Karachi

 

The Institute of Business Administration (IBA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian School of Business (ISB) to provide executive education in Pakistan.

 

Through this collaboration, the schools plan to bring to the table open and custom-designed courses for senior management seeking swift career growth in the country.

 

“The MoU was signed at the ISB’s Hyderabad Deccan campus by Dean and Director IBA Karachi Dr Ishrat Husain and Deputy Dean ISB Deepak Chandra,” a statement said.

 

While the ISB would focus on the design and delivery of the programmes, the IBA would be responsible for their marketing and promotion. The ISB’s faculty, a school which was recently ranked 12th among the top global business institutes, will conduct the programmes, which are to commence in June this year.

 

“IBA Karachi is the first business school in emerging countries with which the ISB has entered into a partnership,” said Chandra. “It is just a modest beginning and there is a long way to go,” said Dr Ishrat Husain.

 

“We will pool resources for curriculum review, faculty development, joint research and case studies, students and faculty exchange and much more in the future.” He hoped the cooperation between the two institutions add value to students, faculty and the corporate sectors of the two countries.

 

Karachi

 

The Shahwilayat Educational Trust is celebrating 30 years of offering dedicated and selfless services in the field of education. They had set up a state-of-the-art school 30 years back, the Shahwilayat Public School, in Federal B Area, Karachi, to prove their mettle in the field of education.

 

Built in a middle-income area to provide quality education at a minimum possible cost, the Shahwilayat Public School is now considered the best school in District Central.

 

The ceremony will begin at 7.30pm on Sunday, April 15, with a brief rundown on the Trust’s efforts in building and running the school over the years, and the Shahwilayat Public School’s achievements in a span of 30 years, followed by a documentary and then an announcement of the launching of the Trust’s second project i.e. the setting up of a second campus of the Shahwilayat Public school in Scheme 33, Karachi. There will also be an unveiling of the plaque etched with the name of Sharfuddin Shahwilayat, the great sufi saint. The Trust and the school are named after his name.

 

The chief guest of the ceremony will be Senator Mustafa Kamal, former mayor of Karachi.

 

The Trust has conceived these projects after much deliberation over the fact that true social uplift and development of the Pakistani masses is only possible through education. Currently, the Shahwilayat Public School is imparting education to a total of 1,800 students right from kindergarten to Matric and O’levels sections. It continues to run on a no-profit no-loss basis.

 

The second project of the school in Scheme 33 aims to provide a wholesome learning environment in a building that will be designed on modern lines. The land for the school premises has been purchased and the architectural drawings and design of the school have been prepared. Though the kindergarten, primary, and middle school will be separate, they will be interconnected to bring about homogeneity in the learning environment. The new school is a huge project for which the estimated cost is Rs400,000,000.

 

At present there is no good school in the Scheme 33 area. It urgently needs a high quality school that imparts education at a minimum possible cost. The Trust has successfully run a good school in Federal B Area, and now it aims to replicate the experience by building another school in Scheme 33 with high academic standards. This will also lead to the socio-economic uplift of the entire locality, a goal that the Shahwilayat Educational Trust keeps very close to the heart.

 

The ceremony will commence at the Shahwilayat Public School, St.8, Federal B Area, at 7.30pm sharp and will be followed by dinner.

KARACHI, April 14: The Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) on Saturday rescinded appointment of nine examination staff members, including three centre superintendents, for their failure to run their centres smoothly and check the use of unfair means during exams.

According to BSEK sources, a vigilance team of the board led by BSEK chairman Prof Mohammad Saeed Siddiqui visited three examinations in Orangi Town where mathematics (Class X) examinations were under way. To the team’s surprise, which included controller of examinations Rafia Mallah and private schools director Dr Mansoob Siddiqui, candidates were using unfair means with the connivance of invigilators while the centre superintendents were present, but to no avail, said a source privy to the BSEK surprise visits.

“At an examination centre, outsiders were also seen in an examination room extending support to candidates using unfair means. It was a free-for-all at the centre as not only a significant amount of material was recovered from candidates, but some of invigilators were found holding books containing solutions to the questions in the paper of the day”, the source said, adding that disturbed by mismanagement and mockery of examinations, the BSEK authorities were also considering scrapping the examination centre.

A spokesperson for the BSEK said that during a board officials’ visit, at least 11 candidates were found using unfair means at the Global Educational Secondary School, Orangi Town-10. The controller of examinations also recovered a big deal of material used in cheating and took those in her custody.

