Girls secure all top positions in BSc Part-II
Karachi, July 03: Girls secured all the three top positions in BSc Part-II annual examinations 2009 as 997 students passed the examination out of 3209 candidates who had appeared, announced Controller Examinations University of Karachi (KU) on Friday. The passing percentage was 31.06.
As per the gazette released by the Examination Department of the university, Faiza Faruq daughter of Ghulam Faruq, a student of Khatoon-e-Pakistan Government Degree College for Women, achieved the first position by securing 1359 marks out of total 1600. The second position was secured by Falak Naz daughter of Kabeer Ahmed, a student of DJ Sindh Government Science College, who achieved 1290 marks. While the third position went to Madhia Abdullah daughter of Muhammad Abdullah, a student of the DHA Degree College for Women, who obtained 1266 marks.
According to the results, 562 students passed the exam with first division, 419 candidates with second and 16 were declared passed with third division.
The Controller Examinations said that six results were withheld for want of particulars and two for want of enrolment, while one case of unfair means was reported during the exams.Your Comments
KU exams for Saturday postponed
Karachi: The University of Karachi has announced that all the exams scheduled to be held on Saturday have been postponed.
The new dates for the exams will be announced later, said Vice Chancellor KU.
Acting deans at KU await confirmation
Karachi: Three acting deans at the University of Karachi are awaiting confirmation for the past many months.
Professors Shaheed Nomani, Ghulam Mehdi and Drakhshan Jabeen Haleem of the faculties of Arts, Islamic Studies and Science, respectively, have been working in a limited capacity dealing with "routine matters" only.
A former chairman of the Department of Pharmacology and a member of the KU syndicate, Prof Dr Rafeeq Alam Khan criticised the Governor's House for what he said "dragging its feet" in taking a decision in this connection.
According to the general practice, the vice chancellor sends names of three senior-most professors to the governor, who also happens to be the chancellor of the university, while they also appoint the senior of the three as acting dean.
Then follows the gruesome wait for the three candidates while the acting dean's hands are tied in the meantime as they cannot act decisively until a final decision is taken.
This creates an impasse which affects the functioning of the faculty as some teachers do not take the acting dean seriously.
A senior professor in the Arts Faculty, who requested anonymity, criticized the Governor's House for the inordinate delay in deciding the matter.
"It is disgusting. Years of research and academic rigour are dragged through the mire as the principal secretary to the governor 'interviews' a professor," the senior professor said.
It may be recalled that the dean of Islamic Studies, Prof Jalaluddin Noori, is currently under suspension on charges of plagiarism, and Prof Ghulam Mehdi is holding the charge of the faculty.
Meanwhile, Prof Dr Ghazala Rizwani took charge of the dean of the faculty of pharmacy on Friday from Prof Dr Syed Waseemuddin Ahmed who had completed his three year tenure.
'PCMD spent Rs20m on neuroscience section'
Karachi: Dr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD), University of Karachi (KU), has spent around Rs20 million to develop its neurological section. The participation of women in neurological sciences has become inevitable.
These views were expressed by Director International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), KU Prof. M Iqbal Choudhary while speaking at the concluding ceremony of the two-day symposium entitled "Women in World Neuroscience", held on Friday at ICCBS, KU. Around 150 researchers and academics from different areas of neurosciences participated in the symposium, jointly organised by Dr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD) and Women in World Neuroscience, an International Organisation.
The main objective of the event was to create awareness about the role of women in national development through their contribution in science and technology, especially in the field of Neuroscience. Dr Choudhary said that as per the recommendation of the KU Vice-Chancellor, PCMD was going to hold an Asian level conference in the metropolis next year to promote neuroscience in the country.
Around 50 per cent population comprises on women that is why women scientists should be in the majority because a greater part of the women in the society was suffering with psychological and neurological disorders. To support the field of neuroscience, PCMD has inked several MoUs with different health organisations like Dow Medical University, he said.
The organiser Prof. Dr Fatima Shad said that all women neuroscientists, physiologists and clinical neurologists were going to form a network to promote neurological science in the country, and help deprived women; there is a need to provide a forum for fostering interaction and partnership among the neuroscientists at the national level. She said, around 70 per cent married women were affected with depression due to family and social disturbances in the country.
Despite this problem, Pakistani women are serving on top positions in different institutions of the country, which shows their mental strength. There was a general lack of acknowledgement of the scientific contributions of Pakistani women. The symposium has provided an overview of the neuroscience to female scholars and students to their develop interest in this exciting field.
'Following biosafety rules a must to avoid infections'
Karachi: Following biosafety and biosecurity rules is necessary during medical treatment of a patient to avoid infections, said University of Karachi (KU) Pro-Vice Chancellor Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi.
