Friday, November 30, 2012

Brilliant young minds selected for IMO training camp at ASSMS

Pakistan News & Features Services

The 29 top students, short-listed on the basis of the results of the country-wide open competition held on November 10, have been provisionally selected to receive the International Mathematic Olympiad (IMO) training at the Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences (ASSMS), GC University Lahore, located in New Muslim Town, from December 3 to 13. 

The list is dominated by the students of Lahore (13) and Karachi (11) with Islamabad (3) and Quetta (2) also joining the elite group. They will now be trained and groomed by world class coaches. 

The top 10 students who excel in these camps will receive certificates and prizes. The selected students will represent the country at the IMO 2013, to be staged at Santa Marta, Colombia, in July next. 

They will also become eligible for various fellowships for higher studies in sciences. The ASSMS organized the contest with key objective to secure recognition at the highest level to the talented students. It provided the students, desiring to become a world class scientist, an excellent opportunity to start with. The competition was open to students born on or after July 16, 1993. 

According to the results, the short-listed students from Lahore for the IMO camp are Ali Hamza, Awais Mohammad Chishti, Ayesha Majid, Hamza Arif, Hamza Shafiq, Haris Bin Adnan, Omar Ali Jahangir, Ramesha Akhtar, Raza Adeel Agha, Saadullah Aamir, Sarah Khawaja, Wardah Rafaqat and Zuhair Saleem while those from Karachi are Aiman Khan, Areeb-ur-Rahman Siddiq, Hassan Ahmed, Hassan Saeed, Mohammad Faiz Taufiq, Mohammad Musab Usman, Mohammad Sehan Khawar, Mohammad Zain Qasmi, Mustafa Mansoor, Shayan Ahmed Farooqui and Uzair Irfan Farooqui. 

Awais Khalid, Javeria Khalid and Zain Humayun have made the cut from Islamabad while Mohammad Naurez Shaukat and Shahzaib Shaukat have qualified from Quetta. 

The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the World Championship Mathematics Competition for High School students and is held annually in a different country. The first-ever IMO was held in 1959 in Romania, with seven countries participating. It kept expanding gradually and there was a record participation of 565 students from as many as 104 countries in 2009 when its 50th edition was organized at Bremen, Germany. 

The 52nd IMO at Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 2011 had 564 entries from 101 countries while 548 students from exactly 100 countries contested the 53rd IMO at Mar del Plata, Argentina, earlier this year. 

The Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences (ASSMS), established by the Government of Punjab under the aegis of the GC University Lahore, has been pursuing the goal of becoming a Centre of Excellence for research and advanced studies in Mathematical Sciences. It is acclaimed as one of the fastest growing doctoral schools in the world. 

The GC University Lahore is among the oldest educational institutions of the country, which will be turning 149 in one month time. It had started its journey as Government College Lahore on January 1, 1864.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Final Semester exams commence at Sir Syed University

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi  
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The final semester examinations of Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), Karachi, have commenced here November 28. 

“The exams are being held under complete peaceful atmosphere”, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Jawed Rizvi, informed Chancellor Engr Z A Nizami during his surprise visit to various examination rooms to personally review the conduct of examination. 

Some 1541 out of 1711 registered students are appearing in the final semester exams being held simultaneously along with second, fourth and sixth semesters in Computer, Electronics, Civil, Bio-Medical, Telecommunication engineering and Computer Science. 

As far as the break-up is concerned, 318 are appearing in Computer Engineering, 350 in Electronics, 141 in Telecom, 366 in Civil, 126 in Bio-Medical engineering and 240 in Computer Science. 

Registrar Shah Mahmood Hussain Syed briefed to the Chancellor that the examinations will conclude on December 11 to be followed supplementary examination due to start from December 13. 

The Vice-Chancellor confirmed that the classes in the New Year will start from January 7, 2013 following holding of ‘Orientation Day’ the same day. 

He said that the arrangements have also started for holding of ‘Convocation 2013’ to award degrees to passing out students. 

It would be the 16th Convocation since the SSUET came into being as a private sector engineering university in 1994. 

