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(VIDEO AND TEXT) VC Altaf Hussain all set to transform FUUAST into a world-class university!

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KARACHI: Venue was the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) where journalists from all over the Metropolis converged to be part of a Presser addressed by the recently appointed (on 7th of December, 2017) Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. S. Altaf Hussain.

Speaking on the occasion he drew a parallel between a Mosque and a University and held that both should be equally revered.

He said that for him the students’ education and interests were of ultimate importance and any failing in this respect would not be tolerated.

Maintaining that teachers’ job was to edify and concentrate on research work, VC held that it was not appropriate for them to demonstrate on the roads and hold press conferences.

Pointing towards the ongoing agitation by teachers of the University, VC said that there were not more than 15 teachers involved in the manifestation against administration for their own agenda risking the academic future of thousands of the University students.  

Dr. Altaf Hussain, while elaborating that few teachers who are receiving hundreds of thousands of rupees under the tenure track system told that they also wanted to encroach upon the administrative posts instead of teaching.

He told that legally such teachers could not hold any administrative posts.

According to the VC Dr. Hussain due to inappropriate stance of such teachers students are continuously suffering, rate of admission is diminishing and the University is facing financial losses.

He said that as the VC of Allama Iqbal Open University for almost five years he had managed to transform the institution into one of the world’s best universities.

Dr. Altaf Hussain said that he wanted to act in the same dynamic way to ameliorate the standards of Urdu University as well.

He held that fearing the accountability and imminent transformation, ten to fifteen teachers were trying to create hurdles and pressurize the administration in order to protect their own interests.

Vice Chancellor, while warning those involved in politics of severe actions, assured the teachers and non-teaching staff that with their support the university would soon come out of the present tribulations and progress towards a brilliant future.

 

 

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Graduation ceremony and Exposition of the works of pupils of 31st batch of AFK’s Diploma in Professional Photography!

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KARACHI: French Cultural Centre (Alliance Française de Karachi)’s main Art Gallery was the venue where eight graduating students of the 31st batch of Diploma in Professional Photography exposed their works. 

Director Alliance Française Gilles Pascal and MD Canon Muhammad Mahmud Naqvi gave away the diplomas to the successful students. Adrian Lobo received the award for the best creative work while Abdul Rafey Hasan was judged the best student of the batch.

Speaking to the Newspakistan.tv (official partner BBCNEWS) Professor Rahmatullah Khan informed: “In 2006 we have introduced 1-year diploma in photography for the first time in Pakistan! It is an internationally recognized diploma.

Pupils learn different photography techniques. We teach almost everything from A to Z, except under-water photography because not everyone can do that.

Works of eight students are being displayed in this exhibition. Each student is exposing 30 of his/her photographs. During the six-month diploma course each student captures 8000 photographs. Out of that we select & display the best ones”.  

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(VIDEO AND TEXT) Aurélie Salvaire’s book ‘Balance the World’ launched at AFK

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KARACHI: Conference Room of Alliance Française (French Cultural Centre) de Karachi was the venue where Barcelona-based French social entrepreneur and author Amélie Salvaire introduced her book Balance the World: Tactics to Help you Launch a Gender Revolution!

This book is a feminist guide for millenials gathering international projects aiming at balancing the world. Its digital version can be downloaded for free. Those interested can also buy the print version of the book on the website: http://www.shiftbalance.org/book/

While launching her book Balance the World (published by Amazon) here at Alliance Française (French Cultural Centre) de Karachi she talked exclusively to Newspakistan.tv (official partner BBCNEWS):

Q: Why Social Entrepreneurship?

A: I grew-up in a small village in the South of France. And I think I have been following a very traditional path like going to business school etc.

I moved to Spain because I wanted to have more quality life, somehow. And little by little I moved towards social entrepreneurship and realized that I wanted to be one of the persons changing the world. So it has been a progressive journey.

I wanted to work on the topic of gender equality because it is definitely touching me as a woman.   

My father, my grandfather and grandmothers were extraordinarily caring. But they were also showing some imbalance in the way they would treat other women, in society.

Me! I was the good girl, somehow. You know, I was the granddaughter… studying well etc. But the other women were not so privileged.

Q: In Pakistan powerful women (too) exploit the weak!

A: Power system is protecting the powerful. And that’s how the power system works.

Q: Why heart and roses on the cover (of the book ‘Balance the World…)?

A: It is heart and roses because the message is caring from the heart. It is not a message of war. It is a message of love. And it is also a tribute to the famous Mexican painter Frida Kahlo!

Q: Ideal situation and tactics suggested!

A: Ideal situation is quite simple: it is that half of our institutions are run by women and half and half of our homes are run by men. It is as simple as that. It is balance!

All the tactics are non-violent tactics: it can be humor, it can be infiltrate, it can be quotas, it can be boycott… There are many tactics that is listed in the book to actually contribute to a more balanced world.

Q: Organisation run by you?

A: My work is my own organization. Shift Balance is my own NGO registered in Spain. And we organize different workshops, training and talks in Pakistan as well as in other countries.

Q: Why Pakistan?

A: Because, I was invited here one year and half year ago. Because, in terms of gender equality Pakistan is second last in the world. But more than this, when I talk to the young generation they are very eager to hear this message. They want to know more about it. And I feel like the new generation wants more balance between men and women

Q: Is your message different for Pakistanis?

A: Not really! I Because I do the same in Spain, in France…after Pakistan I am going to Australia, I will do the same. So I don’t have any savior face when I come here. It is like I teach the young generation everywhere and I use what I learn here to teach people in the West and vice versa. T tell people here that the West is not perfect definitely. And to tell people there that there are actually a lot of people here changing the things.

Q: You mentioned China in your talk!

A: Because we were talking about how the people who come to any country change the stories and the myths and the power system. So, you know that China will play a really big role in the coming years in Pakistan. I think that will probably have an influence on gender (equality).

Q: Do you know that there is no Pakistani woman working for CPEC projects?

A: I am not very surprised to hear that. I am not saying that it is going to change for the better. I never imply that.

Q: West is responsible for backwardness of women?

A: The West has its responsibility in many countries in taking the situation of the women backwards definitely. But as much I can’t blame you for the politics of Pakistan, it is hard to blame me for the politics of the West!

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First All Sindh Intercollegiate Research Forum!

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KARACHI: Vice Chancellor Jinnah Sindh Medical University (JSMU) Professor Doctor Syed Muhammad Tariq Rafi, while speaking on the occasion of inauguration of first medical research forum here has maintained that without medical research the dream of a healthy environment could not transform into reality”.

He said that in order to gain control over the spread of diseases health vision was extremely important, “in its light our medical students must advance in the field of specialization and research. JSMU provides its doctors with specialization opportunities in areas where research and planning is non-existent”.

HEC Regional Director (Sindh) Jawed Memon informing that HEC provides funds for research stated that if researchers timely inform the Commission about their requirements, it could provide assistance. He maintained that research allowed man profoundly ponder over complex issues.

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