SU closes M. Phil to PhD conversion option, approves 24 M. Phil, PhD degrees to scholars

21.09.17 BASR MeetingJAMSHORO: The Board of Advanced Studies & Research (BASR), University of Sindh has closed the option of conversion of M. Phil to PhD and approved award of a total number of 24 PhD & M. Phil degrees to the candidates after fulfilling all the requirements and formalities.

This decision was taken in 129th meeting of Sindh University’s BASR held at Vice-Chancellor’s office here on Thursday.

Chaired by SU vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat, the meeting deliberated principally as to how standard and quality of research at the varsity could further be enhanced. A number of options were weighed and apprised; new avenues explored and significant decisions to this effect were made.

Dr. Burfat said he would shortly ensure implementation on the decisions that were made in the meeting after the relevant forums examined and finalized them.

He said that research was his highest priority as vice chancellor of the university to be conducted in every area adding that he had himself remained an active frontline researcher all his life as a professor of department of sociology and a major investigator of many projects run by various non-profit organizations.

“By virtue of that experience, I know how important research is for recognizing and easing social problems and uplifting the ranking of a university”, he maintained.

The vice chancellor further said he would make sure all statutory bodies met regularly and frequently to resolve the issues in time, the researchers were facing with.

“I urge upon research supervisors to accord maximum time to research scholars and projects so that the same may be initiated and wrapped up in time; for time is the most important factor in research as well as in life”, he added.

The board approved award of PhD degrees to 4 successful candidates upon completion of all requirements which include Muhammad Mujtaba (Mathematics), Sumera Qureshi (Chemistry), Shazia Abbasi (Information Technology) and Nooruddin Soomro (Plant Sciences).

The meeting also approved award of M. Phil degrees to 20 candidates including Munnaza Fatima Arain (Physical Chemistry), Huzoor Bux (Mathematics), Anum Arain, Muhammad Ashique Channa, Raja Kareem Bux Bhatti, Sehrish Khatri (Analytical Chemistry), Sumbal Saeed (Biotechnology), Aftab Hussain, Asma Laghari and Muhammad Yousif Seelro (Chemical Sciences), Abida Ali, Inayatullah and Niaz Ali (Chemistry), Bilquees Baloch and Noshaba Soomro (Freshwater Biology and Fisheries), Abdul Hameed (Islamic Culture), Aqeel Ahmed, Manzoor Ali, Syed Shafqat Ali Shah, Tehseen Ahmed and Farman Ali (Pharmaceutics), Abdul Razzaque (Public Administration), Saira Baloch (Business Administration) and Noor Ahmed (Environmental Sciences).

Earlier, Director Graduate Studies Dr. Ashique Hussain Jhatial and Director Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) Dr. Shahzad Ahmed Memon in their joint briefing to the meeting shared observations made by the team of Higher Education Commission, Islamabad during their visit to review the status of M. Phil and PhD programs at the University of Sindh.

As per HEC team observations, the meeting decided to formally close option of conversion of M. Phil into PhD program of studies forthwith; and resolved that for all earlier conversion cases detailed deliberations process will be initiated with HEC to find an appropriate and mutually agreeable way forward.

The meeting also discussed other areas as pointed out by HEC Review Team. Those areas included registration, supervision, panel formation, evaluation, defense, award, infrastructure, resource, backlog, discrepancies and course work problems.

SU announces admissions to BS, MS, M. Phil, PhD programs for academic year 2018

JAMSHORO: Sindh University Jamshoro has announced admissions to all the disciplines of BS, MS, M. Phil & PhD degree programs for the academic year 2018.

According to incharge director admissions Abdul Majeed Panhwar, the admission forms will be issued from tomorrow, the September 22, 2017. For further details, the advertisement has been posted with this news item.

 

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Call to create broader space, fair treatment of women by men at workplaces especially in varsities

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JAMSHORO: Speakers at a seminar on Thursday have stressed the importance of protecting female students from harassment and called for creating broader space and fair treatment of women by men in society especially at workplaces including universities.
 
They encouraged female students to move ahead freely with their academic activities without any fear on Sindh University campus, proposing varsity administration to immediately setup ‘anti-harassment cells’ in every department and centers in order to ensure protection of girl students.
 
This they said while addressing the seminar titled “Women Protection: Social & Legal Aspects” which was organized by the Institute of English Language and Literature, University of Sindh, Jamshoro at Shaikh Ayaz Auditorium, Arts Faclty Building in collaboration with Sindh Police.
 