Currently the University has over 5000 students on roll including over 600 girls studying in various engineering disciplines. The University has been granted the highest “W4” Category by Higher Education Commission and also registered as 5-Star University by the Sindh Government’s Charter Evaluation Committee.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Senior Aligarhian from India visits SSUET

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi 
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Chancellor of the Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), Karachi, Engr Z A Nizami has reckoned that having achieved commendable success in developing information and communication technology, the university has emerged as a modern educational technology hub contributing significantly to both knowledge acquisition and innovation. 

He made these remarks while speaking at a reception held in the honour of senior Aligarian Rifaqat Ali Khan from India during a visit to SSUET on November 27. 

The SSUET Chancellor remarked that the new initiatives taken at the university had provided a boost to creative and research potential and the innovative measures taken towards this direction infused a new spirit of confidence in the academic and administrative work culture here. 

Recalling the memories at the Aligarh Muslim University, Chancellor Nizami said that he had spent a very eventful and productive life there and spoke about some of the episodes of activities. 

Speaking on the occasion, the senior Aligarian, Rifaqat Ali Khan, observed that establishment of the Sir Syed University was a historical initiative that proved to be a milestone in the educational development of the nation.

 He said that existence without education for a nation, particularly in the present era, is not possible and will serve just as a dream, adding that time has come to catch up with changes fast taking place globally and assign top priority to education. 

Rifaqat Ali Khan asserted that torch-bearers of the Aligarh spirit have a sacred responsibility of promoting education without discrimination in every walk of life. 

The Aligarian from India did Masters and PhD in History from the Muslim University before joining Jamia Milia where he retired as Head of Department of History. 

His wife is also an Aligarian who did Masters in English from Aligarh University. Later she joined the Dehli University and retired as Professor of English from the university. 

Earlier the SSUET Vice Chancellor, Prof Dr Jawed Rizvi, welcomed the distinguished visitor and informed that Sir Syed University, which started with only 200 students in 1994, today has more than 5000 students on roll. “The university focus remains on quality education and try to improve it,” he emphasized.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Computer Skills set high standards as IT recruitment specialists in Australia

Pakistan News & Features Services

The Melbourne-based Computer Skills (Vic) Pty Ltd, having been founded in 1977, has distinguished itself as a specialist in Information Technology recruitment. It has remained committed to providing professional services to the IT industry, having earned a reputation for quality of service and unquestionable ethics. 

Computer Skills is now acclaimed as one of the longest established IT recruitment agencies in Australia. Initially it was recognised as a specialist in the recruitment of IBM iSeries/AS400 personnel before the company expanded itself to recruit across all areas of the IT industry, adding value to their clients by placing only the most suitable professionals in their respective fields. 

Over the years Computer Skills has developed an extensive database of both permanent and contract IT professionals which gets constantly updated. They also offer a wide range of support services as an IT recruiter to candidates looking for their ideal job. 

Besides being a dedicated I.T recruiter, Computer Skills also provide a range of services which include technical assessment testing, assistance with remuneration levels and salary packages for experienced professionals and career advice. 

Having the leading recruitment consultants on board, Computer Skills, with the enthusiastic duo of Matt Campbell and Anthony Patti being the Directors, has made a point to offer their clients and candidates a caring and top-class professional service. 

Campbell brings with him the rich experience of Help Desk/Desktop Support & Systems Administration across Microsoft and Novell for four years. He also worked in a number of industries including automotive, manufacturing, distribution, communication and retail before joining Computer Skills in 2006 where he has proved his mettle in the field of IT recruitment. 

Patti has been associated with Computer Skills since the early 1990s. He is the son of Dom Patti, the previous owner of the company. He did Bachelor of Computing at Monash University in 1996 before joining the IT department at Coles Myer where he was involved with the Data Warehouse system development and support for four years. 

He then switched over to the field of IT recruitment, devoting all his energies solely at Computer Skills since 2000. 

Campbell and Patti, with their motivated team, have been working wholeheartedly to pursue their cherished goal of building lasting relationships which has been a hallmark of Computer Skills since its inception in 1977.

