Karachi University BCom paper-III schedule
BCom paper new schedule
Karachi, Feb 17: The University of Karachi has announced that the BCom
paper-III (Introduction to Business) for regular candidates which was
scheduled for Feb 15 but postponed will now be held on Sunday (Feb
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History, she wrote
Karachi: The 2nd Karachi Literature Festival will be
remembered for a number of reasons, one of which is it managed to
assemble a decent variety of writers and thinkers under one cosy roof.
Among them was Alex von Tunzelmann, who was there to anchor just one
panel discussion, though her achievements as a writer could've easily
made her the keynote speaker of a session on history. Maybe next time!
von Tunzelmann reviews historical films for the Guardian, and if you've
read any of her no-holds-barred pieces you'll know she has no patience
for fools. She uncovers (sometimes locates) factual faux pas and silly
mistakes in movies and comments on them in a manner that tickles the
reader and hits the filmmakers where it hurts the most. That's not it.
Tunzelmann's claim to fame in the subcontinent is her book, Indian Summer,
an account of partition of India that ruffled a few feathers in New
Delhi because apart from other things it also sheds light on a romantic
liaison that existed between Jawaharlal Nehru and Lady Mountbatten. So
where to begin the discussion? Films first.
She listens very
carefully to the argument that most creative endeavours use hyperbole or
some kind of exaggeration as a tool. She often discounts that and makes
fun of successful films. "My column is supposed to be funny, amusing.
Besides, a lot of research goes into it."
There are many movies
that Tunzelmann has found lacking in verisimilitude. The
critically-acclaimed Frida is one of them. She makes an interesting
observation about the film which relates Trotsky's assassination to his
involvement with Frida.
"The film implies Trotsky moved into the
less safe accommodation where he would soon be murdered to avoid falling
in love with Frida Kahlo. This isn't true: she moved to Paris and he
continued to live in her house, eventually moving out perhaps because of
a disagreement with her husband, Diego Rivera. So the film implies that
she was somehow responsible for Trotsky's death, which is completely
untrue," she says in her talk during the literature festival.
been 63 years since India and Pakistan became two separate geographic
entities. Yet partition continues to fascinate historians and students
of literature. Tunzelmann's Indian Summer caused quite a bit of stir in
some quarters, particularly with the Nehru-Edwina affair that not many
people talk about or they refrain from discussing. "All the five
characters at the centre of my story are important, not just the two
you've mentioned. When you research any love affair in history you'll
find no one tells the truth. So you can't tell if the relationship was
ever consummated," she says.
Can't take issue with that. The
subcontinent's partition is usually looked at with a predetermined
mindset. Tunzelmann elaborates on the subject she's focused on in the
"Often, not always, those people who lived through partition
are reluctant to talk about it. It was a profoundly traumatic event,
and left very deep scars on the people who endured it. That is a
separate thought from the fact that Gandhi and Jinnah are elevated to
such revered status that they almost become deified, and then it becomes
impossible to see them as human beings. What I have tried to do about
them in the book is write about them as three-dimensional people, human
beings who had greatness and flaws in them just as we all do. In my
opinion the fact that these men were men, not saints, makes them more
interesting - perhaps even more sympathetic."
Hold on, Gandhi
seems to be one of the topics Tunzelmann wants to expand on, because she
feels his character needs to be seen in the light of not just what he
brought on; there was also a Hamlet-like delay.
insistence that his own followers reach a state of moral perfection
often meant he drew back from his own campaigns at crucial points - the
incident at Chauri Chaura is one example. I do think this contributed to
delaying Indian independence. I think it is feasible that India could
have won some sort of semi-freedom, like the Irish Free State or even
dominion status, much earlier if Congress had run its campaigns
differently, and the fly in the ointment was very often Gandhi."
So the five protagonists weren't solely instrumental in cleaving undivided India into two.
1946-47 the British government under Clement Attlee was desperate to
get out of India by any means necessary, and that was very strongly
connected to the terrible state of the British economy after World War
Enough of partition and its untold tales! Is she excited about her next book?
Heat is actually about the Cold War in Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican
Republic. The Cuban Missile Crisis is the big event, but there are lots
of others: the book is actually coming out for the 50th anniversary of
the Bay of Pigs invasion, which is another centrepiece of the book."
post-lunch sessions of the literature festival are about to begin.
Tunzelmann's big, bright eyes become a bit restless, trying to discover a
potentially historical moment in that part of modern Karachi where
English is spoken with at least a dozen different accents. Time to put
an end to the chitchat.
