Sindh University (SU) Jamshoro has launched online learning management system (LMS) in a bid to impart distance education on the campus and established directorate of distance education (DDE) here on Friday.

The establishment of directorate of distance learning education is aimed at imparting education through distance learning method by using the latest technology named ‘Information & Communication Technology’ (ICT).

In the initial phase, admissions in three important disciplines which include MA in English, MA in Sindhi and MA in Islamic Studies have been started on the campus.

According to University Spokesman, Higher Education Commission (HEC) provided Sindh University with online learning management system with the idea to create interaction among the teachers and students as it (HEC) intends to replace private mode of learning with distance learning education through ICT interaction.

He said that the idea of the establishment of DDE originated only in an attempt to improve quality of education by providing an effective alternate to private examination system wherein the learning outcome always remained poor and pitiable.

In this regard, a delegation of HEC consists of Deputy Director Quality Assurance Hakim Ali Talpur, Senir Program Officer Mahesh Ahuja and Quality Improvement Specialist Fakiha Zafar visited SU to assess the progress in the field of distance education and they held a meeting with Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Imdad Ali Ismaili at his office. The focal person of newly established DDE Prof. Dr. Parveen Munshi and Director SU Quality Enhancement Cell Dr. Azhar Ali Shah also participated in the moot.

The meeting discussed about the strategic plan for strengthening and improving the Directorate of Distance Education and pledged to work together for imparting quality education through ICT.

Vice Chancellor on the occasion assured the HEC delegation of extending every possible support to materialize the plan on priority basis. He also briefed the HEC representatives about the online students’ attendance system that was launched and implemented on the campus 3 days back.

Dr. Ismaili hoped that the online learning management system would also be beneficial for regular students as well.

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SU Controller of Annual Examinations has declared the results of M.B.B.S (Bi-Annual) Examinations, 2013 of Muhammad Medical College Mirpurkhas and L.L.B (Part-I) Annual Examinations, 2013 here on Thursday.

According to press statement issued here, the result of the M.B.B.S Bi-Annual Examinations-2013 of Muhammad Medical College, Mirpurkhas declared. In 1st professional, Part-I, nine students having 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12 roll numbers have been declared successful while the two candidates having 3 & 4 roll numbers have been declared fail while the result of roll no. 01 has been with-held due to copying case.

Similarly, in 1st professional Part-II, all the candidates having roll numbers from 1 to 11 have been declared successful while in 2nd professional Part-III, 15 candidates having roll numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 & 19 have been declared pass and four candidates having roll numbers 1, 6, 9 & 16 have been declared fail in the examinations.

In 3rd professional Part-IV, all the candidates having roll numbers from 1 to 39 have qualified the examinations whereas in final professional Part-V, 19 students having roll numbers 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21 & 22 have passed the examinations while 4 candidates having roll numbers 4, 6 & 14 have failed in certain papers.

On the other hand, as many as 1731 candidates filled-in examination forms to appear in the annual exams 2013 of L.L.B Part-I. Out of which 1199 candidates have been declared successful and 404 as fail. 33 candidates remained absent in the exams whereas the result of 95 candidates has been with-held due to certain reasons. The result of L.L.B (Part-I) can be seen by logging on to https://usindh.wordpress.com/.

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Speakers at a seminar on Thursday claimed that frequent consumption of chhalia (betel nuts), gutka, pan and tobacco was behind the increasing cases of oral cancer, they suggested that a civil society and district administration coalition be initiated to eliminate their use in Jamshoro, Hyderabad and other cities of the province.

Speakers said that even babies were indirectly exposed to hazards due to their mothers’ consumption of gutka and mainpuri — concoctions of betel nuts, tobacco, lime, flavoring colorants, catechu and some other ingredients.

According to University Spokesperson Nadir Ali Mugheri, a seminar was organized by SU Bureau of Stags in Shaikh Ayaz Auditorium of Arts Building, University of Sindh Jamshoro in a bid to highlight the hazards of gutka, pan, chhalia and mainpuri on human health.

Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences Prof. Dr. Parvaiz Pathan, Dr. Parveen Munshi, Muhammad Yousif Pardesi and large number of students and faculty members participated in the seminar.

