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Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said – A Real Inspiration

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The Person

Hakim Said was a man of firm determination, humble at heart, full of devotion and possessed a pleasant personality. The sole object of Hakim Mohammed Said was to develop and promote eastern medicine and to transform Hamdard into a great institution of service to humanity. He dedicated his life to this cause and Allah Almighty crowned his selfless dedication and ceaseless efforts with remarkable success. His aims were to alleviate human suffering, eradicate evil from society, and help it according to the tenets of Islam.

Apart from his eminent service in the field of medicine, Hakim Mohammed Said will also be remembered with gratitude for Madinat al-Hikmah (City of Education Science and Culture) which he built in the outskirts of Karachi. It started with Bait-al-Hikmah, which comprised of a big library and a research centre and then expanded into various educational institutions. The foundation stone of Madinat al-Hikmah w as laid in 1983. Bait al Hikmah Library was established here in 1989, which was inaugurated by Mr. Ghulam Ishaq Khan, Former President of Pakistan.  

Work & Contribution

Hakim Said worked whole heartedly day and night to contribute to the establishment of an institution where people specially the youth will have a platform to know and learn about the Islamic history, medicine etc.

 

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Benefits of E-Learning

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Here are Some good benefits of E-Learning:

  1. It’s Free!
    There are no costs involved in reading open access articles at all; no subscriptions or pay per download fees or any hidden costs. The costs of subscription based journals have risen up to four time faster than inflation since the 1980s (Open Access Overview). Open Access provides a quality and affordable alternative.
  2. Easy and Convenient – Open Access Articles can be accessed by anyone, anywhere.
    Open access online publications can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection. You do not need to be a member of an institution such as university or pay high subscription fees to access journals and articles, nor are you restricted to only being able to access articles via networked computers in public libraries. Open Access articles and journals are available worldwide, with no geographic restrictions. This all means that Open Access is much easier to use than alternatives such as inter-library loans or wrangling with expensive and complicated usage restrictions.
  3. High Quality
    Open Access work is peer reviewed to the same high standards as the traditional model of subscription based journals. It is published by world leading experts and affiliated to institutions such as universities, research councils and governments. With an open access you can be sure the information you are getting is of high quality.
  4. Articles Are Free To Use For Teaching Purposes
    Open Access articles have little or no restrictions on providing articles for teaching purposes, only the URL need be provided to ensure compliance with copyright. This makes Open Access articles perfect to use for E-Learning courses as they are free and easily distributed online; there is no need to pay a fee for permission to use articles in lessons or to distribute copies to students.
  5. Open Access is growing fast
    The term ‘Open Access’ was first coined in the early 2000s and it has grown rapidly since, the number of publications and articles available via open access is increasing, spurred on by government funding, many countries now require publicly funded research to be Open Access. Many universities, institutions and research funding bodies now require researchers to provide access to their research through Open Access repositories. All seven UK research councils have adopted an open access model and many private foundations such as The Welcome Trust publish their research under Open Access and world leading universities such as Harvard, MIT, University College London and the University of Edinburgh require research to be available through Open Access repositories. A number of studies show that the number of Open Access journals and articles has increased rapidly since the early 2000s and this trend looks set to continue (Open Access Growth).

Open access fits in perfectly with not only the practicalities of eLearning but the ethos of widening participation and access to education. Open Access materials are perfect for all kinds of e-learning uses including MOOCs (massive online open courses) as well as smaller, closed courses, Open Access articles can be used easily by students and teachers a like. By using Open Access you can be sure you are getting high quality articles covering the latest research and developments across many disciplines including the sciences, business, the humanities and the arts.

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Why Students Use their Campus Library ?

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The college library is an important hub of campus life. There, you can check out books, conduct your research, find a quiet place to study, and maybe even flip through a magazine. What’s more, today’s college libraries extend their reach out into the Internet, making many services and resources accessible right from their websites.
But how are students using this great wealth of resources?
To better understand students’ study habits, we wanted to explore how, and why, they use their campus library. So, in our survey, we asked: What do you do when you’re at your campus library? Nearly 3,000 students responded. Here are their top four reasons for spending time there.

 

Why Go to the College Library? Students’ Top Four Responses
1. Study alone. By far the most popular response at 77%, the clear majority of our surveyed students head to the library to focus on their studies… by themselves. To us, this response shows that, no matter what kinds of resources are offered by the library, this learning space is (and will probably always be) regarded as a great place to get serious about work.
It also means that, during peak study periods (such as finals week), students would do well to get to the library early to secure the study spot of their choice!
2. Use the online databases. More than half (51%) of the students said that they’re at the library to use the online databases, indicating that a good portion of their research work is completed at the library.
Unfortunately, many students will often find themselves in front of a looming deadline… and a closed library. Or perhaps they can’t make it to the campus library for other reasons (such as parenting responsibilities, a lack of transportation options, or a need to travel away from home). Lessen your students’ stress by reminding them that they can access their college’s databases from their own computer. Typically, all they’ll need is internet access and a username and password (which usually requires a campus e-mail account or library card). (Of course, before mentioning this, you’ll want to double-check to ensure that this is true for your campus.)
Starting your students on a research and writing project? Encourage them to review these nine tips for successfully writing a research paper.
3. Use reference materials. Whether they’re in need of general resources such as encyclopedias and dictionaries, specialized publications such as field-specific bibliographical guides and indexes, or other references that simply aren’t available in electronic formats, students visit the library to access non-circulating materials that they need to complete their projects.
Even so, given that only 39% of students stating that they use the reference materials, we recognize that many students may not even be aware of these materials’ existence. (Or, if they do, they may not know the valuable role they can play in the research process.) If your course includes a research project, encourage your students to make use of them. Students may also appreciate being reminded that, if they aren’t sure how to use these helpful reference tools, their campus librarian will be able to assist them.
To further guide your students, you may even wish to make a bibliography that lists the reference materials that would be of most use to them. But first, you might want to check your library’s website; in many cases, the librarians have already created subject guides that describe the resources available for specific fields and disciplines. Your librarian may also be able to create a course guide that lists the reference materials (and other resources) that suit the specific needs of your class.
4. Meet their study groups. Whether it’s for the luxury of having a big table, the convenience of accessing nearby scholarly and reference materials, or the simplicity of having a central place to meet that’s not their own homes, the library is a popular place for students to gather for study and group projects. More than one third (34%) of students said that’s why they visit their library.
Are you assigning group projects for your course, or do you recommend that students get together in groups to study? If you know students will use the library as a meeting space, advise them to reserve a study room. There, they can talk over the details of their projects without worrying that their conversation is disturbing other students.

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