SU acting VC donates 150 books to Zubeda Girls College Library

Books Donated to LibraryThe Acting Vice-Chancellor University of Sindh, Jamshoro and Vice Chancellor of Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur Prof. Dr. Parveen Shah has paid rich tribute to the educationist Aapa Mariyam Sultana Noohani and turned her as an icon for women education, saying the services of Aapa can never be forgotten.

This she said while addressing at a ceremony held here in Zubaida Girls College Hyderabad while donating 150 books for the library of the college established after her name.

Dr. Parveen Shah said that Aapa Maryam Sultani Nohani was an icon in context of promoting higher education among the girls and bringing awareness among the women to educate their children of the province. “She has been given the title of Mother of Sindh following her efforts made for promoting the girls education”, she added.

She said Aapa upgraded the various colleges of Sindh and played a dynamic role in the uplift of women education and waged struggle to save human rights in the province adding that she was a good teacher and a role model administrator for women especially in Sindh and generally in the country.058

Vice-Chancellor further said that Aapa Maryam Nohani taught in the Govt. Zubeda girls Degree College, Hyderabad and served therein too as Principal that established in 1953.

Dr. Shah remarked that she was proud that Aapa Maryam remained her teacher adding that Aapa taught her in the year 1968 on various aspects at college regarding leading a successful life in the society.

Dr. Shah said, other than Aapa Noohani, eminent academician like Late. Aapa Shams Abbasi also remained the principal of her Alma Mater.

She said that a sizable number of schools and colleges were established for the promotion of education in Sindh with the untiring efforts of Aapa Maryam Sultana Noohani.

Dr. Parveen Shah on the occasion handed over a consignment of 150 books on different subjects including that of English Literature, Botany, Zoology and Psychology for newly established Aapa Maryam Sultana Noohani Library of the College.

073Earlier, Principal of the college Prof. Sabreen Qureshi warmly welcomed the Vice-Chancellor Dr. Parveen Shah and other guests who participated at the ceremony. She revealed that the college had produced eminent students/alumnus who were contributing for the betterment of the masses in the society actively who included MPA Mehtab Akbar Rashdi, Dr. Parveen Shah and other so many prominent ladies.

Prof. Sabreen Qureshi lauded the efforts of Dr. Parveen Shah for donating the books for the said library. “I am optimistic that students of this college will benefit from these books”. She hoped.070

Among others, the ceremony was attended by Prof. Dr. Qamar Jahan Mirza, Prof. Dr. Misbah Bibi and Prof. Dr. Khalida Jamali.

Prizes distributed among the winner cricket teams of sport Gala- 2015

JAMSHORO: The prize distribution ceremony of sport Gala 2015, for the students of Department of Geology was organized at Hyder Bux Pavilion, University of Sindh, Jamshoro here on Thursday.

The all four cricket teams of the geology department including Muhib earth Horizon, Sujo red cloud, Shaista white volcano and Shafique Blue Ocean participated in the ceremony which was Presided over by , Dean Faculty of Natural Science Prof. Dr. Abdul Rasool Abbasi. Among others, Vice Chairman of Sindh University Sports Board Prof. Dr. Imamudin Khoso,  , Director Sports Prof. Dr. Akram Ansari, Chairman Department of Geography Prof. Muhib Ali Laghari, Prof. Dr. Shafique Junejo, Prof. Rafique Dhanan and Focul Person of Event Prof. Sujo Mal also participated in the event.

Addressing the ceremony, Dr. Abdul Rasool Abbasi said that he was glad to see the sport Gala 2015 held by Department of Geology. “This is a wonderful event; I hope this spirit of organizing extra-curriculum activities will continue in the days to come”. Dr. Abbasi said.

Congratulating the winning team named Shafique Blue Ocean, he said that there were a lot of opportunities in geology department; hence, he advised the students to pay more attention towards their studies too so that they might be able to get jobs in the national job market.

Prof. Dr. Imamudin Khoso said that the society needed sport activities in order to remove frustration from people. “The sport is the only source which refreshes the minds of the youths and keeps them active”. He said.

Dr. Akram Ansari said that he always encouraged the students and the teachers of the University to play a key role in sport activities adding that he was ready to facilitate all the students in taking part in games.

Among others Muhib Laghari, Prof. Sujo, Dr. Ayaz Keerio and Dr. Azhar shah were present in the event. Management committee of sport Gala 2015 members Younis, Mujtiba, Abdul Sami, Alia, Momal, Mona, Maria Gaffoor, Warial and Ashfaque organized the event in befitting manner.

