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Degrees conferred on 510 SZABIST students
Karachi, Feb 28: About 510 students were conferred on degrees at the Convocation 2011 of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) here on Saturday.

Chancellor of the Institute Dr Azra Fazal declared the convocation open.

In all, ten students who excelled in various disciplines were awarded gold medals.

The corporate gold medals were also conferred on this very occasion.

In her speech, the chancellor said that SZABIST upholds the legacy of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto who was its founding chancellor.

She further stated that SZABIST's mission is to work for the betterment of the country and its people and to contribute towards earning a prominent place for Pakistan in the comity of nations.

Dr Azra Fazal pointed out that SZABIST has been established with the objective to produce high qualified scientific and technical personnel to help meet the country's requirements in this regard.

She further stated that SZABIST has become an institute of excellence.

Dr Azra Fazal said that science and technology holds the key to economic growth and social development.

She was of the view that it is necessary to prepare a population that is not only knowledgeable and skilled but it is also aware of its responsibilities and is also willing to contribute to the growth of the nation as well as well being of the society.

Dr Azra Fazal informed that SZABIST is devoting a substantial percentage of its funds towards the research and development.

Dr S.M Qureshi, Chairman of the Charter Inspection and Evaluation Committee, and a former vice-chancellor of Mehran University, delivered the keynote address.

A large number of guests and parents of degree receiving students attended the Convocation held at the PAF Museum here.

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Contract employees to be regularised through interviews: Pir Mazhar
Karachi: The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) have agreed not to table the a bill in Sindh Assembly for reinstatement of contract employees of the education department, Senior Minister for Education Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq told PPI in an interview at his office.

The MQM and the PPP had passed a unanimous resolution in the Sindh Assembly on Friday, recommending to the government to regularize the jobs of 7,187 former low-grade employees, instead of tabling the bill, as earlier announced by MQM.

The Education and Literacy department has not extended contracts of 7,187 low-grade employees who were appointed on a contract basis by the previous government. These employees started a protest in front of the Karachi Press Club and many of them were arrested on Friday.

Pir Mazhar said that MQM MPs had announced that they would table the bill in Sindh Assembly and we agreed to that. He said, however, it was difficult to regularise contract employees in such a manner, as thousands of contract employees working in other departments would have mounted pressure on the government to regularise their jobs too. He said that there were thousands of contract-based employees working in donor-funded projects and their jobs could not be regularised.

He added that after thorough discussion, PPP and MQM have decided not to table any bill for regularising the education department contract employees. He said, "Now we will re-advertise these vacancies within two weeks and ask the contract employees to appear in walk-through interviews to have their jobs made permanent. The process, he said, would be completed in two months.

Pir Mazhar alleged that protesting employees were appointed by the previous government as a political bribe. He said it was the present government's policy to give permanent jobs to people instead of appointing them on contract and said that they had given more than 50,000 regular jobs to people of Sindh.

"We have appointed more than 1000 lecturers through the Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC), while the SPSC is working to appoint 1200 more lecturers on merit. The news

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KU to celebrate 50th anniversary of Biochemistry Department
Karachi: In order to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Biochemistry Department, the University of Karachi (KU) is organising a three-day Symposium cum Workshop from March 1 to 3, 2011.

The year 2011-2012 would be celebrated as the 50th year of the foundation of the Department of Biochemistry, KU as declared by the department's chairperson. The alumni of the department would gather professionals not only from national and international institutes within Pakistan, but from overseas institutes as well to celebrate the auspicious event.

Series of celebrations would include workshops, seminars, symposia and plenary lectures throughout the year. In relation a three-day symposium cum workshop is being organised on tools in biomedical research, which will be held from March 1 to 3. Since several eminent scientists, researchers, alumni and consultants in the field of biochemistry and other related areas would be participating in this workshop; this mega event would be a great opportunity for the students to get benefit from their expertise. Daily times

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Third Saarc simulation exercise
Karachi: The Department of International Relations, University of Karachi, is organising the third Saarc Simulation Exercise in collaboration with the Hanns Seidal Foundation, Islamabad, on February 28 to March 3.

Over 56 students from various universities of the country will participate in the exercise whose main objective is to determine how students see and analyse various issues, both real and virtual, faced by the Saarc member countries and to devise strategies for making Saarc a vibrant regional organisation.

The inaugural session will be held on Monday (today) and Professor Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui will be the chief guest.

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BSEK plans mock exam
Karachi: The Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) will conduct a mock examination in the third week of March.

A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting on the examinations system at the Governor House here on Saturday.

Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan, who is the controlling authority of the education boards in the province, presided over the meeting.

An official said that this would be a one-day exercise for the 9th class and was aimed at making the examination system effective, simple and transparent.

A committee, consisting of the principal secretary to the governor, Mumtaz ur Rehman, Chairman BIEK Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai, Chairman Sindh Technical Board Saeed Siddiqui, and Chairman BSEK, Anzar Hussain Zaidi, presented its report on the occasion.

The meeting decided to reduce the number of examination centres for the 9th and 10th class annual examinations of the BSEK from 436 to 170. The number of invigilators would be based on the average of the candidates rather than the examination centres.The governor said that in view of the success of the experiment, it should be replicated and expanded province-wide.

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IU registrar clarifies report
Karachi: This is in reference to the news "HEC refuses to recognise PhD degree of Iqra University (IU) registrar" published on Saturday.

