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Monday, July 24, 2017

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

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

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

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

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

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

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

In second place, Samreen Raja of Nusrat Jehan Academy Girls High School obtained 1029 out of 1100 marks, scoring 93.54 percent. In third place, Shamsa from Aga Khan School, Garden, attained 1027 out of 1100 marks and scored 93.36 percent.
Continuing a trend of strong academic foundations, the pass rates for Year I and Year II HSSC candidates was tallied as being 87.9 percent and 87.8 percent respectively. 

In addition, 72.7 percent Year I candidates and 75.2 percent Year II candidates scored 60 percent or above across all of their examinations. As with this year’s SSC results, female candidates proved themselves at the higher end of scores, with all of our top three overall positions belonging to women.

Mariam Sajjad from the Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Karimabad, Karachi, obtained first position by scoring 1050 out of 1100 total marks (95.45 percent) across her HSSC examinations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

SSUET release sporting activities chronicle


By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The sports activities at the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi, have remained an integral part of the schedule of their working since its establishment.

These activities have been taking place in accordance with the Aligarh spirit. The SSUET has laid great emphasis on physical fitness for the development of student‘s personality. Recently a chronicle of the activities of the SSUET students during the past couple of years in the field of sports has been compiled which documents their recent glories. 

According to the report, the SSUET achieved twin success in the IBA Sports Gala 2016-17 where its students won the cricket as well as the football tournaments. Then the SSUET secured first position in the qualifying rounds of the HEC All Pakistan Inter-Varsity Volleyball Championship 2016-17 while they made to the quarter-finals of the main event.

The SSUET emerged victorious in the HEC Inter-Varsity Hockey Championship 2016-17 as the edged out University of Karachi by a solitary goal in the final after having overpowered Iqra University 3-1 in the semifinals. 

They, however, lost to Punjab University in the quarter-finals of the main rounds. 

The SSUET clinched the All Karachi Inter-Varsity Cricket Tournament organized by Bahria University and participated by a dozen universities of the metropolis. They also won the Inter University Cricket Tournament organized by the NED University in 2016. 

They got second position in the clash of champions’ cricket tournament organized by NED University, losing out to Iqra University in the final. The International Sports Day for Peace & Development was celebrated with an exhibition volleyball match with the SSUET defeating the University of Karachi on their home turf.

The SSUET also featured in the HEC Inter-Varsity Basketball Championship 2016-17 where they down fighting to Greenwich University in the quarter-finals. 

The SSUET students also made their mark in the various weight categories of the HEC All Pakistan Inter-Varsity Boxing Championship 2016-17, organized by Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University, Karachi. 

The SSUET ended runners-up in the qualifying rounds HEC All Pakistan Inter-Varsity Badminton Championship 2016-17. They also participated in the All Pakistan Intervarsity Judo Championship 2016-17 held at Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam. 

The SSUET organized Pakistan Day exhibition hockey match in which outclassed Hamdard University 4-1 at the UBL Sports Complex.
They finished as the runners-up among 20 participating universities of Karachi in the PMA Inter-University Sports Gala 2017 held at the Pakistan Marine Academy as they were triumphant in hockey, football and volleyball tournaments while they were edged out in the semifinals of cricket and basketball competitions. 

The SSUET, as per directives of the HEC, hosted the Inter-Varsity Zone-G Football Tournament in January 2017. The five-day tournament, contested by 15 teams, turned out to be an organizational success story. They had also organized the Jashan-e-Azadi Inter-University Cricket Tournament in 2016 in which the top 12 outfits of the city took part. They ended runners-up after being overpowered by Hamdard University in the final. 

The SSUET, with the collaboration of the Sindh Sports Journalists Association, organized a seminar on the topic of state of sports in Pakistan at the campus which was well attended.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

AIT, SSUET staff pleasantly surprised

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The lower grade staffers of the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) as well as the Aligarh Institute of Technology (AIT) were pleasantly surprised at having received ‘Eidi’ before Eid-ul-Fitr. 