The umpires of cricket matches were Asfaque Soomro, D.K, Jagdesh and Prof. Mehran Nizamani while Hosh Muhammad was the photographer.

Finally certificates, medals and shields were distributed among all participants of cricket team, winner and management committee members.

Ties between academia & industry stressed to boost economy

IMG_4513JAMSHORO: Speakers at a workshop on Wednesday have stressed the need for bridging a gap between academia and industry to boost economy.

They said that a university-industry interaction umbrella project had been initiated to share latest information on science and technology with the entrepreneurs.

This they said while speaking at a one-day training workshop titled ‘developing industry driven technologies’ that was held at University of Sindh, Jamshoro in collaboration with Pakistan Scientific & Technological Information Centre (PASTIC) and Institute of Research Promotion (IRP), Lahore, which was organized at Hi Tech Resources Laboratory of the University of Sindh.

Dean, Faculty of Natural Sciences Prof. Dr. Abdul Rasool Abbasi presided over the workshop while Director General, PASTIC Dr. Muhammad Akram Shaikh participated as guest of honour. Among others Chief Coordinator, IRP Lahore Rahmatullah, Naveed Ahmed and Director Hi tech Resources Laboratory Dr. Abdul Jabbar Leghari, except a large number of faculty members and scholars of the varsity.IMG_4503

The participants of the workshop were apprised about the planning, developing and commercializing of technologies. They were also told about processes, fabrication and pilot test trials of market driven products.

The workshop also included significant learning for research managers in terms of technology development process, transfer of framework and enabling factors for successful commercialization.

DG PASTIC Dr. M. Akram Shaikh said that researchers possessed a number of ideas (projects) with viable potentials which could be utilized for their universities to develop and commercialize.

IMG_4523He said the workshop was based on case studies of industrial projects developed through identification, planning, lab works, pilot testing and production scale of different industrial products adding that the scientists & professors of natural sciences must conduct applied research in their fields in order to solve the problems relating to the industries and help diminish poverty in the country.

He said when science became useful for practical purposes it metamorphosed to technology and then required development. Thus, he said, it became imperative that scientific research and technological development coalesced to help achieve the aspirations of high growth, wealth creation and improvement in quality of life and industries especially that of rice mills.

He said the allocation of money for research in the field of science and technology was meager which could not help conduct applied research to benefit the industries. “This shows the interest of government in the field of science and technology. I think the central govt. should pay full attention towards this burning issue; if our universities did not conduct applied research, our nation would be in trouble in the days to come,” Dr. Shaikh lamented.IMG_4500

He said the scientists and professors should be relaxed from taking the classes so that they might concentrate on applied research.

Delivering his lecture, Chief coordinator IRP Lahore Rahmatullah said that the poverty can be lessened in the country only through conducting applied research in the field of natural sciences.

He said: the main objective of this workshop is to provide a platform to scientists from the University of Sindh to share their findings with science administrators and industry representatives in order to develop a greater understanding about the tremendous benefits of structural chemistry.

IMG_4522Dr. Abdul Rasool Abbasi said that there was a communication gap between the two sides (University & Industry) in the past which now must be bridged with the help of the project initiated by PASTIC.

Latest research facilities in universities will help us in facing industrial, technical and management challenges, he said.

Developed countries were reducing cost of production by using high-technology in their goods, said Dr Abbasi. He said that in the past the HEC initiated an industrial research development project but paucity of funds kept it ineffective.

He said in the Netherlands about 99.9 per cent research work was being carried out by university teachers and funded by industrialists.

Dr. Abdul Jabbar Leghari stressed that it was important that academia and corporate sector sit together to address the future research needs of the country. In the developed world, he said, there was strong partnership for innovation and enterprise to boost economies.IMG_4551

He advised the students to explore opportunities to work with industry to synergize resources for socio-economic development in the region.

He said students and faculty members at universities should develop need based solution for the industry so that corporate sector could avoid spending heavy funds on technology transfer from abroad.

Dr. Leghari said it was important that students focus on research along with personality and skill IMG_4557development and equip themselves with necessary knowledge to be successful in practical life. He called for scientific innovation in the country for industrial competitiveness.

Later, the certificates of participation were distributed among the participants.

IICT Students’ project exhibition 2015 held at SU

IMG_4233JAMSHORO: A one-day final year students’ project exhibition 2015 was held at the Institute of Information & Communication Technology (IICT), University of Sindh here on Thursday.

A myriad of students from 4 departments of the institute including information technology, telecommunication, electronics & software engineering participated and showcased their projects which included over five categories including web based applications, hardware design, e-commerce application, e-health & telemedicine, e-government, communication system, multimedia and regionalization.

