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The Institute of Microbiology of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore established a “Probiotic Research Lab” to develop indigenous probiotics and evaluate imported probiotic products for human, poultry and livestock sector.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad inaugurated ‘Probiotics Research Lab’ while Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Masood Rabbani, Director Institute of Microbiology Prof Dr Tahir Yaqub and many faculty members attended.

Probiotic Research lab is currently running two research projects for development of Probiotics funded by HEC, Pakistan. It will also execute another recently awarded project “Metagenomic analysis of udder microbiome and development of indigenous probiotics for control of bovine mastitis” from Punjab Higher Education Commission. This laboratory will further strengthen the collaboration with pharmaceutical industry, dairy Industry and other stakeholders for the development of probiotic products in Pakistan.

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Prof Dr Asghar Zaidi, the Vice Chancellor of Government College University Lahore, has requested Governor Punjab Chaudhry Sarwar to approve the disparity allowance 2021 for his university employees to reduce discrimination in salaries.

In the letter, Vice Chancellor Prof. Zaidi wrote that “a structure of Unified Pay Scale was established in 1972 for all government servants. However, since 2009, disparities in salaries have occurred after various government establishments were allowed 100pc to 300pc of the basic pay as allowance”.

“This tax revision, coupled with inflation, has had a serious adverse impact on government servants whose take-home salaries were actually reduced even in nominal terms,” he said.

He also reminded the governor that the government did not allow any increase in salaries in the budget 2020-21.

The vice chancellor also wrote about recent discrimination with university employees, stating that special allowance has been granted to government employees BS (01-19) this year in July but it has been specified that it is not admissible to the employees of autonomous bodies.

“This categorisation has created discomfort and unrest among GCU employees,” he said.

The VC said he, being the competent authority, requested the governor to approve the grant of special allowance 2021 to GCU employees.

Different departments, centers and institutes of the University of Sindh Jamshoro have issued schedules of interviews for admissions to PhD programs for the academic year 2021.

In this regard, the chairman Department of Physiology and Medical Laboratory Technology (DPMLT) Prof. Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Leghari informed that the interviews of candidates for admissions to PhD in physiology will be conducted on August 2, 2021 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at his office.

Apart from Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Leghari, the interview committee includes associate professor department of Physiology Dr. Jamshed Warsi and assistant professor working on tenure track system Dr. Ayaz Ali Samo.

On the other hand, the director Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Prof. Dr. Habib Ahmed Naqvi informed that the interviews for admissions to PhD in Biotechnology / Genetics will be held on July 27 at 9:30 am at his office.

The interviews of the candidates who passed the pre-entrance test with minimum 40% marks for admissions to M.Phil in Biotechnology/ Genetics will be conducted on July 28 at 9.30 am at the director’s office. In contrast, the interviews for admissions to PhD in Business Administration will be held on July 29, 2021 at 10 am in the IBA director’s Office. The candidates have been directed to appear in the interviews on time.

The controller of annual examinations University of Sindh Jamshoro Prof. Dr. Siraj-ul-Haq Kandhro has extended the date for submission of the exam forms for the annual examinations of M.Com, M.Sc, MA (Previous and Final), Post Graduate (Regular Side) in the affiliated colleges till August 5, 2021 with a late fee of Rs 5,000.

In his statement, the controller informed that the students of the affiliated colleges can now deposit their exams fee with a late fee of Rs. 5000 till August 5 and submit their examination forms for the annual examinations of 2019. The date will not be extended after August 5.

LAHORE:Punjab University Library has organized an online program of introductory talks on two books for the promotion of book reading culture among academia through its Book Club platform. The books presented were “Khoobsurat Maasajid by Faqir Ullah Khan” and “Pakistan: the politics of the misgoverned by Azhar Hassan Nadeem”.

The introductory talk on “Khoobsurat Maasajid” was presented by Chief Librarian PU Library, Dr Muhammad Haroon Usmani. He informed that the book holds wonderful information regarding new and old beautiful mosques of the world and can be treated as a great reference source and travel guide on the subject. The talk on “Pakistan: the politics of the misgoverned” was presented by the Assistant Professor of Centre for South Asian Studies, Dr Marium Kamal.

