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Mr. Ibrahim Hasan Murad, Chairman Mizab Group (www.mizabgroup.com) was invited to an iftar cum dinner with the Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, and twenty leading businessmen of Pakistan. Army Chief in his discussion stressed upon economic security’s link with national security and vice versa.

He requested the businessmen to diversify, focus on IT and improve their revenues and pay taxes to alleviate poverty and show gratitude to this beloved nation for all it has given us. Gen Bajwa said that he believes Pakistan has an export potential of a US$ 100 Billion. His command on military affairs, corporate world and economy was par excellence, and in his interactions he was very eloquent and candid. Mr. Ibrahim Murad noted that having interacted with a lot of military commanders in various spheres, he gives accolades to Gen Bajwa for he is one of the finest officers of Pakistan Army produced ever and Gen. Bajwa has exceeded the expectations of nation by serving the homeland for decades with loyalty, love and patriotism.

The department of psychology in collaboration with the Pakistan Centre for Autism organized a day-long international conference “Inclusion in the workplace: Challenges and Opportunities in Post Pandemic World” to create awareness regarding the Autism spectrum disorder. The event was held at the Arts Auditorium of the University of Karachi on Thursday.

Dr Mansur Choudhry from the University of Oklahoma USA while sharing data from the World Health Organization informed the audience that about one in 160 children has an ASD and mentioned that this estimate represents an average figure, and reported prevalence varies substantially across studies. Some well-controlled studies have, however, reported substantially higher figures.

He said that the prevalence of ASD in many low and middle-income countries is unknown and added that according to the survey done by the Center for Disease Control USA in 2014, 1 in 59 children have been identified with ASD.

Dr Choudhry observed that autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability. He said that in 2021, the CDC reported that approximately one in 44 children in the US is diagnosed with ASD and boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.

Dr Mansur Choudhry added that Hong Kong is at the top position where one out of every 27 children has been diagnosed with autism. Followed by Hong Kong is South Korea where one out of 38 children is being diagnosed with autism.

The chief guest and renowned child specialist Professor Dr Ghaffar Billo shared that Pakistan is among those developing countries which still do not have population-based data on autism. It was estimated in 2019 that out of every 120 children, one is diagnosed with autism. He mentioned that 35 percent of young adults (ages 19-23) with autism have not had a job or received postgraduate education after leaving high school.

He talked about neglect in autism care and stressed that national and international conferences should be held every year not only in Karachi or other major cities but across the country. Dr Billo highlighted social disruption in society and informed the audience that bonding with mothers has been decreased.

“It is a big dilemma of society that mother gives electronic devices to a child so that he or she could eat. An autistic child gets only 15 percent improvement after being diagnosed and later give better results if he or she has family support and bounding.”

Meritorious Professor Dr Iqbal Afridi discussed the history of autism and shared that medications are suggested after examining the symptoms and behavior of an ASD child. He mentioned that besides medicines, described diet and therapy, which maximizes functioning and reduces dependability, is useful for ASD children.

Professor Dr Anjum Bano Kazmi of Iqra University and Dean College of Paeds and Child Health UCHS-CS Professor Dr Shazia Maqbool, observed the prevalence of neurodevelopmental conditions among children of the entire world is continuously increasing.

According to them, these conditions include ASD, ADHD, CP, intellectual disability, and developmental disorders. The challenges faced by these children are associated with significant consequences in their societies. Their limitations impact various health outcomes including the development of motor skills, social learning, and mental wellness of child and family as well.

The Chairperson Department of Psychology Professor Dr Qudsia Tariq mentioned that during Covid-19 it came up that there were a lot of issues between the parents and children, there was a communication gap, and a lot of expectations may be attached to the children. With this reference, this conference was organized on autism awareness to remove the stigma related to differently-abled children.

She said that this conference aims to increase the awareness of autism and to speak about how all differently-abled individuals have to face stigma and the community and society need to work together to remove the stigma.

The Director PCA Sajida Ali shared that inclusion is the act of accommodating everybody with equivalent chances and reservoirs. A diverse and all-inclusive working environment makes everybody, regardless of what their identity is or what they accomplish for the business, feel equally associated with and supported in every aspect of the working environment.

