naeem Faruqui has been appointed as the Vice-Chancellor
of the Jinnah University for Women, Karachi. A spokesperson of the
institution said on Monday that he has taken over the charge of the
office. Prof Faruqui replaces Prof Dr Riaz Ahmed Hashmi, who stepped
down after remaining in office for 12 years. He cited personal reasons
while resigning from the post, the spokesperson further pointed out. The
new incumbent was earlier serving the university as its Pro
Vice-Chancellor for the past over six months. app
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Grand literature festival concludes on a memorable note
Karachi: The grand two-day literary extravaganza, Karachi Literature Festival 2011, sponsored
jointly by the British Council and the Oxford University Press (Pakistan), came
to a close Sunday evening.
The event which pulled large crowds not only
from all over town but also from the whole country and overseas, was a true
indicator of the oozing intellectual and literary potential that lies untapped.
The festival highlighted some very positive facts about the country. For
one, it incontrovertibly proved that while Pakistan in the West may be held
synonymous with suicide bombings, extremism, and socio-economic imbalances,
there was also another side to the country, and that was the oozing intellectual
and creative potential that lies hidden beneath the surface.
attendance which on many occasions made seating a problem so that many of the
participants had to sit on the floor is testimony to the yearning for
intellectual pursuits that pervades society. Habitual critics of the country and
the system got a chance to see for themselves the creativity of the Pakistani
diaspora in the form of all the Pakistanis who have made a mark for themselves
in the literary field overseas and have won accolades. So many of them graced
the festival. This must have been a source of joy for a great many among us.
One of the many discussions was titled "Is the reading deadT and other
There could be no greater measure of a society's progress than
the reading habit but unfortunately the reading habit in Pakistan seems to be a
dying phenomenon. These views were expressed by noted journalist Ghazi
Salahuddin on the second and closing day of the Karachi Literature Festival
2011. He was speaking at a panel discussion titled "Is reading dead and other
He said the reading habit could be gauged by the state of the
publishing industry and newspaper circulation.
In China and India over
the recent years, he said, there had been a six percent increase in newspaper
circulation. In Pakistan's case, he said, it was very low and was dwindling.
Total newspaper circulation in Pakistan was just equal to the English language
newspapers' circulation of the city of New Delhi.
"Reading habits are
intellectual capital", he said. In this connection he quoted his trip to Brazil
last year where he said he saw roadside kiosks selling books and newspapers. He
also decried the gradual end to intellectual activity in the country and in this
context cited the dying cinema trade and said that cinema was a highly
productive intellectual activity. "Lack of reading habit is a very grave matter
for a society", he said.
Noted educationist Anita Ghulam Ali, while
agreeing with Salahuddin in principle, said that it would be wrong to say that
the habit was totally dead and felt that there was no need for despondency. She
said that in order to revive intellectual activity in the country, we would have
to get our priorities right. While there was a steady increase in the number of
Prados costing millions, on the roads, 1,000 schools had been wound up. What
were once libraries are being converted into internet cafes, she said. She
suggested that publishers should print their works on recycled paper which would
make books more affordable for the less affluent groups.
Zehra said, "It is the book that turns a man into a human being".
have drawn away from knowledge in search of skill and fabulous salaries and in
the process put intellect low down on the scale of priorities", she said. This
was one reason, she said tolerance had deserted our society.
on our priorities, she said, "We have no compunction in buying a Pizza for
Rs1000, but if a book costs Rs500, we grumble that its far too expensive and out
of a person's reach.
Attiya Abbas suggested, "Carry a book all the time.
Wherever you have to wait or you have time, just read".
Director, Oxford University Press Ameena Saiyid, OBE, disagreed with the other
panelists , saying that there still was a great demand for books and said she
was saying this on authority as she had been in the publishing trade for such a
long time. She said sales of books specially had gone up since the OUP started
reprints of foreign authors in Pakistan.
"Literature is all about morality, not just entertainment", said
Dr Adrian Husain, an international acclaimed authority on Shakespeare and a
noted English language Pakistani author, quoting Salinger. Every writer adopts a
stance and has a person to represent his stance, Dr Husain said. He was
conducting a workshop, titled, "Primal rites: fiction and its sources". Fiction
is not just something that involves the writing of novels but is an act of
imagination where we catch primitive man inscribing himself in terms of
artificial symbols or images on Papyrus, wood or stone. Fiction he said also
entails commenting on the social or political conditions of a certain society or
country through mythical figures and events.
In this context, he quoted
Nabakov and his novel invitation to a wedding. Through imaginary characters and
events, Dr Husain said, Nabakov is actually depicting the appalling conditions
of in a totalitarian Soviet Union. He quoted Nabakov thus: power is in the mind.
