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New examination schedules due to Karachi voilence
Karachi, Dec 03:
University of Karachi
The viva-voce of the LL.M Final Examination 2008 will be conducted from December 13 to 24. This was announced by the Controller of Examination of Karachi University on Tuesday.

The Viva exam would be conducted at the office of the Dean of the Faculty of Law, Government Islamia Law College Karachi.

SSUET revised exam schedule
The ongoing examinations at Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) will resume on December 3 as per schedule, the Registrar, SSUET, announced on Tuesday.

Meanwhile the SSUET's Controller of Examination announced that the December 2 and 3 postponed papers would be held on December 5 and 6 respectively.

HSC Part-I new deadline
There has been an extension in date for submission of pay order for the HSC Part-I Annual Examinations 2009 for all groups.

This was announced by the Controller of Examinations of the Board of Intermediate Education, Karachi (BIEK) on Tuesday.

He said that owing to the prevailing situation, the date for submission of pay order had been extended from December 1 to 6.

Now the pay order can be prepared on or before December 6 and the forms and fee will be deposited at the BIEK on December 12 and 13.

The remaining schedule for submission of examination forms in colleges by the students will remain unchanged, it was further pointed out.

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Urdu moot airs complaints about critics
Karachi: A gathering of intellectuals, critics, writers, and poets at a day-long international Urdu Seminar on "Modern Urdu Criticism: Problems and Debates" held at the Arts auditorium of the University of Karachi (KU) on Monday, lashed out at the contemporary critics who had abandoned their professional integrity to praise the writings that were unworthy and unfit for readers' consumption.

Renowned critic of Urdu Language and Literature Dr Gopi Chand Narang reminded students and teachers of KU that the educational institutions were 'Temples of Learning' and was pleased that he was able to communicate with them in such a literary environment. "Literature is a game that is played with language, words and their meanings. It is a triangle that allows the reader to enjoy the creation of a poet or a writer. Creative writing, when it reaches the readers, becomes their property and readers are free to interpret it in any way they want", he said in his keynote address.

Narang referred to the work of Mirza Ghalib, saying that two-thirds of his work that he had rejected himself and removed from his Diwan (poetic collection) was scooped by lovers of his poetry after half-a-century. It showed that the readers were the ones who read, grasped, and admired the beauty of poetry or prose. "The words are the transporters that take the readers to the world of joy and intrinsic beauty where the world becomes a part of the poetry and vice versa for the readers. Ghalib had himself once said that poetry was not rhyming season alone. It should have words that portray meanings - unique to the poet or a writer".

Narang had the view that today Urdu Literature was looking for the reader who could understand and enjoy the aesthetic beauty of the creative writing and a critic who had the depth enough to understand and criticise it with best of the knowledge and best of the intentions.

The KU Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Pirzada Qasim, welcomed the guests at the university and termed it "a breeze in the spring" though in actuality it was winter in the city. He considered a critic more important than the creator of the literary pieces and the readers.

Critic and intellectual Muhammad Ali Siddiqui asserted that Modernity in Urdu Literature was still alive and kicking and quoted David Leone - a critic that "Death of Modernity is Post- Modernism" implying that the former was intact and ideology was still not a dead meat.

He pointed to the work of T.S. Elliott and Ezra Pound who believed in literary ideology and had no praise or use of 'deconstruction'. He criticised female writers for writing about feminism in masculine terms. His assertion was later vehemently criticised by two feminists among the audience.

Poet Sahar Ansari while speaking on, "Inclination of the Urdu Criticism: Action and Reaction", admitted that the critics could not have a uniform opinion about the same literary work. The Urdu criticism had the beginning in 1880 with Maulana Muhammad Hussain Azad and the milestone reached in the persons of Imdad Imam Asar, Shibli Naumani and modern criticism by Deputy Nazir Ahmed and Maulana Rashid-ul-Khairi. He wondered how the critics were defining the 'Romanticism' that could be defined in thousands of ways but the only definition could be 'To attain the unattainable'. The same was with the 'Feminism'- a word that had different connotations and different definitions.

Dr Ali Ahmed Fatemi who teaches at Allahabad University, India, described modern criticism of literature as a useless tool that had no relation to creative writing. "Criticism is a social process as the literary creation. It does not accept 'knowledge for the sake of knowledge' and/or literature for the sake of literature. Dishonesty is ruining the new creativity in Urdu Literature", he warned.

Dr Jamil Jalibi, a renowned critic and former Vice-Chancellor of KU, indicated that critique and creation were an integral part of Urdu Literature.

He admitted that dishonest criticism had allowed the second and third-rated writers and poets to rub shoulders with giants. He accused the contemporary critics of not performing their duties honestly and harming the standard and intricate mosaic of Urdu Literature.

Earlier, Dr Zafar Iqbal, Chairman of Urdu Department welcomed the participants from home and abroad and hoped that this process would continue to enrich the language that was becoming an "alien in its own country". The News

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