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Karachi University academic session 2012

KU delays academic session till 16th
Karachi, Jan 02: The University of Karachi on Sunday announced that the academic session-2012 for the already admitted students as well as newcomers would commence on Jan 16.

The new academic session was earlier scheduled to start on Jan 2 but it has now been advanced to Jan 16 as the centres set up at the university's different departments for the male candidates of the ongoing degree classes (BA, BSc and BCom) annual examinations would remain unavailable for regular classes for about two more weeks.

The university has also scheduled the 'Orientation Day' for its fresh entrants of morning programmes for Jan 14.

Meanwhile, KU admission committee director Prof Khalid Iraqi has announced that all those candidates whose names have appeared in the merit lists of admission to Hons, BS and Masters (morning) programmes but could not deposit their admission fee within the stipulated time for want of the required documents or for any other reason could now do so on Jan 4. A special counter has been set up at the university's Arts faculty for such students to deposit the fee.

With regard to the merit lists of admission to the university's Hons, MSc (computer science) and MBA evening programmes, Prof Iraqi said that the list of successful candidates would be issued on Jan 10.

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Winter vacation ends
Karachi: All public and private sector schools and colleges across Sindh will reopen on Monday after 10-day winter vacation, official sources confirmed on Sunday.

Educational institutions across the province observed winter vacation from Dec 22 to 31 as announced by the Sindh government. Dawn

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Everything at Lyari medical college seems clinical
Karachi: Two days back, the Benazir Bhutto Medical College (BBMC) got recognised by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC). It got the PMDC's recognition a year after it opened.

Though the college completed its first year, students and staffers insist that not much has changed. There is something happening on a daily basis, says Durnaz Baloch, a student of first year. "First there were no classes and then the teachers stopped coming. If things stayed the way they are I'll have to look for another option," she says dismally.

After opening up to much fanfare and celebrations, the BBMC stays mired in controversies even two years after its inception. According to an activist from the area, Ishaq Shahzad, the problems are more "political than administrative".

From the past few months, one thing or the other crops up about the college. Either it is the resignations rendered by the faculty or the increase of salaries to lure them back. Shahzad says that there is "political interference" on every level in the college.

"The major stakeholders of Karachi do not want Lyari to be developed and the projects aimed for it to see the light of the day," he says candidly, but adds that "not many people admit it openly for reasons best known to them".

Three deans appointed for the college left without notifying the reasons, says Shehzad and adds that "whoever does not tow the line set out for them are kicked out before anyone knows. And what we get in the end are meek excuses like the college is far, the place is not safe etc. If it is not safe why was the college built here in the first place?"

The principal and the vice principal of the college refused to comment when contacted. Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi, however, denied any political interference in the college and said that the administrative issues within the college are solved on priority basis.

"There is no such interference by the MQM or the PPP. If there had been, the college would not have completed its first year so smoothly," he added. Zaidi says that apart from administrative issues, "if people do not want to come to the area for X, Y or Z reasons, there is not much we can do to help."

The year for the college was anything but smooth, says Uzair Baloch, Public Relations Officer of the college. And the reason he feels is the open discrimination for Lyari in general and the college in particular. "There is political interference, no doubt," he insists when asked about the persisting issues. But he did not elaborate on what extent.

Out of the 3,000 applicants at the time of admissions, a majority were female students. It shows people want to send their children here, he claims. "But you do feel something is up, when if something goes wrong, the faculty decides to inform the media first rather than the principal.

When they can stop Sindhis from entering the Sindh Medical College, why can't they do it in Lyari?" Hospital for the 'Welfare' of poor Closely linked to the college is the general hospital which is in a shambles for years, says Sher Mohammad Raees, an active member of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP).

He points out that a cardiac ward at the hospital has latest facilities but no technician to operate it.

In light of a recent theft at the Sindh government Qatar Hospital, Raees fears that machines might get stolen from the Lyari hospital as well, "as there is complete apathy regarding the security of valuable equipments".

Raees, like many others, insist that the problems can be solved until there is a will to solve them. "Otherwise, the puppet show will continue, with people of Lyari being fooled for another few decades."

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Education dept gets tough on moonlighting
Karachi: Probably for the first time ever, the provincial education department has identified over 350 staff who have been moonlighting, recommending departmental action against them.

The provincial education minister had released a list of government employees working in private organisations, including print and electronic media. The department has also announced to construct 23 new colleges in the province and claimed that around 14,000 lecturers have been appointed.