The board withdrew six of the invigilators and the centre superintendent from examination duties at the Global school.

Another four candidates were found using unfair means at the Ibrahim Ali Bhai Govt Secondary School, Orangi 5. The centre superintendent was also stopped from performing their duty the same day.The spokesperson said that the chairman’s team noted mismanagement in the conduct of exams at the Ibrahim Ali Bhai Government Girls Secondary School, Orangi-9, and ordered immediate change of the centre superintendent there.

When contacted, Ibrahim Ali Bhai Girls School centre superintendent Noushad Begum said that she did not know that she had been withdrawn from her assignment.

She said that BSEK team had expressed its concern over some girls from the locality working as water-women/attendants during the examinations, in addition to regular staffers of the school.

Ms Begum told Dawn that her centre was for over 800 registered candidates on Saturday and as per board’s rules about more than 16 water women were required which was not possible because there were only three staff-peons at the school.

She said that perhaps the visitors from the board had been troubled by the frequent movement of the water women engaged in the examination duty.

In the meantime, some of the parents have complained that a group of candidates were allowed to take examinations under special arrangements at a government school located in North Nazimabad on Saturday.

Meanwhile, another vigilance team of the private school directorate detected 12 candidates using unfair means at the Babul Ilm Secondary School and the Fazal Memorial Secondary School located in Baldia Town.

Two candidates were caught cheating in exams at the Government Boys Secondary School, Jinnah Square Malir, by yet another vigilance team of the school education directorate.

LAHORE – Lahore District Coordination Officer Noor-ul-Amin Mengal has said that educational system is the back bone of any society and City District Government is taking every possible step for the betterment of education system. He said CDGL was providing missing facilities in schools on priority basis and a grant of Rs 7 crore had been released for the provision of missing facilities in schools. He directed Education EDO to take permission before assigning the field duties to the teaching staff and preferably non-teaching staff to be given field duties. He expressed these views while visiting EDO Education office and met DO’S and assistant directors of the city. He asked about their problem during duties. DCO Lahore expressed his infliction over the absence and poor performance of the teachers during December 2011 and directed the concerned officers to make ensure 100 percent attendance of teachers so that the academic process could not suffer and the liaison process at school be levelled to make more effective and more teachers should be deputed in schools situated at border and rural areas. DCO Lahore was briefed about the model schools and kids classrooms of the city and informed that Lahore was also the top city in literacy rate of Punjab.

LAHORE – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran has said that his party would protect women rights after coming into power.
He was addressing women convention held at Aiwan-e-Iqbal, on Saturday, Khan said the PTI would turn Pakistan into a welfare state. Taking a dig at Punjab chief minister, Khan said Shahbaz Sharif was distributing laptops among the youth but the holders of the laptops would vote for the PTI. The former cricket hero said Pakistan should withdraw from the war on terror that resulted in lost of more than 35,000 lives in Pakistan. He said the war on terror was producing terrorists and suicide bombers. Imran Khan added that the PTI was not a family party. He also condemned the killing of Shiites in Balochistan.
He said the NATO supply has already been resumed in the name of so-called ‘national interest’. The PTI chief added if there were to be any suicide attack in the country, the common people would have to bear the cost of it. Addressing a meeting in Lahore, Khan said the political actors have gathered on one platform and formed a consensus on the PCNS recommendations in order to cover up for each others’ corruption.
The PTI chief’s remarks came after the parliament reached a consensus to no more let Pakistan serve as conduit of arms to Afghanistan, but gave a green signal for a resumption of non-lethal Nato supplies to the war-ravaged country. Imran said the system of slavery was prevalent in the country and people were being economically prosecuted. Politicians fear that if PTI came to power then they would have to face accountability, Imran Khan said. “People want a change and only PTI can bring this change,” he added. “Around 80 percent of the people have joined PTI on the recommendation of their children,” Imran Khan revealed.

