Scrutiny of SSC papers | KU lab safety manual

SSC papers' scrutiny applications
Karachi, July 24, 2008: The Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) has announced that applications for scrutiny of scripts of SSC General group annual examinations-2008 will be accepted from July 28 to Aug 25. App

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KU writes lab safety manual
Karachi: The International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Karachi University (KU), has published a safety manual to promote good laboratory practices according to Occupational and Safety Hazards Prevention Authorities (OSHA) standards.

If proper precautions are not taken while working in a laboratory, one can be susceptible to biological hazards, causing ailments such as bronchitis, eye sore, nervous disorders, skin diseases and even cancer, said ICCBS Acting Director Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary while delivering a lecture at the ICCBS Auditorium on Wednesday.

He noted that several types of hazardous chemicals are being used in laboratories, including carcinogenic chemicals, flammables, corrosive substances, methanol, cyanide, mercury etc. "The safety of the best brains of the country and the safety of those around them, as well as the environment, is the foremost responsibility of this institution," he said.

"Masks, lab coats, goggles, gloves etc. are some of the most important safety and precautionary devices which should be used by everyone while in a laboratory. In recent years, ICCBS has adopted a vigorous policy to motivate and engage scientists in the best laboratory practices. An organized effort has been made to develop a safety net and to train individuals in handling emergencies. Common accidents, which often occur simultaneously, are fire, explosion, chemical and thermal burn, cut from broken glass, tubing or thermometers, absorption of toxic but non-corrosive chemicals through the skin and the inhalation of toxic fumes. Lesser common, but obviously more dangerous is the ingestion of a toxic chemical," he said.

Choudhary maintained, "The ICCBS institutions have established, probably, the best possible safety infrastructure and practices. We understand that a lot more needs to be done and we are committed to fulfill this challenge in an ongoing process of development. I am sure the safety manual will be a useful guide for readers and will contribute in promoting safe working practices in ICCBS and other relevant institutions." Daily Times

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New faces to run Sindh's law colleges
Karachi: The Sindh Law department has reconstituted the boards of governors of law colleges throughout Sindh, it was learnt on Wednesday.

According to Sindh Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Ayaz Ahmed Soomro, the decision was taken to improve the quality of law colleges in Sindh. He said that all new appointments have been made purely on merit, and renowned professional lawyers have been brought on board. The government will try to also reduce the tuition fees of law colleges to make them affordable for everyone. The law department has also terminated the services of all non-official members of the boards who were appointed during the tenure of the PML-Q-led government.

"The new members have been appointed for three years. Around eight new members have been appointed to the board of governors affiliated with the University of Karachi (KU)," he said. Seven members each have been appointed to the boards affiliated with the University of Sindh, Jamshoro and Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur.

The status of official members will remain the same. The vice chancellors, a judge of the High Court of Sindh nominated by the chief justice, the law department secretary or his nominee, the Advocate General, Sindh, secretary or additional secretary of the education department and the vice chairman of the provincial bar council will be the official members of each board of governors, while the principals of the three law colleges will be the ex-officio members of their boards.

The newly appointed non-official members for Karachi are Justice (Retd.) Zahid Qurban Alvi, Asif Abdur Razaq Soomro, Khalil Ahmed Qureshi, Abdul Karim Nizamani, Muhammad Nawaz Shaikh, Sadaqat Awan, Hamid Muneer and Riaz Ahmed Lund.

The non-official members for the board of governors of those affiliated with Sindh university include PPP MPA Syed Murad Ali Shah, Barrister Pir Mujeeb-ul-Haq, Zia-ul-Hassan Lanjar, Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Salahuddin Panwar, Dildar Ahemd Pathan, Ghulam Uquali and Abdul Majeed Bhatti.

The non-official members for the board of governors of colleges affiliate with Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur are Sajjad Kolachi, Bilawal Burero, Syed Abdul Latif Shah, Mukesh Kumar, Syed Mushtaq Hussain Shah, Sardar Khan Chandio and Abdul Hakim Brohi.

The law minister added that, at present, around a dozen law colleges are running in the public sector, while several private colleges are also functioning in the province. According to him, law students studying at government colleges pay around Rs 8,000 to 10,000 annually in fees. "Private colleges charge double this amount," he added. "The government will try to reduce the fees being charged by private colleges by putting pressure on the board of governors."

Responding to a question, Soomro said that for the first time, the law department has given representation to all districts in the three boards of governors in the province. He alleged that all sacked non-official members had been appointed on a political basis. Daily Times

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