SU’s institutes start work on getting Joyo’s two books published

IMG_6726JAMSHORO: The two institutes of Sindh University (SU) Institute of Sindhology and Pakistan Study Centre have started working on getting two books of intellectual Muhammad Ibrahim Joyo published on the instructions of the vice-chancellor Prof. Dr. Abida Taherani.

The launching ceremony of the published books will be held on May 27 on the eve of organizing a literary conference at Sindh University which is being held under the series of programs chalked out a whole year by the Sindhi academicians & writers in order to celebrate his life over an entire century during which he remained witness to history and also created his own history that, many of his admirers believe, inspired generations,

In this regard, the meeting of organizing committee held on Tuesday at vice-chancellor office, which was chaired by VC Dr Abida Taherani and attended by the members Shaukat Hussain Shoro, Dr Anwar Figar Hakro, Dr Arfana Mallah, Amar Sindhu, Dr Misbah Bibi and Murtaza Khoso.IMG_6727

In the meeting, Dr. Hakro briefed the vice-chancellor on the preparations which have been made so far for the conference. He said that the material for publishing Joyo’s books has been given to the Director of Pakistan Study Centre Dr Farzana Baloch and the incharge Director of Institute of Sindhology Saeed Mangi.

The meeting included seven more members including Ghulam Muhammad Bhutto, Abdul Latif Soomro, IMG_6725Naimatullah Khilji, Muhammad Yousif Pardesi, Dr Mehmood Mughal, Muhammad Usman Mangi and Farida Shaikh in the organizing committee in order to finalize the preparation and organize the conference in befitting manner.

SU VC terms distance from creating ‘new knowledge’, dishonesty as root cause to problems

IMG_6702JAMSHORO: Sindh University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Abida Taherani said that the Muslims were facing all the problems only because of their distance from the creation of “new knowledge” (research and development).

She said that no nation obtain knowledge if its members had weak character and dishonesty in the everyday affairs adding that Sindh University would continue imparting higher education & conducting research in order to diminish social evils from the society and provide the country with highly educated manpower.

She was addressing in the meeting of academic convocation’s organizing committee which met on Tuesday under her chair at Vice-Chancellor Office.

VC Dr Abida Taherani said that the academic convocation was the most important ceremony in the universities therefore, she said, it must be made successful by working hard.IMG_6699

She said that the world had become a battlefield, and “we must prepare ourselves for it and use all resources for our defence, like other nations” adding that a “silent genocide” of Muslims was underway in the world and “we can ensure our survival respectably through seeking extra ordinary knowledge and education”.

Dr. Taherani said that an Australian Jewish scientist and researcher, Gideon Polya, had revealed in his book “Body Count” that there had been 1.3 billion avoidable deaths during the period between 1950 and 2005, of which 600 million were Muslims.

She said that some countries were open enemies of Islam and Pakistan, and were making all-out efforts to weaken the country. “But we can make Pakistan a strong country by preparing educated youth; everybody on the campus must feel his/her responsibility”, she said. She said that Pakistan’s only collective achievement was the creation of an atomic bomb, which had been possible only because of continuation of policies and efforts of our politicians, army and bureaucracy, and extraordinary efforts of Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan.

IMG_6690“Despite the fact that we had few people, we were making the best missiles, which proved that we can achieve any destination if we are determined and focused,” Dr Taherani said.

She said that there was a need to polish the talent and creative skills of our people.
In the end, she directed the members of the organizing committee to start their preparation to make this event memorable.

In the meeting, it was told that the academic convocation 2013 of the Sindh University (SU) will take place in June, 2015, in which degrees would be conferred upon 900 students of different programmes adding that the students of PhD programmes, M Phil/MS programmes, master’s programmes and undergraduate programmes will be among those who would get the degrees and the gold & silver medals.

The meeting agreed to constitute many committees including liaison, media & publicity, audio & video, IMG_6688refreshment & food, campus beautification, hall management, security & protocol committee and others to start their preparation for the convocation which is scheduled to be held in the month of June.

Dr. Taherani also constituted a 4-member gold medal committee consisting on Dr. Abdul Rasool Abbasi, Dr. Noor Muhammad Jamali, Dr. Parveen Munshi and Dr. Akhtar Mughal, which will search and recommend such personalities for the medal who have contributed a lot in the field of education and research.

