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Karachi University BCom (external) exam schedule

BCom (external) exam forms schedule
Karachi, Dec 22: The University of Karachi has extended the date for submission of examination forms and fee for BCom (external) annual examination 2008 to Dec 24. The KU announced that the forms and fee could be submitted from Dec 22 to 24 with a late fee of Rs1,000.

No public dealing at KU on 29th
Karachi: The University of Karachi has announced that there will be no public dealing in the institution on December 29 on account of the annual convocation 2008, to be held that day.

There will be no classes/examination in the morning shift and only those students who were invited to receiving degrees and gold medals would be allowed to enter the varsity premises, on December 29, according to a KU notification.

It said that the nominees of the gold medals and degrees must attend the rehearsal of convocation on December 28 at 9:30am at the Valika Ground, on the university campus. Ppi

Walkathons for exams
Karachi: The University of Karachi students of Evening Program are having their papers nowadays. The students face a lot of problem reaching the examination rooms because of all public and private transport having been barred from entering the university. The restriction was imposed after a nerve-wrecking situational crisis after which the security measures had to be fortified. There is no conveyance available now inside the university for students and they have to walk a fair distance to reach to their respective departments.
This distance can be as short as 1 km or as long as 3km. The students are, naturally, turning up late for exams. I request the university administration to solve this problem and provide a shuttle facility for students of the Evening Program at the very least. We need this bad if we are to reach for our exams on time. Daily Times

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KU Visual Studies Department displays theses
Karachi: Nearly 37 students from five disciplines, including Architecture, Communication Design, Fine Arts, Industrial Design and Textile Design, at the University of Karachi (KU) Visual Studies (VS) Department displayed their final year theses on December 20 and 21.

Thirteen Textile Design students displayed their work. Many students designed apparels ranging from saris to shalwar qameez. Syed Danyal Ahmed stood out with his series of crew neck shirts. His series used images of figurines found in Mayan pyramids and other designs relating to the Mayans.

Javeria Rasool designed dolls representing characters from the Arabian Nights. She had not only made the figurines herself, but had also needle enveloped them in sock and other fabric, painted them for effects and then designed and made their costumes. She said that had she had more time to finish her work, she would have made an entire army, much like the terracotta army of the Emperor of Qin.

Javeria Shahid of Textile Design created wall panels on paper. Measuring four feet by six feet, these panels were inspired by African dances and the Masai tribes. Shahid did not use printed curtains, because they had been a mainstay of exhibitions in the past and she wanted to change this trend. Given a large platform to exhibit, many of her works looked more like paintings from a distance, and the fact that they partly were paintings, enhanced their appeal and novelty.

Five students presented their work in the Industrial Design section. Shafaq Gull had a multi-purpose playground-cum-bed-cum-stuffed toy storage bed set. The bed, comprised a puzzle mattress, overhead monkey bars, a cargo net ladder, a slide, a rocking bed and a seesaw, all in a single package of four feet by seven feet by six feet, which could easily fit in an average apartment room in Karachi.

S. Maqbool Anwer of Industrial Design presented his creation of an innovative trolley system. The trolley's main feature is its unique wheel and axle system. The axle features a set of small wheels next to each other, placed at right angles to the line of centre of gravity. The axle moves in a vertical plane, meaning it can tilt the wheels up and down allowing it to have a smoother journey on stairs going downwards atleast. The overall weight of the trolley, however may pose a problem when it is loaded and pushed down a flight of stairs. Operators would need to be on their toes to control them.

Four students of fine arts had displayed their work. Umme Aiman Kazmi used photography, her love, extensively to create pictures with an interesting outlook. She created her images by taking a photograph and then flipping them on a horizontal and vertical axis to give a kaleidoscopic effect.

Thirteen students of Communication Design exhibited their works. Many of these were based on sociopolitical themes, creating visual messages in the form of adverts, or signboards. Some even made flip-through coffee-table books that displayed their capabilities. Ayman had made a book of photographs of old buildings of Pakistan, including the Rani Kot Fort, the Sheikhupura Fort, and the Lahore Fort. The News

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Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) wants end to admission quota system
Karachi: The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has urged the government to end the admission quota for the children of judges, armed forces officers, and other officials in medical colleges of the country.

