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KU Evening Programmes
Karachi, May 27: The Directorate of Evening Programmes of the University of Karachi (KU) is commencing the admissions for the year 2011-12 on May 30, which will continue till June 8.

The admission booklet with application forms will be available at the UBL Booth, Silver Jubilee Gate, from 9:30am to 5:00pm, and at the UBL, University Campus Branch, from 5:00pm to 7:30pm against a payment of Rs800 only.

Duly filled in forms, along with the copies of relevant documents, will be accepted till June 8 at the Silver Jubilee Gate (9:30am to 5:00pm) and at the UBL's University Campus Branch (5:00pm to 7:30pm). Classes will begin July 1, 2011. The news

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BIEK enlists scouts' help against cheating
Karachi: Perturbed over an inadequate deployment of law-enforcement agencies personnel at the centres set up for the ongoing Higher Secondary Certificate annual examinations, the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) authorities have acquired the services of scouts for controlling the menace of cheating and to check outside interference in the examinations.

During a visit to different examination centres, scouts were seen discharging multiple duties such as restricting outsiders at the gates of centres and telling them that the presence of unauthorised people was banned under Section 144 of the criminal procedure code on the premises and asking the keepers of photostat shops located in the vicinity of examination centres to keep their business shut during the exam hours so that unscrupulous elements might not take advantage of getting a photocopy of question papers.

In a move against the menace of cheating in exams, the scouts also displayed banners at the centres inscribed with slogans such as "wage a Jehad against the menace of cheating", "bring an end to copy culture", etc.

BIEK chairman and head of the board's high-powered vigilance committee Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai during his visit to examination centres appreciated the spirit of scouts who had waged a campaign against cheating in exams.

He said that the scouts' voluntary efforts would definitely bear fruits in curbing the trend of copy culture.

Meanwhile, the members of the BIEK vigilance team on Thursday caught 18 candidates for using unfair means in the examinations.

Loadshedding at centres
Taking a strong notice of frequent loadshedding at various examination centres in the current hot and humid weather, the board authorities once again requested the Karachi Electricity Supply Company to exempt examination centres from loadshedding so that candidates could solve their papers with ease and comfort.

Expressing concern over the absence of law-enforcement agencies personnel from various examination centres, the board's team deplored that although the issue of security at examination centres had been brought into the notice of authorities concerned, they were unable to ensure the presence of law enforcement personnel at examination centres to check outside interference.

They expressed the apprehension that law and order might break down at the examination centres, if authorities concerned did not take immediate measures.

They said that strict security was needed at examination centres especially those declared as "sensitive" by the controller of examinations. Dawn

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Teacher beats student unconscious
Karachi: One has heard of severe disciplinary action throughout Pakistan's schools, but a teacher at a private school went to a new extreme and brutally beat one of his students unconscious for not wearing a tie during school hours.

The teacher, who is also the principal of the school, left bruises on his student, Sataish Khan, after he struck him on the forehead and the face for his minor disobedience. "My son is studying in Class IV at a private school in Baldia Town, where a teacher named Gulzar assaulted him," the boy's father, Mir Sada Khan said.

Khan said that although a tie was part of the school uniform, he believed there was no reason for the teacher to assault his son in such a manner. The student's father cringed at the fact that the teacher struck the young boy on his face.

He added that when Gulzar initially noticed that Sataish was bleeding, the teacher tried to administer first aid, but this was to no avail as he was unable to stem the flow and Sataish fell unconscious, Khan claimed.

"My son was studying at another school. However, I was dissatisfied with the institute, so I consulted Gulzar who told me to enrol my son in his school." But little did the father know that his adviser would later physically abuse his son.

Gulzar was a friend of Sada Khan and the two had a good understanding. At the time, Khan had contemplated moving his son to another school and agreed to enrol his son in Gulzar's school.

"I never imagined that Gulzar would turn out to be such a nasty person. I had asked him to provide my young son with a decent education, instead he beat my child till he bled," Khan said while reflecting upon his son's traumatic experience.

In addition to this, the father of the injured child said Gulzar would adopt various methods of extracting extra money from parents. He would ask them to purchase books and answer scripts directly from the school. "These books were unavailable in the market and I would be forced to order them. I now believe that this was a trick he used to make more money in addition to the tuition fees. Following the beating, I pulled my child out of the school."

After his bitter experience with private schools, Sada Khan has decided to enrol his son in a government school, as he feels that private institutions are only interested in making money.

