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KU closed for two days after violence
Karachi, Dec 21: The University of Karachi on Monday announced that the campus would remain closed for two days after a group of angry students stormed into a security office and ransacked it.

Karachi University would remain closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, said a KU spokesperson on Monday night.

Sources on the campus said that the group, belonging to a student organisation backed by a political party currently part of the ruling coalition, was enraged over the free movement of a rusticated student, Munir Baloch, in the university and believed that the university staff had allowed him in.

Munir Baloch had been rusticated and barred from entering the campus recently for beating up a KU employee.

The student organisation had reportedly lodged a complaint with the office of the KU student adviser after noticing the expelled student moving about on the campus.

Activists of the organisation again saw the student on the campus on Monday and informed the security staff asking them to check his movement.

Later, they broke into the security office and went on the rampage alleging its staff of complicity in the matter. They damaged the furniture and crockery of the room in the absence of the campus security officer.

The angry students then gathered at the administration block and raised slogans against pro-vice-chancellor Prof (Dr) Shahana Urooj Kazmi, accusing her of allowing the expelled student to enter the campus. They demanded her resignation unless she got an FIR registered against Mr Baloch as the person beaten up by him was an employee of the admission committee headed by her.

No KU official was available for comments on the violence.

The KU campus has seen student clashes and violence involving student groups for quite some time and the unrest has been causing disruption in

the academic activities. The Karachi University Teachers Society (Kuts) stopped conducting semester exams a week ago in protest against the violent incidents in which a teacher was also wounded.

The unrest has delayed the commencement of the new academic session scheduled for January 2. The KU administration said the session would now begin on Jan 8.

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Kuts ends boycott
The Karachi University Teachers' Society (Kuts) has decided to end a boycott of examinations and related activities. The decision was taken at the Kuts executive council meeting on Monday.

"The society has accepted the assurances given by the university administration regarding security matters and decided to resume the exam programme," Kuts president Dr Abid Husnain said.

"The administration has been asked to increase the number of security personnel and enhance surveillance during the exams. We have also demanded action against criminal elements and observance of discipline on the campus," he added.

In case of any untoward incident, a future line of action would be decided at the society's general body meeting, he said, adding that the society's executive body would meet again on Saturday to review the situation.

Referring to the latest violent incident, he said it reflected the state of affairs on the campus.

"All political parties are responsible for the deteriorating law and order in the university.

"However, the responsibility to ensure restoration of a situation conducive to academic activities lie with the administration, which must deliver."

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BA papers put off
The KU has postponed the BA papers till Dec 23, according to a notification issued on Monday.

No reason for the postponement of the BA papers was mentioned in the notification.

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KU students transport
Karachi: The Karachi University Business School's Alumni Association has initiated a student transport programme to solve the dire issue of KU student's transportation. Under the programme private companies will provide buses to the varsity and in turn, they would be offered free branding of their products on the buses, according to a press release. Dawn

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KU announces LLB results
Karachi: Examinations Department of University of Karachi (KU) has announced the result of LLB final year annual examination 2010 on Monday.

Khadija Rehman got first class first position obtaining 1,375 marks, Khalid Abbas Naz first class second position with 1,337 marks and Razwan Akram scored first class third position getting 1,324 marks. All the position holders are students of SM Government Law College. As per statistics of result 570 candidates registered, out of which 560 appeared in the examination, while 177 students have passed the examination. Percentage of result remained 31.61 percent.

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FUUAST's merit list for BS, Masters programme
Karachi: Federal Urdu University of Arts Science and Technology (FUUAST) has dispatched merit list for admissions in BS and Masters Programme (Morning) in arts commerce and economics.

Registrar FUUAST Prof Dr Qamar-ul-Haq has directed successful candidates to contact at central admission centre at Abdul Haq campus. Students can submit fees at relevant departments. Daily times

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Karachi International Book Fair 2010 at Expo Centre
Karachi: The 6th Karachi International Book Fair 2010 will commence at the Expo Centre here on Dec 24. Chairman Pakistan Publishers and Booksellers Association (PPBA) Aziz Khalid stated this here on Monday. He said that Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq would be the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of the five-day event being organised by the PPBA in collaboration with the National Book Foundation and Pakistan Library Association. Publishers from Singapore, Iran, Britain and India would also participate in the book fair besides those from various parts of the country. Tens of thousands of titles in English, Urdu, Arabic and Persian would be put on display at 235 stalls. Talks shows as well as competitions for the children would also be organised. Aziz Khalid has also appealed to the Karachiites to make the book fair a big success.

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USAID pledges Rs160m for reconstruction of schools
Karachi: The United Stated Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide Rs160 million for the reconstruction of schools, which were damaged due to recent floods in Sindh. This was stated in a meeting held at the office of the Sindh Education Foundation where a delegation of the USAID on Monday briefed Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq on the schools being run under the USAID in the province.

