BCom Part-II results announced
Karachi, June 04: The controller of examinations, University of Karachi, on Sunday announced the results of BCom Part-II (Regular) annual examination 2011.
Tahreem Altaf of the Shaheed-e-Millat Government Degree College for Women (Azizabad) clinched the overall first position, securing 848 marks out of a total of 1,100.
Sehar Muneer of DA (DHA, Phase-VIII) College for Women secured the second position (843 marks) while Munazzah Panawala of the same college got third position (841 marks), according to the gazette.
At least 24,010 candidates were registered, but 22,906 appeared in the exams, the controller said.
As per the gazette, 1,170 candidates secrured first division, 3,768 second division while just four candidates were declared successful with third division.
The overall pass percentage was 21.58 per cent, and 17,694 students failed to clear their exams, the controller of examinations, KU, further said.
KU syndicate okays lecturers' appointment
Karachi: The Syndicate of the University of Karachi at a meeting decided to exempt all those candidates applying for permenant faculty positions at the university who had had PhD degress from appearing in the written tests to be conducted by the National Testing Service as part of the selection process. Such candidates would directly appear before the selection board.
All other candidates, however, would have to appear in the said test.
These decisions will be applicable from publication of the new advertisement, the Syndicate meeting, which was chaired by the Vice Chancellor of KU, Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser, decided.
Prof Dr Farkhunda Burki was nominated as the new chairperson of the Department of Geography for a period of three years. Moreover, the members of the Syndicate appreciated the vice-chancellor's efforts in resolving the issue of chairpersons for the departments of General History and Islamic History.
The KU Syndicate meeting also constituted a committee, with Abdul Haseeb Khan as its convener, Prof Dr Nighat and Prof Dr Abuzar Wajidi, to look into the matters relating to the Department of Islamic History.
Another committee, including Abdul Haseeb Khan (Convener), Prof Dr Nighat and Prof Dr Iqbal Chaudhry, would investigate into matters relating to the Department of General History.
In both the departments, there was a rift between some senior faculty members who were against the appointment and awarding extensions to senior professors as chairpersons at these departments.
A four-member committee has also been constituted to analyse the need of appointing teaching assistants full time/ part time and adjunct professors.
The Syndicate approved the adoption of Higher Education Commission's Tenure Track Process Statutes and statutes relating to Emeritus Professor (Grade 22).
However, the decision will be applicable after publication of the new advertisement. It has also been decided that a tender may be released to provide transport service to KU students.
The matter of giving equal PhD allowance to the teaching and non-teaching staff of KU was to be taken up at the next meeting. The Syndicate meeting declared that delay occurred due to some legal complications.
According to the minutes of the meeting, in order to bring improvement to the academic processes of the university, it was decided that faculty wise meeting of chairpersons would be called on monthly basis, minutes of which would be sent to the VC of KU.
Along with this, a departmental meeting of faculty members would be called by the chairpersons, the minutes of which would be submitted to the office of the respective deans, the meeting announced.
KU conducts aero mycological study of Karachi environment
Karachi: Dr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD), University of Karachi (KU) has conducted an aero mycological study to monitor and analyse airborne fungal flora of the Karachi environment, a spokesperson for the PCMD said on Sunday.
This is the first research analysis conducted in Pakistan using Burkard's 7-Day Recording Volumetric Spore Trap instrument. This study will be helpful to physicians and allergists in devising appropriate treatment and preventive methodologies for their asthma and allergy patients in the metropolis, he said.
The study says, "Airborne fungal spores are well-known to cause respiratory allergic diseases particularly bronchial asthma, allergic rhinitis, rhino-conjunctivitis and allergic broncho-pulmonary aspergillosis in both adults and children especially in humid cities like Karachi".
Karachi being the largest cosmopolitan city in Pakistan, with an estimated population of 20 million people with favourable environmental conditions (temperature, humidity, heat index, dew point, wind velocity, rain) for fungal growth.
The air that people breathe every day is primarily composed of viable (micro organisms) and non-viable components (dust particles and water vapours), Director International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), KU, Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary said.
Fungal spores are one of the most prevalent viable components of airspora and are known to play an important role in respiratory allergies, such as bronchial asthma and allergic rhinitis as well as other diseases affecting the lungs and alveoli.
Environmental fungal spores can also cause other fatal diseases like toxic pneumonia, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and even cancer, he said.
Asthma severity is shown to be directly correlated with fungal exposure, and asthma-related mortalities due to high levels of fungal spore are considered as important for clinical correlation of such diseases. Overall, the prevalence of respiratory allergies caused by fungi is known to be about 20–30 per cent in atopic individuals, and up to six per cent in the general population all over the world, Prof Dr Choudhary added.
According to Prof Dr Choudhary, the study was part of a project conducted at PCMD and ICCBS entitled "Allergy and Asthma in Pakistan: Regional Variation and Impact of Aeroallergens" funded by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan.
He said, "Tasneem Akhter, who recently took M.Phil in Molecular Medicine, is the author of the study.
This work was done at the laboratory of Late Prof Dr M. Anwar Waqar who was the main principal investigator and the project is now taken over by Muhammad Ahmed Mesaik."
Overall, 113,244 spores were recorded from the environment of Karachi, with the mean daily concentration of 310 spores per cubic meter. In total, 60 different types of fungal spores were collected from the environment, he said. The news
FUUAST teachers slate appointment of retirees
Karachi: The appointments of retirees as teachers or professors at Federal Urdu University of Arts Science and Technology (FUUAST) is putting financial burden on the university. This was revealed by the FUUAST senate members in their protest against the alleged illegal appointments in their university here on Saturday. They said that the Vice Chancellor of university promised them that he would not appoint any retiree or will not extend any contract but did not fulfill it. "The VC extended the contracts of heavily paid employees, which was breaking the varsity's financial backbone", they said.
Meanwhile, a group of teachers also started campaigning against the retired teachers saying that they (retired teachers) were interfering in the matters of the varsity and were taking hefty paycheques after depriving many meritorious teachers of their due right. Daily times
No exam at DJ College on 8th: SPLA
Karachi: Sindh Professors & Lecturers Association (SPLA) has contradicted a statement issued by the Karachi Commissioner office that DJ College teachers have agreed to conduct the examinations scheduled for June 4 and 8 at the centre.
In a statement issued here on Sunday, it clarified that during a meeting between SPLA leaders and the Board of Intermediate Education chairman, it was decided that the June 4 paper would be held at the DJ College but the June 8 paper would be held in some other exam centre.
It said that college teachers during their meeting with the commissioner had made no such promise. Rather the focus was on the issue of the power supply disconnection at the DJ College and
other problems, it said, adding that unfortunately, the electricity issue remained unresolved.
The statement noted that as many as 43 colleges of the city remained without power during the examination process, which was now coming to an end.
Teachers mark Sunday as black day
Quetta: The All Government Teachers Association (AGTA) observed 'black day' on Sunday in protest against the non-acceptance of their demands.
The protest coincided with the prime minister's arrival in the provincial capital for a two-day visit. The protesting teachers said the government's indifference towards their problems had put the lives of teachers on 'hunger strike unto death' at risk.
They took out a procession and gathered at Bacha Khan chowk.
Speaking on the occasion, AGTA vice president Mujibullah Gharsheen said the government would be held responsible if anything happened to the 130 teachers on the hunger strike.
He said that if their demands were not met by Monday (today) they would lock up all government and private schools in the province.
The teachers' demands are: investigation into Rs1 billion development funds of the education department, postings of senior officers, implementation of teachers' quota and stoppage of deducting the conveyance allowance during vacations. Dawn