Karachi students won National Science Olympiad: KU new buildings inaugurated

Karachi students win top slot at National Science Olympiad
Karachi, Marach 03, 2008: A team of students from Aga Khan Higher Secondary School (AKHSS), Karachi has won the Intel National Science Olympiad (NSO). Arif Pyar Ali, Zehra Suleman and Sara Moiz, developed a drug therapy with Selvey nano particles to cure Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections.

Raja Ahsan Mahmood (Project, 'Variable Colour Thermometer') and Mohammad Owais (Project, 'Ultimate Control') both students of the Pak-Turk International School, Peshawar, were the winners in the individual category. These students will now represent Pakistan at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia, US.

More than 300 students and teachers from across Pakistan attended the olympiad, which is affiliated with the Intel ISEF. The Intel NSO is one of the world's largest pre-college science competitions, showcasing more than 120 science projects submitted by young scientists from across the nation. These projects were selected through the Intel Provincial Science Fairs held throughout Sindh, Punjab, NWFP and Balochistan. The young scientists presented innovative research-based projects in the categories of biology, chemistry, computer sciences, mathematics and physics.

For the past two years, students from Pakistan have won laurels for the country at the ISEF held in the US.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is the world's largest celebration of science. Student finalists, in grades nine through 12, emerge from a field of approximately one million students who compete in more than 500 regional Intel ISEF. Approximately 1,500 students from across the world compete for up to US$ 4 million in scholarships, prizes and grants. Daily Times

Two KU buildings inaugurated
Karachi, March 02: The Sindh governor, Dr Ishratul Ibad, on Saturday inaugurated the newly-constructed buildings of the National Centre for Proteomics and the Department of Food Science and Technology, University of Karachi.

Talking to the media after the inaugural ceremony, Dr Ibad, who is also the chancellor of all public sector universities in the province, said that the allocation for higher education in the country had been enhanced from 0.2 to two per cent of the GDP.

The governor said that the University of Karachi had now joined the league of 500 big universities around the globe. He said that there had been a pleasant change in the overall academic atmosphere at the varsity over the past few years.

Dr Ibad was of the view that the main objective of a seat of higher learning was to carry out research work.

Speaking about the possibility of a change in the academic calendar, the Sindh governor said that a decision in this regard would be taken keeping in view the weather conditions and the aspirations of the stakeholders ie the students and the faculty members.

The foundation stone of the Administration Block- II was also laid on the occasion. APP

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