Syed Akif Hasan said he would like to put the record straight. The news item says his degree is a PhD but his degree is a DBA, he said.

The report says he is the Dean of Management Sciences. However, he is the registrar. It says the HEC has not recognised his degree, which is incorrect. The HEC has recognised the degree since it is from an institution recognised by it. The HEC has equated his DBA degree to an MPhil. However, to another student of his university the HEC has equated the same degree to a Pakistani doctorate. He said they have asked the HEC to reconsider their decision. But the degree is recognised and so is the institution. Hence he holds a recognised degree, he added. The news

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Admission in MPhil programme
Hyderabad: The University of Sindh has announced the schedule of admission to MPhil programme in business administration, microbiology, pharmacology and physiology.

Application forms are available at Habib Bank of Jamshoro and Old Campus branch in Hyderabad and can also be downloaded from university's website www.usindh.edu.pk.

The last date for submission of forms has been fixed as March 12. Admission fee will be accepted by March 20.

The pre-admission test will be conducted on March 13 while result of the test will be announced on March 14.

The candidates having MBA, BS/Masters degree in the relevant disciplines with good second division from University of Sindh or equivalent qualification from any other recognised university, are eligible to apply. The applicants have to qualify pre-admission test and interview. ENROLMENT:

The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Hyderabad, has announced that last date for accepting enrolment/registration forms for SSC part-I (Class-IX) annual examination has been extended up to March 8, with late fee of Rs1,250. Dawn

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IoBM's students witness Imran's charisma
Karachi: Every week, an event or two keeps the students engaged at the Institute of Business Management (IoBM). Last week, the Management Society of the IoBM, in collaboration with other societies, organised an extraordinary event on the campus. Why do I say extraordinary? Well, for starters, the management called off all classes for one session, and the cherry on top was the impact of the event on almost all the students present that day.

On Monday, February 21, the students found out that Imran Khan, Chairman of the Tehrik-e-Insaaf, was coming to the institute to deliver a speech the following day. Never before had we heard of a political leader coming to the IoBM. Needless to say, everybody was excited, and not just because the classes were called off, but because everybody started to feel optimistic about the future suddenly. Students were so excited that text messages started circulating the night before, that everyone should be dressed in white to display unity. And I was not surprised to see that almost half the students of the institute were dressed in white.

When Imran stood behind the podium, there was a kind of buzz of awe and excitement in the crowd. Students who are generally ruthless to people holding the microphone, were actually standing silently, watching every movement of the charismatic orator on stage, and nodding with enthusiasm when he said things they never expected a leader to say.

Imran Khan talked about the challenges of the youth in Pakistan, and about the problems with the current political leadership. The things he said and the way he said them were so powerful that I could bet that 20 percent of the crowd resolved to vote for him in the forthcoming elections. He gave all of us a new hope for a better future. Imran made it seem very easy to believe that we have a better future. He said that if the management or leadership of an organisation or nation was free of corruption, the members or citizens would follow in their corruption-free footsteps automatically.

Imran Khan's stage presence was strong and his charisma spread through the crowd like a spell. His speech and his ability to engage the audience was truly commendable.

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Powerful watchman locks students out
Karachi: The lack of officially appointed teachers, a dispute over the ownership of the property and a disgruntled watchman who has blocked off the main entrance to the classrooms are just some of the reasons why the Government Degree Girls College in Qasba Colony is a model of the deplorable state of education in the country.

Education has come to a standstill for students of the Government Degree Girls' College in Qasba Colony as the watchman of the institution has locked the main entrance to classrooms and has refused to allow anyone to enter the premises in protest against the non-payment of his salary.

The watchman, who claimed that his salary has been withheld for the last couple of months, decided to lock up the building as a sign of protest. "The only job I have is to look after the building and this is how I earn my livelihood. But since my employer has decided not to pay my salary, I have no other option to protest by blocking off the entrance to the institute. I want to bring this issue to the notice of the concerned authorities," said the watchman, Abdullah Shah.

He was ultimately fired by the contractor who had placed him there. As a result, building blocks and other construction materials at the site remain completely unguarded.

The teachers, who work on a voluntary basis, have been unable to conduct classes at the college as they building remains under lock and key. The Additional Director Colleges of Regional Directorate, Talib and Deputy Director Colleges, Qadeer Ghori visited the college on Friday, but were unable to achieve the desired results. Although the watchman did open the gate for them, no classes took place on the particular day.

Phone calls made to Regional Director Colleges Najma Niaz remain unanswered. However, Qadeer Ghori tells said that classes had not been held for the last two days. "On the request of locals, we will seek special permission from the Board of Intermediate Karachi to conduct classes at the college," he added.

However, a disgruntled watchman is just one of the problems faced by the college. Although the institution boasts a principal, the education department has had its hand tied and has been unable to hire teaching staff for the almost 100 students enrolled in the college. The building has yet to be handed over to the Education Department due to an ongoing dispute between the Works Department and the contractor of the building. Once the building is officially placed under the control of the Education Department, only then will they be able appoint teachers and take the academic process forward.

The only reason why the academic process was able to continue up till the watchman blocked off the entrance, was because educated women from nearby areas taught on a volunteer basis.

The principal and the volunteers are trying their level best to provide the underprivileged locality with a quality education, however, life threats from the local land mafia are making life difficult for them, Qadeer Ghori said. He added that the the police and the Rangers have taken no action in this regard. The news

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