Tuesday, December 31, 2013

KULISAA looking beyond fellowship, reunions in Canada

Pakistan News & Features Services

The Canadian chapter of the Karachi University Library and Information Science Alumni Association (KULISAA), during their recent reunions, seems to have developed a consensus to look beyond fellowship and get-togethers.

“Let me remind you that last year, in our annual reunion, we had agreed that we should be lot more than just renewing our friendship and exchanging pleasantries. Since an association has now come into being it’s time to fulfill our obligations to it. Let’s get on with it and starting doing creative things from this platform of ours,” Mohammad Khurshid Alam was quoted as saying in his welcome address during the recent KULISAA meeting held in Toronto. 

“As agreed let’s now get ready for bringing out an electronic newsletter of KULISAA, which will be initially produced on quarterly basis by the editorial team of Munir-ul-Haq Shahid, Dr Hafiz Mohammad Khalid and Nighat Qadeer. At a later stage we can change the frequency of the newsletter which will serve as our professional organ,” he remarked. 

Khurshid Alam reminded the gathering of about 350 alumni that the technology has made life much more convenient than in the past and the latest means of communication have made the job of word processing, imaging and page-making very quickly indeed. 

The KULISAA members were urged to contribute by means of sharing their thoughts and experienced related to the field of librarianship on a regular basis and transmitting the same to the newsletter editors via e-mail. 

Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari, a former Chairman of the Library & Information Science Department of the University of Karachi, was recognized during the gathering and his initiatives were lauded by the KULISAA office-bearers.

PLISJ maintains its punctuality

Pakistan News & Features Services

The October-December 2013 issue (Volume 44, Number 4) of the Pakistan Library and Information Science Journal (PLISJ), a quarterly publication of the Library Promotion Bureau (LPB), Karachi, has arrived during the stipulated time to maintain its years long tradition of punctuality.


Like the preceding issue, the latest one also contains four-colour pictures of the editors as well as the contributors. The LPB President, Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari, who is also the Chief Editor of the PLISJ, has written on various issues in his thought-provoking editorial. 

He has lavished the Pakistan Library Association (PLA) with praise for having achieved the approval of the College Librarians Service Structure in the Punjab where the provincial government had issued the long awaited notification required for the implementation of proposed service structure BS-17 to BS-20 for the college librarians. 

The tour of the Chief Editor to the USA and Canada has been covered. The reports and photographs of the get-togethers of the Karachi University Library & Information Science Alumni Association (KULISAA) in Toronto have been published prominently. 

Quite a few research articles have been published in the latest issue of PLISJ as well which include LIS Marketing Approach in Libraries: A selected Literature Review (Prof Dr Kanwal Ameen and Saira Hanif), Challenges for PLA in the development of profession: A survey (Prof Dr Rubina Bhatti and Shakeel Ahmed Khan) and LIS Research: A bibliometric study of library philosophy and practice 2006-2012 (Haroon Idrees and Mohammad Anwar) besides Atiya Shahid’s detailed article on Karachi Public Library System. 

The Urdu section is equally informative with Prof Dr Nasim Fatima contributing the fourth part of her series of private libraries while Dr Nasreen Shagufta, Editor of the section, has done a detailed interview of Fozia Bano, the young librarian of the Federal Urdu University, Karachi.

KMC Administrator directs revival of low cost housing scheme

Pakistan News & Features Services

The Administrator of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), Engr Rauf Akhtar Farooqui, has directed the Public Housing Department to commence low cost housing schemes in the city to facilitate the people who could not afford a house in commercial projects to get residential space for their families.

He has pointed out that no project in Karachi has been made on government level for people having low income after 1998 whereas capacity for much work was available in this sector and planning in this regard should be made on preferential basis. 

He said that the defunct KDA has had the services of experienced and expert officers in this sector and nine divisions existed in housing sector in Engineering Department therefore location in this regard should be reviewed and feasibility report be prepared as soon as possible so that low cost housing project could be started for citizens. 

He directed Financial Advisor that initial funds for feasibility and engineering should be arranged so that no financial hindrance could occur during construction works. 

Engr Rauf Farooqui emphasized that the cost of project and total amount should be less than commercial projects being constructed in the city however no compromise should be made on quality standard in construction works and such planning should be made that people having low income could easily get their personal home in housing project and all necessary facilities including utility services should be available there. 

He stated that the old residential problem of the citizens could be resolved by providing them with low cost and excellent residence which would improve life standard of common people and city infrastructure would also be built according to master plan.

Polio must be stopped in Pakistan

By Deepak Kapur & Aziz Memon

As the new year dawns, our respective neighboring states, India and Pakistan, both are in the news because of their efforts to eradicate the crippling childhood virus, poliomyelitis but due to completely opposite circumstances.

India, once projected by many experts to linger as polio’s last stronghold, now has every hope of marking its third full year with no new cases on January 12. Once that milestone is reached, it will set the stage for a national celebration a month or so later, when the World Health Organization is expected to certify WHO’s entire South-East Asia Region to be polio-free. 

Unfortunately, the anti-polio campaign in Pakistan, which is in a different WHO region, is garnering international coverage for the wrong reasons as more than 30 health workers or their security escorts have been killed trying to reach children with the oral polio vaccine. 

The escalation of violence keeps the Pakistani children at risk of contracting this incurable, disabling – but completely vaccine-preventable – disease. As of this writing, Pakistan had recorded 75 new cases of polio this year, up from 58 for all of 2012. Most of the infected children live within the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, notably North and South Waziristan, where the vaccination activities were banned.

And the concern now is that the virus will spread back to other areas of Pakistan where it had previously been stopped, as well as to other countries. 

Indeed, this is happening right now in several previously polio-free countries, such as Syria, where WHO has determined through genetic sequencing that a recent outbreak was caused by a polio strain originating in Pakistan. 

The spread of polio in Pakistan also poses a threat to neighboring India’s hard-earned success, which is exactly why anyone entering India from Pakistan after January 30 will be required to show proof of vaccination. 

It is clear that remaining three polio-endemic countries, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria – especially the latter two – constitute the reservoir where this opportunistic virus thrives and from which it can spread. As of mid-December, new polio cases in non-endemic countries in 2013 outnumbered the cases in the endemic countries 224 to 136.

At stake is the incredible progress achieved by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, launched in 1988 by Rotary International, WHO, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and now also supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Since 1988, the world has spent more than $10 billion on polio eradication, and the return on that investment has been a reduction in polio cases of more than 99 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to only 223 in 2012, the lowest annual total ever. If we don’t finish the job and stop polio in the endemic countries, we risk losing all of the ground we’ve gained and jeopardizing the health and lives of millions of children. 

