KARACHI - KMC Administrator Muhammad Hussain has said that promotion of humorous literature (satire) is need of the hour and a kind of charity.

He expressed these views while addressing as a chief guest at the Mazahiya (funny) Mushaira held in connection with the Hamara Karachi Festival by the KMC. MNA Kishwar Zehra, noted educationist Syed Azfar Rizvi, former federal minister Syed Safwanullah, Afzal Siddiqui, Saknan-e-Shehr-e-Quaid office-bearers and a good number of prominent personalities attended the event.

The Administrator said a series of mushairas was started with this mazahiya mushaira that would continue till a week. He said, “It is our duty to patronise all such programmes which will help improve the city atmosphere.” Hussain Syed said that being the citizen of an international city, it was mandatory for Karachiites to maintain its soft image and play their role in its progress and development.

MNA Kishwar Zehra said Hamara Karachi Festival was becoming the symbol of Karachi.

Culture and Sports Senior Director Rehan Khan said KMC was holding various programmes in the city and it was also cooperating in holding of the festival. Those who took part in the mazahiya mushaira include Rehana Roohi, Robina Bina, AK Khanzada, Nina Adil, Saeed Agha, Haider Husnain Jaleesi, Ameerul Islam Hashmi, Abdul Hakeem, Azar Kamal, Athar Shah Khan, Inayat Ali Khan and other poets.

KU to all BS students to switch over to honours: The University of Karachi will allow all existing students of BS 1st, 2nd and 3rd year to switch their programme from BS to Bachelors (Honors). Semester rules 2002 will be applied on them. However, in order to bring uniformity in the examination and evaluation procedures, passing percentage for both, BS and Bachelors (Honors) Programme, will be 45 percent.

This decision has been made in a recent meeting of Karachi University’s Academic Council which was chaired by Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Qaisar. Programme and Schedule of KU’s MPhil, PhD, MS and MD Programme have also been approved with minor modifications. The council rejected the report on bifurcation of faculties. Recommendation report for including Area Study Centre in the University of Karachi and making it a member of BASR, Academic Council and Syndicate has also been rejected and it was decided that the same policy will be applied on it which is followed by other centres affiliated with KU.

 Members of the Academic Council collectively gave approval for the five year BA, LLB Honours Programme. Academic Council also approved affiliation of 23 institutions.

Moreover, the Vice Chancellor, while considering the efficiency of teaching and research in the University, suggested that the examinations of BA, B. Sc and B.Com may be conducted in the respective colleges. The decision was highly appreciated by the faculty members. It was decided that a proper strategy will be devised in a meeting with the college principals.

During the meeting, Dr Abid Hasnain won election for the representative of BASR in the Academic Council. Dr Shahida Sajjad (Department of Special Education) and Prof. Dr. Mutahir Ahmed (Department of International Relations) have been nominated as representatives of Pakistan Study Centre and Area Study Centre for Europe, respectively.