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PAF-KIET convocation, 495 degrees awarded

495 degrees awarded at seventh PAF-KIET convocation
Karachi, Apr 05: The seventh convocation ceremony of the PAF- Karachi Institute of Economics & Technology was held at PAF-Korangi Creek Campus on Saturday.

As many as 495 graduates were conferred degrees in the disciplines of Business Administration, Computer Science, Engineering and Computer Arts.

A maximum of 357 degrees were awarded to the students of the College of Management Sciences, including 130 in BBA, 225 in MBA and 02 in MS. Of the remaining degrees, 64 were awarded in the College of Computing & Information Sciences including 26 in BS, 25 in MCS and MBA-MIS, seven in MS and two degrees were in MS-TE.

Six degrees were awarded to BCA students. The remaining 72 degrees were awarded to the BE Electronics students.

Nasir Ali Shah Bukhari, Chairman Khadim Ali Shah Bukhari Group was the chief guest on the occasion, who also awarded gold and silver medals to the distinguished students.

The chief guest emphasized that students must broaden their vision by going for the higher education.

Dr Syed Jaffar Ahmed, Director Pakistan Studies Centre, University of Karachi, Chancellor of the Institute Prof Dr Izhar-Ul-Hasan, Dr Izhar also spoke. The news

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Plea against NED varsity disposed of
Karachi: The emeritus status of Prof Dr Engr Jameel Ahmed Khan, a former vice-chancellor of the NED University, will be considered strictly in accordance with the varsity's statues.

The assurance to this effect was given on Friday by the counsel for the vice-chancellor, the registrar and the syndicate of the NED University before the Sindh High Court that disposed of the constitutional petition of Dr Khan who prayed to the court to restrain the respondents from applying amended statutes retrospectively to his case being considered by the syndicate.

The petitioner, who was appointed professor emeritus with the lifetime status in 1990, submitted that the university amended the statues in 2009, substantially converting the lifetime status to a five-year tenure.

He said that the vice-chancellor prepared the agenda for the 156th meeting of the syndicate, held on March 15, 2010, with ulterior motives to target him.

Dr Khan submitted that it was proposed in the syndicate meeting that either he might be granted privileges together with the responsibilities for five years or he might carry only the title of professor emeritus for a lifetime.

He stated that none of the proposals could be considered by the syndicate and the decision was deferred for want of legal advice on the issue.

The petitioner, represented by Advocate Mehmood Alam Rizvi, submitted that the vice-chancellor, aged about 86 years, was appointed VC in Dec 1996 after the age of superannuation and retirement from the Pakistan Railways at the age of 72 years and thereafter was able to secure extension three times. Due to these reasons, he said, many members of the syndicate hesitated to express their opinion freely.

He stated that the item of the agenda regarding his tenure was mala fide and the VC particularly targeted him, although the amendment made in 2009 was not applicable to his case as the amendment could not be acted retrospectively.

The petitioner prayed to the court to restrain the respondents from applying amended statues of 2009 retrospectively in his case under consideration of the syndicate at present.

Advocate Obaid ur Rehman, counsel for the respondents, made a statement in court saying that the case of the petitioner would be considered strictly in accordance with Clause 8 (i) of the NED University of Engineering and Technology Statutes for Appointment of Professor Emeritus, 2001, as amended in 2009.

The Clause 8 (1) reads that conferment of emeritus status shall normally be for lifetime but can be terminated if so desired by the professor emeritus or the syndicate can it terminate by a three-fourth majority on considering unsatisfactory contribution of the professor emeritus to the academic life of the university.

The petitioner's counsel conceded to the respondents' attorney and stated that if any adverse action against his client was to be taken, a prior written notice be given to the petitioner as well as an opportunity of hearing.

The respondents' lawyer agreed to the request of the petitioner's counsel.

The bench comprising Justices Gulzar Ahmed and Shahid Anver Bajwa disposed of the petition in terms of the statement made by the respondents' counsel.

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Only 3pc have access to higher education
Abbottabad: NWFP Minister for Higher Education Qazi Mohammad Asad has said only three per cent youths have access to facilities of higher education despite the fact that Pakistan is a nuclear power.

He was speaking at the annual prize distribution ceremony of the Government Girls Degree College, Havelian, here on Saturday.

Mr Asad said education played a vital role in socioeconomic uplift, but promotion of the sector had not been made a priority due to which the country could not achieve development goals.

He said the youths had got talent and commitment, particularly female students had proved themselves a step ahead from male students.

Responding to problems and requirements of the college, the minister gave an assurance that all immediate needs of the institute would be fulfilled on priority basis. He said that soon the college would get its own building and it would be upgraded to postgraduate level.

