Universities await funds from HEC | Dow MBBS results

66 versities await funds from HEC
Karachi, June 11, 2008: As many as 66 public sector universities across the country are still awaiting the release of quarter-yearly funds by the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

The funds were supposed to be released in April and the inordinate delay is causing concern among the varsities' administrations.

The secretary of the Karachi University Teachers' Society (KUTS), Dr Abid Hasnain, said it was rumoured that the HEC had stopped the funds due to the non-utilisation of development funds.

However, explaining the reason for the delay in the release of the funds, HEC Chairman Dr Attaur Rehman said that it was mainly due to the financial crisis being faced by the government and had nothing to do with the non-utilisation of the development funds. He said that the quarter-yearly funds would be released within three to four days.

The secretary of the Federation of All Pakistan University Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA), Badar Soomro, accusing the HEC of harassing the universities in the public sector said that over the years such actions taken by the Higher Education Commission had badly affected the overall performance of the universities.

He said that if the funds were not released soon, the FAPUASA would directly hold talks with the government to settle the issue. Dawn

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Dow University announced MBBS results
Karachi: The Dow University of Health Sciences announced results of the MBBS Final Professional Exams-2008 on Tuesday.

Sahar Mahmood of the Dow Medical College clinched the first position by securing 1,998 marks, followed by her college fellow Sana Zia, who got 1,970 marks and bagged second position. Qurat-ul-Ain Ghani of the Sindh Medical College got third position with 1,942 marks.

DUHS sources said of 470 candidates registered for the exams, 365 were declared successful. APP

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Sindh University forms body for research programmes Hyderabad: Advanced Studies and Research Board of the Sindh University in a meeting on Monday constituted a committee to check facilities in teaching institutes and departments for research apart from ongoing activities of MPhil and PhD.

The committee comprising of Dr Rafia Ahmed Shaikh, Dr M. Rais Ahmed, Dr M. Qasim Bughio, Dr Pervez Pathan and Dr Inayatullah Shah will visit different teaching institutes and departments of the SU to initiate MPhil programme and survey the available facilities. It will then report to authority.

The meeting approved research topics and named supervisors in education, library and information science, Sindhi, pharmacy, Islamic studies, sociology, and various disciplines of natural sciences for MPhil leading to PhD.

It also approved candidates transferring their registration from MPhil to PhD research. Dr Aijaz Ali Wassan, Dr Hamadullah, Dr Mehboob Ali Rind, Dr Saima Qayoom Memon and Dr Amber Rehana Solangi were named as MPhil and PhD supervisors for research in sociology, pharmacognosy, chemistry and analytical chemistry. It was decided to allot official web addresses to faculty members for correspondence.

The meeting was presided over by Vice-Chancellor Mazharul Haq Siddiqui and attended by pro-vice chancellor, faculties' deans, senior professors and heads of various teaching institutes and departments.

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Sindh University Summer Vacations
The Sindh University has announced summer vacation from June 23 to July 26 while teaching will resume from July 28.

A notification issued by the registrar on Monday said institutes and departments will have to complete semester examinations before proceeding on vacations with teachers submitting results to heads of their respective departments. Dawn

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