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Karachi university MA final external results 2008

Karachi university announced MA final external results
Karachi, Nov 17: The University of Karachi on Monday announced the results of MA (final) external annual examinations 2008. Some 896 candidates appeared in the examinations. The pass percentage was 60.94 per cent.

Amber Munawar, with 779 marks out of the maximum 1,000 marks, secured first position. Lubna Shehzadi, with 758 marks, secured second position. Hena Matin who obtained 756 marks came third.

A university announcement said that marks certificates were being issued. Meanwhile the University announced the results of BDS final professional supplementary examinations 2009. According to statistics, 30 candidates appeared in the exams and of these 25 were declared successful with the pass percentage of 83.33 per cent. A university announcement said that marks certificates were being issued.

The candidates have been asked to collect the same from their respective colleges. Dawn

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KU workshop will help people understand proteomics
Karachi: A workshop on proteomics will help people understand more about this discipline and this type of efforts should continue in future, Dr Aftab Ahmed from the University of Rhode Island, USA, said on Monday. He was speaking at the inaugural session of the three-day workshop about research tools in proteomics held at the University of Karachi (KU).

Dr Ahmed, who is an assistant professor at Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Science, University of Rhode Island, said that proteomics is the study of quantitative changes of protein expression level and their application to drug discovery, diagnosis and therapy. He said that much focus is being laid upon 'proteomics' these days, especially in the developed countries like USA. He added that workshops like this one should also be arranged in future.

The workshop has been jointly organised by National Centre for Proteomics and Dr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD), KU. The objectives of the workshop, as stated by Dr Shamashad Zareena, Director, National Centre for Proteomics, is to provide a general protocol in the form of a background, on the basis of which, the participants, from different national institutes, could share their skills and knowledge.

According to Dr Zareena proteomics is a discipline which could be joined by students from every field of Science, including Biochemistry, Genetics, Biotechnology and others. It typically involves large scale isolation, identification and characterization of the protein complement of genome under a defined state. This discipline has been evolving and developing for last twenty years and now involves more complex studies of the total set of proteins, their post-translational modifications and their interactions thereby opening post-genomic research possibilities, Dr Zareena added.

Moreover major focus of current workshop would be on protein separation techniques involving two-dimensional gel electrophoresis, multidimensional liquid chromatographic techniques, mass spectroscopy and imaging techniques used in proteomics. During the three-day workshop, participants would get hands on training on two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and image processing techniques.

A number of participants, from various research institutes of Pakistan have come to take part in the workshop.

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FUUAST declared BS (Mathematics) results
Karachi: Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology announced the results of BS (Mathematics) Semester-1, Batch-3 2009 (Morning), BS (Statistics) Semester-3, Batch-1 2008 (Morning) and BS (Physics) Semester-1, Batch-3 2008 (Evening) on Monday. The news

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PAC seeks govt opinion on universities audit
Karachi: The Public Accounts Committee of the Sindh Assembly has decided to seek views of the provincial governor and the finance department whether autonomous institutions like public sector universities fall within the purview of the auditor general for auditing purposes.

The PAC meeting, presided over by its chairman Sardar Jam Tamachi, was held here on Monday to consider the audit report 2004-05 of the universities and education boards of the province.

Besides Shama Mithani, Ghulam Mujadid Isran, Dr Rafique Bhanbhan and Aamir Moin, members of the PAC, the vice chancellors of the NED University of Engineering and Technology, Quaid-i-Awam University, Nawabshah, the Liaquat University of Health and Medical Sciences, Sindh University, Jamshoro, Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai University Khairpur, the chairmen of the Board of Intermediate Education, Karachi, Sukkur, Larkana, Board of Secondary Education, Karachi and the Sindh Board of Technical Education, Karachi were also present in the meeting.

However, the vice chancellors of the University of Karachi, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro, Agriculture University Tandojam and the directors of the Punjawani Centre and the HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry could not attend the meeting since they had already intimated the PAC about their preoccupation abroad. The PAC chairman gave ruling that in future the meeting of educational boards and the universities would be held separately.

While considering the audit paras of the Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, he directed the vice chancellor to intimate the retired VC of the varsity to appear before the PAC for responding to the financial anomalies that related to the period when he was at the helm of the affairs.

The PAC deferred both paras (12-11 and 12-12) pertaining to the NED University, deferred para 12.9 and settled para 12.10 regarding the Liaquat University of Health and Medical Sciences.

The chairman asked the secretary of the provincial assembly to write a letter to the Sindh governor, who is also chancellor of the public sector universities in the province, and the provincial finance department to seek their views whether the autonomous bodies like of universities fall within the purview of the auditor-general.

Mr Tamachi gave this directive when the vice chancellor of the NED University, Abul Kalam, maintained that the universities are autonomous institutions and as such the financial rules did not apply on the varsities which were governed under the rules framed by their syndicates and senate.

The NED vice chancellor also said that if the PAC did not settle the audit paras, they would approach a court of law for their settlement. The same plea was taken by representatives of other universities when their paras were taken up for consideration.

Deputy Director Audit (Sindh) Amjad Gill suggested that a high-powered committee comprising all stakeholders should be formed to frame financial rules for all autonomous educational institutions.

Pointing out variation of financial rules and allowances in different universities, he said that at present the varsities adopt government rules where they could get advantage, and framed their own financial rules and allowances through their syndicate to supersede other governing rules.