Qazi Asad said the provincial government planned to establish universities in each district, including Abbottabad.

MPA Aurangzeb Nalotha and college principal Prof Naseem Murtaza also spoke on the occasion.

Later, the minister distributed prizes, certificates and commendation certificates among students for their outstanding performance in curricular and co-curricular activities. Dawn

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SPLA criticises 'higher authorities' of province
Karachi: The leaders of Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) have accused the higher authorities of the province of trying to run the Sindh Education Department like the drawing room of a feudal lord. In a joint statement issued on Sunday, SPLA leaders Prof Athar Hussain Mirza, Prof Himat Ali Patafi, Prof Muzafar Ali Rizvi, Prof Iftikhar Muhammad Azami, Prof Shamim Bhutto, Prof Yaqoob Chandio, Prof Ghazanfar Shah, Prof Ayub Marri, Prof Manzoor Chachro and Prof Shafqat Jokhio said these authorities were misusing the powers of the director general and regional directors of Sindh colleges for their illegal affairs by giving them unwritten orders, which is an illegal act. Daily times

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KU Seminar on Iran
The Area Study Centre for Europe, University of Karachi is organizing a seminar on "Iran in the Contemporary International Scenario: Geopolitical Implications for the Region and Impact on International Politics" on April 7th at 10 am. The seminar will held at the HEJ centre. Ambassador (Rtd) Mehdi Masood, Ambassador (Rtd) Shahid Amin, Dr Shaista Tabassum, Ghazi Salahuddin, Dr Lubna Ali, Prof. Dr Tanveer Khalid, Lt. Gen (Rtd) Talat Masood and others will speak.

KU senate elections
Karachi: The Registrar, University of Karachi (KU), has announced that the polling to the Senate of University of Karachi, under the University of Karachi Act 1972, from the Constituency of College Teachers will be held on Thursday April 22nd at the Government College Commerce and Economics, Dr Ziauddin Ahmed Road and at the Shaikh Zayad Islamic Centre, Main University Road, Karachi.

The timings of the elections will be 9:30 am to 4 pm with a one hour break from 1 pm to 2 pm. Fresh Nomination (If any) can be submitted by the candidate/nominee in the Registrar's Office on April 9, 10 and 12 till 1 pm.

KU Academic Council Elections: the Registrar, KU, has announced that the elections to the Academic Council of the university from the Constituency of College Teachers will be held on Thursday April 22 at Government College Commerce and Economics, Dr Ziauddin Ahmed Road and Shaikh Zayad Islamic Centre, Main University Road. The timing of the election will be 9:30am to 4:00pm with one hour break from 01:00 pm to 2:00 pm for lunch and prayer.

Nomination papers can be submitted by the candidate/nominee from April 13 to 15 from 10:00am to 01:00 pm, he also said.

Final list of candidates will be displayed on April 17 by 3:00pm. The news

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ICAP decides to have PERN-2 facility
Karachi: The Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) has decided to initiate the facility of Pakistan Education and Research Network (PERN)-2 for members and students in its 215th meeting, stated a press release issued on Saturday. The release stated that by giving access to the digital library containing leading publications, reading material, books, etc with access to research papers and discussion papers of international universities and colleges, the network would enhance the knowledge base of members and students alike. The statement also said PERN-2 was the largest nationwide terrestrial network with its presence at the top educational and research institutions and regional centres of Higher Education Commission in all the major cities of Pakistan. PERN-2 would also provide access to international seminars and lectures conducted locally and internationally through video conferencing, the statement added. Daily times

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Protest in Quetta girls' college
Quetta: The students of the Girls' College, Quetta Cantonment, scuffled with the administration and the staff, including the college principal, here on Saturday when their demand for taking action against a driver of the college bus was turned down.

Some students of the Government Girls' College, Cantt, had asked the principal to dismiss the driver, who was blamed for misbehaving with them. The principal of the institution, Miss Shagufta, refused to do so. This triggered resentment and the girls boycotted the classes, went to the roof of the college building from where they chanted slogans against the administration and the principal of the college.

The protest turned violent when the police stopped some girls, who attempted to climb over the gate and let the media teams come into the college to cover the incident.

Some of the girls opposed the protest, saying certain girls, who neither pay attention to their studies nor allow others to do so in a peaceful environment, were spoiling the situation.

They observed that the handful of miscreants, besides hatching conspiracies against the principal, always created obstacles for the college administration.

Later, Education Minister Tahir Mahmood arrived at the college premises, listened to the stance of the girls and dismissed the bus driver.

He also announced to set up a three-member committee, comprising Minister Quality Education Jan Ali Changezi, Prosecution Minister Rahila Durrani and himself to probe into the matter. The college has been closed for four days. The news

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