The general secretary of the PMA, Karachi chapter, Dr Samrina Hashmi, said this while addressing a news conference after the concluding session of the 28th medical conference organised by the PMA here on Saturday.

Dr Hashmi demanded admission to all medical colleges only on merit basis. She also urged the government departments concerned to formulate a health policy in consultation with the PMA.

She said admissions to all medical colleges should be held on a fixed date instead of different dates and months.

She stressed the need for an equal standard of education at private and government medical colleges.

Salaries of doctors should be raised in order to stop them from moving abroad, she observed.

She also called for improvement in training courses of paramedical staff, saying that the courses should be based on modern scientific principles.

Over 150 research theses were presented at the conference.

A large number of doctors from all over the country and from the US, Australia, South Africa and Middle East countries attended the conference.

Dr Mohammad Sarwar Chaudhry, Dr Habibur Rahman Soomro, Dr Qaisar Sajjad, Dr Aziz Khan Tank and others were also present. Ppi

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Our nation is good... our leaders are poor: NED VC
Karachi: NED University of Engineering and Technology Vice-Chancellor (VC), Engineer Abul Kalam says that he does not agree with the current method of recruiting the VCs in public sector universities through a search committee.

The committee might not select the right person as some other criteria such as seniority could be the main reason for selection but that person might not be a good administrator. Kalam, 86, who has been given the extension for the fourth time, a record in our part of the world, is still quite active and alert with even minute details not escaping his sharp mind. He had not applied for an extension and the Select Committee had forwarded two other names to Sindh Governor, Ishratul Ebad Khan. The governor, however, chose to retain him for the fourth time.

Kalam spoke in his office in a crisp tone, oozing confidence and an easy disposition. "I came here [to NED] by accident," he says jokingly. "I am basically a 'Railway Man'. I joined the Indian State Railway in 1940, underwent extensive training in Jamalpur, Bihar. I opted for Pakistan and retired as the Pakistan Railways Secretary in 1983. In 1996, Sindh Governor, Barrister Kamal Azfar asked me to join the NED as a VC," he said, recounting his unusual journey from a railway man to the VC of a university.

The selection proved fruitful because Kalam extricated the NED University from political mire and indiscipline. Student politics was harming the educational environment of one of the best engineering universities of Pakistan. He shies away when it is suggested that he used his charismatic personality and inbuilt discipline an inseparable part of his life, to work miracles in the university. "Well! I found that teaching and non-teaching staff and the students were good and willing to do their assigned jobs. They only needed some discipline and example from the top brass," he says modestly. After some thought, he adds: "Our nation is good. Our leaders are poor".

Kalam is an engineer and holds a Masters degree in Mathematics, had no formal training as an administrator, especially for a university but his lifestyle reminds one of military training. "I had chosen Assam Bengal Railway as my preferred railway zone as I was fascinated by the area. This railway zone was taken over by the military for moving its arms and ammunition during the Second World War. I had to don the military uniform as a second-lieutenant for three months," he explains.

He credits his father, a medical doctor, for his regulated life. "I was only four when my mother died. My father brought me up and remained a widower for 47 years. I used to wake up at five in the morning, light my lamp, and study all the subjects, followed by my three tutors. My father sent me to school at four in the afternoon for games only. I passed my senior Cambridge examination at 11 and Intermediate at 13 ? and earned my Masters at the age of 17 from the University of Madras." Nostalgia for his alma mater nudges him to say proudly that though the name of Madras city and the state have been changed to Chennai and Tamil Nadu respectively, only the University of Madras and Madras High Court have retained their old names.

Reverting to NED, he says: "We are generous with the fee matters. We help the students. A meritorious student is never denied his right to acquire one of the finest engineering educations because of his poverty. We are stringent with the marking system. Regarding discipline, he made it clear that there could not be any sectarian or ethnic politics in the university. "We have a rule: Politics outside the campus. Students are free to hold their programmes under the Controller of the Student Affairs. We have the best students. Our admission system is one of the best in Pakistan," he points out proudly.

The able administration of Kalam has enabled the university to complete the courses on time. Results are on time and convocations are held every year. It is very different from the lawlessness that prevailed in the university before his arrival. Rangers at the university have a low-key presence and are under the control of the university administration. The News

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