The outbreaks in the non-endemic countries this year are proof positive that the risk is real. Fortunately, India’s success in stopping the transmission of polio provides practical lessons already being put to use in Pakistan. India’s 116,000 Rotary clubs members contributed immensely to the nation’s effort against polio, especially in raising awareness and maximizing public participation in national polio immunization days, which reach more than 172 million children under the age of five years.

This included engaging and working closely with Islamic leaders, ulemmas, and scholars in the predominantly Muslim communities of northern India to obtain their support to help quell any parental misconceptions or misgivings about the vaccination program. 

The eradication volunteers among Pakistan’s 3,500 Rotary members likewise are working hand-in-glove with local leaders to secure their buy-in. As a way to avoid entering communities where the risk is deemed too high for vaccination teams, Rotary has set up mobile health clinics at key transit points, such as toll plazas and military checkpoints near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, enabling thousands of children to receive the vaccine as families enter and exit the country. 

Rotary also established permanent immunization centers to improve routine vaccination and organized health camps in high-risk districts, an approach that proved effective in India. Rotary also recently provided 5,000 copies of a “speaking” story book about polio vaccination – with audio in the Urdu and Pushto languages-as an advocacy tool for social mobilizers/health workers at Pakistan’s Rotary Resource Centers.

It is through persistence, perseverance, and patience that the war against polio will be won in Pakistan. India proved polio can be beaten under the most challenging conditions. 

But it was not easy, and it clearly will not be easy in Pakistan. We must find a way to end the violence. We must reach every last child with the polio vaccine in Pakistan and in the other endemic countries and we will. 

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s commitment to the world’s children demands no less. 

**Deepak Kapur chairs Rotary’s National PolioPlus Committee for India and Aziz Memon chairs Rotary’s National PolioPlus Committee for Pakistan.

Monday, December 30, 2013

SSUET’s orientation on January 16

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The admission process, having started a couple of months back at the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi, is continuing with the orientation ceremony planned to be held on January 16, 2014. 

The admission test was held on November 24, 2013 and results of admission seekers were announced on December 13 and the admission letters were sent to the successful candidates soon afterwards. 

There had been very good response for admission in three newly introduced disciplines of Architecture, Software Engineering and Bio-Informatics. The University has already appointed faculties for the new programs and according to a market survey there is high demand for those passing out from these fields. 

Earlier, the University’s Board of Governors had approved the introduction of these three new programs in view of their high market value. 

In view of introduction of new technologies and ever increasing number of admission seekers in the existing disciplines of Computer, Electronics, Civil, Telecommunication, Bio-Medical Engineering and Computer science, the university has already undertaken an expansion project whereby construction of a new block is going on speedily. Upon completion, the new block will provide increased space for class rooms and laboratories.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Dr Nasreen Shagufta’s Darakhshan Sitaray to be launched upon author’s return

Pakistan News & Features Services

Dr Nasreen Shagufta’s first-ever book ‘Darakhshan Sitaray’ having seen the light of the day last month is set to be launched with great fanfare upon the author’s return from the United States of America (USA)in the middle of February.

‘Darakhshan Sitaray’ is a unique book in which the leading 30 women library scientists of Pakistan have been profiled and interviewed in an orderly fashion. The book has been published under the auspices of the Library Promotion Bureau (LBP) which has been enthusiastically engaged in scholastic activities for nearly five decades now. 

Dr Nasreen Shagufta has put together the accomplishments of the eminent library scientists of the country like Prof Dr Nasim Fatima, Prof Dr Kanwal Amin, Prof Dr Rubina Bhatti and Prof Dr Rafia Shaikh who are considered role models for the emerging librarians. 

She has been a prolific writer, having contributed regularly in library journals and other publications over the years. She has now made her debut as author with the publication of ‘Darakhshan Sitaray’ which has already earned accolades from fellow professionals. 

Dr Nasreen Shagufta, prior to taking up the challenge of authoring the book, taught library science at the college level for a number of years. She is one of the editors of the Pakistan Library and Information Science Journal (PLISJ) besides being a Vice President of the Bazm-e-Akram, a forum formed by the students of Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari. She is also a member of the editorial board of Bazm-e-Akram’s annual publication Adab-o-Kutub Khana whose fifth edition was published recently.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

US Aligarhian visits SSUET

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

“The Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi, is an institution on which, anyone having an admiration and love with the great reformer and educationist Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, can feel pride for its being the fruit of Sir Syed’s educational endeavours.”

This was observed by Vice-Chancellor SSUET, Prof. Dr Jawaid H. Rizvi while speaking at a reception hosted by the Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA) in the honour of Dr Shaheer Khan, the visiting Aligarhian and a noted member of Aligarh Muslim University Alumni, Northern California. 

Dr Jawaid Rizvi welcomed Dr Shaheer Khan and appreciated his services for the cause of the Aligarhians at the international level. 

In his remarks on the occasion, Dr Shaheer highlighted the establishment of the Aligarh Muslim University Alumni USA. He informed that its foundation was laid in the 1970s and now it has chapters in about 15 states which are playing an important role towards promotion of cause of education and Aligarh culture. 

He further disclosed that a directory of Alumni members has also been prepared containing names and addresses of some 25,000 members from 102 countries of the world. 

According to him quite a few websites have been developed and uploaded on the internet in relation to Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and the Aligarh Muslim University which contain enormous information about the Aligarh Movement which ultimately led to the creation of Pakistan. 

He paid rich tributes to the late SSUET Chancellor, Engr Z A Nizami, and the late General Secretary AMUOBA, Engr Mohammed Zakir Ali Khan, for the cause of promotion of the Aligarh Movement. 

Appreciating the services of Dr Shaheer Khan in relation to the cause of Aligarhians, the AMUOBA’s General Secretary, Mukhtar Ahmed Naqvi, described the establishment of the Sir Syed University as a great achievement of the Alumni of the Aligarh Muslim University and this exemplary feat was being eulogized the world over. 

He suggested that a campaign be launched in the US for Endowment Fund of the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Prof Dr Nasim Fatima determined to take Bazm-e-Akram to higher level

Pakistan News & Features Services

Prof Dr Nasim Fatima, one of the living legends in the field of Library & Information Science, aims to take the Bazm-e-Akram, a forum of library scientists, to higher level. 

Having served as the Chairperson of the Library & Information Science department of University of Karachi until 2004 before taking up the assignment of the Principal Research Investigator at the Sindh Archives, she has been working with missionary zeal to boost the forum which was founded in 1976. 

