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.
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.
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
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
"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."
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.
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.
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
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
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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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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'.
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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