ISC member Dr. Azhar Ali Shah, federal minister Fawad Chaudhry decide to establish ISC regional office in Islamabad

JAMSHORO: A meeting between the federal minister for science & technology and the member of executive council of Islamic World Science Citation Centre (ISC), president Sindh Science Society and professor at the University of Sindh Dr. Azhar Ali Shah was held in Islamabad, wherein they agreed to establish the regional office of ISC at country’s capital city and include organizing of ISC workshops in research journal and university rankings.

The proposals regarding the establishment of ISC regional office in Islamabad and to include arrangement of ISC workshops on research journal/ university ranking were presented by Dr. Azhar Ali Shah that were approved by the federal minister after detailed deliberation and discussion.

According to the minutes of the meeting issued by the ministry of science and technology, the proposal in black & white was presented by Dr. Shah in the meeting with the minister Fawad Chaudhry regarding setting up of regional ISC office at Islamabad in the light of the recommendations given in the 1st ISC executive council meeting held in Iran’s Shiraz city on June 11, 2019. After discussion on the proposal, the minister agreed it and decided to approach to Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) for initially handing over physical space for the establishment of the regional office.

Dr. Azhar Ali Shah presented another written proposal for arrangement of ISC workshops on journal/ university ranking scheduled to be held in Islamabad wherein all provincial capitals in collaboration with ISC as per recommendation of Shiraz meeting.

However, it was agreed that the proposed workshops would be arranged and necessary help in this regard would be sought from the director international linkages of PSC Dr. Ahsan Feroze. It was also decided that Dr. Azhar Shah and Dr. Ahsan Feroze shall liaise to implement the proposals.

Action Research serves as a social change apparatus: Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat, Dr. Anderson, Dr. Tom Borsen

01.08.19 International SeminarJAMSHORO: National and international scholars and researchers have mandated research to enhance quality paradigms, upgrade life and ameliorate human condition all over the globe. They have emphasized that service of mankind should serve as cynosure of all research engagement the world over; adding that the given effort should also be brought to act as an antidote against rising poverty, unemployment and other deadly problems facing humanity.

This they said at the first International Workshop on Action an Qualitative Research jointly organized by Sindh University Institute of Business Administration and SU office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC). This international seminar has been the first of its kind hosted by SU-IBA in forty years of the institute annals; wherein, two international academicians of world repute Dr. John Anderson, Professor, Department of People and Technology; Space, Place, Mobility and Urban Studies, Roskilde University, Denmark and Tom Holmgaard Borsen, Associate Professor Planning, Anthropology and Sustainable Design, Alborg University, Denmark enlightened the audience on the workshop theme. SU vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat presided over the event.

Vice Chancellor Dr. Burfat, in his presidential remarks, observed that almost all problems confronting man in the modern times were created by men themselves and men must accept and uphold the responsibility to resolve the same.

“I reckon research as a most rapid, reliable and authentic instrument to find answers to the complexities the planet earth suffers today”, the vice chancellor said.

Dr. Burfat also extended warm welcome to the visiting European scholars, thanked them for their time and effort and felicitated the organizers upon successful organization of the workshop.

Dr. Anderson elaborated multiple dimensions and dynamics of action research and convincingly traced out its inevitable links to social development, illustrating as to how research would pave the path for industrial and corporate uplift; and consequently lead towards bringing into being lucrative job markets.

Dr. Tom Borsen shed light on the methodologies, research review practices, and execution of study projects.

The workshop culminated at an intellectually-exciting presenter-participant interaction in form of question and answers.

Director SU-IBA Prof. Dr. Abdul Sattar Shah, workshop coordinators Dr. Mushtaq Ali Jariko, Dr. Tania Mushtaq and Institute faculty Dr. Intizar Hussain Lashari were also present during this interface.

 

 

VC-SU inspects pace and progress of work at SU main-gate site, terms campus beautification a priority

JAMSHORO: Sindh University vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat visited the site of SU main-gate to inspect in person the pace and progress of construction project with a view to expedite velocity of work.

On the occasion, the vice chancellor sought work details from the project director in-charge; and urged opportune completion of the same.

“I am glad to witness firsthand fast upcoming of the gate as per international design, lay-out and quality benchmarks as I behold its work at its final stage”, the VC said.

Later, the Vice Chancellor Dr. Burfat reached Institute of Sindhology where he oversaw the process of scientific preservation of rare books, magazines, periodicals and newspapers.

“I genuinely appreciate the laborious dedication of Director Sindhology Dr. Samejo and team towards pursuit of excellence in all terms in the workings of the institute”, Dr. Burfat observed.

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

24.08.17 Seminar on Women Protection03
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.