Influential at Karachi University

Influential holds dual office in KU
Karachi, June 07: An influential official of Karachi University (KU) is forcibly holding dual office at the University.

According to details, an official of BPS-16, Education Department, was posted in KU on deputation two years ago and has held various positions in this time period. The said influential official has finally got the position of Deputy Registrar a couple of months ago. Meanwhile, the university advertised two most important posts of Deputy Controller Confidential and Deputy Controller General of grade 18.

Sources privy to the matter disclosed that the said official had made eligibility criteria for selection board. He was later selected in the selection board because he himself had made the criteria of selection in accordance of his own qualification and experience. He had been notified as an assistant controller some three months ago but he has not left the post of Deputy Registrar.

Earlier the same person could not qualify for a BPS-17 job in the same university but now he cleared as he paved his ground by setting criteria himself. Interestingly Qamer Alam, Assistant Controller of Examination having some 30 years of experience in examination department, had also been selected in the said selection board and he is holding the slot of Deputy Controller General and newly appointed influential man got posted as Deputy Controller Confidential, a highly sensitive post that requires an experienced man. The said post has been vacant for last many years and a retired but experienced official of the university was looking after the matters of the confidential department because of the sensitivity of the office. The aforesaid official remains holding both the important posts without any reason.

The sources said that KU high-ups had asked him to hold the post of Deputy Controller Confidential because it would be difficult to manage affairs of upcoming convocation but the said official seems reluctant.

The sources said that former deputy registrar namely Abid Hussain had not been legally transferred, adding posting of above 17 grade officials needs the approval of university vice chancellor but such formal procedure had not been adopted. The nation

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SSUET finalises draft of curricula for prospectus 2012
Karachi: The Telecommunication and Electronic Engineering Department of Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) has finalised the draft of curricula for the prospectus 2012 at a meeting of the Board of Studies. Officials of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) also attended the meeting.

The meeting focused on new course sequences according to their prerequisite, provision of electives, improvement in course contents according to the Industry's demands considering the guidelines of Pakistan Engineering Council and Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. Addressing the meeting, the KCCI president Muhammad Saeed Shafiq remarked that education holds prime importance in the development of a nation and SSUET is actively contributing towards this end since its establishment. The presence of KCCI president contributed towards strengthening the SSUET's efforts for developing cordial and meaningful coordination and interaction with the Industry's personnel and the meeting witnessed the trust and interest of the business community in the growth of Sir Syed University, it was pointed out.

The meeting was attended, among others, by Chaudhry Ansar Jawed, Chairman, Health and Educations Sub-Committee, KCCI; Muhammad Irfan, Member KCCI; Chairman, Federal B Area Association of Trade and Industry; Engr Salman Saad, Senior Manager PTCL; Prof Dr Abid Karim, Iqra University; Prof Dr Najeeb Siddiqui, Associate Dean Faculty of Engineering, SSUET; Dr Bilal Ahmed Alvi and Dr Mirza Imran Baig, Associate Professors SSUET. app

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Once upon a time in library
Karachi: Many believe that reading is one of the most pleasant pastimes and essential for the growth of knowledge. Others, or in fact a majority of people, think books are boring.

The common observation today is that the reading habit in the common man and students has tapered down to such an extent that they hardly read any books. Students are content to prepare for their examinations by reading notes provided to them by their teachers or peers.

Saba Farooqui, a BS final-year student of the Department of English, University of Karachi (KU), says that she only reads the books that are recommended for her coursework. "I read books or sometimes skim through just to prepare notes. I know that I should read more books, but I have no time for that. The lectures, the commuting time between my house and the university and the noisy environment leave me with no energy. For quick references, I go online to gather the necessary information.

That saves me time. I read newspapers, sometimes," she says.

Muneera Shah of the Department of International Relations (IR), KU, says that she had no interest in reading books and depended on notes or retrieved some course-related information from the internet. But due to encouragement from one of her teachers, that has now changed.

"I started reading books, especially fiction, biographies and travels when my English teacher told me that reading will increase my vocabulary.

This resulted in my increased ability to write and speak better English. Now I am hooked to it. I cannot go to sleep at night before reading some chapters of classic fiction. I feel the difference. I regularly read two daily newspapers and use social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. All these have open new avenues of knowledge to me."

Shumaila Shafqat Ali, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, KU, laments the disappearance of the reading habit from his students. "It is pathetic. It is so sad. I am surprised to see how the reading habit has faded away from the lives of students. I was an intermediate student 15 years ago and I vividly remember how students in our college read books. We would read Dickens, Thackeray, Brontes, Jane Austen, Pope and Dryden and many others. Then we used to discuss the characters, the message and the fine points of those books. It was so refreshing and we enjoyed it immensely. Alas! It is all past now. Our library is there, the books are there but there are only a few students to borrow them. They are more interested in notes and obtaining marks. This is, in my opinion, the death of intellectual pursuit that has given pleasure to countless booklovers for centuries."

Chairperson of the Department of Mass Communications Dr Tahir Masood says that his students, who are supposed to become journalists after sometime, do not even read newspapers. "I have tried to instil the habit of reading in them, but nobody is interested. Their only goal is to pass the examination and then land a lucrative job.

These students restrict knowledge to a tool for passing examinations. They are not interested in the noble habit of reading. It is so frustrating to see the students of the universities lacking the depth even in their own particular subjects because they do not read. Their knowledge is shallow," Dr Masood says.

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FUUAST oath-taking ceremony
Karachi: The oath-taking ceremony of the newly-elected members of the Non-Teaching Staff Association of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science, and Technology (FUUAST) was held here on Sunday. The President of the Association, Syed Wajahat Ali, Secretary-General Syed Danish Ali, and other members took oath of their offices. They assured the FUUAST administration of their coordination and vowed to play their due role for the development and progress of the university. Dean, Faculty of Science, FUUAST, Prof. Dr. Syed Mohammad Jamal Hyder, and the Controller of Examinations, Prof. Dr Waqarul Haq were also present.

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Students win contest by planting most mangrove saplings
Karachi: A mangrove-planting competition was organised by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Keti Bandar as part of World Environment Day (WED) activities in which more than 100 students from various primary and high schools participated.

The students from Government Middle School, Jhaloo, secured the first position by planting the most number of mangrove saplings, up to 630, within the allocated time. The Keti Bundar High School was selected as the runner-up.

The event was held in collaboration with the Sindh Coastal Community Development Project being executed by the Sindh Coastal Development Authority. The other partners included the Sindh Forest Department and the United Welfare Organisation, a local CBO in Keti Bundar. The event was aimed at highlighting the significance of Environment Day and to create awareness about the importance of mangrove forests for the eco-system.

The competition was followed by an award-distribution ceremony that was attended by members of the local community, government officials, Pakistan Navy officials and members of civil society.

Aftab Ahmad Abro, Deputy Project Director of the Sindh Coastal Community Development Project, was the chief guest on the occasion and awarded shields to the winners. Abro appreciated the efforts of the participating students, saying such activities were vital for creating awareness.

Ghulam Qadir Shah, an official of the IUCN, highlighted the significance of World Environment Day and the importance of forests. He stressed the need for conservation of mangrove forests as they acted as a breeding ground for fish and shrimp. Mangroves also acted as a barrier against natural disasters, he added.

Shah illustrated the religious significance of planting trees and conservation of forests. Akhtar Hussain Samoo of the Sindh Coastal Community Development Project also highlighted the community's role in conservation of natural resources. The news

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