Fatima Jinnah Dental College Convocation 2012

91 BDS degrees awarded at 15th FJDC auditorium
Karachi: The Fatima Jinnah Dental College (FJDC), Karachi, held its 15th Convocation at the Bahria Auditorium, where 91 students were awarded the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degrees.

Vice-Chancellor University of Karachi (KU) Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser conferred the degrees on 25 male and 66 female graduates. Besides 93 distinctions in various subjects, 18 Gold Medals for Role of Honours (highest marks in the subject in the university examination), and 12 shields for top positions were also awarded at the ceremony.

FJDC Principal Dr Tasleem Hosein presented the annual report of the college, while Faculty of Medicine Dean Prof Dr S M Abbas Hussain administered the PMDC oath.

On the occasion, Dr Sadia Shabbir Jumani was awarded best graduate shield and received cash award of Rs25,000 along with the best graduate shield and five gold medals from the college. She was also given a shield and Rs25,000 from MIS Shield. A shield was presented to the outgoing principal of the college Prof Dr Essa Arain for his meritorious position of holding this post for the last 15 years. A pride of performance gold medal was awarded to senior staff member Muhammad Ali Khurasani, with a cash prize of Rs10.000 for his 15 years of meritorious service.

Chief guest at the ceremony Sindh health minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed said that the graduates, the younger generation, were the ones on whom he pinned his hopes for a better future of the elderly of today and the young ones of tomorrow.

He further said that, being a representative of the Sindh government, he was striving to bring relief and assistance to the people. "My efforts have been to provide medical services at the grass-root level, where the suffering is the most. We have succeeded to a great extent but a lot more needs to be done," he said.

The chief guest congratulated the graduates and their parents. He advised the young doctors not to forget those unfortunate and un-affording citizens, who have been suffering and deprived of deserving facilities and treatment due to their poverty.

"While practicing in your posh chambers and while sitting in ivory towers, do not forget these un-affording and unfortunate common people. Do all you can to elevate their miseries and sufferings as an act of benevolence and for the sake of humanity," Dr Ahmed conveyed his message.

Karachi University VC Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser noted that the Fatima Jinnah Dental College was primarily an undergraduate college for studies of BDS, but it had played a leading role in the faculty development and research.

It has produced a large number of postgraduates with qualifications of MCPS and FCPS from the College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan. It has also produced MPhils, MS, MSc and PhDs from the University of Karachi and other renowned national and overseas universities. Most of these are their own graduates and serving their alma-mata, he said.

He said that the University of Karachi and I, personally am proud of such institutions and would be happy to provide the necessary guidance and assistance, as and when required.Fatima Jinnah Dental College Chief Executive Officer Dr Baqar Askary and others also addressed the ceremony. The news

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KU announces MBBS First Professional result
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) on Monday announced the result of MBBS First Professional Part-A, annual examination 2012. Some 522 students were registered out of which 519 appeared in the exam and a total of 291 were declared pass. The pass percentage remained 56.07.

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FUUAST announces date for BA, MA examinations
Karachi: Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology (FUUAST) Controller Examination Waqar-ul-Haq on Monday announced the date for BA Honours and MA Regular annual examinations. The first exam of BA Honours (Part II), to be held on May 28, will be of Urdu subject while BA Honours (Part III) and MA (Part I) of Islamic History. The exam of Mass Communication will be conducted on June 1. First exam of MA (Part II) will be conducted on May 29. FUUAST Abdul Huq Campus will be the centre of examinations and all exams will conducted in the afternoon shift. Daily times

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Dr Chishty to lead proposed virus control centre at KU Karachi: Dr Khalil Chishty, who was recently released by India after 20 years of incarceration, will be leading a proposed virus control centre at the University of Karachi (KU).

The university has been planning to set up a 'Vector-borne Viral Disease Control and Surveillance Centre', owing to rapid spread of multiple virus ranging from influenza to dengue in the city and other parts of the country, and Dr Chishty agreed to run it, said Pro Vice Chancellor of KU Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi on Monday.

Dr Kazmi who is also chairperson of the Department of Microbiology said Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad had requested Dr Chishti to provide guidance to control the rampant viruses.

