Teachers fear violence if VC not removed
Hyderabad, July 30: Office-bearers of the Sindh University Teachers Association (SUTA) said on Sunday that they feared a bloodshed on the campus after summer vacations if Vice Chancellor Dr Nazir Mughal was not sent home.
Addressing a news conference at the press club, SUTA general secretary Dr Arfana Mallah said: "I am saying this because the university administration is patronising one group and the other groups will certainly react."
She rejected a perception that the main objective of the agitation was to secure leaders' promotions. They were struggling for improvement of the academic environment, she said.
She said that the four-member VC's committee had assured them that their four demands were acceptable but the one about withdrawal of law- enforcement personnel from the campus would take time.
The demands were; removal of the VC, arrest of killers of Prof Bashir Channar and appointment of a judicial commission to investigate his murder and withdrawal of Rangers and restoration of student unions.
She said the committee had informed SUTA that the chancellor had written a letter for restoration of students union to the Higher Education Commission.
The association was informed that an advertisement would be placed in newspapers on June 30 about appointment of a new VC but suddenly Dr Mughal rejoined the university under protection of private security force on June 29.
She said that retired officials had been appointed in the university, five registrars had been changed in seven months and the VC had made around 300 irregular appointments.
He appointed an assistant professor as his adviser on planning and development although the post should have been given to a professor.
Recently, an audit objection was reported about Rs50 million. The university's ranking had nosedived.
She said that 70 university teachers were waiting for scholarship but the administration was squandering money for its own survival. The funds if remained unutilised would lapse, she said. Dawn
Research Productivity Award for Fuuast teachers
Karachi: Two assistant professors and a professor of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (Fuuast) were awarded with a precious research award, a spokesperson for the public sector university said on Saturday.
According to a press notification, Prof Dr Moin Uddin Ahmed, Department of Botany, Assistant Prof Dr Sobiya Parwez of the Department of Chemistry and Assistant Prof Dr Itrat Fatima from the Department of Pharmacy had been awarded the Research Productivity 2011 Award of Pakistan Council for Science and Technology.
Vice-Chancellor Fuuast Prof Dr Muhammad Qaisar, the university registrar,
Prof Dr Qamarul Haq, and faculty members congratulated the teachers on their achievement.
The Research Productivity Award scheme is aimed at increasing the number of research papers published internationally from Pakistan.
This number has already shown a more than five-fold increase since the introduction of the scheme and the trend is rising.
Researchers working in the universities and institutions in the private sector are eligible for the scheme, as their research papers published contribute to the total number of international research publications from the country.
The inclusion of these researchers encourage the institutions in the private sector to give more emphasis to research, eventually raising the quality of education in these institutions.
Workshop on food processing at KU begins
Karachi: The Department of Microbiology, University of Karachi (KU), is organising a two-day workshop on food processing from July 28.
The Phase-II of the 'Workshop on Canned Foods: principles of Thermal Microbiology and Process Control for Foods' are being held in collaboration with the US Department of Agriculture FAS, The University of Idaho, Pakistan Society of Microbiology and American Society of Microbiology at the KU-ASM Bio-Resource Centre – Department of Microbiology.
The course is designed to meet the new legal requirements in international markets for training of supervisors in food processing facilities that thermally process foods in hermetically sealed containers (e.g. metal tins, glass jars, pouches, and semi-rigid containers with flexible closures) and aseptic processing.
This interactive course will provide a chance to the participants for lively discussion on the requirements for formulations, developing a process suitable for making safe shelf stable foods and testing packages shows both the interest and the need for such a programme by food processors in the country to raise the level of the industry and to improve food safety.
Distinction in Physics Olympiad
Lahore: A Student of second year of Rangers Public School & College, Mandi Bahauddin, Taimour Iftikhar, has secured third position in the 43rd International Physics Olympiad.
Around 81 countries around the world had taken part in the competition. The student of Rangers School of Pakistan got third position and highlighted the flag of the country worldwide.
Hungry got first position and China secured second position. On his arrival at airport, Taimour Iftikhar was warmly welcomed by his parents, the principle, staff and students of Rangers Public School & College, Mandi Bahauddin and members of civil society.
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