The surprise was given by Engr Anwar Ali, Convenor AIT and Vice-President Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA) who distributed Eidi among some 350 employees. 

 Around 200 employees of the SSUET in Grade 1 and Grade 2 and about 150 of the AIT also in Grade 1 and 2 including lower salary staff received Eidi from Engr Anwar Ali. 

"Our objective was to share with them the happy moments of Eid-ul-Fitr,” Engr Anwar Ali remarked, adding that the recipients of Eidi included naib qasids, juniors, clerks, drivers and security guards.

SSUET Chancellor urges greater focus on research oriented studies

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Chancellor Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Jawaid Anwar, has called for greater focus on research oriented studies and said the research carried out by faculty members during their higher studies abroad should relate to SSUET;s academic objectives. 

He stated this while talking to Dr Zain Anwar Ali, who called on the Chancellor after completing his PhD from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA) in China. The Chairman of Telecommunication department Dr Aamer was also present on the occasion and introduced 

Dr Zain to the Chancellor. Dr Zain was on study leave since September 2013 and did his research on the "Simulation of controller designing of rotor-craft Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). 

He presented his research work at different international symposiums and published in core Control Engineering Journal papers. 

Dr Zain is an active researcher and reviewer of many well known journals in the field of Electronics, Control Engineering Robotics and Aerospace Engineering. He informed the Chancellor that his research interest were in the area of Control Engineering Robotics, Aerospace Engineering and Industrial Controls and Automation Engineering. 

The Chancellor appreciated the areas selected by Dr Zain and regarded the same as very important from the university's academic point of view. Meanwhile Dr Zain has rejoined his department

SSUET reach out underprivileged population


By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi, took a lead this Ramadan, on the directives of the Chancellor, Jawaid Anwar, and its Community Welfare Society of the University's Guidance Centre organized a Ramazan Ration Distribution Drive successfully. 

The Chancellor's directive was to share the happiness of Ramazan to the most underprivileged population in Karachi. 

Around 63 needy families of different localities of Orangi Town were provided ration bags, which contained items of all the basic needs of a family to keep and break their fast. 

The SSUET Chancellor, Jawaid Anwar, lavishly praised the efforts made by the students and the zeal demonstrated by them in helping the needy families and said that this kind of activities did create a noble impression which must continue not only today but in future as well. 

The Convener of the Guidance Centre, Siraj Khilji, also appreciated the efforts made by the students of the SSUET for this cause, emphasizing that the students were the future of a nation they should know and care for every aspect of the community. 

He was of the opinion that as the citizens of a respectable nation the students be taught to have a vision to serve their people in need.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bill Gates appreciates Rotary Pakistan’s efforts for polio eradication

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, while announcing a commitment of up to $450 million to support the eradication of polio, has appreciated the role of Pakistan’s Rotary Polio Plus Committee, headed by Aziz Memon.
Speaking to an audience of nearly 40,000 Rotary members attending the humanitarian organization’s annual convention in Atlanta, Gates recognized the good work being done in Pakistan by the Rotary Polio Plus Committee as he made a special mention of the Resource Centre developed in Nowshera. 

Besides exchanging views with the Chair of Pakistan’s Rotary Polio Plus Committee, Aziz Memon, Gates also had a one-to-one meeting with Senator Ayesha Raza, the focal person for the Prime Minister of Pakistan. 

Meanwhile Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation renewed their longstanding support for ending polio, a paralyzing, life-altering scourge on the verge of becoming the second human disease ever to be eliminated. Rotary committed to raise $50 million per year over the next three years, with every dollar to be matched with two additional dollars from the Gates Foundation. 

This expanded agreement will translate into $450 million for polio eradication activities, including immunization and surveillance over the next three years. This critical funding helps ensure countries around the world remain polio-free and that polio is ended in the remaining three endemic countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.