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Rawalpindi high school exams face delay
Rawalpindi: The annual Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations-2011 are expected to be
delayed as the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE)
Rawalpindi has not yet started the process of preparing the roll number
slips for the candidates, it has been learnt.
the Punjab Higher Education Department initiated a project for the
online registration of the candidates and issuance of online roll number
slips to them with details of their examinations but no process has yet
been started by the board in this regard. The examinations are
scheduled to commence on March 5," said an official of the board on
condition of anonymity.
The online admission forms for regular
students were received by the project director of the Higher Education
Department through their schools and the private students were asked to
contact nearby government schools to get themselves registered online
this year. The students were also directed to send the attested copies
of their online forms after downloading them from the official website,
the official said.
Now the difficulty being faced by the BISE
Rawalpindi is that the board has neither received the online data well
in time from the project director nor has verified the information
provided by the candidates through internet. It is being feared that the
errors will crop up regarding the names of the candidates, their
parents, addresses and selected subjects after the students have been
sent the roll number slips with designated examination centres, the
official who is concerned with the conduct of the examinations said.
pointed out mistakes in some admission forms; like in one case the
address of London had been mentioned. In some those subjects were
mentioned which were not offered by the BISE and identifying male
students as female. There could be more mistakes which the candidates
might identify themselves after they receive their roll number slips,
the official added.
Sensing these expected hiccups in the conduct
of the exams, the Punjab Boards Committee of Chairmen held a meeting in
Lahore on February 14 and it was decided that the relevant boards would
prepare the roll number slips that would be forwarded to the project
director for uploading the documents for the candidates. The candidates
would be able to download their roll number slips using the pin codes
which had already been allotted to them, the official said.
on Jan 25, Director Online Project Dr Majid Naeem sent an email to all
the nine examination boards of the Punjab to prepare and send the roll
number slips with detailed date sheets to the candidates. This situation
had created many problems for all the boards as the online data was
received and collected by the project director, the official further
This scribe tried his level best to contact Director Online
Project Dr Majid Naeem for his version on the issue but he did not
"After two weeks, the examinations are scheduled to be
started but the board has not prepared and issued the roll number slips
to the candidates that are in thousands. Moreover, it would rather be
impossible for the BISE to rectify the mistakes in the admission forms
and start the examinations on the due date", concluded the official.
Akbar, general secretary employees union BISE Rawalpindi appealed to the higher authorities to resolve the issue so that
the examination might be started on the given date and the students
might not face any problems.
Sarfaraz Ahmed, data processing
officer BISE Rawalpindi and the official spokesperson for the online
project said that the board had enough time to prepare and send the roll
number slips to the students and the examinations would be held on
Regarding the rectification of the mistakes in the online
forms, he said though this year complaints could be more than the usual
but the board had sufficient time to rectify all the mistakes before the
start of the examinations. Dawn
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Teachers announce complete strike
Islamabad: Determined not to get trapped by the promises of Ministry of Education any longer,
teachers affiliated with the schools of the Federal Directorate of
Education (FDE) have finally announced complete strike till the
fulfilment of their demands regarding their upgradation and uniformity
in education system.
In a joint meeting of the general body and
executive council here on Tuesday, teachers announced a total boycott of
classes, examinations (both internal and external) and any assignment
given by the administration from today (February 16) till the approval
of their demands and issuance of its notification.
was the deadline given by the Federal Government Teachers Association
(FGTA) to the FDE for the acceptance of their demands but the FDE
director-general (DG) came to the meeting only to ask teachers to extend
the deadline for implementation of their demands.
negotiations between FGTA representatives and FDE director-general
continued for about an hour behind closed doors but could not reach any
conclusion. "She asked us for extension in the deadline, which we could
not do, as we have already extended our deadline many times," said a
teacher who was in the meeting.
Later, while addressing a
meeting, FGTA President Azhar Mahmood Awan said that the ministry and
directorate were befooling them by not implementing the teachers'
package and extending deadlines. "They have first promised us that
teachers would be upgraded on July 27, 2010, but then the federal
minister for education said that the prime minister would announce a
package for teachers soon. Then we came to know the prime minister would
announce teachers' package on October 10, 2010, but it was also
postponed at the eleventh hour. Finally, the package for teachers was
announced on November 8, 2010, but it has not been implemented so far,"
He said that a notification was issued to constitute a
committee for implementation, which clearly mentioned that committee
members would constitute sub-committees to facilitate the process for
implementation. "Neither sub-committees were constituted nor the
ministry has given any satisfactory reply in this regard," he said.
