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FUUAST awards 11 PhD degrees
Karachi, Jan 28: The Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (Fuuast) has approved 11 PhD, two MS and one M.Phil degree in the 18th meeting of the Graduate and Research Council of Fuuast.

The students awarded PhD degrees included Mohammad Abdul Malik (social welfare department), Ismail Moosa (political science), Kausar Yasmeen (chemistry), Khadim Hussain (Islamiat), Naeem Akram (economics), Tariq Mehmood (economics), Mohammad Bilal (Islamiat), Waseem Ahmed (biochemistry), Mohammad Tayyab Khan (Islamiat), Syed Shouib Akhter (Islamiat) and Zahid Shah (Islamiat).

Imran Anwar Mir (business administration) and Hafiz Mohammad Ishaq (business administration) were awarded MS degrees and Kashif bin Zaheer (mathematics) an M.Phil degree.

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FUUAST evening admissions
Karachi: Fuuast registrar Prof Dr Qamarul Haq, has announced that admissions to BS and masters (evening programme) at the Gulshan-i-Iqbal and the Abdul Haq campus of Fuuast have been started.

Students will be given admissions to the computer science, microbiology, environmental science, commerce, pham D, and business administration department at the Gulshan campus while mass communication and BEd department at the Abdul Haq campus.

The admission forms can be obtained on the payment of Rs350 from the Allied Bank of Pakistan Baba-i-Urdu Road branch and the National Bank of Pakistan Gulshan-i-Iqbal branch and can be submitted by January31.

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Rangers move back from KU
Karachi: Pakistan Rangers deployed at the campus of Karachi University (KU) have moved back from the security of the Karachi University due to the alleged uncooperative attitude of the KU administration, It has been learned here on Thursday.

The high-ups of the Rangers have informed the KU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui through an official letter about their decision, a source in the KU administration said. The KU administration was given recommended security by the high-up of Rangers just after the KU bomb blast, occurred on December 28, 2010, he said. Some political forces in the campus, including some teachers, employees and student groups, are not interested in the proper arrangements of security at the campus.

"As per the recommendations, made by Rangers to improve the situation in the campus, chancellor/VC are persuaded to take stern action against faculty members found indulging in religious and political biases," the official said.

He said that action against few faculty members may be initiated, while unions and religious groups should be banned to eliminate pressures on KU administration. Political role of students' organizations should be reduced.

"Rangers should be given clear role by the KU administration. Construction of KU boundary wall and installations of CCTV cameras are also the part of these recommendations. KU administration is not cooperating with the rangers," he said. It is pertinent to mention here that KU Vice Chancellor has showed serious concern over the law and order situation in the campus. The nation

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Two Pak scientists elected to world health body
Karachi: Two prominent Pakistani scientists - Dr Anwar Nasim, adviser, science, COMSTECH, Islamabad, and Prof Abid Azhar, co-director-general, Dr AQ Khan Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, University of Karachi - were elected members of the Steering Committee of the Eastern Mediterranean Health Genomics and Biotechnology Network (EMHBGN).

The elections of the Second Steering Committee of the EMHBGN were held in Tehran, Iran, last December in electronic mode and its results were evaluated and confirmed by the EMHBGN International Observer Committee and were announced recently.

The Steering Committee of the EMHBGN network comprises senior health scientists and researchers of the region. It is responsible for advising on policy and strategic directions, establishing priorities for research and development, and overseeing implementation and evaluation.

The Eastern Mediterranean Health Genomics and Biotechnology Network was created in 2004 for representatives of selected centers of excellence in health-related molecular biology, biotechnology & genomics in the Eastern Mediterranean region on the recommendation of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The overseer committee recommended Dr Anwar Nasim as EMHBGEN Steering Committee chairperson for the next term. The news

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KU Business School forms
The chairman of the Business School, Karachi University, Prof Dr Abdul Rehman Zaki, has announced that candidates can obtain and submit their admission forms till January 28 for admissions to MBA banking in coordination with the Institute of Bankers Pakistan (IBP).

He said that the admission test for MBA banking, scheduled at the IBP would now be conducted at the Business School of the KU on Jan 30 at 10am. Dawn

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School-going children's interest fades in Sindh
Karachi: The annual report about the status of education in Sindh has painted a worrisome picture of learning outcome of school-going (3-16 years) age children assessed in six districts (rural parts) of Sindh.

However, the government authorities, ministers and officials attributed the ill-planning in establishing of schools as well as lack of good governance, politicisation of education and lack of accountability were the major reasons behind deterioration of education system in Sindh.

The ASER Sindh (Rural) 2010 sample survey was conducted as part of ASER-Pakistan 2010 by the South Asia Forum for Education Development (SAFED), managed by Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) in collaboration with the National Commission for Human Development (NCHD), UNESCO, Foundation Open Society Institute (FOSI) and Sindh Edu Foundation (SEF).

The survey findings were divulged by the South Asia Forum for Education Development (SAFED) coordinator Baela Raza Jamil at the launching of ASER Sindh (Rural) 2010 Report at Auditorium, IBA City Campus, Garden Road, Karachi, on Thursday, which painted a worrisome picture of learning outcomes of school-going (3-16 years) age children assessed in six districts (rural parts) of Sindh, explaining that as high as 67 per cent children cannot read sentences in Urdu or Sindhi, 66.5 per cent children cannot read sentences in English and 73pc children cannot do 2-digit subtraction sums with carry.

