Sindh university students clash

Academic activities suspended at SU
Hyderabad, Jan 29: Academic activities were suspended at the Sindh University on Thursday after buses were not allowed to leave the campus to take students and teachers from Hyderabad and Jamshoro reportedly by the student wing of the ruling party.

The Sindh People's Students Federation and Jeay Sindh Students Federation are at loggerheads with each other over registration of a criminal case against SPSF leaders for murder of a JSSF activist, Asad Abbasi.

The SPSF demands withdrawal of the case while the JSSF is protesting against delay in arrest of the accused.

Sources at the campus said that the two groups exchanged fire on Wednesday evening.

The SPSF leaders had agreed in a meeting with university administration chaired by Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq on Jan 18 that the classes would not be disturbed.

Sources said that the SPSF leaders held a meeting with the university registrar on Thursday and assured that no boycott would be imposed on Friday.

Efforts are under way to reconcile the two warring groups and bring them to table.

Later, The Controller of Examinations, University of Sindh on Thursday notified postponement of viva voce examinations of college side (External) B.A Pass Part-I.

Examinations scheduled for January 30 and 31, would now be conducted on February 4 and February 6, respectively.

The Director Admissions, University of Sindh extended the date for submission of admission forms for admissions to MSc Rural Development External programme up to February 1.

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KU and Hamburg university signed agreement
Karachi: The International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi (KU), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The University of Hamburg, Germany, to further enhance research cooperation between both the countries in the area of natural sciences and bioinformatics.

An official of the ICCBS on Thursday said that Director ICCBS Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Chaudhary on behalf of the centre signed the MoU in his recent visit to Germany.

He said that the basic objective of agreement was to initiate and promote scientific cooperation and academic exchange in the field of natural sciences and bio-informatics between the University of Hamburg and academic institutions of Pakistan, supported by the ICCBS and the Ministry of Science and technology.

He added that University of Hamburg will accept up to 10 MS and PhD students annually upon availability of supervising- and teaching- capacity, who fulfill the admission criteria of the university; these scholars will be supported by the ICCBS or other funding institutions of Pakistan.

It was agreed that the majority of these students will be admitted in the fields of Bioinformatics, Structural Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. It was also agreed that annual workshops will be organised in both the countries in the fields of Bio-informatics and Structural & Systems Biology.

These events will be held on rotation basis with one year in Pakistan and the following year in Germany. In Pakistan, the host institutions will cover the local hospitality of 10 to 15 guest scientists. It was also agreed that the first two workshops will be held in Karachi and Islamabad. The news

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Karachi varsity holidays
Karachi: The University of Karachi has announced that it will remain closed on Jan 30 and Feb 5 on account of Urs of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai and the Kashmir Day, respectively.

Since the last date for admission to degree colleges affiliated with the university has been fixed as Jan 30, the college administrations are uncertain whether the last date will be extended beyond Jan 30 or not in view of the holiday. Dawn

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Youm-e-Hussain marked at KU
Karachi: We should convey the message of Imam Hussain (RA) to humanity that peace lies with truth and that the truth is confirmed when one makes sacrifices, said University of Karachi (KU) Vice Chancellor Prof. Pirzada Qasim while delivering his presidential address on Thursday at "Youm-e-Hussain" organised at the univerity.

The event was organised by a student advisor, Dr Tanveer Khalid, in collaboration with the Imamia Students Organisation.

Qasim said that sacrifices can only be made when one has full trust in God and divine justice. He said that peace cannot be made possible and uncertainty cannot be dispelled till the people of the world, individually and collectively, follow the path of Karbala, which leads to the truth, as well as showing magnanimous moral courage for immorality.

