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HEJ institute declared best in Islamic world

HEJ won the prestigious Islamic Development Bank (IDB) prize for science and technology
Karachi, March 25: Hussain Ebrahim Jamal (HEJ) Research Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi (KU), has been declared as the best science institution in the Islamic world. It has won the prestigious Islamic Development Bank (IDB) prize for science and technology that include a cash reward worth 100,000 US dollars, besides a trophy and a certificate. The prize will be presented to the director of the institute in a special ceremony that will be held on the occasion of the 35th IDB board of governors meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan on June 23 and 24, this year.

"The selection committee of the IDP prize for science and technology has decided to award the HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, Karachi University (KU) in the category of institutions having achieved outstanding contribution to a given scientific discipline. I hope that this prize will encourage more science and technology institutions in Pakistan to strive for achieving excellence," said IDB President, Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali, in an official letter issued to the Director International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), KU.

Vice-Chancellor, KU, Prof Pirzada Qasim and former HEC Chief, Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rahman have congratulated the director and staff of the ICCBS for this great achievement, and said that it was an honour not only for the university but also for the whole nation. Director ICCBS, Dr M Iqbal Chaudhry, said that the institute has the single largest doctoral programme in the country with over 250 PhD students.

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Educational institutes or training ground for corruption?
Karachi: The culture of corruption and moral decline has become a part of our national character and now we have reached a point where corrupt practices either go unnoticed or admired by others. The education sector, from primary to higher level, has become a source of filling the coffers of teachers and officials.

Education policies come and go but disarray remains forever. Postings and transfers, increments and perks are the main goals of a majority of the people - students being the least concern.

The University of Karachi (KU), the largest university of the country, is passing through difficult times. The helm of the university is with someone who is a poet. "The university is sinking" is the VC's observation but there is no desire to plug the holes. Aging advisers are roosting at his office while the young and highly educated teachers are being ignored.

The VC has just returned form a two-week long tour of India where he attended Mushairas and literary events. This attitude is causing disappointment among the teaching and non-teaching staff, who say that the university suffers from his prolonged visits. The acting vice chancellor cannot take any decision except attending the events at the university and using the facilities given to a vice chancellor.

The Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) is imitating political parties by using its tenure to extract maximum benefits for its office-bearers and support them in their misdeeds. It is unfortunate that there are many instances where they (the office-bearers) are involved in irregularities but KUTS continues to support them. An assistant professor in the Mass Communication Department Samina Qureshi has defaulted on her scholarship by not obtaining a degree from Holland and failing to return the money (about two million rupees) to the Establishment Division.

The third death anniversary of Sarwar Nasim, a former associate professor of the Department of Mass Communication, was observed on February 15. The Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) and its breakaway faction Karachi University Teachers Guild (KUTG) found it expedient to use the memory of the noble teacher for their own political agenda. Both groups organised programmes to commemorate the day in their own rustic style. Speakers after speakers spoke about their warm relationship with the departed soul only to project themselves.

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Moot on use of ICT in Political Science held at KU
Karachi: As Information and Communication Technology (ICT) becomes more widely used in research and education, early adoption and dissemination of emerging technology tools in the governance and study of political sciences can give global recognition as it requires a pre-set profile that can represent us in the main stream.

This was stated by the Vice Chancellor, University of Karachi (KU), Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, here on Wednesday. Dr Qasim was delivering the presidential address on the occasion of the certificate distribution ceremony of a 15 day workshop. The event, titled `Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Political Science', was organized by the Department of Political Science, University of Karachi.

"Since value addition is mandatory for a knowledge-based society, the need of the hour is to develop a system that can save time as well as funds, and it is possible only when we use modern technology," Dr Qasim said.

Sindh Minister for Information Technology, Muhammad Raza Haroon, who was the chief guest on the occasion, appreciated the programme and said that the country's spending on education should be more than 5 per cent of the GDP.

"Political Science is all about getting power and using the power to bring about a positive change and it requires the utilization of Information and technology. E-governance is a modern concept which results in good governance," he noted.

Chairperson Department of Political Science, KU, Dr. Nusrat Idrees, said that the main objective of the workshop was to introduce the concept of e-governance to the students of political science.

Dean, Faculty of Arts KU, Dr. Saleem Memon, in his welcome address said that the key elements of good governance are transparency, participation and equal treatment which is possible if modern technology is used.

On the occasion, a presentation was also given by the IT Department of Government of Sindh, in which the E-Government Pilot Project for Sindh Phase II was introduced. The government representatives shed light on the e-office, electronic procurement service, HRMIB, Project Management System, Budgeting and Financing System. The news

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