KU evening programme gets lukewarm response
Karachi, June 02: The process of admission to the Karachi University's evening programme which began on Monday has so far received a lukewarm response as only 900 admission booklets which contain application forms have been sold in the past three days.
However, the director of the evening programme, Prof Abuzar Wajidi, said that the admission process would gain momentum in coming days as the last date fixed for obtaining and submitting application forms was June 8.
Giving details of the evening programme, he said the university had offered masters programme in 36 disciplines and diploma courses in 15 different subjects.
He said it was for the first time that the university was introducing masters programme in public policy under the auspices of political science department.
The subject would not only be helpful for government officials but would also help those who want to appear in competitive examinations such as CSS, he added.
Asked about the criteria of admission to the evening programme, he said except for admission to MBA (banking) programme for which an entrance test would be conducted by the Institute of Bankers, admissions to other programmes would be given purely on merit basis and keeping in view of the number of seats available in each department.
The admission booklet which contains application form was being sold for Rs800 through the UBL's Silver Jubilee Gate branch from 9.30am to 5pm and also from the university's campus' branch of the same bank from 5pm to 7.30pm. Students seeking admission are required to submit the application forms along with relevant documents at the same branches by June 8.
KU seminar libraries in need of books and students
Karachi: Departmental seminar libraries at a university are a vital link between students and their studies that are related to their course of work. These libraries save the time of students who do not have to go to the central library that is mostly crowded.
Visits to various departmental seminar libraries in the University of Karachi (KU) have revealed that there are multiple problems with them. There are few books which most students of a department want to read, while there are some seminar libraries that have quite a number of books but there are few students to borrow.
A professor and former chairman of the Department of Food Science and Technology (FST) said that there were approximately 1,000 books in the department's seminar library but he felt that the culture of libraries was on the decline. "I have observed that the students are not interested in visiting the library. A small number of them use the library but most rely on the notes prepared by others or skim some information from the net. This is an alarming situation as the notes will not provide wider information and those on the net are, in many cases, unreliable. There are no substitutes for the book reading", comments Dr Hasnain.
According to Dr Hasnain, usually one book is lent to the students and if that book is the only copy in the library, the students are expected to return the book after one or two days. There is no limit for the books or timeline for the teachers.
A final year student of the Department of Mass Communication, who requested anonymity, expressed her dissatisfaction with the department's library.
"The library is just an apology for a library. The timings are 9:00am to 1:00pm but often it opens at 9:30am and the librarian, occasionally, switches the lights off at 12:30pm. The books are mostly in English and we, the Urdu medium students, have to translate it into Urdu. It is so inconvenient and time-consuming. We can borrow two books for a week.
"Our department is one of the most important departments in the university, but due to lack of good governance the library is not as well-stocked as it should be. How can we, the aspiring journalists, learn the ways of the world with this type of library?"
Azham Ali, a final year student at the Department of Political Science, said that the seminar library of his department was chaotic, mismanaged and had an inadequate number of books. "We are a large department where more than 500 students are enrolled, but the library is in a shambles. There are, I am sure, not more than 600-800 books and many of these are irrelevant and useless to us. Some books that are related to our course work are borrowed by the teachers and they usually do not return these books for a long time. And, it is so difficult to sit in the library. The don and noise by the students, especially the girls, is unbearable. No one in the department bothers to control this," he ranted.
UVAS holds book fair
Lahore: The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) on Wednesday organised its first annual Book Fair-2011 at the university conference hall.
According to a press release here, various book stalls were set up and book sellers displayed the variety of books on literature, science, IT, social science and livestock.
Research scholars, faculty member and a large number of students from various departments and people from all walks of life visited the first-ever UVAS book fair and purchased books of their interest.
UVAS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz inaugurated the book fair. He was accompanied by Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Dean Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad, Faculty of Bio-Science Dean Prof Dr Ijaz Ahmad and Registrar Prof Dr Kamran Asharaf, Prof Dr Muhammad Sarwar and Prof Dr Muhammad Ashraf.
The UVAS VC appreciated the efforts of administrative officials, faculty members and students for making the book fair a success.
He said the purpose of organising the book fair was to promote habit of book reading in society and ensure provision of books on discounted rates to book-lovers at one place. He said knowledge was the real source of power and educated nations were enjoying power and respect in the world while backwardness was the destiny of illiterate nations. He stressed the need to allocate at least four percent of GDP of the country for education.
Muhammad Aslam, a student, said that the habit of books was important not only for education and research but also to build the character and personality.
Amna Afzal, another student, said the book fair was an opportunity for the students to see books on varied subjects. She said that such activities should be part and parcel of any prestigious institution. The news
Khorasan UHS, AIMC discuss cooperation
Lahore: Khorasan University of Health Sciences (UHS) Deputy Vice-Chancellor Dr Khaliq Ressini, who is visiting the provincial metropolis, met Allama Iqbal Medical College (AIMC) principal Prof Dr Javed Akram here on Tuesday.
During the meeting, opportunities of collaboration in different fields between the two institutions came under discussion and it was agreed that ample chances of cooperation between the Khorasanian varsity and the AIMC were available.