The minister was informed that the floods affected 101 out of the 330 schools being run under USAID. Of these 101 schools, 21 were destroyed.

It was said that as a replacement for the 21 schools, transitional schools would be set up. For the remaining 80 affected schools, water and sewerage works, fumigation and furniture repairs would be undertaken through the USAID's branch of ED-Links.

Assistance would also be extended to improve academic standard, particularly in the subjects of English, Mathematics and Science, of children enrolled with the 330 schools. app

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Sindhi literature: demand for reproduced books growing
Karachi: The trend among new generation of Sindhi literature readers clearly show a bias towards work by old masters such as GM Syed, Pir Hisamuddin Rashdi, Amar Jaleel, Nasim Kharl and others,

Publishing and printing institutions in Sindh, both public and private, have prioritized reproducing old books instead of introducing any new voice of Sindhi literature, political education, economy, history, prose and poetry.

Ali Nawaz Ghanghro, running Roshni Publication, which published 45 books in the year 2010, sharing his experience said, "The new cadre of readers wants to revisit the Sindhi literature focusing on history, religious harmony, promoting Sufi thoughts, poetry and fiction. In fact we have tried to introduce new voices of poetry, fiction and political education yet the readers want to study books written by legendary writers such as G.M Syed, Rais Karim Bux Nizamani, Altaf Shaikh, Shaikh Ayaz and others, who inspired entire generations."

New writers are yet to inspire readers, which would otherwise motivate publishers to publish their work, claims Ghanghro. He said they have also published books which are recognised on University syllabus for Masters level but students did not buy them since they use guides to prepare for their examinations. "That clearly shows the attitude of our cadre," he said.

Taj Joyo, Secretary Sindhi Language Authority, running under the administration of Culture Department Sindh, which has published 12 books in the current year, said the market is attractive, depending on the supply of quality books to readers. Joyo, himself a renowned poet, said they have published eight books of new writers, like Bekhud Baloch, Qazi Manzar Hayat, Parsa Rizvi, Khalid Azad, Khan Mohammed Jarwar, Ghulam Mustafa Solangi and Phulu Menghwar in prose and poetry, which have attracted the market and inspired them to continue publishing books.

Looking at the market trends, publishers are mostly trying to bring combined editions of four-five books of these writers in one edition. In this regard, three biographies each of peasant leader Qazi Faiz Mohammed, Alama Ali Khan Abro and Imdad Odho, published by different organisations are a commendable addition to the literature.

Manoj Kumar, an English literature teacher, said, "We do not have 'publishers' in Sindh. Those who claim they are publishers are actually printers. The problem is that there is no publishing house that prefers publishing books in terms of content and quality. That is why the readers have never got any book of quality during the last 10-15 years."

Manoj Kumar said they (printers) prefer to reproduce old writings because "we want to make money. We have nothing to do with promoting literature." There are some writers whose work deserve to be publish but don't have the necessary investment. In this regard, he says an autobiography of Indian Sindhi writer Lachhman Koomal is the example that has inspired readers, hitting the entire market in the province and abroad, India and UAE.

Idrees Jatoi, the author of more than 12 books on education, language and literary criticism, rejected the opinion of these printers cum publishers, and said they are exploiters rather than promoting the culture of reading habits. "If they see no market of the books in prose and poetry then why they have continued this business of publishing five to six dozen books annually. It shows they want to continue depriving the writers of their right to royalty. That is the reason manipulating the whole culture of reading and promoting literature."

Zawar Naqvi, Secretary Sindhi Adabi Board (SAB), the government-run literary organisation, said that SAB has published 30 books on variety of topics during the year 2010. He said the SAB has started new 'Benazir' literary magazine in English as the organisation is already publishing three other literary magazines, including quarterly Mehran, 'Sartyoon' for women and 'Gul Phul' for children. He said the books they publish attract readers, hence they do not have complaints from readers.

Noor Ahmed Memon, Director Sindhika Academy, said they as usual have published 12 books on different topics, including literature, history and education during the period. About the market trend, he said 1,000 copies of each book in Sindhi language takes at least six years to sell out. The news

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SAU, Chinese varsity plan joint projects
Hyderabad: South China University will launch joint projects with Sindh Agriculture University (SAU).

This was stated by Dr Liao Zong Wen of South China University while speaking at a meeting with the SAU faculty on Monday.

Dr Liao has come on a research study tour following signing of a memorandum of understanding between his university and the SAU during the visit of President Asif Ali Zardari to China.

He said water shortage, degradation of soil and fertilizers posed big problem for Sindh and added that due to inordinate increase in the prices of fertilizer, the cost of agriculture production had also tremendously increased. Dawn

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