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Residents stress early completion of uplift works

RAWALPINDI: The residents of Lalazar and adjoining areas decried unjustified delay in completion of uplift works including sewerage lines and streets.

The areas fall in the limits of Chaklala Cantonment Board.

Ijaz, an area resident, said that streets were excavated for laying sewerage pipelines and other works nearly a month ago but to the utter dismay of the residents, the project could not be completed so far. The resident complained of slow pace of work and lack of basic amenities including street lights in the area.

Altaf, another resident, said that in thirty days, only sewerage lines were laid, after which, he said, the contractor stopped the work, causing inconvenience to the residents on the road that witnessed bumper to bumper traffic during the rush hours.

He said that they had met officials of the Chaklala Cantonment Board to know about completion of the project, but did not receive any positive response. The residents said that open manholes in the area were also a concern for them as the same had become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. They demanded early remedial steps by the quarters concerned.

As the contractor left the work midway, the people levelled the ground in front of their homes on their own. Some areas, where there is no residence, are still unattended, creating problems for the residents, said Majid, another resident.

Meanwhile, the residents of street one and four also demanded repair of the streets which are fast breaking up due to non repair.–APP

AIOU upgrades science labs for better research

ISLAMABAD: Allama Iqbal Open University has upgraded its science labs at international standards to facilitate the students to carry out research activities in a way to address the socio-economic issues, Vice Chancellor Dr Shahid Siddiqui claimed while speaking at a training workshop.

The workshop was held to understand new trends in the field of material sciences, attended by researchers from twenty national institutions.

The workshop was aimed at updating the participants on new technology for evaluating and using relevant equipments. The event was organised by the AIOU’s Department of Physics. It was a part of the department’s ongoing activities to introduce new developments in various disciplines of physics and to promote research culture in the country.

The VC said that new technology had been imported from Germany and other developed countries to meet latest research needs. He added that it was imperative to bridge knowledge-gap in various academic fields to come at the par with the developed nations.–APP

The University, during the last three-years, focused on updating its students and faculty about new techniques and methods for conducting research that brings benefits to the society. A special financial incentives package was offered to the faulty to construct and create knowledge through research journals. They achieved a milestone in the field of research, as fourteen research journals were published in a short span of time. These numbers will reach to twenty by June 2018, the VC said.

In order to disseminate the research-findings, twenty-seven national and international conferences were arranged, besides holding more than 100 seminars and workshops during the last three years, he added.

He briefed the participants about the recent initiatives to bring about qualitative improvement in the overall working of the university. They tried to reach out to marginalised sections of the society, helping them to get educational facilities free of cost, which include prisoners, disabled, drop-out girls and transgender group, he explained.

Earlier, chairman Department of Physics Dr Zafar Ilyas highlighted objectives of the workshop, stating that it was a unique activity in its nature as it provided necessary know-how to researchers about XRD, FT.IR and LUMOS FT-IR microscope.

The workshop during its working sessions covered various aspects including theoretical background of different techniques, operation and data interpretations for analysis of samples of diverse nature.

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