HSC suppl exams results
Karachi, March 16: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) on Tuesday announced the results of the HSC part-II supplementary examinations 2010 of the science pre-medical group.
A total of 1,010 male candidates appeared in the examinations and 441 of them were declared successful with a pass percentage of 43pc. A total of 3,175 female candidates appeared in the examinations and 1,007 of them were declared successful and the pass percentage was 31.72pc. appYour Comments
Teachers hosed down, again
Karachi: There will be no teaching in colleges across Sindh on Wednesday (today), while college-based teaching associations of Balochistan, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will observe a black day by hoisting black flags on the college buildings.
This announcement came from the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) on Tuesday.
The SPLA took the decision after riot police fired water cannon and teargas shells on teachers affiliated with the association while they were coming out of the DJ Science College to march towards the Chief Minister House for the acceptance of their demands. The SPLA had called a general body meeting at the college and planned a rally and sit-in outside the CM House.
Muhammad Aziz, lecturer of the Model College Mirpurkhas, and Baqar Raza, assistant professor at the Islamia College Sukkur, suffered a heart attack, while two others received head injuries during the massive teargas shelling. The association said over 20 people had received minor injuries.
The police action was aimed at dispersing the teachers, who wanted to draw the CM's attention towards their issues. "The summary of time scale has been pending with the CM since February 23, but he is reluctant to sign it," the SPLA president of Karachi Region, Muzaffar Ali Rizvi said.
The SPLA had initially decided to stage a sit-in in front of the CM House until the acceptance of their demands vis-‡-vis promotions, time scale and transfers by the provincial government. However, after the police action the teachers took to the streets and staged a sit-in near an Arambagh traffic kiosk.
According to the SPLA, the police also detained a number of teachers who were coming from interior Sindh to join the rally in the metropolis. Police said three teachers were detained.
The police contingent included 50 policewomen and later Rangers also reached the spot.
The police blocked all the adjoining roads and diverted vehicular traffic to alternate arteries.
During the second round of teargas shelling, the management of a mosque requested through the loudspeaker an end to the turmoil since it was time for Zuhr prayers.
The college administration called off the remaining classes and asked the students to leave as soon as possible, but the teargas shelling forced the students to stay in their classes.
During its general body meeting, the SPLA alleged that the Education Department and its minister had been involved in targeting the teachers' community. The protesters chanted "Shame shame PPP government, shame shame Pir Mazhar" slogans.
Earlier on March 15, the association had staged a demonstration in front of presidential camp office in Naudero, Larkana, after holding a general body meeting at the Government Muslim Science College, Hyderabad, on March 10 and staging a rally in front of the Hyderabad Press Club to press the authorities to accept their demands.
Meanwhile, the sacked contractual employees of grade 1 to 4 of the Education Department held a protest in front of the Karachi Press Club (KPC) on Tuesday, demanding of the department to issue a notification for their reinstatement.
The riot police restored to a baton charge and lobbed teargas shells on the sacked non-teaching employees near Fawwarah Chowk. The protesters were attempting to march towards the Chief Minister House, when the police resorted to harsh action during which several protesters received minor injuries, while at least eight people were detained.
Central President All Sindh Education Department Lower Staff Association Darya Khan Jamali said that they had been befooled by the education minister and other politicians of the ruling party. The protesters were adamant to stay outside the KPC till the issuance of a notification for their reinstatement.
He said that Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq had promised to issue a notification to regularise the contractual staff as well as releasing their salaries, and also directed the EDOs (Education) of Karachi, Hyderabad, Kandhkot and Kashmore to reinstate the non-teaching staff in their districts.
However, Darya Khan claimed that the authorities concerned of Khairpur sacked low-grade employees on Tuesday, which showed that the government had no intention to solve their problems.
The education minister had warned the protesters that they would not be reinstated if they missed interviews in their districts. The minister said that some people did not seem interested in appearing in the interviews and they wanted salaries at their homes without any work, which was not possible.
