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Science festival at FAST-NU

Science festival ended
Karachi, April 17: More than 600 students from over 30 educational institutes participated in a three-day science festival organised by the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (FAST-NU), city campus.

The competition which was divided into broadly six sections - software, networking design, gaming, short film, hardware and mobile application - closed on Sunday.

Nisar Memon, former federal minister for information and Member Board of Governors of FAST, was the chief guest during the closing ceremony. Memon emphasised that the efforts of Pakistani youth should lead towards national security and territorial integrity. He advised the participants in particular and Pakistani youth in general that self-reliance in every aspect of life was the need of the hour. The winning institutes were the IBA, FAST-NU, KU, SSUET, NED, PAF-KIET and the City School. The news

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FUUAST to get pharmacy institute, hospital soon
Karachi: Vice Chancellor Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser laid the foundation stone of a modern institute of pharmacy here on Monday and said that a full-fledged hospital would also be built soon. The Jamlana Institute of Pharmacy would be built with a cost of Rs 400million and it would house research facilities for MPhil and PhD students. Moreover, a modern hospital would also be set up on build, operate, transfer (BOT) basis, which would also provide free of cost medical facilities to university staff and their families. Dean Faculty of Pharmacy Dr Ali Akbar Siyal said pharmacy was now a thriving industry and university would ensure high standard of education and research at the Jamlana Institute of Pharmacy. ppi

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47 schools found using illegal power connections
Karachi: A task force of the Karachi Electricity Supply Company (KESC) on Monday raided public schools in different localities of the city and found that 47 of them had illegal power connections.On account of unpaid bills, power had recently been disconnected to some 400 public schools. "These schools are defaulters of Rs115 million in total, and despite that, the KESC had exempted 55 percent of these schools from loadshedding during the ongoing matriculation exams," a power utility representative said. He said the illegal connections were severed again and offenders were warned of strict action if found involved in the illegal activity in the future.

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IJT students protest
Lahore: Dozens of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) activists on Monday displaying a long banner at The Mall protested against alleged changes in the subject of Islamiat. The banner carried signatures of hundreds of people from different walks of life especially students as a mark of resentment against the alleged move. IJT claimed the banner was 2km long. There, IJT Pakistan Nazim Zubair Safdar criticized the rulers saying they had gone so far in obeying their foreign masters that they had lost the power of thinking independently. He warned the government to distance itself from introducing any changes in the subject of Islamiat and withdraw any such proposal.

PU results:
Punjab University (PU) on Monday announced the results of various examinations. These exams included PGD in Dietetics, Annual Examination 2011, held in December 2011/January 2012, MBBS, Final Prof A/2011, M Ed (General and Science) S/2010 & A/2011 and BSc (Engg) Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, semester system, session 2007-2011.

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VCs to take up varsities problems with governor
Peshawar: The vice-chancellors of the public sector universities on Monday discussed the issues being faced by their institutions and decided to raise them in a meeting with Governor Masood Kausar, who is also the chancellor.The meeting was presided over by University of Engineering and Technology Vice-Chancellor Syed Imtiaz Gilani who is convener for the vice-chancellors' central and provincial committee.

The vice-chancellors reiterated the stance to resolve the issues of the release of universities' funds and arrears and financial regulations. They also discussed the proposed Higher Education Amendment Bill, 2012 and issues pertaining to the universities' autonomous stature. The meeting was attended by all vice-chancellors and representatives of public sector universities and senior officials. The news

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