“The main goal of our time is to include ASD population at our workplaces. The need here is to accept their differences and add them to our society. Our aim should be to provide adaptation of the environment to the ASD population, instead of demanding them to cope with the challenges of a given context themselves exclusively.”

Another speaker Saeed Ismaeel while talking about autism awareness told that awareness creates demands if demands are not fulfilled then frustration would be raised. We need to work more on this. Other speakers, Irum Rizwan talked about the leading model for autism services, Dr Salma Khalil shed light on Autism Challenges in Pakistan, Dr Pir Suhail Sarhandi shared his experience on Assistive Technology: A Playing Field for Children with ASD.

Renowned television personality Sania Saeed also participated in the conference. When asked about the role of media in the portrayal of autistic individuals, she stated that it is the unfortunate reality of our times that those who have a stake in creating and broadcasting television programs do not even have the basic knowledge about autism, or any other mental health issues for that matter. This is why they bunch up random symptoms from various disorders to create a mythical “thora sa cracked” character. Instead of helping, this ends up hurting the cause of mental health awareness.

The Chairperson Department of Criminology Professor Dr Farah Iqbal hoped that this event would help us create a platform where current issues could be discussed and resolved for children with autism in Pakistan.

Jinnah Sindh Medical University Student Council held a Ramadan Conference to discuss the challenges arising in the Holy month of Ramadan. Organized by the Faith Society, the event focused on the virtues of Ramadan and the communal role in strengthening our personalities for the month of Ramadan.

The conference began with the recitation of the Holy Quran, followed by a brief introduction to the guest speakers and a brief on time management during Ramadan by Additional Director Professional Development Centre (PDC) Dr Syeda Zarreen Raza.

Vice Chancellor JSMU Professor Amjad Siraj Memon appreciated the Faith Society for creating a dialogue around the virtues and blessings of Ramadan and expressed that Ramadan is a golden opportunity for the believers to gain consciousness and the blessings of Allah.
Registrar JSMU Dr Azam Khan, alongwith Chairperson Student Council Professor Kefi Iqbal thanked the speakers for their time and presence and encourage the Faith Society to conduct religious awareness sessions for the youth of JSMU.

Various speakers joined the conference including, Founder of Maryam Institute and Shariah Essentials and a faculty member at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Shaykh Dr Moiz Hasan presented on the subject of Ramadan in the light of Seerah. ‘Taqwa, in Islam, is a way of getting closer to Allah SWT spiritually, and fasting in the month of Allah is the best way to attain Taqwa’, he added.

CEO of Hikmah Institute Maulana Shahzaib Aijaz presented on the topic of purifying your heart before Ramadan and spoke about the act of fasting. He further added that Fasting is meant to remind Muslims of the less fortunate and to reinforce the need to be thankful.

Member of Youth Club and Former General Media Manager for Mercy Mission Pakistan, Muhammad Wajih Uddin presented on the topic of connecting with Quran this Ramadan. He also stressed the need to give more and more charity (Sadaqah) to the needy, spreading smiles and pleasant words, feeding people, saying the azkar, and contributing positively to community work.
JSMU Faith Society arranged an Islamic bookstall for the students and faculty members of JSMU.

The Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training on the instructions of the Prime Minister of Pakistan established the Prime Minister Advisory Council on Scholarships. However, the HEC chairman rejects the formation of the council and calls it “illegal action”.

On Friday the ministry has also issued a notification stating that it is submitted that the prime minister has been pleased to constitute the prime minister advisory council on scholarships chaired by Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman, Chairman PM Task Force on Science & Technology.

“The Prime Minister has been further pleased to desire that the Ministry of Federal Education & Professional Training shall provide the secretarial assistance to the advisory council. In this connection, Higher Education Commission (HEC) is requested to provide secretarial assistance to the advisory council as the majority of the scholarship portfolio is dealt by the HEC”.

However, the HEC chairman Prof Dr. Tariq Javed Banuri says that this is another illegal action taken by the federal government. It simply means giving some authority to Atta-ur-Raham to interfere in merit-based selection processes of scholarships.

He said that Atta-ur-Rahman has been salivating over the thought of controlling large scholarship funds. He tried to float several proposals but they weren’t approved. He did sneak some into his overpriced university projects. And now he has bamboozled the government into creating a meaningless entity simply to give him some leverage with existing outfits.