Dr. Muhammad Tahir Shaikh told that Pakistan was one of the 15 countries of the world which housed two-thirds of the world tobacco users. Up to 75 per cent of oral cancer patients present in hospitals admitted that they had used chhalia, pan, gutka or mainpuri. About 7pc children in Hyderabad city used gutka.

Dr. Amar Khuwaja said that surveys had revealed that chhalia, gutka, pan and mainpuri imported or manufactured and marketed in various cities of Sindh largely contained artificial (textile) colour, artificial sugar, addictive substances, chemicals and animal blood. Beside the different preparations sold in colourful packing, chhalia even in its simple form could act as a carcinogen, he said while showing slides of patients who either died from or were under treatment for oral cancers.

He said it had also been established that betel nuts used in these items were mostly of low quality and were often found with fungal infections. Apart from the carcinoma of the oral cavity, the betel nuts, gutka, pan and mainpuri caused sub-mucous fibrosis in teenagers using them, and led to build-up of constricting bands of collagen in the cheeks and adjacent structures of the mouth.

Dr. Maqbool Khuwaja said mothers in certain coastal populations used gutka before breastfeeding their babies. The mothers admitted that their chewing habit caused sleepiness in the babies, adding that only a special awareness session could make them realize the hazards they were transferring to their babies.

He called for a complete ban on smoking at public places, educational institutions and all government and non-governmental organizations, and sale of tobacco within and around educational institutions. Ban on import, manufacture, advertisement and sale of chhalia and gutka also be imposed without any discrimination in all parts of the cities including Jamshoro, Hyderabad.

He said the Sindh government had already imposed a ban on manufacture and sale of gutka and mainpuri across the province, but the violation of the ban could not be stopped so far.

However, he said that many cases of seizing chhalia, pan & gutka were taking place but mere seizure of the products and sealing of manufacturing premises would not help control the sale and consumption of the prohibited or medically unfit products. The government’s efforts could not bear fruit unless supported by the people and civil society at large through creating awareness, change in behaviour of individuals, including workers and students.

He said civil society, parents and families could play a vital role in making children and relatives aware of the diseases pan, gutka, supari, chhalia etc could cause.

Dr. Parvaiz Pathan on the occasion told the participants, mostly students & members of civil society, that a strong campaign against gutka, pan, chhalia and mainpuri was needed to be launched regularly so that the awareness against these products among the masses might be created.

“We need to do more as cancer treatment is expensive, and developing countries like Pakistan cannot bear the burden of such a disease,” he said.

Dr. Pathan further said he wanted to see a good combination of the district administration and civil society members in every city of the province so that they could effectively address problems of the health sector.

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The authorities of Sindh University Jamshoro have implemented online students’ attendance system on the campus here on Wednesday.

With the implementation of the newly introduced online attendance system, the minimum attendance of students for appearing in all the semester examinations has been fixed 75%.

By this computerized attendance system, the performance of faculty members, their presence in the class rooms, the attendance percentage of the students and the details of lectures could be monitored on daily basis.

In this regard, the Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) of the University organized the launching ceremony for the newly developed online student attendance management system in Video Conference Hall situated at the office of Dean, Natural Sciences. The event was chaired by SU Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Imdad Ali Ismaili and attended by Pro Vice-Chancellors, Focal Persons, Campus Coordinators, Deans of various Faculties and Heads of Departments.

On the occasion, Dr. Azhar Ali Shah, Director of QEC, briefed on the main features and functions of the computerized attendance system. This was followed by hands-on demonstration regarding the system given by Deputy Director of QEC Kamran Dahri.

In his presidential remarks, Vice Chancellor Dr. Imdad Ali Ismaili highlighted the impact of student attendance on teaching and learning quality.

He said: locally as well as globally researchers have observed that attendance is one of the important components of the academic production in addition to the class size, peers and teachers.

He said that most of the Universities prescribed attendance as compulsory owing to the impact adding that the students were required to maintain 75% minimum attendance in each and every course of the program under SU semester rules, failing which they shall not be allowed to appear in the semester examinations.

