468 SU students get laptops under PM’s scheme

JAMSHORO: The Sindh University (SU) Jamshoro distributed laptops among 468 students of MS/ M.Phil & PhD on Friday, provided by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) as part of the Prime Minister’s Laptop Scheme.

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The Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Imdad Ali Ismaili and Director Institute of Business Administration Dr. Imamuddin Khoso handed over the laptops to the students in a ceremony held at IBA auditorium of the university.

Among others, the representative of Higher Education Commission (HEC) Naeem Ahmed Bhutto, Dean Graduate Studies Dr. Saleha Parveen, Director Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) Dr. Azhar Ali Shah and Prof. Ghulam Ali Buriro.

Director IBA and focal person for the scheme at Sindh University Dr. Imamuddin Khoso said the scheme was in its first phase which included distribution of laptops to students of MS, M.Phil and PhD programme; the second phase would include students of the Masters.

He told that 475 laptops will be distributed today (Saturday) among the scholars and students while the other 4 phases for giving away laptops will be organized later according to the guidelines of HEC.

Dr. Khoso expressed hope that the students who received laptops will do their best to promote research on the campus and get benefit from the tens of thousands e-books, research articles and thesis which are available on the internet.

“The scholars can now ensure their access to the electronics books (e-books), other research material, newspapers and magazines which are available online,” he said.

Addressing the laptop distribution ceremony, SU Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Imdad Ali Ismaili said it was the wisdom & vision of the Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Nawaz Sharif that he introduced laptop scheme for the students and scholars of the universities in the country by which the research culture on the campuses will be promoted.

He said over 100000 laptops had been purchased by the HEC under the vision of prime minister and a total number of 6530 laptops had been given away only to Sindh University for its students.

“With this decision of federal govt. the scholars will be able to conduct research through internet and give good results, which will enhance the quality of higher education in the university, I believe,” he said.

It may be noted that the internet Evo will be provided to the students next months.

SU, its campuses to remain closed on Nov 3, 4

JAMSHORO: The University of Sindh (SU) Jamshoro and its all campuses will remain closed on November 3 & 4, 2014 on account of 9th & 10th Muharram Ul Haram 1436 A.H.

According to a circular issued by Registrar Ghulam Muhammad Bhutto, Sindh University Jamshoro and its all campuses including Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed camous Dadu, International University of Peace, Sufism & Modern Sciences Bhitshah, Laar campus Badin, SU campuses Larkana, Thatta and Mirpurkhas will remain closed from November 3 to 4, 2014 owing to Yaum-E Aashor.

MoU signed between SU & UHS to promote research, exchange faculty

JAMSHORO: The University of Sindh (SU) Jamshoro on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Health Sciences (UHS) Lahore to promote research and academic cooperation between the two institutions of higher learning especially in physiology department. Prof. Dr. Imdad Ali Ismaili and his counterpart Vice Chancellor of UHS Lahore Major General (R) Muhammad Aslam signed the MoU, according to a press release issued here.

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Under the agreement, the two universities would work together towards pursuing goals of internationalization of education. They would also promote educational and academic exchanges, besides organizing joint conferences, workshops and seminars.

Both the vice chancellors agreed to promote exchange and cooperation in physiology allied education, research and social services as well to foster and strengthen relationship between the two universities.

On the occasion, SU Vice Chancellor Dr. Imdad Ali Ismaili extended his thanks and good wishes to the VC of University of Health Sciences Lahore for posing confidence in the varsity in working together towards achieving excellence in professional education especially in physiology and other such health sciences departments.

According to agreement, SU & UHS will cooperate and broaden relationship & exchanges and give priorities to each other in the promotion and development of cooperation in areas of mutual benefits.

In the meeting, both the vice chancellors agreed that all program activities will be carried out shall be based on mutual interest and advantages.

They decided to extend cooperation with each other in the field of education, research, training to the staff, exchange of teaching as well as students and scholarly materials and information.