The Department of Mass Commission University of Karachi in collaboration with the Sindh Higher Education Commission and Greenwich University has a two-day long international conference on the post truth era—trends in media to be starting today.

The Chairman Sindh HEC Dr Asim Hussain would inaugurate the conference at the ICCBS Auditorium of the University of Karachi whereas the KU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Khalid Mahmood Iraqi would preside the event while the GU VC Seema Mughal would be the guest of honor and the Director, Centre for Global Studies Purdue University, Northwest, US, Professor Dr Lee Arts would deliver the keynote speech during the inaugural session.

During the two-day event, four plenary sessions and 26 research papers would be presented during the nine sessions of parallel research papers at the KU while the Greenwich University would host three online research paper sessions and 20 research papers would be presented on February 15 and 16 2022.

Meanwhile, the former Deputy Chairman Senate Pakistan Saleem Mandviwalla would be the chief guest at the Arts Auditorium at the closing ceremony of the international conference.

The first two-day International Conference on Plant Protection Science (ICPPS-2022) will be held at Sindh Agriculture University in March 2022, the website of the International Conference has been inaugurated.

International Plant Protection Science Conference will be held from March 29 to 30, 2022 under the auspices of the Faculty of Crop Protection, in collaboration with Sindh Higher Education Commission, In this regard, Vice-Chancellor Dr. Fateh Marri and Faculty Dean Dr. Jan Muhammad Marri inaugurated the website related to ICPPS-2022 at Crop Protection Faculty of Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam on Wednesday.

Addressing the occasion, Vice Chancellor Dr. Fateh Marri said that the conference would provide an opportunity for scientists from all over the world to exchange innovative research in agricultural sciences.

He said that plant protection science is important in agriculture, the conference will exchange research on harmful and friendly pests, climate change and the effects of the environment, and scientists from developed countries around the world will work with our experts to find solutions to the problems facing agriculture globally.

Dr. Jan Mohammad Marri, Dean, Faculty of Crop Protection, said that agricultural and plant protection experts and scientists from different countries including Pakistan, Australia, USA, China, Malaysia, and Thailand will participate in the Plant Protection Conference physically and online, and they will present their dissertations based on their research, as well as an exhibition will also be held during the conference, in which domestic and international agricultural, pesticide, seed, agricultural engineering, food, IPM and various industrial, research and extension, private and government institutions will install their stalls.

Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim Khaskheli, Secretary of the Conference said that a website of Sindh Agriculture University has been launched for participation in the conference, which will include registration, research papers of experts, and activities taking place here, which will create positive results in Agriculture and research sector of the country.

On this occasion, Dean Prof. Dr. Qamaruddin Chachar, Dean Dr. Syed Ghiyasuddin Shah, Dean Dr. Naimatullah Leghari, Dr. Muhammad Ismail Kumbhar, Dr. Syed Ziaul Hassan Shah, Dr. Mubeen Lodhi, Dr. Imtiaz Nizamani, Dr. Shah Nawaz Marri, Dr. Imran Khatri, Dr. Manzoor Abro, Engineer Riasat Ali Kubar, Mohammad Ashraf Rustmani, Manzoor Ali Magsi, University faculty, officers and heads of various departments participated.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor inaugurated the website by pressing a button.

The two-day International Media Conference entitled as “Roles and Responsibilities of Media and Communication in the Post-Pandemic World” started with a striking opening ceremony at the University of Okara. This conference is being organized in collaboration with Association of Media & Communication Academic Professionals (AMCAP).

Addressing to the ceremony, Ashifa Riaz Fayana, Minister for Women Development Department Punjab, who was the Chief Guest, told that the Pakistani women played a vital role during the pandemic period. Highlighting the role of the digital media in the modern world, she said, “Smartphone is a tool of fifth generation warfare as it is rapidly affecting and penetrating in the youth.”

She further added that the role of media in the socio-economic development of the Pakistani women could not be overlooked.

The UO’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Dr Muhammad Zakria Zakar, in his special message for the conference, said that bringing in international academic community to the periphery would enhance research and academic excellence. He further argued that education and research promotes constructive behaviors in society.

The AMCAP President, Prof Dr Bushra Rehman, congratulated the UO for organizing the 6th international media conference. “The key objective of AMACP is to bridge the gap between academia and industry and bring all the key stakeholders on one platform.”

