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The Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi’s 2-day Leadership Retreat 2022 held after the formation of three schools and the appointment of three permanent deans for each school at a local hotel from June 28 -29 under the leadership of Executive Director Dr. S Akbar Zaidi who invited key stakeholders from IBA, along with prominent experts and strategists from academia, to participate in the development of IBA’s future vision.

The purpose of the Retreat 2022 was to remain abreast with the recent trends, ideas, while envisioning the role of the IBA in the socio-economic development of the country and lay the foundation for a concentrated journey to achieve IBA’s vision. The key pillars for the retreat were identified as: meaningful and impactful research, innovation culture, alignment of academic programs with global trends and market needs, enhanced role of professional development centers, accreditations, quality faculty, academic/industrial linkages, and overall financial sustainability of the IBA.

The institute steers in a new direction from being one of the leading business administration institutes to one of the best multidisciplinary institutes of higher learning in the country. Three full-fledged schools have been formed – namely the School of Business Studies (SBS), School of Economics and Social Sciences (SESS), and School of Mathematics and Computer Science (SMCS) – a number of new degree programs have been launched; policy and regulatory frameworks have been put in place; various research and professional development centers have been established to cater to the emerging needs in order to adapt to the ever changing local and global dynamics.

The leadership aspect reflected upon the newly appointed full-time deans who will lead their respective schools on the academic and research fronts – enabled by a revamped Office of the Registrar which will provide administrative, technological and logistical support. Various steering and monitoring committees are in place to ensure accountability across the board.

The infrastructural and technological development side included, the solar energy project, faculty apartments, new girls’ hostel, state-of-the-art digital IBA project, and overall revitalization of the campuses.

The event was attended by a large number of IBA faculty members, staff, and senior leadership. The participants appreciated the idea of setting up a long-term plan for the IBA and underscored the importance of holding such events in the future to monitor and ensure progress towards IBA’s future vision.

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Members of the Charter Inspection & Evaluation Committee (CIEC) headed by Chairman Sindh Higher Education Commission and CIEC Prof Dr Tariq Rafi visited Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) on Thursday.

Among other members of the committee were Prof Amjad Siraj Memon, Vice-Chancellor Jinnah Sindh Medical University (JSMU) Karachi, Dr Fateh Muhammad Marri, Vice-Chancellor Sindh Agriculture University (SAU) Tandojam, Dr Nasira Khatoon, Acting Vice-Chancellor University of Karachi (KU), Prof Dr Tauha Hussain Ali, Vice-Chancellor Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) Jamshoro, Prof Moineedin Siddiqui, Secretary Sindh Higher Education Commission, Mr Khalid Hyder Shah, Secretary Colleges Mr. Noman Ahsan, Director-General CIEC, Dr Syed Ali Raza, Prof Business Administration Iqra University, Ms Shahila Memon, Deputy Director, Charter Inspection and Evaluation Committee, Sindh HEC, Prof Dr Muhammad Ali Ismail, Chairman Department of Computer and Information System NED University and others.

They attended a meeting which was chaired by Dr. Mujeeb Sahrai, Vice Chancellor Sindh Madressatul Islam University in the Conference Room of the university. In the meeting, they were briefed about the various matters related to SMIU’s academic as well as administrative performance in detail. They were briefed about modern facilities being provided to the students, academic and research work by faculty, achievements of the ORIC, establishment of Incubation Centre, admission policy, construction work of Malir Campus of SMIU, newly constructed Information Technology Tower at City Campus, Hawksbay project and SMIU’s relations with industries etc. The members of the committee discussed all matters of university and evaluated its performance, facilities, strength of students, faculty and staff members and development schemes.

Later on, they visited various departments and sections of SMIU and attended briefings given to them by heads of different departments. The members were of the view that within a short period of ten years of its establishment the SMIU has emerged as one the of the quality universities of the country. They lauded efforts being taken by Vice Chancellor Dr Mujeeb Sahrai for SMIU’s development and assured that they will fully support SMIU for its more progress and development.