The renowned virologist along with the Vice Chancellor KU Prof Dr Kaiser, Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi, Dr Abu Zar Wajidi and other professors called on the governor at the Governors House.Dr Kazmi said aerial influenza, Congo Crimean, dengue and other viruses were taking a toll on human lives.

She opined that maximum surveillance was needed to ascertain the areas where these viruses were found. The Pro-VC of KU said it was not advisable to conduct extensive fumigation as the chemicals were toxic. It is important to identify the areas where these viruses are found and then focus on its control there.

She said that when Dr Chishty was the head of the microbiology department at the KU he conducted extensive research, and the KU wanted to benefit from this experience. Dr Kazmi was also his student in the batch of 1973. Subsequently, Dr Chishty proceeded abroad and taught in Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia amongst other countries. The renowned virologist was among the first batch of the Microbiology Department who did their MSc in 1959.

Meanwhile, the governor said Dr Chishty's experience and expertise held tremendous significance for the KU as the students he had taught were performing well in the respective field. Ebad termed Dr Chishty as asset to the country and nation.

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UoP announces special admission quota for minority students
Peshawar: The University of Peshawar (UoP) has announced special quota for minority students for admission to various disciplines. The announcement was made at an open forum held for minority students at the university with Acting Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Qibla Ayaz in chair.

The item of quota allocation for the minority students would be put on the agenda of upcoming meeting of the academic council for final approval, the vice-chancellor said. The forum was organised by Directorate of Admissions UoP to seek suggestions from the non-Muslim students to provide them some facilities.

The students welcomed proposed announcement of scholarships by the Khyber Pakh-tunkhwa government for the minority students. They said the financial assistance for the minority students would help them complete studies as majority of them left education halfway for financial constraints.

They requested the authorities concerned to allocate funds for their PhD scholarships, which were agreed to be pursued. The minority students should ideally be called as non-Muslim students, Qibla Ayaz said. He added that a total of 85 minority students get enrolled in the university every year. After graduation, these students make valuable contributions to various fields, he said.

The vice-chancellor urged the students to work hard to become productive citizens. He said the foreign media was portraying a gloomy picture of our society by describing it intolerant. The ground reality is totally different, he added. "In this situation, non-Muslim students must come up and serve as ambassadors of this region and tell the world that everyone enjoys religious freedom in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and tribal areas," he said. The meeting was attended by Registrar Dr Syed Fazli Hadi, Director Admissions Dr Hizbullah Khan, Principal of Jinnah College for Women Prof Dr Nelofar Zeb Arbab and others.

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KMU asked to ensure quality teaching at affiliated colleges
Peshawar: Governor Masood Kausar has said Khyber Medical University (KMU) should ensure ample opportunities of studies and research to the students of medical sciences and develop a mechanism for provision of quality teaching facilities at the affiliated colleges.

Presiding over the fifth meeting of the KMU senate on Monday, the governor particularly referred to working of private medical colleges affiliated to it and stressed for maintaining proper mechanism for ensuring efficient system through which working of such institutions could be ensured up to the mark.

The meeting besides others was also attended by the secretaries health, administration and finance departments. Prof Dr Hafeezullah, vice-chancellor of the university, highlighted the achievements; prevailing state of working and future goals for further promotion of research and educational activities of the university.

Meanwhile, the meeting thoroughly discussed agenda items and took decisions. The meeting also approved certain amendments in service statutes 2008 of the university; law ensuring amicable working atmosphere in institutions and affiliation of certain private health educational institutions.

Formal approval of the shifting of the Kohat Institute of Medical Sciences from Kohat University of Science and Technology to Khyber Medical University was also approved by the senate.

The senate okayed its budget estimates for the year 2011-12 and actual budgetary expenditures for the year 2010-11 as well as the annual report. Earlier, Prof Dr Hafeezullah highlighted the Khyber Medical University working and said that the university with its six constituent institutions was offering PhD and M Phil studies besides masters and graduate programmes in various disciplines and with the return of more scholars currently doing their higher studies abroad, almost all its constituent institutions would be in a position to offer PhD level studies.

The university, he added, was offering educational facilities of unique nature in certain cases in the country and with the further development of all its constituent institutions, its working will become exemplary at the national level in all respects. The news

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