This was a pointer at the totalitarian states.
At the plenary session featuring Dr Karen Armstrong, Senior
Teachers' trainer Abbas Husain interviewed the former Carmelite nun. The session
was titled, "A charter of compassion", was an interactive affair where instead
of a speech, it was all a question-answer session. Abbas Husain's opening
question was," Prescription of compassion treats underlying symptoms of disease.
What would you say about the underlying cause. Dr Armstrong replied, "Ego". She
said that expecting others to accept what we want them to leads to intolerance
and a clash. Too often, she said, we go into a dialogue to win it rather than to
reach a solution, be it between individuals or nations.
This, she said,
led to endless friction. Our positive beliefs are prejudices to others. "We
really know so little about one another", she said and in this context she
quoted the misconceptions that exist about Islam in the western countries or a
highly distorted picture of western values that exists in countries like
Pakistan. "Diversity within oneself and among others should be appreciated and
we should be open to change".
Answering a question from the floor, she
described her journey from the religious life of a monastery to her present
approach to faith. She said that she was a young nun ,20, when, account of some
personal incidents at the monastery, she thought that religion was not her
calling. She said she gave up the vows and the religious life and for a period
she was totally divorced from religion. Then she took to studying comparative
religions in-depth and viewing them from a different perspective. That is how
she returned to the fold of religion. She said that this new endorsement of hers
of religions was enhanced by a study of Buddhism. "I drew sustenance form all
religions, she said.
"We must speak up against injustice and cruelty. In
our dialogue, we should not bludgeon our detractor's head if he doesn't agree",
"God does not take sides", she said. All along during her
lectures at the festival, she made it absolutely clear that she was a firm
believer and had not renounced God.
In another panel discussion titled,
"The writing of history without bias, noted academic and social activist Dr
Pervez Hoodbhoy said that the purpose of recording history was toto categorise
facts and place them in the proper perspective. He said unfortunately that was
not the case especially in the context of this sub-continent He quoted the
example of the secession and said that the common man had been made to believe
that East Pakistan seceded because the Hindus were cunning and crafty and
through their cunning, they succeeded in breaking up Pakistan.
in our history do we read about the way the people of East Pakistan had been
exploited by the west. Nobody talks of the gaping economic disparity between the
two wings that after two decades led to hostilities. Nobody talks of the way the
east Pakistanis right to form the government was subverted by the people of West
Pakistan". He said there had been four wars between India and Pakistan but there
were different narratives about each one of them.
Hamida Khuhro had her
own version and said that it took time for the actual facts to come to light and
the actual conditions that precipitated a certain situation. "We have to wait
for at least fifty years after an event occurs for the actual facts and
causative factors to emerge". She said.
Dr Jean-Luc Racine, an academic
from France, said that writing of history depended of rethinking national or
priorities and in this context various versions about the two world wars coming
out from the western countries.
The last event of the day was a panel
discussion titled "Poetry and privilege" compered by Dr Adrian Husain. The
panelists comprised Zulfikar Ghose, a Pakistani now settled in the USA who till
recently taught English at the Austin State University at Texas; Salman T
Kureshi, and a young poet from England Joe Dunthorne. All the panelists who
happened to be poets recited their verse decrying poetry as an elitist pursuit
and the privilege of the elite.
born on November
14, 1944, is a British author of numerous works on comparative religion, who
first rose to prominence in 1993 with her highly successful A History of God. A
former Roman Catholic nun, she asserts that "All the great traditions are saying
the same thing in much the same way, despite their surface differences."
Armstrong was honoured by the New York Open Center in 2004 for her
"profound understanding of religious traditions and their relation to the
born in 1963, is a Pakistani-American
author of the critically acclaimed short-story collection In Other Rooms, Other
Wonders, published in the United States in 2009 and in 19 other countries in 16
Mueenuddin was the winner of the 2010 Rosenthal Family
Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Rooms, Other Wonders was the winner of The Story Prize for 2009, and was
selected among TIME magazine's top ten books of the year.
born in 1964, is a Pakistani writer and journalist. He was born in Okara
and graduated from Pakistan Air Force Academy as a pilot officer but
subsequently left to pursue a career in journalism. In 1996, he moved to London
to work for the BBC.