Prof Dr Nasim Fatima, holding the distinction of being the first lady lecturer to be appointed in the Library & Information Science department of University of Karachi besides being the first lady to earn the doctorate degree in her field from any university of Pakistan, desires to transform the Bazm-e-Akram into a proactive body in line of the philosophy of their mentor Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari. 

She has already proved the point in the fifth edition of Adab-o-Kutub Khana, the flagship publication of Bazm-e-Akram, in which contributions were different corners of the world have been published. 

The livewire of the Karachi-based forum, Prof Dr Nasim Fatima is also the Chief Editor of Adab-o-Kutub Khana which now has a couple of new editors in Mian Mohammad Saeed and Tauqeer Taqi. 

Like its previous editions, Adab-o-Kutub Khana 5 is rich in content and it has the contributions from library professionals as well as renowned literary figures of Pakistan alongwith a couple of articles from abroad. 

Having earned numerous awards in her career, as she has authored and co-authored more than 30 books, the majority of whom are classified as worthy reference books all over the world., Prof Dr Nasim Fatima has already started preparations for the sixth edition of the annual journal due to be published next year.

Worthy students celebrate Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari’s birthday

Pakistan News & Features Services 

Glowing tributes were paid to the legendary Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari, Founder President, Library Promotion Bureau (LPB), Karachi, and Founder Chief Editor, Pakistan Library and Information Science Journal (PLISJ), on the occasion of his birthday celebrations held at the Liaquat Memorial Library, Karachi.

The ceremony was organized by the worthy students of the great library scientist, having assembled under the banner of the Bazm-e-Akram which came into being in 1976, with Mr Adil Usmani being the Founder President. It has become a proactive literary organization of the library professionals. 

“We celebrated the birthday of our beloved teacher with great enthusiasm in the presence of the majority of the members of the Bazm-e-Akram and we prayed for the health and long life of Doctor Sahib,” Prof Dr Nasim Fatima, the Honorary Chairperson of the forum, disclosed. 

“His accomplishments are a source of inspiration for all of us and we derive motivation by his continued guidance and support. To us he has been the pillar on whom the field of Library & Information Science has rested for a number of decades. May Allah Grant him long life and may he continue delivering with the same intensity all his life,” she prayed. 

Prof Dr Nasim Fatima, having served the as the Chairperson of the Department of Library & Information Science at the University of Karachi, revealed that the Bazm-e-Akram, which has recently brought out fifth edition of its flagship publication Adab-o-Kutub Khana, has the plans to expand its activities. 

Meanwhile, Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari, a legendary scholar and one of the pioneers of the profession of Library & Information Science in Pakistan, has continued working hard unabated for the cause even after having relocated to the United States of America (USA) a few years ago. 

He has made a point to continue all the projects he had initiated which brings him to Pakistan regularly. He has lost none of his passion for scholastic activities and remains a perfect role model for the LIS professionals. 

He has had a meritorious record of academic and professional career and qualifications. He earned the scholastic degrees of MLIS from the University of Michigan, USA, MA in Economics from the University of Karachi and PhD from Century University, USA. He served as Reference and Readers Advisor at the US Information Centre, Karachi, before joining the University of Karachi as an Assistant Professor where he became the Chairman of the LIS department. 

He also worked at the Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari founded the Library Promotion Bureau (LPB) in 1966 to produce professional literature in LIS. He launched the Pakistan Library Bulltein in 1968 which was later renamed as the Pakistan Library & Information Science Journal which remains a premier quarterly journal of the country. Besides authoring a large number of books he is credited to have compiled the famous Pakistan Book Trade Directory in 1966.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Benetton’s new outlet dazzles at Park Towers

Pakistan News & Features Services

The Kings Group, having pioneered the concept of franchise business in Karachi by bringing in the United Colours of Benetton more than three decades ago, opened an outlet of the famous global brand in the bustling Park Towers Mall, located in Karachi’s posh locality of Clifton. 

The presence of Benetton has been hailed as a welcome addition to the list of the high-profile brands which attract shoppers from the various corners of the ever-expanding metropolis. 

“Karachi surely gets a little more colourful with the arrival of the United Colours of Benetton at the Park Towers Mall. The Benetton’s Autumn Winter is in town now and the season’s collection brings together exciting clothes and accessories for men, women and kids,” Naheed Memon, Director, Kings Group, remarked during the inauguration ceremony on December 21. 

The Sindh Senior Minister for Education, Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, who had performed the opening of the first-ever Benetton outlet in the early 1980s, was again the chief guest in the inauguration ceremony of a new premises three decades later. 

Speaking briefly on the occasion, he expressed the optimism that the steps taken by the government will help in roping in more foreign investment in Karachi, the commercial capital of the country. 

“It’s very heartening indeed that the foreign brands have continued coming in and our people have the access to the best in the world. The franchises are playing their role in boosting the economy,” the Senior Minister noted. 

The Consul General of Italy, Roberto Franceschinis, who was the guest of honour in the ceremony, attended by the elite of the town, was also delighted with the opening of the new outlet. 

Aziz Memon, Chairman, Kings Group and one of the most respectable names in the business circles, was excited with the opening of the latest outlet of the Italian franchise in the bustling Park Towers, home to some of the leading brands of the world.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Shoaib Adil's efficiency deserves recognition

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Karachi Railway Division authorities have unearthed Rs 0.7 million embezzlement at Mirpurkhas Railway station which led to the arrest senior reservation supervisor.

The supervisor was arrested following a discreet raid conducted by Divisional Commercial Officer (DCO), Shaoib Adil Mughal, who earlier had received a tip of the loss being caused to Pakistan Railway. 

According to railway sources, the Mirpurkhas booking supervisor had not deposited the ticket sale amount of Rs 0.7 million and thus caused a revenue loss to the railway. 

The sources pointed out that an Inspection Team from Railway Headquarter Lahore had visited Karachi Railway Division on November 22 and 23 and also inspected Mirpurkhas Railway station but did not report this fraud to Karachi Railway division authorities. 

Shaoib Adil Mughal, after taking over as DCO on September 9, was credited to have unfolded two frauds of Karachi division inside a couple of months. In year 2012, he was also instrumental in nabbing a gang of retired railway employees who were selling fake railway Paper card tickets in Karachi. A case was registered against them. 

On that performance the Railway administration, headed by Anzar Ismail Rizvi, had recommended his name for bonus salary which was awarded to him besides the appreciation certificates. This year, despite unfolded two frauds, he has not been rewarded yet and instead having been recommended for OSD which was quite frustrating and demoralizing for any civil servant who has performed very well during the Mid career Management Course at NIM Karachi which offered him to join NIM and render his services for NIM as Additional Directing Staff. 