Presided over by SU Vice Chan¬cellor Prof Dr. Fateh Muhammed Burfat, the seminar was attended by Additional Inspector General of Police Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) Dr. Sanaullah Abbasi, former Secretary Amnesty International Iqbal Ahmed Detho, Senior Analyst Ghulam Nabi Morai, Analyst & Researcher Asghar Ali Soomro, ASP Police Hyderabad Zahida Parveen and Director SU’s Institute of English Language & Literature (IELL) Prof. Dr. Rafique Ahmed Memmon, besides the faculty and a large number of female students of the university.
 
Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat emphasised the need for changing socio-cultural behaviour and trends in society towards women who he said, were found insecure even within their families for a variety of reasons.
He said education, employment and empowerment were very important for women.
 
“The objectives of organizing this seminar are assure female students that the entire administration is with them and safe as well as secure environment will be provided to them at every cost,” said the vice chancellor.
 
He announced to setup cells in all 57 departments and centers to address the issue of harassment of women on the proposal given by one of the speakers Asghar Soomro. These anti-harassment cells would soon come up with a gender policy, he promised, and called for cooperation of the faculty and students in further developing the Alma Mater.
 
Dr. Burfat observed that a particular feudalistic approach was responsible for mistreatment of women in the province, emphasizing the role of parents in bridging emotional, psychological and communication gap with their children.
 
“This gap actually was largely responsible for major incidents involving women; the female students must share every happening with their parents, they should make their parents as the best friends”, he added.
 
However, Dr. Burfat said, female student must continue their journey in quest of education and research at SU without any fear as being the vice chancellor.
 
“I am here to ensure the protection of girl students on the campus. If women students undergo any problem, they should write the complaint on a piece of paper and drop it into the any of the complaint boxes installed outside Vice Chancellor’s Office and House; I will surely take action as I personally monitor these boxes on daily basis”, he maintained.
 
AGP CTD Dr. Sanaullah Abbasi said that if the country had poor ranking in terms of gender issues, this showed a huge disconnect between the state and its citizens.
 
Society would also have to come forward to put things on track because the state alone could not do anything, he said, adding that human civilisation had entered the era of knowledge where physical strength did not matter.
 
He said laws on women’s rights existed and women must assert themselves.
 
He advised female students to feel empowered and to walk around campus freely as the university administration and police are there to ensure their protection and security.
“I have seen a lot of improvements and reforms introduced in a bid to ameliorate the condition of women in the country; In comparison with India and other countries, much has been done to empower women in Pakistan”, he maintained.
 
He further said it was a tragedy of Sindhi society that people did not do so what they talked of adding that there were many bad as well as negative things which could be ended by the people themselves.
 
“People must treat women like their mothers, sisters and daughters; if a person is on right direction, no one can harm him”, he said and added that the blame game culture should be brought to an end.
 
Dr. Abbasi said that those candidates who succeeded in CSS exams every year, a record 99 percent out of them belonged to rural areas of Sindh and came from downtrodden and poor families.
 
“Those who get highest positions after becoming CSS officers, should serve the poor and needy people instead of minting money through corruption as I have observed it in my 30-year police service”, he maintained.
 
He told that a number of girl candidates applied for the job in police force and all of them would be recruited as a part of empowering women in the province.
 
The former secretary of Amnesty International Iqbal Ahmed Detho said that the societies had not accepted women as human so far adding that the rights of women were not being given to them.
 
“The discrimination and prejudice continue with women on every matter in Pakistan; they are not being treated as important part of this society”, he lamented.
 
He further said that the inequality, disparity and injustices must be ended with this beautiful creation of God adding that the universe would have been colorless if the women had not existed.
 
Senior analyst Ghulam Nabi Morai told women students not to be afraid of eve-teasers and not to consider themselves weak because they had to compete in society and lead it.
 
He claimed as saying that before 2017, the classes at SU would not take place and the teachers used to be reluctant to take their classes but after the appointment of Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat as the vice chancellor on January 19, 2017, the circumstances took a new turn and the classes were being run properly.
 
“I think this is a big change; Dr. Burfat is rapidly taking the varsity to new heights of success and prosperity”, he said and observed that the literacy rate in Pakistan was extremely low whereas the situation in Sindh was worst even from it.
 
Senior journalist and columnist Asghar Soomro proposed to setup anti-harassment cells in every department which should closely monitor the activities of students and teachers. This will help make the things better, he added.
 
He said that the anti-harassment cells must work effectively. Each and every complaint if there was any should be investigated properly, he said. These cells should also be empowered to handle cases of other kind of violence, he suggested.
 