While contacted, SU spokesman Nadir Mugheri told that both universities have agreed to extend cooperate to promote research and develop programs in physiology department and allied education adding that SU and UHS shall each designate a coordinator to manage the program activities. Each party shall nominate and appoint a coordinator from departments of physiology to coordinate activities and facilitate the development of such joint activities.

The delegation of UHS Lahore consisted of pro vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Junaid Sarfraz Khan and Prof. Dr. Saqib Mehmood.

Later, delegation also met with the faculty and took a round of the university campus.

Sindh University organizes free hepatitis camp

JAMSHORO: The department of Physiology, University of Sindh, organized a free medical camp at Under Graduate girls’ hostel on Friday to test blood of female students & general public for hepatitis B and C.

During the two-day camp blood samples of 600 girls and female students were collected which included 400 female students and 200 women of the vicinity of Jamshoro district.

According to the report issued by Prof. Jaindo Shaikh, the coordinator of medical campus, the blood samples were examined through chip testing and confirmed by Enzyme Linked Immuno Sorbent Assay method in the department’s cell and tissue culture /molecular biology laboratory.

The findings of tests under random screening showed 36 ladies were suffering from hepatitis B & C virus positive (6 per cent).

The final year students of physiology department who participated in the camp to test blood samples include Abdul Qayoom, Nasrullah Dahri, Javed Shaikh, Vijesh Kumar, Zuhaib Khaskheli, Shuaib Ahmed Mallah, Altaf Rind, Maswish Samo, Mashal Khan Sindhiyani, Lubna Shaikh and Sabiha Rajput.

SU postpones entry test owing to Muharram Ul Haram

IMG_0211The University of Sindh has postponed the pre entry test of Bachelor’s Degree Programs which was scheduled to be held on November 2, 2014 in the reverence of 8th Muharram Ul Haram.

The new date for the test has been announced November 9, 2014 (The first Sunday after Yaum E Aashor). This was decided in a high level meeting of Pro Vice Chancellors and Deans committee which was held here on Monday under the chair of vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Imdad Ali Ismaili.

The meeting also decided to extend the date of obtaining admission forms for the aspirants of admissions from October 28 (today) to October 30, 2014 who could not get the forms so far.

PHARMACISTS URGED TO EDUCATE PATIENTS ON DRUGS’ USE

IMG_0063The perception that patients are only interested in buying low-cost medicines is wrong as they are also very much eager to learn the use of these medicines. Thus, providing drug education and information to the patients is the job of the pharmacists.

This was said by the speakers at a seminar on “career guidance/counseling for pharmacist”, which was held at Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sindh (SU) Jamshoro here on Sunday.

The event aimed at underlining the role and importance of clinical pharmacists in changing health care system in Pakistan.

Cooperation among health professionals, communication with the patients and use of medication in accordance with evidence-based guidelines were the three main principles of the Medication Therapy Management (MTM), said the speakers.

Highlighting the importance of the MTM, they were of the opinion that it was a valid tool to maximize the outcome.

In his presentation, Dr. Abdullah Dayo, Dean Faculty of Pharmacy SU told the audience that a number of preventable adverse drugs cases occur in the country each year. “Taking medicines without having proper knowledge of it is like building a house without a plan.” He said.

He said that students must pay attention to anything unusual as it was the demand of the profession. “The doors of a company and jail are both open for you, just choose wisely,” he advised.

He said that the university received over 3,000 applications for admissions every year in the pharmacy department. But it was not possible to give admissions to all of them.

Manager GSK Pakistan Dr. Abdullah Fahim Qureshi said that dissemination of knowledge about patient care pharmacist in Pakistan, increasing interaction and sharing of experiences among pharmacists to find solution to health care issues and challenges, and highlighting the role of clinical pharmacists in the changing health care system were the main objectives of the event.

He said clinical pharmacists were experts in therapeutic use of medications, adding they provide medication therapy evaluations and recommendations to patients and other health care professionals.

Pharmaceutical consultant Dr. Sultan Ghani who came from Canada, said clinical pharmacists were a primary source of scientifically valid information and advice regarding safe, appropriate and cost-effective use of medications.

