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KU confers degrees to 1,362
Karachi, Feb 01: Over 1,362 students, most of them girls, received their degrees at the convocation of the University of Karachi on Thursday; however, whether or not they would go on to contribute to the economy and occupy key positions in society were the concerns shared across the board.

Among the 118 gold medallists was Farya Fatima, who topped in biochemistry. Asked what she planned to do next, she said, "I am getting married."

Any future plans, she stressed, would depend on her husband and in-laws. "But if I get the opportunity to work, I will excel."

She would; so would all the other girls if provided with the right opportunities, like Bushra Batool, gold medallist in international relations, who wants a career in the development sector.

"I want to become a researcher, adopt it as a profession and understand pressing issues which hinder development of our society."

And Kanza Aslam, gold medallist in applied mathematics, who is a lecturer at a top engineering university in the private sector.

Under a huge white canopy erected at the Valika Ground, students were handed out their degrees: 760 BA, BSc, BCom and BPA Honours; 2,343 Masters and BS; 15 BLIS; 30 MLIS; 18 BE; 172 PharmD; 120 MPhil; 190 PhD and 1 DSc.

Among the many students who went on the stage to collect their degrees was Dr Mansoor Ahmed, KU registrar, who was awarded the DSc degree, the highest doctorate degree of Pakistan. Ahmed is also heading the Confucius Institute of Chinese Language at the university.

KU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser congratulated all the students who, he said, had done him proud. He invited the university alumni to join the alumni network.

"Despite many financial constraints, the university has managed to keep the process of development continued. For the first time in the history of the university, we have inaugurated the School of Law, where classes have already begun."

He stressed that the university was striving to improve standards. "In order to make [the admission] process more transparent, the academic council decided to examine the students' aptitude through the services of the National Testing Service. This helped in improving the quality of new batches of students."

He said that to enhance security arrangements at the university, CCTV cameras had been installed at the entrance gates.

As a final advice to the graduating batch, he said, "Take each challenge boldly and do remember that great opportunities come to those who make the most of small ones."

Senior Education & Literacy Minister Nisar Khuhro also graced the occasion. He announced a grant of Rs500,000 for the construction of a television studio for the university's Department of Mass Communication. He said, "The university, despite financial crunch, has managed to maintain international standards."

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KU to accept BCom registration forms from Feb 2
Karachi: The Karachi University (KU) has announced that registration forms for its BCom programme as well as for improving of the division in BCom will be accepted on February 2 and 3.

According to a statement issued by the university, the form will be accepted along with the registration fee amounting to Rs2,700.

The registration form will be available at National Bank of Pakistan, United Bank of Pakistan and Muslim Commercial Bank at the Silver Jubilee Gate of the university against a payment of Rs100.

The forms will be endorsed by the registration (external) unit's Counter 3 at the Silver Jubilee Gate.

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BA-LLB exams results
Karachi: The Karachi University on Monday announced the results of BA LLB Honours part-II annual examinations 2013. Thirty-two candidates appeared in the exams and 21 of them passed. The news

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MBBS suppl exams result out
Karachi: Karachi University on Monday announced the result of MBBS second professional supplementary examination 2013. According to result statistics, 188 candidates appeared in the exam and 116 of them passed it. The pass percentage remained 61.7.

In the MBBS third professional supplementary examination-2013, as many as 152 candidates appeared. Of them, 117 were declared successful. ppi

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KU notifies fresh dates for exams
Karachi: Karachi University on Monday announced fresh dates for postponed papers of BA part-I and II.

The Islamic History paper earlier scheduled for Jan 13 would now be held on Feb 4, International Relations paper of second year scheduled for Jan 23 would be held on Feb 6, International Relations part-I paper scheduled for Jan 24 would be held on Feb 7, Statistics-I and Psychology-I paper scheduled for Jan 29 would be held on Feb 8, Computer Science-III and General History-II paper scheduled for Jan 30 would be held on Feb 10. Time and place of the tests remains unchanged, according to a university statement. Dawn

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At top universities, no place for intermediate graduates
Karachi: Top universities in the city are rejecting even high achievers of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK). And they feel they have good reason to do so too.

At the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), a top-notch business school of the country, 3,200 students sat the admission test this year. Only 300 managed to pass and 80 percent of them were students who had done their A-Level.

Many of the rejected candidates were students who had scored high in their intermediate exams but didn't make the cut. "This disparity was not seen in students from the Aga Khan University Examination Board," says the IBA director, Dr Ishrat Husain. "Those who had scored well in their school exams did well in the IBA's aptitude test too."

"Good school education translates into good university education and thus rewarding job prospects," said Husain. "Unfortunately, due to the falling standards of the public education board, quality higher education is only available to parents who are already affluent."

The IBA boasts if a candidate clears the aptitude test and interview – the prerequisites for admission – he will not be rejected even if he does not have the means to pay the tuition fee. The problem remains, however, that candidates from the intermediate board rarely pass the entrance test.

A similar trend has been witnessed at the Karachi University, which for the first time introduced admission tests for 14 highly ranked departments at the varsity. Only 37 percent students of the 10,300 candidates managed to pass the entrance test. Many of the rejected students had received an A or A-1 grade in their intermediate exams.

"The idea to introduce admission tests was made by the chairpersons of the respective departments as they felt that results of the local education boards were not credible," said Khalid Iraqi, the admissions director of Karachi University.

Similar complaints from parents were received this year when the prestigious NED University held its admission tests. Parents complained that students who had scored well in their intermediate examinations flunked the admission tests. Enraged parents even protested outside the Karachi Press Club, though after a while, the uproar died out.

Some parents claimed the entrance tests included "out of syllabus" topics and only O- and A-Level students had studied those topics.

All this occurs while officials of the BIEK maintain they are striving to improve the education standards. "Most candidates of Karachi board manage to get admission to top universities of the city. It is the candidates of other boards mostly of rural Sindh who are refused admissions," claimed Imran Chishti, the BIEK examinations controller.

As parents lose faith in the local examination board, even middle class parents are opting for private boards, including the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), Edexcel, International Baccalaureates and the recently introduced Aga Khan University Examination Board.

An estimate suggests that Pakistani students spend more than Rs720 million in exam fees for one session of the CIE; an exorbitant amount considering how poor Pakistan is. But opting for private education is not a solution for education woes of the country. Haris Gazdar, a researcher at the Collective for Social Science Research, says it is important for the elite of the society to be interested in public good.

"If the solution to frequent power outages is a generator, the solution to deteriorating law and order is a private security guard and the solution to poor public education is expensive private education, things will never improve," he said. "Every time a middle-class parent opts for private schooling, the public school in the neighbourhood suffers."

"Good school education translates into good university education and thus rewarding job prospects" IBA director Dr Ishrat Husain.

"It is the candidates of other boards mostly from rural Sindh who are refused admissions to top universities" BIEK examinations controller Imran Chishti. The news

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IoBM CFA programme now at par with IBA, LUMS
Karachi: Institute of Business Management (IoBM) on Thursday has become the latest institution to be welcomed to the CFA Institute University Recognition Programme. According to IoBM Public Affairs Section, CFA Association, USA has approved IoBM's application for grant of recognition to its BS (Accounting and Finance) Programme. The IoBM is only the third institute/university in Pakistan to be awarded this prestigious recognition; IBA and LUMS being the other two. IoBM's BS (Accounting and Finance Programme) has been acknowledged as incorporating at least 70 percent of the CFA Programme Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and placing emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. This positions students well to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst Designation, which has become the most respected and recognised investment credential in the world. Daily times

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