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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Diamond Jubilee of Department of Geography University of Karachi Pakistan. (2012-22)


Commemorative Postage Stamp on Celebration of Diamond Jubilee of Department of Geography University of Karachi November 19, 2012:- One of the primate departments of the university, Department of Geography was established in November 1952. Its first Chairman, Dr. M.B. Pithawala was followed by Dr. Oskar Schmeider, Dr. Ibadur-Rehman, Dr. Shamsul Islam Siddiqui, Dr. Muhammad Ismail Siddiqui, Prof. Abdur Rauf Khan, Mrs. jamilaSarwar, Dr. Fazla Karim Khan, Dr. Iqtiday Husain Zaidi, Dr. Qazi Shakil Ahmed, Mr. Syed Asif Ali, Dr. (Mrs.) RAzia Afzal Niazi, Prof. Dr. Birjies Talat, Prof. Dr. FArkhunda Burke, Prof. Dr. Syed Jamil Hasan Kazmi, Prof. Dr. Khalida Mahmood and the current Chairperson Prof. Dr. FArkhunda Burke who have earnestly and painstakingly taken the department from its inception to the status of a glittering diamond. The department has been fortunate to be served by eminent, internationally reputed geographers and faculty including the uncoming, enthusiastic faculty members.
The department is housed in a two-storeyed building with lecture rooms, research laboratory, a well catalogued seminar liberary, staff rooms, girls’ common room etc. The Seminar Library containing more than 2000 books acquired by the department, through donations by retired teachers and ex-students, caters to the needs of more than 450 students. The Map Library containing about 3000 maps, ranging from topographical maps of various areas, maps of various cities and administrative maps of different scales; some aerial photographs and satellite imageries are available in the Department. The wall maps along the corridors pertaining to various regions of the world, and varying fields of geographic specialization give the department a geographic air. Satellite imageries of Pakistan and Karachi mounted on the elevations, express that maps are an essential tool of geography.
New perspectives in geography have evolved with the advent of Geographical Information System (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS) and Computer Aided Design (CAD). The department boasts of a computer laboratory for hands on working of students. A fully computerized research laboratory has been inaugurated by the Dean Faculty of Science, Prof. Dr. Nusrat Jamil, to cater to the thirty two registered research scholars.
An ‘A’ class Meteorological Laboratory established in 2003, in the foreground of the department is located on the WMO map. Regular reading are regularly dispatched by Supporting Staff trained for this purpose. The Abdur Rauf Khan Museum of Pre-History, contains relics of pre-historic cultures of Pakistan, collected from an area extending to about 120 miles around Karachi. The material ranges from early Paleolithic age through Middle and upper Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic to Harappan Age. Vertebrate fossils of Miocene Age derived from Sindh Kohistan and coastal areas of Sindh and Balochistan are on display in the museum.
To commemorate Celebration of Diamond Jubilee of Department of Geography University of Karachi, Pakistan Post is issuing a commemorative postage stamp of Rs.15/- denomination on November 19, 2012.