Dr Amjad Saqib, Founder Akhuwat Foundation, said, “Nations are ruined not with poverty but despair and ignorance. Media should work for the betterment of society by setting aside their personal interests.”

Dr Zahid Bilal, the founder member of AMCAP and In-Charge UO’s Department of Media & Communication Studies, told that it was a matter of great honor for the UO community to host this conference. He thanked all the national and international guests for making the conference a success.

Prof Dr Nico Carpentier from Charles University Prague argued that mass communication was a great source of raising awareness among the general public. Prof Dr Arzu Kihtir from Istanbul University Turkey said, “Media is the fourth pillar of democracy. It is the platform for public discussion and opinion formulation.”

The renowned journalist Fahad Hussain told there was a great disconnect between media and society and this was the reason of many socio-economic crises. He added that media crises was a big challenge for both professionals and academicians. The senior columnist, Mubashar Zaidi, said that the media students should be taught and trained on public health reporting.

The opening ceremony will be followed by four plenary sessions and thirteen parallel sessions of paper presentations

The University of Karachi and Women University Swabi Khyber Pakhtunkhwa signed the memorandum of understanding for educational, scientific, research cooperation, start-up, student entrepreneurship, and incubation support.

The in-charge KU Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization Dr Asma Tabbasum, and the in-charge ORIC WUS KP Dr Mehreen Riaz inked the MoU documents at the Women University Swabi.

As per the MoU, both universities have agreed for assistance for startups at the idea/prototype basis, assistance for startups at the pilot stage, tie-up for other assistance for startups at the pilot stage, student entrepreneurship support, knowledge exchange: learning and sharing best practices on innovation and startup ecosystem development at micro and macro level.

According to the MoU, both universities have also agreed for exchange of mentors and innovation and startup exchange: state/national level business linkages for startups through co-incubation and short acceleration programs and access to innovation labs for selected startups and identification of further collaboration.

The KU and the Women University Swabi would also initiate projects of mutual interests in the fields of research, development, education, training, and dissemination of knowledge on a long-term non – commercial basis and broaden their resources for faculties and students of both universities for mutual benefits.

The ORIC offices of both universities have also agreed to collaborate in joint research projects, product development activities, industry visits, joint seminars and conferences, special lectures, and training sessions by the ORIC offices of the KU and WUS and student and faculty exchange programs.

Gilgit-Baltistan Literary Forum, in collaboration with the Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi, hosts a conference for the promotion of the Broshski language.

It was the first Broshski conference held at ACPK to keep alive the language that was becoming extinct over time. The main purpose of holding the first Broshski Conference is to work for the development and promotion of our language like the Aalimi Urdu Conference. We have learned this language from our forefathers, and we are serving to keep this conference alive.

Well-known journalist and lecturer Minhaj Moosavi expressed his views while addressing the first Broshski Conference Auditorium II, organised jointly by the Gilgit-Baltistan Literary Forum and the Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi.

He said that in the past, people were known only because of their regional languages, and literature and cultural events in the Broshski language have decreased, for which we are grateful to the President of the Arts Council, Muhammad Ahmad Shah, who founded the first Broshski conference. I helped us, and our hard work paid off. It is not possible to describe in words the services rendered by Ahmad Shah for Urdu as well as for all major and minor languages.

Dr. Muhammad Issa, Head of the Department of Linguistics at Skardu University, said that the foundation of the Broshski Conference is an important task, and for this conference, I would like to thank the young people who worked tirelessly to keep our civilization alive. reached

Renowned researcher Shahnaz Hunzai said that the holding of the International Urdu Conference, Faiz Festival, Broshski Conference, International Book Fair, and other conferences is necessary for the needs of our country. Social activist Rizwan Qalandar said that keeping our culture alive is an important task, and after the Broshski conference was held, it was realized that we should educate the youth so that they can continue the traditions of this conference.

Among those who spoke on the occasion were well-known Broshsky poet and researcher Brusho Dodok, journalist and poet Ali Ahmad Jan, Dr. Sadaf Munshi from the USA via video link, and Zafar Iqbal. I expressed my views on important topics, such as Brussky. Renowned folk storytellers Ehsan Ali (Nagar) and Mir Muhammad Khan (Hunza) narrated famous folk tales. A well-known scholar, Jesus, preached the gospel.