Meanwhile, he has appealed to the minister of education and other officials of the education department to conduct an inquiry and punish Gulzar so that principals and teachers like him never raise a hand at students again.

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'KEMU to generate its own resources for projects'
Lahore: Given the government's financial constraints, the King Edward Medical University (KEMU), Lahore, has embarked upon an ambitious plan to launch new programs for generation of its own resources for academic, research and developmental projects in the varsity.

In an exclusive interview here on Thursday, KEMU acting vice-chancellor Prof Dr Asad Aslam Khan said that there was a need for plugging in resources to run academic and research activities and execute development projects in a medical university. The activities and projects, he added, had to be shelved if the administration depended on the cash-starved government for provision of funds. Therefore, he maintained, it was the responsibility of all the autonomous medical teaching institutions to devise their own strategy to generate resources on their own especially in view of the provincial government's limitations to provide additional resources, as it has to divert huge resources for rehabilitation of flood victims; increase in salaries of doctors; free treatment and medicines in public sector hospitals. Besides, the plan, he added, would help the varsity share the government's policy of self-reliance, rather than depending on the foreign aid.

In this connection, he said, the varsity administration would soon be opening collection centres of KEMU Diagnostic Lab in different parts of Lahore, which would not only provide quality diagnostic facilities to the masses but also earn a substantial sum of money on a regular basis for the university. The collections centres, he said, would be opened on the pattern of collection centres of Shaukat Khanum Hospital and Aga Khan University a major source of their income. Besides, KEMU's Pathology Department service would be available round the clock for private patients, helping the varsity generate a hefty amount.

The unclaimed bodies kept in the mortuary would also be made available for the private medical institutions for teaching and training of their students; although it would generate only a small amount of money but it would facilitate private institutions to provide quality training to their students.

Furthermore, he said, the KEMU would also unveil a "Donors Wall" encircling the sports ground, which would involve all past graduates to reserve a brick inscribed with their names at a cost of Rs 50,000 each in order to contribute to academic and extra-academic activities in their alma mater.

"We will write to all graduates from across the world, including those in the US, the UK, Europe, the Middle East, the Far East. The KEMCANA - the Kemcolians Association of North America would also be asked to donate and effectively contribute to the development of the university," he added.

The funds so generated, Prof Asad Aslam Khan said, would be utilized for future projects, including establishment of Institute of Neurosciences, Institute of Basic Sciences, Institute of Urology and Transplantation, Institute of Maxillofacial Surgery and Institute of Allied Health Sciences.

He said that the KEMU had already started construction work on a new seven-storey building adjacent to Patiala Block, which would house an auditorium with a capacity of 600 extendable to 1,000 persons; modern library; state-of-the-art lecture theatre; research and development wing; examination hall; offices of the Registrar; and Controller of Examinations, Treasurer and all other administrative offices. "The project will be completed within a stipulated period of two years with a total cost of Rs 220 million," he said, adding that, originally, it was a project of Rs 479 million funded by the Higher Education Commission. The university had only received an amount of Rs 59 million before the controversy over the existence of HEC, while the remaining amount was to be released in phases. "The KEMU will complete the project through its own resources if the HEC doesn't release the amount," he added.

He informed that the KEMU would also start construction of an Animal House in the university from next week, which would greatly help in imparting quality training to the medical students and research purposes. The renovation and up-gradation of basic science departments of Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology was also in progress in the university.

Besides, he said, a new floor of Girls Hostel would also be constructed on our own resources because the girls' strength had outnumbered boys, with 65:35 ratio of admissions on 325 seats in the university. Besides, he said, a state-of-the-art ICU in Mayo Hospital was being established at a cost of Rs 8.5 million collected through donations, which would be completed within one month. Furthermore, a double road was also being constructed in front of Paeds Emergency in the Mayo Hospital with the help of philanthropists, he said.

The KEMU acting vice-chancellor further informed that the varsity was a premier medical institution, which had been the first choice of FSc and A-Level students as it topped the merit amongst all medical institutions in the province. He said that rules and regulations had been framed under the KEMU (Amendment) Act 2010 and all the departments were fully functioning under these rules and regulations. "It has established an absolutely fair and transparent examination system by using fictitious roll numbers," he said, adding that papers were not sent outside the university and all the examiners were bound to mark the papers in Examination Department of the university.