Maulana Agha Syed Jawwad Naqvi appreciated the efforts by students and administration for organising the event. "There is a lot to learn from Karbala, Imam Hussain (RA) and the sacrifices he and his family made to save Islam. We should not move with Hussain history, instead the need is to move with him in reality, revolution and change. Each of us should act as like Hussain because when we follow Hussain in his method, thought and spirit we can revive the soul of Karbala. It should be remembered that our current social and moral problems emerged out of our negligence; we should not let any more Yazeeds devour Muslim nations", he remarked.

Dr Ehsan ul Haq, a senior Professor at the Department of Arabic, pointed out that one should look for commonalities among Muslims, the only way through which one can fight against negative powers.

Maulana Abbas Waziri said that Hussain was a personality who lived with the message of Allah and sought inspirations from the message for all aspects of his personality. It is impossible to confine Hussain and Karbala to a certain time or place or a group of people.

Dr Zahid Ali Zahidi, Department of Persian, Maulana Atta-ur-Rehman, and other speakers said that whoever is with the Karbala of Imam Hussain cannot pledge allegiance to an oppressors, nor can he stand along with him. The incident of Karbala is the most tragic incident of Human history but there is a lot to learn from this tragedy.

At this event, special security measures were taken by Security Advisor, Dr. Khalid Iraqi, ISO scouts. Stalls from various political parties including PSA, APMSO, PSF and ISO were also placed at the varsity. Sabeel-e-Imam Hussain was placed as a reminder to the impending thirst which Imam Hussain (A.S) and his family had undergone on the fateful days at Karbala.

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Lumhs annual Budget
Hyderabad: The senate of the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences approved annual budget of the university for 2009-10 at a meeting here on Thursday.

The budget envisages an income of Rs773.120 million and expenditure of Rs859.830 million, showing a deficit of Rs86.689 million.

The university's vice-chancellor Prof Noshad Ahmed Shaikh presided over the meeting.

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Leadership conference held
Karachi: Zenith Leadership and Development Conference 2010 was conducted at the Institute of Business Management from January 22 to January 24 under the umbrella of the Strategic Human Resource Society.

The objective of Zenith was to develop experience, knowledge-base and skill-sets of participants, and to develop a pool of young professionals through a series of seminars, workshops, activities, classroom-based training sessions, and coaching. The programme focused on academic activities during the day and entertainment-based activities at night. Each day had its own individual theme which was in line with the overall vision of Zenith.

Having successfully conducted the first edition last year, Zenith was able to attract a talented pool of students from diverse schools ranging from Bayview, The Lyceum School, Nixor, Southshore as well as renowned universities such as Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Szabist and Iqra University.

The theme of the first day was 'Self Evaluation', to help facilitate the delegates tap into their strengths and weakness so that they could mould themselves to reach their potential. CEO School of Leadership, Shireen Naqvi spoke about the importance of having an identity. She emphasised the need to break out of societal constraints and drive towards careers that one is passionate about. This was followed by an amusing and insightful session by Sohail Zindani, Chief Learning Officer of LEARNINGMINDS. During the evening, participants were given the opportunity to have the spotlight on them during the Talent Hunt which was followed by a gig.

The emphasis on the second day was on 'Organisational Life'. The purpose was to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical life. CEO 180 degrees, Qashif Effendi spoke about the art of persuasion. This was followed by a lecture by Shahbaz Ali Baig in which delegates were taught how to cope and adapt to politics in organisational life. After the sessions, a highly competitive and exhaustive Sports Meet was organised.

The third day was dedicated to providing career-related guidance to delegates. A role model session was held in which the delegates got the opportunity to candidly talk with the role models about their life experiences and ask for guidance. The session consisted of eminent personalities including George Fulton, Nushra Ajmal, Yousuf B. Qureshi, and others.

The role model session was followed by an amazing session on 'Emotional Genuis' conducted by Umair Jaliawala, Chief Turning Officer-Torque followed by a lecture on the advent of social media, conducted by Abid Nasim.

The Masquerade Ball and formal dinner wrapped up three, fun-packed and highly educational days at the Zenith 2010. The news

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