He said clinical pharmacy practice was chiefly about prescribing drugs, administering drugs, documenting professional services, reviewing drug use, communication, counseling, consultation and prevention of medication errors. “There is a need to amplify the role of clinical pharmacy in health care system. The clinical pharmacist’s role should be central in the countrywide health care systems with accessibility to ensure patient safety and quality of services,” he said.

Guest of honor of the seminar Dr. Muhammad Tanvir Alam said: “people are recognized by their work. It’s not the degree which counts; it’s the person behind the degree which counts.”

He was of the view that one of the reasons why Pakistan was lacking behind in the field was because pharmacists were not considered the final authority. “The legal system should be made stronger.” He said.

He claimed that their respective fields were having ‘opportunities galore’. Dr. Alam called medicine a ‘field of opportunities’, where the serious ones would have places to go.

“Apart from industry and dedication, the medical profession requires patience and empathy,” he said.

Dr. Muhammad Salih explained that medical professionals were required to be mentally and emotionally strong as they were required to work in the midst of bloodshed. He recalled that some weak students had found it difficult to clear the exams, having been stung by fear psychosis.

Prof. Shaukat Shad said the course could land them with jobs such as drug analysts, quality controllers, and marketers of pharmaceutical products.

“Pharmacists are in a unique position to positively reinforce the need for vaccine therapy,” he said.

“Families want to know what you as the expert think they should do,” he told the participants. He stressed that pharmacists are having a positive impact. “You are front-line. Pharmacists are and will have an increased role in patient wellness.”

Member CLB, DRAP, Karachi Dr. Mouid Ahmed feels pharmacists have a social responsibility to ensure that children receive recommended vaccines. Parents who elect to withhold recommended vaccines from their children place not only their children at increased risk of a fatal infection, but other children and adults as well, he said.

Polio and other devastating infectious diseases have been essentially eradicated thanks to vaccine therapy, He noted. He said society “cannot fall asleep at the wheel” on this issue.

“Vaccines save hundreds of thousands of lives each year,” Dr. Mouid told the participants. He recommended that future pharmacists and current healthcare providers “speak plainly, directly and passionately about vaccine safety and emphasizing the need to vaccinate each and every child.”

Dr. Naheed Memon said that it was an excellent job to organize these kinds of events where physicians, pharmacists, pharmacy academics, students and technicians, microbiologists and paramedics were in attendance in large numbers. According to Him, in the seminar the resource persons gave knowledge to the students of pharmacy SU regarding ‘Clinical Pharmacist in Changing Health Care System of Pakistan’, ‘Role of Pharmacist in Antibiotics Selection’, ‘Impact of Technology in Pharmacy Practice’, ‘Role of Community Care Pharmacist’, ‘Career Path’, ‘Skill Development’, ‘Quality Management System and Pharmacy’, ‘Oncology Practice’, ‘Need of Changes in Current Curriculum’, ‘Advancement of Drug Research for Patient Care and Patient Safety in Clinical Trials’, while the seminar also focused on proper storage of medicine and medication error and its prevention. She said.

Among others Aslam Afghani, Aijaz Ali Shaikh, Sajid Ali Memon, Obaid Ali, Muhammad Ali Lakho, Shuaib Mughal, Shahid Hussain, Yousaf Laghari, Muhammad Khan Kalhoro, Imran Shaikh, Saba Baloch, Rahila Saleem and Farman Bozdar also participated.

Late date for submission of admission forms extended till Oct 24 at SU

The in charge Director Admissions has extended the last date for submission of admission forms for seeking admissions to bachelor’s degree programs at Sindh University Jamshoro and its campuses up to October 24, 2014.

According to a press statement issued here on Wednesday, admission forms for bachelor’s degree programs can be obtained from HBL, Jamshoro and Old Campus, Hyderabad Branches.

The interested candidates can also download admission forms from Sindh University’s websitewww.usindh.edu.pk and submit the same on Allama I.I Kazi campus which will be received only at the counters established in AC-II Building.

It is further informed that the candidates, who want to seek admissions at the campuses of the varsity, have been advised to submit their admission forms at the concerned campuses.