JAMSHORO: Sindh University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Abida Taherani has said that there is stern need that research conducted in developing countries including Pakistan, must be given a due positive recognition at global level, there should be some concrete efforts developing the theories which are universalized and acceptable with lesser resistance.

She said social sciences played a significant role in socio-economic development of any country and it was equally important for developing social norms as well as in reducing socio-economic inequality within the society adding that social science subjects taught and promoted humanity.

She said this while presenting her research paper titled ‘Modern trends in social sciences, special focus on Pakistan’ at the International Conference on Trends in Social Sciences & Humanities (TSSH-2015) held in Bali, Indonesia under the auspicious of Emirates Research Publishing (ERPUB) and Emirates Association of Arts and Management Professionals.

The key objective of International Conference on Trends in Social Sciences and Humanities (TSSH-2015) is to provide a platform to researchers, professionals, academicians as well as industrial professionals from all over the world to present their research results and development activities in Humanities and Social Sciences. The conference provided opportunities for the delegates to exchange new ideas and application experiences face to face, establish business or research relations and find global partners for future collaboration.

Vice-Chancellor Dr. Taherani said that there were many trends in social sciences. “New directions and dimensions are always desirable for sustainable developments; developing countries are different than developed countries. In developed world special attention is paid to Social Science subjects. Developing countries lesser amounts are reserved for developments of social science subjects”, said Dr. Taherani.

She said the subjects of social sciences were of subjectivity nature; therefore, trends did vary from one region to the other adding that ‘Pakistan is considered as developing country while social science field was considered lesser important than physical science subjects’.

“In my paper, attempt has been made to analyze the various trends with special focus on Pakistan”, the vice chancellor maintained.

She said “in the developing world including Pakistan the research which has lesser economic personal benefits is considered of no use. Engineering, medical, business and information technology subjects are considered as hot cakes than social science disciplines. Unfortunately, in developing world social status is attached with the fields and degrees”, she said adding that engineer or doctor is the symbol of status even though they are not as much profitable as some disciplines in social science.

Even at government levels the grants are granted on the basis of the immediate results of the projects and its wider immediate utility. As a result since last decade huge money was spent on the graduates opting for physical science subjects. Even this trend is found quite vivid in Pakistan where all emphasis is on practical research. As a result, social science could not get the much importance for developing theories at its own, Dr. Taherani said.

The researchers in Pakistan run behind the theories which are created and tested in Western countries. But the projects are started and executed in this part of world. As a result, the theories used in the projects do not necessarily support the main results of the projects. That is the main barrier expanding the fruits of research to wider community, she added.

Dr. Abida Taherani said that the utility and compability of the research in developing countries clearly varied as per prevalent socio-economic conditions and suitability of research activity. “Some research undertaken in these countries can be tackling pressing needs, while other research may not be doing so. Even though most of the developing countries depend on the global pool of the research but there is a dire need to conducting research keeping in mind the particular country needs”, she maintained. “Some socio-economic problems without any specific solutions are needed to be researched with local approach. There is also a need that social science research may be supported and its results are implemented to the local community level”, she said.

Director SU Area Study Centre Dr. Hamadullah Kakepoto also participated in the conference and presented his research paper on the occasion.

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IMG_9033JAMSHORO: National Independence Day was celebrated on Friday with national zeal and zest at University of Sindh Jamshoro and its campuses with a renewed pledge to rededicate their efforts towards nation-building as envisaged by Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

The event was connected with national program broadcast by Radio Pakistan as celebrated by the government of Pakistan; thus, the vice chancellor of the University of Sindh Prof. Dr. Abida Taherani hoisted the National Flag followed by National Anthem played on the occasion.

The event was organized at SU Hyder Bux Pavilion Ground which was attended by a large number of people including students, teachers, parents and members of civil society.

On the occasion, Dr. Abida Taherani said that this was the moment to explore the very fruits of ‘freedom’ by spreading education at door-steps of the citizens, specially the girls, so as to reap the fruits of ‘true freedom’.

She stressed the parents to keep their children aware of the sacrifices and untiring efforts made by the elders of the nation.

She urged the teachers and students to jointly work for a progressive‚ tolerant‚ moderate and pluralistic Pakistan.

In the mean while, the girls of Syed Panah Ali Shah Model School, Sindh University colony presented tableaux and made speeches in accordance with the day. They also sang national songs to pay glowing tribute to those who sacrificed their life for the cause of this country.

