Thursday, August 17, 2017

SSUET wins tug of war contest

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) emerged victorious in the Independence Day tug of war competition organized by the Karachi Tug of War Association (KTWA) at the Customs Sports Complex housed in Federal-B-Area. 

The SSUET won the Independence Day contest by overpowering Central Fitness Club who was soundly beaten in a couple of successive rounds. 

The Convener AIT, Engr Syed Anwer Ali, who is also the Vice President of the Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA), was the chief guest in the prize distribution ceremony. 

Engr Anwer Ali, himself an active sportsman, praised the efforts of the organizers in promoting the sport of tug of war which is an ancient athletic contest between two teams who haul at the opposite ends of a rope. 

He spoke about the significance of sports in building a healthy society, urging all the stakeholders to work jointly to achieve the common goal. 

The Secretary of the Sindh Olympic Association (SOA), Ahmed Ali Rajput, also attended the presenting ceremony alngwith the officials of the KTWA.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

SSUET celebrates Independence Day with traditional zest

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services) 

The Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) celebrated 70th Independence Day of Pakistan with traditional zeal and glowing tributes were paid to the people who sacrificed their lives during struggle for having an independent homeland for Muslims of South Asia to live with their distinct identity and complete freedom.

“It is with feelings of greatest happiness and emotion that we are celebrating Pakistan Independence Day with patriotic zest. It marks the fulfillment of the destiny of the Muslim nation which made great sacrifices in the history to have its homeland,” Chancellor Jawaid Anwar remarked in his address on the occasion 

“We should learn lesson from the actions and character of our national leaders and try to follow their footsteps. Nations face ups and down but only those nations emerge as hero who are laced with patriotic feelings and work with consistency,” he added. 

“Sir Syed Ahmad Khan had initiated the Aligarh Movement for Muslims of the Subcontinent to make them aware of the importance of scientific education and established Muhammadan Anglo Oriental College in 1875 which is now acknowledged as Aligarh Muslim University,” the SSUET Chancellor recalled.  
“His system of education based on character building, tolerance and coexistence that make student a role model. Today we again need these characteristics in our system of education for nation’s reconstruction which can make student a role model,” Jawaid Anwar opined. 

“Youth are the backbone of a society and without including them in the development projects you may get no concrete results. Sir Syed University is establishing the Sir Syed Institute for Youth Development and Research for grooming youth on national level. Youth may bring change in the society with their high morals and positive attitudes,” he stated. 

The SSUET Vice Chancellor, Prof Dr Afzal Haq, reckoned that true patriotism will make our country unbeatable in the international world. He paid rich tribute to the founding fathers for their epic struggle for democracy and independence. 

On this auspicious occasion Prof Dr Afzal Haq underscored the need for translating the Quaid-e-Azam’s motto of unity, faith and discipline into reality and work together in raising Pakistan stature. 

Earlier Jawaid Anwar, Chancellor SSUET, hoisted the national flag in an impressive ceremony as the students and the staff of the university passionately raised Pakistan Zindabad slogans and kept waving the national flags. 

The high point of the ceremony was a cultural programme in which the students enthralled the audience with national and motivational songs. 

The ceremony was attended among others by the SSUET Registrar, Syed Sarfraz Ali, Aligarians, faculty, staff members besides students. The ceremony concluded with the prayer led by Mahmood-ul-Hasan Ashrafi for national progress and prosperity of the Muslim Ummah.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Advance computer lab inaugurated at AIT

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Aligarh Institute of Technology (AIT) added another feather in its cap by strengthening its DAE-CIT department whose advance computer lab was equipped with a fleet of 25 more computers with latest configuration and multi-media projectors. 

The Director Academy and Training, Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training (STEVTA), Engr Liaquat Ali Jamro, who was the chief guest on the occasion, did the honours at a graceful inauguration ceremony. 

The Convener AIT, Engr Syed Anwer Ali, who is also the Vice President of the Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA), in his brief speech, observed that greater emphasis was being laid on the promotion of academic and sports activities for an all round development of the students.

Engr Anwer Ali, the motivating force behind the phenomenal success of the AIT in the recent past, announced that there were concrete plans to provide more facilities to the students as well as to the staff in the near future. 

Shahid Jamil, Head of the DAE-CIT department, informed the audience about the academic and welfare facilities that AIT was offering to its students. 

The chief guest was taken round the new laboratory and he greatly appreciated the facilities being provided by the AIT. He enquired about the equipment and software facilities.

Engr Liaquat Ali Jamro acknowledged the efforts of the AIT Convener, Engr Anwer Ali, and its Principal Prof Dr Mahmood Khan Pathan in the development of the institution. 

He recognized the AIT as the top most institution for technical education in Sindh, assuring his full support for further development of the Institute. 

Syed Rehan Ali, Incharge Evening Programmes, presented the vote of thanks while souvenirs were presented to chief guest by the Convener and the Principal of AIT.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

SSUET edges out Virtual University in Independence Day Table Tennis series

Pakistan News & Features Services

The Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) edged out the Virtual University by two matches to one in the Independence Day Table Tennis series staged at the SSUET Gymnasium Hall. 