ASP City Hyderabad Zahida Parveen emphasised that students and research fellows are protected against sexual harassment under the law.
 
She underlined that the legislation was there which not only covered the employees in a workplace, but also students who worked under a faculty who could, with his or her authority, exercised influence on students or research fellows that could be detrimental to their academic progress. She called upon the students to avail the services of Police in this regard.
 
“I am here to protect you. If the female students have any complaint from someone, they should directly contact me”, she said addressing the girls.
 
The director of IELL Dr. Rafique Memon said that the atmosphere on SU campus was friendly for female students but if they still feel unprotected, must come to him, he will always be there to help them out.

Need stressed for SU students to develop skills, adopt value-based approach

JAMSHORO: Speakers at a lecture program have urged upon Sindh University students to develop skills and adopt value-based approach for success in their lives and serve the country in future as they termed the youth to be the future of Pakistan.

They proposed Sindh University’s Institute of Biochemistry to convert “Youth, Science and Technology” magazine being published by the Institute of Biochemistry, University of Sindh into the research journal and to re-activate Sindh Science Foundation to accelerate research productivity at the varsity.

This they said during the launch of a magazine named “Youth, Science and Technology” at the Institute of Biochemistry on Tuesday. The publication of this magazine was a result of consistent efforts of the second year students of the institute, supervised by Assistant Professor Mahar Ali Qazi.

Sindh University vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat in his presidential remarks on the occasion, said that the youth sitting in front of him in the audience would someday replace the people sitting at the podium, observing that no one was indispensable in the world. He added that feature leadership always came from the youth of the society. “I would urge upon you to develop dreams, set vision, formulate plans and strategies to materialize your vision and develop skills to excel”, he emphasized.

Dr. Burfat said that the ongoing and the next century belonged to youth. “I give you the good tidings that the unofficial report of the recent census in Sindh and Pakistan has shown youth as 60-65 percent of the total population. We are lucky that our future will be the hands of young people; in contrast the ratio of old people outnumbers the younger lot in most of the developed countries of the world including China, Canada and Japan”, he elaborated.

Dr. Burfat further maintained that science was a synonym for observations, experimentation and validation; whereas, the term culture stood for the environment created by man. He endorsed the opinion of the guest speaker Saad Amanullah Khan that there was a dire need to promote culture of merit, fair-play, transparency and honesty.

The Vice-Chancellor announced installation of air conditioner, multimedia screen in the hall of Institute of Biochemistry and revival of Sindh Science Society. “I hereby assign Dr. Ayaz Keerio the responsibility to work as secretary of the society and the obligation to restore it its lost glory”, he said.

Saad Amanullah Khan, Chairman, Pakistan Innovation Foundation said that they loved Pakistan, but their love must not blur their sense of reality, indicating that the economy of the country had not been doing well for the past 5-6 years. He stressed youth to inculcate in their character the rightful culture by practicing values like truthfulness, fair-dealing, love, tolerance, mutual respect and hard work. He also introduced the concept of “CAT”, saying “C” stood for ‘Culture’, “A” for ‘Attitude’ and “T” for ‘Trust’.

Assistant Professor Mahar Ali Qazi informed the audience that the publication of the magazine was the result of two month long dedicated input of the students of BS Part-II of the institute. He thanked Khan and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Burfat for having graced the occasion and inspired the students. The others  who spoke on the occasion included Dr. Azhar Ali Shah, President-SUTA, Dr. Aijaz Ahmed Wasan, Dr. Imamuddin Khoso; whereas, those who are attendance included Eng. Syed Sajjad Hussain Shah, General Secretary-SUOWA, Ghulam Nabi Kaka, President-SUOWA, Dr. Rafique Ahmed Memon, Director, Institute of English Language and Literature, Dr. Farida Shaikh and Prof. Ghulam Ali Buriro.

SU vice chancellor crowns girl champions with awards

JAMSHORO: A befitting award ceremony to give away prizes to the winner girl students of Inter Department Girls Tournament 2016-17 was organized at Madar-e-Millat Fatima Jinnah Girls Gymnasium by Sindh University Sports Board on Tuesday. Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat, VC-SU was the Chief Guest of the occasion.

Dr. Burfat gave away trophies and other prizes to the girls who had emerged victorious in various games.

In his remarks as the event Chief Guest Dr. Burfat said that he was extremely glad to see a large number girls actively participating in sports at the varsity. He added that girl formed almost half of the population and the country and society never prosper unless this equal segment of the population was main-stream in all walks of life. He urged upon the girls present to encourage their other counterparts also to move forward and actively involved in sports not only to stay healthy but also to change image of Pakistan in the League of Nations.

