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KU gold medals | DCET graduates nightmare

KU seeks more sponsors for gold medals
Karachi, Jan 09: The University of Karachi (KU) witnessed an awkward situation when a group of students, who secured top positions in the BS Programme, staged a demonstration in front of guests and faculty members as well as parents during its 22nd Convocation held on December 17 last year. They had the grievance of being deprived of gold medals that they deserved as like the position holders of various other disciplines.

The KU management had taken the stance that since the gold medals were being sponsored by private organizations the same were awarded to the position holders of a department, faculty or on the sponsors' choice.

However, the management of the university recently took a U-turn in its policy when it constituted a committee to settle the issue once and for all. The committee has been asked to present proposals so that every deserving student of the university could be presented gold medals in future.

KU Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Shahana Urooj Kamzi said that the basic purpose of setting up this committee was to negotiate with the sponsors regarding the distribution of gold medals. She, however said that the university now mulls to award the gold medals on its own.

"There are few programmes in which students managed to earn more gold medals than one, and if the sponsors allow us then we could present these gold medals to other deserving students," she said.

Various private orgainsations have donated a number of gold medals to the faculty of pharmacy alone, which could be shared with the students of other faculties with the permission of the sponsors, she added.

"Out of 51 departments which offer MA, M.Sc, M.Com, MPA and MCS degrees, the position holders of 44 departments were presented sponsored gold medals, while out of 33 departments which offer Honours degrees (BA, B.Sc, B.Com, BPA and BCS), the position holders of only 18 departments could get the (sponsored) gold medals during the last KU convocation, Ms Kazmi said.

According to her, the sponsors usually dedicate the gold medals for a particular degree programme as well as a subject, discipline or sub-discipline. However, the committee would now talk to them to allow KU administration to award gold medals as per its requirement.

It was learnt that during the convocation gold medals were not available for the position holders of some 19 departments of Science Faculty for the same reasons.

Replying a query, the head of the committee, Dr Abuzar Wajidi, said that they had been holding meetings with the sponsors as well as searching for new ones to settle the issue. He said that they also plan to reduce the amount being collected from the sponsors to award gold medals so that more and more sponsors come to help the public-run university.

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Education Dept to recruit 14,000 teachers
Karachi: Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq on Sunday spoke of a plan to recruit another 14,000 teachers soon.

He said that 14,000 teachers had already been hired on the basis of merit, while 14,000 more teachers would also be inducted soon. The minister said that this would help activate the remaining closed schools in the province.

He said that the assistance from the World Bank, the European Union (EU), and the USAID enabled the resumption of the academic activities in the closed schools as well as in the recruitment of able and competent teachers.

Pir Mazhar pointed out that with the joint efforts of the USAID and the Department of Education, teachers training programmes had been initiated in two districts of the province. He said that during the coming year, such programmes will also be started in nine more districts.

The minister said that a Sindh Teachers Education Development Authority had also been established. He was of the view that the results of the efforts made for the betterment of the education sector would be visible in the coming years.

Pir Mazhar said that the government had also decided to enhance the budgetary allocation for the education sector. Meanwhile, Pir Mazhar left for London on Sunday. An official of the Sindh Education Department said that the minister would be participating in the World Education Forum. Pir Mazhar said that the very purpose of his visit was to benefit from the experience of various countries in the realm of education to help streamline this vital sector. The news

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President Zardari asked to help like Musharraf: DCET graduates face another nightmare
Karachi: The 1995-96 batch graduates of the Dawood College of Engineering and Technology (DCET) Karachi has appealed to President Asif Ali Zardari and Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ibad Khan to help save their academic and life future from destruction being caused by the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), which is reluctant to register them for getting government jobs in the pretext that students should have passed their BE degrees within seven years period as per its rules.

