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Written entry test of Teaching Methodology Training
Karachi, Dec 10: The Sindh Education and Literacy Department has decided to hold a written entry test for the second batch of the "Teaching Methodology Training", Additional Secretary Education Riaz Memon said.

The programme, being held under the auspices of the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Youth Development Programme (BBSYDP), will start from January 20, 2010 and will run till May. Over 5,000 male and female graduate and intermediate students would be imparted training under the programme, while more than 27,000 applicants would appear in the test that is scheduled to take place in 23 districts of the province.

Memon, who is also Director of the BBSYDP, said that initially, candidates would be given training in the subjects of Mathematics, Science and English. "The test will help us in selecting candidates on a merit basis and no favouritism would be allowed," he said.

As many as 373 candidates including 186 male and 187 female graduates would be picked for the programme from Karachi, he said adding that the same number of intermediate students would be short listed for the programme from the city. The news

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Foreign students condemn twin blasts in Lahore
Lahore: Foreign students on Tuesday condemned Monday's twin blasts and expressed their solidarity with Lahoris.

They said they were part of Lahore's community and could feel the pain of those who lost their beloved ones in the twin blasts. They, however, said they were concerned about their security. Foreign students also said: "Our families are concerned about our security and they are asking us to limit ourselves to hostels."

A number of foreign students are enrolled in University of Engineering and Technology, Fatima Jinnah Medical College (FJMC), Punjab University, King Edward Medical College, Beaconhouse National University and Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).

They said ruthless terrorists had no religion and they were killing innocent people.

Mona Ali, an FJMC final year student from Somalia, said: "It is very awful that terrorists killed a number of innocent people and children. Such incidents scare us."

Zahra, a PU MPhil student from Iran, said: "We are part of Lahore's community and we share our solidarity with Lahoris as they are in the grip of terrorism. Our family members are worried about us and they often ask me to study somewhere else." Fauzina, an Indonesian student, said: "The blasts put me in a deep shock. Terrorists are 'sightless'."

Hani Mardanshah, an MBBS student from Iran, said: "We are feeling insecure. Terrorists are animals and they cannot spare children and women." Anouj, a UET student Nepal, said: "The university administration had tightened security on campus but the city is not safe. Monday's attacks saddened us but we have to stay here." Ayesha, an FJMC student from Kuwait, said: "My parents have told me to stay in hostel. We often go to bazaar for shopping but the blasts have forced us to stay inside."

Anam Ali, an American student, said: "After the Lahore blasts, I have become thanatophobiac (fear of death). Terrorism has psychologically disturbed the whole society, especially those students who are not with their families."

Abeer, a student from Abu Dhabi, said: "The blasts have not only disturbed the routine life of Lahoris but has also distressed us. One cannot concentrate on his or her studies under this situation." The government has issued a security plan for the city's institutions and law enforcement agencies were ordered to tighten security around the foreign students' hostels. Daily times

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Government, private schools holiday
Karachi: All government and private schools of the city will remain closed on Thursday to mark the 1,279th Urs of Syed Abdullah Shah Ghazi.

A communication issued by the executive district officer for education on Wednesday said that schools falling under the administrative control of the city district government of Karachi would also remain closed on the occasion. Dawn

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Romanticism in poetry
Karachi: Dr Unus Hasany, former chairman of the Urdu department at the University of Karachi (KU), smiled when he pointed out that it is a misconception that romanticism in poetry is generally related to the love of the opposite sex.

"If that were the case, Wordsworth wouldn't be included in the list of romantic poets. And the reason Akhtar Sherani is mentioned in the category of the romantic poets is not because he adores Salma in his poetry. Both poets are romantics because they love nature," Dr Hasany explained.

According to Dr Hasany, a poet creates beauty, and this attribute differentiates him from a common man. "As Keats said, 'beauty lies in the eyes of beholder.' The poet observes and describes beauty in a way that does not come in the minds of common people," he said.

Dr Hasany has served as the chief editor of the Urdu Dictionary Board (UDB), and has written extensively on romanticism in Urdu literature. He has especially worked on the life and poetry of renowned Urdu poet Akhtar Sherani. His work 'Akhtar Sherani Aur Jadeed Urdu Adab' (Akhtar Sherani and Modern Urdu Literature), earned him a doctoral degree from Vikram University, Ujjain, India in 1966. In 1978 he was appointed as an assistant professor in the KU Urdu Department, while he rose to become the chairman of the department in 1992 and a professor in 1995. Currently he is teaching at KU as an adjunct professor.

Born in Tonk, Rajasthan in 1937, Dr Hasany migrated to Pakistan in 1968. He said that in India, he felt that Muslims were treated as second-class citizens. "I never regretted my decision of coming here. I am surprised when I hear suggestions that Indian Muslims could have been better in a united India. It is a fallacy," he argued.

Dr Hasany has been living in Delhi Colony ever since he arrived in Karachi. "I did not face much hardship, as I was not married and had no family to support. Many private colleges denied me a job as they reasoned that being a PhD I would seek more than 400 rupees per month instead of the 350 rupees that were given to Masters holders. My PhD degree had become a source of disqualification," he chuckled.

Before coming to Pakistan, Dr Hasany had taught Urdu for six years in various colleges of India, especially in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. He said that this was the reason he had no problems teaching. "The problem was that the private colleges in India were huge as they were established by rich philanthropists. In Karachi, I found that private colleges were housed in houses built on 240 to 400 square yards. They (the colleges in Karachi) were purely business ventures, and the propagation of education was last concern on their minds," he said.

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Workshop held at UET
Lahore: With a view to enhance speaking power and self confidance in scholership holders, Punjab Educational Endowment Fund (PEEF) has organized a capacity building workshop for the talented students. Under this programme a workshop on the topic "Personality Buliding and Communication" was held at University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore which was attended by 74 scholers studying in UET. Prof. Shahzaib Khan, Prof. Ambreen Siddiqui, Prof.Dr.Sajid Ali and Prof.Dr. Khaliq ur Rehman delevered lectures on Communication Skills, Personality Development, Time Managment and Public Speaking. Speeking on the occasion, Dr. Khaliq ur Rehman said that no doubt scholers of PEEF are very talanted but it has been observed that there is lack of self confidance and speaking power in the student. With a view to enabling them to face the challange of future, Ayesha Taufeeq thanked the Vice Chancellor UET and Dr. Dr. Khaliq ur Rehman for extending cooperation to hold workshop and befitting manner on behalf of PEEF's MD Dr. Kamran Shams. She said taht the PEEF has launched a programme of hodling personality development workshop for 500 scholers throughout the province. She further stated that in the first phase, the PEEF distributed 5320 scholerships among deserving students and more 5000 talanted would be granted stipend in near future.

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DHA Library's anniversary
Karachi: The DHA Central Library (DCL) is organising a three-day literary and cultural gala from December 11 to 13 on the eve of the 18th anniversary of the library's foundation, said DCL Secretary Lt Col (retd) Rafat Naqvi.

The highlights of the celebrations include a grand book exhibition, a literary seminar, drama festival, a mushaira and a ghazal evening. The three day Book Fair will be organised at the DCL from 10 am to 9 pm on the afore-mentioned dates. The news

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