HYDERABAD – The University of Sindh’s Islamic Studies Faculty, in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC), is organising a two-day national conference on the role of Sufis in international religious harmony and tolerance from April 16 at the Sheikh Ayaz Auditorium of the varsity’s Allama II Kazi Campus in Jamshoro.
Islamic Studies Faculty Dean Dr Sanaullah Bhutto said on Saturday that Federal Religious Affairs Minister Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah would preside over the inaugural session of the conference, whereas Sindh minister Makhdoom Jameeluz Zaman would be the chief guest on the occasion and Sindh Assembly member Mohan Lal would attend the session as the guest of honour.
Prof Dr Muhammad Baqir Khan Khakwani from the Allama Iqbal Open University would be the key speaker at the inaugural session.
The second session would be presided over by University of Sindh acting vice chancellor Dr Parveen Shah, whereas Sindh Assembly member Dr Sikandar Ali Shoro would be the chief guest.
Dr Mahmoodul Hassan Arif from the University of the Punjab, Prof Dr Ahmed Jan Alzahri, Prof Dr Ikramul Haq Alzahri, Dr Abdul Hayee Abro from the International Islamic University, Dr Sanaullah from the Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamic Research Centre Director Dr Abdul Qudoos Saheeb and Prof Dr Abdul Raoof Zafar from the Bahauddin Zakaria University-Multan would be the speakers of the session.
The third session would be presided over by Pakistan People’s Party Sindh Secretary General Taj Haider, whereas Sindh Culture Minister Sassui Palejo would be the chief guest.
Dr Muhammad Ferozuddin Shah from the Sargodha University, Dr Abdul Razzaq Ghanghro from the Mehran University of Engineering & Technology and Muhammad Ibraheem Muhammadi from the lslamia Government Postgraduate College-Dera Ghazi Khan would be the speakers of the session.
On the second day of the conference, the first session would be presided over by Sindh Information Minister Shazia Marri, whereas Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai’s Sajdah Nasheen Syed Nisar Ali Shah would be the chief guest.
Prof Dr Abdul Ali Achakzai from the Islamia University-Balochistan, Dr Aziz Rehman Saifi, Dr Syed Shaheen Shoaib, Prof Mufti Sanaullah and Dr Saeed Ahmed Siddiqui from Karachi would be the speakers of the session.
The second session would be presided over by University of Sindh former vice chancellor Mazharul Haq Siddiqui, whereas Mehran University of Engineering & Technology Vice Chancellor Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan Rajput would be the chief guest.
Dr Hafiz Abdul Raheem Khan from the City College-Karachi, Dr Abdul Hayee Madni from the NED University and scholars from the University of Sindh would be the speakers of the session.

ISLAMABAD – In order to create awareness regarding Thalsassemia, the Medical College of Foundation University on Saturday organised a symposium on the disease. Pakistan Thalassemia Welfare Society President Lt Gen (r) Fahim Ahmed Khan was the chief guest while Foundation University Medical College (FUMC) Principal Maj Gen (r) Dr Nasim-ul-Majeed was also present on the occasion. The speakers stressed the need for prevention from the disease by using blood screening therapy before marriages and initiating awareness programmes. The speakers gave an overview of Thalassemia, its management with emphasis on Hb-F Augmentation and BMT, the prevention of complications, metabolic bone disease in Thalassemia, bone marrow transplant and the prevention of the disease. The audience was informed that children with Thalassemia need monthly blood transfusions apart from pharmacological treatment to control the iron overload. Pakistan has nearly 10 million people who are Thalassemia carriers and around six thousand babies are born with Thalassemia major every year. Lieutenant Khan said the Pakistan Thalassemia Welfare Society is the pioneer in creating awareness of this disease and has helped a number of patients to get proper treatment. He lauded the FUMC for holding the comprehensive symposium. The speakers included FUMC Pediatrics HOD Professor Parveen Akhtar, FFH, Professor Dr Joveria Mannan, President Thalassemia Society of Pakistan Dr Tahir Shamsi, Bismillah Taqi Hospital Director Dr Adil Akhtar, FJMC Associate Pediatrics Professor Brig Pervaiz Ahmed, Rawalpindi AFBMTC Commandant Dr Farogh Zohra, FJMC Associate professor of Surgery and Maj Gen Suhaib Ahmed.

LAHORE: The eighth annual exhibition organised by the Alhamra Art Gallery titled ‘Day After Tomorrow’ kicked off on Saturday.

Punjab Information Secretary Mohyuddin Ahmad Wani was the chief guest on the occasion.

The exhibition is catering to young artists by providing them an opportunity and space to showcase their creativity and ideas.

Approximately 325 artworks by 272 artists have been displayed at the gallery, which would be judged by a panel, including Assistant Professor Dr Shahida Manzoor, Journal of Contemporary Art and Culture’s Editorial Board Member Ayesha Jatoi and National College of Arts Assistant Professor Muhammad Ali Talpur.

