KARACHI - Sindh Education Minister for Education and Literacy Pir Mazharul Haque has urged the students to get more knowledge about the Astrophysics. Regarding the functioning of the examination boards across Sindh, he said that he would discuss the matters with Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad. He was peaking at a one-day seminar on 'Exploring Universe' held on Tuesday in the Council Room of the Dean Faculty of Science, Karachi University (KU). "More institutions in Karachi will be given to Zindagi Trust if the trust would adopt four more institutions in the interior although there are instances where privatisation plan deteriorated the state of the educational institutions in the province," he observed. The Institute of Space and Planetary Astrophysics (ISPA), KU, organised the event in collaboration with the departments of physics, Applied Physics and the Department of Physics, Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology, to observe the World Space Week-2008. The minister was of the view that such types of seminars could play vital role for promoting awareness about Astrophysics. He said, "peace at any educational institution is considered basic part for an educational environment but it looks indecent that the presence of Pakistan Rangers makes sure peace at the Karachi University, which is the largest educational institution of the country. The presence of retired government officers on their positions is against the policies of the government." The senior minister strongly condemned the killing 18-year-old Tasleem Solangi in a barbaric manner in the interior and said that the act of throw the girl before hungry dogs was highly censurable.   KU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui said that the conduction of the seminar on such difficult issue was better opportunity for students and researchers to gain knowledge about the universe. He said our students must know that was universe and what was happening outside the world. The Vice Chancellor FUUAST Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser also discussed the importance of the astrophysics. Director ISPA Prof Dr Muhammed Shahid Qureshi said that over the past forty years excellent programmes in nuclear sciences and space sciences emerged in the form of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission and SUPARCO. He said, "ISPA is established only a decade ago with limited resources in terms of technological infrastructure and human resources; but due to its powerful curriculum and diverse of research interest, produced 10 PhD and MPhil degree holders during its infancy." Talking about Astronomical Observatory, he said that it was set up way back in the late sixties by Dr Fazal Ahmed, it houses a small German made telescope known a Code' Refractor that has polar mounting. "The object lens of the telescope is only sic inches in diameter but it can provide zoom to 500X which is only restricted by the worsening atmospheric conditions in the vicinity with the only telescope of its kind in the country the observatory still has the best facilities of planetary and astro-photography. The institute of Space & Planetary Astrophysics will also be holding a program on "Planet Watch" at the Karachi University Observatory tomorrow.