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KU BA, B Sc and BCom fee date
Karachi, Nov 04: The University of Karachi has extended the last date up to November 5 for submitting the examination forms without late fees for fresh and old students of BA, B Sc and BCom regular. The news

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Foundation stone of SSUET block laid
Karachi: Chancellor of Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology, Engr Muhammad Adil Usman, laid foundation stone of Engr ZA Nizami Block at the campus on Sunday. Speaking on the occasion Usman said, "Construction of Engr ZA Nizami Block was a matter of commitment and values. The new block at the campus is being constructed with Late Nizami's name in recognition of his remarkable services and efforts to follow the mission of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan." He said, "Our commitment to this institution is not simply a matter of creating modern facilities for deserving students or developing a brigade of teachers. It is also about creating a new national asset for the educational community." The new block will have state-of-the-art laboratories of geology, surveying, environment, geoinformatics, simulation, antenna engineering, transmission switching, etc. It contains 16 classrooms.

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SMIU disassociates himself from VC association
Karachi: SMI University VC Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh has said that he is not associated with the Academic Association of Vice Chancellors of Public Sector Universities in Sindh. In a letter written to Dr Nazir Mughal, VC University of Sindh and president of the Association on Saturday, Shaikh wrote: "I am surprised to see my name on the letterhead as a member of the Executive Committee of Association because I didn't attend any of the meetings held on October 6 and October 13, 2013, where the Association was founded." ppi

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Class IX general group exams results announced
Karachi, Nov 02: The Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) announced the results of class IX (General Group) on Friday.

Of the 25,538 candidates who appeared for the exam 48.8 percent passed. Most of the candidates were girls, while only a small number were of boys. A total of 13,848 girls appeared against 4,160 boys.

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AKU-EB awards scholarships to top students
Karachi: Scholarships were announced on Thursday for students who had outperformed others in their 10th grade annual exam result at a ceremony hosted to celebrate high achievers of the Aga Khan University Examination Board (AKU-EB).

"It may come as a disappointment for parents whose children have just finished 12th grade this year. But let's hope your grandchildren benefit from the scholarships," said AKU-EB Director Dr Thomas Christie.

"The AKU-EB started with a mission to prepare its candidates for higher education through quality assessment of their understanding and thinking abilities rather than how accurately they can reproduce textbook materials," he added.

This year, on its 10th anniversary, the AKU-EB awarded 150 distinctions to students in different subjects as well as different area of studies.

Candidates from 40 cities across Pakistan, including Karachi, Hyderabad, Larkana, Sukkur, Daharki, Naushahro Feroze, Khairpur, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral, graced the occasion. Cash prizes were awarded to the top three matriculation and intermediate position holders.

Among the top matric candidates were Rutaba Nadeem of ETN High School, and Marium Zehra, Mehdia Nadeem Rajab Ali and Khizra Fatima of Al-Murtaza School.

The top inter candidates were Maleeka Mehmood of Habib Girls' Higher Secondary School, Komal Zehra Zaidi of Aga Khan Higher Secondary School and Muhammad Sameer Kayani of ETN High School.

Tehreem Ahmed, who scored the highest in English all over Pakistan, said: "The award came as a pleasant surprise. I want to pursue a degree in English Literature now."

Hiba Khalid from PECHS Girls' School, who scored three distinctions in Urdu, Biology and Mathematics, said: "My distinction was a dream come true. Being knowledgeable is not as important as applying that knowledge. I want to be a neurosurgeon when I grow up."

During the ceremony a short film titled 'What does it take?' was screened. It talked about how education should prepare thinking individuals who can make quick decisions.

"We noticed that if we tell a seventh-grade student to write about the trees of Karachi, he would write down the whole chapter. At the AKU-EB, a student knows he will not receive extra credit for filling the page," the documentary quoted Kermin Parakh, principal of BVS Parsi High School, talking about her switch to the AKU-EB.

It also quoted Tasneem Shabbir, principal of Al-Murtaza School: "Students are no longer passive learners. They ask questions, because textbooks are not their only source of information."

