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KU BCom Part I and II Annual Examinations 2010

KU's BCom annual exams
Karachi, Jan 31: The University of Karachi (KU)'s BCom Part I and II Annual Examinations 2010 will start from February 1 (tomorrow). An official of KU announced this on Sunday. As many as 60,242 regular candidates will appear in the examination and these include 42,050 male candidates of first and second year and 18,192 female candidates of first and second year. In all, 42 centres have been set up at KU campus for the male candidates. The female candidates will appear at 19 examination centres to be established at various colleges in the city. app

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KU announces new date for postponed paper
Karachi: Controller Examinations of Karachi University (KU) Prof Javed Ansari has announced the new date for the postponed paper of BA (regular and external) annual examination. The paper that was scheduled on December 21, 2010, would now be held on January 31, 2011.

The examination centers and timing have not been changed.

Prof Javed Ansari also announced that the annual examination of B Com regular (Part-I and II) will start from February 1, 2011.

Forty-two examination centres have been established in different departments of the KU for male candidates, while 19 centres have been established in different colleges for female candidates.

All papers will be held from 02:00pm to 05:00 pm. However, on Friday, the timings are 02:30pm to 05:30pm. The news

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KU concerned over security situation
Karachi: The Syndicate of the Karachi University (KU) has reviewed various commercial projects to get control over the financial crunch prevailing in the largest university of the country.

The meeting, which was held here on Sunday, rejected the appeal of M Zahid Maqsood and approved the decision of removal of M Zahid Maqsood from the post of Chief Security Officer.

The syndicate spent more than two hours in discussing the security issues of the campus, and set up a committee, comprising Senator Haseeb Ahmed Khan, Pro-Vice Chancellor Dr Nasir Khan and Dr Shakeel Farooqi.

KU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui headed the meeting.

Before the commencement of the meeting, a students' wing of a national political party entered the meeting room and had a meeting with the KU Vice Chancellor. The activists of the political wing demanded the KU chief to erase the punishment of their comrade Muneer Balooch.

However, the meeting was also attended by Senator Haseeb Ahmed Khan. The meeting expressed its grave concern over the meagre performance of the security guards of the Karachi University, and discussed the security of the Karachi University that has become the prime issue of the campus.

The committee is directed to find out security experts for the solution of the security problems. It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan Rangers deployed at the campus of Karachi University have already moved back from the security of the University due to the uncooperative attitude of the KU administration. The nation

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KU launches first-ever calendar 'My Alma Mater'
Karachi: The vice-chancellor of the University of Karachi, Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, has launched the university's first-ever calendar under a project titled "My Alma Mater".

The project is the first of its kind in the university's history as no such souvenir has ever been produced under the flagship of the Karachi University (KU).

The vice-chancellor commended the project and regarded it as the first step towards a long journey. He added that the calendar exhibited the 60 golden years of the university.

The project, which was started in 2008, is the brainchild of Samina Qureshi, assistant professor at the Dr Feroz Ahmed Institute of Mass Communication.

A four-member team consisting of alumni of the Mass Communication department carried out the project. It was conceived and supervised by Samina Qureshi, designed and shot by Tooba Bukhari and Mehreen Masood and Sabina Rizwan Khan did research for it.

"Since no official souvenir under the banner of the biggest Alma Mater has ever been launched, we feel pride in introducing one this year. 'My Alma Mater' is not just one project in the line; there is a series of such upcoming projects as this is an ongoing project," commented Qureshi.

"The response [to the calendar] turned out to be very positive. The least amount to be paid is Rs500 though and can exceed to any amount that the buyer wishes to spend," she said.

Concluding the event, Qureshi commented, "We feel pride in launching this project which has received positive feedback. Thus, we welcome all to join hands in positive image building of the varsity."

Speakers at the ceremony, held at the Arts Auditorium, said the alumni were imperative stakeholders in institutions and could play a vital role in carrying out the mandate of the institutions. They said the university considered the alumni as one of its strengths. The news

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KU VC condoles demise of poet Muzafar Warsi
Karachi: University of Karachi Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui has condoled over the demise of the well-known poet and Naat Khuwan Muzafar Warsi. In a condolence statement here on Saturday, he said that Muzafar Warsi was not only famous in Pakistan but also in foreign countries due to his poetry and Naat Khuwani. He prayed for the departed soul to rest in eternal peace and give courage and patience to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss. ppi

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Activists storm KU VC's office
Karachi: Over 40 student activists stormed into the Karachi University vice chancellor's office apparently to force officials to withdraw the orders that debarred a student from entering the campus for beating up a university employee last month.