Besides, tug of war and other competitions were also held to celebrate the independence day.

On the other hand, the Independence Day Celebrations were also held with jubilant spirit and enthusiasm at the additional campuses of Sindh University.

The pro-vice chancellor of SU Laar campus Badin Prof. Dr. Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro, pro-vice chancellor of SU Mirpurkhas campus Prof. Dr. Parvaiz Ahmed Pathan, PVC of SU Bhit shah campus Dr. Aslam Parvaiz Memon, PVC of SU campus Thatta Prof. Dr. Sarfraz Hussain Solangi, PVC of SU campus Dadu Prof. Dr. Anwar Ali Shah G. Syed and PVC of SU campus Nausheroferoze Muhammad Nawaz Narejo hoisted the national flags at their campuses in the presence of their students, teachers and administrative staff while the Dean Faculty of Commerce & Business Administration Dr. Noor Muhammad Jamali hoisted the flag at SU campus Larkana.

The national anthem was played in the campuses after the flag-hoisting ceremonies. The participants on the occasion prayed to God for the prosperity, progress and development of the country.

On the other hand, flag-hoisting ceremony also took place at Dr. N.A Baloch Model School Elsa Kazi Campus Hyderabad. Dean, Faculty of Education Dr. Parveen Munshi hoisted national flag.

Principal of the school Ahsan Shah Rashdi, a large number of students, parents and teachers attended the ceremony.

Students sang national songs with full patriotic zeal on the occasion.

prayed to God for the prosperity, progress and development of the country.

On the other hand, flag-hoisting ceremony also took place at Dr. N.A Baloch Model School Elsa Kazi Campus Hyderabad. Dean, Faculty of Education Dr. Parveen Munshi hoisted national flag.

Principal of the school Ahsan Shah Rashdi, a large number of students, parents and teachers attended the ceremony.

Students sang national songs with full patriotic zeal on the occasion.

123JAMSHORO: The Vice-Chancellor (SU) Prof. Dr. Abida Taherani visited Sindh University, Allama I.I Kazi Campus Jamshoro, and inspected the ongoing semester examinations here on Monday.

The Vice-Chancellor visited arts faculty building and went in the exam centres to examine the examinations.

Talking to the teachers, Vice Chancellor said there was no end of reading and the habit of reading could enable the individuals to grow and develop adding that those who gave proper time to their studies, earned good name and fame in the world.

Dr. Taherani said: there is a tough competition in national job market and only those can get better jobs that study deeper & have good edification and knowledge.

Vice-Chancellor was accompanied by Registrar Ghulam Muhammad Bhutto, Controllers of Examinations Muhammad Ali Roshan Pathan, Ghulam Murtaza Siyal and others.

IMG_6886JAMSHORO: PMLN Senator Rahila Gul Magsi and SU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Abida Taherani inaugurated the 3rd phase of distributing laptops among 5700 students of bachelors and master’s degree programs of Sindh University. The ceremony was held here at SU Area Study Centre wherein higher education commission (HEC) representative Naeem Ahmed, Dr. Parvaiz Ahmed Pathan and others participated.

Dr Rahila and Dr Taherani on the occasion gave away laptops to 11 students and inaugurated the ceremony. The rest students out of 5700 would be able to collect their laptops from the office of focal person Dr Imamuddin Khoso.

Senator Rahila Magsi said laptops would be given to all the deserving students studying at Sindh University.

She said she would talk to prime minister for granting laptops to the faculty members of all the universities in Sindh including that of Sindh Varsity too in order that they may be able to provide the students with cutting-edge of knowledge.

Talking on the financial crisis in the universities of the province, Dr Magsi said that she would take up the issue of not releasing the funds in time to the varsities with the senate standing committee for education and ask it to release funds to Sindh University in time to help it steer out of the financial constraints.IMG_6871

Vice Chancellor Dr. Abida Taherani thanked the government for facilitating students at the University of Sindh adding that many students had benefitted from the Fee Reimbursement Programme of premier and that of laptop scheme.

The VC said it was the wisdom & vision of the Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif who introduced laptop scheme for the students and scholars of the universities in the country by which the research culture on the campuses will be promoted.

She said over 100000 laptops had been purchased by the HEC under the vision of prime minister and a total number of 7035 laptops had been given away only to Sindh University for its students.

“With this decision of federal govt. the scholars & students will be able to conduct research through internet and give good results, which will enhance the quality of higher education in the university, I believe,” she said.