“In 2016, fewer children were paralyzed by polio than ever before, thanks to the dedication of Rotary members and our partners. The paralysis of even one child by a preventable disease is unacceptable, and I'm proud to see our members redoubling their commitment to ensure we reach every single child with the polio vaccine,” John Germ, President, Rotary International, observed. 

In a partnership spanning a decade, Rotary and the Gates Foundation, along with the other Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners, have led the effort to end polio worldwide. 

This funding extension reaffirms a commitment established at the 2013 Rotary Convention in Lisbon, Portugal, when the Gates Foundation pledged to match Rotary contributions two-to-one, up to $35 million per year through 2018. Rotary, including matching funds from the Gates Foundation, has donated more than $1.6 billion to polio eradication. 

“The vision of eradicating polio began with Rotary, and its support of that effort has been unwavering for more than 35 years. Rotary’s commitment to raise $150 million over the next three years to end polio forever is a testament to the compassion, generosity, and kindness of more than a million Rotarians around the world,” Gates stated. 

The announcement came on the heels of the news that world governments and other donors have pledged to contribute US$1.2 billion total to the GPEI for polio eradication efforts. The government funding, also announce at the Rotary Convention, will substantially help to close the US$1.5 billion funding gap, allowing partners to immunize 450 million children every year and support rigorous disease surveillance in both endemic and at-risk polio-free countries. 

While the government funding announced made considerable headway in the fight to end polio, continued support from donors remains vital to achieve a polio-free world. The global eradication of polio has been Rotary’s top priority since 1985. 

Through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a public-private partnership that includes Rotary, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year at the start of the initiative to just 37 cases in 2016. 

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteers dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

SSUET to organize biomedical conference


By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi, has announced to organize the inaugural International Conference on biomedical engineering and medical sciences in the second week of October 2017. 

It will be a mega event to be held as part of the celebration activities on the eve of 200th birth anniversary of great reformer, educationist and visionary Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. 

The Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA) has declared year 2017 as the year for celebrating the 200th birth anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan.  

A number of memorable events have already been held under the aegis of the SSUET and the AMUOBA while more are to follow during the year with the biggest being the Sir Syed Day, an annual feature, to be observed on October 17. 

The Chancellor SSUET, Jawaid Anwar, is the Patron-in Chief of the Conference while Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dr M Afzal Haque, is the patron. 

A 14-member organizing committee comprising of Prof Dr M.A. Haleem, Chairman of biomedical engineering department, Dr Bushra Jabeen Mehdi, Dr Engr Zia Mohy-ud-Din, Dr Darakshan M. Saleem, Dr Mariaz Raziq, Dr. Engr Eraj Humayun Mirza, Dr Uzma Mahmood, Engr Nadia Sikandar, Engr Mohammed Muzzamil Khan, Engr Syed Fahad Akbar Ali, Engr Shafia Tabassum, Engr Syed Muhammed Omair, Engr Nageen Shahid and Engr Sania Tanvir has been delegated the task of hosting the event in a befitting manner. 

Besides a large number of biomedical scientists and engineers from home, about a dozen speakers are expected from abroad including those from USA, Sweden, Canada, Germany, South Korea, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Ireland, Finland and UK having confirmed their participation. 

Biomedical engineering applies engineering principles to medicine and improving quality of life for humans and animals. It is a highly trans-disciplinary field, integrating physical, chemical and mathematical sciences with clinical studies. 

Biomedical engineers use their expertise in engineering, biomedical engineering sciences (biophysics, biochemistry, biotechnology and physiology) besides medicine to make the world a healthier place. They develop and apply trans-disciplinary knowledge and skills to solve complex problems and improve health care technology, from diagnostics to treatment. 