The Convener of the Aligarh Institute of Technology (AIT), Engr Syed Anwer Ali, also the Vice President of the Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA), was the chief guest in the prize distribution ceremony. 

In his brief address on the occasion, Engr Anwer Ali, hailed as one of the pillars of the AMUOBA, recalled the sacrifices of the millions of Muslims of South Asia in the creation of Pakistan.

“The Independence Day reminds us of the great sacrifices of our ancestors who had made the creation of Pakistan possible. We salute them for having braved the toughest of circumstances and endured pains of all kinds for the sake of the newly founded country. We have derived inspiration from their selfless acts and I hope that our future generations will continue to be inspired by their services,” Engr Anwar Ali remarked. 

Himself a former first-class cricketer of high pedigree, he touched about the need to inculcate the famous Aligarhian sporting spirit among the youth of the country for letting them excel in sports as well as academics. The three-match table tennis series turned out be an absorbing one. 

The SSUET drew the first blood by winning the first match in straight sets but the Virtual University bounced back in the next match to set up an interesting decider. The third and final match was clinched by the hosts who also pocketed the series.

Engr Anwer Ali driving AIT to top of the tree

Pakistan News & Features Services

The Convener of the Aligarh Institute of Technology (AIT), Engr Syed Anwer Ali, who is also the Vice President of the Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA), desires to inculcate the famous Aligarhian sporting spirit among the youth of the country to let them excel in sports and education. 

Himself a former first-class cricketer, who was a rare all-round talent being a high quality fast bowler as well as a top order batsman, Engr Anwer Ali remains committed to facilitate the AIT students in their quest for knowledge and sports excellence. 

“Sports used to be one of the strengths of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), established by the great Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, originally as the Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College in 1875. We are endeavoring to revive the same sports culture at our institutions here having been founded by AMUOBA to furthering the cause,” he remarked in a recent interview. 

It may recalled that the AIT, housed in Block 5 of Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi, was founded by the AMUOBA in 1989 and five years later they established the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) in the same arena. 

“During my tenure as Secretary Sports (2007-2011) I had turned it around at the SSUET which became proactive in sports and its students started winning laurels at all levels. Now having taken over as the Convener of the AIT in November 2015, I have been making efforts to lay a strong platform for sports studies in order to facilitate our students,” Engr Anwer Ali stated. 

“The majority of the students enrolled at the AIT are in the age group of 18 to 22 years and we are working accordingly to take care of their sports needs besides providing them the best possible facilities for studies. We are among the top educational institutions of the city and we are eager to expand our sports department,” he revealed. 

“We are planning to organize two different sports competitions at the All Karachi level during the current academic year. In the first festival there will be tournaments of cricket, hockey, football and basketball while the other festival will comprise of competitions in indoor games,” Engr Anwer Ali disclosed. 

“Our objective is to take the AIT to top of the tree in the field of sports too among the institutes affiliated to the Sindh Board of Technical Education (SBTE),” he declared. 

Engr Syed Anwer Ali heads the AIT Managing Committee being its Convener while the other members of the committee are Mohammad Arshad Khan, Mohammad Tariq Sabzwari, Mohammad Aijaz-ul-Yaqin, Syed Nasir Hussain, Iqbal Ahmed Siddiqui, Dr.Saleemuddin Chishti, Aslam Shah Khan and Syed Mohammad Munif.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

AKU-EB’s students triumph in Pakistan’s educational landscape

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Despite being a relatively young institution, the Aga Khan University Examination Board (AKU-EB) has repeatedly proved that its students are capable of attaining success by virtue of the quality education that they receive during their secondary school education.

While their annual results and internal student accomplishments have been a source of pride for them, this year’s May 2017 results for both their Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) examinations were also accompanied by a sense of both vindication and triumph due to the positive validation that AKU-EB has attained from external sources. 

The overall pass rate for Year I and Year II SSC students came out at 85.7 percent and 90.6 percent, respectively. Furthermore, 69.4 percent of Year I students and 81.2 percent of Year II students scored at or above 60 percent across all of their examinations. 

Their SSC Year II High Achievers were all girls, with first position belonging to Fizza Rubab of PECHS Girls’ School. Fizza attained an impressive 1037 out of 1100 total marks, i.e. a total of 94.27 percent across all her exams, and a grade of A-1. 

“This came as a huge surprise to me and I am immensely grateful to my school, teachers, friends and family for the support, encouragement and prayers throughout the year. The style of AKU-EB made it possible to achieve this position. Under this marvelous board, we are focused and precise unlike the style of conventional study practiced in Pakistan,” Fizza, one of the high achievers, remarked. 

In second place, Samreen Raja of Nusrat Jehan Academy Girls High School obtained 1029 out of 1100 marks, scoring 93.54 percent. In third place, Shamsa from Aga Khan School, Garden, attained 1027 out of 1100 marks and scored 93.36 percent. 