Friday, November 23, 2012

SSUET’s final semester exams begin on November 28

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi  
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The final semester examination at the Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), Karachi, will commence from November 28 and go on till December 11. 

This was confirmed the other day at a review meeting convened by the Chancellor SSUET, Engr Z.A. Nizami. 

The meeting was attended, among others, by Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dr Javed Rizvi, and Registrar, Shah Mahmood Hussain, besides Director Finance and two Additional Registrars. 

It was informed that after a gap of a couple of days, the supplementary examination will start from December 13. 

The meeting was told that the admission process was going on and the interviews of candidates who qualified for admission in test held earlier on November 18 at Expo Center was in progress and will be completed later in the week where after lists of successful candidates will be finalized and later displayed on notice boards besides being posted on the university’s website. 

The Vice-Chancellor reported that the ‘Orientation Day’ will be held on January 7, 2013, which will be followed by holding of regular academic session. 

He said that the arrangements have also been started for University’s Convocation 2013 scheduled to be organized on March 2. 

The Chancellor also reviewed the calendar of activities and directed that it should be strictly followed as per laid down schedule of events.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sri Lankan delegation discuss bilateral cooperation in academic sector during SSUET visit

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi  
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

A eight-member Sri Lankan delegation, headed by Chairman, Puttalam Urban Council and also including Minister of Health, Indigenous Medicine, Sports & Youth Affairs, North Western Province recently visited Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), Karachi, and exchanged matters of bilateral cooperation in the field of education. 

The delegation comprised K A Baiz, Mayor of Puttalam, Chief Government Organizer for Puttalam Electorate, N T M Thahir, Member of North Western Provincial Government, A M Kamardeen, Member of North Western Provincial Government, R A S Pushpakumara, Deputy Mayor of Puttalam, A O Alikhan, Opposition Leader for Puttalam, M T N Ameen, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, Party Member for Puttalam Urban Council and W.M.M.B Weerasakara, Commissioner of Local Government and Representative of Governor of NWP. 

The Mayor of Puttalam and Chief Government Organizer for Puttalam Electorate, K A Baiz, stated that efforts were being made to improve bilateral cooperation in academic sector, for which vast potential existed between two countries. 

“We are planning to have interactive sessions with the officials of Sir Syed University to open its campus in Sri Lanka,” he added. 

Baiz appreciated the University’s role in helping the students in acquiring knowledge in modern technologies through highly competent and capable faculty and state of the art equipment. 

He was highly impressed with the presentation given by Prof. Shahid Saleem providing complete information about Sir Syed University with the help of statistics. 

Speaking on the occasion, Mayor Abdul Baiz emphasized the need to explore new avenues of bilateral economic and commercial cooperation. He was of the view that Puttalam Urban Council can join hands with SSUET in areas of mutual cooperation in the field of education. 

He informed that earlier there were only state universities in Sri Lanka as the government didn’t allow universities in private sector in the past. But now with a change in the policy, the government was considering to grant permission for opening campus of foreign universities in Sri Lanka. 

The SSUET Vice Chancellor, Prof Dr Syed Jawaid Hassan Rizvi, Registrar Shah Mahmood Syed, Dean Engineering Prof Dr S.M Makhdumi, Prof Dr M A Haleem, Dr Faisal Bukhari, Dr Imran Beg and other faculty members were also present on the occasion.

Monday, November 12, 2012

PIA declared Best Hajj Airline Operator for third year running

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi  
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Saudi Arabia, has declared the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) as the best airline operator amongst the 74 international Airlines operating from Hajj terminal, flying more than 1.7 million Hajjis in 2012. 

The PIA spokesman, Syed Sultan Hasan presented the copies of the certification of 25 Zilhajj 1433H (November 10, 2012) mentioning PIA as the Best Hajj Airline Operator to a Pakistan media team visiting Saudi Arabia at Madinah. 

The GACA, in the certificate issued to PIA, has noted that they closely monitored the activities of all the airlines’ operating from Hajj terminal Jeddah and considered that PIA again proved itself the best operator on the basis of regularity as well as services provided. 

The GACA further said that PIA demonstrated exceptional value by overcoming the delay factor of departures during the initial two days of Post Hajj operation. 

