Karachi University evening programmes' fee increase
'No fee increase for KU's evening programme'
This was disclosed
by the Director, Evening Programme, Dr. M. Abuzar Wajidi, while addressing a
press conference in connection with the Evening Programme admissions 2009 on
|Karachi, Nov 25: The University of Karachi (KU) has decided not to increase the
fees of the Evening Programme admissions-2009. This step has been taken on the
express desire of the KU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Pirzada Qasim, to make the
education affordable to all the sections of society.
Dr Wajidi informed the media that this year, eight new degree
programmes were being introduced at the BS level, which include Actuarial
Sciences & Risk Management, Applied Chemistry, Botany, Environmental
Studies, Mathematics, Psychology, Urdu, and Women Studies. These are in addition
to the certificate courses in Arabic, Child Psychology and Human Behavior that
are also being introduced.
The two-year MCS comprises four semesters and
three-year MBA six semesters. He further said that the process of enrolment for
MS/PhD studies had also commenced in the Evening Programme. Dr Wajidi said that
keeping in view the large number of applicants, admission forms will be issued
and accepted up to 7:30 pm. The News
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KU turns into breeding place for mosquitoes
Karachi: The Karachi University has become an ideal place for breeding of
mosquitoes as the KU administration has failed to launch fumigation drive and
drain stagnant water at the campus, sources said here on Monday.
More than 25 blood samples of the KU campus residents have been found
positive with malaria during the last two months, which revealed that dengue
fever and malaria posed a serious threat for them.
According to a WHO report, "Malaria can be transmitted to people of all ages, it
is caused by parasites of the species called Plasmodium that are spread from
person to person through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Symptoms of malaria
include fever, headache and vomiting, and usually appear between 10 and 15 days
after the mosquito bite. If not treated, malaria can quickly become life
threatening by disrupting the blood supply to vital organs". "In many parts of
the world, the parasites have developed resistance to a number of malaria
medicines. Approximately, 40 per cent of the world's population mostly those
living in the poorest countries are at high risk of malaria. Every year, more
than 500 million people become severely ill with malaria. Most of the deaths are
reported in sub-Saharan Africa while Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and
parts of Europe are also affected", the report said.
laboratory at Dr Punjwani Centre for Molecular Drug and Research (PCMD), Karachi
University, also obtained blood samples of several residents of the KU campus
with complaints of malaria.
Member of Karachi
University Teachers Society (KUTS), Professor Dr Abid Hassnain, said that the KU
administration had no plan for any type of fumigation to eradicate mosquitoes
from the campus and save the residents from fatal diseases, including malaria
and dengue fever.
"Unfortunately, no department exists at the university to handle or monitor such
type of situation. The breeding of mosquitoes is on the rise at the KU due to
augmented water coming from overflowing tanks. Fresh water also helps the growth
of various species of mosquitoes besides providing them hiding places. Stagnant
water can be seen everywhere in the campus, where several cases of malaria have
been reported during last few months. The situation is causing panic among the
residents who are afraid of the spread of dengue fever", he said.
the KU administration to take serious notice of bad sanitary conditions at the
campus and adopt concrete measures to save the lives of the people. "It seems
that the KU administration is not interested in taking any concrete step to
eradicate mosquitoes from the campus that is why no fumigation drive has been
launched so far despite repeated complaints from the residents", said Aftab, a
KU employee. On the other hand, the KU clinic lacks even basic facilities,
medicines and other equipments necessary for the treatment of patients. Some
patients have even complained that sub-standard medicines were being used in the
treatment. The Nation
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IJT educational campaign
Karachi: Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) has chalked out a 'Restoration of Educational
Values' programme that will begin on November 25 (today) and conclude on
The purpose of the campaign, according to a member of IJT,
Nazim Hassan Hammad is to correct the decaying system of education and
rediscover the centuries old relationship between the students and the teachers.
The IJT intends to pinpoint the weak areas in the educational sector, arrange
for lectures in the classrooms, organise Teachers' Respect Day, college day,
cleaning the colleges, black day against the tuition culture, signature campaign
for 70 per cent attendance in the classrooms and protest against the
privatisation of the educational institutions.
A conference will be
organised at the end of the campaign in which the students and the political
leaders will be invited. Hammad deplored the functioning of various education
boards in the country claiming that they were instrumental in the emergence and
division of different social classes that could shake the foundation of the
country. The News
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