IMG_4257Dean Faculty of Natural Science Prof. Dr. Abdul Rasool Abbasi inaugurated the exhibition in a ceremony held. The Director of the IICT Dr. Lachhman Das on the occasion briefed the Dean about the projects. Every project has been prepared by the groups of four students.

Addressing the ceremony, Dr Abdul Rasool Abbasi said he was happy to know that the institute has regularly been organizing the exhibition for the last 15 years.

He expressed satisfaction that all the 367 students from four departments which include information technology, telecommunication, software engineering & electronics have prepared 120 projects. He said all the projects were unique and precious.

“We provide a platform to undergraduates of our university so that they can showcase their talent,” he said.

Dr Abbasi said they also invite different software companies so that they can hire talented youth of the IMG_4260University of Sindh adding that Pakistan could not progress without technological advancements.

He regretted that there was a sense of despondency in the youth, who prefer to go abroad after completing their education. “It is now our responsibility to stop that brain drain so that these young people could work whole heartedly for the progress of the country.”

He said, “Our biggest achievement is to unite the whole institute under one banner”.

Dr Lachhman Das in his briefing said that a total number of 120 final year Projects had been displayed which included 46 BS Information Technology, 38 BS Software Engineering, 18 BS Telecommunications and 18 BS Electronics.

He said the student attendance system for University of Sindh, management system for post-graduate research office of the University, user centric advertisements using software sensors, semi-supervised expert system for medicine and online admission & testing system for University of Sindh were displayed under web based application.

IMG_4261Besides, Fire Extinguisher Robot with Robotic Arm, Hybrid Renewable Energy Generation Systems using Road, Rail track, Power Humps and Wind Turbines, 3G based controls for Smart Home Applications, Solar Energy Mobile Device Charging Systems and Wireless Electricity projects were made public under Hardware Design.

Thus, Point of Sale Application, Inventory Management System for New Developing Local Super Market and E-Education Systems were exhibited under E-Health & Telemedicine category.

Similarly, Blood Bank Management System using Software Sensors, Extraction of Blood Vessels from Heart Angiogram Images and Cancer Cell Detection from Protein Blood Cells were showed under Online E-health Management System.

In E-Government, Online Railway Reservation System, Pre-paid Billing System and Automated Theft Detection for Electricity Providers, Online Crime File Management System, Communication Systems, Optimization of Satellite Link on Earth using Satellite Toolkit, Free Space Optics, Rain Effect Communication, Millimeter Wave Communication for 5G, Free Space Optics fog model communication, HCI Related Projects, Notify Me: A Context Awareness Systems, Home Automation using Facial Expressions for a Single User projects were also demonstrated.IMG_4225

In Multimedia category, Radiance School Management System, Video based learning system through Live Streaming (VBLS), Interactive Learning System for Primary Schools, Online Interactive Sindhi Language Learning System, Design and Development of Online Video Lecture System and in Regionalization category, Modeling of Seven Soormies using Shah-jo-Risalo (Clay Animation Technique), University of Sindh, Android Application, Biometric Based Employees Identification and Verification system for University of Sindh and Digital Counting System for Buses of University of Sindh projects were also exposed.

A total number of 18 project supervisors helped 367 students in preparing their 120 projects.

IMG_4253Among others, Dr Asad Ali Shaikh, Dr Shahzad Memon, Dr Ghulam Ali Jareko, Anil Kumar, Nisar Memon, Sandar Khuwaja, Syed Raza Hussain Shah, Shahid Hussain Larik, Mudassar Memon, Shazia Abbasi and Shahnawaz Shah also participated in the ceremony.

Six-day children’s film extravaganza concludes

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JAMSHORO: The 6th Jamshoro International Children’s Film Festival (JICFF) concluded on Sunday after providing six days of infotainment to 6 thousand children and students of educational institutions of the 2nd biggest city of the province.
As many as 45 films from 22 countries, including some selected from across Pakistan through national filmmaking competition, were exhibited during the 6-day film extravaganza.
As many as 45 films from the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Ireland, Italy, Tunisia, Japan, Czech Republic, Lebanon, Netherlands, United States, Turkey and Germany were screened on the last day of the festival on Sunday whereas 1,100 children turned up at Sindhology to watch them. A recent blockbuster and an animated film was the last exhibition of the festival.IMG_2428
Animated character – Anatole – always drags his little saucepan behind him. It fell on him one day and nobody really knows why. Since then, it gets stuck everywhere and it keeps him from getting on. One day, he has had more than enough and decides to hide. Luckily things are not that simple.
While a film was about a little planet in space, having two facets – Agi and Bagi – where native tribes, Agingas and Bagingas, live. Both tribes take a very good care of their plants and animals, respecting the natural world on their side of the planet. The planet is also home to a mischievous and somewhat goofy creature – the Bumbly – that lives in a little burrow and can cause a lot of trouble with its greediness and shenanigans.
Another film ‘An American piano’ was based on the true story of a young Japanese girl, who plays piano for prisoners of war (POWs) during WWII. The film shows how playing piano by her affects the lives of POWs.

