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SSC Annual Examinations commence from 18th
Karachi, April 15: The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Annual Examination 2011 of the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) will commence from April 18. Chairman of the Board Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai said on Thursday that all the preparations in this connection have been completed. He said that as many as 327,000 candidates, both regular and private, will appear in the examination at 225 centres in the metropolis. The admit cards have been dispatched to regular candidates at their respective academic institutions. The admit cards to the private candidates have been sent through UMS at their residential addresses. Board's chairman further stated that in case a private candidate does not receive admit card then he or she may get the duplicate from the BSEK counter after the Friday prayers. app

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Library named after eminent educationist Prof Nasser
Karachi: Glowing tributes were paid to Prof Mohammad Nasser on Thursday, an eminent educationist and one of the top Marxist intellectuals of Pakistan, on his first death anniversary and a library was named after him at the Gulshan Public School in Gulshan-e-Iqbal.

His stature could be gauged from the fact that he was banned to enter India because he was one of the foremost communist activists in the Communist Party of India (CPI) and it was only after his nephew and prominent journalist Jawed Naqvi played a role and the interior ministry of India removed his name from the list of "dangerous communists" a couple of years ago.

Born in November, 1928, in Rai Brali, UP, India, Naseer joined the Communist Party of India in 1949 and simultaneously emerged as one of prominent student leaders of the All India Students Federation, associated with the CPI. He was arrested for his revolutionary activities and served four years in jail during his prime age.

Asad Naseer, son of late Prof Naseer, in choked voice narrated an incident at the meeting and said Ali Sardar Jafri, one of the doyens of the Progressive Writers' Association (PWA), wrote a poem for the young revolutionary.

"Abba was never eager to get appreciation for his deeds from anybody nor did he ever appreciated us," said Asad Naseer. "It is better to light a candle than to curse darkness," Prof Naseer would say, according to Asad Naseer.

Since Naseer's father was a lawyer and practiced in Bhopal, Naseer acquired his secondary education there and graduated in 1953 and completed his Masters in Economics. He completed his second Masters from the United States at the age of 62.

In 1955, he migrated to Pakistan and taught for 62 long years. He also served as principal Allama Iqbal College, Karachi, and several other colleges. He was also elected as the President West Pakistan Teachers Association in 1972 and played an active role in the teachers' movement.

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Pir Mazhar dubs teachers a thankless community
Karachi: The government has made remarkable achievements in sorting out and redressing the long standing issues pertaining to the teachers' community on the whole and college lectures and professors in particular.

"Yet, instead of appreciating and lauding this service, Sindh Professors' Lecturers' Association (SPLA) office-bearers have adopted a totally thankless attitude and have indulged into a futile attempt to convert the educational institutions into battlefields to achieve their own mala fide and ulterior designs.

These were the views expressed by the Senior Sindh Minister for Education and Literacy, Pir Mazharul Haq, on Thursday while commenting over the SPLA's protest call.

The SPLA was allowed to act as a social welfare concern of the teaching community of higher education institutions, he further said.

It was the present government that encouraged the SPLA by allowing a platform to work for the social welfare, well-being and betterment of teachers' community even going to the extent that an appeal against their activities pending in the Supreme Court of Pakistan was also withdrawn on the simple assurance and undertaking of the SPLA that they will not indulge in to politics and any other sort of trade union activities, the senior minister stated.

Pir Mazhar expressed his deep sorrow over repeated flagrant violations and breach of trust by the office-bearers of the SPLA. "The office-bearers of the association should recall that the government had appointed 575 new lecturers in the year 2009 coupled with another 615 in 2010 making a total fresh appointment of 1,190 lecturers through the Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC)," he added.

It was only in the present regime that the services of 452 male and female lecturers, who were appointed on an ad hoc basis by the previous government, were regularised on the recommendation of the SPSC, Pir Mazhar further said.

The teachers' community from grade-17 to grade-19 had remained stagnant in their posts by deprivation of their legally vested right of promotion at the hands of the earlier dictatorial rule prevailing in the past, he said.

