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Sindh medical colleges' admission policy

No change in medical admissions policy
Karachi, Oct 9: A high-level meeting presided over by Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah at the CM's House on Thursday decided to pursue the last year's policy for admission to government sector medical colleges and universities this year.

The meeting discussed matters pertaining to admission to the Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University, Larkana and People's Medical College, Nawabshah.

According to details of the decisions taken at the meeting, 45 students from the interior of Sindh, except Karachi, will be given admission to the Dow Medical University. There will be 30 seats for rural and 15 for Urban Sindh areas.

Twenty students from Karachi will get admission to medical colleges/universities in the interior of Sindh. There will be 10 seats in the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences and 10 (for girl students) in the People's Medical College.

The chief minister directed the health secretary to ensuring posting of specialist doctors required by the Government Hospital, Sukkur, immediately. He also directed the authorities concerned to immediately provide five buses to LUMHS as committed by him earlier.

Regarding enhancement of stipend to postgraduate house job doctors, Mr Shah held out the assurance that it would be made at par with that of their counterparts in Punjab. ppi

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Saturday holiday in govt schools to be cancelled?
Karachi, Oct 9: The Sindh education department's steering committee has recommended that the weekly Saturday holiday be abolished in all educational institutions of the province.

The committee, which met on Friday with Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq in the chair, decided to approach the chief minister so that he could consult the federal government in this regard.

The meeting also decided to increase teaching hours by half hour and to advance the examinations schedule of all secondary and higher secondary boards in the province by 15 days.

The recommendation and decisions were taken to minimise the academic loss of 72 days due to unprecedented floods in the province.

Speaking at the meeting, the minister recalled that recent floods had badly affected the education sector in the province. Besides the 72-day academic loss, the Sindh education department had suffered a financial loss of over Rs26 billion, he added.Sources close to the steering committee said that the meeting decided to reduce seven holidays from winter vacations in to minimise the students' loss.

Referring to other measures being taken by the government to improve the quality of education and to complete the curriculum, the sources said that the meeting decided to extend the examination date of 9th and 10th classes by 15 days, which under the revised schedule would now begin across the province from April 12, 2011.

The result would be announced by July 31 while the result of the Karachi board would be announced on August 15.

Likewise, first year and intermediate examinations would be conducted by all higher secondary boards from May 10, 2011 and their result would be announced on August 31, 2011.

The meeting also decided to increase teaching hours by half hour as such under the revised programme the teaching hours would be from 8am to 2pm in primary schools while in secondary schools and colleges the teaching hours would be from 8am to 2.30pm.The sources said that the meeting decided to recommend to the chief minister to waive the tuition fees for the students belonging to the flood-affected areas.

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Two exam centres shifted
Karachi: The Sindh Board of Technical Education (SBTE) on Thursday shifted the exam centres from Orangi Town's Government Mono-Technical Institute and Al-Ghous Polytechnic Institute Orangi Town to Ebrahim Ali Bhai Govt Boys Secondary School No-9 Orangi Town.

The decision was taken following the principals and some teaching staff of the two institutions were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly allowing students to resort to unfair means.

However, the SBTE through a press release advised the candidates taking their exams at the two institutions to appear in their remaining papers at the Ebrahim Ali Bhai School on Oct 7 while the announcement in this regard was also made on the same day. Dawn

College principals, others remanded till 9th
Karachi: The Judicial Magistrate, West, Asif Rajput, sent six of the educational staff, including the Principals of Polytechnic College to police remand till October 9 for their alleged involvement in helping some students use unfair means while taking their annual examinations.

The Principal of the Government Monotechnic College, Imtiaz Rizvi, Principal of the Ghausia Polytechnic College, Ghulam Abbas, three teachers Ahsan, Nazeer, and Kamal were produced in the court Thursday morning for their alleged involvement in using unfair means amidst tight security. The police party raided the Ghausia Polytechnic College in Orangi, Sector 10, and found that some students of private institutions were using unfair means while taking their exams under the Sindh Board of Technical Education. The police registered an FIR 665/2010 U/S , 420, 408, 34(common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code against the suspects on behalf of the state. The news

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Water shortage at KU
Karachi: I want to draw the attention of concern authorities towards water shortage at the Dr Feroz Ahmed Institute of Mass Communication, University of Karachi.

The shortage has been tormenting the students for several months. The unavailability of clean drinking water is also causing distress among the students. It is really unbearable to live without water for several hours during these hot days. Several months have passed yet no proper action has been taken by the administration.

