Karachi, Nov 23: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi will announce the results of the Higher Secondary School Certificate, part-I (Class-XI), science group annual examinations-2010 during the current month.
According to BIEK chairman Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai, the results of pre-medical and pre-engineering groups will be declared on Nov 26 and Nov 30, respectively. DawnYour Comments
New Arts dean at KU
Karachi: Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal, a former Chairman of the Department of Urdu, University of Karachi, has been appointed new Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Karachi. Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, in his capacity as Chancellor of the KU, made this appointment. Prof Dr Iqbal had also remained acting Vice-Chancellor of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science, & Technology for sometime. Dr Iqbal's tenure as Dean, faculty of Arts of the KU, will last till July 2013. Before Dr Zafar Iqbal's appointment as Dean, Prof Dr Hafiz Ehsan-ul-Haq of the Department of Arabic, was the acting Dean, Faculty of Arts of the university. Before Dr Iqbal's appointment, a few senior faculty-members of the Arts faculty, served as deans of the KU faculty for relatively shorter tenures.
Four-day symposium begins at KU
Karachi: Vice Chancellor University of Karachi, (KU) Prof Pirzada Qasim has urged the government to realise the importance of science and technology and pump more funds into the universities that are facing financial crunch.
Prof Qasim said this during the inaugural session of the four-day 12th International Symposium on Natural Product Chemistry, organised by International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), KU on Monday.
Prof Qasim further said that science can bridge the gap between Pakistan and India, as science has no boundaries. "The country needs visionary leadership to face emerging challenges. We need to strengthen our science and technology sector to make our country strong. Science and Technology in the modern world can not be isolated. The nemesis of yester years could be friends today", Prof Qasim pointed out.
Former Chairman Higher Education Commission, Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rahman said that science could help two neighboring countries (Pakistan and India) to strengthen their mutual relations in the region. "We should use science to bring all countries in the world closer. Knowledge is the only key driver to get socio-economic progress in the world," he said.
KU receives excellence award
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) has received the excellence award for maintaining the best standard of education and research.
A spokesperson of the institution said on Monday that the award was presented at a ceremony held recently to observe the World Standards Day by the Consumers Eye Pakistan (TEP) and Standard Gazette International. The first 'Quality Standard Awards, 2010' were distributed in various fields including education and business. The spokesperson said that for this award the Karachi University competed with all the other Universities of Pakistan.
The Chief Guest of the event, Muhammad Azam Khan Sawati, Federal Minister of Science and Technology, appreciated the efforts of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, for maintaining the high quality of research and education.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Karachi University, Prof. Dr. Nasiruddin Khan, received this award on behalf of the University. Later, Dr. Siddiqui said that this award would not only encourage the teachers and students of the University but it will also motivate other universities.
DUHS opens lab in Nazimabad
Karachi: The Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) opened on Monday the fourth Dow Diagnostic Research and Reference Laboratory (DDRRL), Collection Point and Ultra-sound facility in Nazimabad.
DUHS Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Masood Hameed Khan on the occasion said that the facility was aimed at providing reliable, high quality and timely reporting diagnostic services, of international standard, to the people at extremely economical rates.
He said that three other Dow Diagnostic Research and Reference Laboratory (DDRRL) and sample collection points were already functional at M A Jinnah Road (near Civil Hospital), Rafique Shaheed Road (near Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre) and Malir.
These, he said were besides the main lab at DUHS Ojha Campus. Prof. Khan said that the DUHS strived for excellence, so that every patient in need could have safe blood transfusions, quality medicines as well as treatment.
He said that DDRRL was also meant to assist researchers by providing quality services on newly-developed clinical kits and products. The DUHS Vice-Chancellor said that the fourth Collection Point established next to the Baqai Institute of Neurology was equipped with the most modern equipment and staffed by highly skilled and experienced technologists, consultants and support personnel. The news
Most of over 1,150 closed schools set to be mapped out
Karachi: An exercise aimed at removing 1,158 non-viable public sector schools from the database and district record of the Sindh Education Management Information System (SEMIS) is in its final stage, it is reliably learnt.
The provincial education department had set Nov 25 deadline for the general public to file comments/objections with regard to its decision to wind up these schools, which have been declared 'non-viable' and 'non-feasible'.
