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Bomb hoax hits KU
Karachi, April 19: The management of the University of Karachi (KU) was shaken up when police informed it of a bomb threat on the campus on Wednesday.

According to an official statement, the Bomb Disposal Squad was called in and Rangers personnel were asked to stay alert, but nothing was found.

Exam centre shut
Karachi: Due to complains of cheating and indiscipline, the Civic Public Secondary School in Nazimabad has been disallowed by the Board of Secondary Education Karachi to hold any further exams.Students, who previously took their exams there, will now sit at the Karachi Cambridge Government Boys Secondary School in Nazimabad for the remaining papers. The news

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Karachi University to issue modernised identity cards
Karachi: Modernisation is imperative in the fields of education and research and the administrative section of the University of Karachi (KU) should acquire updated and modern techniques to deal with issues of all kinds, said KU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Qaisar on Wednesday. Expressing these views during his visit to the office of Students Advisor, Dr Qaiser said that the KU would soon adopt more modern methods of printing and issuing students' identity cards. Vice Chancellor said that a strategy would soon be devised for making the printing of students' identity card and their distribution easier. Students advisor, incharge Semester Cell, Campus security advisor and the administrative staff of the office was also present on this occasion. Daily times

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Chancellor pays surprise visit to SSUET
Karachi: Chancellor of Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) ZA Nizami Wednesday paid a surprise visit to some of the departments of the university to check academic environment. During the visit the Chancellor took notice of certain deficiencies and issued directives to staff concerned to remove the same within two-days. Nizami issued directives for proper maintenance of infrastructure facilities. app

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Education minister takes notice of closed schools in Kati Pahari
Karachi: Senior Minister for Education and Literacy Pir Mazharul Haq has taken notice of a story titled "Closure of 30 schools in Kati Pahari deprives 25,000 students of education," which was published on April 18.The education minister on Wednesday directed the secretary education to immediately visit the closed along with the reporter of The News who broke the story to prepare a report on the issue. The minister thanked The News for identifying and highlighting the problem, and said that he hoped to work in collaboration with the media for resolving this and other issues.

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Female students in primary level to get stipends
Karachi: To improve literacy rate among girls in Sindh, the government has decided to award stipends to female students of classes one to five from the next session.

This was stated by Senior Minister for Education and Literacy Pir Mazharul Haq during a ceremony at the Gul Hassan Lashari School in Gizri on Wednesday."A stipend of Rs2,600 per annum is already being given to girls enrolled in classes six, seven and eight."

The education department has also submitted an advertisement in the newspapers to fill the 19,000 vacant posts of teachers to compensate for the shortage of teaching faculty in government schools.

To ensure fairness and equity, tests for the recruitment of teachers will be held in army, navy and air force schools, the minister added.He also condemned protagonists of linguistic differences on the occasion. At least 900 teachers for the provincial language will be appointed this year, he said. The news

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Admissions to college forblind
Karachi: The Ida Rieu College for Blind, which is located near the Quaid's mausoleum off M.A. Jinnah Road, has started the process of admissions to the subject of education for blind students, said a college communication on Wednesday.

The statement said that the college was already affiliated with the University of Karachi for Masters-arts programme and lately had been permitted to start MA classes in the subject of education for the blind.

Admissions are open to blind candidates without extending any hostel facilities, the statement added.

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Laptop project'transparent'
Lahore: The Transparency International has declared that the Punjab government has made procurement of laptops according to rules and regulations.

Adviser to Transparency International Syed Adil Gilani, in his letter to the Punjab government, has appreciated the response of the government regarding the procedure adopted for procurement of laptops, says a handout. Dawn

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'LCWU aims to be world class university'
Lahore: "AN educational institution's worth in this modern world is determined by the international standing of its graduates, so the aim of UK Universities Day is also to put our university firmly in the running to become one of the top 500 universities of the world," said Dr. Sabiha Mansoor, Vice Chancellor of Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) in her welcome address at the first ever UK University Day held in the university auditorium on Wednesday.

The day organised by the International Resource Center in collaboration with The Center for Career Counseling and Job Placement Office at LCWU was a huge step forward on the path for a brighter and more productive future of the graduates of LCWU. It aims to familiarise and inform students and faculty with various higher education opportunities, avenues for research collaboration and scholarship options as well as any possibility of exchange program with leading UK Universities.

Eight universities invited at the event included University of Bradford, London Metropolitan University, London School of Business & Finance, Middlesex University, University of Nottingham, Queen Mary, University of London, University of Warwick and York St John's University.

The universities through their representatives provided information and a chance for direct interaction with students to facilitate them in the available choices for foreign education.

The Vice Chancellor in her address congratulated the International Resource Center LCWU on being the first and only centre of faculty development and internationalisation in Punjab province with the support of British Council. She further explained that after IBA Karachi and NUST, British Council supported LCWU in establishing third IRC in the country. Dr. Sabiha Mansoor appreciated the highly supportive role of IRC in promoting professional development and thanked all representatives of the foreign universities including the British Council for their support. She also presented certificates of appreciation to 25 International Resource Champions and expressed her hope that they would further train individuals who were capable of becoming a part of the international community.

Darrin Vardon, Director British Council Business Development, in his address, expressed his pleasure to be part of UK University Day 2012 and said that the lack of resources, internal and external conflict and underdevelopment of human capital were the main reasons behind poverty which could only be eliminated when the importance of human capital would be recognised.

"The main aim of establishing International Resource Center hubs in various parts of the country is to enhance and promote knowledge transfer through international educational programmes," he opined. He also reaffirmed the commitment of the British Council to promote cultural exchange between Pakistan and the United Kingdom.

Saima Riaz, Director FDC and internationalization, said that UK universities' day assisted students and faculty of LCWU in identifying opportunities available abroad and putting the university on the international scene. "As part of the strategic goals devised by the varsity administration, such events will result in a more dynamic and competent environment in the university and encourage students to think beyond their immediate horizons," she opined.

The programme included presentations by representatives of each university which provided detailed information about courses offered in various institutions, their fee plan and scholarships and admission criteria.

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PU seminar
Lahore: Punjab University Pakistan Study Centre will organize a seminar on "Pak-China Relations: Trade & Economic Cooperation" on Thursday (today) at 10:30am at Center's Auditorium.

According to a press release, PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran will preside over the seminar while Vice-President, Xuzhou Normal University, China Mr Zhou Ruguang, International Officers Mr Sun Wei, Mr Wangbo, Advisor of Pakistan Research Center, Mr Wangnan and Director, Pakistan Research Centre, Prof Sun Hongqi will speak on the occasion.

Meanwhile, mother of Punjab University Deputy Registrar General Iqbal Khalil passed away on Wednesday.

According to a press release, PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, in his condolence message, expressed grief over the death and prayed that Allah might rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the deceased's family to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude.

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UHS result
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Wednesday announced result of First Professional MBBS Part-II supplementary examination. The news

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