It is quite unfortunate that a department which has been constructed with an over all cost of billions of rupees, students under the roof of it are unable to get water for drinking and washing purposes.

I demand the Vice Chancellor of the university to look into the matter and do the needful. By Muhammad Ibtesam Mazhar. The nation

VC's visit leaves students positively surprised
Karachi: Students of the Mass Communication Department, University of Karachi (KU) reacted positively to the surprise visit paid by Vice Chancellor KU, Dr Pirzada Qasim on Thursday.

The students were of the view that the visit will help in improving the dismal teaching and administrative scenario prevalent in the university. The much-awaited visit of the VC to the Mass Communication Department has somehow uplifted the morale of most students and teachers who hope that this trend will continue.

Chairperson, Mass Communication Department, Dr Rafia Taj, welcomed the VC and took him around the department. During the visit, when Dr Qasim asked the students to share their problems, the pupils became vocal and told him about the need of equipment such as digital cameras and other paraphernalia for their practical work. Dr Qasim directed Dr Taj to see that all the required equipment and teaching aids are available to the students.

Talking about Dr Qasim's visit, a student of the department, requesting anonymity, said, "It is a good beginning and I hope it will continue. Other departments are also in need of similar visits. In most departments, the senior teachers hardly turn up before 10am or even 11am. The first two periods are usually taught by the cooperative teachers."

The News visited some other departments to solicit comments from teachers and students. A girl student, who introduced herself as Miss Ahmed, showed one class full of broken chairs and trash. "The janitorial staff comes when the first period is in the progress. They try to sweep the room and the whole room ends up being engulfed in dust. It is very frustrating. Now some teachers forbade the cleaners to clean the classroom when the class is in session. The cleaners obliged but never returned that day. We suffer meanwhile!" she said sarcastically.

A senior professor in the Department of Biochemistry thought that the visit, if continuous, would be very useful. "The VC should have done this earlier but it's never too late. I hope this is not a publicity stunt," he said. However, Irfan Aziz, a 3rd Year BS student in the Department of International Relations was skeptical. "I think it is a good gesture but more work needs to be done. The university is sinking. KUTS (Karachi University Teachers Society) is boycotting the classes to seek funds for KU. However, all of us can see the cars given to the army of 'advisors' who are retired and usually doing nothing except sitting with the vice chancellor and reporting that all was well," he said. The news

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Attendance thin in schools
Karachi: Attendance in both private and public sectors schools and colleges of the city remained thin on Friday in anticipation of possible violence in the wake of twin bomb blasts at Abdullah Shah Ghazi's shrine on Thursday.

Several political and religious parties had announced to observe a day of mourning on Friday to condemn the twin bomb blasts and mourn the tragedy.

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Private school's registration suspended over forgery charge
Hyderabad: The deputy director of the Regional Directorate of Inspection and Registration of Private Institutions, Ms. Shahida Parveen Abro, has suspended registration of Wisdom House Public School on changes of forgery in school leaving certificate and running another school under the same name.

According to a handout issued by the directorate, the private school in Chhotki Ghitti has, however, been allowed to continue the current session in view of future of students but cease all other functions till further orders.

DATE EXTENDED: The vice-chancellor of the University of Sindh Prof. Dr. Nazir A. Mughal approved on Thursday extension in deadline to Oct 13 for submission of forms for admission to the university for academic session 2011.

The director of admissions said in a notification that the admission forms could also be downloaded from the university's website www.usindh.edu.pk.

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Sindh University exam form deadlines extended
Hyderabad: The controller of examinations (annual) of the University of Sindh announced on Thursday that last date for filing examination forms for B.A (regular and external), BSc, B.Com, BSc Home Economics (regular) Part-I and Part-II and M.A previous and final (external) under annual examination 2010 has been fixed as Oct 29 (without late fee).

He further said that the last date for submission of examination forms for college-side M.A, MSc, M.Com (previous and final) for postgraduate college-side annual examination of 2009 had been fixed as Oct 10 (without late fee).

LUMHS: The Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences announced on Thursday that entry test for admission to session 2010-11 would be conducted on Oct 17.

The university advised candidates to collect their admit slips from the branch of the bank where they had submitted application forms. The date for submission of short documents had been extended to Oct 10. The directorate would remain open on Saturday and Sunday to facilitate the candidates, it said. Dawn

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