HEC chief's brother picked up

Farooq Leghari being taken away in a police mobile
Hyderabad, July 13: Former DCO of Tando Mohammad Khan Dr Farooq Leghari, who is the brother of Higher Education Commission chairman Dr Javed Leghari, was picked up by plain-clothed policemen and Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) officials here on Monday.

Former provincial minister Dr Irfan Magsi said that he had seen Farooq Leghari being taken away in a police mobile on Fatima Jinnah road.

"I was on going to GOR colony in a car when I saw this. By the time I took a U-turn to reach the mobile, it had gone from there", Irfan Magsi said over phone.

Before the incident, Farooq Leghari had met his cousin at his office located off Fatima Jinnah road.

"On Sunday he expressed apprehension that he might be arrested," his cousin said.

No official confirmed the arrest. Deputy Director, ACE, Hyderabad, Aftab Mujaddid Isran, denied the arrest and said that no inquiry was being conducted against Farooq Leghari.

However, sources in the ACE said that the anti-corruption committee-I had approved registration of cases against Farooq Leghari pertaining to a plot of land and parks in Tando Mohammad Khan district.

The ACE-I approves case of government officers working in BPS-17 and above for prosecution. The office of the ACE deputy director located in Shahbaz building here had remained opened on Saturday and Sunday.

An ACE source said that the arrest is not being confirmed because some other officials would also be picked up in the cases. "Normally, the ACE picks up somebody before registering an FIR against them," he said.

Farooq Leghari has been awaiting posting after leaving the charge of the DCO of Tando Mohammad Khan a month ago.

Despite repeated attempts, Dr Javed Leghari could not be contacted on cell phone. However, according to sources, he has consulted a senior lawyer in Islamabad. Dawn

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AKU recognised with international award
Karachi: Aga Khan University (AKU) has been presented with an international award for an innovative land use plan for a university village for its new Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) in Pakistan.

The Merit Award for Excellence in Planning for District or Campus Component was given by the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) to AKU and Goody Clancy, the planning consultants, during a ceremony at its annual conference in Minneapolis, USA on Monday.

The university village will be adjacent to liberal arts undergraduate and graduate professional schools campus being established by AKU in Education City, a collective of education and health institutions that will be set up by the provincial government 50 kilometres (km) outside Karachi, AKU spokesperson said.

As the first university village in Pakistan, it will create 500-plus acres of residential neighbourhoods, retail, service and entertainment facilities to support students, faculty and staff and their families from the university academic campus community, he added.

The university village aims to create an environment that can complement an international liberal arts university that will be unique in Pakistan and the region. It is meant to build a collaborative community of higher learning among people from diverse local and international backgrounds, he mentioned.

Meanwhile, the plan emphasises many types of residential units to meet differing family needs, neighbourhood centres linked by a pedestrian-oriented network of streets and lanes that encourage community life and outdoor spaces that serve recreational and social functions. Above all, it plans for a town that would expand individual choices and presents places that respond to people's needs, he added.

In addition, the environmental sustainability challenges of a hot and arid site have also been met. Strategic use of the limited water supply, energy conservation through building form and natural cooling as well as landscaping using native plants requiring minimal water have all been integrated into the design. "We want to enrich our campus life by offering high quality places for its community to live, work, study and play. A community where open inquiry, interactive learning and dialogue supported by a broad-based education are

promoted," says Karim Nurmohamed, Director General, Planning and Development of Campuses.

This is the second award for the FAS. In 2008, AKU and Payette Associates won an Honour Award for Excellence in Planning for a New Campus for the master plan for FAS, also from SCUP, AKU officials said.

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KU verifies degrees of 103 politicians
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) committee tasked with checking degrees' of politicians has confirmed to Higher Education Commission that 103 out of 106 degrees sent to it for verification were found to be genuine while three degrees were being scrutinized and the decision about their authenticity was yet to be taken. Meanwhile, the Registrar of the KU has announced that the new semester will commence from July 16 instead of July 14. Meanwhile, the University of Karachi and Unikarians International (KU alumni) are jointly organising a ceremony on July 17 at 10 am at the Arts auditorium to acknowledge the efforts of publishing complete volumes by the Urdu Dictionary Board. The news

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