Among others SU Thatta campus pro-vice chancellor Dr. Sarfraz Hussain Solangi, PVC SU NaushahroferozMuhammad Nawaz Narejo, Advocate Jhamat Mill, Both Controllers of Examinations Muhammad Ali Roshan Pathan as well as Murtaza Siyal, Registrar Ghulam Muhammad Bhutto, Faculty of Natural Science Dean Prof Dr Abdul Rasool Abbasi, Social science Facluty Dean Prof. Dr. Parvaiz Ahmed IMG_6694Pathan, Education Director Finance Abdul Latif Soomro, Advisor to Shaheed Banazir Bhutto Housing Mushtaq Ahmed Memon, Dr. Arfana Mallah, Dr. Wazir Ali Baloch and heads of various departments attend the meeting.

SU students encouraged to apply for Fulbright scholarships

meetingJAMSHORO:  The advisors of the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) Karachi chapter Hina Javed & Saif Jiskani on Monday called on the Vice-Chancellor of Sindh University Prof. Dr. Abida Taherani and apprised her about the scholarships opportunities in USA and exchange programs.

They told the their organization USEFP had announced the Fulbright master’s and PhD scholarships for the academic year 2016 adding that the details regarding the scholarships were available on the website of their organization.

According to Hina Javed, the US Government’s flagship scholarship programne enables deserving Pakistanis to complete master’s or PhD degrees, in a field of their choice, in universities across the United States. “These scholarships are merit-based and cover tuition, textbooks, airfare, stipend, computer, settling-in allowance and health insurance”, she said.

She said that the examination of international graduate assessment record (GRE) was the preliminary condition for getting the scholarship in either of the programs.

On the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor Dr Taherani proposed that the required training for clearing the international GRE should be given to some of the faculty members of the varsity which may later be appointed as master trainer on the campus to give training to the students who are willing to fly to USA for their higher studies.

Hina Javed and Saif Jiskani accepted the proposal and pledged to discuss the idea with their executive director Raita Akhtar.lecture

Later, both the guests reached at Shaikh Ayaz Auditorium of Arts Faculty Building where they delivered their lecture on the topic “the scholarship & higher educational opportunities in USA for Pakistani students”.
In her lecture, Hina Javed says, of the 150 countries in which the Fulbright programme operates, the US-Pakistan Fulbright program is the largest, with 183 students receiving awards for fully-funded degrees in 2015. About 150 are expected to be selected in 2016. The application deadline for the 2016 competition is May 13, 2015, said the advisor of USEFP on education.
She further stated, “The US invests more in Fulbright Pakistan than anywhere else in the world. For 64 years, the Fulbright scholarship programme between the United States and Pakistan has fulfilled the dream of its founder: turning nations into people through educational exchange.”
She encouraged students from all over Pakistan to take advantage of the 2016 Fulbright Programme. “We hope to receive applications from graduates of every accredited university in Pakistan including that of University of Sindh,” she said. In addition to the 183 students who departed for the United States in the fall of 2015, 390 more students from Pakistan currently study in the United States on Fulbright awards.
Saif Jiskani says, the Fulbright Scholarship Program is an example of the long-term commitment by the US government to the education sector of Pakistan and to increasing mutual understanding between both countries.
“Each year the US government sends more than 700 students to academic exchange programs and another 500 professionals to shorter, work-related programs in the United States. Since the inception of USEFP more than 64 years ago, over 5,000 Pakistanis have gone on USEFP-administered exchange programs to the United States”, he added.
He said that the Fulbright Program was among the 30-plus US-government funded educational, professional, and cultural exchange programs that build people-to-people ties among Americans and Pakistanis.
“The Fulbright competition for 2016 is open to people from all the provinces and areas of Pakistan. Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. All disciplines are eligible, with the exception of the field of clinical medicine. Energy, water, health, education and agriculture are priority disciplines, though the opportunity is open to other fields”, Mr. Jiskani said adding that more information about this program, including application form and instructions, could be found at http://www.usefpakistan.org.
Mentioning the history of Fulbright, he said that the governments of Pakistan and the United States signed an agreement to initiate the program on September 23, 1950. Within two years of its signing, the first Pakistanis and Americans traveled to each other’s countries to begin the exchange programme. It was one of the very first agreements of its kind.

