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KU decides to seek compensation for IBA land
Karachi, Nov 29: The Karachi University (KU) syndicate has asserted its ownership right over the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) land and stated that the university will never abdicate its property rights and will request the chancellor, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad, to compensate it for the losses that the university has incurred due to the use of its land by the institute.

This was one of the decisions taken at the syndicate meeting held on Saturday - after a delay of six months - under the chairmanship of KU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui.

It is worth mentioning here that the IBA, built on the KU land, was separated from the university in the 1990s for which a law had been enacted by the Sindh Assembly. Nothing was paid to the university as compensation, though the building was part of

the university facilities. No rent is paid to the university either.

The IBA is now claiming 52.25 acres from the university and the KU administration forwarded the matter to its syndicate.

Syndicate members stated that the university owned the piece of land currently being used by the IBA. Therefore, any developmental work that would not be in accordance with the KU master plan, should not be acceptable to the university.

The syndicate also decided to set up a committee comprising Prof Dr Nasiruddin Khan and Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan on the matter relating to Dr Imran Hashmi, a candidate who appeared in the 2006 selection board for his appointment in the chemistry department.

The committee will analyse the proceedings of the selection board and will submit a report to the syndicate.

The meeting did not approve the upgrading of the post of deputy registrar (legal) Asif Mukhtar.

It decided to propose the names of Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rehman, Prof Dr Manzoor Ahmed and Prof Dr Syed Irtifaq Ali to the chancellor for the award of 'Professor Emeritus' status in recognition of their services.

The meeting also decided to send the inquiry report prepared by retired justice Nadeem Azhar Siddiqui in the case of alleged plagiarism by Prof Jalaluddin Noori to the nominee of the Sindh High Court chief justice for further action.

It was decided that from now on, teachers would be allowed to send their comments along with their annual confidential reports.

The meeting also finalised appointments of chairpersons of various departments. Dawn

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KU announces LLM final viva voce exam date
Karachi: Controller Examination Karachi University (KU) has notified for the information of all concerned that the LLM final viva voce annual examination 2010 will start from Dec 6, 2010. Candidates are directed to contact the office of their principal during officer hours for their examination schedule. ppi

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KU declares B.Sc results
Karachi: The University of Karachi on Saturday announced the result of B.Sc Second year home Economics Annual Examination 2009. As many as 68 candidates appeared in the examination and the passing percentage remained at 61.7 per cent.

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'Microbiology should be taught in every university in Pakistan'
Karachi: "Department of Microbiology, University of Karachi (KU), is one of the few vibrant departments of the university that is engaged in quality teaching and research," says Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi, the senior-most Professor at the department and currently Pro Vice Chancellor of KU. Dr Kazmi is also of the opinion that microbiology should be taught in all the universities of Pakistan

The department had its separate identity in 1957 when it was created out of the Department of Botany. It was the vision of Prof Dr Ahmed Ali Anwar who realised the importance of microbiology and worked tirelessly to achieve his goal. Prof Dr Pirzada Misbahuddin Siddiqui, his student and then colleague in the department, was his right hand. Yet another teacher who guided the department in its infancy was Prof Dr Khurshid Ali Khan, who is currently a Professor and Registrar at Baqai Medical University.

The department has the services of 30 full time faculty members that include Professors, Associate Professors, Assistant Professors and Lecturers who are teaching 300 honours and 600 subsidiary students. There are more than 100 M.Phil and PhD students who are conducting their research under supervision of various professors. The department is awarding M.Sc (Evening), M.Phil, PhD and BS (Bachelor of Studies). The first batch of BS students will pass out this year.

Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi is engaged in extensive research in Immunology and Infectious diseases. She has supervised 15 students towards their PhD degrees. Dr Kazmi points out that those students with degrees in Microbiology are sought after in pharmaceutical and Food industry besides getting jobs in pathological laboratories. "From 1961 till date more than 6,000 students have passed out from our department and in key positions at home and abroad. Majority of staff at the National Institute of Health (NIH) at Islamabad are the graduates from our department. They are also in the Health Industry, Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) and Pakistan Medical Research Council (PMRC). Plenty of jobs for the microbiologists", she informs.

"Microbiology is not being taught in many universities. KU was the only university in Pakistan to teach microbiology up to 1980. A department of Microbiology was established in Khairpur University in 1980. Sindh University (SU) at Jamshoro established one in 1988. Thanks to the efforts of Dr Atta Ur Rehman, now more than 10 universities have independent Microbiology departments", she concludes.

"Our research is multi-disciplinary. We are searching for the new microbial agents from natural or synthetic compounds. Another area of our research is immuno-modulatory activities that seek methodology for producing immunity for the human body from diseases. The third area of interest is diagnosis where we isolate and identify the agents and detect antibodies (microbes) in the infected individual", informs senior Professor Dr Aqeel Ahmed.

Dr Shakeel Ahmed Khan, another Professor at the department is working on industrially important microbial enzymes that include research on extra - cellular bioactive metabolites of genus Bacillus. His research is also concentrated on plant alkaloids and their bioactivity. "We are in the process of identifying and isolating the active ingredients of such plants. It will allow us to converge on the actual active ingredient and isolating it or preparing some synthetic compound that will give the same therapeutic effect. For instance 'Joshanda', the herbal treatment for cold and cough has many ingredients.

Some of them might not be actually important therapeutically. If we identify the active ingredient it will be good for the patient and the industry. We will also be able to isolate new antibiotics that could take the place of others that have become ineffective due to microbial resistance", he gives detail. The news

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