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The University of Karachi (KU) and the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) have agreed to undertake integrated policy research initiatives on various maritime challenges along the 1046-kilometer coastline of the Sindh and Balochistan provinces.

It was decided in a meeting of the Director-General PMSA Rear Admiral Mirza Foad Amin Baig HI(M), and the KU acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Nasira Khatoon held on Wednesday at the VC Office.

The meeting further discussed collaborative efforts to identify and develop policy proposals and briefs for various stakeholders in maritime-related affairs.

It was decided that both the institutions would facilitate each other in research, focusing mainly on maritime law, maritime security, blue economy, social uplift of coastal communities, challenges to the national coastline and local communities, conservation, and protection of marine flora and fauna, oceanography and maritime tourism.

During the meeting, emphasis was laid on initiating dialogues on diverse issues related to maritime affairs among scholars, experts, and policymakers to generate discussions on maritime awareness as well as socio-economic challenges faced by coastal communities for the benefit of policy circles and masses in general.

To achieve these objectives both parties would jointly organize training, workshops, seminars, and similar events on maritime issues for capacity building of the students and researchers. Admiral Mirza Foad Amin Baig also offered internship opportunities for the students of KU at the PMSA.

Earlier, the focal person of KU-PMSA, Samina Qureshi briefed the members about the aims and objectives of the MoU signed between the varsity and the maritime security agency while Cdr M Faisal Sadiq COMOSRON23 from PMSA shared the progress already achieved since the MoU signing in April last year.

DG PMSA Rear Admiral Mirza Foad Amin Baig and acting KU VC Professor Dr Nasira Khatoon also exchanged souvenirs and organizational crests at the occasion. The PMSA delegation included Cdr Muhammad Farooq, Director of Training, and Lt Taimur, Deputy Director of Coordination.

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University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore has extended the last date for online registration of the UET Entry test (ECAT-22), for admissions in B.Sc. Engineering and B.Sc. Engineering Technology programs across Punjab, till July 07, 2022.

Tokens are available, on payment of Rs. 1500/-, at designated HBL branches or by paying the registration fee online, until July 07, 2022. All Pakistani students who have passed or are taking the Intermediate exams can take the ECAT. However, candidates who do not appear in the entrance test will not be eligible for admission to the undergraduate engineering program of any public-sector institution.

University of Engineering and Technology (UET) conducts ECAT for admissions in engineering every year across the country.

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Members at Punjab University’s (PU) 1746th Syndicate meeting raised serious concerns over the number of appointments made by former Vice-Chancellor Dr Niaz Ahmad Akhtar during his tenure, Academia Magazine learnt on Thursday.

A syndicate member on the condition of anonymity told Academia Magazine that some members of the Syndicate expressed grave concern over appointments, budget deficit, distribution of newly created posts in different departments, restructuring of the university, panel for the appointment of a Dean as a member of the syndicate, the appointment of the Professor Emeritus
The member further told that members expressed grave concern over the university’s growing deficit with every passing year due to the lack of a proper strategy. They also termed the step of restructuring as a result of severe financial crises in one of the largest universities in the country.

Members further discussed the orders for the appointments under Article 15/3 of the University Act and decided to approve all the non-controversial appointments. However, a committee comprising Syndicate members was formed to reconsider controversial appointments. The committee will include Dr Asghar Iqbal, Registrar PU and Senior Law Officer.

The members also raised objections on the distribution of the newly created posts in the different departments, on which a committee comprising members of the syndicate Dr Rafiullah Khan, Dr Asghar Iqbal, Dr Tahira Sikandar and the Treasurer was constituted, which will review the distribution of seats in different departments.

