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NED University convocation | KU MA registration

NED University convocation on Feb 28
Karachi, Feb 26: The Convocation 2013 of the NED University of Engineering and Technology will be held at its main campus here on February 28. This was stated by the Registrar of the institution, Engr. Javed Aziz Khan, on Saturday. He said that the Sindh Governor, who is also the Chancellor of public sector universities in the province, would preside over the event. As many as 1,600 degrees of bachelors and masters would be conferred at the convocation besides 22 gold medals to those who excelled in various disciplines. The registrar also announced that the students' invitation cards for the Convocation would be handed over to them only after attending the rehearsal fixed on February 27 at 1430 hours at the NED University's main campus.

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KU MA registration
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) has extended the last date for registration of MA (Private) candidates till March 7, 2013. The registration fee will be Rs 2,500, said a KU release here on Sunday. The students have been advised to get registration forms for MA, Double M A and Improvement of their divisions from the bank at Silver Jubilee Gate of the university. The students can also submit their forms for change of subjects with Rs 500 fee till the above date. app

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New date for MBBS exam
Karachi: The Karachi University announced on Sunday that that the cancelled exam of MBBS second professional, scheduled for Feb 18th, would be held on Feb 28.

The university also announced that students could now submit their enrolment forms for colleges affiliated with the Karachi University.

According to the announcement, students of BBA, BSc, BPA, ADE, textile programme, mass communication, education, MA, MBA, MPA and one year post-graduate diplomas in insurance programme could submit their enrolment forms till March 13. The fee for year-long insurance diploma in private colleges is Rs5,600 while it is Rs10,800 for three-year and Rs13,900 for four-year programme. Meanwhile the fee for students of government colleges is Rs1,500.

After the due date, enrolment forms can be submitted till April 10 with a late fee of Rs1,500.

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School students being forced to pay summer fee in advance
Karachi: Many private schools in the metropolis have issued directions to parents of students to pay June-July fees in advance despite Directorate of Private Institution Sindh restraining them schools across the province from collecting such fees. The annual examinations of private school students are likely to be held in March and April 2013. Hence, school administrations are putting pressure on students to deposit fees at least in February and March, otherwise they would not be allowed to appear in the upcoming examinations. Incensed parents, said there was no justification to charge June-July fees, as classes were not held in these two months. "Many schools even do not pay salaries to teachers during these two months, while no government school charges such fees." Parents have urged the Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and provincial Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq to take stern actions against those schools which have issued directions for charging July-July fees.

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'250 of 286 Sindh colleges have no principals'
Karachi: College education in Sindh is on the verge of collapse and this is evident by the fact that 250 of the total of 286 government colleges in the province are being run by junior 'incharges', not principals, said the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association on Sunday.

SPLA spokesperson Prof Iftikhar Muhammad Azmi said that corruption and mismanagement had marred the government education sector and college teachers had been badly neglected.

He said the time-scale facility for college teachers was already in place in Balochistan, while Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had approved four-tier formulas of their own. He said that even the federal government had also upgraded its teachers but those in Sindh province were still waiting for promotions.

Prof Azmi said though the Sindh education department tried to adopt recruitment rules of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, it was not ready to extend the same facilities enjoyed by teachers over there. Recently in Sindh, he said, some college teachers of BPS-19 to BPS-20 were promoted but hundreds of teachers working in BPS-17 to BPS-18 still awaited promotions.

Giving details, Prof Azmi said that 846 male and 245 female college teachers have still not been promoted from BPS-17 and BPS-18, while another set of teachers at BPS-18 to BPS-19, comprising 585 male and 255 female teachers were also waiting to be promoted.

Regional director colleges in Hyderabad has to oversee college matters in Karachi and this resulted in delays in administrative processes, said Prof Azmi, adding that many Umra applications of college teachers had been pending for a long time. He called for giving the director of colleges the authority to at least approve urgent matters regarding colleges in Karachi.

The SPLA spokesman said the entire education in Sindh needed to be revamped, adding that more and more schools keep shutting down by the day while most colleges were being run without principals which badly affected the process of education.

Prof Azmi demanded posting of permanent principals (BPS-19) at least in degree colleges to improve academic and administrative matters. He also urged the education authorities to give serious consideration to grave issues of government-run colleges in Sindh before it was too late.

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SMIU budget approved
Karachi: The budget of Sindh Madressatul Islam University for the year 2013-2014 was passed on Sunday by its finance and planning committee.

The budget was passed during an SMIU finance and planning committee meeting held under the chairmanship of vice chancellor Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh.

Members of the meeting said the university required Rs165 million for recurring expenditure of the next financial year. They said that so far the Higher Education Commission had provided no grants to the university and all expenditures were being met from financial grants provided by the Sindh government.

The SMIU finance and planning committee also granted ex post facto approval to the budget of the current fiscal year, amounting to Rs130 million. The Sindh government had allocated Rs100 million for the current financial year, hence, the university faced a deficit of Rs30 million.

Vice chancellor Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh informed the finance planning committee that the Sindh chief minister had agreed
to provide Rs30 million to the SMIU to cover its recurring deficit.

The meeting was also informed that in order to meet the immediate developmental needs of the university, another grant of Rs150 million had been approved by the chief minister but it had not been provided yet.

It was also decided at the meeting that group life insurance protection of the State Life Insurance Corporation would be provided to all employees of the SMIU, including employees of its two boys' and girls' model schools. ppi

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