This is the third consecutive year starting from 2010 that PIA has been chosen by the Saudi Arabia Civil Aviation as the best Hajj flight operator. 

The testimonial from the GACA should further motivate PIA would in order to continue serving the Hajjis with even greater devotion in the years to come.

Friday, November 9, 2012

SSUET pays glowing tribute to Allama Iqbal

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi  
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The life and achievements of great philosopher and poet, Dr Allama Mohammed Iqbal, were highlighted at a Iqbal Day function held at the Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), Karachi, on November 9, his 135th birth anniversary. 

Speaking as chief guest on the occasion the Chancellor SSUET, Engr Z A Nizami, declared that Dr Mohammed Iqbal was a great poet, thinker and philosopher at the same time who devoted his poetry for the renaissance of Islam and whose concept later turned as the basis for ideology of Pakistan. 

He remarked that Iqbal's foremost book Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam was intended to secure a vision of the spirit of Islam and he encouraged Muslims to embrace ideals of brotherhood, justice, and service. 

“Through his poetry he tried to free the Muslim’s mind from the prevailing colonial mentality and own narrow self-interests,” Chancellor Nizami added. 

Renowned scholar Prof Dr Waqar Ahmed Rizvi said that in his poetry Iqbal focussed on love (Ishq) and described it as a great power that brings one closer to Allah. 

Senior Aligarhian and columnist Saeed Siddiqui, another senior Aligarian, Ali Zafar Khan Afridi, also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the monumental role which Iqbal's poetry played in the movement for Pakistan. 

The students of the SSUET, Umar Khan Ufaq and Umar Ali Kazmi, while delivering their speeches on Dr Iqbal called for following his philosophy for the growth and success of the nation. 

Khumar Farooqui, a noted poet and Incharge SSUET’s Literary and Culture Forum, paid poetic tribute to Allama Iqbal. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

SSUET to bring out alumni directory of women graduates

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi  
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi, is set to become the country’s first university to prepare a directory exclusively of its women alumni. 

The directory has been compiled by the university’s Girls Affairs Committee which has collected the data of SSUET’s women graduates since their first batch passed out in 1998 and the last batch passed out in 2008. 

The SSUET Chancellor, Engr Z A Nizami, was briefed about the progress of the preparation of the directory at a meeting held at his chamber on November 7. 

The meeting was attended, among others, by Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dr Jawed H. Rizvi, Registrar Shah Mahmood Hussain Syed besides officials of examination and other departments. 

The Incharge Girls Affairs Committee, Mrs Attiya Abid, informed the meeting that some 1234 female students passed out from the SSUET during the period 1998-2008 and as of the current position some 682 as against 500 last year, who were studying in various engineering disciplines. 

These girls form a big chunk of 6194 students studying in seven various engineering disciplines at this university. 

The Chancellor was informed that Girls Affairs Committee is responsible to look after the day to day problems of the female students including activities of their five common rooms. 

Chancellor Engr Nizami directed that any problem, if pinpointed by girls, should be solved immediately on priority. 

He instructed that social activities by girls should be promoted and 3-month programmes be chalked out for this purpose. 
He assured that the university will provide every assistance in providing due facilities to girls under-going education engineering studies. 

The Chancellor was informed that a programme is being prepared in relation to health of girls’ health. Engr Nizami directed the committee to chalk out an extensive program that may produce visible impact in relation to activities of girls at the campus and hectic activities be generated thereof. 

He advised that a report be submitted to him for up gradation and refurbishment of girls’ canteen and common rooms.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Expert advice for computer and internet safety

By Mohammad Yahya Waliullah
Director, Information Technology & Statistical Bureau, Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi and ex-Secretary to Government of Sindh

(Exclusive to Pakistan News & Features Services)

With the continued innovation of computers, mobile phones and other useful devices, the lifestyle of majority of population with access to computer and internet has drastically changed. 

There are over half a billion households making use of computer and internet in the world and Pakistan is catching up fast with over ten million computer-literate population. The mobile phone companies have sold over 118 million Subscriber Identity Modules (SIMs). Many activities like verification of National Identity Cards (NIC), name in voters list, payment of bills, electronic banking, travel reservation and ticketing are either done on-line through computer or through mobile phone with internet facility. 