The members expressed concern over the steps taken by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor under article 15/3, on which the Pro-Vice-Chancellor promised to be cautious in future.  The members also raised objections to the panel sent by the former vice-chancellor for the appointment of a dean as a member of the syndicate, who did not follow any rules and regulations but merely personal likes and dislikes.

Members called for the appointment of Professor Emeritus based on academic and research excellence rather than administrative services. At the request of the elected members, annual and performance-based increments for TTS teachers were also approved.

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Want to know about some mind-blowing surprising facts about the universe? Then check out this article, we have gathered down some of the most interesting facts about the universe. Read on!

1. First ever black hole photographed is 3 million times the size of the Earth

The first-ever black hole photograph which was released in 2019 is stated to be 310 million trillion miles away from the earth. The photograph showed a halo of gas and dust. The photo was captured by the Event Horizon Telescope, a network of eight linked telescopes.

2. The universe is filled with invisible stuff

The universe is made up of things that cannot be seen. However, according to astronomers, the planets, the stars, and the galaxies that can be detected make up only 4% of the universe. The other 96% is made up of substances that cannot be seen.

3. There is floating water in space

Astronomers have found a massive water vapor cloud that holds up to 150 trillion times of water in the Earth’s Ocean which is 10 billion light years away. According to the astronomers, this is the largest discovery of water ever found.

4. The universe is extremely old

The universe is estimated to be approximately 13.7 billion years old. Astronomers calculated this figure by measuring the composition of density and matter in the universe which enabled them to find out how fast the universe expanded in the past.

5. Footprints on moon will stay there for the next 100 million years

As the moon has no atmosphere, it has no water to wash off the footprints and no wind to erode the surface. Hence, the footprints of the astronauts will be there for 100 million years.

6. Space is completely silent

There is no atmosphere in space which means that the sounds have no source of medium to travel to be heard. Therefore, the astronauts use radios to stay in communication while in space.

7. No one knows how many stars are out there in space

As per the recent studies, astronomers and scientists, there are about 200 to 400 billion stars in the milky way. There are also billions of galaxies in our universe but still it is highly impossible to predict as to how many stars there are in the universe.

Other than surprising facts about the universe, you can also read Fun facts about Pakistan every student must know

Dr Mujeeb Uddin Sahrai Memon, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has expressed deep grief over the sudden demise of Mr Yasir Iqbal Umrani, a young brother of Dr Aamir Iqbal Umrani, Director Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) of Sindh Madressatul Islam University.

Dr Mujeeb Sahrai said death at a young age is very tragic and the demise of Mr Yasir Iqbal Umrani is a great loss of family, relatives, friends and also of society.  He has condoled Dr Aamir Iqbal Umrani and other family members.

It must be mentioned here that Mr Yasir Iqbal Umrani, 26, was performing election duty (for by-elections) in a Sarhari town, district Sanghar of Sindh on 26th June, where he sustained sunstroke and then couldn’t survive.

Faculty members of Sindh Madressatul Islam University Mr Asif Hussain Samo, Dr Asif Ali Wagan, Muhammad Ameen Chhajro, Irfan Ali Kandhro, Mohammad Naeem Ahmed, Mr Ajab Ali Lashari and others went to Sarhari and participated in the last rituals of the deceased and performed Fatiha with the grieved family.

Administrative staff and students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University has also expressed condolences to Dr Aamir Iqbal Umrani.

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The Sindh government has made the academic data of all the universities, boards and institutes across the province online at an MIS portal. In this regard, a meeting on Universities and Boards was held under the chairmanship of Sindh University & Boards Minister Ismail Rahoo, in which Secretary Ministry of Universities and Boards Sindh Muhammad Mureed Rahmon and other officers participated.

Secretary University and Board Muhammad Mureed Rahmon while briefing the Provincial Minister Ismail Rahoo said that the system of universities and boards have been made online, and the web of teachers, employees and students will be available on the portal. Correspondence from all universities and boards is also possible through the portal, the Chief Minister of Sindh and the Chief Secretary will have direct access to the portal.