Since joining in September 2013, he has shifted at least a dozen staff on their irregularities and disciplinary action is underway against them Recently he raided 19 up at Ghadar station and in midnight Khyber Mail 1 up surprisingly from Kot and a STE in 1 up Khyber mail has been caught taking money from a passenger and he caught him on the spot. He also conducted inspection of HDR-MPS section and caught minor irregularities and one major irregularity of a booking clerk at Tando Allah Yay.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

SSUET hailed for making fast strides in engineering education

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi, has been progressing at fast pace because of its highest quality of education and best possible facilities available to its students.

This was stated by the President of the Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA) and the Chancellor of the SSUET, Engr Mohammed Adil Usman, while addressing the Annual General Body of the AMUOBA held in Karachi. 

He described the introduction of three new programmes of Architecture, Software Engineering and Bio Informatics from the 2014 academic session as a living example of the development and success of the university. 

He observed that since its inception, the university not only focused on providing best and most modern education but also produced a large number of engineers who have demonstrated their talent and skill not only in Pakistan but world over.

Engr Adil Usman pointed out that a major character of this university is that no student is deprived from acquisition of education merely because of financial constraints but poor and deserving students are financially assisted and during the last academic year about Rs 35 million were given to 1884 boys and girls as scholarship. 

He said that the establishment of CISCO Academy at SSUET was an important achievement and besides education in networking, the university has been made a center of online examination. 

The Chancellor pointed out that the SSUET was the only university in the private sector where extracurricular activities were fully encouraged and its students won top positions in various important national and provincial events besides sports and which speaks of their talents.

Emphasizing upon making the promotion and pursuation of education mission of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan as the AMUOBA’s foremost objective he committed not to ignore the element of merit to achieve highest educational standards at the SSUET. 

He specially recalled the services of AMUOBA’s late President, Engr Z A Nizami and its late Secretary, Mohammed Zakir Ali Khan, and said that foundation stone of a new 8-story academic block at the campus has been laid and the construction work was in full swing. 

Earlier the AMUOBA’s Secretary Mukhtar Ahmed Naqvi present the Association’s Annual report, highlighting the successes made towards the achievement of its objectives. The meeting approved the minutes of the AMUOBA’s previous AGM. The Treasurer SSUET, Salman Saleh presented the audited accounts of the Association.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

KWSB launches crackdown against defaulters

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) has launched a crackdown against defaulting domestic water consumers who were earlier served final disconnection noticed and severed 116 connections in the city’s different areas on November 26.

However, a team of KWSB’s revenue collection was attacked by some mischievous elements who opened fire at them in Federal-B-Area and A FIR has been filed against them, the KWSB said. 

The Deputy Managing Director Revenue, Mohammed Aslam Khan, disclosed that some 17 billion rupees are outstanding against water consumers and a recovery campaign has been launched on the directives of the KWCB Chairman, Mohammed Sajid Jokhio, and Managing Director, Qutbuddin Shaikh. 

Out of 116 connections severed, 21 were disconnected in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, 18 in Jamshed Town, 17 in North Nazimabad, 15 in Federal-B-Area, in Orangi, nine each in SITE and Saddar, seven in Korangi, four in Landhi, three in Bin Qasim and two in Lyari.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Karachi facing water shortage due to power cuts

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Karachi is experiencing a water shortage of about 20 mgd daily and by the fifth day it had reached the shortage level of 90 mgd because of the shortage of power supply to its pumping stations.

“The Water Board is unable to supply 650 mgd water which has by now come down to 450 mgd,” a spokesman of the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) disclosed, adding that a water crisis had developed in all areas of the city because power cut by the Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC). 

The KWSB has now enforced rotated water supply system and there had been shut down of water in Gulshan-e-Iqbal on November 25. 

There will be no water supply to PAF Masroor, Baldia, Sher Shah, Pak Colony, Old Golimar, Nazimabad and SITE from 8 pm on November 26 for next the 24 hours, a KWSB announcement said. 

It had already been warned the disconnection of power supply to the pumping stations of the KWSB could cause a severe crisis situation. 

The KWSB, a public utility organization, has been supplying water on a very nominal rate on no profit no loss basis, despite the rate of recovery being on the lower side.

NED University’s Petroleum Engineering department attains global recognition

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Texas-based Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) has declared the Petroleum Engineering Department of the NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, as an outstanding chapter of the year 2013.

The NED University’s SPE student chapter has received the Outstanding Chapter Award (OCA) for the second time. The chapter has distinguished itself as one of the top seven distinguished SPE chapters around the globe. 

The other OCA recipients for 2013 are the University of Lagos, the Malaysia University of Technology, the University of Aberdeen, the Universidade Estadual Do Norte Fluminense, Darcy Riberio, the University of Tulsa and Tyumen State Oil & Gas University. 

The Exclusive SPE student chapter of Pakistan has received all the three prestigious awards including chapter of the month and the Gold Standard status besides the OCA in the SPE Middle East North Africa and India region.

After receiving these prestigious awards in 2011, the chapter has been crowned once again with the OCA for the year 2013 through assessment of its programmes, activities, and levels of participation during a single academic year in respect to over 200 other chapters worldwide. 

The SPE Student Chapter team of the Petroleum Engineering Department enjoys the pride and honour to raise the flag of Pakistan in the whole region and to have brought laurels to the university and the department through this regional and international recognition. 

The SPE, founded in 1957 as a constituent society of the American Institute of Mining Engineers (AIME), is acclaimed as one of the largest individual-member organization serving managers, engineers, scientists and other professionals worldwide in the upstream segment of the oil and gas industry. It had become a separately incorporated organization in 1985.

The Oil and Gas Committee of the AIME had evolved into the Petroleum Division of the AIME as membership grew and as interest among the members was more clearly delineated among the mining, metallurgical, and petroleum specializations. 

The SPE has reached its highest number of members in its history, partly due to the high growth rate in the number of student members and chapters. It continues its constant search for new ways to meet member needs in all phases of their careers in all parts of the world. 

Meanwhile Prof Dr Muhammad Afzal Haque, Vice Chancellor, NED University of Engineering and Technology, and Prof Dr Sarosh Hashmat Lodi, Dean, CEA, have congratulated the Department of Petroleum Engineering, headed by its chairman Prof Dr Abid Murtaza Khan, on their accomplishments.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

4,500 appear in SSUET entrance test

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Around 4500 candidates appeared in the entry test seeking admission in the engineering disciplines of Computer, Electronics, Civil, Bio-Medical and Telecom besides Computer Science, held at the Karachi Expo Center on November 24, under strict security arrangements and under supervision of some 400 invigilators.