“USEFP also operates Prometric Testing Centers (PTC) and offers free educational advising services at its centers in Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi.

SU to pour accolades on intellectual Muhammad Ibrahim Joyo by organizing a conference on May 27

IMG_6607JAMSHORO: To pour tribute and accolades on intellectual Muhammad Ibrahim Joyo, Sindh University has announced to organize a conference on May 27 at Shaikh Ayaz Auditorium, Arts Faculty Building of the varsity. The conference is being held under the series of programs chalked out a whole year by the Sindhi academician & writers in order to celebrate his life over an entire century during which he remained witness to history and also created his own history that, many of his admirers believe, inspired generations,

This announcement was made by SU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Abida Taherani while talking to the former Vice-Chancellor of SU Mazharul Haq Siddiqui who called on her at VC office here on Friday.

“No sooner did Mr. Joyo turned 99, then from the day, we started holding a series of programmes on his life that influenced Sindh’s intellectual and political spectrum a great deal,” said Mazharul Haq Siddique.

He expressed his desire of holding a conference at university to pay tribute to Mr. Joyo. “Mr. Joyo inspired generations, something he still continues to do,” he said.

“Most of institutions in Sindh that inspire and motivate secular thought here are either captained or created by him,” said Mr. Siddiqui while talking to the Vice-Chancellor Dr. Abida Taherani.IMG_6606

On the occasion, Dr. Taherani announced that the university will get his 2 books published on the plate form of Institute of Sindhology and Pakistan Study Centre. She said that the proposed conference at SU will be organized on May 27 in order to pay rich tribute and acknowledge his literary work.

She said that the scholars will be invited to present their research papers on Mr. Joyo. “His first job was teaching at Sindh Madressatul Islam and then he kept getting teaching jobs elsewhere and in 1951 he qualified for the post of secretary of the ‘High-Powered Executive Committee for Sindhi Literature’, which was renamed as the Sindhi Adabi Board (SAB) in 1954”, the Vice-Chancellor said.

She counted Mr Joyo’s contributions as ‘groundbreaking’ during his term as the SAB secretary, and recalled that during the period he supervised translation of scores of world classics and patronised several individuals who later shot to fame in the literary world.

It may be noted that Mr. Muhammad Ibrahim Joyo was born during the 1915 monsoon in a village, which now falls in Jamshoro district and studied in the Sindh Madressatul Islam where he got his first job as a teacher later.

IMG_6602He is among a few living people who completed their intermediate and Bachelor of Arts studies at the Bombay University.

His first published work, still considered to be of paramount importance among his original and translated books, was a booklet titled ‘Save Sindh, Save the Continent (from feudal lords, capitalists and their communalisms)’ in June 1947.

Mr. Joyo has written 52 books, some of which include translations of Rousseau, Plutarch, Voltaire, Paulo Freire, TS Elliot, Shelley, Rabindranath Tagore, Stefan Zweig and Francis Bacon. He has also edited over 50 books of writers and poets the likes of late Shaikh Ayaz and the revolutionary nationalist leader, the late GM Syed.

He founded the Sindhi Writers Cooperation Fraternity in 1973, Sindh Friends Circle in 1978, Servants of Sindhi Society in 1980, Sindh Education Trust in 1995 and Shaikh Ayaz Foundation in 1998. He also co-founded several other important organisations and institutions such as the Sindhi Language Authority.

Among others KU Professor Dr. Saleem Memon, Ex Director Institute of Sindhology Shaukat Hussain Shoro, SU Registrar Ghulam Muhammad Bhutto, SU Director finance Abdul Latif Soomro, Campus Coordinator SU Laar Campus Badin Dr. Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro, Dr. Arfana mallah and Dr. Anwar Figar Hakro were also present.

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Call for taking urgent steps to diminish the impact of climate change

IMG_6384JAMSHORO: Speakers have urged the need for taking urgent steps to mitigate the impact of climate change, which was affecting developing countries including that of Pakistan and global cooperation.

They also stressed the need for ensuring individual participation to save environment in the best interest of people, animals & other creation.

