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Ziauddin University Convocation | KU scientist

350 students awarded degrees
Karachi, April 26: Around 350 graduate and post-graduate degrees were conferred to students of Ziauddin University in 11th Convocation held at Expo Center Karachi on Saturday. About 350 students were awarded degrees and diplomas in medicines, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, biomedical engineering, allied health sciences, physiotherapy, speech, language and hearing sciences. Chancellor Ziauddin University Dr Asim Husssain while addressing the convocation said today the university completes 19 years of its existence and entered a new phase as a general university broadening its academic programs to include disciplines in addition to medical Sciences. He said Ziauddin University has always strived to respond to the contemporary needs as distinct from the vestiges of yesterday. He said staying within the regulations of PMDC we have introduced some curricular innovations, notably Problem Based Learning (PBL) and posting in Primary Health Care Clinic. He said realizing the importance of Social Sciences in the 21st century we are going to start a BS program in Social Sciences very soon. For this purpose we have already hired a very senior foreign qualified Professor as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. He said: When I see the past of this University with only 42 MBBS students passing out from the first medical batch of 53 students in 2001 and now the figure hits to around 2000 degree holders in eight different disciplines of Ziauddin University in 2014. Daily times

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Benazir varsity campus established at Naushahro Feroze
Naushahro Feroze: A campus of the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University (SBBU) Benazirabad has been established at Naushahro Feroze.

It was announced by SBBU Vice Chancellor Arshad Saleem at a press conference held at the Circuit House here on Tuesday.

He said the university syndicate in its 8th meeting held on March 22, 2014, approved it at the request of the people of Naushahro Feroze district, including civil society activists and lawyers.

He said that at the first stage, classes for information technology and business administration would be started and further faculties would be introduced soon.

The classes will begin in the first week of August at the Government Boys Degree College Naushahro Feroze and admissions will start on Wednesday. Local people would be given preference for the appointment of staff at the campus. Dawn

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KU professor declared most productive Pakistani scientist
Karachi: The Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST), Islamabad, has declared Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, Director International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi (KU), as the most productive scientist of Pakistan.

Dr Iqbal Choudhary was selected from around 1,700 productive scientists of Pakistan. Under the umbrella of ICCBS, Dr Iqbal Choudhary also heads the HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry and Dr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research, KU.

According to an ICCBS official, the scoring system takes into account different factors from which the academic status and output of scientists and engineers is judged. These include research papers in the publications of national and international repute.

As per the said criteria in the field of chemistry, Dr Iqbal Choudhary secured lead over 1,700 productive scientists of Pakistan. It is pertinent to mention here that six more scientists of ICCBS (KU) are included among the leading productive scientists of the country in the field of chemistry. They are: Dr Syed Ghulam Musharraf (17th rank), Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rahman, former chairman of the Higher Education Commission (20th), Dr Zaheer-ul-Haq (24th), Prof Dr Khalid Muhammad Khan (28th), Dr Muhammad Raza Shah (52nd), and Prof Wiqar Uddin Ahmed (92nd).

Meanwhile, Vice Chancellor KU Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser has congratulated these scientists on their great achievements.

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KU announces BCom results
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) announced on Saturday the results of BCom regular annual examinations 2013.

According to the KU examinations department, Ayesha Masood, a student of the Government Premier College for Girls, obtained 868 marks out of the total 1,100 and got the first position. Farhina Rashid of the Government College of Commerce and Economics secured the second position with 866 marks. Nadir Malkani of the Institute of Business Education got the third position with 855 marks. The pass percentage was 15.9 percent. The news

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KU lecturer shot dead
Karachi: A lecturer of the University of Karachi was shot dead by suspected robbers on resistance in a moving coach on the National Highway, Shah Latif Town police said on Monday.

They added that Mohammed Yusuf Panhwar was travelling in a coach after work at the KU to go to his home in Gulshan-i-Hadeed when robbers entered the coach near Quaidabad and started looting passengers. As Yusuf put up resistance, the suspects opened fire on him and fled.