The students and teachers at schools, colleges and universities are making frequent use of computer for studies, research, gaming, entertainment and other purposes. 

A large chunk of the population browses websites for seeking information that was not available earlier. There has been phenomenal growth in the use of computer and internet in the country. 

By the end of this decade it is likely that use of computer and internet will become an absolute necessity and no household will be deemed complete without a computer and internet facility. 

The computer and internet technology has made life easier, having provided level playing field to people living in developed and developing world. However, its use has a price, vulnerability and potential threats. Like any other technology computer, internet and mobile phone users may face potential threats and risks. 

Not many users are aware of potential risks and resulting loss of information, data and transactions that may not be retrievable. The potential threats to computer and internet users chiefly for home based personal, desktop, laptop, palmtop, hand held and mobile phones with internet applications need to be understood and followed in order to be more vigilant in meeting the challenge. 

It will be pertinent to mention that early computer virus was detected in Pakistan in the days when plastic diskettes were used for information and data storage in early seventies. The virus was transferred through computer diskettes from Pakistan and it spread through network (inter-connectivity) in USA. 

Time Magazine had published an article quoting a couple of teenagers from Lahore whose diskette spread virus (may be at that time they did not know what the virus is) in the network and large number of computers became dysfunctional. 

Non starting, breakdown or malfunctioning of computer is largely due to power break down or flow of current to Central Processing Unit (CPU) and monitor through power cord. Power plug and flow of current to computer hardware needs to be checked. Sudden power failure or power surge may result in damaging small components in computer and may even erase data and information. 

It is advisable to install a circuit breaker or low cost Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) system. Any peripheral attached to computer such as printer, fax machine and game ports, etc. need to be checked before working starts. 

As technology has advanced it is easy to detect non starting or malfunctioning of computer hardware and simply replacing those components that are malfunctioning. It is also important that computer hardware be protected from dust and heat. Small and tiny parts in the computer hardware are susceptible to dust and heat. Now days small fans are built-in in the CPU but excessive heat may cause damage to computer components. 

There is potential threat like denial of service, phishing, and virus attack etc from the use of internet for any purpose like e-mailing, web browsing, social media websites, banking, financial transactions, entertainment and gaming, etc. 

When a computer user uses internet to connect to one’s destination for any purpose, it is a complex arrangement and spreads like bird’s nest around globe. The internet finds its own path in very complex cobweb and connects one to destination site. 

For example, someone wants to use internet for web browsing or emailing a click chooses its own path to reach destination in virtually no time. However, during this process there is a danger of virus attack of many types while reaching the destination and flow of information from destination to origin. 

After having said this much, there are security tips like home made remedies for computer and internet users and may save/protect from virus attack that may destroy information and data in storage device or copy to hackers for ulterior purposes. When using computer and internet take following steps that may provide a safety shield to users. 

**Ensure that password is kept secret; it should not be shared with any one. Try to make password such that it can be remembered easily. A password should neither be too short nor too long. Keep on changing password quite often. 

**Keep operating system, browser, antivirus and other critical software, latest and update. Most software for home based users can be down -loaded freely. Choose a browser that is more effective, easy to use, and have built-in antivirus software. Many anti virus software can also be downloaded freely. 

**Verify authenticity of requests on e-mails you receive. In case you are asked to provide some information and data: ensure that it does not go in the hands that may potentially damage you. Contact the company or person requesting information and ensure that company or individual request is genuine and authentic.

**Check website Universal Resource Link (URL) carefully as malicious websites at times confuse you through very similar wordings and spellings as that of authentic and genuine website and once open it may seriously damage.

**In social media websites, like Facebook, Linkedin, Youtube, Twitter in video games, forums, chat sites and personal web-sites, do not put personal information that may have potential to harm you.

**Be cautious for unknown links, e-mail or through message. Do not open suspicious link, answer e-mail or reply messages on web-site or mobile through normal SMS or messaging through internet.