They were speaking at a seminar titled “Climate Change & its impacts”, organised by the Department of Zoology, University of Sindh Jamshoro here on Tuesday.

Addressing the seminar, the focal person of Sindh University Thatta campus Prof. Dr. Sarfraz Hussain Solangi who attended the seminar on behalf of vice-chancellor Prof. Dr Abida Taherani as the chief guest, said that every country saw climate change issue in its own perspective which ultimately raised constraints in the way of an agreed global action plan for dealing with the challenges such as global warming and climate change.

He called for comprehensive policies and action plan by using the ways of adoption and mitigation for climate change with the help of developed nations.IMG_6409

He talked about the important environmental topics such as climate change threats, Pakistan’s role in international agenda on climate change, reasons of fatal diseases due to climate change and natural disasters in detail.

“Globally, 15 to 20 countries are responsible for the global gas and radiation emission while Pakistan’s part in it is only 0.8 per cent, which is no doubt nominal, but still, the country would have to be the part of actions against severe climatic changes and protection of glaciers,” said Dr. Sarfraz Solangi.

“It is feared that the temperature will rise up to 3 centigrade in forthcoming 10 to 15 years and it will jump to 55 centigrade which can cause the deaths of a number of people; this is happening owing to climate change and we all are responsible for it”, he said.

Dr Solangi added that Pakistan must remain part of drive regarding climate change as it’s a country which relies on agriculture and any climatic threat could be devastating for its economy and progress.

IMG_6395Another speaker who is senior Professor at Zoology Department Ali Murtaza Dharejo highlighted the importance of the theme of the seminar. He stressed that present environmental challenges should be dealt on a war footing besides calling for holding such seminars and events on a regular basis.
He appreciated students and organisers for conducting the event and called it an effective step towards achieving a better environment.

Prof. Dharejo further said that climatic changes in our country could damage us because our glaciers were melting quickly and water pollution was increasing rapidly.
Because of non-availability of storage capacity and also because of absence of dams, he said, natural water resources were being wasted every year and if this practice continued; the next generation would face severe problems due to scarcity, rather absence of natural water.
SU Dean faculty of Natural Science Prof. Dr. Abdul Rasool Abbasi said that the Govt should take various initiatives to store water in low-lying areas so that underground water level could be maintained. He also invited the students and teachers to come to his office with ideas and projects to save the environment.
Dr Abbasi said that every individual had to come forward and join hands with each other for betterment of environment adding that a single department could not deliver 100 percent until every individual started playing his or her part. IMG_6411
IMG_6401Director, Institute of Environment Sciences, Mehran Engineering University Dr. Khan Muhammad Brohi said that environmental challenges were increasing day by day and that these challenges could be controlled if every individual managed his requirements as per his or her needs.
He appreciated the zoology students for their poster presentation and said such posters should be circulated regularly in order to create awareness among the masses especially youths.

He talked about the issues of waste water management, depletion of natural resources and the development of the power plants. Saying up to 2,000 tons of solid waste is produced per day only in Karachi and if we talk about entire Sindh, then the ratio can be doubled. “The collection capacity of this solid waste is only 30 per cent and there is also a lot of unsafe disposal of hospital waste.” He said.

IMG_6412SU Dean Graduate Studies Prof. Dr. Wazir Ali Baloch said that the county needed to evolve an action plan to tackle climate change and prevent the environmental degradation.

He attributed the prevailing polluted environment to the growing deforestation, saying that it was the main hurdle to overcome the climatic issues adding that the county was facing numerous challenges due to increasing environmental degradation and climate change.

“Laws regarding protection of environment do exist, but their implementation is not possible without the cooperation of masses,” he underscored.

The chairperson of zoology department Professor Dr Nasreen Memon said that clean environment was basic need of every human being and it was also duty of every citizen to play role for keeping their surroundings clean.

She called for proactive steps for coping with the increasing global warming, which had also adversely IMG_6388affected Pakistan.IMG_6404

Earlier, poster presentations were displayed by the students of zoology highlighting the importance of safe environment.
Among others SU Dean Faculty of Social Science Prof. Dr. Parvaiz Ahmed Pathan, Dr Arfana Mallah of chemistry department, Dr. Abdul Jabbar Leghari, Dr. Ghulam Sarwar Gachal, Prof. Yousif Shaikh, Dr Riffat Sultana and Dr Saima Malik were also in attendance.

