KU to accept fees for MA (Regular) Exams forms
Karachi, May 02: University of Karachi (KU) has notified for the information of all concerned that the examination forms and fee of Regular Colleges Annual Examinations 2011 will be accepted at their respective colleges from May 2 to 17. According to a KU press release here on Tuesday Examination Fee for both MA (Previous and Final) will be Rs 2,675. All those candidates who were enrolled in 2005 or earlier shall appear in MA Previous and Final Regular (Colleges) Annual Examination 2011, as a last chance, by paying Rs 5,000 as extra charges in addition to the normal examination fee. The failure candidates of MA Previous and Final were advised to submit their examination forms separately and in case they are appearing for both MA Previous and Final then only can deposit the fees simultaneously. app
KU changes name of Department of Mathematics
Karachi: The Academic Council, University of Karachi, has approved to change the present name of the Department of Mathematics as Department of Mathematical Sciences. This has been approved as per recommendation of the Board of Faculty of Sciences. The change will broaden up the horizon of the department and modern courses will be added to its syllabi. Daily times
KU awards five PhDs
Karachi: The Board of Advances Studies and Research of the University of Karachi awarded PhD degrees to five people from the Dr AQ Khan Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (KIGBE) based on their potentially groundbreaking work.
The PhDs were awarded to Dr Saboohi Raza, Dr Sitwat Zehra, Dr Saima Saleem, Dr Aaliya Riaz and Dr Qamar-un-Nisa. Dr Raza used a special technique of genetic engineering in her study called Somaclonal Variation aimed at identifying good sugarcane, while Dr Zehra was awarded the degree as she worked on Premenstrual Syndrome Symptoms (PMS) and studied the variations in hormones in such cases.
Dr Saima Saleem focused on oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC), more commonly known as oral cancer. In her research, she found that due to the use of paan, Chalia, Gutka, Niswar and Main Puri, there is an alteration of a gene named TP53¸which is responsible for tumour suppression.
Dr. Aaliya Riaz completed her research on an enzyme extracted from a unique bacteria and named it Bacillus. This enzyme is widely used by the medicine, food, garment, paper and the ethanol productive industries.
Meanwhile, Dr Qamar-un-Nisa's research was on a single gene named AVP1 that has a salt and drought tolerance ability. This gene was introduced in Brassica Napus (Conola) in order to develop a salt and dough tolerance property in the same species. The news
KU scholarship cheques to be distributed
Karachi: The Students' Financial Aid Office, University of Karachi (KU) will organise Mitsubishi Scholarship Cheque Distribution Ceremony on May 3 (tomorrow) at the Council Room of the Dean Faculty of Arts. According to the In-charge Students' Financial Aid Office, Prof Dr Shakeel Ahmed Khan, this will be the first and second installment of Mitsubishi Corporation Scholarship in which 56 students will be awarded with scholarships. The cheques will be distributed by the Vice Chancellor, Prof Dr Muhammad Qaisar.
University of Karachi to hold awareness walk
Karachi: Department of Psychology, University of Karachi is going to organise an awareness walk on cleanliness on Wednesday (today). On this occasion, trash bins will be placed at various places within the campus premises. Dean Faculty of Arts Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal will inaugurate the campaign. Daily times
KMDC to be made varsity
Karachi: Governor Sindh Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan has approved university status for Karachi Medical and Dental College (KMDC), which would be named as City University of Health Sciences.
The decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting held at the Governor House on Saturday.
The meeting was told that a bill would soon be introduced in the Sindh Assembly for this purpose. It was told that two other varsities - a law university in Karachi and Muhammad Ali Jinnah University in Hyderabad- would also be set up through an act of the assembly.
Ebad hoped that these proposed institutes would help promote higher education in the province.
The meeting was attended, among others, by Justice (retd) Qazi Khalid Ali, Senator Haseeb Ahmed Khan, Secretary law Ghulam Nabi Shah, Administrator Karachi Muhammad Hussain Syed and Governor's Principal Secretary Dr. Naushad Sheikh. The news
Enrolment forms of class IX
Karachi: The Board of Secondary Education Karachi has announced that the enrolment forms of SSC part-I (class IX) annual examinations 2013 for regular candidates of science and general groups will be accepted between May 2 and May 31 without a late fee. The forms would be accepted with a late fee till August 31, it said. Dawn
Class IX's 4th paper cancelled in Lyari
Karachi: Owing to a law and order situation in Lyari Town, the paper of Biology for Class IX students scheduled for Wednesday (today) has been cancelled.
The new dates would be announced when the situation became normal in Lyari, an official of the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) said on Tuesday.
Due to the lawlessness in the area, three papers of the annual examinations had been cancelled so far and the paper scheduled for Wednesday would be the fourth, he said.
"There are at least six centres, three each for male and female students, and around 3, 000 candidates appear at these centres," he added.
Meanwhile, the rest of the students in other parts of the city would appear in the exams as per schedule, he said. The news
Notices issued on plea against VC appointment
Karachi: The appointment of Dr Akbar Haider Soomro as the vice chancellor of the Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto University has been challenged in the Sindh High Court.
A division bench headed by Justice Maqbool Baqar issued notices to the respondents and put off the hearing to a date to be later fixed by the court's office. The federal and provincial law officers were also put on notice.
Petitioner Javed Ahmed Langah, represented by Advocate Zamir Ghummro, impleaded the Sindh governor and chief minister, chief secretary, vice chancellor and registrar of the Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto University, Larkana, and chairman of the Higher Education Commission as respondent.
The petitioner submitted in the petition that instead of filling the vacancy of the vice chancellor on merit, Dr Akbar Haider Soomro was appointed as VC in flagrant violation of the law and Constitution. He said that Dr Soomro's appointment was replete with glaring irregularities and the proper procedure provided in law was completely overlooked.
The petitioner stated that no advertisement was published for filling the vacancy of the VC and even otherwise the eligibility criterion was not properly examined in accordance with the guidelines of the HEC.
He said that the respondent VC was appointed in violation of Article 105(1) of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973, which provides that "Subject to the Constitution, in the performance of his functions, the Governor shall act in accordance with advice of the Cabinet, (or the Chief Minister)".
The petitioner stated that Dr Soomro did not hold a PhD degree, which was a mandatory educational qualification as prescribed in the HEC criteria. Even otherwise, he had been retired from his services and did not possess requisite qualification and criteria for holding the post of the vice chancellor, he added.
He further stated that the vice chancellor was appointed in violation of Articles 4 and 25 of the Constitution.
The petitioner prayed to the court to declare that the appointment of Dr Soomro was unlawful, illegal and void ab initio.
He also prayed to the court to restrain the vice chancellor from performing the functions of his office till final adjudication of the petition as he was holding his office without lawful authority. Dawn