According to him, Jamali is not a part of low-grade staff and the government has decided to take action against him.
Meanwhile, in his reaction to the protest by the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association, Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq said that the SPLA should stop using political tactics since it happened to be a welfare association and its members should not take the law into their hands.
Chairing a meeting at his office, the senior minister said that the Education Department would not tolerate any negligence, adding that the decisions taken by the previous "undemocratic" regime had destroyed the education structure in Sindh.
He said that owing to such decisions, a number of schools had been encroached upon by land grabbers and hundreds of schools shut down. He added that the present government had reopened a number of closed schools.
KU teachers issue ultimatum on security situation
Karachi: The Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) has warned the university administration to either improve the security situation on campus within three days or face stern action. The action will, according to a KUTS resolution, include a blockade of the Administration Building, boycott of classes and any other action that the teachers' body deems necessary.
KUTS, according to its President Dr Abid Hasnain, gave this ultimatum to the university in a resolution that was passed unanimously in a General Body Meeting on Tuesday. It asked the administration to show visible signs of improved security. The concern over security on campus comes in the backdrop of increased robberies, car lifting, theft of items from parked cars in various departments and burglaries at the Staff Town homes of the teachers as well as other officials of the university.
The resolution demanded that the university cancel those admissions that were given without the approval of the Academic Council and the withdrawal of a warning letter to the Chairman of the Department of Microbiology who had gone public by registering his protest against unauthorised admissions in his department.
In addition to this, the resolution asked that all decisions taken by the Syndicate and other statutory bodies should be based on university codes.
It also demanded the reassessment of proceedings at the two previous meetings of the Syndicate to bring transparency so that justice is served to all the stakeholders at the university.
The KUTS resolution also stated that the election of the two representatives, who are to be elected from the Senate to the Syndicate, should be held immediately.
The Vice Chancellor of the university Prof Pirzada Qasim, responding to a query about security
concerns at the university, pointed out that Pro Vice Chancellor Dr Nasiruddin Khan was responsible for security at KU and he should be contacted.
Prof Qasim conceded that security at the university had indeed been compromised by the uncontrolled movement of rickshaws as well as pick and drop vehicles that were parked at various places. He added that not only were these vehicles creating a nuisance, but were a massive security risk.
Dr Nasiruddin Khan informed that the university had a number of plans to improve the security situation. The plans include the hiring of trained, uniformed staff that would be posted at
various entry points and creating check posts at the Staff Town, issuing new barrier passes to the teaching and non-teaching staff of the university, In addition to this, different parking areas would be allocated for university staff and visitors.
When asked when these plans would see the light of the day, Dr Khan replied they had been put on paper and now permission would be sought from the Chancellor of the university (Governor of Sindh).
Dr Khan was reminded that he had talked about the same plans a couple of years ago, but he was unable to provide a concrete explanation and simply said "you will see a change soon."
President of KUTS Dr Abid Hasnain assured this scribe that his primary concern was that the institute was fast losing its importance as the prime public sector university of the country.
"We cannot allow things to continue in this manner as they are harming the university.
The admissions process has become very doubtful and merit has become a joke. Senior university officials are surrounded by 'yes men' who are concerned with their own interests." The news
Chemistry moot opens at KU Need for intake of minerals stressed
Karachi: The 9th international and 21st national chemistry conference opened on Monday at Karachi University.
More than 600 participants, including foreign researchers are attending the three-day conference jointly organised by the KU chemistry department and the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) under the auspices of the Chemical Society of Pakistan.
The conference is one of events being organised across the globe to celebrate 2011 as the year of chemistry.
"Chemistry for peace and prosperity" is the theme of the conference. Over 50 papers covering different fields of chemistry were presented on the first day.
Giving a presentation on the role of minerals for a healthy life, Prof (Dr) Tasneem Gul Kazi of the Centre of Excellence in Analytical Chemistry, the University of Sindh, Jamshoro, said that minerals were essential as they were a catalyst which helped the body to process vitamins and other nutrients.