A university syndicate meeting was about to start at the time when the incident took place, according to sources.

Another group of student activists opposing the withdrawal of the orders also turned up.

However, the students left the office after being told that only the university disciplinary committee was authorised to recommend any measure.

No KU official was available for comments.

It is worth mentioning here that security at the university's administration block is supposed to have been tightened with Rangers personnel having been deployed.

It's the second time that student activists have sought to disrupt an official meeting, being attended by senior university staff, including the vice chancellor, on the campus.

Earlier, a selection board meeting had to be postponed when a group of students forcibly broke into the vice chancellor's room and threatened the staff.

No selection board meeting could be held on the campus after the incident.

A student of sociology department, Munir Baloch, was debarred last month from entering the campus for torturing an employee of the admissions cell till the university's disciplinary committee decided his case.

His record was also sealed and the student was not allowed to sit in semester exams.

Two other students of the faculty of pharmacy were rusticated for being involved in a kidnapping attempt on the campus the same month.

The security situation at the KU has always been a source of concern for teachers and students and has now become very grave mainly because of the administration's failure to control lawless elements reportedly operating with an active support of political parties. Dawn

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Student booked in blasphemy case
Karachi: Shahrah-e-Noor Jahan police station has registered a blasphemy case against a student.

The police said Muhammad Samiullah, an intermediate student, was arrested on January 28, 2011 on the complaint of chief controller intermediate board, who alleged him for writing derogatory remarks in his answer sheets against Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).

He said that Samiullah, who was the resident of Mujtaba Colony Malir Halt, violated the blasphemy laws of the country as he expressed unacceptable remarks against Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) in his three answer sheets (Urdu, Islamiat and Physics). They said an FIR (56/11) was registered against him under 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) at Shahrah-e-Noor Jahan police station.

SP Zafar Iqbal said the arrest was made on the complaint of chief controller intermediate board and added that police obtained all his answer sheets before taking him in the custody. He said the challan in this regard was presented in the court and Samiullah was sent to jail custody. The SP said Samiullah also written a confessed letter, admitted to committing the mistake and sought apology.

When contacted, Qudrat Sher Lodhi, an investigation officer of this case, said that the accused told that he was brainwashed by his cousins, who came from Norway. He said that Samiullah had no any physical or mental illness. He said that further investigation was underway. Daily times

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FUUAST to organise book fair
Karachi: A book fair is being organised at the Federal Urdu of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) from January 31 (today). The spokesperson of the FUUAST said that a number of prominent publishers and booksellers will participate in the book fair the timings of which will be from 10:00am to 05:00pm. A discount would also be offered on the sale of the books at the fair it was further stated. app

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SSUET holds 'open house job fair'
Karachi: "Pakistan is on the fourth position in ranking at social media and I feel proud to declare that our students are taking part in opinion making at international level for Pakistan."

Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister Khawaja Izharul Hassan stated this at the ceremony held by Sir Syed University (SSUET) of Engineering and Technology for the inauguration of 'Open House Job Fair' here on Saturday.

He further elaborated that time has come to focus on effective lobbying which is essential for image building of the nation and country. He asked the think tank of Pakistan to give preference to the national integrity and identity.

"We should have the fair representation at different forums and share with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and international organisations to bring out the actual facts and try to clear the misconceptions about us as nation and country", he said.

Earlier, SSUET Vice Chancellor Saiyid Nazir Ahmed expressed the words of gratitude in his welcome speech for the presence of the adviser at the education and book fair.

He said, "Innovation is a key ingredient of productivity success and brilliant students of SSUET with their innovative research projects ensure a great future of the country. SSUET students proved to be successful engineers everywhere in the world".

Extending his hearty welcome to the students and participants, he said: "The sponsors and university authorities are committed to ensure quality education. The university lays great emphasis on practical and professional know-how with strict adherence to character building and career planning".