It was agreed that both the institutions would exchange delegations of students and faculty members and internship would be provided to the students. The AIMC would send experts of cardiac diseases and organs transplantation whereas Khorasanian varsity would send experts of public health to the AIMC.
Prof Akram said an MoU was expected to be signed very soon between the two institutions through which joint research would be carried out on different diseases including diabetes, cardiac diseases and hypertension.
He said a proposal of declaring Khorasan UHS and AIMC sister organisations also came under discussion. Dawn
Iranian delegation visits PU
Lahore: A high-level delegation from the Iranian province of Khorasan Razavi, led by Governer Dr Mahmoud Salahi, visited the Punjab University (PU) on Tuesday and met the PU Vice Chancellor (VC) Professor Dr Mujahid Kamran and senior faculty members in the Al-Raazi Hall of Centre for Undergraduate Studies at PU New Campus.
Iranian Consul General Muhammad Hussain Bani Asadi, also accompanied the delegation.
Speaking on the occasion, the VC said that Turkey, Pakistan and Iran were a ray of hope and they can, with the help of Afghan people, face the world powers. He said that the defeat of America and abolishment of the hold of rich families was possible if these countries promoted relations with Russia and China and helped the Afghans.
He hailed Dr Mahmoud Salahi for visiting Pakistan in the current deplorable circumstances when the region was facing serious dangers and foreign powers wanted to occupy Eurasia.
He said that the US possessed many qualities but a group of rich families had the hold of Americans and the government who, through planning, had imposed wars and debit system. He said that 400 institutes and 3,000 think tanks, with $6 billion aid from the US government, were carrying out researches on how Americans' opinions could be kept on a specific track.
Separately, Dr Mahmoud Salahi said that Pakistan, Iran and Turkey were three strong countries that could achieve a lot if they cooperated.
"The destruction of Afghanistan was our own destruction," he said, adding that big powers always created problems for the people and imposed wars. "Unity is the most important thing for us in the present era to ouster the enemy from the region," he said.
At the end, souvenirs were presented to the honourable guest while Dr Mahmoud Salahi presented a gift of "Shahnama-e-Firdowsi" to the VC. Later, the delegation also visited the Iranian Section of PU's Main Library and announced gift of books worth 50 lakh tuman to the university. Daily times
PhD degree awarded
Lahore: Muhammad Razzaq Athar s/o Muhammad Shafi has been awarded PhD degree in "Human Resource Development" by National University of Modern Languages (NUML). He has completed his thesis under the supervision of Prof Dr Kashifur Rehman. The nation
GCU students urge for economic sovereignty
Lahore: The talented youth of the Government College University (GCU), on Tuesday, in the aftermath of a heated debate passed a resolution declaring that Pakistan ought to break the begging bowl and embark on the journey of self-reliance culminating in economic sovereignty.
The resolution was passed during a historic seminar where Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif presided over the debate on "Economic Sovereignty and Self-reliance" and candidly responded to a volley of firebrand question put forward by the young Ravians. A large number of members of the Punjab cabinet and Punjab Assembly were also present on the occasion.
The GCU students argued about the dire need and viability of self-reliance in connection with Pakistan's current economic landscape at the backdrop of national security situation and multi-faceted challenges.
Opening the debate, Zeenia Mansoor, a student of BSc (Honors) in Biotechnology, drew the audience's attention to the vast economic potential of Pakistan in terms of minerals, agriculture, livestock, dairy and above all human resources.
Looking at the negative side of the motion, Kamran Hussain Hashmi, a student of intermediate, opined that sovereignty, both economic and political, could only be safeguarded through across the board accountability so that foreign loans could be rightly utilised for national uplift and paid back within the stipulated time. The centre point of his debate was that a knife is not harmful per say, rather it is the use of the object that makes it good or bad.
The most vociferous defence of economic self-reliance came from Saadul Hassan, a student of BA (Hons) in English Literature. He came down heavily on the political elite who put the nation's destiny in jeopardy for their vested interests. He chided the decision makers who have been holding the country's reins for the last 63 years and have proved themselves as modern-day "Fausts", who made a deal with the devil, selling his soul for power and vanity.
He deplored the fate of every newborn Pakistani baby who inherits a debt of Rs 30,000 at the time of his/her birth, a gift from the ruling elite!
Concluding the debate, Noorus Saba, a student of BSc (Hons) in Chemistry, stressed the dire need of strengthening the mechanism of accountability, so that the looters and plunderers could be brought to the book. She believed that there was no harm if the countries helped each other. All that was needed was the correct utilisation of foreign debt.
Speaking on the occasion, GCU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Ikramul Haq recalled that all great socio-political movements were initiated or spearheaded by Ravians. "Likewise, the movement for economic self-reliance has been ignited by an old Ravain from the GCU podium," he said.
The speakers interspersed their discourse with emotionally charged verses by Mirza Ghalib, Allama Muhammad Iqbal and Habib Jalib. In between the speeches, the Nazir Ahmed Music Society played Kalam-e-Iqbal and inspirational national songs. Daily times