Dow International Medical College convocation 2012

First batch of DIMC graduates awarded degrees
Karachi, July 20: The first batch graduating from the Dow International Medical College (DIMC) received their degrees from Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad at a convocation held at the Governor's House on Thursday evening.

The convocation was attended by 21 of the total 25 passing out graduates and their teachers, besides Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) Vice Chancellor Prof Masood Hameed Khan.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Ibad, who is the chancellor of the DUHS, said that he was happy to have been in a position to upgrade his alma mater to a university and to see how it had been flourishing.

"I gave the approval just one year after taking over the governor's office. The first batch at DIMC was admitted in June 2007 and passed out this month exactly after five years," he said.

Prof Masood Hameed Khan thanked the governor for upgrading the Dow Medical College to a university in Dec 2003. "And in Jan 2004, I was appointed the principal. Now, in 2012, I feel proud to inform that DUHS has established 39 institutions, which have also started producing graduates in medicine, dental surgery, nursing, etc.," he said.

Providing more details about the institutions and medical facilities, he said the university and its faculties always focused on research.

The vice chancellor also informed the audience that all the 500 students at DIMC were children of overseas Pakistanis.

Earlier, the first student of this first batch, Dr Faisal Chaudhry, in his valedictorian speech, said: "We would also like to remember those whom we lost during our five-year journey… and they include some faculty members, some parents and our batch mate, Minal Jamshed.

We have learnt so much other than just medicine in these five years. Once we understood the responsibility on our shoulders, we knew we would succeed in whatever we did. We wanted to prove ourselves worthy of being a Dow student so we didn't quit despite all odds."

He thanked the teachers for spending so much time and making great efforts on making them doctors. On behalf of his batch mates, he also thanked the parents for their sacrifices with the promise of not letting them down.

Congratulating the young doctors, DIMC Principal Prof Junaid Ashraf said that with their degree, they had now joined 18,000 Dowittes. He also shared how seven years back they had presented the plan for founding DIMC to the Sindh governor at this very place.

"And this is the first time for any Dow convocation to be held at the Governor's House," he said.

Nida Arshad Usman, Syeda Ghalia Fatima,  Arhana Fatima, Urooj Ali Khan and Nimra Iftikhar Baig were awarded medals for having passed with distinction. Dawn

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"it is clarified that Dr Faisal Chaudhry was not the class valedictorian. Dr Nida Usmani was the valedictorian, and Dr Bismah Siddiqui came in second as the class salutatorian."
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KU awards 27 PhD degrees
Karachi: The University of Karachi has awarded 27 PhD degrees in different disciplines, according to a KU statement issued here on Thursday.

It quoted KU Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Nasiruddin Khan as announcing that the KU Board of Advanced Studies and Research in its July 18 meeting under the chairmanship of Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser awarded eight MPhil, six MS, 27 PhD and one MD degrees. ppi

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SU teachers' body issues white paper against VC
Hyderabad: The Sindh University Teachers Association has issued a white paper, containing allegations of corruption against Sindh University Vice-Chancellor Nazir Mughal.

According to the paper mailed to Dawn on Wednesday, the medical bill of the mother-in-law of the VC amounting to Rs400,000 was claimed in the name of mother.

The contract for transport is in the name of transport officer's son who claims bills for more than 100 buses everyday which is far more than the actual number of buses run by the university. The amount thus collected, the paper alleges, has a share for the VC.

The vice chancellor made more foreign visits in a few years than any of his predecessor. During one foreign visit he was accompanied by a senior official of the Governor's House and the expenses were paid by the university.

The paper says Dr Mughal made several irregular appointments, including direct appointments of transport officer Sajjad Shah, who is said to close to a provincial minister; in-charge of Pakistan Study Centre Shahid Mirza, who is related to a retired judge.

He posted the son of a political leader (a member of syndicate) on deputation in the Institute of Information and Communication Technology; appointed the registrar's daughter and niece and sister-in-law of his PA in the Syed Pannah Ali Shah Model School, transport officer's nephew and gave 150 appointment orders to the minister for Sindh University's Dadu campus which are being doled out on political grounds.

Late fees collected from college students are received in cash without submitting challan in banks.

University vehicles given to various officers are being used by their families and expenses are paid by the university, the paper further alleges.

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Fuuast teachers seek full-time VC
Karachi: The Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (Fuuast) teachers have demanded a full-time vice chancellor according to rules.

The post of Fuuast vice-chancellor fell vacant when Dr Muhammad Qaiser was made Karachi University vice chancellor before his tenure at Fuuast came to an end. The post has been vacant for many months now.

Addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club, Fuuast senate members Prof Nasir Abbas and Prof Seema Naz Siddiqui, search committee members Dr Muhammad Zahid and Dr Tausif Ahmed Khan, the president and vice president of Anjuman Asatza (teachers' body) Abdul Haq campus, Dr Ismaeel Moosa and Prof Saeeda Dawood, said that they would not accept any unlawful appointment to the post of vice chancellor, according to a press release issued here.

Ignoring the procedures laid down in the ordinance of the university would not set a good example and the faculty and the staff would oppose any such move, they said.

"The rumors of unlawful appointment of a new vice chancellor of Fuuast are doing the rounds and the undue delay in the holding of the senate meeting has become the burning issue on the campuses.

And in this connection, we want to make it clear that any breach in the legal code and procedures will be resisted by the academic and the co-academic staff of the university," they added.

They urged the authorities concerned to immediately call the meeting of the university senate so that the names for the post of the vice chancellor recommended by the search committee could be considered. Dawn

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FPSC chief calls for new education policy
Karachi: Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) chairman retired justice Rana Bhagwandas has stressed the need for framing a fresh education policy providing maximum possible opportunities for teachers training on a priority basis.

He was speaking at a seminar titled 'Central superior services: opportunities and future prospects' organised by the University of Karachi in collaboration with the FPSC and the provincial department of youth affairs on the university campus on Thursday.

The objective of the event was to creating awareness and motivating the youth to ensure an enhanced participation in the CSS examination.

Justice Bhagwandas said that bureaucracy was the backbone of the federal administration and bureaucrats were selected through a competitive examination. However, he noted, there had been a sharp decline in the number of young candidates from Sindh, especially
Karachi, appearing in the CSS examination for several years.

He said that young people should attempt the examination which would help them have an excellent career.

Youth Affairs Secretary Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui and director Khurshid Ali Shaikh and KU's Prof Dr Iqbal Chaudhry and Prof Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi were among those who participated in the seminar. app

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