DCET registration with Pakistan Engineering Council issue
DCET graduates registration applications in doldrums
Karachi, April 24: The 1995-96 batch graduates of the Dawood College of
Engineering and Technology (DCET) Karachi on Monday appealed to
President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari to help resolve their lingering
issue of registration with the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) before
next general elections, so that they could get government jobs and save
them and their families' future.
A group of DCET graduates said, "Our career is at stake due to reluctance
by PEC in granting registration. We could not get government jobs
without registration, hence, we appeal to the President of Pakistan to
help us by ordering PEC to take up the issue immediately and resolve it
on humanitarian basis." The graduates said Pakistan is still a
developing country but some so-called rules of PEC are a big problem for
"Former president Pervez Musharraf had
helped us in granting degree awarding status to the college and we hope
honourable President Zardari will also do good in this regard."
graduates said: "We had already underwent over six-year delays in
conduction of their examinations during 1997 to 2008 due to their
college's disaffiliation by the NED University of Engineering and
Technology and are still in trouble due to refusal by PEC in granting
registration." They said PEC was delaying their registration case since
two years despite being aware that their age limit for jobs was running
out. The graduates said: "We have lost hundreds of job opportunities
over the last two years due to non-provision of registration as we could
not apply for jobs without it." They said DCET was granted a
degree-awarding status through a Presidential Ordinance, while the
National Assembly and Senate also approved its degree awarding status.
The graduates said the college administration had requested PEC to
consider the registration case as special but there was no outcome yet.
They said: "We passed our examinations with good marks but could not get
job due to non-registration." They asked the President to help and
resolve the issue on humanitarian basis.
A DCET official said on
the condition of anonymity that they had filed registration case with
PEC and were waiting for the approval.
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Dawood College to get university status soon: principal
KARACHI: Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) Vice Chancellor Dr
Muhammad Ali Shaikh, who is also the acting principal of Dawood College
of Engineering and Technology (DCET) Karachi, has said that the DCET
would get university status soon, adding that its summary is with the
Sindh chief minister for formal approval and subsequently it would be
presented in the Sindh Assembly for the passage of Act.
Speaking at the
orientation day ceremony held at the auditorium of DCET on Monday, Dr
Shaikh said that in the present day world professional education is
vital for personal success in the society while it is a national service
too. "More than 400 students who have been enrolled in the DCET in
various technologies this year, have to take their education seriously
over here as it is laying a foundation of their lives," Dr Muhammad Ali
Shaikh said and added that the DCET students have to become good
engineers, which is a need of the country.
He pledged that as the DCET
is completing 50 years of its foundation this year and it will be
converted into top quality educational institution of the country with
the help of staff members and students. He further said that after
devolution of the federal education ministry under the 18th Amendment,
the DCET came under the administrative control of Sindh government last
year. This is why the seats for urban areas of Sindh were increased from
114 to 173 and for rural areas from 66 to 173. While the 100 seats have
been reserved for self-financing scheme. Now the students, hailing from
different parts of Sindh and other provinces, who have been succeeded
in getting admission in the college, have to seriously engage themselves
in learning process at the college. Dr Naseem Ahmed and other chairmen
of different departments also spoke on the occasion. Daily times
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BIEK not to accept more exam forms
Karachi: The Board of Intermediate Education
Karachi (BIEK) said on Monday that it would not receive any further
examination form pertaining to its first phase of examinations
commencing on May 7.
According to BIEK chairman Anwar Ahmad Zai, the candidates of
pre-engineering, pre-medical, commerce (regular), home economics and
general science (computer) groups' examinations of the Higher Secondary
School Certificate were given a last chance and in all 6,732 examination
forms were received till April 23 - the last day for acceptance of the
Admit cards of all such candidates would be sent to their respective colleges by April 27.
The BIEK, in the meantime, have already sent the admit cards and date
sheets of other candidates who had submitted their examination forms
earlier to the colleges and higher secondary schools concerned.
The candidates have been advised to collect their admit cards from their educational institutions.
The board has also intimated private candidates to contact the board
for admit cards on May 2, if they did not get the admit cards at their
residential addresses latest by April 30, said a BIEK communication. Dawn
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Steps afoot to improve academic standard at FUUAST
Karachi: Steps have been taken to improve academic standard and spur
research at the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology
(FUUAST). A spokesperson of the institution said here on Monday that
Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser has also undertaken
administrative measures for the betterment of the academic environment.
The wall chalking and flags of the students organisations have been
removed. A new campus officer at the FUUAST has also been appointed, it
was further stated. app
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Dr Magsi slams KU admission policy
Hyderabad: The Sindh Taraqqi Pasand Party chairman
Dr Qadir Magsi has criticised the admission policy of Karachi University
under which 170 seats have been reserved for Fata and other areas of
the country and only 30 seats have been kept for Sindhi students
domiciled in other parts of the province.
