Karachi University Operation Clean Sweep

KU students conduct 'Operation Clean Sweep'
Karachi, May 04: Valuing cleanliness as next to godliness and weighing its importance in creating a healthy space to nurture healthy minds, a group of students from the Department of Psychology of the University of Karachi (KU) celebrated the completion of the 'Operation Clean Sweep' with an awareness walk on Thursday.

The novel assignment taken up by a group of students as the part of their social psychology course took the shape of a rigorous campaign to declutter the entire university, by installing dustbins across the campus.

Spanning over hundreds of acres and catering to thousands of students, ironically only a few dustbins could be spotted, and garbage could be witnessed piling up on sidewalks and on roads of the university.

Hence, in order to inspire a change and calling environmental cleanliness a necessity not a fad, this youth took up the task of collecting funds for the installation of dustbins. The KMC and Rashid Latif Cricket Academy (RLCA) along with scores of youth in the university donated the money and made arrangements to buy and place 25 dustbins each costing around Rs4,000.

The Dean of Arts Faculty inaugurated the awareness walk and a score of students participated in the walk across the university with the rapid chants and slogans on cleanliness. Ayesha Zia, Ifrah Zafar, Ramsha Syed, Saima Saif, Sidra Hameed, Sarah Wasi, Aeliya Zaidi, Munazzah Mansoor and Amna Shaukat were the prominent members who ventured for the project and turned it into a success.

"Such healthy welfare activities only motivate students to gird up for greater tasks to build up and to protect the community at a macrocosmic level. This initiative not only signifies a step towards a clean environment but is in fact an effort to build up a society where people are psychologically healthy as well", said the Dean of Arts, Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal.

Appreciating the spirit and enthusiasm in the youth, Farah Iqbal, assistant professor and course in-charge remarked, "The rightly guided youth is the most powerful weapon in fighting off all the social ills persisting in our society." Setting a precedent in purging the environment of the filth and dirt, this effort is a hope that more effective and counter-intuitive plans would be made to help the society at large. The news

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Books shortage: Textbook board chiefsummoned
Peshawar: The Peshawar High Court on Thursday summoned chairman and controlling authority of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Textbook Board in a writ petition challenging shortage of school books in the market.

A PHC bench comprising Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan and Justice Mian Fasihul Mulk put on notice the chairman and controlling authority of the board, asking them to appear in person and explain under what consideration contract of printing was given to a printing
company, which could not ensure timely provision of books on the commencement of academic year.

The bench fixed May 31 for next hearing with the direction that the two board officials should also produce the record of tender notices published, the bidding chart and final order of allotting contract to the printer.

Advocate Mohammad Essa Khan, the petitioner, contended that he had filed the petition in public interest as several weeks had passed, but some important textbooks had still not been available to the students. He argued that media had regularly been highlighting this important issue, but the authorities remained unmoved.

In a lighter vein the chief justice asked Mr Essa Khan why he had been transferring the burden to the courts and he and the civil society should come forward for addressing such issues. The chief justice asked him why they had not been staging peaceful protests on this issue.

The petitioner stated that several organisations had staged demonstrations. He contended that it was the responsibility of the chairman and controlling authority of the board to ensure provision of books in the market.

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HED plans evaluation of public-sectorcolleges
Lahore: The Punjab Higher Education Department is planning to put in place monitoring and evaluation system for public sector colleges, which so far never come under scrutiny.

Sources in the department said an institutional mechanism would be developed to rank all public sector colleges on the pattern of universities' ranking by the Higher Education Commission. In the next budget, the department would also ensure funds to maintain the missing facilities excluding construction of new rooms.

In the next financial year, the higher education department is reportedly seeking development funds worth Rs7 billion against last year's allocation of Rs6.5 billion. However, it was also learnt, that the higher education department was released only Rs5 billion.

The BS (Honours) programme in public sector colleges was not taken well by the respective colleges' faculty members as well as teachers' association owing to the constitution of board of governors. The higher education department has indicated that such issues will be resolved in the next budget. "A stakeholders conference will be called to reach at some mutually agreed points to run the programme effectively," an official said.

The department would also launch its indigenous teacher training programme for capacity building of teachers so that they could impart quality education to their pupils. The higher education department senior official also said that the department would establish a Knowledge Park at 800 acre land in Muridke, while another Knowledge City had been proposed in Rakh Terra, Burki.

HEC: The Higher Education Commission, it is learnt, is planning to evaluate the performance of senior faculty members serving on Tenure Track System.