This year the ratio of female admission seekers appearing in the test in was higher than the previous academic year 2013. 

The test started on time at 10 am for which exhaustive arrangements had been made at specious Expo Center Halls. Besides the four provinces, a large number of candidates came from Gilgit, Biltistan and Azad Kashmir to appear in the test. 

Earlier, Chancellor SSUET, Eng Mohammed Adil Usman, alongwith Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dr Hawaid Hasan Rizvi, and Registrar, Syed Abrar Ali, visited the test centre and had an appraisal of arrangements made. 

Talking to journalists on the occasion, he said that the Sir Syed University was engaged in preparing and producing future professionals in various fields of engineering. The university has established itself as an internationally recognized institution because of the academic excellence achieved. 

“With career-focused education, SSUET enjoys the pride for having the best and qualified faculty which is committed to the highest international standards,” he remarked. 

Vice Chancellor, Prof Dr Syed Jawaid Hassan Rizvi, said on the occasion that keeping the new emerging trends in view, the university is introducing 3 new programs of software engineering, Architecture and Bioinformatics this year, to meet the growing market demands. 

Meanwhile, test results will be announced by mid December and the candidates have been advised to check it on the SSUET Notice Board or access the university’s website www.ssuet.edu.pk where they will also be posted.

Friday, November 22, 2013

KWSB urge KESC to restore power supply to pumping stations

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Karachi faced a shortage of 120 mgd in the supplies made to the city following the disconnection of power supply to the pumping stations of the Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KWSB) and the situation could go from bad to worse if the Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC) remained adamant in restoring electricity to pumping stations.

“There is every possibility that a severe crisis situation may arise in the city due to water shortage as a result of KESC’s action,” Qutbuddin Shaikh. Managing Director, (KWSB, warned. 

He said that schedule of water supply was badly affected due to shut down of power supply to pumping stations and if this continues, a volatile situation among citizens may erupt and particularly during the weekend when water consumption increases. 

He pointed out that the KWSB was already faced with water shortage but KESC’s such behaviour could further worsen the situation making it difficult to maintain equitable supply of water. 

Qutbuddin Shaikh reminded that the KWSB is a public utility organization which has been supplying water on a very nominal rate on no profit no loss basis.

He said although there is very low rate of recovery, still the KWSB was supplying water notwithstanding its limitations and the KESC should keep the interest of people in view. 

He said that the KESC should approach the Provincial and Federal Governments for settlement of its dues instead of punishing the citizens. He hoped that the KESC will make contact at government level instead of resorting to an extreme action. 

Reiterating the caution that the water supply shortage can even result in a law and order situation, the KWSB Managing Director elaborated that it takes more time in restoring water supply than the shut down hours and as a result the water supply schedule gets badly affected.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Bazm-e-Akram's Adab-o-Kutub Khana 5 published

Pakistan News & Features Services

The fifth edition of Adab-o-Kutub Khana, the flagship publication of Bazm-e-Akram, a forum named after Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari, one of the pioneers of the profession in the country, has arrived. 

The livewire of the Karachi-based forum, Prof Dr Nasim Fatima, a former Chairperson of the Department of Library and Information Science at the University of Karachi, is the Chief Editor of Adab-o-Kutub Khana 5 which has a couple of new editors as well in Mian Mohammad Saeed and Tauqeer Taqi. 

Like its previous editions, Adab-o-Kutub Khana 5 is rich in content and it has the contributions from library professionals as well as renowned literary figures of Pakistan alongwith a couple of articles from abroad. 

The 2013 edition of Adab-o-Kutub Khana is spread over 144 pages, priced Rs 300 in Pakistan with US$10 being its international price. It has been divided into three parts. Literature dominates among the three segments, followed by research and libraries. 

It contains editorial contributions from Prof Dr Nasim Fatima, Abdul Samad Ansari, Dr Amna Khatoon, Dr Nasreen Shagufta, Mian Mohammad Saeed, Tauqeer Taqi, Ibrahim Jalees, Iqbal-ur-Rahman Farooqui Qamar, Umaat-ul-Wadood Roohi, Anwar Shaoor, Bismal Sabri, Prof Seema Siraj, Jamshed Khan, Khawar Ijaz, Khursheed Baig, Zakia Sultana, Zain Siddiqui, Rao Tariq Mahmood, Syed Khalid Mahmood, Shaheen Alvi, Shamim Ahmed Farooqui, Fazil Jamili, Shahnaz Muzammil, Saima Qadeer, Sadaf Tabassum, Safia Shamim, Fatima Hasni, Nazia Mukhtar and Fahim Kazmi. 

Abdul Wahab Khan Saleem, Chief Patron, Bazm-e-Akram, in his message, has eulogized Prof Dr Nasim Fatima and her team for having done a fabulous job by continuing to bring out Adab-o-Kutub Khana despite the numerous challenges confronting them. He has hoped that the flame lit by the legendary Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari will keep enlightening the generations to come. 

Prof Dr Nasim Fatima, in her preface, has talked about the expansion and the changing face of Adab-o-Kutub Khana. She has recognized the new members in her team, praising their efforts in making its publication possible. 

She has noted that, as decided in the past few meetings of the Bazm-e-Akram, the scope of the forum has been expanded to all over Pakistan and accordingly the latest issue of Adab-o-Kutub Khana contains the contributions from Lahore, Multan, Bahawalpur, Gilgit, Sahiwal, Ahmedpur Sharqia and Burewala besides Karachi. 

She has acknowledged the support of Nadeem Sabzwari, A H Kausar, Dr Hafiz Mohammad Khalid, Munir-ul-Shahid, Dr Nasreen Shagufta, Dr Amna Khatoon and Abdul Wahab Khan Saleem in facilitating the publication Adab-o-Kutub Khana, hoping that its sixth edition would be brought out early next year. 

Jamaluddin Akhtar’s poetic tribute to Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari has been published on the back cover of the book with a photograph of the living legend who continues to inspire his large number of students, many of whom have had a distinguished career in the field of library science. The image of a bookshelf remains unchanged on the cover of Adab-o-Kutub Khana but the background colour has been changed to purple.

First phase of SSUET Admission process completed

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The first phase of ongoing 2014 admission process at the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi, has been completed with the expiry of the deadline for the last date for submission of admission forms for various engineering disciplines.

The second phase will envisage holding of written test on November 24 to be held at Expo Center and display of lists of successful admission seekers thereafter. 