In a press statement issued here on Monday, Dr Magsi said the policy
spoke volumes for the university authorities' narrow-mindedness and anti
He said the university administration had no right to differentiate
between seats of Karachi and Sindh because they could be kept on the
basis of rural and urban
Karachi, he said, is part of Sindh and its students have right to
seek education wherever they like in the province. The policy smacked of
conspiracy to keep Sindhi students away from Karachi's educational
He said that silence of PPP and MQM on the issue indicated the
decision had been taken as part of a larger agenda. If the university
did not change the admission policy then the STP would hold
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'There used to be a book shop beside every paan shop'
Karachi: During an informal discussion at the University of Karachi on Monday, the good
old times in the city were reminisced when there used to be book shop
beside every paan shop.
The event, which was organised to
celebrate National Book Day, brought together the faculty of the
university and writers on a panel, moderated beautifully by Professor
"Hitler would have been successful, had
he read Napolean's story," said Shaha Jamshed, educationist and
playwright, emphasising the importance of reading history. "It helps you
learn from your mistakes."
However, she was critical of
Pakistani textbooks. "It is as if we have decided that we will not
include anything interesting in our syllabus books," she said, while
stressing on the point that reading habits would improve in society if
writers wrote for children from their perspective. "Our children need to
sing rhymes other than 'London bridge is falling down'. Give them songs
which talk about the Clifton bridge."
Rizwan Zaidi, from
FM 105, read out an excerpt from Farooq Qaiser's travelogue on
Islamabad, which had the audience rolling with laughter. "Islamabad has
three sectors, E for the white elephants, F for the foreigners and G for
the Jee Huzoors," he read.
"One of the reasons why
talented people like Moeen Akhtar are not born any more is because this
generation has stopped reading. The cheap sitcoms one sees on television
nowadays proves the fact," said Zaidi.
former cricketer and coach who also works in the Customs Department,
shared that titles which are anti-religion or anti-nationalist in nature
are not allowed in the country. "So custom officials prevent knowledge
from entering the country," quipped Dr Ghaznavi, and the audience
chortled. Jalaluddin shared that in order to excel, it was imperative
for individuals to study literature in their own specific fields.
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1,000 flood-hit students set to return to school
Karachi: Some 1,000 children from the flood-affected area of Naobad in the Sanghar
district will once again be attending school as a result of the joint
efforts of two non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Research and Development Foundation (RDF) and the Kinder Not Hilfe (KNH)
will be reopening 10 schools in Naobad. This initiative has been
welcomed by residents, a majority of whom lost their homes and all
sources of livelihood during the 2011 floods.
villages in the Sanghar district were affected in the floods. Out of the
42 government schools in Union Council Naobad, eight were completely
destroyed while another 32 were partially damaged. A majority of the
district's schools are still closed because of the incapability of
school management committees (SMCs). The few schools that weren't
affected by the floods were converted into shelters for those who had
lost their homes in the floods.
Masood Mahesar, Executive
Director Research and Development Foundation, believes that education
in Naoabad is already in an alarming condition, and that focus should be
on resuming educational activities in the affected areas.
in these areas have not had access to schools as the floods have
destroyed the entire infrastructure. We are currently supporting about
1,000 children in 10 government primary schools. Aside from providing
them with education, we distribute school bags, drawing books, copies
and small water coolers, repair and renovate school buildings and
provide water and sanitation facilities. A majority of these children
belong to the marginalized families of farmers and herders," he said.
Soomro, Program Coordinator Climate Change & Disaster Risk
Reduction from the RDF, said: "After assessing the situation, we have
determined that despite active involvement from the community, we could
not achieve our desired targets. Hence, we have decided to motivate
community elders to reorganize SMCs, which will ensure enrollment and
teacher attendance. Government officials have also been providing
assistance for rehabilitation of these institutes."
are willingly coming to continue their education. We want to bridge the
gap between the community and the education department officials and
motivate children to attend school," he said.
It was also
reported that some schools were already closed before the floods hit the
area. For example, the Government Primary School Mohammed Siddiq
Mangrio had been non-functional for several years before the floods, as
the school's teachers had allegedly stopped attending their classes.
Though the school remained open on government records, teachers were no
longer attending but were still drawing their salaries. The school was
never reopened as neither the community nor the SMCs took any action
against the teachers.
Khair Mohammad Wasan,
Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) Education of Jam Nawaz Ali, said "We are
looking for such non-governmental organisations to support the
government in running the damaged schools."
that strengthening SMCs will improve the system. This initiative will
help establish child-friendly schools; schools in which a combination of
educational and social activities will produce exceptional children." The news
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