Dr. Ismaili said that if a student failed to attend any lecture during the first four weeks of the commencement of semester as per announced schedule, his/ her admission shall stand cancelled automatically without any notice.

He said that the emerging semester rules were required to be implemented in letter and spirit adding that the development of computerized attendance management system was an effort towards better implementation of the semester regulations so as to improve the quality of education.

Lauding the efforts of the Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) under the leadership of Dr. Azhar Ali Shah, Dr. Ismaili said that the newly developed online student attendance management system was user friendly and some of the departments like IICT and SU Mirpurhas Campus had already been using the computerized system.

“The rest of the departments have already been provided with the required training in order that they may properly use the software”. Dr. Ismaili maintained.

He added that the university was paying significant amount as an additional allowance to Quality Coordinators in each department who will take efforts and extend their coordination with the Heads of their Departments and Quality Enhancement Cell, in order to ensure whether all the attendance was uploaded timely.

Vice Chancellor assured of providing with the complete logistics in terms of provision of computers and internet facilities to every department so that the new system may work smoothly.

Dr. Ismaili accentuated that PVCs/Focal Persons/Campus Coordinators, Deans, Head of Departments and the Quality Enhancement Cell through their respective accounts must monitor whether every faculty member and department uploads the attendance information regularly through the online software.

He directed the authorities concerned to discuss monthly progress report consists of stAudent attendance as well as percentage of course completion in the Management Review Meeting (MRC) and take decisions accordingly.

Dr. Ismaili said: the next task for QEC is to seek registration of ISO Quality Management System.

He directed that the monthly student attendance and course completion progress reports must be displayed on University’s website so the students may check and ensure their feedback.

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A Research Grants Committee has been constituted at Sindh University (SU) Jamshoro in a bid to encourage research activities in the momentous disciplines of certain faculties including that of Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Management Sciences, Education and Law.

According to University Spokesperson, the research grants committee has been formed in the light of the decision made in the 95th meeting of the Finance & Planning Committee that had held on June 6, 2014.

The committee will start its work forthwith so as to motivate the research work in various disciplines of Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Management Sciences, Education and Law.

The university allocated Rs. 12 million for the said research project while the fresh & senior faculty members who are PhDs have been included in the research grants committee.

The Research Grants Committee will work under the office of Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, University of Sindh Jamshoro.

Talking with the officials, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Imdad Ali Ismaili said that the especial attention was being paid on the research activities. Because according to him the quality education cannot be imparted without conducting research in the varsity.

He said those universities in the world achieved the goal of higher education which concentrated upon research along with edification.

Dr. Ismaili pledged that he will bring the university on top in ranking by motivating research activities in the faculties of natural sciences, social sciences, management sciences, education and law.

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The Vice Chancellor University of Sindh Prof. Dr. Imdad Ali Ismaili visited campus and reviewed academic activities in the class rooms of various institutions and departments.

He stressed the students to utilize their smart cell phones as electronic book and get informative materials and data from the various libraries in the world through internet.

Dr. Ismaili paid a surprise visit to Institute of Commerce, Institute of Business Administration, Institute of Physics and Institute of Information Technology along with Registrar and other officials of the varsity.

He asked the students about the academic activities and advised them to ensure self-study on regular basis.

Talking to Prof. Dr. Imamuddin Khosa, Dr. Muniruddin Soomro, Dr. Akhtar Mughal and other senior faculty he said that especial attention was being paid on the academic and research activities on the campus in order to produce well educated manpower for both public and private organizations.

Vice Chancellor said: the faculty members are dedicated and committed in the university and they are fully concentrating on imparting quality education.

Later a delegation of Sindh University Officers’ Welfare Association (SUOWA) led by President Ghulam Murtaza Siyal met vice chancellor at his office and congratulated him on resuming the charger of SU VC.

The delegation included Sajid Qayoom Memon, Syed Sajad Hussain Shah, Abdul Majeed Panhwar, Ali Akbar Jalbani, Rafiq Solangi and Ghulam Hyder Lashari.

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A four-member delegation of Hyderabad Press Club led by President Altaf Koti met the Vice Chancellor, University of Sindh Jamshoro, Prof. Dr. Imdad Ali Ismaili at his office on Friday.

