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Karachi University DCH practical exam, L.L.M forms & M.Phil., PhD admissions
Karachi, May 08, 2008: The practical examinations of Diploma in Child Health (DCH) at the University of Karachi (KU) that were to be held on May 6 and May 7 have been postponed. The new dates are May 19 and 20, 2008.

Meanwhile, the examination forms and fees for L.L.M. (Previous & Final) annual examinations-2008 will be accepted from May 10 to May 26, 2008. A late fee of Rs. 500 will be charged from May 30 to June 9, 2008.

Meanwhile KU has also announced admissions from May for the M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes in different disciplines after a year and a half break.

The decision has been taken in the meeting of Board of Advanced Studies and Research, presided over by KU Vice Chancellor Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui. Admissions were last done in September 2006. Sources attributed the delay in the admissions process to delays in preparing the course plan for the programs. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test will be conducted prior to the admissions and the test will comprise 50 percent questions related to the subject and 50 percent related to general knowledge and English. All questions will be multiple-choice questions. Daily Times

PPI adds: The examinations department, University of Karachi, on Wednesday announced the schedule for the practical examination 2007 for the left-over candidates of first and second year BSc (Pass) Zoology.

According to a notification, the practical-I would be held on May 17, practical-II on May 20, practical-III on May 21 and practical-IV on May 22 from 9am to 12:00 noon. The News

FUUAST Examination forms
Examination forms for BS, BBA and MBA could be submitted from May 9 to May 17, 2008.

Karim asked to continue as EDO education
Executive District Officer (EDO) Education, Fakhr Karim, who was transferred as Additional Secretary, Education, on Tuesday, received another notification asking her to continue at her previous post as the EDO Education till further notice.

Karim, while confirming this, said that she was waiting for her new assignment but was re-posted as the EDO Education as the department needed her services there. On Tuesday, Roshan Ara Syed was made the EDO Education but her notification was withdrawn, as the authorities concerned, termed it as a notification in 'haste'. A source said that Karim had a high-level backing which favoured her to continue as the EDO. Syed, whose cancellation order as Principal of Comprehensive College, North Nazimabad, was notified is waiting for another posting since no other notification was issued by the competent authority.

The last minute change in the notification of Karim has raised many questions, as the officials in the education department are conspicuous of the situation saying that though many irregularities were witnessed especially in the recruitment of primary schools teachers of grade five to seven, still she enjoys supports of her high-ups. It must be mentioned here that about 9,000 jobs for the post of primary school teachers and junior school teachers were lying vacant across the province and the tests for these posts were held in 2006. About 13,000 candidates appeared in the tests and none received any appointment letters. In fact, candidates out of these who had the backing of the coalition partners of that time were given offer letters.

Although the tests were declared null and void by the present government, the same power sharing formula continues with the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) having 60 per cent and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) 40 per cent in the appointments of teachers.

The withdrawal of Karim's transfer order is being linked to the fact that she, being the focal person for adjustment of the allocated share between the allied partners, was asked to continue with the same post. The News

KU campus radio begins test transmission
Karachi: The test transmission of Karachi University's campus radio has begun and it can be heard on the FM 90.6 megahertz frequency between 3pm and 4pm, within a radius of 15 to 18km, a spokesman for the university said on Wednesday.

The campus station, set up at the university's Dr Feroz Ahmed Institute of Mass Communication, has already started airing bulletins in both English and Urdu, besides presenting documentaries relating to social, cultural, literary and educational activities taking place in and around the campus.

"The entire programme of the campus radio is being produced by students of the Mass Communication department under the supervision of the project director of the Dr Feroz Ahmed Institute of Mass Communication," the spokesman said, adding that the entire cost of Rs4 million incurred on the setting up of the studio and its equipment had been borne by the university from its own resources.

Asked if the campus station was being heard throughout the city, he replied in the negative, saying they had received complaints that it was not being properly heard in Defence, Clifton, Korangi and adjoining localities. Dawn

AIOU exams from 15th
Sukkur: The assistant regional director of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), Regional Centre of Sukkur, has announced that annual examination of PTC, CT, ATTC, and B.Ed will be held on May 15.

According to an official handout issued here on Wednesday, Roll No. slips to students had been dispatched and those who did not received the slips on or before May 10 should contact the Students Counsellor at the Regional Centre on phone No. 071-5631542.

The examination of postgraduate programmes would start from June 1, 2008, the announcement added. Dawn

75% Sindhi girls have never been to school: WB
Karachi: A World Bank mission led by Reema Nayyar and Senior Minister for Education and Literacy Pir Mazharul Haq disclosed on Wednesday that fifty percent of children aged five in the rural areas of Sindh are not attending school and approximately seventy-five percent of girls have never attended one. The meeting's main focus was on the Sindh Education Reform Programme (SERP). Haq assured the World Bank's delegation that all transfers and postings in the education department will be made purely on merit and no political pressure will be accepted.

The WB was also assured that closed schools would be reopened. The education minister was informed during the meeting that not a single school has been upgraded in his constituency district Dadu over the past five years. In response to this, the education department will be sending a written complaint to the Sindh chief minister for action against Zila Nazim Dadu Karim Ali Jatoi and than DCO Dadu Aijaz Mangi. Although the De-centralized Elementary Education Programme (DEEP) has wound up, the Sindh government has made other arrangements to continue providing scholarships to female students of Class 9 through intermediate. Daily Times
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