SSUET has arranged this mega event of open house 2011 education and job fair which was well attended by profile professionals, industrialists, businessmen, corporate professional and dignitaries. Over 95 projects were on display at the fair and the adviser and visitors appreciated the solar car and ramp energy system.

Adil Usman, Vice President AMUOBA and member SSUET Board of Governors, Registrar Shah Mohammad H Syed also spoke.

Later, the chief guest visited the fair. He was extremely impressed by the innovative projects of the students.

At the end VC SSUET presented a memento to the chief guest and distributed certificates among electronic engineering department students. ppi

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More teachers will be recruited: minister
Hyderabad: Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq has said that the government is striving to improve standard of education and will reward those who help it in efforts to achieve this goal.

He said that no compromise would be made on teachers' recruitment.

He was addressing a reception organised by the management of a monthly magazine and the Pakistan Heritage Preservation and Promotion Society in honour of Nisar Siddiqui, founder of IBA Sukkur.

He said that a new teachers' recruitment plan was in the pipeline and IBA, Sukkur, would again be tasked to hold entry test because it remained one of the most credible institutions.

Referring to a scandal regarding bogus recruitment of 19 lecturers in colleges, he said that the case had been handed over to the Anti Corruption Establishment (ACE).

He said that for smooth functioning of educational institutes in rural areas, the government took a firm stand for not giving attention to any 'Sifarish' as far as transfers and postings of teachers was concerned.

He said that the culprits involved in the attempted murder of case of the IBA registrar Sukkur would be taken to task.

Nisar Siddiqui said that Sindh was suffering from two types of deprivations, financial and educational that pertained to outdated syllabus being taught to students.

He said that if syllabus was updated as per need of the time, financial deprivation among students would come to an end automatically.

He emphasised the need for improving quality of higher education and said that overall economy of the country's progress was linked to education.

He said that merit and quality of education would alleviate sufferings of the common man.

Nisar Siddiqui was awarded with Pir Illahi Bux Academic Award by the minister.

Writers Hameed Sindhi, Taj Joyo, Idrees Jatoi, Col Sami and Prof Qalandar Shah Lakhyari also spoke on the occasion. Dawn

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Seminar reviews approaches to teaching English
Karachi: Creative approaches to teaching English, introducing new learning technologies, designing innovative material, encouraging research in English language teaching, and supporting continuous professional development are all needed to improve the standard of English in Pakistan.

This was underscored by speakers on the first day of an international seminar on English language teaching organised by the Aga Khan University.

Introducing the seminar, Dr Graeme Cane said that the two-day event would give language teachers more awareness of recent developments in teaching/learning methodology.

It is also an opportunity for delegates to meet leading theorists and writers, and to exchange ideas with fellow professionals from all sectors of english language teaching (ELT), he said.

Speaking at the inauguration of the seminar, the chief guest, Director British Council David Martin, shared that English language teaching was a 'live' issue for educators, politicians and the general public in Pakistan.

He referred to the research conducted by Dr Hywel Coleman from Leeds University, UK, on language policy and shared that several discussions on the recommendations of his study had been held in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad, he highlighted.

The outcome of these discussions are to be debated by a panel of experts, followed by the provincial education ministers. In late February, a number of workshops will be conducted in Islamabad with over 15 English language groups. The recommendations of this entire exercise will then be shared with the federal government, he added.

The keynote speaker, Director-General and Head of the Learning Innovation Division (LID) at the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Islamabad, Professor Noor Amna Malik, pointed out that HEC had quality teacher education as one of the key pillars of its strategic vision.

Professor Malik pointed out that ELTR provided formal training in English language teaching to 1,504 faculty in colleges and universities across the country. In its second phase, another 1,400 ELT teachers will be trained through its programmes.

Other speakers at the first day of the seminar included Dr Muhammad Memon, Director, AKU's Institute for Educational Development; Dr Andrew Littlejohn, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman; Dr Fauzia Shamim, Karachi University; and Ms Shaista Bano Zaidi, Seminar Coordinator.

In the afternoon, there were parallel sessions on the changing role of English teaching in the world today, advances in teacher education and professional development, new trends in business English teaching, teaching English to young learners, the role of literature in language teaching, and establishing a linguistically and culturally appropriate standard for testing English language proficiency. The news

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