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Quaid-i-Azam University Convocation 2012

1,287 awarded post-graduate degrees at QAU convocation
Islamabad, May 04: As many as 1,287 graduates of the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) on Thursday received degrees and medals after successful completion of their academic education, at its 'Convocation 2012'.

Out of total, 887 students of MSc Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Biological and Medicine Sciences received degrees while 281 students of MPhil and 115 of PhD received degrees on completion of their studies in these disciplines. Four students of Faculty of Medicine Sciences were awarded degrees on completion of their MS/MD/MDS.

A total of 135 medals including Chancellors Medal and President' Gold Medal were also conferred on the graduates who have shown extra-ordinary performance in their academics.

Chairman Senate, Nayyar Hussain Bokhari, as a chief guest, said youth is considered as backbone in the process of national development and they must focus on acquisition of knowledge and research work.

Nayyar Bokhari said a literate society could only ensure progress and save future of the nation.

He congratulated the QAU staff for maintaining top position among other universities and said: "It is good that the university is paying special focus on research along with other studies for elevating the standard of education in the country".

He urged the students to utilise their potential for constructive purposes and work for the development of the country.

"The world has turned into global village due to development of information technology and the youth must harness their capabilities through utilizing the scientific innovations," he added.

He said that he is well aware of the problems faced by the employees of the university and soon their longstanding demand of establishing housing scheme will be fulfilled.

Nayyar Bokhari congratulated the degree holders, wishing them a bright future.

QAU Vice Chancellor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, speaking on the occasion, said the university was established in 1967 and now known as one of the best institutions in the world.

The university has initiated four years BS programmes on experimental basis, which has gained a lot of appreciation and it will continue to introduce more such programmes in the future.

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QAU faculty assails manhandling of associate professor
Islamabad: Faculty members of the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) have condemned the manhandling of Dr. Irfan Zia Qureshi, an associate professor at the Department of Animal Sciences, by a university official.

According to sources, Dr. Qureshi complained to Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, vice-chancellor of the Quaid-i-Azam University, on Friday, when a group of students under the banner of Quaidian Students Federation was protesting, that the administration, hostel staffers and security people, including its head, were not performing and the rowdiness of students was being handled by faculty members.

Sources said that this enraged the university official dealing with the matter and soon after the VC was away he caught the associate professor by the neck and threatened him of dire consequences.

Sources said a delegation of faculty members met the VC in his office where Dr. Qureshi submitted a written complaint. Dr. Yasinzai, as head of the institution, apologised for the harsh treatment meted out to Dr. Qureshi by the university official. He also formed a committee, headed by Dr. Eatzaz Ahmad, dean of the Social Sciences Department, to look into the matter and submit a report.

When contacted, QAU Academic Staff Association President Dr Gulraiz Akhter confirmed the incident and said that his association was waiting for the committee report and action by the VC before chalking out a course of action.

When approached, Professor Zahid Majeed, vice-president of the Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association, and Professor Rasheed Khalid, president of the Federal Chapter of FAPUASA, demanded strong action against the university official.

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Economist appointed at KMU
Peshawar: Syed Bilal Khisro; development economist of the Planning & Development Department, has been posted here as Director, Planning & Development, Khyber Medical University (KMU), which is the only medical university of the province in the public sector.According to government sources, he was posted this week on deputation from the Planning and Development Department; where he has been working for the past more than 15 years in key pioneering development interventions of the provincial government,especially in the reforms sector. The news

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