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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 nation building.

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 successfully.

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 competitions.

Dr Qasim awarded medals and cash awards to 22 college students who secured top three positions in various University and Board examinations.

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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 violence.

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 his injuries.

The deceased sustained multiple bullet wounds on different parts of his body. He was a resident of Qasba Colony.

Investigators 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 Colony.

Some armed men also opened fire on a bus in Qasba More, killing an unidentified, 35-year-old person and injuring four others.

In Faqir 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 Tuesday evening.

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 pronounced dead.

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 said.

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 added.

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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