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Disrupted BCom annual examinations-2008

Disrupted BCom exams resume tomorrow
Karachi, Dec 12: The Karachi University has announced that the BCom annual examinations-2008 will resume on Saturday (Dec 13) as per the original programme.

A spokesman for the university on Thursday recalled that the exams, disrupted by the recent violence in the city, had been postponed on Dec 3 and were to resume after the Eid holidays.

The postponed papers have since been rescheduled and notified.

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Karachi University BS (Hon) programme Dates extended
Karachi: Candidates who have been admitted to the BS (Hon) programme at Karachi University may submit their fees from Dec 12 to 16 at any designated branch of United Bank Limited, according to a KU statement issued on Thursday, add agencies.

Any student failing to deposit the fees will have the offer of admission withdrawn, with no possibility of claims being made. The list of valid claims for BS (Hon) first year has been issued and the selected candidates have been directed to contact the admission committee regarding fee submission between Dec 12 and 16, during bank timings.

The 16 designated UBL branches are: Binnori Town branch (Guru Mandir), Defence Garden branch (Phase I), University Road branch (near Masjid Bait-ul-Mukarram, New Karachi branch, Haideri branch (near police station), Raheemabad branch, Hamid Square branch in Gulshan-i-Iqbal, Block III, Bahadurabad branch, Drig Colony branch (near A-1 hospital), Malir Township branch, Landhi Industrial area branch, Nazimabad Chowrangi branch, Saeedabad branch, Azam Town branch, Boat Basin branch and Frere Street branch.

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Karachi University extended admission and aptitude tests for Evening programme
Karachi University has extended the dates for admission and aptitude tests for its evening programme.

Director of the evening programme Prof Dr Abuzar Wajidi announced on Thursday that the dates for admissions to the MCS, MBA, BS and certificate programmes had been extended.

Admission forms and booklets for these programmes will be issued at a cost of Rs500 at the UBL's Silver Jubilee Gate and campus branches from Dec 12 to 16 from 9:30am to 3.30pm and 3:30 pm to 7:30pm, respectively.

The forms will be accepted at the Silver Jubilee Gate from 9:30am to 3:30pm and at the directorate's office from 3:30pm to 7:30pm.

Prof Wajidi clarified that aptitude tests for MCS, BSCS, BSSE and MBA, earlier scheduled to be held on Dec 14, would now be held on Dec 19. The MCS, BSCS and BSSE tests would be held at 10am and the MBA test at 3:00pm, at the Faculty of Arts.

The final results of these tests would be displayed at the Silver Jubilee Gate on Dec 24, he added.

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FUUAST BS and Masters admissions' schedule
The last date for admissions to the BS and Masters (morning) programmes at the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology for the academic year 2009 is December 15, according to a university spokesman.

He said that the admission forms (along with the prospectus) were available at the designated branches of the National Bank, United Bank and Allied Bank. The forms could be submitted at the same branches, he added. Dawn

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Karachi University Annual Convocation-2008 schedule
The Annual Convocation-2008 of the University of Karachi (KU) will be held on December 22. In an announcement issued on Sunday, all members of the Senate, Syndicate, Academic Council, Faculties, were informed that the Annual Convocation-2008 will be held on December 22. The News

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Karachi University information technology institute fails to take off
Karachi: Regular classes have not been held in the new Rs100 million building of the Umaer Basha Institute of Information Technology (UBIT) since its establishment in 2004, it was learnt.

The building has now begun to develop cracks and plaster is coming off, while costly equipment purchased for the site is now in a state of disrepair.

UBIT, funded by the Karachi University, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the US-based Umaer Basha Foundation, was intended to replace the KU's computer science department, which was set up in a boys hostel after its renovation in the 1990s.

The equipment for UBIT was purchased with funds from the Karachi University Institute of Information Technology Trust.

Interestingly, the foundation stone for UBIT was laid twice once by Dr Ata-ur-Rehman, then chief of the HEC, and later by former president Pervez Musharraf, when the project site was changed.

While UBIT's name was officially adopted by the university syndicate through a resolution in 1999, many teachers are of the opinion that since the university is the major financier, it would be more appropriate to name it the "KU Institute of Information Technology".

The institute is currently administered by a board of governors, headed by the KU vice chancellor himself.

Apart from the substandard construction of the building, which fuels speculation about alleged malpractice in the award of the building contract, there is also resentment amongst students about the continuing delay in shifting them to the new building.

"The students of the computer science department pay the highest amount to the university in terms of fees, but are deprived of basic training facilities. We have been hearing for four years that classes will be shifted to the new building soon, but nothing of the sort has happened so far," a student complained.

Other students said that classes were held at UBIT for two days in March this year, but the process was then suspended for unknown reasons.

"We are worried because our training is suffering," said one student. "At the old building, each student is sharing a computer with two others. Also, the internet is only available in one lab. The building has been an ad-hoc arrangement for years, and is completely inadequate to meet our educational needs."

The long delay in holding regular classes at UBIT's new building has begun to have an effect on the equipment bought for the facility. A teacher said that the warranty period for the gas-fired generator and uninterrupted power supply (UPS) system expired last year. He also noted that only a few computers, of the 224 installed at the site, have even been used once.

"This is a sheer waste of resources. The power cords of many computers have been stolen, while the antivirus licence that came with the computer system has also expired. The new generator malfunctioned some time ago and has stopped working. Termites are eating away at the doors and the wooden flooring of the server room," he said.

'UBIT is functional'
However, Professor Dr S.M. Aqil Burney, chairman of the department of computer science and project director of UBIT, rejected outright students' complaints, saying that the institute is functional.

"The institute has been functional from January this year. Various seminars and workshops have been held in the institute while classes are held off and on. These days, the institute is being used as an examination centre. What we lack is a big computer networking system, which will be available by Dec 10.

"The delay took place because of a sudden change in the market prices of computer hardware. There will be gradual shifting [into the building], however, as labs for digital logic design, communication and network training will be ready. It's easy to erect a building, but it takes time to set up the required infrastructure, especially for an IT institute."

Dr Burney claims that the building was constructed in 2006 and that the computers and furniture was only bought two months ago. He also maintains that the old building has all the required facilities, including the internet.

"This is a baseless allegation. Internet facility is available to all students. Another reason behind the slow shifting is that students, most of whom are immature, should learn how to behave in a sophisticated environment," he said, adding that there was a slight increase in the fee structure since the formation of the computer science department.

About the 'substandard' construction, he asserted that there were no cracks in the building and it was just showing "weather effect". "Actually, it just needs to have water-proofing," he said. "We are maintaining the building to the best of our abilities." By Faiza Ilyas (Dawn)

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"Sallam n hello, i would like to know all of your opionions about above mentioned news, dear friends is it confirmed that those candidates who qualify for mcs interviews, would be able to achieve mcs degree if they attempt to study. i mean to say that ive also heard a rumour or news that clarified candidates/students would take classes with BS students. so please let me know that whats the true and whats the fake news, but please first confirm and then reply me. Ill be so grateful to all of you. "May God save Pakistan and its people too."
Name: Kamran Shah
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan

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BSEK extends date for acceptance of exam forms
Karachi: Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) on Saturday notified that date for acceptance of examination forms of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Part-II (Class X) Annual Examination 2009 Science and General groups Regular and Private has been extended. The forms would be accepted without late fee up to December 24. The forms with late fine of Rs200 would be accepted from December 26, 2008 to January 3, 2009, with late fine of Rs500 from January 5 to January 12, 2009, with late fine of Rs1,000 from January 13 to 20, 2009 and with late fine of Rs1,500 from January 21 to 31, 2009. The News

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