SU Registrar Ghulam Muhammad Bhutto, University spokesperson Nadir Ali Mugheri and Abdul Hafeez Abro were also present on the occasion.
The Vice Chancellor briefed the delegation on the varsity’s administration, academic and research developments, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

He told the delegation that SU had improved in all parameters in the previous four to five years adding that SU students were winning positions in competitions being held at national & international level.

Dr. Ismaili further said that the law and order situation on the campus had been ameliorated & the environment was made peaceful as well as friendly.

He told the delegation that the HEC ranking of the university will be improved by focusing on research as according to him SU stood on No. 8 in Higher Education Commission’s ranking last year owing to less work done on research.

“We will have to enhance research culture to a great extent by which the raking of the varsity can be improved”, Dr. Ismaili maintained.

He said that Punjab was progressing rapidly in the field of education in comparison to that of Sindh adding that he worked along with the owner of Punjab Group of Colleges Aamir Mehmood for a period of 3 years and he found him dedicated and committed towards education.

“His dedication towards education put the Punjab province on the path of development in education sector but in Sindh, the visionary people like Aamir Mehmood are not ready to come up and invest in the field of education in the province”. Dr. Ismaili said.

He said that the mid-term exams on the campus will start from September 22, 2014 and the semester exams to be held in time.

Linking the prosperity of Sindh with the development of SU, he said the law and order had been maintained in a bid to provide peaceful atmosphere to the students adding that the role of Police & Rangers in this regard could not be ignored.

He said that the series of negative propaganda against the university had been brought to an end by introducing positive activities and implementing reforms.

Dr. Ismaili told that as many as 30 thousand students were studying on the Allama I.I Kazi Campus Jamshoro and on seven additional campuses whereas over 80 thousand students were doing BSc, BA, MA from various affiliated colleges.

The HPC delegation including President Altaf Koti, Secretary Mansoor Marri, Ali Hassan & Khalid Khokhar on the occasion thanked SU Vice Chancellor for a warm reception. The delegation invited Vice Chancellor to meet the press at HPC which he accepted.

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Governor Sindh & Chancellor of the Universities in the province Dr. Ishratul Ebad Khan has assigned the charge of Vice-Chancellor University of Sindh Jamshoro to Pro-Vice Chancellor of SU Mirpurkhas campus Prof. Dr. Imdad Ali Ismaili. A notification in this regard has been issued by Governor’s House on Thursday.

Dr. Imdad Ali Ismaili has resumed the charge.

According to the notification issued here, Governor Sindh/Chancellor has been pleased to allow Prof. Dr. Imdad Ali Ismali, Pro-Vice Chancellor, SU Mirpurkhas Campus to look after the affairs of the Vice Chancellor, University of Sindh, Jamshoro in addition to his own duties during the absence of Prof. Dr. Abida Taherani.

It further said that the Governor has been pleased to grant extension in Ex-Pakistan leave in favour of Prof. Dr. Abida Taherani, Vice-Chancellor, University of Sindh Jamshoro for a period of one month, with effect from September 4 to October 3, 2014 for her treatment in United Kingdom. The notification said.

On the other hand, the officers, faculty members and employees met Prof. Dr. Imdad Ali Ismaili at Vice Chancellor’s office and congratulated him on resuming the charge of vice Chancellor.

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Sindh University has extended the last date for seeking admissions to B.Ed. & M.Ed. Distance Education Program for the session 2014 up to September 9, 2014.

According to Director Admissions, the last date which was previously fixed as August 31, 2014 has now been extended up to September 10.

Interested candidates are advised to obtain admission from concerned branch of HBL Elsa Kazi Campus (Old Campus) Hyderabad.

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Advocate Jhamat Jethanant has been appointed as Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Sindh, Jamshoro for a period of 3 years. The appointment has been made by the Governor & Chancellor of Universities in Sindh Dr. Ishratul Ebad Khan.

Registrar University of Sindh has issued the notification in this regard.

It may be noted that Advocate Jhamat Jethanand has also worked on the same position previously.

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