Benazir Bhutto Chair at Karachi University
Benazir Bhutto Chair set up at KU
|Karachi, Nov 13: Amidst generous praise for the slain former prime
minister, the Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Chair was established at the
University of Karachi on Wednesday at a dedication ceremony held in the Arts
Auditorium of the varsity. With an initial fund of Rs25 million, the chair will
be dedicated to researching different aspects of Ms Bhutto's life as well as
focussing on issues that may confront Pakistan in the future.
dedication ceremony saw the auditorium packed to capacity as faculty members,
scholars, students, politicians and Pakistan People's Party supporters gathered
to honour the former prime minister's memory, with raucous pro-Bhutto slogans
often punctuating the proceedings.
Announcing the grant of Rs25 million
for the chair, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, who was the chief guest,
said he would ensure a unanimous resolution is passed in the Sindh Assembly to
guarantee permanent funding for the chair, adding that he would attend to the
issues of the youth, as both Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto emphasised
empowering the youth.
He described Ms Bhutto as a writer, philosopher,
politician, sister, mother and wife, adding that she suffered many privations
for her beliefs after the execution of her father, during Gen Ziaul Haq's
A message was read out on behalf of President Asif Ali
Zardari, in which the need to collect and compile data on Benazir Bhutto before
it is lost to the vagaries of time was stressed. The president also suggested in
the message that the chair should help disseminate the late leader's
It was also announced that a chair in honour of Ms Bhutto was
being established at Sindh University.
Professor Dr Qasim Raza Siddiqui,
KU's vice-chancellor, said that the impact of the Bhutto family could be seen on
national life as they were enlightened people, and that society should remember
its enlightened minds. He recalled that ZAB used to have books regularly issued
from the university's library, while both Mr Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto were
Praising what he termed was Ms Bhutto's "political
vision," the vice-chancellor said that "major things can be achieved through
this chair. As well as research on BB's life, future trends should be studied so
that there can be a focus on the issues likely to confront the
He also urged the chief minister to build a 2,000 seat
auditorium on the university grounds in honour of Ms Bhutto.
Minister for Housing Haji Muzaffar Shujra, who is also a member of KU's
syndicate, said that the Bhuttos had a knack for predicting future political
trends, adding that Ms Bhutto in particular had an attachment to
Labelling Benazir Bhutto an "institution" and a "role model,"
Information Minister Shazia Marri said that political stability in the country
today was the result of Ms Bhutto's efforts. She also announced the sum of
Rs200,000 on behalf of the information department for the chair.
Culture and Tourism Minister Sassui Palejo, whose ministry helped set up the
chair, said that she felt proud as the first chair linked to Ms Bhutto in
Pakistan had been established in Sindh. She said that BB was not just a
political leader but had a "multi-dimensional vision," adding that she had
studied and lectured in some of the most prestigious universities in the
She said the government would support the chair while a liaison
would also be established with those varsities where BB had lectured. Ms Palejo
also thanked the VC and the chief minister for their help in establishing the
Prof Saleem Memon of the Department of Sindhi, who conducted the
proceedings, pointed that though there were several chairs at the university
such as the I.H. Qureshi Chair, Sirah Chair and Shah Latif Chair, only the Shah
Latif Chair was active. He asked for a permanent grant for the Benazir Bhutto
Chair and suggested that an endowment fund be set up for the chair so that it
would not be neglected and to ensure future governments would not withdraw
support for it.
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City, Country: Karachi Pakistan
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Private schools told to get registered within 30 days
Karachi: The directorate of private institutions, Sindh, has
asked all unregistered private schools to get registered within 30 days or face
Through a press release issued here on Wednesday, director
of private institutions Mansoob Hussain Siddiqui also asked all private
elementary schools (Nursery to Class-VIII) which had earlier got their
registration certificates from the executive district officers (education)
concerned to submit a copy of their certificate with the directorate's office
within the next 30 days to facilitate computerisation of private schools'
The directorate has recently been authorised by the provincial
education department to register private elementary schools through a
notification. Prior to the issuance of the notification, it was the EDO
(education) who used to exercise the authority of registering elementary
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St Joseph's College observes diamond jubilee
Karachi: The St Joseph's College is observing its diamond jubilee
this year. Founded in 1948 to educate women with the aim of "making them perfect
citizens of the brave new world" (as Pakistan was described by the founders of
the college soon after Independence), St Joseph's has grown
It started with 66 students on its rolls. Today there are
1984 students studying in this institution of higher education. The faculty has
also grown to 67. Starting with the arts faculty, the college launched its
science faculty in 1953 and moved on to enrol students for commerce in
The St Joseph's College traces its beginnings to the Congregation
of the Daughters of the Cross founded in Belgium in 1833. Nuns from the
congregation came to Karachi in 1862 and the following year a girls' school was
founded with 10 children as the first entrants. The college came 85 years later
when Karachi's population grew as the city became the federal capital.
Joseph's soon made its mark on the country as many of its graduates went on to
win high positions in all walks of national life.
The college was
nationalised in Sept 1972 along with all other private colleges in Pakistan
under the education policy of the first People's Party Bhutto government. A link
- though a tenuous one - with the Congregation was maintained for a few years
through Sister Mary Emily who continued as the principal of the college until
her retirement in 1981. But the management was taken over by the education
authorities. Subsequently the principals were appointed by the education
In May 2005 General Pervez Musharraf's government decided to
restore the St Joseph's College to its "right owners" as the members of the
mission were termed in the documents that recorded the return of the institution
to the Daughters of the Cross. In the intervening decades several denominational
educational institutions had been handed back to their owners with the St
Joseph's College being one of the last few to be returned.
In the last
three years since the college reverted to the Congregation, it has worked to
regain its old standards while charging modest fees. One of the fears expressed
by the critics of its "denationalisation" that a shopping mall would be erected
on the prime two-acre plot that was leased to the St Joseph's College in
perpetuity for educational purposes by the Cantonment Board have proved to be
unfounded. The college continues to function as a girls' college with no
commercialisation having taken place. Dawn
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