She discussed the salient political thoughts presented in the book and possible solutions to change the situation of misgoverned. The talks and conduct of the program were highly cherished by the participants.

The College Education Department would provide facemask and hand sanitizer to each candidate appearing in the Higher Secondary School Certificate Annual Examination 2021 to be held on July 26.

According to the notification issued by the department on Saturday, in the pursuance of the decision taken by the Sindh Task Force and the School Education and Literacy Department’s Steering Committee all the candidates and examiners would strictly follow the Covid-19 SOPs during the intermediate exams.

“In this regard Government of Sindh has decided to provide facemask and hand sanitizers to each candidate in the examination center. The principals are directed to contact the Directorate General of Colleges on July 23-24 for receiving the facemask and hand sanitizer according to the list of candidates appearing in the exams”.

This year as many as 55443 students of Science group, Pre-Medical, Pre-Engineering, General Science, Home Economics, and Commerce group would attempt the HSSC Annual Exams in the morning shift. And around 57157 aspirants of the private group, regular students of Arts group, special candidates, and the students of Physical Education will be appearing in the HSSC annual exams in the evening shift. A total of 112600 aspirants of all groups would attempt the HSSC Annual Exams 2021 conducted by the BIEK.

A total of 210 examination centers have been set up in the morning and evening shifts for the HSSC exams, of which 114 examination centers have been established for the morning shift while 96 examination centers have been set up for the evening shift. The board has declared 66 examination centers including 32 centers of the morning shift and 34 of the evening shift highly sensitive.

The Academic Council of Government College University Lahore has approved major reforms in the university’s admission process and structure of academic programmes.

The Council approved a policy of entrance test and aptitude interview for admissions in undergraduate programmes of all disciplines except Physical Education and Fine Arts, where practical are necessary.

Apart from the entrance test carrying a weight of 30%, and aptitude interview 20%, intermediate result will receive the weight of 40% and another 10% will be given to matriculation.

Sample papers for the entrance tests and guidelines for interviews has been made available on the University’s website.

Prof Dr Asghar Zaidi, VC GCU said: “Unfortunately, our admissions system has miserably failed to test the skillset required for pursuing good quality higher education. We find a great difference in the marking standards of various secondary boards. Applicants often have high scores but do not possess basic conceptual clarity, and communication and analytical skills. On the basis of marks, they are admitted to disciplines for which they lack aptitude. Our teachers have to focus on improving students’ basic skills; a university is not supposed to impart school/ college level education. Our new undergraduate admission policy will attract the best of best minds and ensure learnings based on leading-edge knowledge”.

The Academic Council also recommended a policy proposal for bringing evening undergrad programmes at par with the morning. Evening programmes will now be called self-supporting. Self-supporting students are now eligible for scholarships, hostels and transport facilities.

Prof Zaidi said: “Self-supporting students are admitted on merit and pay fifty percent higher fee. They deserve facilities like regular students. Through centralized timetabling, self-supporting students will now be able tontake classes with regular students. This will help them better to integrate in the University culture and acquire socializing skills in a formal academic setting. Centralized timetable will also increase options of subjects for them which was not available previously. We have also approved merit-based scholarships for self- supporting students to support them financially and to ensure academic rigour in our programmes”.

The Academic Council also approved the standardization of nomenclature of undergrad degrees. All degree programmes will be called Bachelor of Studies (BS). The step was taken in line with the HEC’s policy and to avoid confusion in the job market where different nomenclatures are used for similar degree programmes.

LAHORE: Dr Saima Yasin has been appointed as professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore. She is the first professor of engineering at the oldest and largest seat of higher learning in engineering and technology in 100 years since the establishment of UET as Mughalpura Technical College in 1921. She is also the first professor of engineering in the province of Punjab. Being the only professor in her department of 23 teachers, the university Syndicate has also appointed her as Chairperson of her department, which also makes her the first female chairperson of any engineering department at the UET and the province.

“The university has come a long way from only one female engineering student in 1975 and no female engineering teacher to over 24% female engineering students and about 25% female engineering faculty. Currently, the university has around 190 female faculty members are female with only six professors, including Dr Saima,” said Prof Dr Syed Mansoor Sarwar, Vice Chancellor, UET, Lahore. “Dr Saima has become an important milestone in the history of this great institution and I’m pleased that it happened during my tenure as VC,” added Sarwar.

