Schools academic year | PhD thesis presented
Schools to stay closed for nearly six months
Karachi, May 2: The current academic year for private and government schools
across Sindh will comprise 170 and 196 days, respectively, as there will be 159
fixed holidays in addition to unexpected closures.
According to the
official calendar for schools, the term beginning on April 1 instead of August 1
will comprise 11 months (i.e. around 330 days) till February 2010, as annual
examinations will be conducted in March. However, students for all practical
purposes will be taught on a fewer number of days because private and government
schools will have at least 159 holidays on different accounts during the current
The private schools will have two-month summer vacation (from
June 1 to July 31), 10-day winter vacation (from Dec 22 to Dec 31), and 72
weekends in addition to national and public holidays. These include Labour Day
(May 1), 15th Shaaban (falling in August), Independence Day (Aug 14), 21st
Ramazan, 27th Ramazan, Jumat-ul-Wida and Eid-ul-Fitr (falling in September),
Iqbal Day (Nov 9), Eid-ul-Azha (falling in November) and Kashmir Day (Feb 5).
The list of holidays does not include the number of unexpected closures
such as on April 30 when schools and colleges in the city remained closed due to
However, the students of government schools will have
an edge over their fellows studying in private schools as far as academic days
are concerned. The government schools have a weekly off on Sunday unlike private
schools which have two holidays in a week.
Meanwhile, several private
schools in the city are openly violating the education department's instructions
related to the admission policy.
The provincial directorate of private
educational institutions had repeatedly asked the management of private schools
to complete the process of admission by the end of March so that the new
academic year could begin from April 1. But, at a number of private schools, the
admission process is still going on and the classes will begin on May 4 instead
of April 1.
This way the schools will hold classes for three weeks
before the summer vacation and less than six months after it. The students
getting admissions nowadays will be taught for less than 150 days, as the annual
exams will be conducted in March 2010.
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Sindh University researcher presents PhD thesis
Hyderabad: Ms Afsheen Shah, lecturer Institute of Biochemistry,
University of Sindh, presented her research work for final PhD on 'Computer
Based Colour Intensity Measurement of Plant Anatomical Sections for Proximate
Chemical Analysis' to a seminar.
Sindh University Vice-Chancellor
Mazharul Haq Siddiqui presided over the seminar while a large number of scholars
and students attended it.
The research work was supervised by Professor
Dr M.Saleh Memon, Professor Dr Abdul Wahab Ansari and Professor Dr Basir Ahmed
Ms Shah said she had developed a new computerised method 'Asbaan'
which was low cost for chemical analysis with the help of computer software
through anatomical structure of plant.
She said the method would be
useful for biochemists and botanists for proximal chemical analysis.
said her research work comprised three parts which included chemical analysis of
plant proteins, anatomical structure (sections) of plants and development of
She also highlighted details of the research work and its
importance in the field of science and biochemistry. Dawn
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Students demonstrate skills at competition
Peshawar: A two-day software competition was launched at the FAST University
campus here Friday. More than 500 students of the private sector universities
from Islamabad and Peshawar participated in the contest.
University's Director Professor Dr Syed Amjad Hussein Shah was chief guest at
the inaugural session, while Director, Science & Technology NWFP, Khalid
Khan, NUTEC President Adnan Raziq, Faculty Advisor Furqan Aziz and
representatives of universities and financial institutions were also
Shamama Amjad and Sufia Bashir, students of the university,
briefed the participants about the details of the contest. The students
demonstrated their skills and performance in software projects, business plans,
antenna display, e-gaming, quiz competition, programming competition, onboard
circuit, short movies competition and website designing competition.
purpose of the contest was to bring the hidden potential of the students to the
forefront. Professor Dr Syed Amjad Hussein Shah termed the event the first of
its kind. He also shed light on sciences subjects, which he said were very
important in the modern age. No country could achieve development without
promotion of science subjects, he added. The educationalist emphasized on the
practical work, saying scarcity in the research sector would be overcome with
the cooperation of people from all walks of life. The News
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