Over 5000 will be appearing in the test. The university is offering admissions to Computer, Electronics, Civil, Telecommunication and Bio-Medical Engineering besides Computer Science. This year around 25-30 percent more admission forms have been submitted as compared to last year.  

During academic session 2014, the SSUET is introducing three new programs of Architecture, Bio-Informatics and Software engineering. This would bring the total number of faculties at SSUET to nine. 

The ongoing admission process was reviewed at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Chancellor SSUET Engr Mohammed Adil Usman and attended, among others, by Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Jawaid Hasan Rizvi and Registrar Syed Abrar Ali. 

The Chancellor directed that while granting admissions, high priority should be given to merit and transparency. He reiterated that holding of entry test on November 24 should be ensured in a peaceful environment. Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Jawaid Hassan Rizvi is personally monitoring the entire admission process to ensure merit.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Maqsood-un-Nabi takes over as new Railways DS Karachi

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Maqsood-un-Nabi, an officer of the railway group, has been transferred from the Pakistan Railways Headquarters, Lahore, and posted as the Divisional Superintendent of the Karachi Division.

Before the new assignment, Maqsood-un-Nabi was working as the Chief Operating Superintendent at the Railway HQ Lahore and he now replaces Mahmood Lashari who, on transfer, has been posted as Director General Vigilance at the Railway HQ. 

Earlier Maqsood-un-Nabi had served as the Chief Commercial Manager at Lahore and besides also having worked as the Deputy DS Railway at Karachi. He brings with him very rich experience in the field of railway operation as well as commercial sector. 

“My main focus will be on punctuality of trains and passenger facilitation,” the DS Railways said in an interview adding that since he took over the punctuality rate went up from previous low of 73 percent to 87 percent at present and it will improve further in coming days with the kind of measures being taken by him.

He said that he had taken up the management sector as a challenge for himself and issued directives to divisional managers to bring improvement in their managerial skills to achieve the desired targets set for them which include punctuality of train operation, public facilitation and most important revenue generation. 

Maqsood-un-Nabi remarked that back marketing of tickets has been controller by 99 percent and severe action taken against those involved in the menacing practices. 

He said that he has the full cooperation of SP Railway Police and Divisional Commercial Officer and black sheep in the force are being screened out. The DS Railway added that he had also taken up the issue of railway’s land grabbing and in his very first meeting with divisional officers he issued directive for developing a system to have immediate information about any case of land grabbing and initiation of immediate action by the anti-encroachment cell which too has been activated. 

Under public facilitation program, he said, passengers going for upcountry destinations are informed about delays in departure of trains through mobile phone messaging so that they may not have to face any inconvenience by reaching the station on time. Similarly cleaning coaches of trains leaving for upcountry destinations is being ensured particularly with emphasis on water and power supply. 

He said that he had issued strict instruction that there should not be repetition of any problem once identified. adding that on his directive a railway official is deputed at Cantonment Station who would check the trains and submit report about any event taking place during his duty hour.

Monday, November 11, 2013

SSUET extends date for submission of Admission Forms until November 18

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), Karachi, has extended the last date for submission of admission forms until November 18.

The deadline for submission of forms was expiring on November 11 but in view of the rush of the admission seekers, the university extended the date by a week to accommodate them. There, however, is no change in the date of aptitude test which is scheduled to be held on November 24. 

It has been emphasized that the admissions will be strictly on merit giving weightage to marks obtained in Matric (SSC), Intermediate (HSC) and aptitude test. 

This year there has been an all time high number of students seeking to get admission in engineering disciplines of Computer, Electronics, Civil, Bio-Medical, Telecommunication besides Computer Science with more than 30 percent increase reported in the number of admission seekers as compared to last year. 

The SSUET has over 5500 students on its roll studying in the engineering disciplines of Computer, Electronics, Bio-Medical, Civil and Telecommunication besides Computer Science. The university is already offering post-graduate programs at Master and Ph.D levels besides robust continuous education program in the evening. 

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has granted highest "W4" ranking to the University while graded as 5-star University by the Charter Inspection and Evaluation Committee of Sindh Government. The ISO 9001 certified, SSUET is a member of Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and International Association of Universities (IAU), UNESCO, Paris.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

More students submit admissions forms at SSUET as November 11 deadline nears

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

With less than a week left for the deadline of submission of applications for admission to various engineering disciplines being offered at the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), there is greater rush at the counters set up for the purpose.

The university has fixed November 11 as the last date for submission of admission forms while the aptitude test will be held on November 24. 

This year there has been an all time high number of students seeking to get admission in engineering disciplines of Computer, Electronics, Civil, Bio-Medical, Telecommunication besides Computer Science and already there has been a 25-30 percent increase in the number of admission seekers as compared to last year. 

From the new academic session 2014, the University will be offering new programmes of Architecture, Software Engineering and Bio-Informatics. However, this will be subject to approval from accreditation bodies. 

Keeping the ever growing number of admission seekers and seats limitations in view, the university has chalked out an expansion program whereby a new block to provide more class rooms and laboratories is being constructed to fulfill the PEC laid criteria. 

The university is also exploring the possibility of introducing some more BS program and research institutes. The university has allocated limited seats on merit for the wards of overseas Pakistanis. 

The SSUET has over 5500 students on its roll studying in the engineering disciplines of Computer, Electronics, Bio-Medical, Civil and Telecommunication besides Computer Science. The university is already offering post-graduate programs at Master and Ph.D levels besides robust continuous education program in the evening. 

It may be mentioned here that Higher Education Commission has granted highest "W4" ranking to the University while graded as 5-star University by the Charter Inspection and Evaluation Committee of Sindh Government. 

The ISO 9001 certified, SSUET is a member of Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and International Association of Universities (IAU), UNESCO, Paris. The university has announced that the admissions will be strictly on merit giving weightage to marks obtained in Matric (SSC), Intermediate (HSC) and Aptitude test.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Chancellor Adil Usman lays foundation stone of new academic block at SSUET

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi 
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The construction of a new academic block at the Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), Karachi, got underway with the laying of foundation stone and unveiling of the plaque by its Chancellor Engr Mohammad Adil Usman. The block has been named after the university’s first Chancellor, Engr Z A Nizami, who expired earlier this year.

Speaking on the occasion, Engr Adil Usman described the development of the Engr Z A Nizami Block as a matter of commitment and values and said it is being constructed in recognition of the remarkable services rendered by late Chancellor for the cause of engineering education and in pursuing the mission of great reformer and educationist Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. 

