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KU students, teachers worry over security
Karachi, Dec 30: An uneasy calm prevailed at the Karachi University campus where a large number of students belonging to different groups arrived on Wednesday, though the university was closed for academic activities.

Students belonging to the Imamia Student Organisation (ISO) whose members were targeted in the Tuesday blast when they were about to offer Zuhar prayers on a lawn near the central cafeteria of the university gathered at the site of the explosion and took out a peaceful rally.

They later came out of the Silver Jubilee Gate and staged a protest demonstration due to which

University Road traffic remained gridlocked for an hour.

Meanwhile, the Karachi University Teachers' Society (Kuts) at its executive body meeting expressed sorrow over the Tuesday incident and prayed for the early recovery of the students who were wounded in the blast.

Kuts President Prof Dr Abid Hasnain said: "Tuesday's incident is evidence of a serious security lapse on the part of the university administration. There has been a sudden decline in security measures over the past six months. We appeal to the chancellor to intervene and do something to improve KU affairs," he said, adding that Kuts would hold a meeting with the chancellor in the coming days.

Raza Mehdi of the ISO said that the university administration was responsible for the security lapse and action must be taken against the culprits.

"Besides, we have reiterated our longstanding demand that some land be allotted for the construction of a mosque for Shia students. The vice chancellor agreed to it in yesterday's meeting with our representatives," he said, adding that they had not asked for a specific area for the purpose.

In a statement, KU registrar Prof Dr Kaleem Raza Khan said that all exams on the campus would resume from Thursday.

The Mubina Town police registered a case (FIR 631/2010) under Sections 334 (intentionally causing hurt to any person) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code. Sections of the Explosive Act and 7 of the Anti Terrorism Act were also incorporated in the FIR lodged by Muhammad Asif, the Karachi University chief security officer. Dawn

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KU exams resume from today
Karachi: The situation at the University of Karachi (KU) remained calm but tense on Wednesday amid stringent security measures and the alertness of the Rangers personnel deployed at various points.

The registrar, Prof Kaleem Raza Khan, announced that since the security situation at the university was normal, all the examinations would be held as scheduled for December 30 (today).

No student would be allowed into the university without the ID card. Those appearing in the external examinations must bring their original admit cards along and show them on demand, the registrar said.

Vehicles without an entry pass or a sticker would not be allowed into the campus, and they could be scanned or checked by the security guards or the Rangers, the registrar added.

Meanwhile, a rally was taken out on the campus by the Imamia Students Organisation (ISO) demanding of the university authorities to allow them to build a mosque inside the campus.

Condemning Tuesday's bomb attack, the rally wound its way into the university through the Arts Lobby and then back to the Silver Jubilee Gate where the leaders of the ISO vowed to stage such rallies every day until their demands were met.

They also demanded of the administration to adopt strict security measures.

The rally passed a resolution asking the administration to bring those involved in the bomb blast to justice, include the Rangers in the investigation process, purge the campus of arms and stop interference from outsiders.

Traffic from NIPA was disrupted for some time resulting in a massive traffic jam on University Road. The road was cleared and traffic resumed when the rally dispersed peacefully.

The president of the Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS), Dr Abid Hasnain, while condemning Tuesday's bomb blast, said that they would meet the governor, Dr Ishratul Ebad, and apprise him of the worsening law and order situation at the university. The news

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Explosion on campus
Karachi has over the years seen more than its fair share of violence. Political, sectarian and other fault lines have developed and clashes between rival individuals or groups are often reported. In many cases, student wings of different political parties or other sorts of ideological groupings have also been drawn into battle, which have been taken to the premises of educational institutions. Nevertheless, the explosion of an improvised explosive device on the grounds of Karachi University on Tuesday is a worrying development. It must be taken as a warning of the manner in which the fault lines are deepening and the intensity of the violence is growing. The IED exploded at a spot where members of the Imamia Students Organisation were preparing to say their afternoon prayers, resulting in some students being injured. While the police have not yet given any statement as to who may be responsible, what cannot be denied is that campus violence will deal a further blow to the already fragile state of education.

There are two points to note. First, all elements must refrain from using students to fight political or ideological battles. Educational institutions cannot function in an environment of fear and intimidation, and in recent years we have seen political and militant groups or their student wings turning universities into battlegrounds, not just in Karachi but in other cities as well, notably Lahore. The second point relates to KU in particular, where security has been such an issue that Rangers personnel have for several years been deployed on the premises. The university and the Rangers must examine the effectiveness of this measure. Clearly, the presence of Rangers personnel is failing to discourage criminal elements and the situation is far from being under control. Tuesday's blast shows that lethal devices can be smuggled into the grounds with impunity. So, does the problem lie in the fact that the security personnel are too few in number as some claim? Are they fully trained and equipped? Security at KU will not improve until the core problems are identified and addressed. Meanwhile, every effort must be made to bring the perpetrators of Tuesday's attack to book. Dawn

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MQM leaders inquire health of KU injured students
Karachi: Members Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Rabita Committee, Kaif-ul-Wara and Dr Sagheer Ahmed inquired about the health of the injured students of University of Karachi (KU) explosion at a hospital here. They inquired about the students who got injured in an explosion which took place outside the canteen at the varsity campus on Tuesday afternoon, said a statement issued here on Wednesday. They directed the hospital staff to provide proper medical treatment to the injured students. They also sympathized with the injured victims and prayed for quick and absolute recovery.