**Be careful about your internet connection. Internet connection through cable is risky. Take internet connection from reputable Internet Service Provider (ISP). Ensure that ISP has installed security software like spam deduction and firewall, etc. Now a days wireless and Wi Fi connection are available. Check Band Width, it is measured in terms of MB (Mega Bytes). Broad Band connection provides higher speed of connectivity.

**Attachments at times contain virus and can damage computer, data and information. It is advisable to turn off the option of automatically downloading attachments. First have a look at the attachment, download it normally only if it is free from virus.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

PRCL registers substantial growth

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi  
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Pakistan Reinsurance Company Limited (PRCL), rated as AA Company, has posted a net profit of Rs.925 million for the three Quarters ending September 30, 2012. 

The break-up of Profit & Loss Account of PRCL in Underwriting Profit in nine months having ended on September 30, 2012, is Rs.578 million, as compared to Rs.283 million during the corresponding period last year. 

The investment income stood at Rs.785 million as compared to Rs.747 million while the rental and other income went up from Rs.36 million to Rs.45 million. 

The general and administration expenses were brought down from Rs.30 million to Rs.29 million with the exchange gain being Rs.39 million compared to Rs.27 million last year. 

The net profit before tax and value of available for Sale Investment-write-off was Rs.1408 million as Rs.1073 million last year, less Provision for Taxation Rs.337 million to Rs.217 million, net Profit after Tax and before Value of available for Sale Investment-write-off Rs.1071 million to Rs.856 million, and value of available for Sale Investment-write-off Rs.146 million to Rs.61 million. 

The summary of accounts for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, as compared with the accounts for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 is Premium Written Rs.5472 million to Rs.4212 million, Reinsurance ceded Rs.2669 million to Rs.1278 million, Net Retention Rs.2803 million to Rs.2934 million, Premium Reserve Rs.282 million to Rs. 372 Million, Net Premium Rs.3085 million to Rs.2562 million, Net Commission Rs.644 Million to Rs.574 Million, Net Claims Rs.1530 million to Rs.1451 million Underwriting Profit before Management Expenses Rs.911 million to Rs.537 million, and Less Management Expenses Rs.333 million to Rs.254 million. 

The Underwriting Profit during the period under report was Rs.578 million as compared to Rs.283 million during last corresponding period.

Civil Engineering in high demand as SSUET admission deadline remain unchanged

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The admission 2013 process is going on apace with November 10 being the last date for submission of admission forms at Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET). 

The Chancellor SSUET, Engr Z A Nizami, reviewed the progress made so far at a meeting and directed that the process should be completed by November 10 as per check list. 

It was informed that so far 3913 prospectus had been sold, much higher than the prospectus obtained during admission process in 2012, and of them 2161 eligible students had got themselves registered until October 30. 

It was pointed out that as per analysis of the registered candidates, the admission has been sought in this university by students with marks as high as 89.5 percent. 

The meeting was told that this year the highest number of students (867) have applied for admission in civil engineering followed by 672 in Electronics, 259 in Computer engineering and 228 in Computer Science. Besides, so far only 59 candidates had applied for admission in Bio-Medical and 76 in Telecommunication engineering as being their first choice. 

The meeting was informed that out of total number of applications registered, 317 were submitted with marks above 80 percent and above whole 970 applications with marks of 60 percent and above. In the Electronic Engineering discipline, the applicants had 73.91 percent and above of marks while it was 89.5 percent in the discipline of Computer Engineering. It was pointed out that this year there was much higher pressure for admission in this university as compared to last year. 

The Chancellor directed that admissions should be granted strictly on the basis of merit as well as the result of tests to be carried out on November 18 followed by interviews. 

The Chancellor was told that like the last year, admission test will be carried out at Expo Center in view of very high number of applicants as well as keeping the security considerations into view. 

The meeting also discussed university matters relating to Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) and defaulters of university dues. It was informed that no examination form was being entertained with out clearance of outstanding dues by students appearing in the examination. 

The meeting was attended, among others, by Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Jawed H. Rizvi, Dean of Engineering Prof Dr S.M. Makhdoomi, Chairman Electronics department Dr Prof Najib Siddiqi besides chairpersons of various departments.