KARACHI – The official website of the University of Karachi set a record of most visited university website in the country with 90 million hits in the year 2012.The data transfer volume recorded during the year stood at a mammoth 3-TB (3100 GB). The busiest month was December 2012, during which 16 million hits were recorded and data transfer volume stood at about 600-GB. The gigantic increase during the month is due to the Admissions 2013 process going on at the University.All the information, forms, and results were timely posted and accessed by the candidates of BA/BSc/BCom. The annual examinations are also in progress and their schedules attract a lot of visitors.Moreover, the website also contains in-depth information regarding all the teaching departments of the university as well as publishes all the results announced by the Annual Examination Section as well as the Semester Cell.The website is maintained by the KU Main Communication Network and the record number of hits bears a testimony to their hard work and proficiency. It is pertinent to note that all the updates on the website are only made through notifications from the Registrar Office.KU HOLDS SEMINAR ON EUROPEAN UNION: Being demographically and area wise a small continent, Europe has produced remarkable people especially in past 400 to 500 years. These views are expressed by former senator and information minister of Pakistan Javed Jabbar in a lecture organised by Area Study Centre for Europe, KU here the other day.On the theme of ‘Promoting ideas of interfaith and cross-cultural ties in building a harmonious world: Role of the European Union’, Javed Jabbar gave a detailed account on the development in science and arts by European scientists and artists.“Johannes Gutenberg, Galileo, Newton, Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Marx, Lenin, Goethe, Beethoven and others have a deep impact on our lives due to their inventions and theories,” he added.While discussing religion, he mentioned that it was noticeable that Europe was not birth place of the three revealed religions of the world however; still Europe had strong association with the religion. He said that Europe’s relations with other faiths started with ignorance, then prejudice and then reached to hatred, adding that Nevertheless, some of the most comprehensive research about Islam was taking place in Europe and it provides an open environment for research and academic activities.Javed Jabbar said that contemporary Europe had recognition of Human Rights and had an official policy to promote interfaith harmony and there was list of countries in Europe which promote dialogue between different religions’. He told about some issues which still bother Europe about other religions which included ban of hijab, construction of minarets, Danish cartoons, killing of Dutch film maker, Norway killings, London bombings, Spain bombings, Chechen crisis, Balkan war and failure of Europe to protect Bosnian Muslims.However, he said, for the first time International Criminal Court was doing trail of war criminals and this credit goes to Europe.He also discussed few challenges which Europe was facing and according to him ‘demographic changes especially in the context of ageing when it was estimated that one third of the population of Europe would be over 60 years in next 30 years, pluralism due to which communities were unable to integrate, preventing extremism were few challenges which the continent was facing.“Europe has a genuine commitment to humanism and the first serious and sincere anti-nuclear camp was established in Europe.” He said that they also had realised the importance of planet in which we all live and hence they have shown serious commitment towards climate change, he said.In her concluding remarks, KU Area Study Centre for Europe In-charge Dr Uzma Shujaat said that in a world which was constantly shrinking due to globalization, and European Union which was going through the process of enlargement and transformation, interfaith and cross cultural dialogue was a subject that was increasingly touching the lives of the citizens of the world on a daily basis.She also added that the process of finding one’s own identity affected by the experiences of different nationalities and the ethnic, religious and cultural influences was the question effecting the psyche of Asian, Western and European communities.