DHA Women College 11th Convocation
333 graduates awarded degrees at DHA Convocation
Karachi, Mar 09: The 11th Convocation of the Defence Authority Degree College for Women Phase-VIII was
held in the College Auditorium on Tuesday. As many as 333 graduates of the
session 2008 and 2009 were awarded B.A, B.Sc and B.Com degrees whereas 16
masters' degrees were conferred on the students.
At least 16 students of
the college were awarded degrees in MA (Economics), 166 students were awarded
B.Com degrees, 48 students received B.Sc degrees and 103 students were given BA
degrees in humanities and liberal arts.
Vice-Chancellor, University of
Karachi (KU), Professor Dr Pirzada Qasim, presided over the convocation
ceremony. Dr Qasim said that the backwardness and regression of the nation was
because it lagged in quality education.
He lamented that education never
got its due priority in the perennial history of the country and as such the
culture and environment for learning, knowledge and awareness in the society
could not be developed.
Dr Qasim attributed this dismal state to the
lack of political vision and due to inadequate allocation of funds and resources
for the cause of education.
The Vice-Chancellor of KU said that
intellectual deficit could not be overcome or bought through money; it was only
an intellectually vibrant and conducive learning and research environment which
could promote education and progress in society. Dr Qasim said that the real
purpose of education was to produce versatile, dynamic and enlightened graduates
who could contribute for the well being of the nation and play a pivotal role in
He further said that it was imperative that women
participated equally with men in all walks of life if the country was to develop
and progress. He commended DHA Degree College for Women for maintaining its
glorious traditions of academic excellence and for producing confident and
capable women graduates who could face the onslaught of challenges in life
Earlier, the Principal Professor Nasreen Nasir in her
annual report highlighted the academic and co-curricular achievements of the
college. She said that the college imparted wholesome education to young women
to nurture and marshal their intellectual and physical talents so that they
could excel in academic and non-academic spheres through various activities and
Dr Qasim awarded medals and cash awards to 22 college
students who secured top three positions in various University and Board
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Pakhtun student leader's murder sparks violence
Karachi: The killing of a key leader of the Pakhtun Student Federation (PSF) on Tuesday triggered
violence in the city in which two more people lost their
Unidentified armed motorcyclists shot and killed Imran Afridi,
a Central Committee member of the PSF, in Qasba Colony within the Orangi Town
police limits on Tuesday night.
Later armed miscreants opened fire on a
1-D route bus, killing an unidentified man and injuring four others. In Faqir
Colony, another man whose identity could not be ascertained fell victim to
firing of miscreants who were trying to torch a bus.
Police said Afridi
was present outside his house, when the attackers on a motorcycle opened fire on
him. In an injured condition, he was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to
The deceased sustained multiple bullet wounds on different
parts of his body. He was a resident of Qasba Colony.
termed Afridi's murder an act of target killing. A case was registered and
investigation is under way.
Later, some protesters staged a protest
outside the hospital and forced closure of shops and businesses in Qasba
Some armed men also opened fire on a bus in Qasba More, killing
an unidentified, 35-year-old person and injuring four others.
Colony, some miscreants were trying to torch a bus when Rangers officials
arrived. In their effort to shot their way out, the assailants killed a
passer-by whose identity could not be ascertained till our going to the press.
In a separate incident, an estate agent and a supporter of a political
group was shot dead near Safoora Chowk in the Gulistan-i-Johar police limits on
The police said that 50-year-old Munawar Iqbal
sustained bullet injuries when two armed men riding a motorcycle shot him
outside his shop near Safoora Goth. After the attack, the assailants fled the
scene of the crime.
The victim was rushed to hospital where he was
The deceased suffered multiple bullet wounds. He was a
resident of Safoora Goth and a supporter of a political group, the police said.
Investigators termed Iqbal's murder a target killing incident.
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Class X students to pay fees till March, say APSMA
Karachi: The administrations of private sector schools should only collect tuition fees till
the month of March from the students of Class X. However, they could withhold
the admit cards of those students, who could not pay their dues, Central
Chairman of All Private Schools Management Association (APSMA) Sindh, Khalid
Shah said on Tuesday.
The association would like to inform the education
department if, they received any complaints regarding withholding admit card of
any student, then they should make sure that students' dues are clear or not, he
As per directions of the Board of Secondary Education Karachi
(BSEK), the school's management would also refuse to give admit cards if the
student's attendance was below 75 per cent, Shah said.
The parents are
requested to inform the school's administration in written before March if they
would like to get transfer certificate for their child from the school. In case,
parents did not report the matter to the school's management within the specific
period then they have to pay the tuition fee of that particular month, he
Meanwhile, if the parents have decided to switch over their child
to another school then they would have to pay the tuition fees till March only
because this is the last month of the academic session and there is no need to
pay tuition fees of June and July, he said.
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Oxford to launch book on wars in Muslim World
Karachi: Oxford University Press (OUP) will launch its latest publication, Wars, Insurgencies, and Terrorist Attacks: A
Psychosocial Perspective from the Muslim World by Unaiza Niaz. Ex-federal
minister Javed Jabbar, Brig Mowadat Rana, Unaiza Niaz and Ameena Saiyid will be
the speakers at the launch being held on 9th, at the OUP Head Office, Korangi
Industrial Area, Karachi, at 5.30pm. The news
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KU meetings row 'resolved'
Karachi: The current dispute between the Karachi University Teachers Society (Kuts) and the
varsity's administration over the membership of nominated members of the
syndicate seems to have lost its intensity as the Sindh governor, who is also
the chancellor of all public sector universities in Sindh, has thrown his weight
behind the administration.
According to a KU press release, the chancellor secretariat sent a letter
according to which the tenure of the syndicate members was deemed to have
commenced with effect from the date of the first meeting of the syndicate held
after the issuance of the notification.
"This has been notified in response to the letter issued by the registrar on
March 2, as per directive of the vice chancellor," says the press release. Kuts
had recently declared the past two meetings of the KU syndicate 'illegal' as six
members nominated by the chancellor and whose memberships had said to have
expired participated in those meetings.
Meanwhile, Kuts President Dr Abid Hasnain expressed sorrow over the decision
of the chancellor and said that a general body meeting of the society had been
called next week to discuss the situation."We do not want to set a bad precedent
by taking university disputes to court.
Hence, we have decided to discuss the
matter of controversial decisions taken by the syndicate in the general body,"
he said. Dawn
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