The documentary went on to state that the only way to bring a student to school was to make him enjoy the experience there.

Renowned journalist Talat Hussain was chief guest for the ceremony. Applauding the innovations in education the board has brought with it, Hussain said: "If I were to found a school, I would register it with the AKU-EB."

To the students, he said: "The journey does not end here. Sky truly is the limit. To live, a person only needs bread, a sleeping mat and a room to call home. Your talent should be used to benefit mankind."

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Jinnah varsity admission schedule
Karachi: The Jinnah University for Women (JUW) on Wednesday announced admission schedule for its degree programmes of BS, MSc, MS and PhD for the year 2014.

The entrance test will be held on November 23 in 26 different fields under four faculties.

Considering the role and importance of women in the economy of the country, the varsity is expected to launch two new departments this year, which will offer BS, MSc and MS courses in food, agriculture, animal sciences, fisheries and aqua culture, said a JUW release.

The minimum qualifications required for admission to the above two departments is Intermediate in Pre Medical. The admission forms are available at the varsity's admissions section against Rs1,000.

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Govt restrained from removing Dow varsity VC
Karachi: The Sindh High Court (SHC) restrained the provincial government on Friday from removing the vice chancellor of the Dow University of Health and Sciences (DUHS) from his post till further orders.

The interim order came on a petition of Vice Chancellor Dr Masood Hameed Khan, who moved the court against amendments to the Sindh University (Amendment) Act and his likely removal from the post.

The petitioner's counsel, Farogh Naseem, said the government promulgated the Sindh University (Amendment) Act 2013, and Section 12 of the act provided that a person having a medical background would be appointed vice chancellor by the chancellor on the recommendation of the government for a period of four years.

He said a provision had also been added to the act that said a person who remained VC for more than two terms would, after the commencement of the act, cease to hold office.

The counsel argued that the amendments was made in September 2013 and would have no retrospective effect as the vested right was already created vide a notification.

He contended that that amendment was made with a malafide intention just to oust the petitioner, and by virtue of the amendment made in the act, the authority concerned was planning to remove his client.

Naseem also stated at bar that an advertisement was published in a paper for the appointment of VC.

A division bench, headed by Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar, issued notices to the advocate general, the chief secretary and others, and ordered that the petitioner would not be removed from office till further orders.

Earlier in the day, the Sindh government announced in a notification the removal of the vice chancellors of the DUHS, Karachi, and the Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, Jamshoro.

A handout issued by the Chief Minister House said: "Consequence upon the Sindh Universities Laws (Amendment) Act 2013 Dr. Abdul Qadeer Rajput, Vice-Chancellor Mehran University of Engineering & Technology (MUET) Jamshoro and Prof. Masood Hameed Khan, Vice-Chancellor, Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) Karachi have ceased to hold their offices."

DUHS sources said notification was received at the DUHS offices concerned at around noon.

MUET Pro-Vice Chancellor Dr Mohammad Aslam Uqaili and DUHS Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Muhammad Umer Farooq were directed to look after the functions of the VC of their universities till further orders.

Meanwhile, the competent authority accepted the resignation of Prof Akbar Haider Soomro, vice chancellor of the Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University, Larkana, which he had submitted for personal reasons.

Dr Assadullah Mahar, principal of the Chandka Medical College, Larkana, has been assigned to look after the functions of the vice chancellor office of the university till further orders, according to the handout. The news

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Benazir varsity VC changed
Larkana: Vice chancellor of the Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University, Larkana, Prof Akbar Haider Soomro has resigned from his post for personal reasons.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has accepted the resignation, according to a notification issued by the CM secretariat on Thursday. Dawn

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Lyari varsity pharmacy dept planned
Karachi: Vice Chancellor of the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University of Lyari Prof Rasheed Ahmed Shah has said that keeping in view the increasing demand of the field of pharmacy, the department of pharmacy will be launched at the university.

He said the Sindh government had been requested to provide financial assistance for the establishment and running of the department. app

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