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KU announcements for exam form submissions, dates
Karachi, Oct 22: University of Karachi has further extended the last date of submission of exam forms for BA, BCom (Private), and BoL fresh and old students. Now the exam forms would be accepted at the bank counters of Silver Jubilee Gate up to November 2, 2013 without late fee. The university has also announced that the examinations of MBBS final professional supplementary 2013 would be held from October 24, 2013. Moreover, the examinations of BDS final professional supplementary 2013 would be held from October 25, 2013. All papers would be held in new classrooms, Faculty of Science, from 2:00 to 5:00pm.

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NTS test mandatory for admission KU
KARACHI: Passing of the National Testing Service (NTS) has been made mandatory for admission in about 20 departments of the University of Karachi (KU), the administration decided on Tuesday. The new policy would be implemented in the varsity from the academic year 2014. The departments with a new policy include Business Administration, Public Administration, Commerce, Biotechnology, Environment, Computer Science, Applied Physics, Chemical Technology, Food Sciences and Technology, Microbiology, Economics, Mass Communication, International Relations, English, Pharmacy, Special Education and others. ppi

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KU signs MoU with Chinese institute
Karachi: The International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Karachi University, and Institute of Xinjiang Traditional Uygur Medicine (IXJUM), Xinjiang, China have inked a Memorandum of Understanding to carry out research work for the discovery of new herbal medicines. Director ICCBS Professor Muhammad Iqbal Chaudhary and Director IXJUM signed the MoU in a special signing ceremony, held in Xinjiang, China. One of the basic aims of this agreement is to establish academic and scientific cooperation between both institutions, said a KU official on Friday. The agreement will further establish co-operation in spheres of scientific research, education and training between the ICCBS-KU and IXJUM, he added. As per MoU, bi-national workshops, seminars and conferences would be jointly organised. This agreement will be effective for a period of five years from the date of signing, it was further stated. On the occasion, ICCBS International Research Coordinator Professor Dr Ahsana Dar Farooq and provincial ministers of Xinjiang province and other officials of the IXJUM were also present. app

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For Pakistani students, studies abroad getting harder
Karachi: A student is his country's ambassador. If he takes a positive message to a foreign land, the prospects for others who follow become brighter.

"Unfortunately Pakistani students are known to overstay their visas. They even apply for asylum, all in the quest to prolong their stay in the United Kingdom. As a result Pakistani students have trouble getting visas," says Nafees Iqbal, the marketing manager of ABN Overseas Education.

The organisation held an education fair at a hotel, where representatives of 12 UK-based universities helped prospective students work through admissions and scholarships. The agency is a foreign university representative which offers visa guidance, scholarship programmes and counselling to students, all with the aim to pick up the best students.

In twos and threes, students arrive to talk about university degree programmes in the UK."Students are more interested in studying business, engineering and accounting, mainly because they pay well," said Sohaib Hassan from Navitas, another education agency. Few students want to study social sciences. "Maybe one in 20 opt for the social sciences."

Most university representatives at the stalls said the varsities, including Plymouth University, Hertfordshire University and East Anglia University, did not offer scholarships initially. But if a student tops his class, the semester fee is waived off by 50 percent, said.

Hassan says this is because the universities there do not trust the Pakistani education system. "They want to judge the student by themselves."A semester at any UK university may cost anywhere between 8,000 and 13,000 a hefty sum for most Pakistanis. "But classes are generally held twice or thrice a week, so a student can partly fund his studies through part-time jobs," says Iqbal.

Students who attended the fair claimed they liked the options to study abroad, but the costs were too much to bear. The news

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