Those who were present on the occasion included Dr. Mahmood-ul-Hassan Mughal, Mukhiar Bhatti, Director Sports (Girls), Dr. Imdad Ali Ismaili, Umed Ali Rind, Dr. Jawaid Chandio, Soju Mal, Dr. Arbeela Agha, Eng. Sajjad Hussain Shah and Raja Niaz Bhutto.

Govts urged to seek policy input from the varsities’ researches to curb social disparity

JAMSHORO: Speakers at a two-day Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 3rd International Conference on Engineering, Technologies, and Social Sciences (ICETSS-2017) concluded on Tuesday at Bangkok, Thailand, have highlighted the role of universities in the socio- economic development of a country, and have urged the relevant governments to seek recommendations from the varsities regarding policy-making in order to alleviate poverty, social injustices and cultural differences by trending societies to a healthier, vibrant and productive mode.

They said that the undeniable value of the research carried out at universities must be accorded due weight, importance and space in national as well as international policy frameworks so that the lives of common people become more comfortable, hassle-free and more enjoyable, adding that no nation could either survive or progress without using modern science, technology & research-based principles forwarded by the world higher education institutions.

This they said at the international conference that kicked off on Monday at Asian Institute of Technology Bangkok, Thailand. The two-day conference was organized by the Expert One Technology and Solution Summit (ETSS) Management, Malaysia in collaboration with the University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan and Al-Kitab University College Iraq under the theme of “Engineering, Technologies and the applications of Social Sciences that Drive our Future”.

Sindh University vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat who was also one of the keynote speakers said that the socio- economic development of a country would get great impetus and momentum when guided by research produced at the universities; stressing that research was the only reliable instrument to align human needs and aspirations to the body of knowledge and information necessitated by the march of times and changing patterns of life.

He said that the relevant governments must seek recommendations from the varsities before making any policies explaining that the novel ideas spawned by the varsities as a result of innovative endeavors must be applied by the states in order to make the planet happier and more peaceful.

Dr. Burfat also shed light on Science and Technology policy of Pakistan and the unchallengeable growing role of Social Sciences in 21st century. He touched on rising poverty indicators and the increasing menace of  terrorism and extremism in Pakistan and elsewhere, underlining the pivotal role universities cold play to combat the given evil.

“If there is no any impact of the research work of universities in their suburbs, it means these universities are not performing their duties in befitting manner; such institutions will have to change their old tradition of mere teaching and awarding degrees; there must be brought reforms”, he said.

He said no nation could thrive without the use of modern science and technology; therefore he said “we need to establish institutions like Asian institute of Technology, Thailand to move forward in the field of science and technology”.

He also elaborated the role of universities in the socio- economic development of a country and discussed the large scale impact of universities on communities.

Researchers and participants who attended the conference came from 20 different countries. After his speech Dr. Burfat guided the young researchers in the context of research and shared his vast experience of study and teaching methodology with them.

He also appreciated the management committee especially Prof. Asadullah Shah, Executive Chair, Dr. Sheroz Khan, Technical Chair, Dr. Faiz, General Chair, Dr. Yaqoob Koondhar, Secretary, Dr. Irfan Shaikh, Dr. Kamran Khowaja, Muhammad Kamran Joyo and Athar Ali of ICETSS-2017.

On the occasion SU vice chancellor invited Prof. Asadullah Shah to collaborate in research engagements with his varsity and also to organize an International Conference in University of Sindh, Pakistan.

Prof. Asadullah Shah thanked Dr. Burfat for joining the International Conference as a keynote speaker held at Thailand and co-partner of ICETSS-2017.

Prof. Shah also invited Prof Burfat, Vice Chancellor, University of Sindh, Jamshoro to the upcoming IEEE international conference scheduled to be held in Bahrain this same year.

It may be noted that it was a trend-setting conference, well-known as one of the most innovative meetings within the Engineering, Communication, Signal Processing, Networking, Control Systems and Broadcast Technology aspects. ICETSS 2017 is international event annually organized by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Among others, Prof. Dr. George Banky from Australia, Prof. Siriwan Suebnukarn from Thailand and Emeritus Prof. Dato Ir Dr Mashkuri Yaacob from Malaysia were also keynote speaker in the conference.