HEC Executive Director Prof Dr Sohail H Naqvi said that the TTS faculty members' performance would be assessed as the commission had evaluated the performance of foreign faculty. He said the foreign faculty performance evaluation had revealed that they had done a great job and Pakistan's research contribution was increasing day by day. "The research in Pakistani universities has improved in terms of quality as well as quantity and has formally been measured and identified at international level," he added.

Dr Naqvi said the government had invested in higher education and during the last 10 years many new universities and old universities' sub-campuses were established and added that "universities are building communities".

However, it is learnt, the commission is currently facing financial crunch. The commission has yet not received the last quarterly installment, which was due on April 1. Dawn

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UHS meeting
Lahore: The 65th meeting of Advanced Studies and Research Board of the University of Health Sciences (UHS) was held here on Thursday with Vice Chancellor Prof IA Naveed in the chair.

According to a press release, the board considered the thesis reports of Dr. Salman Idrees for M.Phil (Biochemistry), Dr. Muhammad Jawad Anwar for M.Phil (Chemical Pathology), Dr. Malik Shahid Shoukat for M.Phil (Community Medicine), Dr. Muhammad Tahir Saeed for M.Phil (Haematology), Dr. Ehsan Ullah for M.Phil (Morbid Anatomy & Histopathology), Dr. Muhammad Usman Shams for M.Phil (Morbid Anatomy & Histopathology), Dr. Sana Mahmood Qureshi for M.Phil (Oral Pathology), Dr. Asad Mahmood Khan for M.Phil (Pharmacology), Dr. Rubina Iqbal for M.Phil (Pharmacology), Dr. Aamir Nazir for M.Phil (Physiology) and Dr. Shazia Naz for MDS (Operative Dentistry). The board approved the panels of examiners for the evaluation of theses submitted by Dr. Samina Khokhar Ph.D. Scholar, Dr. Nazish Mahmood Aisha M.Phil (Biochemistry), Mr. Muhammad Yasir M.Phil (Microbiology), Dr. Khalida Ahtesham M.Phil (Morbid Anatomy & Histopathology), Dr. Hassan Mujtaba M.Phil (Oral Pathology), Dr. Syeda Ijlal Zehra Zaidi M.Phil (Physiology), Dr. Uzair Mumtaz M.Phil (Physiology) and Dr. Ali Haider M.S. (General Surgery). The following synopses were also considered for registration of students in various postgraduate courses:

"Ficus caraca l. (Anjir) leaf extract reduces gentamicin induced nephrotoxicity in adult male albino mice" by Dr. Ammara Ghafoor for M.Phil (Anatomy), "Spectrum of von Willebrand disease in Lahore; Clinical features and types" by Dr. Muhammad Kaleem Khan for M.Phil (Haematology), "Prevalence of respiratory syncytial virus infection in children on assisted ventilation" by Dr. M. Tamour Ashiq for M.Phil (Microbiology), "Frequency of PVL and TSST1 genes in MRSA and MSSA isolates from nasal, anal and vaginal colonization in pregnant women" by Dr. Qurrat-ul-ain Elahi for M.Phil (Microbiology), "Diagnostic accuracy of Bethesda system of reporting thyroid cytology and its histological correlation" by Dr. Fakhar Abbas for M.Phil (Morbid Anatomy & Histopathology), "Clinicopathological and Immunohistochemical analysis of oropharyngeal lymphomas" by Dr. Waqar-un-Nisa for M.Phil (Oral Pathology).

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Chinese meet PU VC
Lahore: An eight-member Chinese delegation of Shenzhen Chamber of E-Commerce called on Vice Chancellor Punjab University (PU) Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran on Thursday.

Chairperson of Shenzhen Chamber of E-Commerce Jennifer Tong, General Secretary Yilin Wen, Vice President Minfei Yan, CEO Best Source International Helen Ho, President and CEO Hueway Technology Jackson Zheng, CEO Baykee Electric Equipments Sunny Ye, President and CEO Shenzhen Fine Chemicals Eric Peng and Director Foshan Emass President Industrial Investment Tiger Huang attended the meeting.

PU results: Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department on Thursday announced results of various examinations. Results are available on PU website www.pu.edu.pk.

PU wins TDCP competition: Punjab University's College of Art & Design (PUCAD) students have won awards in a painting and photography competition organized by TDCP.

A press release here on Thursday said Maryam Laique, Aamir Hassan and Farhana Rasheed bagged 1st, 2nd and 3rd position and got Rs 10000, Rs 5000 and Rs 3000 prize money in the painting competition respectively.

In the photography competition, Awais Ali Sheikh, Abdul Rehman and Shoaib Ahmed won 1st, 2nd and 3rd position and got Rs 10000, Rs 5000 and Rs 3000 respectively. The news

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