COMSTECH nanomedicine Workshop: IIUI students problems

Scientists urged to use nanotechnology
Islamabad, March 14, 2008: Scientists in Pakistan and rest of the Islamic world should venture into the world of nanotechnology and reap its benefits, especially in medicine, said Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr Attaur Rehman on Thursday.

Addressing a weeklong International Thematic Workshop on nanomedicine at the Secretariat of Committee on Science and Technology of Organisation of Islamic Countries (COMSTECH), Dr Rehman said nanotechnology-based medical devices were without side effects and they detected diseases at the very early stage.

He said nanotechnology involved the study of minute particles, a millionth of a centimetre in size that exhibit special properties, which proved to be of immense use in medicine, engineering, material and cosmetics. Health Minister Ejaz Rahim said states failing to invest into a competitive today would have no place in the rapidly changing tomorrow. COMSTECH Adviser (Science) Dr Anwar Naseem said the initiative to bring together bright and dedicated people from Islamic countries to learn and share knowledge and form a knowledge resource for their and others' strength. He said such forums helped in leading to collaborative projects among the participating countries. Daily Times

IIUI girl students face accommodation problem
Islamabad: The mismanagement on the part of hostel administration of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) has left the students without shelter and they are roaming here and there with their luggage for a place to live in. 

The hostel management had displayed lists on March 6 to announce the names of fortunate students who got rooms at the hostel. The students were quite happy after seeing their names on the lists but when they entered the rooms, they were pre-occupied by four or six students, while a room can adjust only two students.
"The administration has charged Rs 13,000 from each student at the time of admission in first semester now we are studying in the second semester and waiting for the last six months for accommodation", said a student of the university who did not want to be named.

The students complained that non-availability of lodges had caused severe mental sufferings for them and they were unable to concentrate on their studies. The students have spent six months of their first semester while living at private accommodation despite that they had paid Rs 13,000. "Now, we have vacated our private accommodation after seeing our names on the list. We are sharing the rooms of our fellows for few days but now no one is ready to accommodate us", said a tormented student.
It's also important to state here that though the administration charges hostel fee from students at the start of first semester but they are not given accommodation in that semester and wait for the second semester. As quite a number of foreigners have been also studying at the university so the administration gives priority to them in terms of hostel accommodation. 

The girls of the university living in women campus are facing the same situation and only those students manage to get seat at the hostel who have strong reference. 

The students also have complaints about the hostel mess, which don't offer proper food according to the high charges. The Nation

Women Week begins at Fatima Jinnah Women University
Rawalpindi: The 10th Women Week began at Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) in a festive style here on Thursday.

'Journey of Pakistani Women 1947-2007' is the main theme of the week, which will also mark the completion of the FJWU's first decade.

Former director of Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) Afroze Begum was the chief guest of the first day events. FJWU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Saeeda Asadullah Khan, British Council Director Sue Beaumaunt and Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) Director General Naeem Tahir also turned up.

The students of the country's different universities mesmerised the audience with their soulful voices during Qiraat and Naat competitions. In Qiraat competition, Hafiz Obaidullah of Government College University, Lahore, secured first position, Rizwan Bashir of University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, second and Obaidur Rehman of Hazara University third.

Sara Khan of Peshawar University won Naat competition. Azeem Khan of University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, stood second and M Saeeda Farooq of Government College University, Lahore, third.

Twenty teams of different educational institutions from all over the country participated in Mastermind Quiz, which focused on sports, general knowledge, Islamic studies, computers, current affairs, art and culture, science, literature, history and Pakistan. GC University, Lahore, won the contest while Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, remained the runner-up.

A mime competition was also held. Eleven teams acted out on famous film song, "Tu Lakh Chaley Re Gori."

Chief guest Afroze Begum congratulated the winning teams and FJWU VC Dr Saeeda distributed prizes among them.

Artisan Mela is another feature of the event where craftswomen and students from all over the country displayed handicrafts, woodwork, rugs, clothing, jewelry, accessories, interior décors and greetings cards.

Most of these items were handmade and they had beautiful yet innovative designs. Some food stalls were also put up there. Women other than the university students were also allowed to attend the Mela. Daily Times

Bahria University signs MoU with UK institution
Islamabad: Bahria University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bedfordshire University - UK at its Islamabad Campus.

The MoU was signed between Prof Dr Ashraf Jawaid, Deputy Vice Chancellor Bedfordshire University, UK and Vice Admiral (r) Farooq Rasheed, Rector Bahria University, says a press release.

Through this MoU, both the universities agreed to share a commitment to the provision of high quality education along with the value of the international dimension of their activities and mutual development of research and teaching activities.

Both the institutions will explore the future possibility of developing collaboration in the areas of student and staff exchange, research and access to reference materials to work together, and promote collaborative research in Pakistan. The ceremony was followed by the distribution of scholarship cheques amounting to Rs2.9 million by the rector of Bahria University to its students who became eligible for the Japanese Need Based Scholarship and Bahria University's Merit Based Scholarship.

The signing ceremony was also attended by Rear Admiral (r) Shahid Latif, Pro-Rector Bahria University, Commodore (r) Mumtaz Raza, Registrar Bahria University, Dr Mohammad Riaz, Dean Computer Sciences, Bahria University and other university officials and faculty.

Science show at Headstart School
Islamabad: Students of Headstart International School's elementary and middle branch on Thursday enthralled visitors from across Islamabad with an annual science exhibition, which has become central to HIS's activities, says a press release.

The exhibition capped a 15-year long tradition of the school in undertaking measures, which promote science programmes tied primarily to hands-on activities.

Class projects on a simpler and elementary level and others more complicated and intellectually challenging organised at regular intervals throughout the academic year are a central feature of the curriculum at Headstart.

Each group prepared three to four projects, arranged in an array of colourful displays. The students spoke with confidence, as they explained the scientific facts and physical mechanism behind each project with the help of working models and diagrammatic charts.

Some outstanding projects presented by Grade 6 incorporated a mechanical Robot, a functional Catapult, a reproduction demonstrating the working of a Guillotine among many other fantastic exhibits depicting the students' hard work and enthusiasm for the subject and the entire event.

The projects prepared by Grade 7 portrayed a higher level of understanding and intellect in the subject highlighting the event and some of them, which are worth mentioning, comprised an operational model to save water for future generations, a miniature model of a water filtration plant, a kaleidoscope and a hovercraft amid an assortment of other remarkable projects. The News



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