Prof. Dr. Saima has an illustrious academic career. She graduated from the UET with BSc and MSc degrees in Chemical Engineering in January 2005 and April 2007, respectively. During her bachelor studies, she was a recipient of the NFC Scholarship award. She joined her alma mater as lecturer soon after completing her BSc degree in 2005. Dr Saima proceeded to UK in 2008 to pursue PhD degree from Imperial College London. She earned her PhD degree in June 2011. She also spent time at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil, as a post doctoral research scholar. On her return to the university after PhD, Dr Saima was appointed Assistant Professor in September 2011. She was appointed as the first Associate Professor in Engineering at UET Lahore in 2015.

Dr Saima is a skilled researcher experienced in rheology and atomic force microscopy measurements. She has consistently exhibited qualities of conducting economic and feasibility research in a variety of areas related to Chemical engineering, Environment, and Energy engineering. She has published 36 research papers including 29 in impact factor in reputed journals of Chemical Engineering and one book chapter. She has won multiple competitive research grants worth approximately 25 million rupees from Higher Education Commission, Pakistan.

The collaboration between universities and industries would enable our graduates to learn a lot during their studies as well as create employment opportunities in the local and international industry.

There are so many opportunities available for students and fields like the oil and gas sector has a lot of scope within Pakistan and outside the country. There is a need that our students should adopt as per the needs of the market and have good command over the latest tools and techniques including the software used in the market.

These views were expressed by the Vice Chancellor University of Karachi Professor Dr Khalid Mahmood Iraqi. He was addressing the faculty and students of the KU Department of Petroleum Technology.

He observed that field experts and departmental alumnus should be engaged in conducting seminars, workshops, and training sessions for students so that they could learn more about the market’s trends and requirements.

During the visit, the KU VC Professor Dr Khalid Iraqi mentioned that the University of Karachi would provide a skilled human resource for the oil and gas sector in Pakistan and other parts of the world. He said that a strong academia-industry relationship is essential for the growth of industries in the country.

“The University of Karachi will provide all the necessary facilities to cater to the need of this important sector. This department will surely promote the research work in the oil and gas sector”.

On this occasion, the KU VC Professor Dr Khalid Iraqi was informed that PC-1 is being prepared for the construction of a new building with state-of-the-art facilities for the Department of Petroleum Technology.

The in-charge Department of Petroleum Technology Kashif Sadiq briefed the audience that the project of the new building would be initiated soon and the building would be equipped with modern facilities keeping in view the recommendations of industries.

He shared that laboratory work for the students is very important in the field of the oil and gas sector and the department would provide the best facility in this regard. Kashif Sadiq mentioned that the department would also explore the possibilities of funding from national and international oil and gas companies working in the country.

Later, the KU VC Professor Dr Khalid Iraqi, Dean Science Professor Dr Nasira Khatoon, member Syndicate and the Chairman Department of History Professor Dr S. M. Taha, Estate Officer Noreen Shariq, and faculty members visited different classrooms and labs of the department.

Sindh Madressatul Islam University and the Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology Khuzdar on Thursday inked a memorandum of understanding to strengthen the relationship between both universities.

The SMIU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Mujeebuddin Sahrai Memon and BUET Khuzdar VC Dr. Ehsan Ullah Khan Kakar signed the documents of the MoU during the later’s visit to SMIU.

Dr Kakar visited various parts of the varsity and was inspired by the architecture, educational environment and dedicated faculty members of the SMIU. He said that he felt hanoured to see the historical institution of Pakistan that had played a pivotal role in the history of the country in particular and the region in general.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by SMIU’s deans, including Dr Zahid Ali Channar, Dr Syed Asif Ali, Dr Jamshed Adil, Dr Aftab Ahmed and Registrar Ghulam Mustafa Shaikh. Hamid Tariq and Mr. Aslam Zaib from BUET Khuzdara were also present during the ceremony.

According to the MoU, both the institutions will jointly collaborate in educational, training and research activities and will make suitable arrangements for the trainings of students and faculty members.