Continuing a trend of strong academic foundations, the pass rates for Year I and Year II HSSC candidates was tallied as being 87.9 percent and 87.8 percent respectively. In addition, 72.7 percent Year I candidates and 75.2 percent Year II candidates scored 60 percent or above across all of their examinations. 

As with this year’s SSC results, female candidates proved themselves at the higher end of scores, with all of our top three overall positions belonging to women. Mariam Sajjad from the Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Karimabad, Karachi, obtained first position by scoring 1050 out of 1100 total marks (95.45 percent) across her HSSC examinations. 

“I feel on top of the world. I can't express my feelings in words; it feels great to see your hard work pay off. Studying with AKU-EB infused a sense of curiosity and a thirst for knowledge, which helped broaden my horizons. My advice to current and future AKU-EB students is that even if the path seems tough, don't stop because once you reach your destination, you will realize that all the hard work was totally worth it,” Mariam stated. 

Urooj Usmani, also from the Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Karimabad, Karachi, scored 1028 out of 1100 (93.45 percent) which earned her second place. Finally, Nusrat Jahan College’s Muqaddas Alvi came third in the national average by obtaining 1022 out of 1100 marks and a 92.90 percent score. 

Shahina Aliraza, Principal of the Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Karimabad, had good cause to celebrate. 

“I am feeling delighted and ecstatic on our students’ remarkable achievement both 1st and 2nd position in Pakistan. The AKU-EB students, as compared to other Boards, are more confident and critically conscious. They are the kind of learners who always strive to reach and explore their potential,” she reckoned.

“The AKU-EB students consistently perform better in University Entrance Tests, as demonstrated by the fact that 90 per cent of our 2015 HSSC graduates received admission to various universities. This is also reaffirmed by a recent study conducted by a national body on examination quality and standardization, which found that students from AKU-EB are more likely to perform better on University Entrance Tests as compared to other examination boards,” AKU-EB's Director Dr Shehzad Jeeva noted. 

“My heartiest congratulations to the successful students of the AKU-EB. I am sure their strong educational foundation will lead them to greater successes in life. It is only through perseverance and determination that they can achieve their goals,” Dr Naveed Yousuf, Associate Director of Assessment, added.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Haji Hanif Tayyab motivates Rotarians for complete polio eradication

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Haji Mohammad Hanif Tayyab, an eminent religious scholar, a former federal minister and the chairman of the Ulema Committee of Rotary, while congratulating the newly installed office-bearers of Rotary International in Pakistan, has urged them to work with renewed enthusiasm for the complete eradication of polio from Pakistan in the very near future.

He praised the efforts of the Pakistan Polio Plus Committee, headed by Aziz Memon, and expressed the hope that the new Rotary leadership will sustain the efforts in throwing the deadly disease out of this world. 

“Rotary has worked actively for polio eradication in Pakistan. They have conducted Ulema workshops in different cities to dispel the misconceptions around polio vaccine. Shariah has made this clear that there is no harm in it rather the treatment is an obligation,” Haji Hanif Tayyab remarked in his motivational talk to the incoming Rotary leaders. 

“We are very close indeed to eradicating polio. Now it becomes the responsibility of the new Rotary leadership to do it. Your efforts are needed and your commitment is desired to accomplish this cherished goal,” he reminded the Rotarians. 

Having rendered monumental social services under the banner of Al-Mustafa Welfare Trust, Haji Hanif Tayyab has been in the forefront in galvanizing the efforts for the eradication of polio.

As chairman of the Ulema Committee of Rotary, he has addressed many workshops all over the country organized by Pakistan Polio Plus Committee with the aim of increasing interactions at grassroots through religious scholars and leaders in madrasas, educational institutions and mosques. 

He has been highlighting the understanding of all Ulemas in principle and as per the Islamic point of view, that polio vaccination did not harm children, it was safe and approved by the Organization of Islamic Council (OIC). 

He has elaborated that Islam has stressed the health of our child was the prime responsibility of all parents. Therefore as per Islamic rules it became the responsibility of all to provide full vaccination to their children to save them from diseases and ill health.

The Pakistan Polio Plus Committee Chair, Aziz Memon, has remained confident all along that Rotary’s global contribution for polio eradication will make the world free from the crippling disease in not too distant future. 

“We have had to focus on missed children and refusals. Therefore extra effort is imperative through our learned religious scholars and Ulemas at district, union council and grassroots level communities especially to address Pashtun communities migrating from Afghanistan, South Waziristan to other parts of the country,” he remarked. 

Highlighting on the important role of Ulemas, he said that all Ulemas must spread the word to other Ulemas and religious clerics in mosques, and madarsa’s to allow vaccinators to administrate polio drop to children and save them from this crippling disease which has no cure. 

He stressed that awareness and motivation was not only needed in poor communities but it was equally needed for intellectual segment of affluent civil societies.