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KU plagued by growing violence
Karachi, Dec 29: Karachi University has been witnessing a series of violent incidents for almost a month that have virtually paralysed the institution. The frequent violence and disorder on the campus has continuously been disrupting the ongoing exams for regular as well as external students.

A recent meeting between Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad, the chancellor of all public sector universities in the province, and KU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui seems to have done little to improve the law and order situation on the campus.The fresh episode of unrest started on November 29 when a group of students in an aggressive mood broke into a room where selection board members were about to hold interviews of some education department candidates for the post of lecturer.

The students harassed the staff and forced the board members and the KU administration to stop the recruitment process. The students were reportedly angry over the failure of their favourite candidate in the selection board test, held before the scheduled interviews.

After this untoward incident, the university administration came under so much pressure that it postponed all selection board meetings and put on hold the remaining process of recruitment scheduled for the week.

Not a single student involved in the incident was caught and punished, though the vice chancellor himself was present at the meeting. The campus security adviser also resigned the same day.

The inaction on the part of the administration encouraged members of other student groups to ignore discipline as there were reports of kidnapping of students and beating up of a teacher and a non-teaching employee on the campus.

Taking action on two cases, the KU administration rusticated two students allegedly involved in the kidnapping. It also debarred another student for beating up an employee of the admission committee.Later, there were incidents of clashes among student groups leaving a teacher injured and university property damaged. No one was, however, caught or punished.

The Karachi University Teachers Society (Kuts) boycotted exams for a week in protest over the situation and when the university reopened, some students stormed a security office and ransacked it. The students were enraged over the entry of a rusticated student who was seen moving freely on the campus. They alleged that some university staff had allowed him in.

The student group later forced one of the pro-vice chancellors to order issuance of transfer letters of deputy registrar and the campus security officer. The transfer letters were withdrawn the next day by the vice chancellor who was not present on the campus when the letters were issued.

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HSC Humanities Part-I results
Karachi: The controller of examinations, Board of Intermediate Education Karachi, Professor Agha Akber Mirza, announced on Tuesday that the board would declare the results of HSC Part-I, Humanities (Regular and Private) Groups Annual Examinations 2010 at 3pm on Wednesday (today). The results of Commerce (Regular and Private) Groups, annual exams 2010 would be announced on December 31.

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Summary to put off HSC exams still pending approval
Karachi: The Sindh government has, so far, failed to approve a summary in which the Sindh education department has sought an extension in the intermediate examinations date by one month to compensate academic losses suffered by first-year students because of delayed commencement of academic session and recent floods in Sindh.

The Higher Secondary Certificate annual examinations 2011 are only three-and-a-half months away from now.

After deliberations, the Sindh education department steering committee that met about two months ago with Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq in the chair had recommended a number of measures aimed at increasing the number of academic days so that the students could be able to cover their syllabus.

The committee had recommended to the chief minister to do away with the additional weekly holiday of Saturday, curtail the number days of the winter vacation and hold the HSC examinations-2011 in May, instead of April.

The summary containing these proposals was still lying at the CM's Secretariat.

The number of days in the winter vacation could not be curtailed while the additional weekly holiday of Saturday which was being observed as a part of the federal government's drive to conserve electricity had been done away with. Dawn

Meanwhile, senior college teachers belonging to government colleges told that in the wake of prevailing uncertainty whether the forthcoming Intermediate annual exams would be held in April or May, they were unable to decided about the number of chapters of different subjects which they would have to skip from the syllabus of first-year students of colleges because of their short academic session.

When asked if college teachers and first-year students of the city's public sector colleges would be able to cover entire course before the commencement of the annual examinations, which according to its schedule are expected to be held in the last week of April, they replied in the negative.

They said whether the exams held in April or May, they would neither be able to teach the entire course to students in just 124 days or 150 days (if exams are held in May).

On the other hand, the students would also be unable to digest the entire course in such a short span, they added.

"Whether the exams are held in April or May - in fact, we (teachers) will have to skip a number of chapters from different textbooks because it is impossible to cover the entire syllabus which is devised keeping in view that there will be around 210 working days or at least 180 working days in an academic session," remarked Prof Iftikhar Azmi, who is a senior teacher at D.J. Government Science College and also secretary of the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association.

When a senior teacher of the Admajee Govt Science College, Prof Ather Hussain Mirza, was asked whether the provincial directorate-general (college) with a view to ensuring uniformity had provided any guideline to colleges concerning the chapters which they could skip from the course due to limited number of working days, he said neither the directorate-general (colleges) could suggest so, nor the educational boards could set papers, skipping some chapters, as such things would result in diminishing the value of the examinations' certificates not only in the eyes of the educational institutions of the country, but also abroad.

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FUUAST exams dates
Karachi: The Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology has announced that all exams scheduled for Dec 29 have been postponed and the new dates will be announced later. Dawn

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NED orientation programme tomorrow
Karachi: Registrar NED University of Engineering and Technology, Engr Javed Aziz Khan has announced that all students admitted in first year of undergraduate programmes (BE, BCIT and B.Arch) of the NED University for the batch 2010-2011 are compulsorily required to attend the orientation programme which is being held on 30th December, 2010 at 10:00am in the University Auditorium. The news

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