KU admissions in MCS, MBA, BS programmes
Karachi, Nov 23: Director Evening Programme, Karachi University, Prof. Dr Abuzar Wajidi on Sunday announced admissions in MCS, MBA, BS and Certificate Programmes.
Forms can be obtained against payment of Rs600 during November 24 to December 9 (9:30am to 5:00 pm) from Silver Jubilee Gate booth of UBL and during (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm) from UBL University Campus Branch. Duly filled in forms can be submitted to the same booth and branch of the UBL not later than December 9 during the above-mentioned time.
It is important to mention that a student placed in the 3rd division or obtaining less than 45 per cent marks in the pre-requisite examination cannot be admitted to the university.Your Comments
Breakthrough in platelet research
Karachi: Pakistani scientist, Dr Huzoor Akbar, who bagged the first position in biochemistry from the University of Karachi (KU) in 1971, is conducting research on blood cells called platelets that will help in combating several diseases, including hypertension or high blood pressure, diabetes, dengue and in containing high cholesterol levels.
I work on blood cells called platelets. Platelets are very important in maintaining normal blood flow. If you have a cut or injury to your blood vessel, these platelets will aggregate at the site of injury to help stop bleeding, Akbar said. ìIf platelets did not perform this function, one can even bleed to death. In other words, if you have not enough platelets or defective platelets, then you will have bleeding tendency, he said.
During his student life at the KU, Dr Akbar was not only a brilliant student but also took part in extra curricular activities. He was also an active member of the left-wing National Students Federation (NSF). After completing his MSc in biochemistry from the KU in 1971, Akbar was awarded a scholarship from the Australian National University, and subsequently completed his doctoral degree in clinical science. Thereafter, he went to Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. He is currently an associate professor at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Ohio University, USA.
If platelets become very sensitive, as happens during hypertension or high blood pressure, diabetes or in persons suffering from high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels, there is a tendency to form platelet aggregating where clotting takes place. This condition can lead to a heart attack or stroke, he said.
I am doing research to understand the biochemical and molecular reactions or mechanisms involved in regulation of platelet activation, he said. ìThe reason is that if we understand the biochemical and molecular activation of platelets, then we can develop near-therapeutic agents for down regulating platelet hyper activity in platelet susceptible to thrombosis for prevention or management of patients with cardiovascular or cerebrum vascular (stroke), he explained.
In infections caused by the dengue virus, which is very common in Karachi and this part of the world, platelet count is very low and it results in major tendencies, he said.
Asked about his current research, Akbar said: ìWe have different projects in this field. One of them involves studying chemicals extracted from plants that inhabit platelet aggregation. We have a compound, a small molecule that may mix the action of insulin. This compound has dual function: it can lower blood sugar levels, and also regulate or inhabit platelet inhibition, he said.
Dr Akbar is in the city to conduct a workshop. ìThe idea is to investigate local plants and herbs to discover anti-platelet (anti-thrombosis) activity for developing new drugs based on natural products, he pointed out. We are conducting a 10-day long workshop to train researchers at Dr AQ Khan Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (KIBGE) and other institutes in conducting platelet function studies, he said.
ìWe are also designing, synthesising and testing specific small molecules that interact with specific signalling molecules in platelets, Akbar said. In this project, we are using a dual approach of gene targeting in mice to remove a specific signalling molecule and specifically-designed molecules that inhibit the same signalling molecule. This research has shown that signalling molecules called Rho GTPaoes are therapeutic targets for developing safer anti-throb tic agents, he said.
Asked if he was satisfied with the pace of the progress in science in Pakistan, he said: I was here eight years ago. There has been a tremendous improvement in the infrastructure and resources for conducting research, for example at KIBGE and other institutions. The resources here are at par with institutions in the United States. He added that he was totally impressed by the motivation of young researchers at the KU, which was a good sign for the future of science in Pakistan.
AIOU exam timings baffled several students
Islamabad: A number of students on Friday had faced problem in their B.Ed exams held here under the auspice of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) as it started 30 minutes ahead of the scheduled time given on the date sheet and online roll number slips.
The paper of Islam, Pakistan and Modern World (code no.652)' had to start at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, which was clearly mentioned on the date sheet. It was mentioned on the date sheet that from Monday to Thursday, timing of paper would be from 1400 to
1700 Hours and on Friday the timings were 1430 to 1730 hours. But the exam staff seemed in hurry and students complained that examination started at 2 p.m. on Friday, around 30 minutes before the prescribed time.
Experts stressed need for research on snakes
Hyderabad: Scholars of the University of Sindh, Sindh Agriculture University and Snake Research Academy have decided to carry out a joint research on snakes and launch an awareness campaign about reptiles.
Urs Faqeer Bahrani, Dr. M. Tahir Rajput, Dr. G.S. Gachal, Dr. A.G. Arijo, Dr. Naeemul Haq Qureshi and others at a meeting here on Saturday laid stress on the need for the study with the help of the universities. The meeting was presided over by Sindh University Vice-Chancellor Mazharul Haq Siddiqui. Dr. A.G Arijo presented the concept paper on mechanism for the research and awareness programmes.