“Our all out focus is to make the university a centre of excellence and distinction and this new block will serve in fulfilling the cherished objectives,” he stated. Chancellor Adil Usman was of the view that our commitment to this institution is not simply a matter of creating modern facilities for students or developing a brigade of teachers, but also elevate it to a position serving as a national asset in the field of modern engineering education.. 

“This objective will be achieved through an ambitious programme of raising truly professional teachers by way of attracting talented candidates, sharing best practices, introducing curricular innovations and above all providing most modern training facilities. 

The new block is to be constructed on an area of 43,961 square feet and will have state of the art laboratories of geology, surveying, environment, geo-informatics, simulation, antenna engineering and transmission switching besides 16 spacious class rooms.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Bazm-e-Akram honours Dr Nasreen Shagufta befittingly

Pakistan News & Features Services

The Bazm-e-Akram, on the way to becoming a proactive literary forum of the library professionals, honoured their Vice President, Dr Nasreen Shagufta, in befitting manner in a luncheon reception held at the Liaquat Memorial Library, Karachi, on November 2. 

Glowing tributes were also paid to the legendary Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari, Founder President, Library Promotion Bureau (LPB), Karachi, and Founder Chief Editor, Pakistan Library and Information Science Journal (PLISJ), in whose name the forum was established in 1976 with Adil Usmani being the Founder President. 

The reception was organized to bid farewell to Dr Nasreen Shagufta, who will be proceeding to a three-month tour of the United States of America (USA), on November 14. She was showered with praise for writing her maiden book ‘Darakhshan Sitaray’ which has already gone to press and is expected to be published later this month. 

Prof Dr Nasim Fatima, a former Chairperson of the Department of Library and Information Science at the University of Karachi, who is also editor of Bazm-e-Akram’s flagship publication ‘Adab-o-Kutub Khana’ besides being the driving force behind the forum, wished Dr Nasreen Shagufta the very best of luck on the tour and announced that the launching ceremony of ‘Darakhshan Sitaray’ which is an account of 30 women library scientists of the country, will be held upon her return from USA in February 2014.

Abdul Samad Ansari, President of the Bazm-e-Akram and one of the leading library scientists of the country, appreciated the skills and the energy displayed by Dr Nasreen Shagufta, one of the editors of the PLISJ. 

Iqbal-ur-Rahman Farooqui, Secretary General of the Bazm-e-Akram, expressed similar thoughts while Dr Amna Khatoon, Azra Qureshi, Ateeb Ahmed and Mian Saeed, the other office-bearers of the Bazm, were equally appreciative of Dr Nasreen Shagufta’s accomplishment of writing her maiden book.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Karachi Conference to be organized on November 2, 3

Pakistan News & Features Services

A two-day conference on Karachi, the biggest city of Pakistan, is set to kick off on November 2 at the Arts Council of Pakistani premises located on M R Kayani Road.

Titled ‘Karachi Conference’, it aims to converge and celebrate critical discourse on the metropolitan city’s cultural mosaic, the processes of its historic evolution and its impact on the country’s development and culture. 

The conference will provide a unique opportunity for the citizens to engage with emerging discourse on the history and development of the city’s archaeology, culture, society, political economy, planning, built environment and related themes. 
A number of high-profile figures from different sectors will share valuable insights and thoughts during the conference, which is open to public free of charge. 

The Karachi Conference is a joint venture of the Karachi Conference Foundation, Karachi Youth Initiative, Habib University, Pakistan Arts Council, American Institute of Pakistan Studies, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture and Avari Hotels.

Collection of Iqbal Haider’s articles published in book form

Pakistan News & Features Services

Glowing tributes were paid to Iqbal Haider, a former Law Minister, at the launch ceremony of a book titled ‘Voice of Reason’ which is a collection of his articles compiled in book form by Zulfiqar Halepoto.

Intellectuals and civil society activists gathered in large numbers at the Karachi Press Club on October 31 to make the book launch a memorable event. 

Justice (Rtd) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim, a former Governor of Sindh, observed that Iqbal Haider was a true humanist, who worked for humanity without any discrimination. 

He recalled having invited him to the Governor House where the idea of declaring it a public place, especially the portion which was in use by Quaid-e-Azam, was discussed. 

Karamat Ali of PILER praised the efforts of Iqbal Haider for workers, particularly for fishermen of Pakistan and India. He shared that in 2011, he had appeared in the Supreme Court of Pakistan on behalf of Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) and PILER, in a case for release of Indian fishermen, which gave relief to over 450 Indian fishermen and released by the Pakistan government. 

Dr Jaffar Ahmed, Chairman of Pakistan Study Centre, University of Karachi, and Justice (Rtd) Majida Rizvi, the first woman judge of the country Justice (Rtd) Majida Razvi, also spoke and appreciated the efforts of Iqbal Haider for human rights.

Bazm-e-Akram to honour Dr Nasreen Shagufta on November 2

Pakistan News & Features Services

The Bazm-e-Akram, fast emerging as an active literary forum of the library professionals, will be honouring their Vice President, Dr Nasreen Shagufta, in a reception to be held at the Liaquat Memorial Library, Karachi, on November 2. 

The reception is being held on the eve of Dr Nasreen Shagufta’s departure for a three-month tour of the United States of America (USA), due to start in the middle of November. Her maiden book ‘Darakhshan Sitaray’ which is an account of 30 women library scientists of the country, being published by the Library Promotion Bureau (LPB), is also expected to see the light of the day around the same time. 

Prof Dr Nasim Fatima, a former Chairperson of the Department of Library and Information Science at the University of Karachi, who is editor of Bazm-e-Akram’s flagship publication ‘Adab-o-Kutub Khana’ besides being the moving force behind the forum, and Abdul Samad Ansari, President of the Bazm-e-Akram, have planned the reception to honour Dr Nasreen Shagufta, one of the editors of the Pakistan Library and Information Science Journal (PLISJ).

The Bazm-e-Akram, a forum named after Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari, Founder President, LPB, and Founder Chief Editor, PLISJ, had come into being in 1976 with Adil Usmani being the Founder President. It has withstood the test of the times and the founder members remain determined to carry forward the mission of their beloved 'Ustad-e-Mohtaram.'

Dr Nasreen Shagufta to debut as author with Darakhshan Sitaray

Pakistan News & Features Services 

Dr Nasreen Shagufta, after having written extensively in library journals and other publications over the years, is set to debut as author with her maiden book titled ‘Darakhshan Sitaray’ which is expected to be published within the next few weeks. 

‘Darakhshan Sitaray’ is an account of 30 women library scientists of the country, having made the most significant contribution to the noble profession over the years. The book is being published under the auspices of the Library Promotion Bureau (LBP), founded by Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari about five decades ago. 