Vice President Khizer Rehman said that teachers have been waiting for
the implementation of the package with patience but now it's time to
react. "The strike ill continue till acceptance of all demands. Let me
assure you that the decision for strike has been taken in consultation
with teachers," he added.
FGTA Adviser M A Shahid, while talking
to this scribe, said that the FGTA has handed over its demands to the
Ministry of Education and the FDE in December last year and the strike
would continue till the acceptance of all demands.
He said that
the first part of COD dealt with uniformity in education system in ICT
which included uniform nomenclature of all institutions under the FDE,
uniform service structure for all teachers and administrators under the
FDE, uniform administrative structure for all institutions under FDE,
uniform administrative structure of control and command authority,
uniform syllabi in all institutions of all levels under the FDE, uniform
fee and fund structure for all levels and for all institutions under
the FDE, uniform distribution of financial resources among all
institutions, uniform infrastructure for all institutions under the FDE,
uniform distribution of transport facility among all institutions under
the FDE, giving priority to remote rural areas, uniform curricular and
co-curricular activities annual calendar for all institutions under the
FDE, uniform assessment-examination system for all institutions under
the FDE and uniform admission policy for all levels and for all
institutions under the FDE.
On the other hand, he said, the
second part of COD dealt with the upgradation of teachers which included
upgradation and redesignation of all teachers of all cadres (BPS-9 to
BPS-15) to EST (BPS-16), upgradation and redesignation of all teachers
of all cadres (BPS-16) to SST (BPS-17), immediate suspension of
notorious 'Four-Tier Structure for Federal Government Teachers 2000'
that protects recruitment and promotion rights of only 791
administrators, rescheduling and redesignation of notorious 'Four-Tier
Structure for Federal Government Teachers 2000' into proposed 'Five-Tier
Structure for Federal Government Teachers 2010' which will protect the
recruitment and promotion rights of all about 7,000 teachers and
administrators of all proposed five cadres (BPS-16 to BPS-20) equally
and uniformly without any kind of disparity and discrimination.
the third and last part dealt with the residential ceiling with pay to
all teachers, administrators and non-teaching staff working under FDE. A
copy of COD has also been sent to implementation committee constituted
by minister for education for the active implementation of teachers'
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QAU inks MoU with PCSIR
Islamabad: The Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) with the Pakistan Council of Scientific and
Industrial Research (PCSIR) with an aim to enhance research and academia
linkage. QAU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai and PCSIR
Chairman Dr. Shoukat Parvez signed the MoU on behalf of their respective
organisations. Under the MoU, PCSIR will provide access to the
students of QAU in their laboratories to carry out applied research
under the supervision of scientists. The news
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Two arrested for 'killing' QAU employee
Islamabad: The Secretariat police on Tuesday arrested two
persons for allegedly murdering an employee of the Quaid-i-Azam
University (QAU) on February 10 after they robbed him of his car.
Superintendent of Police Liaquat Niazi said that three persons –
FU, SHU and MS from Karak – were behind the murder of Imran Pervez, who
worked as assistant in the university's information technology
department. After murdering Pervez, the killers along with the vehicle
took away Rs1,100, his cellphone and CNIC.
But they abandoned the
vehicle after it broke down. Pervez, 28, a resident of Muslim Town,
Rawalpindi, used his vehicle as cab after finishing his duties in the
university. Married eight months ago, his role as cabdriver would start
with dropping some of university colleagues at their homes.
last talked with his family on the cellphone around 8:15pm, promising to
return home in 30 to 45 minutes. At 9pm when the family called, his
cellphone was switched off. The worried family informed the Rescue 15. A
policy party found his abandoned car on the old University Road and his
body was recovered from the wooded area nearby.
The two arrested
accused told police that their third accomplice had escaped to Karak,
taking with him Pervez's cellphone. According to police, they hired
Pervez's cab for a trip to Adiala Road from the University Chowk. On the
way back, they asked Pervez to take them to a shrine of Kakajee Sarkar
near the Gate 5 of the QAU. There on the deserted road they overpowered
and took him to the nearby wooded area. Police said when Pervez yelled
and a car passed by, they strangled him. They drove away the car but it
broke down, forcing them to abandon it.
Police said the three
accused, who had been living in a rented room of the newly-established
Muslim Colony near Bari Imam for the last four months, were committing
robberies in Rawalpindi. On Tuesday, when two of the accused returned to
their room, police arrested them. Police said the residents of the
colony were also wary of their activities. Dawn
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