The minister made the SPLA further recall when the present regime came into being, there were only six Professors in the entire province in BS-20 and it was only due to the policy of promoting merit in the province that 102 Associate professors Bs-19 were promoted to the post of Professor BS-20, he claimed.

Pir Mazhar, while expressing his sheer displeasure over the above thankless attitude of certain office-bearers of SPLA, he further pointed out that besides the above promotions, 52 posts of professors / principals/ regional directors college of Sindh were also upgraded and a highly fair and cordial attempt was made by the present government to remove the resentment and dissatisfaction prevailing in the teachers' community and to provide to them all they were entitled to.

The senior minister termed the threat of SPLA to launch protest, a trade union activity and even more a political venture on the part of the office-bearers of the SPLA who were even trying to bypass and misuse their own mandate by attempting to achieve their own vested interests and person based goals, which were not at all in the welfare and betterment of the teachers community at large.

He added that the SPLA had crossed its all limits and present government is not going to accept such trade union/ political protest/ strike and other alike activities could be proceeded against under RSO-2000.

The education department would appoint fresh lectures and other teaching staff on an ad hoc basis on the posts falling vacant as the result of such disciplinary action, if there would be any need in this regard but the students would not be left without education, he added. The news

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LCWU kicks off festival to mark women's year
Lahore: Investing for women's empowerment is the key element in improving the economic, political and social conditions in Pakistan, said participants, on Thursday, at the inaugural session of the spring festival to mark the women's year 2011 at the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU).

LCWU Gender Studies department organised the gala in collaboration with the Gender Reform Action Plan (GRAP) of the Punjab government. LCWU founder vice chancellor (VC), Dr Bushra Muteen, was the event's guest of honour.

The spring festival was organised in honour of the women's year 2011, the aim of the festival being to promote the idea of women empowerment in Pakistan.

Stalls were set up by the LCWU students, GRAP and various other local and multinational companies where students participated in musical chair, national songs competition, spoon and lemon race, mehndi competition, poetry competition, face painting activity, rope leading competition and several other activities.

The festival was held not only to celebrate the season of colours and festivity but also to put across the message that knowledge and equal participation from both men and women is needed "for any sort of development in the country to be more effective and sustainable".

LCWU VC Dr Farhat Saleemi said in her welcome address that women empowerment must not be limited to issues of control over reproduction or financial independence, it should also include subjects like literacy, employment and health.

Separately, she thanked the GRAP and the Punjab government for their support.

LCCI Standing Committee on Women Entrepreneurship Chairman, Shameem Akhtar, said, "Although a large number of women have access to education but they still do not have appreciable amount of control and power over household decision making, improved child well-being, income, and increased resources." She said, "To solve this issue, women need to have more economic empowerment in terms of being self-employed." GRAP gender specialist Rehana Anwar said that GRAP aimed at economic, political and social empowerment of women at the provincial and district levels. Daily times

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Sargodha varsity acting VC appointed
Sargodha: The Punjab government on Thursday assigned the acting vice-chancellor charge of the University of Sargodha to a senior professor after a delay of 75 days.

According to a notification, Faculty of Science dean Prof Dr Muhammad Ali has been appointed as acting vice-chancellor till further orders.

Punjab Governor Latif Khosa (who is chancellor of the universities across the province) had issued orders on March 6 for the appointment of Dr Muhammad Ali, but the Punjab government did not comply with the orders.

However, the governor visited Sargodha two days back and assured the people that the acting VC would soon be appointed. Dawn

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Workshop at PU
Lahore: Punjab University Center for Clinical Psychology (CCP) will organise a workshop on "Conduct Disorder in Association with Material Discord" from 18th to 20th April.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran will be the chief guest on the concluding session on 20th April. This workshop will be conducted by a renowned consultant clinical psychologist, Ms Amna Tariq from King College London, UK. The workshop will cater for all working and trainee clinical psychologists working in different sectors. The nation

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