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SSC paper postponed | SU founder

SSC paper postponed at many centres
Karachi, April 14: Given the law and order situation in Lyari Town, the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) has decided to postpone the Saturday paper at its six centres located there.

The new date for the paper of mathematics (Science group - Class X) will be given later, said the BSEK controller of examination, Rafia Mallah.

About 2,200 male and 1,450 female candidates are registered at the centres.

The centres which will remain closed on Saturday are: Govt Boys Secondary School-No 2, Lyari Qrts; Govt Boys Secondary School, Moosa Lane; Sky Rose Secondary School, Allama Iqbal Colony; Govt Girls Secondary School, Bihar Colony; Govt Girls Secondary School-No 2, Nawabad and Govt Girls Secondary School, Gharibabad, Mehrab Khan Road. Dawn

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KU VC applauds Dr Khalid for getting Sitara-i-Imtiaz
Karachi: Vice Chancellor (VC) University of Karachi (KU) Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser on Friday congratulated Prof Dr Khalid M Khan for receiving Sitara-i-Imtiaz, the national award, from the president of Pakistan in recognition of his research work in the field of medicinal and synthetic organic chemistry.

Dr Khan is working as a professor at the HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences, KU. The government has already conferred him with Tamgha-e-Imtiaz in recognition of his research work in the field of bioorganic and medicinal chemistry in the year 2004.

On the platform of the National Core Group in chemistry and the Chemical Society of Pakistan, Prof Khan, as Secretary, has rendered valuable services to the cause of education and research in the field of chemical sciences. He is also coordinating National Chemistry Talent Contest (NCTC) for young students, thus playing an important role in promoting chemical science awareness and interest in young generation. He is a trainer leader and trainer of the Six Bronze Medal Winner Pakistani Chemistry Olympiad Teams, participated in 39th, 41st, and 43rd International Chemistry Olympiad held in Russia, UK, and Turkey in 2007, 2009, and 2011 respectively.

He has authored or co-authored over 282 research papers, published in the journals of international repute having cumulative impact factor over 340 and Citation Index is 2759. He is co-editor of two books, published by international publishers, which indicates the quality of his work. He is also a recipient of Research Productivity Award (RPA) 2001-2011 from the Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST) in recognition of his high quality research. Conversely, Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rahman, Former Chairman of Higher Education Commission Pakistan and Director ICCBS Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary have also congratulated Dr Khalid on his remarkable achievement, and said that this achievement was an honour for the KU. Daily times

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Pharmacy Institute to be built in FUUAST
Karachi: A pharmacy institute will be constructed at the Gulshan-i-Iqbal Campus of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST). An official of the institution said here on Friday that the foundation stone of the block would be laid at a ceremony to be held on April 16. It would be constructed in collaboration with a pharmaceutical company, which will also help provide the required equipment for the facility. The pharmacy institute would also carry out research in accordance with the requirements of the pharmaceutical industry, it was further stated. app

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SU remembers its founder Allama I.I. Kazi
Hyderabad: University teachers and students paid rich tributes to Allama I.I. Kazi on his 44th death anniversary observed in the University of Sindh, Jamshoro, on Friday.

Quran Khwani was held at the Allama's mausoleum in which a large number teachers, employees and students took part while acting vice-chancellor Dr. Parveen Shah, accompanied by deans of faculties, heads of teaching institutes and departments, officers, employees and students, laid a floral wreath on his grave.

She said that Allama was a great scholar who rendered unmatched services for the establishment of the University of Sindh and people would always remember him.

The Allama was a great scholar, philosopher and an authority on education. He used to teach Islam with the help of poetry of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai and deliver weekly lectures on different topics to educate the youth. Floral wreaths were also laid on the graves of Allama's wife Elsa Kazi and noted scholar Dr. N.A. Baloch.

Dr. Kazi Khadim Hussain, a former dean of faculty of arts, delivered a lecture on Allama and his contribution to education. The lecture was organised by the Bureau of Students Tutorial, Guidance/Counselling Services and Co-curricular Activities (STGAS) at the faculty of arts.

Mr Hussain said Allama was a simple man. He was a man of discipline and calibre. His services would always be remembered.

The university had been observing his anniversaries for 44 years but each year a new audience was in attendance, he said.

He said that university owed its existence and all facilities to the Allama, who made higher education accessible to people. When the university was shifted to Hyderabad it had no building, facilities or budget and Allama had to start from scratch and had the government allocate Rs50,000 budget for the university, he said.

Mr Hussain said the university is an extension of Allama's personality who was a simple but principled man. Allama had always advised students and scholars to follow discipline to achieve their goals in life. He was always ready to meet students and scholars and provide them guidance. He cited an example and said that during Allama's tenure as vice chancellor a young man requested him affiliate his school with the university. Allama asked the man about his aim for setting up the school and subjects to be taught and advised him to find out teachers before having the school affiliated.

He arranged teachers and informed him. Allama then interviewed teachers himself and granted permission to the school for affiliation, which was later known as S.K. Raheem High School, said Mr Hussain. Dawn

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Imparting education in slums
Karachi: Parveen Rao provides education to children in Karachi's slums to fill the void left by the poorly equipped government-run schools. She helps children from poor urban neighbourhoods escape poverty by utilising teachers, school resources and mentoring opportunities from educational systems which serve the middle class.

This provides the middle-class schools an opportunity to help fight illiteracy and support quality education for students in underprivileged neighbourhoods. Through her organisation, Amal-e-Danish, Rao creates education centres which operate alongside government-run schools in slums and underprivileged areas.

Rao narrates her inspiration for the noble cause by stating her encounter with an uneducated woman at a bus stop. Once she saw an illiterate woman asking everyone at the stop which bus could take her from Surjani to hospital, but, unfortunately, no one helped her. The woman, losing hope, returned home. This compelled Rao to start quality education in slums.

She found the children were doubly disadvantaged because they did not know English, the preferred language of the job market, and received poor quality education from the government-run schools.

"In the government schools of Karachi, you will find leaking roofs, no power, dearth of working latrines, desks without chairs, no laboratories, absent teachers, an untenably low teacher-student ratio and no enrollment process to assure that every child attends school."

Since 1995, she has built a network of Amal-e- Danish schools in Karachi, Lahore and Muzafargarah. "These schools focus on intellectual and emotional development, enabling children to take control of their life and make the most of their talents."

"Our programme brings together available resources– minds of less fortunate children, volunteers, underutilised spaces and resources–to change the way children learn."Rao aims to equip poor children with the same skills that the middle-class children have. She believes better jobs and an improved quality of life will naturally follow.

When older children who have never gone to school apply to the schools, the teachers help them get admission and also work with the parents to raise awareness about education.

"We want Amal-e- Danish children to have a strong educational foundation. We want them to have a deep sense of self-esteem and to have a good time and a space where they can be children. We want them to grow into concerned citizens. And we want them to leave with a job. We want to encourage them to dream. But, more importantly, we want to empower them to deliver on their dreams." In the beginning, the network of schools had 25 enrolled students but now they have more than a thousand. The news

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