The government intends to map out any of the schools listed by the department under the two heads if no objection was received by the department's Reform Support Unit (RSU) until Thursday.
According to sources, cases of the schools regarding which objections/comments have been filed will be considered for further evaluation to determine their viability.
Minister for Education and Literacy Pir Mazharul Haq the exercise to map out non-viable schools in the province had been undertaken in the light of the annual school census 2009-10 and the detailed reports prepared by executive district education officers (EDOs) concerned. Both the census and the reports had described the 1,158 schools as 'non-viable closed schools' in the province.
The school census 2007 and 2008 had also identified these as non-functional with the comments that they not only had any enrolment but were also shelter-less, the minister said, adding that the purpose behind mapping out exercise was to save the government from the heavy financial burden of resource allocation.
He said the provincial education department had been conducting the annual school census since 1992-93, whereby the status of these schools was always reported as 'closed schools'. Besides, he said, the latest school census found that the number of such public schools did not correspond to the enrolments and facilities allowed to their students. This was contributing to the diminishing trust in the public schooling system, he believed.
"In fact, it is the state's responsibility to provide all basic infrastructure, teachers, free textbooks and an environment conducive to learning to every government school," he observed, and argued that it was unfair to raise a building for the purpose of educating children without ensuring provision of teachers and other essential facilities.
Moreover, the abrupt devolution of powers at the district level had actually caused deterioration of the public educational system in Sindh because districts were financially sound enough to manage the schools at their level or generate funds for the purpose. A lack of interest and proper planning in the education sector only resulted in misuse of the funds allocated to districts under the annual development programmes (ADPs), the minister noted.
Pir Mazhar said that with a view to improving and consolidating ever-growing education system, his department got the exact number of unfeasible schools determined and decided not to allocate resources to those which had no enrolment or were either shelter-less or inaccessible to community/population.
Shortly after receiving the list of the non-viable and unfeasible public sector schools from the EDOs concerned, the education department had invited public objections/comments through widely publicised advertisements through the print media and displayed notices at the offices of EDOs concerned.
Since the advertisement did not carry the essential information that the ads were meant for seeking public objections/ comments on the decision to remove the listed schools from the relevant government record, the education department placed an addendum in the same newspapers in this regard some days later. Pir Mazhar said that it had also been made mandatory upon all education offices at district/taluka level to display the notice along with the list at some conspicuous place on their premises. Dawn
SALU officials perturbed over reappointment of retired officers
Sukkur: Re-hiring of retired employees of the Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU), Khairpur, on contract has dismayed the serving officers.
Three Grade 19 officials of the SALU, including Habibullah Phulpoto, Abdul Aziz Sheikh and Noorullah Malik, retired from the service after completing their job tenures in the university at different posts. But the Vice Chancellor (VC), SALU, Dr Nilofar Sheikh, did not want to lose them and recommended to the Chancellor and Governor Sindh to re-appoint them on contractual basis. She justified that the three officers had extraordinary qualities and were assets of the university. Accordingly, the Chancellor reappointed Habibullah Phulpoto for two years; Abdul Aziz Sheikh for one year and Noorullah Malik for three years.
Later, the VC posted Phulpoto as inspector of colleges, Sheikh as registrar SALU and Malik as director planning and development. Sources said the VC had pledged when she took her charge not to follow the former VC's policies, which had caused financial and academic losses to the university. She had also pledged to implement transparency, but she was continuing with the same policies and giving favours, sources said.
The Employees Welfare Association (EWA) of the SALU, irked over the development, presented their Charter of Demands to the VC, maintaining that reappointment of the three retired officers had dismayed the serving officers. They demanded to withdraw the policy of favouritism and nepotism as it would harm the university. Instead of giving heed to the EWA demand, the VC decided to reappoint other retiring officer Shah Muhammad Abbasi on contract basis.
Sources said the practice was hindering promotion of other officers, who had already been deprived of promotions for the last 10 years.
Sources said the serving officers urged the chancellor and governor Sindh to take notice of the issue, which had created problems for the on-service officials. They asserted that the re-appointed officials on contract had no extraordinary expertise and their return would only burden the budget of the university. The news