Speaking at the ceremony as chief guest, Senior Minister for Education Department Pir Mazhar Ul Haq admitted the deterioration of education system in the province, holding responsible to devolution of powers introduced by dictator Musharraf. Dr Kaisar Bengali, Advisor to Chief Minister on Planning and Development, said that after 1983, a large number of schools was opened without planning and need basis on political basis in Sindh.

The issue is not the demand for education facilities but lack of quality education in the province, he said, adding that the provincial government spends Rs60 to Rs70 billion recurring expenditures on education annually but result is zero. He pointed out that now provincial government has decided to establish about 15000 campuses schools, where education from class one to class ten will be provided, besides proposed schools to be provided all the basic facilities.

Besides, the government has taken a decision to authorise the head of schools, Principals for posting of teachers on their recommendation, making them accountable of quality of education in their schools, Bengali disclosed. He added that they have two types of education system, one for privileged class and the other is for the poor section of society. The carelessness of privileged class is also key factor of deterioration of education, he concluded. The Chief of IBA and former Governor State Bank Dr Ishrat recalled his tenure as planning secretary in Sindh and said that the state of education as well as gap of education facilities in rural and urban Sindh was poor in 1970, which also not shrinking this year.

He stressed the decentralization of education at lower level.

Provincial Secretary of Education Dept Naheed S. Durrani lack of governance, management and politics are the main reason behind deterioration of education in Sindh province.

Meanwhile, SAFED coordinator Baela Raza Jamil sharing data of report said the class-wise learning ability of assessed students showed even more gloomy picture because at least 63 per cent Class-III students could not read Grade-I level Urdu/Sindhi text sentences, whopping 74.7pc children could not read English words, while of those enrolled in Class-IV, 62.5pc students just failed to do simple subtraction sums.

Jamil said that the survey was conducted in 3,553 households and 165 schools including 17 private schools in 180 randomly selected villages in six districts of Sindh (rural). The selected villages were in Ghotki, Khairpur, Mirpurkhas, Mithi, Sukkur and Umerkot districts.

The survey of children in households showed that 30 per cent of them were enrolled in public sector schools, while 47 per cent were studying in private schools. The data-trend of out-of-school children's reading ability emerged as different from other provinces because they did not show encouraging learning abilities. The nation

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BIEK suppl exams from Feb 2
The controller of examinations of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK), Prof Agha Akber Mirza, has announced that the examinations of practical of humanities regular group part-I and part-II supplementary examinations 2011 in all subjects will start from Feb 2.

The students are advised to contact their respective colleges on or before Feb 2 to get necessary details of their practical examinations.

Government Islamia Arts/Commerce College (Morning Shift) for male candidates.

Sir Syed Government College Nazimabad for female candidates. ppi

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BSEK asks schools to renew recognition
Karachi: The Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) has asked the heads of recognised secondary schools to submit applications for renewal of recognition for the academic year 2010-11. The Secretary of the BSEK said on Thursday that the applications should be in duplicate and supported with all the required documents along with usual recognition fee of Rs 4,000 plus the late fine of Rs 4,000, which will be charged from January 27 up to January 31. The pay order of the amount should be in the name of Secretary of the BSEK. app

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Educationist Deena Mistri passes away
Karachi: Eminent educationist Deena Mistri died here on Thursday, a month short of her 87th birthday.

She had been suffering from postural hypotension for the last few months and often had spells of dizziness, which once resulted in the breaking of her left arm. But the cause of her death was a brain infarction, which afflicted her on Tuesday. A few hours later she slipped into a coma and could not come out of it. She has left two sons, who are in the United States. Her funeral is scheduled for Saturday, when her sons are expected to be in Karachi.

Ms Mistri - Deeno Aunty to many - was in harness two days before she had to be hospitalised. She came to work at the Westminster School and College, where she was the chairperson and was that morning in more than her normal radiant self, according to Mrs Abdul Razzaq, the principal of the school and her deputy when Ms Mistri was the principal of BVS Parsi School, where she spent 60 years of her long and distinguished career in education. Ms Mistri was till her death also a consultant at The Accel School, Karachi.

She had a large number of students who were very fond of her. Their long list included Dr Feroz Ismail who was always at her beck and call. She developed warm and cordial relations with the parents of her students as well and never failed to inquire about them every time she met her pupils.

Her husband, Mr Pestonji, was a well-known architect, who was in his twilight years wheelchair-bound. They had been married for 57 years when he called it a day. He had stood by her when she fought a long and apparently successful battle against cancer.

On March 23, 2002 Ms Mistry was awarded the Pride of Performance for her services to the cause of her education. The citation generously mentioned all her qualities but failed to highlight her integrity and honesty, two qualities that she also tried to instil in her students. Not without success in almost all cases.

Death condoled
The managing committee, principal, staff members and students of the Bai Virbaiji Soparivala Parsi High School have condoled the death of Ms Deena Mistri, a long-serving principal of the school who devoted 60 years of her life to the cause of education, adds PPI.

Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan also condoled the death of Ms Mistri. Dawn

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