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KU approval of 153 journals raises concerns
Karachi: The recent approval of over 150 journals by Karachi University's Board of Advanced Studies and Research (BASR) has sparked a controversy within and outside the campus, it emerged on Monday.

According to sources, the BASR, the university's highest body to regulate research, for the first time, has approved a list of 153 journals and magazines for publication of research.

The list includes in-house journals of the university as well as monthly magazines (one is a college magazine of the Government Islamia Law College, Karachi).

The list (142 publications are related to pharmacy, 10 to Islamic learning and one to law) had apparently been approved without any debate in the BASR meeting, the sources added. While teachers are opposing the process on the grounds that many publications included in the list have questionable status, officials representing the Higher Education Commission (HEC) have also expressed reservations on the issue.

"The universities must consult the commission if they find a need to include more publications in the HEC list as committees with subject experts have been set up to deal with such requests. So after consultation, a list or lists of publications can be approved," said HEC spokesperson Aayesha Ikram.

Regarding the implications universities might have to face for approving their own list of journals, she said that the commission wouldn't accept the candidates who were selected for various faculty positions on the basis of their work published in a university-approved journal.

"The university will be asked to give justification for approving its own list of journals. The HEC reserves the right to report such a unilateral action on part of a university to the chancellor. This can also impact their formula for funding which includes quality assurance performance indicator," she added.

According to Ms Ikram, the commission doesn't aim to threaten universities rather take them into confidence and policy decisions are taken through consensus. "Our purpose is not to impose our policies but to encourage universities to meet international quality standards," she added.

Sharing their concerns, teachers expressed surprise over the approval of more than 150 journals in one go that, they said, included many monthly magazines that had doubtful standing. They also said that the BASR didn't set any standards before according approval to the journals, many of which were not published regularly.

"It's nothing but an indicator of falling academic and professional standards on the campus that a number of monthly magazines and even a college magazine have been included in the list," said Dr Riaz Ahmed, a senior university teacher while expressing his fear that the development would further harm the university's reputation.

Teachers, he said, were also speculating that why so many journals related to pharmacy had been approved in a single meeting.

When contacted, Prof Dr Abid Azhar, a BASR member, said the board had earlier set up committees comprising subject experts to first set standard criteria for journals before preparing a list of publications and later the criteria were circulated among faculty members.

"Our criterion was more or less the same as that of the HEC. The exception is that we haven't made international indexation mandatory," he said, adding that the need for preparing the list was felt because many 'good' and 'authentic' journals were not included in the HEC list.

Answering a question about the status of journals and the inclusion of a college magazine in the list, he said that he was not aware of that.

"I can't comment on this. The list was approved by respective subject expert committees and only they could explain the reason," he said.

Replying to a question as to why the HEC was not involved in the process, he said that members of the commission were part of university's statutory bodies and they were aware of these developments.

President of the Karachi University Teachers Society Prof Dr Syed Jamil Hassan Kazmi said: "The HEC doesn't bar universities from preparing their own list of research journals. We have selected those journals that are credible but are not included in the Institute of Science index and the HEC-approved list."

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Students protest over NED teacher's murder
Karachi: Students of the NED University staged a protest outside the campus on Monday to demand immediate punishment of the killers of their teacher Muhammad Yousuf alias Muntazir Mehdi, who was shot dead late on Saturday night.

The protesters, who included students affiliated with the Imamia Student Organisation as well as supporters of the Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen, held placards and raised slogans against what they termed the 'killing of knowledge and education' as they camped on University Road.

They decried the silence and inaction of law enforcers amidst the rampant killings of people associated with the education sector and condemned the government for engaging in peace talks with the perpetrators of these heinous crimes.

Ali Rizvi, the president of the NED Teachers Union, spoke at the protest and urged the government to reassert its writ by eliminating terrorist networks that are trying to widen sectarian divisions within the country.

"These terrorist elements are bent upon destroying Pakistan. By murdering teachers, doctors and lawyers, they are putting the country's future at stake. People like Muntazir Mehdi are the ones who could groom and educate generations that can make the country proud," said Rizvi. "These dark forces are trying to kill off knowledge and education. We must oppose them all the way and make sure their nefarious objectives are never achieved." The news

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