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Sindh Schools' winter vacations from Monday
Karachi, Dec 19: The Sindh Education Department has announced that winter vacations in all public and private institutions of the province will commence from December 22.

As per the decisions taken in the Steering Committee meeting and Inter Provincial Education Ministers Conference, all schools, particularly private institutions of Sindh, will observe winter vacations from December 22 to December 31. The Sindh Directorate of Private Institutions has asked the management of private schools to strictly follow the decision of the steering committee, after receiving numerous complaints, from students and parents alike, that some elite private schools are violating the official schedule. Daily Times

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Karachi University B.Sc enrolment, MA (Colleges) enrolment schedule
Karachi: University of Karachi (KU) will accept the Enrolment forms and fee of B.Sc Occupational Therapy for academic session 2007-08 from December 20 to January 9, 2009. A late fee of Rs500 in additional to normal fee of Rs1,000 will be charged from Jan 10 to Jan 21.

Moreover, the university will accept the enrolment forms and fee for MA (Colleges) for the academic session 2007-08 from December 20 to January 9, 2009 with the regular fee of Rs 1,000. A late fee of Rs500 will be charged from Jan 10 to Jan 21, 2009. The KU has also announced the results of Bachelor of Physical Education (B.P.Ed.) annual examination-2008. According to the statistics 16 candidates were enrolled, 15 appeared and 11 of them passed the examination. The pass percentage was 73.3.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Academy of Sciences has awarded Prof. Dr M. Ajmal Khan as 'Distinguished Scientist of the year 2008'. The News

KU tests for evening programme
Karachi: The aptitude tests for admission in the MCS, BSCS, BSSE and MBA courses under the Karachi University's evening programme will be conducted on Friday.

This was announced by Prof Dr M. Abuzar Wajidi, director of the evening programme, in a statement issued here on Thursday.

He said that the final results of the tests would be displayed at the Silver Jubilee Gate of the university on Dec 24.

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University of Sindh announced Buses schedule for admission seekers
Hyderabad: The director admissions, University of Sindh, has announced that point buses will ply on Sunday at 8am from Sindh University Model School, Hyderabad, via Hirabad, Latifabad and from Qasimabad via Qasim Chock to facilitate candidates appearing in tests for admissions to bachelors and masters degree evening programmes and MS and MPhil in different disciplines.

The test will start at 10am at the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science, Allama I.I. Kazi campus in Jamshoro.

Candidates who have submitted admission forms under evening programme can collect their admit cards from Sindh University Model School, Hyderabad on Saturday while admit cards to MS/MPhil candidates will be issued at test centre on the same day up to 9am.

The director has also announced that date for submission of admission forms pertaining to MBA evening programme at Sindh University's Laar College, Badin, has been extended up to Dec 27.

Entry tests will be conducted at the college on Dec 30 and admit cards to candidates will be issued on Dec 29.

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'Libraries need to be patronised'
Karachi: Recalling some of the invaluable literary and historical documents that in many cases lie buried unloved and uncared for in libraries across Pakistan, senior documentary film-maker and scholar Obaidullah Baig urged people to seek out these treasures and learn from them before they are lost to the vagaries of time and human neglect.

"The tree has been planted. It has borne fruit. But the fruit will not come to you," Mr Baig said while speaking at a literary seminar held to observe the seventeenth anniversary of the Defence Central Library on Thursday at the library's auditorium. The seminar was titled "Library as a centre of knowledge and enlightenment in society".

Discussing his own experience, Mr Baig said that after migrating from India following partition, he could not pursue a formal education at university as he had to work for survival. Thus the library was his university. Though he said this was no secret, it was a stunning disclosure for those not in the know, especially considering the depth of his knowledge. "It is all thanks to libraries."

He noted that one of the greatest historical collections in the country was held by the department of archaeology, which had now shifted to Islamabad. It was in this collection, he added, that he saw an English-language newspaper cutting announcing the martyrdom of Tipu Sultan, six months after the fact in 1799, which had affected him greatly.

In this collection he had also seen Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah's accounts book, in which the Quaid had kept a record of all donations people had made for the cause of Pakistan. These ranged from a few annas to hundreds of thousands of rupees. Mr Baig said that the Quaid would match the donations and when Ms Fatima Jinnah protested at this, saying that the practice would bankrupt him, the Quaid justified his actions by saying he did not want people to think he was misappropriating public funds.

Mr Baig added that the fate of private libraries in the country also seemed pretty grim, while many books that were donated to educational institutions usually ended up being unceremoniously dumped in some corner.

Senior journalist Ghazi Salahuddin said literary activities could not prosper in an environment of intolerance where there was no room for freedom of thought, freedom of conscience and the right of dissent. "We lag far behind. Society has not been kind to its writers and thinkers," he said.

He added that though the nation's biggest problem was poverty, intellectual poverty was just as destabilising and was perhaps the reason for our material and financial woes.

"Books should also question and challenge our beliefs" he said, adding that a holistic approach based on providing quality education to all was the best solution. Mr Salahuddin pointed out that books should be read for pleasure as how a society spent its leisure time was an indicator of how civilised it was.

Syed Ali Raza, head of a local bank, who was the chief guest, said that educated youth should be encouraged to stay in Pakistan as "what use are libraries without people?" He also pointed out the paradox of the media, saying that though it provided a flood of information, it had become the "opiate of young people", as television, video games and DVDs were devouring young people's time, which did not allow them any time for books. He added that this was happening all over the world and was not unique to Pakistan.

Syed Rafat Hussain Naqvi, secretary of the library, delivered the opening remarks while Najam-ul-Islam Rishi, acting administrator of the DHA, gave the concluding remarks.

The anniversary celebrations of the library, which will continue till Dec 20, were kicked off before the seminar with the inauguration of a book fair. Dawn

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