One more book corner established at Sindhology raising the total number to 68

SindhologyJAMSHORO: Sindh University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr Abida Taherani said on Monday efforts were being made to make the Sindh University a distinguished institution in the region recognised for its global perspective and diverse and supportive learning environment, besides having international reputation in research and creative discovery.

Academic excellence was top priority of her administration, she said, adding that it had provided modern facilities and suitable environment to the teachers and students.

She said this while addressing at the inaugural ceremony of the book corner of Dr. Qamar Jahan Mirza which has been setup in the research library of the institute of Sindhology, University of Sindh Jamshoro. With this the total book corners of well-known educationists, politicians, poets, intellectuals and famed personalities established at the research library and the Institute of Sindhology raised to 68 in number.

Dr Abida Taherani said her varsity, a future oriented and unique institution, was committed to achieving excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service.

The university, she said, provided superior and comprehensive educational opportunities through doctoral and special professional programmes.

She said the University of Sindh contributed to advancement of society through research, creative activity and scholarly inquiry.

“The university promotes arts, benefits national economy, serves the citizens through public programmes and is dedicated to production of quality human resource for the knowledge-driven development of the country,” Dr. Taherani said.

She said that education must be given top priority and only through collective efforts the cause of education can be promoted.

The Vice-Chancellor further said that without education, no improvement in the society could be expected. She held out an assurance that the Sindh University would extend its all-out support and cooperation for the training of teachers and promotion of quality education on the campus.Sindhology2

Recognising the academic as well as research services of Dr. Qamar Jahan Mirza, Dr. Taherani said that she contributed a lot for the amelioration of higher education and research.

“The act of Dr Qamar regarding donating books to research library will boost the morale of other faculty members too towards this noble cause; this is an example set for teachers in order that they may also donate something for their university”, she said.

On the occasion, well-known Radio announcer Naseer Mirza said that Mirza family always tried to contribute to education, literature and poetry. He said there were some pictures of beautiful ladies and some love letters with Mirza Ghalib after retirement but, Dr Qamar Jahan Mirza possessed countless knowledge on various subjects and a number of unique books. “This shows no matter in what capacity the Mirza family may be, it will be contributing for the country and institutions”, he said while smiling.

Incharge Director Sindhology Prof. Saeed Mangi said there were 67 corners already available at the Institute of Sindhology but with the setup of Dr Qamar jahan corner, it jumped to 68 adding that these corners were beneficial for researchers who could find every kind of material easily.

He said Sindhology was identification of the province which had got name and fame not only nationally but also internationally. “This is actually a big achievement”, he said.

Prof. Khalida Jamali said that Dr Qamar had a number of qualities. She earned her PhD degree prior to seeking job here at the University of Sindh, she said.

Among others Registrar Ghulam Muhammad Bhutto, Dr. Sarfraz Hussain Solangi, Dr Aslam Parvaiz Memon, Dr Rafia Shaikh, Dr Misbah Bibi, Dr Arfana Mallah, Azad Sindhi, Muhammad Mashooq Siddiqui, Sajid Qayoom Memon, Dr Noor Afroz Khuwaja and Engineer Qamar ul Hassan Memon.

SU announces the results of BA (Pass) Part-I, M.B.B.S

JAMSHORO: The controller of annual examinations Ghulam Murtaza Siyal has announced the results of BA (Pass) Part-I and M.B.B.S (annual examinations 2014) of Muhammad Medical College Mirpurkhas.

According to announcement made here on Monday, a total number of 13591 candidates appeared in the examinations of BA (Pass) Part-I out of which 10442 candidates (76.83%) have been declared successful while 2404 candidates (17.69%) have been termed as fail in the examinations 2014.

Similarly, the result of 361 candidates (2.66%) has been with-held owing to various reason and 384 students (2.82%) remained absent in the exams.

On the other hand, the result of M.B.B.S Part-I & II (1st professional), Part-III (2nd Professional), Part-IV (3rd professional) & Part-V (final professional) annual examinations 2014 has also been declared.