His first novel A Case of Exploding Mangoes (2008)
was shortlisted for the 2008 Guardian First Book Award. He has also written
plays for the stage and screen, including a BBC drama and the movie, The Long
born on July 11, 1950, is a well-known
Pakistani nuclear physicist, essayist and political-defence analyst. He is the
professor of nuclear and high-energy physics, and the head of the Physics
Department at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
received PhD from MIT and continues to do research in Particle physics. He
received the Baker Award for Electronics in 1968, and the Abdus Salam Prize
for Mathematics in 1984.
born on March 21, 1943, in
Lucknow, is an Urdu poet and scholar from Pakistan. He has headed Academy
Adbiyat, the Pakistan Academy of Letters and currently, he is the Chairman of
Muqtadra Quami Zaban, the National Language Authority. He has been decorated
with Hilal-e-Imtiaz, Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Presidential Pride of Performance,
highest literary awards by Government of Pakistan. Arif's poetry has been
translated into a number of languages, including English, Russian, German,
Persian, Hindi and Bhasha.
is eminent Urdu
fiction writer. He was born on December 7, 1923 in Dibai, Bulandshahr India but
migrated to Pakistan in 1947. He writes short stories and novels in Urdu and
columns for newspapers in English. Hussain has developed a unique prose style
and has received many awards from Pakistan, India and the Middle East. The
Seventh Door, Leaves are some of his books translated into English. His few
prominent writings are "Hindustan Se Aakhri Khat", "Agay Samander hai",
"Shehr-e-Afsos"jataka tales" and "Wo Jo Kho Gaye".
born in 1973, is a Pakistani novelist, who writes in the English
language. She was brought up in Karachi.
Kamila's first novel In The City
By The Sea was published in 1998. It was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys
Prize in the UK, and she received the prime minister's Award for Literature in
Pakistan in 1999. Her second novel, Salt and Saffron, followed in 2000, after
which she was selected as one of Orange's 21 Writers of the 21st century.
is chief curator of the Oriental Department at the
Museum of Ethnology in Munich as well as lecturer in Islamic Studies at the
University of Erlangen-Nuernberg. Since 1981 he has been teaching Anthropology
and Islamic Studies at different universities in Germany. He has also been a
visiting lecturer at the Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad (National
Institute of Pakistan Studies), the National College of Arts in Lahore, as well
as Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. The news
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Ibad for making exams system transparent
Karachi: Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan has directed that the examinations system be streamlined and made transparent so that the
students get better chances to make headway.
He was chairing a meeting
held at the Governor House here on Sunday.
The matters pertaining to the
educational and technical boards were discussed at the meeting which was
attended by the heads of the boards. The governor is also the controlling
authority of the boards in the province.
The governor directed that merit
should be ensured in the system of examinations and the rules and regulations
should be in accordance with the present day needs.
He also stressed that
a uniform system should be in vogue in all the boards.
Chairman Board of
Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai, who is also the
chief of the Inter-Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC), gave a detailed briefing
on the occasion.
He informed that in the year 2003 a total of 1.2 million
students had appeared in the examinations of secondary and intermediate boards
in the province and that in 2010 this number went up to 1.9 million and the
increase per annum is to the tune of nine percent.
Prof Anwar stated that
on the directive of the governor, the review committee has completed the review
for streamlining the rules and regulations of all the boards and that the
process is now being given a final shape.
He also informed that a
regional office of the IBCC has been established in Karachi and O and A level
students would get the facility pertaining to equivalence in the
Prof Anwar further pointed out that the examinations and office
record of the boards has been computerised. The websites of the boards have been
activated and students are provided required forms and instruction on the
websites. It was informed that the boards would get the certificates printed
through the Security Printing Press.
Prof Anwar said that for making the
examinations system transparent, the format of the papers has been changed.
Twenty percent questions would be objective, 30 percent descriptive and 50
percent short answers.
The system pertaining to dispatch of question
papers and the collection of the same has been improved. The facilities are the
examinations centres and the vigilance system has also been improved.
governor directed that instead of hiring furniture for the examinations centres,
the academic institutions be provided funds to improve their infrastructure. app
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Library, research centre opens
Karachi: A library and a research centre set up in a building
donated by the widow of Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief's brother for this
purpose was inaugurated on Sunday.
The three-storey library
building, which has different sections for children, women and men, is equipped
with state-of-the-art facilities and computer system.
The inaugural ceremony of the Nasir and Arif Hussain Memorial Library and
Research Centre, named after MQM chief Altaf Hussain's brother and nephew who
were killed in December 1995, was held in Federal B Area. Besides senior
leadership of the MQM, a large number of people, including writers,
intellectuals, professionals, attended the inaugural programme.
In his address from London over telephone, Altaf Hussain said that the
library and research centre was for every citizens and it was established to
Dr Farman Fatehpuri, Karachi University Vice Chancellor Dr Pirzada Qasim and
Managing Trustee of the Khidmat-i-Khalq Foundation Syed Mustafa Kamal also
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