"Most systematic illnesses [that affect a number of organs and tissues], including cancer, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and obesity, are directly related to the mineral balance in the human body," she said, adding that minerals must be obtained through food as human body didn't manufacture them.
"The most general signs of mineral imbalance are related to problems in the nervous systems. The absorption and efficient use of minerals in the body can also be affected by excessive levels of non-essential or toxic elements such as aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury.
"Cadmium, for instance, is an air pollutant present in the cigarette smoke and also included in industrial emissions and known to cause hypertension, cancer and immune disorders," she said.
Sharing the findings of a research conducted in Peshawar on the concentration of toxic heavy metals in sewage contaminated water and its impact on soil and spinach, Dr Hidayatullah Khattak of Gomal University, chemistry department said that high concentration of toxic heavy metals in soil on account of long-term contamination with sewage-mixed water supplies and their uptake by spinach had a high potential for plant poisoning and for entering into the food chain.
Giving a presentation based on a research on the quality of groundwater, Subhan Ali Majidano, representing the University of Sindh's Institute of Advanced Research Studies in Chemical Sciences, said that only two samples out of 16 samples collected from the three towns of taluka Daulatpur of Nawabshah district were found to be fit for drinking purpose while 12 samples were fit for irrigation.
Earlier speaking at the inaugural session, former chairman of the Higher Education Commission Prof (Dr) Atta-ur-Rehman said that young scientists needed to be courageous so that they could meet the challenges of the 21st century.
KU Vice Chancellor Prof (Dr) Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui appreciated the theme of the conference.
Prof (Dr) Daniel Hoefle from the University of Geneva, Prof (Dr) Sirajuddin Nizami, chairperson of the chemistry department, Prof (Dr) Darakshan Haleem, dean of science faculty and Prof (Dr) Iqbal Chaudhry, director of the ICCBS, also spoke.
SPSC Interview result
Hyderabad: The Sindh Public Service Commission has announced the names of successful candidates it interviewed for the posts of Computer Programmer (BPS-17) and Data Entry Operator (BPS-10) in different departments of the government of Sindh, held in March this year, and recommended their names for appointment. Dawn
Napa students to perform at grand music event
Karachi: The students of the National Academy of Performing Arts (Napa) will showcase their skills for the first time at the annual All Pakistan Music Conference (APMC) to be held at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture on the 19th and 20th of this month.
Arshad Mehmood of Napa said that two students of the academy - vocalist Nadir Abbas and instrumentalist Waqas Gulab - had been selected to perform in the eighth All Pakistan Music Conference (APMC) ó an event which focuses solely on classical music.
"The APMC is a good platform for musicians and people interested in classical music. Also, it is a great opportunity for the youngsters to lend an ear to this type of music." He added that his institution had played a significant role in promoting the APMC in the city.
A jubilant 23-year-old Nadir Abbas, who would be singing a classical Raag at the conference, said he was very excited to be part of the event. "When I first got to know that I would be performing, I was so excited that I could not sleep for two nights."
Hailing from Rahim Yar Khan, the boy sees this event as another feather added to his cap. "I have had the honor of participating in the Sufi festival in New York last year and have sung jingles for advertisements of a cellular company," and saying this, he sang the famous jingle in his melodious voice.
Abbas, who considers music as his passion, is currently working on a music album. "I want to take classical music much farther, and am happy to be part of the APMC as I would be performing in front of my teachers and the people who understand classical music."
Explaining the background of the conference, Arshad Mehmood said that it was in 1962 that the conference was held for the first time in Lahore, and was inaugurated by Hayat Ahmed Khan. "But with the passage of time, the events in Lahore were reduced due to the lack of funds. In 2005, it was decided that APMC would be held in Karachi."
Well-known sitar player Nafees Ahmed Khan, who is also the head of Napa's music department, would also be performing at the event along with other musicians such as Fahim Mazhad, Sajid Hussain, Karam Abbass, Habib Ali, Ustaad Mumtaz and Ustaad Fateh Ali. The news