Director IBA and focal person for the scheme at Sindh University Dr. Imamuddin Khoso said the scheme was in its 3rd phase under which the laptops were being given to students of Bachelor & Masters’ degree programme.

Dr. Khoso expressed hope that the students who received laptops will do their best to promote research on the campus IMG_6866and get benefit from the tens of thousands e-books, research articles and thesis which are available on the internet.

“The scholars can now ensure their access to the electronic books (e-books), other research material, newspapers and magazines which are available online,” he said.

He said that SU received 7035 laptops in total out of which 1300 were given to the scholars of M.Phil/M.S & PhD while in Phase-III, 5700 laptops along with internet device evo would be given to deserving students.

PlotsJAMSHORO: The Sindh University on Thursday handed over the physical possession of plots to 1150 allottee employees after the decision given in a meeting by the organizing committee of SU Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Staff Housing Scheme which was held 3 days back.

Vice-Chancellor of Sindh University Prof. Dr Abida Taherani inaugurated the ceremony of handing over the physical possession of the plots at Shaikh Ayaz Auditorium of the varsity by giving documents to four employees.

Addressing the participants at the ceremony, Dr Taherani said that plots of C category were being given to the employees whereas the possession of category B and A plots will soon be handed over to the allottee employees very soon.

She expressed happiness over handing over the possession of plots to the employees and said it was the outcome the hardworking of officers, faculty members and employees leaders that a number of allottees were getting the documents of their plots.

“All the employees are like my sons, daughters, brothers and sisters; that’s why it occurs to me as if I were getting the plot”, she said.

After handing over the physical possession of the plots, over two hundred employees would be regularized while in third phase, the deceased quota will be restored, the Vice-Chancellor said.

In the ceremony, 115 allottees were handed over the possessions of the plots under category C while the employees, officers and faculty members of next higher grades will be given the possessions very soon.

Among others, Registrar Ghulam Muhammad Bhutto, Dr. Sarfraz Hussain Solangi, Dr G.M Mastoi, Dr. Arfana Mallah, Mushtaq Ahmed Memon, Abdul Latif Soomro, Ghulam Murtaza Siyal, Muhammad Mashooq siddiqui, Muhammad Yousif Pardesi, Muhammad Usman Mangi, Dr Misbab Bibi and Ghulam Nabi Bhallai also participated in the event.

An employee Muhammad Ali Ghanghro rendered the service of comparing in the ceremony.

convocation 2013JAMSHORO: The academic convocation 2013 of the Sindh University (SU) will take place in June, 2015, in which degrees would be conferred upon 900 students of different programmes including PhD programmes, M Phil/MS programmes, master’s programmes and undergraduate programmes.

This was told in the meeting of organizing committee of academic convocation that met here under the chair of vice-chancellor Prof. Dr. Abida Taherani here on Wednesday.

The meeting agreed to constitute many committees including liaison, media & publicity, audio & video, refreshment & food, campus beautification, hall management, security & protocol committee and others to start their preparation for the convocation which is scheduled to be held in the month of June.

Dr. Taherani also constituted a 4-member gold medal committee consisting on Dr. Abdul Rasool Abbasi, Dr. Noor Muhammad Jamali, Dr. Parveen Munshi and Dr. Akhtar Mughal, which will search and recommend such personalities for the medal who have contributed a lot in the field of education and research.

Among others SU Thatta campus pro-vice chancellor Dr. Sarfraz Hussain Solangi, PVC SU NaushahroferozMuhammad Nawaz Narejo, Advocate Jhamat Mill, Both Controllers of Examinations Muhammad Ali Roshan Pathan as well as Murtaza Siyal, Registrar Ghulam Muhammad Bhutto, Faculty of Natural Science Dean Prof Dr Abdul Rasool Abbasi, Social science Facluty Dean Prof. Dr. Parvaiz Ahmed Pathan, Education Director Finance Abdul Latif Soomro, Advisor to Shaheed Banazir Bhutto Housing Mushtaq Ahmed Memon, Dr. Arfana Mallah, Dr. Wazir Ali Baloch and heads of various departments attend the meeting.

Pollution is a big issue in Pakistan

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but a proper attention is paid in developed countries over this burning issue to tackle with it to a great extent where as the situation in Pakistan is completely change. Here a proper attention has never been paid to the issue of pollution and environment which resulted destruction all over the country especially in Sindh due to the recent floods in 2010 and 2011. The matter does not end here, it is also predicted that this year more powerful monsoon rains are expected which will result in bringing high level floods in the country. This all happens because our governments never took the trouble of doing proper work over this issue.