In collaboration with the University of Sindh, the Federal Ministry of IT and Telecommunication is launching its seventh National Incubation Center in Hyderabad.

An agreement in this regard has been inked between the University of Sindh and the Agnite at a local hotel in Hyderabad on Monday.

Sindh University Vice-Chancellor Professor (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro and Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Syed Aminul Haq were also present on the occasion.

The agreement was signed by Vice Chancellor University of Sindh Jamshoro Prof. Dr. Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro and CEO Ignite Asim Shehryar Hussain.

Dean Faculty of Engineering and Technology Prof. Dr. Khalil-ur-Rehman Khoumbati, Advisor Planning and Development Sajid Qayoom Memon, SU’s Controller of Examinations Dr. Siraj-ul-Haq Kandhro, Dr. Nek Muhammad Sheikh, Ghulam Murtaza Sial, Commissioner Hyderabad, Deputy Commissioner Hyderabad, Member National Assembly Engineer Sabir Hussain Qaim Khani, Federal Secretary IT & Telecom Dr. Muhammad Sohail Rajput, officials of Ministry of IT, Agnite, Sindh University, Academy, business community and other personalities from IT industries participated at the ceremony.

On the occasion, SU VC Dr Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro said that National Incubation Center (NIC) was being set up to create entrepreneurial skills in the youth, for which the University of Sindh was providing building in the business hub of the city.

He said that the establishment of NIC in Hyderabad in collaboration with was a very commendable step of the government of Pakistan.

“In this regard, we are very grateful to the Federal Minister for IT and Telecom Syed Amin-ul-Haq and his team. I think the cooperation between Sindh University and Ministry of IT & Telecom would benefit thousands of students and they would be able to earn good money by commencing their own business”, he said.

He further said that 40,000 students were currently studying in the University of Sindh Jamshoro and its campuses adding that the National Incubation Center will be able to benefit the graduates of all the universities of the province.

Speaking on the occasion, the Federal Minister for IT and Telecom Syed Amin-ul-Haq said that the Ministry of IT and Telecom had already set up five National Incubation Centers through its organization Ignite National Technology Fund.

“NIC is being set up in Islamabad, Karachi, Quetta, Lahore and Peshawar while the sixth centre is being set up in Faisalabad which will focus on agritech” he said and added that more centers were being set up in other cities of the country.

He said incubators in health tech, gaming, animation and electronics were being set up in line with the federal government’s vision of Digital Pakistan and providing conducive environment for potential entrepreneurs. Therefore, to move forward, he said a National Incubation Center was need of the hour to be set up in Hyderabad in order to improve the efficiency of various industries including agriculture, livestock, ornamental products, textiles, sugar, cement, etc. located in Hyderabad and it’s adjoining areas.

He said that the establishment of National Incubation Center in Hyderabad had become a necessity for the youth of the city and its surrounding rural and rural areas to transform the traditional business approach into a form based on modern technology.

Syed Amin-ul-Haq further said that the Federal Ministry of IT and Telecom was providing a conducive environment to all stakeholders of the startup ecosystem to promote startup culture and attract foreign investment.

He said that the State Bank of Pakistan and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan had also relaxed the rules to attract investment in technology based business solutions.

He said that as a result of these measures, investment in Pakistani startups was skyrocketing during 2021 and about $ 373 million had been raised by Pakistani startups, up from US $ 75 million last year about 5 times more than the investment.

The Minister congratulated the Secretary IT and Telecom and the CEO, Agnite, for signing an agreement with the University of Sindh to provide space at the Elsa Qazi Campus for the establishment of National Incubation Center, Hyderabad.

He also congratulated the Vice Chancellor of Sindh University for concluding an agreement with Ignite for the establishment of National Incubation Center Hyderabad.

In his address, the Federal Secretary for IT and Telecom Dr Muhammad Sohail Rajput congratulated Iqnite and University of Sindh for signing the agreement and hoped that this partnership would be the beginning of a successful journey for Hyderabad startups.

“Our youth have immense potential and we are taking advantage of a conducive environment so that they can contribute to the national economy,” he said.

CEO Ignite said that despite being the closest district to Karachi, Hyderabad had always maintained its identity in all walks of life.