Dr Kazmi, a professor of Microbiology, was addressing a workshop on Friday regariding biological and chemical safety, organised by Biosafety Association of Pakistan in collaboration with the PMRC at the National Institute of Child Health, Karachi.
She said that by following biosafety rules, one would be able to save themselves as well as the environment and this could be done by doing simple things, such as washing hands or wearing gloves. In her inaugural lecture on the occasion, she spoke on different modes an infection spreads and the methods to control the spread.
She also stressed on changing gloves and wearing face masks, especially N-95 respirators, while dealing with patients of nosocomial infections, such as Swine flu and avain influanza. She also stressed on the need of protecting health care workers, especially by vaccinating them for Hepatitis B and other preventable diseases. Besides, she said that every laboratory should be supervised by a qualified person.
NICH Director Dr Jamal Raza said on the occasion that following biosafety rules is very important to control transmission of infections. The people have become used to following old trends so they agree with difficulty to adopt biosafety rules but this is the need of the day. "Every journey begins with one step, and we have taken the first step by organising this workshop. This is a useful experience and will create awareness among our paramedical staff," he said.
Dr Kaneez Fatima Shad from foreign faculty at the ICCBS, KU, spoke on chemical biosafety, saying that everyone should know about hazards of materials they use. "Always handle unknown specimens as hazardous, report all accidents, injuries, fires and spills to biosafety officer or any other responsible person," she suggested. She said that selection of right locations for fire exits, eye wash stations, showers and first-aid and spill kits is also necessary.
Meanwhile, Dr Aqeel Ahmed, a professor of Microbiology at KU, spoke on safe disposal of medical and laboratory waste. "In Pakistan, hospital waste is more than 300 million tons, which is very huge to dispose and treat, out of this only 20 per cent is hazardous. We should have separate containers for different types of waste, so that hazardous waste could be disposed separately," she said, adding that used syringes should be disposed in hard bags to avoid injuries to persons handling this waste.
Dr Rafiq Khanani, director of the Dow Research Laboratory, demonstrated how to deal with spill management. For needle stick injuries or cuts with human blood, one should immediately flush with soap and water and screen for Hepatitis B and C and HIV, he said. Biological spill kits should be available in all laboratories and wards, the doctor added.
KU takes strict measures for MA exam
Karachi: As per instruction of Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, the University of Karachi took administrative measures on the second day of the M.A.External Annual Examination 2010. In this regard vigilance and monitoring teams along with the security teams monitored the centers yesterday and today as well, which resulted in only one case of use of unfair means.
Fake degrees scandal - Comments
Larkana: More shocking than the fake degrees scandal is the fact that even some seemingly sensible people are falling for the lame excuses and defences being presented by those who have been hit by the scandal. The issue is not whether or not the degree requirement still exists, since it clearly has been done away with. The issue is not whether it was a good law or a bad one, because it clearly was a bad law as the people have the right to elect anyone they want to represent them. The issue is that those who presented fake degrees perpetrated a massive fraud on the people. Does their dishonesty not matter at all? Are such dishonest people fit to rule and decide the fate of the nation, not to mention be the guardians of the national wealth? That is the issue here.
I know that today dishonesty is regarded as a positive and laudable merit rather than a crime and breach of ethics worthy of condemnation. But mercifully there still exist among us such souls who cringe at the thought of being ruled by dishonest people. It is said that since fake-degree holders were not targeted in the 2002-2008 period, there is no reason for this to happen now. They are right in pointing out that fake-degree holders should have been prosecuted in 2002 and the fact that they were not is an unpardonable crime. But should dishonesty be now condoned as a fait accompli just because some crooks got away with it back then? This is like saying that if someone got away with murder in the past no one should be tried for murder now. The very idea is utterly preposterous and indicates that the fake degree holders are only grasping at straws. -By Ameer Bhutto
Islamabad: What surprises me most is that a large number of our politicians and even our president (going by his statement reported on July 1) seem to be of the opinion that it's fine to have fake degrees and that since parliament is sovereign, representing popular will in a sense, it can get away with anything. But this is not really the case. In elementary political terms, an elected parliament is indeed the sovereign representative of the people but it has to be of high repute and able to safeguard the public interests and aspirations.