He said that the KEMU was running 54 undergraduate and postgraduate courses, which were recognized by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council. As against the previous number of 1,300 to 1,400 students in the institution, presently there were more than 3,000 students studying in different undergraduate and allied health sciences as well as postgraduate courses, including MS, MD, MDS, M.Phil and PhD in the university. "The PhD program has become very popular because of the high-caliber local and adjunct PhD faculty," he said and added that the promotion of research was top priority of the university as an amount of Rs 20 million was allocated for research in the current financial year. He said that the KEMU had the largest faculty amongst the medical institutions, adding that there were 49 posts of professors out of which currently only eight seats of professors, including two seats of professor of Anatomy and one seat each of professors of Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Medicine, Neurosurgery, Cardiac Surgery and TB & Chest Diseases, were lying vacant. "The applications have already been received in response to the advertisement in this regard, and the postings would be made as soon as clearance is received from the Health Department, Punjab," he informed.

Moreover, the KEMU is going to hold its 3rd convocation for the session 2009-2010 on May 28, 2011, which is expected to be chaired by Chief Minister, Punjab, Mian Shahbaz Sharif and Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa being the guest of honor on the occasion. The medals and degrees would be awarded to the 340 graduates, including 225 graduates of session 2009-2010 and 115 from the sessions from 1999 to 2006. The graduates of sessions 2006-2008 were conferred their degrees during the last two convocations held in 2008 and 2010. "The convocation, which is an academic feast and honor for the graduates, will be a regular annual feature of the university," he said.

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5 IUB students injured by traders over trifle
Bahawalpur: Five students of Islamia University Bahawalpur College of Engineering were allegedly shot injured by the traders of Shahi Bazaar over a trifle on Wednesday night.

Students, including Muhammad Azam, Zulfiqar Ali, Usman Bajwa and Shahzad Fahd, went to Shahi Bazaar to purchase some hosiery items. Shopkeepers opened fire at students after a row over a trifle. As a result, five students were injured and they were rushed to Bahawal Victoria Hospital for treatment. The condition of one of the injured is stated to be critical. After the incident, hundreds of students staged a demonstration outside BVH Emergency Ward and blocked traffic on Circular Road. Later, the students ended their protest after the Kotwali police arrested an assailant, Sajid alias Sajji, and registered a case against him and his accomplices.

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PU dean appointed
Lahore: The Punjab governor/chancellor Punjab University has appointed PU Centre for High Energy Physics (CHEP) director Prof Dr Kh Haris Rashid as Dean Faculty of Sciences of the varsity for a period of three years. According to a press statement on Thursday, a notification has been issued in this regard.

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BD students visit PU
Lahore: A twenty-member delegation of Bangladeshi students visited the Punjab University (PU) on Thursday.

The delegation led by Dr Shahid Akhtar Hussain visited various departments of the varsity and interacted with the students and faculty members.

During their visit to the PU College of Information Technology (PUCIT), college principal Prof Dr Syed Mansoor Sarwar briefed the delegation about the teaching programmes being offered at the college. He said foreign students had also been studying in the PUCIT which also provided scholarships to the talented and needy students. The delegation visited the college's library, IT lab, GIS Centre, seminar room, VC office, Senate and Sherani Halls.

Afterwards, the delegation went to the PU Oriental College where Principal Prof Dr Mazhar Moeen told the delegation about the history, infrastructure, departments and academic programmes of the college. He also told the delegation that the college had been offering courses in foreign languages at the Institute of Languages.

During their visit to the PU New Campus, the delegation of Bangladeshi students met with Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Javaid Ahmad, deans of faculties and senior faculty members in the Al-Raazi Hall of Centre for Undergraduate Studies.

Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Akhtar, Controller Examinations Prof Dr Liaqat Ali, Dean Faculty of Arts & Humanities Prof Dr Qalb-i-Abid, Dean Faculty of Islamic Studies Prof Dr Hafiz Mahmood Akhtar, Director Undergraduate Studies Centre Prof Dr Amir Ijaz, RO-I Javed Sami, Director External Linkages Maria Maldonado, Advisor to VC Col (r) Ikramullah and other faculty members also were present. Dr Shahid admired the hospitality of the Punjab University and Punjab government. He said the students' visit would further develop mutual relations between the two countries.

Later, the delegation visited the Main Library and took a round of various sections of the library. The delegation members openly exchanged views on various topics with the students, present in the library.

The delegation afterwards visited the Punjab University's Institute of Communication Studies (PUICS) where institute's Director Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz briefed them about the academic and research programmes of the institute.

The delegates also visited library, TV studio and FM radio of the PUICS. The Bangladeshi students also expressed their views about their visit to the PU and said they were given the impression that Pakistan's security situation was not good but they found no issue with the security in Pakistan. The news

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