Digital lab for Karachi University

Digital lab inaugurated at Karachi University
Karachi, June 29: A digital library, set up at the University of Karachi (KU)'s Dr Mehmud Hussain Library, was inaugurated on Monday.

The library has been funded and approved by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), and wad constructed at a cost of Rs30 million.

The digital lab has 150 P-Dual Core machines, with the computers connected to the main KU communication network using internet connectivity through a high speed fibre optic network.

"Dr Mehmud Hussain Library is one of the largest and oldest libraries of Pakistan, and we are planning to develop it while keeping pace with the progressing world," said KU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Pirzada Qasim while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the digital lab.

"At the moment, our main goal is to modernise and digitise our systems, as well as developing archives of the valuable research that is conducted at the University," he said.

The vice-chancellor said that KU is trying to facilitate research by providing access to a number of digital international journals and the HEC's digital library.

The library was designed to accommodate 4,000 students, but it is now facilitating some 25,000 students of BS, MS and PhD programmes, he added.

Acting Librarian Rashida Humayyun said that Dr Mehmud Hussain Library is performing the task of scanning old and precious books, and making them accessible for all.

"We began our journey from 24 computers a few years ago, but we now have more than 200 computers available for research purposes," she said.

"We want to ensure that students, scholars and teachers of KU do not face any trouble in accessing these valuable books," she added. The news

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Benazir Chair at KU
The acting director of the Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Chair has announced that the launching ceremony of the chair scheduled for June 29, Tuesday, at the University of Karachi has been postponed and a new date will be announced later.

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VC orders repairs in boys' hostels
Hyderabad: Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sindh Professor Dr Nazir A. Mughal has directed the hostel management and engineering wing of the institution to ensure repair in hostels within two weeks.

He issued the directive during a visit to the Allama Iqbal, Allama I.I. Kazi, Allama Daudpota and Ibne-Khuldoon hostels, expressing disappointment over poor cleanliness in the kitchens of canteens, lawns and hostel rooms.

He also visited the portion of a block of a hostel occupied by police.

He ordered the officials concerned of the hostel management and engineering wing for proper maintenance of lawns, repair, whitewash and replacement of damaged furniture, doors and windows.

He visited the central canteen of the hostels and ordered for its modernisation.

Later, he attended a meeting of the officials of the hostel management and engineering wing and directed them to complete repair and whitewash within the stipulated time.

The vice-chancellor said that zero point of the university would be beautified, and separate motorcycle and car parking lots would also be establish there.

He said that every year Rs500,000 to Rs600,000 would be spent on the beautification of zero point.

He advised the director of students' affairs to work with the engineering wing for beautification of front portion of the building of the faculty of arts. The university, he said, would spend Rs1 million for the beautification of the area because a number of students, faculty and alumnae of the university visited the institution daily.

He said the university was working to provide group insurance facility to its employees. Dawn

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FUUAST lecturars' recruitment test
Written Test for the recruitment of lecturars in Federal Urdu University of Science Arts and Technology (FUUAST) will be held on July 4, under National Testing Service.

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'YLC to bring out the flair in youth'
Karachi: The six-day 'Young Leaders Conference (YLC) 2010' is starting in Karachi from July 1, 2010. The annual event will be organised by the School of Leadership (SoL).

This conference would offer dynamic experience-based education that focuses on economic development along with the opportunity to learn from and exchange ideas with national and international top business leaders, government representatives, diplomats, policy-makers, lobbyists, journalists and academics, SoL spokesperson said.

The conference focuses on theme-based learning and activities with present day socio-economic challenges. The theme 'Suno Ke Mein Hun Jawan' promises to cultivate the hidden flair in the youth, he added.

More than sixty experts and specialists from Pakistan and abroad will facilitate the diverse programme, ranging from socio-political to intercultural, development and entrepreneurial leadership. The speakers will share valuable insights that will be of great assistance to the participants in all walks of life, the spokesperson further said. The news

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