Minister for Universities Ismail Rahoo said that by Tuesday, the data of all the universities, boards and STEVTA across the province will be available on the portal. The data for the first 5 years will be made online in this system. Records of employees, officers and budgets of all universities and boards will also be available on the portal.

Ismail Rahoo said that records of students enrolled in all universities and boards will also be available, records of students from all over the province up to matriculation and PhD will be available on the portal, the secretary of universities will monitor this portal.

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Nelson Mandela was South Africa’s first black president and a Nobel laureate. He was born on the 18th of July and died aged 95 in 2013. In this article, we have listed 10 of his most powerful quotes that will inspire your success. Read on!

1. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
2. “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.”
3. “Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”
4. “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”
5. “There is no passion to be found playing small in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
6. “Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.”
7. “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”
8. “After climbing a great hill. One only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”
9. “We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”
10. “I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.”
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The prize distribution ceremony of the ‘Research Innovation Competition 2022’ was organized by the Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization of the University of Karachi. The event was held on Wednesday at the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Auditorium, Karachi.

Commissioner Karachi Muhammad Iqbal Memon was the chief guest on this occasion. He informed the audience that around 60 percent of the country’s population consists of youth, who can play an important role in the development of Pakistan. “Pakistan is rich in all kinds of resources but still our exports are less than imports which is a matter of concern and one of the major reasons that our economy is weakening.” He believes that our young generation has the best creative ideas that can play an important role in the development of the country, so we should give them opportunities. He assured that opportunities would be provided to the youngsters but they have to work hard to make their name.

A student from the Department of Geology Muhammad Mahad Arif won the first prize for his prototype. His project was about the manufacturing of Limex pellets to avoid plastics and his project was supervised by Dr Adnan Khan. He informed the audience that the idea behind the project is to avoid the usage of toxic plastic products and bottles to make an eco-friendly environment. “We are manufacturing Limex pellets which are made of natural material and are recyclable and bio degree able. These Limex pellets can be used instead of plastic pellets or toxic polyethene’.” He received the cash prize of Rs50, 000/- from Commissioner Karachi Muhammad Iqbal Memon.

The second position was won by Wajiha Rehman Kazmi of the Department of Biotechnology, whose idea was “making a fabric that creates instant and constant cooling”. Her project was supervised by Dr Raheela, she received the prize of Rs30, 000/-.

The third position was won by Nida Baig of the Department of Biochemistry. She completed her project under the supervision of Professor Dr Shamim A. Qureshi. The project was based on Green Synthesis, Characterization, and Evaluation of Anti-diabetic Activity of Zinc oxide Nanoparticles from a Polyherbal Formulation: Diabetic Cure. Nida got Rs15, 000/- for winning the third position.

Meanwhile, the acting Registrar of the University of Karachi Professor Dr Maqsood Ali Ansari, Director ORIC Professor Dr Bilquees Gul, vice president Korangi Association of Trade and Industry Maheen Salman, and others also spoke on this occasion.

Professor Dr Maqsood Ali Ansari shared that those nations which have given topmost priorities to academia, creative research, and industries are at the top of the list of developed countries today. He observed that economic growth can be ensured through collaboration between educational institutions, industries, and the government.

Director ORIC Professor Dr Bilquees Gul urged that industries must come forward and ensure a positive and effective partnership with academia to address contemporary needs and problems to help our economy.

The VP Korangi Association of Trade & Industry (KATI) Maheen Salman said that development is not possible without creative thinking and innovation. An increase in local exports has become inevitable.

“A favorable social environment is essential for creativity and innovation in any society. Innovation can be promoted through the trend of healthy competition. Universities are usually the center of creative innovation, invention, and innovation.”

“Our youngsters do not lack creativity and they can adapt to innovation, but the fact is that these young people never have access to modern facilities and that is why they were unable to showcase their talents at the national and international levels.” Speakers expressed these views.

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