He said the ground realities did call for separate governing rules as the universities were established through an act of parliament and had their own syndicate and senate besides their governing board. The varsities did not get funds from the provincial finance department. They received funds from the Higher Education Commission and meet their expenses through their own resources, he added.

The high-powered committee should frame such a policy for allowances and financial rules which should be applicable across the board on all autonomous educational institutions and be provided to the auditor-general, Sindh for auditing their financial affairs accordingly.PAC member Aamir Moin was of the view that no bylaws and financial rules ought to be framed superseding basic laws of the province, federal or constitutional provisions.

The director-general of the Sindh audit department, Nazeer Ahmad Sehar, said that the departments concerned were not interested in facilitating the audit team as they did not produce complete record for verification.

The representatives of the educational institutions maintained that they were dealing with audit reports of past years, which they had inherited from their predecessors. As far as current accounts were concerned, they maintained that they were quite cautious and did not want to leave any flaw in their accounts which may cause embarrassment to them before the PAC.

They seconded an observation made by the PAC chairman that all problems could be eliminated by strictly following merit in all appointments and postings. The PAC deferred paras 12.19, 12.21, 22 and 23 while settled para 12.20 of the Shah Latif University. The paras 12.17 and 12.18 of the Quaid-i-Awam University were also deferred. Dawn

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BISER supple results accouncement
Rawalpindi: Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Rawalpindi (BISER) will announce Supplementary Examination 2009 results on November 19 at 10am.

BISER Secretary Prof Hammayun Iqbal said on Monday that copies of gazette would be sold for Rs 450 each, for which a token could be obtained from Habib Bank Limited, Rahmanabad Branch, Rawalpindi. APP

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Expert warned against misuse of aspirin
Karachi: Dean Faculty of Science and Professor at the Department of Microbiology Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi has warned against the misuse of anti-platelet drug aspirin and sought cooperation from fellow scientists to discover new drugs that were extracted from plants and herbs that have no or minimal side effects.

Dr Kazmi sounded the warning while delivering her presidential address at the 10-day workshop on "Anti-Platelet Properties of Naturally Occurring Chemicals in Pakistani Herbs/Plants", organised by the Dr AQ Khan Institute of Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering (KIBGE) on Monday.

She pointed out that vegetarians had fewer chances of heart attacks and especially mentio0ned that onion, garlic and maize bran were an excellent source of reducing the cholesterol levels in the body and thus preventing cardiac problems.

Dr Kazmi stressed the need of identification of molecular signature of the thrombin platelet hyperactivity to diagnose the symptoms of thrombosis in early stages and thus preventing the fatalities through the disease. "We can treat the patients better if we solve this problem", she said.

The workshop supervisor, Dr Huzoor Akbar from Department of Biomedical Sciences, Ohio University, USA, gave a presentation on the "Role of platelets in haemostatis and thrombosis with emphasis on the mechanism of platelet activation and inhibition". The presentation included detailed information on biomedical pathways involved in the process and the role of aspirin and related drugs in inhibiting the hyperactivity of platelets that can lead to heart, kidney failure and other ailments.

He elaborated the amazing role and physiological functions of anti-platelet cells of blood. He informed the audience that a large number of plants and herbs in Pakistan have these types of compounds, which could help in the prevention of heart and circulatory disorders.

Co-Director General KIBGE Dr Abid Azhar said that it was the fourth such workshop that was organised by his institute and was highly appreciated by the scientists and the researchers.

Earlier, Director General of KIBGE Dr Syed Irtifaq Ali welcomed the participants of the workshop and explained that such workshops were held to allow the young researchers gain latest scientific knowledge.

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Aalmi Urdu international Conference
Karachi: The Second A'almi Urdu Conference (Urdu International Conference) is starting from Tuesday (today) at 4pm at the Arts Council of Pakistan (Karachi). According to Arts Council Secretary Ahmed Shah, the inaugural session of the conference will start from 4pm and on the second day it will start from 11am.

Dr Farman Fatehpuri, Dr Jamiluddin A'ali, Aftab Ahmed Khan, Dr Jameel Jalibi, Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi, Lutfullah Khan, Dr Aslam Farrukhi, Hajira Masroor, Intizar Hussain and Dr Kulsoom Abul Bashar will preside during the event.

The welcome address, Shah said, would be delivered by him, whereas Iftikhar Arfi is to present a paper on the importance of the literature. Dr Gopi Chund Naarang from India will be throwing light on the importance of the conference in relation to promotion of Urdu literature and language.

Prof. Saher Ansari is to present his paper on the trends in literature in India after the creation of Pakistan. Later at 7pm 'Jashn-e-Faiz' would be celebrated, where Khalid Ahmed would present verses of Faiz Ahmed Faiz and other singers. Amin Yousuf is the media coordinator of the event.

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Medical students killed in coach accident
Karachi: The conductor of a coach, Abdul Rahman, was killed while 15 others, including five students of a private medical university, were wounded in a traffic pile up on Super Highway, in the limits of the Gadap City police station. The deceased and injured were shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) for legal formalities and medical treatment.

Police officials said that the accident took place when a dumper abruptly halted on the highway. An intercity coach, Sohail No 1, hit it from the rear while a private car carrying the students rammed into the coach. Police have seized the dumper while its driver managed to escape from the scene. The news

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