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It is a fact that little attention was paid to pollution and environmental issues in Pakistan until the early 1990s. Related concerns, such as sanitation and potable water, received earlier scrutiny. In 1987 only about 6 percent of rural residents and 51 percent of urban residents had access to sanitary facilities; in 1990 a total of 97.6 million Pakistanis, or approximately 80 percent of the population, had no access to flush toilets. Greater success has been achieved in bringing potable water within reach of the people; nearly half the population enjoyed such access by 1990. However, researchers at the Pakistan Medical Research Council, recognizing that a large proportion of diseases in Pakistan are caused by the consumption of polluted water, have been questioning the “safe” classification in use in the 1990s. Even the 38 percent of the population that receives its water through pipelines runs the risk of consuming seriously contaminated water, although the problem varies by area. In Punjab, for example, as much as 90 percent of drinking water comes from groundwater, as compared with only 9 percent in Sindh.

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The central government’s Perspective Plan (1988-2003) and previous five-year plans do not mention sustainable development strategies. Further, there have been no overarching policies focused on sustainable development and conservation. The state has focused on achieving self-sufficiency in food production, meeting energy demands, and containing the high rate of population growth, not on curtailing pollution or other environmental hazards.

In 1992 Pakistan’s National Conservation Strategy Report attempted to redress the previous inattention to the nation’s mounting environmental problem. Drawing on the expertise of more than 3,000 people from a wide array of political affiliations, the government produced a document outlining the current state of environmental health, its sustainable goals, and viable program options for the future.

Of special concern to environmentalists is the diminishing forest cover in watershed regions of the northern highlands, which has only recently come under close scrutiny. Forest areas have been thoughtlessly denuded. Deforestation, which occurred at an annual rate of 0.4 percent in 1989-90, has contributed directly to the severity of the flooding problem faced by the nation in the early 1990s and in 2010 & 2011.

As industry has expanded, factories have emitted more and more toxic effluents into the air and water. The number of textile and food processing mills in rural Punjab has grown greatly since the mid-1970s, resulting in pollution of its rivers and irrigation canals. Groundwater quality throughout the country has also suffered from rapidly increasing use of pesticides and fertilizers aimed at promoting more intensive cropping and facilitating self-sufficiency in food production.

The National Conservation Strategy Report has documented how solid and liquid excreta are the major source of water pollution in the country and the cause of widespread waterborne diseases. Because only just over half of urban residents have access to sanitation, the remaining urban excreta are deposited on roadsides, into waterways, or incorporated into solid waste. Additionally, only three major sewage treatment plants exist in the country; two of them operate intermittently. Much of the untreated sewage goes into irrigation systems, where the waste water is reused, and into streams and rivers, which become sewage carriers at low-flow periods. Consequently, the vegetables grown from such waste water have serious bacteriological contamination. Gastroenteritis, widely considered in medical circles to be the leading cause of death in Pakistan, is transmitted through waterborne pollutants.

Low-lying land is generally used for solid waste disposal, without the benefit of sanitary landfill methods. The National Conservation Strategy has raised concerns about industrial toxic wastes also being dumped in municipal disposal areas without any record of their location, quantity, or toxic composition. Another important issue is the contamination of shallow groundwater near urban industries that discharge wastes directly into the ground.

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Water in Karachi is so contaminated that almost all residents boil it before consuming it. Because sewerage and water lines have been laid side by side in most parts of the city, leakage is the main cause of contamination. High levels of lead also have been found in water in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

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Air pollution has also become a major problem in most cities. There are no controls on vehicular emissions, which account for 90 percent of pollutants. The National Conservation Strategy Report claimed that the average Pakistani vehicle emits twenty-five times as much carbon monoxide, twenty times as many hydrocarbons, and more than three and one-half times as much nitrous oxide in grams per kilometer as the average vehicle in the United States.

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Another major source of pollution, not mentioned in the National Conservation Strategy Report, is noise. The hyper urbanization experienced by Pakistan since the 1960s has resulted in loose controls for heavy equipment operation in densely populated areas, as well as in crowded streets filled with buses, trucks, automobiles, and motorcycles, which often honk at each other.

These are such matters which need to be resolved by educating the people about pollution and its impacts over life in Pakistan. Government should take stern actions regarding it for ameliorating the deteriorating situation of pollution and contamination so that the floods highly expected in current years during monsoon may be tackled properly.