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Infotech centre at Karachi University to be set up soon

KARACHI- Certificates were distributed to the students and scientists who participated in a scientific workshop and a computer course organized by Karachi University’s department of microbiology and the Pakistan Society of Microbiologists (PSM). The certificates were distributed by the vice chancellor of the university.

About 40 students of the microbiology department’s final year batch had attended the four-week computer course. And 30 scientists belonging to Liaquat National Hospital, Civil Hospital, five of the university’s departments, etc, had taken part in the two-day workshop titled “Molecular Biology Techniques”.

Speaking on the occasion, the vice chancellor of Karachi University, Prof Dr Zafar H. Zaidi, said a fully-equipped information technology centre and cybercafe, complete with 400 computers, would be established on the campus within the next three months. He said the IT centre would be set up with the funds provided by the Karachi University Alumni Trust.

The vice chancellor said the federal minister of science and technology had assured that 200 internet connections would be provided to his university free.

Speaking on the occasion, the president of the PSM, Prof Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi, said she had organized the computer course during the summer vacations so that her students could become adept at the use of computers. She said computer was a tool, which if used wisely could be very beneficial to the students and teachers alike. The professor said that in the initial phase of the course she had borrowed six PCs from the ADBP, computer sciences department and two faculty members of her university. When the students had become familiar with the fundamentals of the computer technology the Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre allowed them to use its 40 computers, she said.
Prof Shahana also told the vice chancellor about the many problems faced by her team in organizing the two events. She said her department didn’t have power generators, overhead projectors, slide projectors, etc.

The participants of the two events also spoke on the occasion. One of the students said the microbiology department didn’t even have proper microscopes. The vice chancellor in his speech promised the students that some microscopes would soon be provided to the department.
Later, the certificates were distributed to the participants. The instructors of the two courses were given shields as a token of appreciation. Prof Dr Hajra Khatoon, the microbiology department’s chairperson, also spoke on the occasion.

Source: The News
Date:7/21/2000