Lahore Arts Council (LAC) Director Muhammad Ali Baloch, in his welcome address, reiterated the council’s commitment to providing quality entertainment and promotion for arts.

He welcomed the chief guest and artists and said that the youth of Pakistan were more aware of today’s needs and requirements, and this awareness was reflected in the kind of work exhibited.

Alhamra Art Gallery Curator Tanya Sohail said that the response received was overwhelming, but maintaining a certain standard while exhibiting the works was imperative for the artists as well as the gallery.

She said that mediocrity and celebrating it does not feature in the vision of the Alhamra Art Gallery.

Addressing the ceremony, Mohyuddin said that the Punjab government was encouraging young creators to promote their work and masterpieces.

“Such exhibitions not only provide a platform to the young artists for displaying their capabilities but also play an important role in the promotion of arts in the province,” he said. Later, the information secretary distributed certificates and cheques worth Rs 10,000 each among the top 10 position holders.

‘Day after tomorrow’ at Alhamra

LAHORE – Punjab Secretary Information and Culture Mohyuddin Ahmad Wani inaugurated eighth Annual Exhibition of Paintings, Sculptures, Ceramics and Graphic Art of young artists on the topic “Day After Tomorrow” at Alhamra Art Gallery, here today. 325 masterpieces of 272 artists were displayed in the exhibition. Prominent artist Saeed Akhtar, Lahore Arts Council Executive Director Ali Baloch and a large number of artists were also present on the occasion. Masterpieces of 10 artists displayed in the exhibition, were declared the best. Punjab University Research Centre Assistant Professor Dr Shahida Manzoor, Editorial Board General Journal of Contemporary Art & Culture Member Ayesha Jatoi and National College of Arts Assistant Professor Muhammad Ali Talpur acted as judge. Later, Secretary Information and Culture Mohyuddin Wani distributed certificates and cheques for Rs 10,000 each among the 10 top position holders including Ismaeel Rubab, Koshal Hamal, Maria Khan, Mina Haroon, Natasha Malik, Rafia Butt, Saba Saleem, Sarop Sufi, Tahir Ali and Zara Asghar.

UCH holds awareness programme on mother-child health

* Doctors urge would-be mothers to ensure monthly check-ups

By M Imran Chaudhry

LAHORE: The United Christian Hospital (UCH) in Gulberg held ‘Well Baby Show’ on Saturday to encourage and motivate mothers to take good nutritional care of their children.

The hospital teams went from house to house to register children under the age of two years in order to monitor their growth and nutrition. At the show, mothers were educated regarding the health and nutrition of their children. Moreover, the children were assessed for their health, and those found best in their health were awarded prizes. All the children who attended the event were given gift hampers. The hospital also arranged a funfair for children on the occasion.

Talking to Daily Times, the head of Gynaecology Department at the UCH, Dr Yasmeen Rashid, said that the purpose of the event was to create awareness among mothers regarding the health of their children, both before and after their birth.

She said that babies should be healthy before birth and for that mothers should ensure their proper check-up.

She said that if mothers did not take care of themselves, there were chances that the baby would die even before reaching the age of one year.

She was of the view that an awareness programme for this purpose had been launched by the hospital, adding that the team of professionals visits different places of the city for free check-ups of mothers and their infant children.

She said that during check-ups, if a mother or her child was found weak, they were registered and asked to visit the hospital as early as possible in order to get proper medical treatment.

While advising mothers, she said that if mothers wanted healthy child then they should have regular check-ups, preferably on a monthly basis.

UCH Medical Director Dr Eammuel Bhatti said that the event had been organised for the first time at the UCH, and is scheduled to be held after every four months to provide awareness among mothers for the health of both mothers and their children.

Adviser to Sindh CM opens Italian food festival

KARACHI: Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister on Media Sharmila Faruqui inaugurated an Italian food festival at a local hotel here on Friday evening. This food festival was being organised under the programme ‘Journey through Europe’ and will continue for two weeks from Friday to Sunday. Talking to media persons, Faruqui, praised the Italian food. She said that at the festival, the Italian dishes were very well presented. It was also like visiting Italy, the adviser further remarked. “It was a good effort and that such events should be organised regularly for providing entertainment to the people”, she added. General Manager of the hotel Azeem Qureshi welcomed the chief guest. Community Liaison Officer US Consulate Adriana Murakami and Consul & Deputy Head of Mission German Consulate Rolf Traut were also present. nawaz khuhro