It is also subject to checks and balances of a constitutional nature that are set up to regulate its conduct and activities just as it is there to provide checks to other state institutions. There is no 'absolute license' in a democracy such as being portrayed presently. Moreover, do these parliamentarians with fake degrees really and truly represent the popular aspirations? It seems from the strong public response on this issue that people feel angry and befooled. -By Omer Saleem
Islamabad: This is regarding the Fake-degrees issue. Treason aside, this goes on to prove that our country is, in fact, being run by uneducated cheaters. I, for one, am sick of the two-bit circus clowns embarrassing my country and me at an international level, and would request that these jesters simply be sent back. I feel certain that my sentiments are shared by all citizens of our country. -By Aatiqa Lateef
Islamabad: Lots of strange but interesting, nay, hilarious, things happen in our beloved homeland. But hearing 'a degree is a degree, be it real or fake' and that too from no less a person than the chief minister of a province is an all-time insuperable! As if to supplement it, it is no less amusing to see a lady MNA and that too the daughter of a leading leader of one of our deeni parties, making the remark, "It is not proper to bring this matter into the limelight and defame the members who belong to different parties." She has, at least, succeeded in convincing us that the chief minister is not the only supporter of fake degrees. -By Dr M. Zafar Iqbal. The news
KU clears degrees of 28 MPs
Karachi: Karachi University (KU) has certified degrees of 28 parliamentarians, source revealed on Friday.
Source in KU on the condition of the anonymity said the three members committee comprising of Pro-vice Chancellor Nasir Khan, Registrar, Doctor Kaleem Raza Khan and Aqil Barni have cleared the degrees of 28 parliamentarians including former Chief Minister Sindh Dr Arbab Ghullam Rahim, MQM Leader Dr Farooq Sattar and Provincial Health Minister Dr Saghir Ahmed.
The source said the committee has passed 10 degrees of B.Com, 10 MBBS, seven LLB and one degree of Engineering. The nation
Varsity employees protest against cut in budget
Hyderabad: The employees of public sector universities held protest demonstration here on Friday against the deduction of budget of the universities in Sindh. The demonstration was part of week long protest on call of All Sindh Universities Employees Federation and it was 5th day on Friday. The employees of various universities including Sindh, Mehran, Liaquat and Agriculture university ofTando Jam participated in the protest which was led by federation president Hussain Bux Weeser, secretary general Ghulam Nabi Bhalai, Soomar Jamali and Ayub Lashari.
They told media that government through higher education commission has decided to deduct the budget of public sector universities due to which the universities in Sindh were to be affected adversely. They said that in whole world the governments allocate more funds for higher educational institutions due to which the research centers, science laboratories and experiment centers of universities continue to function and contribute. They said that is why our scholars visit the universities and other educational institutions to get more knowledge. They said prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had made announcement on 23 February 2010 at Peshawar that budget of higher educational institutions would be increased but the June budget was against his announcement.
They asked the Sindh government and people of the province to take notice of this deduction and include budget of educational institutions in their priorities and if they kept silence on this stage the next generation would not excuse them. They said with this act of the government the youth of Sindh would be pushed to 50 years back. They said they have made it clear to authorities that budget cut was to affect research and study work of universities as such they made appeal to president, prime minister, federal education minister and chairman higher education commission to withdraw cuts otherwise the federation would be compelled to go for third phase of protest. Ppi
Court issues notices in BISE promotion case
Sukkur: The Sindh High Court's Sukkur bench has issued notices to the governor of Sindh, secretary of education, chairman of the Sukkur Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, asking them to file comments on out-of-turn promotions and direct postings in the board.
The division bench, comprising Justice Bhajan Das Tejvani and Justice Imam Bux Baloch, issued the notices on Thursday on a petition filed by five grade-17 officers of the BISE.The petitioners said that according to the board's policy, 75 per cent posts were filled through promotion of next-in-line employees and only 25 per cent were taken in from outside.
However, the Sukkur BISE authorities were filling 95 per cent posts through direct appointments, deputation and contract, thus depriving BISE employees of their legitimate right to promotion to next grade.
They cited as an example an audit officer, Safdar Iqbal, who had been appointed directly for three years and another Abdul Qadir Dharejo had been brought from education department on deputation and posted as inspector for schools and colleges.
Besides, when one Mohammad Ayub retired as research officer, the board authorities simply abolished the post altogether instead of promoting the next-in-line to the post, they said.
They said that the board was a small institution and its employees were not allowed to go to other departments on deputation. Therefore, if they were denied promotions, they would have to work in the same grade throughout their lives, they contended.
The petitioners have requested the court to order cancellation of all out-of-turn promotions and postings and give board employees their right to promotion.
The petitioner's counsel Hadi Bux Bhatt said that four respondents, including the BISE chairman, audit officer Safdar Iqbal, inspector of colleges and schools Abdul Qadir Dharejo and others appeared in the court and sought some time to file comments. Dawn