Shoaib IqbalDean Faculty of Social Sciences Prof. Dr. Parvaiz Ahmed Pathan on behalf of acting Vice-Chancellor Dr. Parveen Shah presided over the concluding ceremony. Among others PVC Bhit Shah Campus Dr. Aslam Parvaiz Memon, Prof. Raja Muhammad Ilyas, Prof. Naimatullah Khilji, Dr. Ghulam Ali Jareko and young artiste Saif Samejo also participated.

On the occasion Incharge Director Sindhology Saeed Mangi spoke about the festival in detail. He said a total number of 6000 school children and students of various departments of university watched movies and enjoyed a lot adding that more such events will be organized in order to keep the children and youths busy with the power of art so that they may not be able to divert their minds to the wrongdoings in the society.

Director the Little Art Shuaib Iqbal on the occasion said that he was happy to receive much accolades from the citizens of Jamshoro. “We therefore, have decided to organize the festivals every year under the auspicious of Institute of Sindhology.”

He said Pakistani society could get rid of extremism and extremist behaviors only by making the films and engaging the children and youths in art.

Dr. Parvaiz Ahmed Pathan praised the event and hoped that such events will be organized in future too in order to engage our children in these positive activities.IMG_2429

He announced that on the directives of Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Abida Taherani, the department of Liberal Arts & Multimedia will soon be established where the students of Mass Communication and Art & Design will be able to prepare movies so that the name of the university, province and the country may be made familiar among the people in the world.

 SU to introduce new technology soon

JAMSHORO: The Quality Enhancement Cell, University of Sindh in collaboration with Sindh Skill Development Program of Sindhi Association of North America (SSDP-SANA) organized an international training workshop entitled “What is in cloud for me? The SharePoint Online Perspective” at Institute of Business Administration of the varsity which was conducted by two resource persons from Sydney, Australia Dr Aslam Pervez Memon and Dr Asif Khowaja.

The training workshop was the initial stage to jump to the Share Point technology with which the Sindh University will be the first public sector varsity to migrate to the introduced technology in the country. The speaker assured to give the technology to Sindh University very soon.

In his inaugural speech, SU QEC Director Dr Azhar Ali Shah said that the University of Sindh was taking consistent efforts to modernize the infrastructure and enhancing the capacity of the human workforce through rigorous training programs.

The subject training is aimed at creating awareness among the staffers and students about the implementation of web-based application framework for automation of document management, content management and files management system at the university. The implementation of such system would make university management and administration very efficient as well as transparent which will pave the way to achieve the academic excellence & university’s vision and mission.

Representative of SSDP-SANA Zulfiqar Laghari said that their organization was committed to enhance the quality of education at all the levels from schools to varsity adding that they were also planning to provide free GRE training and other resources including provision of computers, internet and trainings especially at schools of rural Sindh.

Dr Aslam Pervez Memon and Dr Asif Khowaja appreciated the vision of the University of Sindh to embrace the latest technological innovations for better management and administration. They said as compared to Pakistan, India is far ahead in the use of SharePoint software for the development of web portals and automation of management services and the University of Sindh could become the first ever Public Sector University shifting to proper implementation of the SharePoint software coupled with cloud infrastructure. They provided comprehensive overview of the software and offered unconditional help needed for implementation and training of the workforce in future.

Dr Imamuddin Khoso, Director IBA, Dr Noor Muhammad Jamali, Dean Business & Commerce and Dr Abduallah Dayao Meritorious Professor and Dean Faculty of Pharmacy also appreciated the event and assured their full support for future implementation and operation of the new system.

National Women’s Day: Call for setting aside gender discrimination to put the country on the path of progress

IMG_4063JAMSHORO: All Pakistanis must set aside gender discrimination and celebrate the National Women’s Day, a milestone achieved after great sacrifices by women activists, if the difference of gender discrimination is over, the country can be put on the path that would lead to development and progress, National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) Chairperson Khawar Mumtaz said on Thursday.

There were many keynote speakers at the seminar that organized by Sindh University Jamshoro to commemorate national women’s day in collaboration with NCSW here at Shaikh Ayaz Auditorium of varsity’s Arts Faculty Building. Dr. Misbah Bibi presided over the seminar on behalf of acting Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Parveen Shah.