Meanwhile, it also claimed that over 8,000 schoolteachers were appointed across the province. Although the provincial education department had done some good things in 2011, yet their performance could not be termed satisfactory.

The lower grade and non-teaching staff of the institutes run by the local bodies were fired by the chief minister of Sindh after which they launched a protest in the province. They tried to stage demonstrations in front of the Chief Minister's House in Karachi, but they were dealt with an iron hand.

They staged sit-ins at the Karachi Press Club and also observed token hunger strikes. After a few months, the government decided to give them a chance and asked them to appear in the interviews.

But not many candidates managed to get their jobs back because, allegedly, most of the posts were awarded under political pressure. The schoolteachers also took to the streets for the approval of their demands.

Similarly, college teachers also staged a number of demonstrations in favour of their demands. The education department accepted most of the demands of the schoolteachers. The college teachers, however, failed to get attention of the authorities concerned and none of their demands was approved. They were instead baton-charged during their protest. The news

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ICAP holds its first-ever poetic symposium
Karachi: Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP)'s southern regional committee recently organised a humour poetry symposium at the Arts Council of Pakistan.

The symposium was presided over by the renowned poet of metropolis, Anwar Barelvi. Several famous Urdu poets, including Prof Inayat Ali Khan, Athar Shah Khan aka 'Jaidi', Ameer-ul-Islam Hashmi, Saeed Agha, Haider Hasnain Jaleesi and Meem Sheen Alam also participated in the event.

The poets in their candid yet humourous style, criticised several issues being faced by the society, including social, political and economic and received overwhelming appreciation by the audience.

They provided the accountants who are usually regarded as somber fellows, with an opportunity to laugh their hearts out. The poets criticised inflation, fresh politicians and current uncertain political situation of the country.

A large number of ICAP members, besides literary critics, poetry lovers, Arts Council members, and business community representatives visited the symposium with their families. Along with the Mushaira-organising committee, ICAP's prominent figures including Zahid Bhatti, Saqib Hasan and Pervez Muslim were also present in the symposium.

Later, ICAP Southern Regional Committee Chairman Adnan Mufti said that it was the first-ever poetic symposium organised by the ICAP. To a question, a smiling Mufti said, contrary to the general perception, accountants do have a sense of humour and take keen interest in literature and poetry.

Mufti stressed the need to organise such literary ceremonies in all sectors to support literature and poetry as to him such events, not only highlighted the real soft image of the society, but were also a part of our culture.

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SSUET pays tributes to late Brig Khan
Karachi: Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) organised a memorial ceremony to pay homage to late Brig (r) Qamar-us-Salam Khan, member of the SSUET Board of Governors at its campus here on Sunday.

Keynote speaker, university's Chancellor ZA Nizami, in his presidential address shed light over the personality, achievements and dedication of late Brig (r) Khan. He recalled the services of Brig Khan and said that he held the credit for the establishment of Aligarh Institute of Technology, which today had over 3,000 students on its roll.

He said that Khan was an active member of Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association, adding that he focused on promoting of education and literature. Besides, he setup 'Literary Arts and Culture Forum' and 'Debating Society' of the university, he added.

Hailing the role of Khan and his family, Nizami said though he was a retired soldier, Khan had a very soft heart and used to extend all possible help toward poor students and even after his death, his family sent a cheque for over Rs 0.35 million to the university for the continuity of support to the poor students.

On the occasion, he announced that the university would establish a chair in the name of Khan and a centre of excellence in the Institute of Technology, besides publishing a book on the life and achievements of Brig Khan.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Faisal Qamar, son of late Board of Governors member said that his father fulfilled all the dreams of his life. "He participated in the movement for Pakistan as a student of Aligarh University, qualified for Pakistan Army, fought two wars valiantly, winning Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military), propagated the mission of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan which culminated on the establishment of SSUET", he said.

Renowned literary figure Prof Sehar Ansari said that Brig Khan had deep interest in Islamic History. Prof Dr Waqar Ahmed Rizvi, described Brig Khan as a proud son of Aligarh and a dedicated worker of Pakistan Movement. He said late Khan was a fabulous writer and his personality reflected in his writing on history, culture and humour. He wrote two books 'Talatum se Kinare Tak' and 'Pas-e-Aaina'.

Khumar Farooqui, honorary consultant of SSUET's 'Literary Arts and Culture Forum' and Saeed Siddiqi, a senior member of the Aligarh alumni shared their views and experiences with the audience. Daily times

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