Karachi Uni BiographySource (google.com.pk)
Karachi University is Pakistan's largest university. Ranked number one by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. Located in Karachi and only 12 kilometers away from the city center. The University claims to have more than 20,000 students enrolled as regular students in 57 departments under 7 faculties, 17 research institutes and about 100 affiliated colleges. The university caters to the teaching requirement of 15 million population of the city. University also arranges examination, result and degrees of about 25,0000 students other than those studying at the campus.
The University of Karachi was established under the Karachi University Act in June 1951. On 29 October 1951, university started in five evacuee buildings, located in a very congested business neighborhood. Prof. A.B.A. Haleem appointed as its first Vice Chancellor.
In the first academic year only four departments were established. Of these were Philosophy, Geography, Mathematics, and zoology. The departments contained no more than one or two teachers.
In 1953-54, the existing departments were expanded and new departments of General History, Islamic History, Political Science, Economics and Bengali in Arts and Physics, Chemistry and Botany in Science were opened (Naseeb: 1978)i. In short, during the time span of two years 13 new departments were established by adding 6 departments in Arts and 6 departments in Sciences. On 18th January 1960 University of Karachi got shifted in its present place measuring 2 sq miles or 518 hectares on the Country Club road now known as University road. From 1965-71 Museums were established at the departments of Botany, Geology, Geography, and General History. Since then the University has started many new departments and research institutes.
The university is publicly funded by Provincial Government of Sindh. It also receives grants from the federal government and various donors.
Chancellor: Governor of Sindh Dr. Ishrat ul Ibad
Vice Chancellor: Prof.Dr Muhammad Qaisar
The university is located on 1279 acres, 12 km away from the city center and on main University road. The university was planned to be located on the outskirts of Karachi but the rapid growth and city's population has turned the surroundings into densely populated area. Well connected to almost all parts of Karachi by Buses. The university also runs its own shuttle service to pick up students from all parts of the city. The same shuttle service also works inside the campus.
Main Communication NetworkEdit
The University of Karachi also holds the distinction of having the largest academic fiber optic network in Asia. The network, known as the Main Communication Network was established with the help of funding from Higher Education Commission of Pakistan . The Main Communication Network provides fiber optic based links to over 57 departments and 7 research institutes. Internet and Intranet taish services are being offered to all the departments through this network.
The Department was established in 1996 with an objective of imparting quality education in the multidisciplinary field of Biotechnology at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Biotechnology is defined as the application of biological systems to basic and technical and industrial processes. These processes are based on the use of some form of biological catalyst in the conversion of a substrate to a desired product. These biological catalysts are simple as enzymes or highly complex microorganisms or eukaryotic cells.
Scope of Biotechnology
Biotechnology can be viewed as a group of useful, enabling technologies with wide and diverse applications. It has large, highly profitable, modern industrial outlets of great value to society e.g., DNA recombinant technology, most revolutionary branch of the modern science and have a profound impact on medicine, contributing to the diagnostics and cure of hereditary defects and serious disease and the development of new biopharmaceutical drugs and vaccines for human and animal use. It also deals with the modification of microorganisms, plants and farm animals for improved and tailored food production and to increased opportunities for environmental remediation and protection.
New technologies dealing with plant and animal breeding are much faster and have lower costs. Genetically modified crops are growing exponentially. The field is further exemplified with the industrial production of enzymes like proteases, amylases, celluloses and lipases, industrial manufacturing plants for milk and milk products,alcohols, organic acids, antibiotics, vitamins, growth promoting factors and monoclonal antibodies.
Graduates of Biochemistry usually get employment in well-known Pharmaceutical and food industries of Pakistan. Countless opportunities are available in clinical Laboratories, research institutes and teaching Institutions.
The department of History established in 1953 is one of the oldest departments of Karachi University which is proud of having world renowned scholars such as Dr. Mahmood Hussain, Dr. Riazul Islam, Dr. M.H. Siddiqui and many more as its faculty members.
Teaching and Assessment
Every course is a 3 credit hour course. Teaching methodology is based on historical accounts, primary and secondary sources and visits to historical sites and Archives of various institutions. Classroom teaching is interactive and supported by seminar discussions, extension lectures by esteemed scholars. Our teaching approach is analytical unbiased and we encourage students to examine the historical events in global perspective. Our main emphasis is on developing historical research writing. We also offer noncredit courses in various languages as per requirement.
Assessment Scheme: Mid-term, assignments research projects and terminal test.
National: Department of Archaeology, Historical research centers, Museums, Teaching and Civil Services, Media (electronic and print), back office researcher & NGOs.
International: International organization like UNO, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, SAARC, ECO etc. Teaching and research assignments in national and international universities.