KU session began, evening programs merit list

New Karachi University session commenced
Karachi, Jan 06: A new academic session commenced at the University of Karachi on Monday with the orientation day, held at all departments, according to a KU spokesman.

New entrants were briefed by the chairmen of respective departments about the facilities to be made available to them at the institution. They were also apprised of the rules and regulations of the university.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui's statement welcoming the new students was also read out.

"Immense opportunities of access to knowledge are available in the present day era and students should take full advantage of these in order to equip themselves with the required capabilities to make rapid progress," the statement said.

Evening programme admission list
Karachi: Directorate of the KU evening programme has announced the second list of candidates seeking admission to the BS, Pharm D, MBA, BSCS and BSSE programmes.

A statement issued on Monday said that the enlisted candidates may deposit fee on Jan 6, 9 and 10.

Meanwhile, matters pertaining to degree classes would be discussed at a meeting of principals of the colleges affiliated with the University of Karachi at 11am in the Arts auditorium on Jan 14, a KU spokesman said on Monday. App

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Education dept told to expand scope of fund
Karachi: Sindh Chief Secretary Fazalur Rehman has directed the education secretary to expand the scope of the Endowment Fund (EF) to cover all deserving students who needed financial assistance for higher professional education above the intermediate level.

Merit, besides need, should be the criterion of the selection, he said while presiding over a high-level meeting in his office on Monday.

The chief secretary suggested that the scheme should be expanded to prominent universities and public sector medical colleges of Sindh.

The programme should be publicised properly through the print and electronic media, he added.

The meeting sought suggestions on the criteria for extending assistance to those students who pass their matric exams with distinction but fail to get admission to Class-XI and also those who cannot continue their higher education.

The meeting decided to institutionalise the endowment fund programme and involve principals and headmasters of higher secondary schools through DCOs and EDOs (education) in order to ensure effective utilisation of the funds.

ACS (development) Nazar Hussain Mahar, education secretary Rizwan Memon, services & general administration secretary Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi, finance secretary Fazlullah Pechuho and special finance secretary Naheed Shah were among the officials who attended the meeting. Ppi

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Lecture on Perinatal Depression held at FJWU
Rawalpindi: Causes like past history of psychopathology, psychological disturbance during pregnancy, poor marital relationship, coincidental adverse life events and low social support increase the risk of 'Perinatal Depression'.

This was observed by Dr Jane Fisher, a Clinical Psychologist by profession and Associate Professor at University of Melbourne, who was the guest speaker at a lecture on the mental health problems of women, organised by the Department of Behavioural Sciences at Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) here Monday. The lecture was focused on perinatal depression in women and understanding those aspects of women's lives that affect their mental health.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jane Fisher briefed the audience about the signs and symptoms of depression during pregnancy and different preventive strategies that could be incorporated to avoid postnatal mental health problems. She was of the view that a better understanding of infant needs and temperament, increased marital confidence, and information about common perinatal mental disorders and health problems could help in avoiding the risk of perinatal depression in parents. She said that integrated multidimensional approaches to reduce poverty and prevent gender-based violence are essential to improve mental health problems.

Earlier, Dr Farah Qadir, Incharge Behavioural Sciences Department, welcomed the audience on the occasion. A large number of faculty and students attended the lecture that was of great significance for them being young women. At the end, the university souvenir was also presented to the honourable guest as a token of appreciation by Professor Dr Naheed Zia Khan, Dean Faculty of Law, Commerce, Management & Administrative Sciences and Science & Technology.

Dr Fisher has been involved in different projects of World Health Organisation to develop preventive interventions for postnatal depression. She chairs the Melbourn School of Population Health's Research Higher Degree Committee and is currently working on perinatal mental health in resource-poor countries.

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Beaconhouse investiture ceremony
Rawalpindi: Beaconhouse Senior Girls Branch, Peshawar Road, held its Students Council Investiture ceremony here Monday, says a press release.

During the ceremony for the session 2008-09, badges and sashes were awarded to the students by Head of Beaconhouse School System branches Mrs Saima Rashid, while the school's evaluation general manager graced the occasion as the chief guest.

"I see Nobel Award winners of tomorrow standing among these students," said Mrs Rashid while addressing the student council. Senior Mistress Shazia Amjad took oath from the council members.

She congratulated the parents and the newly elected members of the council. Students took oath that they would maintain the discipline and work towards improving the quality of life at school with dignity, honesty and full devotion. The News

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