Exams postponed | New vacation schedule
University of Karachi, BIEK postpone today's exams
Karachi, May 23: The University of Karachi (KU) has postponed all of its
examinations scheduled for Wednesday (today). A press release issued
here late Tuesday night said that the schedule for postponed
examinations would be announced later. However, the education process at
the university will remain operational. The Board of Intermediate
Education Karachi (BIEK) has also put off the HSC Annual Examination
papers scheduled for Wednesday (today). BIEK Chairman Prof Anwar Ahmed
Zai announced this on Tuesday evening. He further stated that these
papers would now be conducted on May 30. The venue and the timings of
the papers were remaining the same. Daily times
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Many private schools oppose new vacation schedule
Karachi: A concerned group of reputed schools following the matric and Cambridge systems on
Tuesday criticised the Sindh provincial government's belated
announcement of the rescheduling of summer vacations to July-August from
The May 18 announcement negated an
earlier notification, dated March 28, 2012, in which the Steering
Committee of the Sindh Education Ministry notified that the summer
vacations would begin on June 1 and end on July 31, said the statement
issued by the group, representing 28 leading schools of Karachi. The
Steering Committee made the announcement after the approval of the
Jameel Yusuf, coordinator of the
Concerned Private Schools Group, said on behalf of the group that the
belated change made by the provincial authorities came as a shock not
just for the parents and students, but also the schools managements.
and students had already been notified about the summer vacations in
line with the earlier order, said Yusuf, who is also a leading social
worker and a corporate leader. "This belated change… would create chaos
in the entire academics of the school," he said.
said that the concerned schools wrote letters to the chief minister,
minister of education and the education secretary, urging them to review
their decision. The schools, expressing their regret for non-compliance
with the government order, asked the government to allow them to make
decision about the summer vacations on their own.
statement said that the principle of issuing all such schedules well in
time should be followed, "as is done in most countries some even
announcing 5-10 years in advance and not merely 10-12 days prior to the
annual vacations and end of term".
After the issuance
of the March 28 notification, the schools accordingly conducted their
exams and started the admission process and notified the new term that
would commence with effect from August 1, 2012, Yusuf said. The parents
were informed, who then planned their vacations accordingly, he added.
the Steering Committee's decision a meeting with the private schools,
as was agreed in 2011, was scheduled for May 4, 2012, which at such a
late stage seemed to only a formality, as it had earlier been
overlooked, the statement said.
It was unanimously
resolved with Shenaz Mazhar in the chair by the 28 participants of the
private schools, including two of the so-called "Private Schools
Associations", to continue with the summer vacation in June and July, it
The belated arbitrary enouncement on May 18,
scheduling the summer vacation in July and August, is shocking as its
implementation would create further chaos, according to the statement.
such the new schedule cannot be endorsed because the term of these
schools has just concluded and vacations have commenced for the
students, many of whom have left on their holidays will be deprived of
their schooling, it added.
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KU approves two-day weekly holiday
Karachi: The Academic Council of the University of Karachi (KU) on Tuesday approved the two-day weekly holiday from the next semester.
second semester would commence from July 15. The said decision was
taken in a recent meeting of the Academic Council of KU, held under the
presidency of Vice-Chancellor, KU, Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser.
draft of the Plagiarism Policy was accepted in principle. However, a
committee has been formulated for necessary amendments and improvement.
The committee, constituted under the convenership of Prof Dr Abuzar
Wajidi comprises of deans of all faculties and a few professors from the
faculty of Arts and Science.
The members of the Academic
Council unanimously approved the amendments for update in the
course/syllabi of a few departments of the faculty of Management and
Administrative Sciences, Arts and Science.
occasion, the vice-chancellor, KU, expressed his gratitude on the fact
that the administration is able to conduct regular meetings of the
university's statuary bodies. The next meeting of the Academic Council
is likely to be held in mid-August, Dr Qaiser said.
all the decisions taken by the vice-chancellor of KU related to the
university's affiliated bodies/colleges were accepted and approved by
the Academic Council.
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KU to hold workshop on molecular technology
National Nematological Research Centre (NNRC) of the University of
Karachi (KU) will be organising the 12th International Workshop on
Biological Control during May 24 to 26, a KU spokesperson said on Tuesday.
The three-day workshop, which is
being sponsored by the Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), will feature
research on advanced molecular technology that was carried out in
collaboration with China.
"An agreement between the two countries was signed under the "17th Protocol on Science and Technology Cooperation".
two countries are looking forward to facilitating the exchange of
students and professionals, through which China will help Pakistan in
enhancing its capacity in science and technology on a priority basis," a
KU handout said.
Eminent scientists and research
scholars from China will be participating in the workshop to share
institutional research facilities concerning the molecular techniques
necessary for the mass production, formulation and commercialization of
The Vice Chancellor of KU,
Professor Dr Mohammad Qaiser, will be the chief guest at the event. The
President of PSN, Dr Manzoor Hussain Soomro, and Chairman, PSF will also
preside over the symposium.
The Director of NNRC, Dr
Shahina Fayyaz, will be delivering the welcome address. Other speakers
will include Former Director NNRC, Dr Maqbool, Professor Dr Richou Han
and others. KU officials have invited researchers from all over the
country to attend the event. The news
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