The seminar aimed at reflecting on the challenges that extremism posed to women in Pakistan & develop a strategy on how to deal with it and pay tribute to those women who remained on front in movements during one unit and dictatorship of Gen Zia ul Haq.

NCSW Chairperson Khawar Mumtaz said the National Women’s Day had been celebrated since 2010. “The NCSW aims at achieving gender equality in accordance with the Constitution and international commitments,” she said. “We examine policies, programmes and review laws, rules and regulations affecting the status and rights of women.” The NCSW also suggests the repeal, amendment or enactment of new legislation to end discrimination.

IMG_4085She further said even though women had achieved several milestones, “we still have miles to go before we can call it a day”.

She deplored the lack of progress on the Domestic Violence Bill. She said not much had been done to stop child marriages either. Ms. Mumtaz said the encouraging war-mongering should be checked.

The National Women’s Day should have been celebrated at a national level not by just the University of Sindh, she said.

Ajoka Theater Lahore’s Director Madiha Gohar said, “Extremism is a mindset…it ranges from verbal threats to mental stress and fear.” She said various forms of extremism were on the rise in the KP, the FATA, the Punjab, Sindh & Balochistan provinces. “Traditions like Swara, child marriages and strict dress codes are on the rise…they have manifested themselves in opposition to education, health and political rights.” Ms Gohar said deprivation of inheritance and adopting a profession of choice were some of the economic problems the women of the country faced.

She also criticized the religious forces and held Gen Ziaul Haq’s so- called Islamisation policy responsible for the plight of the country’s women.

Madiha Gohar further said that she had visited Tando Allahyar and was appalled to see that the flags of the banned organizations were hoisted in every nook and corner of the city. “Sindh is the soil of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, it is land of Sufism so for God’s sake, don’t let the banned religious organizations work here freely”, she said.

Tahira Abdullah, a speaker from Karachi, said Balochistan faced three kinds of problems: sectarian violence, Talibanisation and Baloch nationalism. She said extremism must be weeded out.

She said, very little legislation had been done to empower women in the last 10 years other than a toothless honour killings bill and an incomplete set of amendments to the Hudood Ordinance.

Uzma Noorani, representing a women’s rights activist Shahnaz Wazir Ali, said that the state had surrendered its writ in every sphere of life. “It is a myth that foreign elements are responsible for the current state of affairs, that people do not vote for religious parties and that poverty is the root cause of extremism,” she said. “Extremism in the Punjab is most entrenched in the middleclass…that has nothing to do with poverty,” she said. “People do not pay taxes but they generously donate to religious seminaries.”IMG_4072

Ms Anis Haroon, an activist for women’s rights said, “You cannot empower a nation without making sure that women are given the right and access to justice. Women are the backbone of a nation…they are the future of a country.”

She said: Some laws and constitutional articles are among the biggest hurdles in providing equal rights to all citizens adding that some sections of the society were promoting extremism and terrorism in the name of religion. “It is too much now, we have to stop such activities, we (women) want freedom and get the right of education, health and other basic facilities,” she said.

IMG_4077Attiya Daud, a Sindhi poetess, said the Sindhiyani Tahreek had from its inception adopted a clear stance on the issue of blasphemy laws. She said exploitation of the law for personal interests could not be allowed.

She said discrimination against women frequently started at their homes. Family, she said, was first and foremost responsible for condoning acts of violence against women. She said a real change at the level of the society was possible only if individual families changed their attitude towards women’s rights.

Amar Sindh, a well-known writer & activist, said that rights of women, minorities and other marginalized groups could be secured only in a secular and a democratic society.

“A woman in every role, whether it is that of a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister or a friend, is a lot of love, affection, skill and vigour put together. There is no creature in the world as fragile yet powerful, as sensitive yet tolerable and as gentle yet resolute as a woman.” She said.

Dr. Arfana Mallah, a prominent columnist, said that Sindhi women always led the movements whether it was IMG_4075one unit or Zia’s martial law; they continuously remained on front in a bid to bring the dictatorship to an end.

She said it was thing of satisfaction that before partition the deputy speaker of Sindh Assembly was a lady and again, when the resolution for bringing Pakistan into being was being passed in Sindh Assembly, the then chief minister was also a Sindhi Hindu woman.

NCSW member Kishwer Naheed recited her poem Hum Ghunahgar Aurtain (We sinful women) and received accolades in abundance. She recited some other poems demanding the women’s’ rights, honor and opportunities to move ahead.

Malka and Amna sang women’s anthems and received appreciations and admiration from the audience.