The accomplishments of the eminent library scientists like Prof Dr Nasim Fatima, Prof Dr Kanwal Amin, Prof Dr Rubina Bhatti and Prof Dr Rafia Shaikh have been highlighted in the book, spread over more than 200 pages, to inspire the younger generation of library professionals. 

Dr Nasreen Shagufta, having taught library science at the college level for a number of years, is one of the editors of the prestigious Pakistan Library and Information Science Journal (PLISJ) besides being a Vice President of the Bazm-e-Akram, a forum formed by the worthy students of Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari. She is also a member of the editorial board of Bazm-e-Akram’s annual publication Adab-o-Kutub Khana.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Bazm-e-Akram’s Adab-o-Kutub Khana becomes international publication

Pakistan News & Features Services

Prof Dr Nasim Fatima, a former Chairperson of the Department of Library and Information Science at the University of Karachi, who is editor of Bazm-e-Akram’s flagship publication ‘Adab-o-Kutub Khana’ has decided to make it an international entity by accepting editorial contributions from all over the world.

Earlier this year, she had convinced the fellow members of the Bazm-e-Akram, founded initially by a group of dedicated library scientists who were taught by the legendary Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari, to strengthen it by welcoming eminent persons from the various fields sharing the passion for literary works. 

Credited for having kept the group of like-minded library scientists intact for the last many decades, she was the driving force behind convening yet another meeting of the Bazm-e-Akram at the Liaquat Memorial Library, Karachi, on October 26. 

During the course of the meeting, which continued over working lunch, Abdul Samad Ansari was re-elected as the President of the Bazm-e-Akram while Dr Nasreen Shagufta and Dr Amna Khatoon were elected as the Vice Presidents with Iqbal Farooqui and Syed Ateeb Ahmed getting elected as the General Secretary and the Joint Secretary respectively.

Prof Dr Nasim Fatima has continued working with missionary zeal in promoting the Bazm-e-Akram, a forum named after Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari, which had come into being in 1976 with Adil Usmani being the Founder President. 

“We are morally bound to keep the mission of our beloved teacher alive by hosting get-togethers and bringing out a magazine yearly by the name of Adab-o-Kutub Khana which is a collection of poetic and prose contributions from the members of the Bazm-e-Akram,” she remarked, informing that the 2013 edition of Adab-o-Kutub Khana has gone to press and the spadework on its 2014 edition has already commenced. 

She recalled the services Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari, Founder President, Library Promotion Bureau (LPB), Karachi, and Founder Chief Editor, Pakistan Library and Information Science Journal (PLISJ), whose guidance and support to his large number of students continued unabated.

Aligarhians vow to carry forward of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan’s mission

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Aligarhians have vowed to continue to carry forward the mission of great reformer and educationist, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan who devoted his entire life for emancipation of Muslims of South Asia and Islamic renaissance. 

The commitment of Aligarhians came in this regard on the occasion of Sir Syed Day marking the 196th birth anniversary of great reformer Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, observed under the auspices of Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA). 

“The steps taken by AMUOBA and its members will continue to carry forward the mission of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan,” said Engr Mohammed Adil Usman, President AMUOBA and Chancellor Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology while addressing the Sir Syed Day function held at AMUOBA’s headquarters in Karachi. 

He said that the AMUOBA observed Sir Syed Day every year to pay homage to Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and to refresh the minds of younger generation about the life and achievements of the great reformer who brought a revolution among the Muslims of South Asia and which finally led to the creation of Pakistan. 

“The objective is to continue with the struggle to further propagate the educational perception propounded by Sir Syed,” Chancellor Adil Usman said and added that the life of great reformer was rich with the implementation of mission for the aforesaid cause. 

“He is our role model and will continue to be so and the AMUOBA will keep moving forward for the fulfillment of Syed’s mission and the implementation of his thoughts and ideology.” he declared. 

At the end of his presidential speech, Engr Adil Usman recounted the services of late SSUET Chancellor and President AMUOBA, Engr Z A Nizami, and late General Secretary AMUOBA, Engr Zakir Ali Khan, for their contribution towards propagation of the mission and the cause carried forward by Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and said that establishment of Aligarh Institute of Technology and Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology was reflective of their efforts made with the contribution from AMUOBA members. 

Earlier noted intellectuals, researchers and writers in their speeches shed light on the life and achievements of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and said that today again the nation needs another Sir Syed who could emancipate it from its present day vows and tribulations. They included Prof Waqar Ahmed Rizvi, Azad Bin Hyder, Mahmood Sham, Prof Sehar Ansari, and Khawaja Razi Hyder. 

Mohammed Umer Khan, a SSUET student earned big applause when he spoke on the life and history of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and his contribution towards Islamic renaissance in South Asia. 

Prof Waqar spoke at length about Sir Syed’s efforts for promotion of the cause of Urdu and particularly the establishment of Scientific Society which was reflective of his wisdom and farsightedness. He pointed out that Sir Syed’s visit to London too was for the cause of Urdu and where he conceived the plan for publication of “Tehzib Iskhlaq” through which he later brought a mental revolution among the Muslims of South Asia. 

Azad Bin Hyder recounted the researches carried out by Muslims in the fields of science and medical and which was practiced by Europe. He cited an example of Dr Hamidullah whom the French government assigned the translation of Holy Quran in French and the then President Gen De Gaulle approved unlimited budget for the purpose. 

Noted Journalist and poet Mahmood Sham in his thought-provoking speech pointed out that the Aligarh Muslim University was established for the sake of a bright future of the Muslims and through his mission Sir Syed Ahmed Khan brought a change in the very complexion of sub-continent. 

“Today we are remembering the great reformer at a time when we are again a victim of unfortunate conditions,” he pointed out adding that once again we need a Sir Syed who could lead us to emancipation. He said the nation cannot get rid of selfishness and personal gains unless the very spirit of Sir Syed Ahmed is revived. 

Prof Sehar Ansari described Sir Syed a revolutionary personality and said there could hardly be anyone who would not be aware of his greatness, farsightedness and services and his wisdom and foresight emerged as guiding principles for the Muslims. 

Khawaja Razi Hyder said the sub-continent cannot brig to fore an example matching the achievements of Sir Syed. He said no one can envelope his multifaceted personality. He promoted educational thinking and provided a thoughtful base. 

On the occasion the SSUET students presented the “Tarana-e-Aligarh” which Aligarhians sung in unison. The function ended with a vote of thanks presented by General Secretary of the AMUOBA, Mukhtar Ahmed Naqvi.