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KU postpones meeting of affiliated colleges
Karachi: The meeting of the principals of colleges affiliated with the University of Karachi (KU) scheduled for Dec 30 (today) has been postponed. KU Registrar announced this on Wednesday. A new date for the meeting would be notified later on, it was further stated. app

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ISO holds protest rally
Karachi: A large number of the Imamia Students Organisation's (ISO) activists and their supporters took out a rally at the University of Karachi (KU) here on Wednesday to condemn Tuesday's blast in the university that left four students injured.

The participants of the rally, which was taken out from the blast site to the silver jubilee gate of the university raised slogans against the incident and urged the government to take swift action against miscreants involved in it besides providing a separate mosque to Shia students and staffers of the university.

They also demanded removal of Rangers from the university after their failure in maintaining peace.

The protesters also chanted slogans against the administration and law enforcement agencies (LEAs) over their failure in controlling unlawful activities at the university.

Addressing the participants, Imamia Students Organisation leaders said that the recent bomb blast was the result of the presence of outlawed sectarian organisations at the university, who were targeting ISO activists.

They pointed out that they had already informed the KU administration about the extremist elements' presence in various students' organisations, but it did not take any action due to which the extremists committed their unlawful act.

Angry protesters dispersed after their peaceful protest and hoped that the administration and law enforcement agencies would make extraordinary security measures to foil the conspiracies aimed at destroying peace at the university. Daily tiems

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Humanities Part-1 results declared
Karachi: The Controller of Examinations, Board of Intermediate Education Karachi, Professor Agha Akber Mirza, declared on Wednesday the results of Higher School Certificate (HSC) Part-I, Humanities (Regular and Private) groups annual examination 2010.

According to Mirza, 10, 338 students including 1, 324 male and 9, 014 female candidates were registered for the annual exams. Of them, 9, 995 candidates including 1,246 male and 8,749 female students appeared in the exams. The statistics showed that 197 male and 3,091 female students passed all six papers, while 240 male and 2,362 females cleared five papers.

The results of 10 male and five female candidates were withheld.

As per result, 218 males and 1,467 females passed four papers, whereas 203 males and 947 female students managed to clear three papers. The results also show that 174 male and 549 female candidates passed two papers, while 140 males and 257 females cleared only one paper.

Meanwhile, 5,186 candidates including 1,715 male and 3,471 female candidates were registered in private group exams, while 4,900 pupils including 1,599 males and 3,301 females appeared in the annual examinations, Mirza said.

He added that the results of 12 males and 48 females were withheld, while 351 male and 1,103 female students cleared all six papers.

According to the result issued, 394 male and 889 female students passed five papers, whereas 267 male and 517 female candidates managed to clear four papers. 233 males and 412 females were declared pass in three papers and 170 male and 222 female pupils cleared two papers. Furthermore, 136 male and 130 female candidates passed only one paper. The news

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Special candidates' exams
Among the total 70 special candidates (36 male and 34 female) who appeared in the Class XI (Humanities group) annual examinations-2010, 66 candidates (32 male and 34 female) cleared all six papers while remaining four candidates (all male) were declared passed in five papers.

According to the BIEK controller of examinations, Prof Agha Akber Mirza, mark-sheets of the regular candidates will be issued to their respective institutions within two weeks.

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Admission to law colleges
Hyderabad: The University of Sindh has announced schedule for admission to its affiliated law colleges for LLB.

According to a university notification, the last date for submission of ad- mission forms has been fixed as Feb 10. Dawn

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SSUET planning to set up 'Job Bank'
Karachi: Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) is planning to set up a 'Job Bank' to help facilitate its final year students in various engineering disciplines to get jobs. A number of chief executive officers (CEOs) of various reputed organisations have visited the university to select students for related jobs. An official of the institution said here on Wednesday that under the 'Job Bank' concept, the university would set up stalls and invite the employers for recruitment of candidates for their respective organizations. app

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'Class I-X textbooks to be ready by April'
Karachi: The Sindh Textbook Board (STB) has made all necessary arrangements to ensure availability of textbooks to all students of Class I to X across the province with the commencement of the next academic year in April 2011.

STB chairman Mushtaque Ahmed Shahani said on Wednesday that the board had been entrusted with the task of printing and supplying textbooks to over 4.5 million children before the start of the academic session 2011-2012 in Sindh. "We have already purchased the required quantity of printing paper after completing all the codal formalities," he said.

Giving details of the codal formalities, which the board had to complete before awarding the tender for printing of textbooks in the required quantity, Mr Shahani said that 62 out of a total of 86 bidders had been declared pre-qualified. Shortly after this, the tender for the printing of books from Class I to X was publicised through the print and electronic media with the information that the tender would be opened on January 5, 2011.

In this regard, he pointed out that it was on the recommendations of the European Union report titled "Fiduciary & procurement risk assessment on textbooks" that the STB had taken the initiative of printing the textbooks as per the Sindh Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (SPPRA) rules from this year. These reforms implemented by the Sindh education and literacy department had been appreciated by the EU's Joint Review Mission (JRM) in its appraisal report, he added.

Mr Shahani said that the JRM had also lauded the role played by the senior minister for education and his department, the reform support unit and the STB in the implementation of the reforms.

He said that the EU had confirmed the release of a third tranche of grant in aid while the STB had taken all stakeholders including the SPPRA, provincial law department, reform support unit, education and literacy department and representative of the European Union and the Publishers Association on board before the start of the printing process.

Mentioning the timeframe fixed for printing and delivery of books, he said that the STB had made all necessary arrangements to accomplish the task by April 2011. Dawn

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