The two-day conference aims to address new developments in the domain of biomedical engineering and medical sciences. It will host talks of internationally renowned speakers from industry, academics and research institutes.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Olympian Jaseem Khan visits Alma Mater


By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The captain of the Pakistan hockey team, Olympian Jaseem Khan, who remained a student of the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi, and obtained an engineering degree from the institution, visited his Alma Mater. 

On the occasion he met Chancellor Jawaid Anwar and Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mohammed Afzal Haq besides Registrar Syed Sarfraz Ali, Dean of Engineering Prof Dr Altaf, Faculty Chairpersons and other university officials. 

The Chancellor eulogized the services of Jaseem Khan and described him a special talent which emerged from the SSUET and became a national asset. 

Wishing him all the best in his future career, Chancellor Jawaid Anwar presented him the university's souvenir The Director Sports SSUET, Mubbashir Mukhtar, Javed Iqbal and Asif Zaheer were also present on the occasion.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Journalists working in electronic media need training: Mahmood Sham


By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Noted journalist, writer and thinker, Mahmood Sham, has reckoned that the journalists in electronic media are less skilful and trained in comparison to those in the print media and there was a need to hold workshops for their training.

He was replying to questions from participants on the occasion of the launch of his book ‘Indifference in the time of extremism’ held in Karachi. 

On the occasion, the author read out selected excerpts from his book and observed that electronic media did commit errors but there was no doubt about the talent and wisdom of people attached to this sector. 

He was of the opinion that there’s a vast gap of technology between the electronic and print media as electronic is much ahead of print media but those in print media are literary in nature and take advantage of libraries. 

In journalism, he viewed, no one can be made a reporter or sub-editor with out proper training whereas in electronic media get hold of the microphone on the very first day.

He told a questioner that he was satisfied with his career and he didn’t feel repentance on adopting any other profession. 

To a question from the resident editor of Nawa-e-Waqt, Amin Yousuf, Mahmood Sham recalled that the journalists’ movement of early 1970s was much bigger than that of 1978 when newspapers did not publish throughout the country for nine days and the government shunted out 200 journalists. 

Speaking on the occasion Prof Tausif Ahmed said that official secretariat was in vogue even today. He recalled that Mahmood Sham was the first to become victim of attack on press and at that time official secret comes under the purview of treachery. 

Others who put questions to Shamji were Agha Masood, Kazi Asad Abid, Yawar Mehdi and Aijazul Yaqin. Mahmood Sham said that Roedad Khan who today was championing the cause of democracy and revolution had been in the forefront during his time in putting restrictions on him and the press.

Sir Syed’s bicentennial birth anniversary celebrations underway

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA), in collaboration with Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) plans to hold numerous programmes during the current year to celebrate the 200th birth anniversary of the legendary reformer and educationist, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan befittingly.

This was stated by AMUOBA President, Jawaid Anwar, who is also the Chancellor of the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), in his latest interview. 

 Preparations were in full swing and the events would include a conference and a seminar, besides the celebration of the Sir Syed Day in a grand style this year. 

Sir Syed Day is celebrated every year on October 17 but this year will mark the 200th birth anniversary of the great reformer and educationist. 

Jawaid Anwar informed that the celebration activities had already started and in that regard two lectures on the life, achievements, mission and philosophy of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan had been held. The lectures were delivered by Prof. Islahi who specially came from Aligarh for the purpose. 

“We plan to hold a Bio-medical conference dedicated to Sir Syed Ahmed Khan later this year. We will also organize a quiz competition on Sir Syed while the Sir Syed Memorial Lecture is also included in our plans", 

Chancellor Jawaid Anwar informed adding that as many as three books on Sir Syed will be published and launched to highlight his monumental contribution. 

The AMUOBA President said that the concept of social reforms of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan was based upon acquisition of modern scientific education. 

The key ingredients of his concept are proper upbringing, character building and tolerance and the Aligarh Muslim University proved to be the laboratory where these concepts were experimented, which produced students who possessed the above traits. The positive result of this experiment was the establishment of Pakistan, Jawaid Anwar stated.