Tribute paid to Ali Baba on 1st death anniversary

IMG_3586JAMSHORO: Ali Baba was a trendsetting writer in Sindhi literature who did not choose cheap romantic themes and other such bizarre topics, but he highlighted intrinsic social issues of society, pecuniary problems and societal deprivations of the people in his stories and dramas which he wrote profusely.

This was the gist of opinions expressed by speakers comprising noted writers, academicians and close friends of prominent Sindhi story writer, novelist and TV playwright Ali Baba. They said that Ali was a multi-dimensional writer with innumerable abilities.

They expressed this at a seminar titled “Ali Baba: Personality, Art & Creative Role” held at Sindh University’s Institute of Sindhology here on the occasion of Ali’s 1st death anniversary on Tuesday night.

Presiding over the gathering, former Director of Sindhology and author of many books in Sindhi language Shaukat Hussain Shoro said Ali Baba was his friend, who achieved widespread popularity among his readers and viewers of his television plays due to his genuine thoughts and concerns for social problems of the common people in his literary creations. IMG_3603

He said Ali brought his own diction, new plots and touching thoughts for his writings adding that when nobody was ready to take the name of Sindh in the era of one unit, Ali started writing in those days in favor of downtrodden people of the province.

“Ali was not only a unique writer among others in Sindh but he also led a unique life”, said Shaukat Hussain Shoro.

Senior journalist and columnist Madad Ali Sindhi said Ali Baba was unconventional writer, who carved his own elevated place in Sindhi literature through his unique literary works.

He, who was a creator to the core, neither wrote on popular topics nor resorted to oft-repeated words or sentences of same meaning in his writings.

He said that Ali was a straightforward and a loving fellow who succeeded to get name and fame due to his exceptional writings, novels and dramas.

“I never saw him bewildered, he would carry dreams of a prosperous Sindh in his eyes”, IMG_3588Madad Ali Sindhi said.

Dr. Rasool Memon, who is a close friend of the deceased dramatist and author, said he (Ali Baba), had contributed tremendously in enrichment of Sindhi literature.

He entered in the realm of Sindhi literature as an author but emerged later as a very creative, progressive and powerful prose writer as well as TV playwright.

He wrote stories, novels, stage plays and television dramas which were widely liked by the people. His TV serials were master pieces in Sindhi literature.

He said that the novel named “Moenjodaro” written by Ali Baba was more beautiful than that of original Moenjodaro. He taught how to dance to the dancing girl of Moenjodaro (made by bronze at Daro) by vitalizing it, he said.

Renowned Sindhi poet Ali Dost Aajiz said that the deceased author was very helpful and highly intellectual writer whose writings left indelible impact on the minds of the reader.

He said the flow of thoughts of Ali Baba was more rapid than that of his tongue and pen adding that his way of thinking and observing the things as well as life was quite different than a common writer.IMG_3605

Writer Dr. tahmina Mufti said that Ali was a distinctive name of Sindhi language. His always talked about Sindh and highlighted its problems in his writings.

She said he [Ali Baba] painted the colors of life to Sindhi literature like a visual artist adding that the unconditional love for Sindh could be seen in his writings.

Another writer Ayoub Umrani said Ali was a reformist writer who fought with his pen against social evils. He said the issues pertaining to people in Sindh were highlighted by Ali Baba in his very widely viewed T.V. dramas and stories. It was through this play that the most barbaric act of perpetrators came to public and civil society raised their voice against outlaws and the authorities came into action against social evils. Ali Baba would long be remembered for this heroic act, he said.

The director of Institute of Sindhology and eminent poet Dr. Ishaque Samejo said the plays written by Ali became very popular among the audience.

He said he was closely associated with Ali baba and found him very sensitive and sensible. He picked up his inspiration for writing from society and wrote with courage and convenience, Dr. Samejo said.

“His plays that were played on air by PTV, got familiarity among the masses which was a big exploit and a great literary work”, he said.

A short documentary was also played that highlighted the life achievements of this great poet, writer, playwright and author. On the occasion the book-launching ceremony of his two books “Moenjodaro” and “Sindhbad Jo Safar” got published by Sindh Archive Department, Government of Sindh were held wherein intellectuals, authors and writers participated.

In the end Ali Baba corner established at Sindhology museum was also inaugurated by Shaukat Hussain Shoro. Singer Zulfiqar Ali Qureshi thrilled the audience by presenting a wayee (a kind of poetry which can be sung) of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai.

Among others, famous poet Ayaz Gul, intellectual Inam Shaikh, Faheem Noonari, senior journalists Niaz Panhwar and Izhar Soomro were also present on the occasion.