Fuel-efficient car at a cost of Rs 0.5 million
Karachi, May 06: The students of NED University of Engineering & Technology have crafted a fuel-efficient car at a cost of Rs 0.5 million to represent Pakistan in the 2010 Shell Eco-Marathon, the 25th global competition which will be held first time in Asia (Malaysia) in July.
The Thirteen-member team is confident about their success in the competition. They expressed hope to do well in the contest due to their 'diversified expertise' and shear hard work. They said their design work and models were ready. The name of the team is Winmark that has been selected by the organisers of the 2010 Shell Eco-Marathon from 30 contestant teams of different institutions of Pakistan.
The team comprises on students of Electrical and Mechanical Departments of NED University. They are:
M Tabrez Siddiqui, M Shahab Siddiqui, Ahsun Jawed, M Waqar Ahmed, Osama Rehman, Saeed Ahmad (Team Advisor), Haris Rehman (Team Manager), M Bilal Sohail, Taha Rasul Sheikh, M Hassan Abbasi, M Ahsan, Talha Asad and Usman Mehmood.
Talha Asad, one of the team said that the car was prepared at a local workshop in Surjani town.
He said, "Around 8 to 10 members will participate in the global event, which brings together students from over 20 countries across the world in the competition which aims at finding new solutions for the energy crises the world is facing today. About Rs 1.4 million will be the estimated cost of the project, including car development cost (Rs0.5m), travelling (Rs 0.4m), transportation (Rs 0.35m) and accommodation and miscellaneous (Rs 0.15m).
The contestants have been tasked with design & developing a car that can travel the furthest distance, using the least amount of fuel."
He said that, however, we need the help of your esteemed organization in order to be able to represent Pakistan in this global competition.
It is a corporate social responsibility to help students achieve excellence in co curricular activities and that too in an international event; Shell has already provided us with sponsorship of Rs0.2m as seed money to start the project, but in order to finish this project we need your generosity, he said and added that the said project will definitely improve the image of Pakistan Worldwide.
"This year the event is to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Sepang International Circuit. The expected audience is more than 6000 people and the event will be covered by media from over 20 countries," he added. The nationYour Comments
KU Seminar on Promoting Effective Media Strategies
Karachi: Vice Chancellor University of Karachi (KU), Prof Pirzada Qasim has prescribed comedy and satire for the consumption of general public to outdo the social, political and economic woes that have attacked the hapless people of Pakistan. He hoped that media, a powerful tool in the society could play a vital role in bringing mirth and joy to the gloom that has surrounded the nation.
The Vice Chancellor gave this recipe of happiness while speaking at a seminar organised by the Department of Mass Communication titled "Promoting Effective Media Strategies for Identification of Social Issues" at the Arts auditorium on Wednesday.
The seminar, according to the organisers, was to analyse and devise the role of documentary and comedy programmes in providing intellectual and social relief to society.
Pro Vice Chancellor, Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi advised the media to promote awareness related to health issues, because excessive use of toxic chemicals was one of the key reasons for the increasing stress related problems in the society. "Media should highlight such issues through documentaries and informative programmes. It can also play a vital role in applying brakes to the social crimes by showing the true picture of camouflaged faces of criminals", she urged.
Humorist and writer Anwar Maqsood read an imaginary letter of Ahmed Faraz which, according to him, had been received after the death of Faraz; the letter received joyous applause from the audience. He further added that pen was the most suitable weapon for a student and it should not be stopped by any external pressure.
Senior Producer PTV Ali Rizvi thought that comedy and satire was a tool for the bringing truth that could shock and please the audience. It was a sort of therapy through literature.
Nasreen Jalil said that hope should be kept intact and alive even in the darkest hours of ones life.
Dr Khan Bahadar made agri varsity VC
Peshawar: Prof Dr Khan Bahadar has been appointed as the new vice-chancellor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Agricultural University and formal notification to this effect is expected in a couple of days, sources said.
"The governor has approved Prof Khan Bahadar's appointment as vice-chancellor of the Agricultural University and sent the summary to the chief secretary," a source in the Governor's House said. A formal notification may take a day or two due to the chief secretary's leave from office, the sources added.
Having his name on the top of the seniority list of the university, Prof Khan Bahadar had also been recommended as the leading candidate by the search committee for appointment of vice-chancellors for public sector universities.
The search committee after interviewing the 10 short-listed candidates for the office on April 13 had recommended three names to Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani, who is also chancellor of the public sector universities for final approval, the sources said.
The other two applicants recommended by the committee were Prof Dr Riaz Khattak and Prof Dr Mohammad Afzal, the sources added. A weed scientist, Dr Khan Bahadar has vast experience in teaching and administration to his credit. He is the only professor in the country having two PhDs, one from US and another from University of Peshawar.