"How could we have passed our degrees within seven years when our first year examination was held in the NED University of Engineering and Technology after two years and the last special examination was conducted in the college after the gap of over four years due to college disaffiliation by the NED University of Engineering and Technology in 1997 that wasted our more than six academic years and precious time of our life," the graduates complained to President Zardari and Governor Ibad in a joint statement issued on Sunday.

They said that PEC was of the view that students should have passed their BE degrees within seven-year period for getting its registration without which no government job could be got."

They said: "We have passed four-year degree in good numbers despite mental tortures caused by the NED University's disaffiliation. We spent lacs of rupees on education and spent precious time of our life. The abolition of college's accreditation by HEC and disaffiliation by the NED University is the sole reason behind whole episode. There is no any dereliction of students in passing degrees beyond seven years," they said.

The graduates said: "Former president Pervez Musharraf had helped us in giving degree-awarding status to the college by promulgating an ordinance after which our examinations were held and we got degrees in good numbers."

They asked President Zardari to help us like former president Musharraf by getting us registered with PEC so that we could get government jobs.

"Without PEC registration we could not get government job. Kindly save our academic and life future so that we could serve our families, children, nation and country with hear and soul," they appealed to the President.

Affected graduates said that the DCET is a federal educational institution and recognised by the Higher Education Commission. They said Musharraf promulgated an ordinance giving degree-awarding status to the DCET in view of hectic struggle by students and then college principal Prof Dr Mohammad Nasim, while media also played a great role in this connection. Daily times

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Judicial probe urged into SU teacher killing
Karachi: The Karachi University Teachers Society (Kuts) has called upon the Sindh government to order a judicial probe into the killing of Prof Bashir Ahmed Chanur of Sindh University and to ensure foolproof security arrangements for the safety and protection of faculty members and employees of the university.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Kuts President Prof Mutahir Ahmed also endorsed the demand of the Sindh University Teachers Association of setting up a judicial commission by the Sindh government for investigating the brutal murder of Prof Chanur.

Expressing solidarity with the Sindh University's faculty members, the Kuts chief said that though the university's vice chancellor had set up a committee to probe into the assassination of Prof Chanur, the need of the hour was to conduct an independent inquiry into the gory incident and it was possible only through a judicial commission, which the government should set up immediately.

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Class-XI exam result
Hyderabad: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education has announced the result of Higher Secondary Certificate part-I (class-XI) annual examination of Commerce and Humanities groups.

In commerce group, 1,302 candidates appeared in the examination in which 786 candidates were declared successful in all six papers. The result of 172 candidates has been withheld for one or the other reason. The percentage of successful candidates on the whole is 60.37. Dawn

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SALU teachers protest against exam controller
Sukkur: The Shah Abdul Latif University Teachers Society on Sunday protested against the violation of the merit and seniority list in the Annual Examinations, 2011, commencing from 10th January. The society's office-bearers said the controller examinations has violated the merit and seniority list in the way that junior teachers are assigned duties at exam centers of their choices whereas, the senior teachers have been assigned duties far away from home. These violations have been committed in Sukkur, Larkana, Ranipur, Gambat and many other areas.

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VCs review standard of post-graduate education
Nawabshah: The fourth meeting of Pakistan National Board of Postgraduate Medical Education (PNBPME) was held at the People's Medical University for Medical and Health Sciences (PUMHS), Nawabshah, on Sunday.

The meeting, chaired by Vice Chancellor PUMHS Professor Azam Husain Yusufani, was attended by vice chancellors and principals of 26 government and non-government universities of the country.

The meeting reviewed the standard of post-graduate education in the country and decided to further raise the standard. The meeting observed to give basic status to research work and improve research standard on diseases. It was resolved that all medical universities and medical colleges would open admissions for post-graduate institute at the same time and standard of admission should be similar.

The meeting decided to make the examination process transparent and improve the teachers' training standard in order to prepare specialist doctors of high standard. The meeting also resolved to bring at par the syllabus of medical universities and colleges of Pakistan with outstanding foreign universities. The news

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