Sindh University Vice-Chancellor Mazharul Haq Siddiqui inaugurated a workshop on "Information management and multimedia technology" here on Saturday. The VC praised the Department of Library Information Science and Archive Studies of the University of Sindh and Pakistan Library Association for organising the workshop and said the University of Sindh was the first public sector educational institution to launch Internet service at its main library.
Prof. Malahat Kaleem Sherwani said that technological developments, especially advancement of computer technology had revolutionised the mode of learning and knowledge, making information the focal point of man's activities. Information management improved productivity, quality of decision making, performance of tasks, learning curve and automated replacement of certain manual tasks, she said.
It also helped in reducing reliance on paper files, she added. Faculty members and librarians of the University of Sindh, University of Karachi, NED University, Ziauddin University and students attended the workshop. Dawn
Moot on microbiology started
Khairpur: A two-day national conference on microbiology, the first of its kind, started here at the Shah Abdul Latif University on November 21.
The conference is organised by the Department of Microbiology, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, in collaboration with the Pakistan Society for Microbiology and Higher Education Commission (HEC), Islamabad.
Chairperson of the National Commission of Human Development Nafisa Shah Jillani was the chief guest during the first day of the conference.She said the swine flu virus and other bacterial diseases, including Hepatitis, were serious threats to human lives. "Hence, universities and research institutes should address such problems," she said.
"Pakistan is rich in agricultural products, but plant diseases are affecting the agricultural produce and farmers are worried about such diseases." She said that microbiologists should concentrate their research on such issues and there was a need for dynamic and focused research.
She said the government was playing a vital role in making strategic changes in this regard and said that there was more funding available for research than the previous years. She said though the USAID and other donor agencies were providing funding against some scholarship programmes, enhancement of funds was the need of the hour to meet the challenges.
Painting exhibition held
Karachi: Blue sky with little birdies and a bright yellow sun, small boats and the deep blue sea, well detailed fishes and shrimps, fast cars and even faster planes, these were some of the images that struck one at the Concern for Children (CFC) student exhibit held at five schools with in Machar Colony.
One of the few NGO's working the colony that is home to over 700,000 inhabitants, CFC has been conducting the Summer Art Program since 2006 followed by an annual exhibition popularly known as 'Machar Art'. In its third year, Ayesha Secondry School, Gulshan-e-Yasmeen, Islamic Mission School and The Citizen Foundation School I and III took part in the annual CFC art camp held during the summer holidays with professional photographers and students of Karachi School of Art providing training. Unkempt, dishevelled and malnourished, most of the students in the schools apart from the two TCF branches, exhibited the typical signs of children undergoing severe mental stress that accompanies abject poverty.
Hema Mukesh, CFC's PR consultant said the community faces plenty of issues including violence and poverty. "For these children, art proves to be a small escape from the routine humdrum lives that they lead," said Hema, adding that many a times the drawings depicted their fears and hopes. "Often you will see witches and wells in the sketches. On inquiring, girls explained to us about their fear of wells saying that at times girls who had gone to fetch water ended up falling and losing their lives. Likewise, the 'churail' is another fear. They have not seen one but it is really the fear of the unknown that lurks there.
Yet another incident is that of a little girl who painstakingly drew shrimps and prawns and yet hated them. "She was a child working at 'wara' (shrimp peeling factory) and did not like the work. Though she observed and drew the prawns well, her detailed actually drawings showed her dislike for the work that she did," elaborated Hema.
Though none of the children or the teachers in the colony were unaware of the fact that Marjorie Hussain is a well known art critic, they did remember her as the "white lady" from her last visit. Last time she managed to put up the wonderful 'Khulq-e-Khuda' exhibit that generated funds for CFC. "Its so heartening to see these children work but I wish more work would be done," said Hussain as she spoke with the little children.
One of the student's Ismail, he hoped to join the army when he grew up while Adil wanted to become a doctor. A lot of girls wanted to be teachers but were aware of the fact that their parents could get them anytime soon as in the colony, girls as young as 12 are married.
A first time visitor, Rehan Ali, who went snap happy with his camera much to the joy of the junior school students who posed excitedly, was stunned in surreal manner. "What strikes me the most is that though the younger ones were spirited like normal kids, the slightly older ones seemed detached. There weren't any emotions as perhaps they couldn't relate to the significance of the activity or it to them appeared to be a false hope, a hollow promise," said Rehan.
"The TCF students made and draw beautiful or rather simple objects such as cell phones and beds and sofa sets, things that they do not have in their homes. Just goes on to highlight how the wants and needs collide," he commented.
CFC's art camp has on her charges, Afshan Tabasum, Principal TCF-I said that the camp serves as a positive activity. "What we have to realize is that these children are deprived of a lot of bare necessities in life. The whole socio-economic situation here is so damaging mentally and physically. For them, going to the school is a way out, even it and CFC's art camp again is a fun filled option. Some social development takes place and they get some respite," she said. As she took the visitors around the school block where excited students rose together to greet with a hearty "Aslam-o-ailkum", one could see that her students were some of the brightest little kids in the colony.
Sensing our astonishment, she said poignantly, "All we hope for is that the students who come here end up improving their lives in the long run. This is one option for a way out!". The news
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