The academician started his career as a plant taxonomist in Pakistan Council of Science and Industrial Research (PCSIR) in 1976 and switched over to teaching in 1977 as a lecturer. He was elevated as professor in 2004. He has supervised 30 MPhil, three MS and 10 PhD students.
Dr Khan Bahadar has 169 citable publications with 35 in foreign journals. He has successfully completed six research projects and is now working with the Pak-Australian linkage projects as advisor.
He has organised 22 trainings in weed identification and management. He has also organised more than 19 conferences and workshops and represented Pakistan in 27 international conferences as a delegate.
Dr Khan Bahadar has vast experience of academic administration having worked as dean, chairman, coordinator, student advisor, chief proctor, warden and also acting vice-chancellor. He served as a member of academic council and member of syndicate.
He received outstanding weed scientist award in 1993, Higher Education Commission's best university teacher award in 2005 and President's medal for technology 2008. Dr Khan Bahadar remained vice-president and president of the Asia Pacific Weed Science Society and chief organiser of 22nd Asia Pacific Weed Science Conference held in March 2010.
He is member of eight professional societies at the international level. Presently, he is president of Asia Pacific Weed Science Society, President Pakistan Ethno-botanical Society and Weed Science Society of Pakistan. The news
Teachers of public varsities to observe strike
Hyderabad: Sindh chapter of the Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association decided on Wednesday to observe a two-hour token strike daily in all the public universities of the province.
It was decided at a meeting held in the Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam on Wednesday that academic staff would not work from 10am to 12noon from Thursday (today) in protest against non-acceptance of their demands.
Speaking at a news conference, president of Sindh chapter of the federation Prof Badar Soomro and other office-bearers said that it was an irony that problems of university teachers of three other provinces had been resolved, but teachers of the Sindh public universities had been waiting for the solution of their issues for three years.
Professor Soomro said that university teachers would wear black armbands and hoist black flags on the buildings of universities during the strike.
He threatened that if their problems were not resolved, they could also boycott examinations scheduled for May 10.
He said that the university teachers of Sindh were also facing difficulties in getting NOCs for going abroad to attend conferences, seminars or perform Umrah as well as for higher studies on scholarship.
He said that in the three provinces, NOCs were issued by the respective vice-chancellors while in Sindh, but in Sindh only the governor was authorised to issue such NOCs. Why this discrimination was being observed against the teachers of Sindh universities, he asked.
Professor Soomro demanded that the vice chancellors of Sindh universities should be authorised to issue NOCs.He also demanded that on the pattern of Punjab and other provinces, the teachers of Sindh universities should also be given Rs10,000 PhD and Rs5,000 MPhil/MSc/ME allowance.
Re-employment of retired professors and officers in all the universities of Sindh should be stopped forthwith and the teachers should be given computer allowance and plots in public housing societies.
LUMHS: Disciplinary committee of Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences of Jamshoro on Wednesday cancelled admissions of four students of MBBS first year namely Shah Faisal, Abdur Rahim, Mohammad Mansoor and Najmuddin.
The committee has also rusticated final year's BDS student Mohammad Jamil, third year's BDS student, Asadullah and fourth year's MBBS student Majid for three years.
The meeting has sent recommendation to the health department to cancel the house job of house officer Amanullah Malik.
These students were involved in the violent incident of Tuesday that took place at the university campus. They ransacked the university library, damaged university property and injured two students.
The meeting made it clear that no one would be allowed to destroy the peaceful atmosphere of the university.SU: The University of Sindh leased out three acres of land to M.H.Panhwar Trust for construction of M.H.Panhwar Chair here on Wednesday.
The land lease documents were singed by the University Registrar Mr Mohammad Hussain Shaikh and Mr.Sunny Panhwar in presence of acting vice-chancellor Prof Dr Iqbal Ahmed Panhwar in his office. Dawn
FUUAST geography result
Karachi: Controller Examination Federal Urdu University For Arts, Science & Technology (FUUAST) Prof. Waqar-ul-Haq announced the results of MSc Geography (final) fourth semester of batch four 2008 and Second Semester batch four 2009 (one year program) of morning shift on Wednesday.
According to statistics, 31 students, out of 32 enrolled, participated in exams with 28 students declared passed. Atrah obtained first position, Kanwal second, while Sabika Zahra got third position. Result remained 92.32 percent. Meanwhile BS (CS) Sixth Semester of batch four 2006 (morning) result was also announced.
According to statistic, 37 candidates out of 40 declared pass. Maria Shakeel acquired first, Mohammad Farid Khan second and Hira Shaz Siddiq third position, while pass percentage remained 92.5. The news