SSUET convocation | Sindh schools
SSUET awards degrees to 1,300 graduates
Karachi, April 12: On its first convocation the Sir Syed University of Engineering and
Technology awarded degrees to 197 students. But 20 years after its
inception, on its 16th convocation on Thursday, it awarded degrees to
The ceremony which took place at the Expo
Centre was graced by President Mamnoon Hussain, who in his address asked
students to serve their country well. "Convocation serves as a
milestone in the life of a student," he said. "You are entering your
practical lives and serving your country deserves to be your first
He described the university as a legacy of the
great reformer and educationist Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, saying that Aligarh
Muslim University Old Boys' Association deserved appreciation for
Meanwhile, proud students in dark green
gowns queued up by the stage as they waited to get their degrees.
Parents who accompanied them clicked pictures of the memorable event.
want to go abroad for my Masters. Sadly in Pakistan there are not that
many options for engineering students," said Ali Haider, one of the
His friend, Waqas Ali said, "I will join my father's construction company as a civil engineer and help him expand his business."
holders were awarded bronze, silver and gold medals in six disciplines:
computer, electronics, civil, telecommunication, bio-medical
engineering and computer science.
In his welcome address,
the SSUET chancellor Engineer Mohammed Adil Usman said the university
had been established with a view to equip youth with modern knowledge.
at par with developments we must cultivate, nurture and mentor the
young minds, employing the best of available human and material
resources", he said.
Earlier, vice chancellor Prof Dr Syed
Jawaid H. Rizvi said, "The university is a manifestation of the
patriotism that its founders felt for the country and their concern for
nation building." The news
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MA exam forms submission date extended
Karachi: Karachi University on Monday extended last date of submission
of MA and Double MA private supplementary examination forms till April
11, 2014. According to Controller of Examination Prof Dr Arshad Azama,
students could submit their examination forms without any late fee till
mentioned date at bank counter located at Silver Jubilee Gate of the
University. The fee is Rs 2,700. Only those students who had been
registered in 2010 or before can appear in the examination. Those
students who were registered in 2006 will have to pay additional charges
of Rs 5,000 beside the examination fee.
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KU announces dates for MBBS exams
Karachi: Karachi University (KU) on Monday announced dates of MBBS
second, third and final professional annual examinations 2014. According
to Controller of Examinations Prof Dr Arshad Azama, examination of MBBS
second professional would be held from April 12 to 19 April, third
professional from April 14 to 23 April and final professional from April
15 to May 5. All papers will be held in new classroom faculty of
science near Department of Physiology, while papers time is from 2pm to
5pm. On Friday paper time will be from 2:30 pm to 5:30. The candidates
have been advised to bring along with their admit card, enrolment card,
college card and national identity card when come for appearing in the
examination. For further, information students can contact their
prospective colleges. Daily times
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'Every 7th school in Sindh is non-functional'
Karachi: The education sector is one of the most neglected areas in Sindh, where
ghost schools are the most crucial issue, with every seventh school
This was the consensus at an
ILM-o-AGAHI education journalism workshop held here on Wednesday, said a
press release issued by Mishal Pakistan.
According to a
recent survey conducted on the directive of the Supreme Court, there are
6,164 non-functional and ghost schools in Sindh, which means every
seventh school in the province is non-functional. "There is a dire need
to address the education emergency in Sindh, as the future of the next
generations depends on the quality of education," said one of the
speakers, who included journalists, academicians and civil society
The workshop was organised by Mishal Pakistan in collaboration with Ilm Ideas, a three-year UKaid-funded programme.
than 30 education reporters from leading media entities of print,
television, radio and online journalism were selected for the workshop.
to the Alif Ailaan education data, there are 12 million children in
Sindh between the ages of 5 and 16, of which 6.1 million or 50 percent
are out of school. More than half of the children out of school are
Senior journalist Mubashir Zaidi, while discussing
the current state of education and the role of the media, said the
government of Sindh spent an estimated Rs573 million on schools that
existed only on paper.
The scope of the problem of ghost
teachers was crucial as there was no data available on that; however,
media reports suggested that many teachers drew salaries from the
education department without showing up for their jobs, he said.
education sector is the most neglected area in media; however, with the
help of civil society, the media should play an active role in
Discussing the role of the media
in policy development, Dr Tahir Masood, chairman of the Department of
Mass Communication, University of Karachi, said learning outcome of
children was also a big issue and required the attention of education
Sindh's children scored poorly in reading and mathematics compared to children in the rest of the country, he said.
"Fifty-nine percent of class 5 students in Sindh cannot read a story fluently in Urdu or Sindhi."
on the role of media in a society's evolution, senior journalist and
media researcher Afia Salam said: "Education plays a significant role in
the development of a society. Due to advancement in the education
sector, developed countries make progress by leaps and bounds in all
segments of life. Pakistan's media can play an active role in creating a
demand for quality education in the country."
Farooqui, programme manager of ILM-o-AGAHI, said: "Education spending in
Sindh is not rationalised and resources are not allocated according to
the needs. Across Sindh, 77 percent of government school buildings are
in an unsatisfactory condition, almost half of the government schools in
Sindh are missing the basic facility of toilet."
Farooqui, senior communication expert, shared his experiences on the art
of story-telling through social media. He briefed the participants
about how social media was changing trends of journalism across the
globe, and how digital communication had made the entire news expression
in 145 words possible.
Through the ILM-o-AGAHI
initiative, 18 education journalism workshops will be held across
Pakistan for education reporters to increase their capacity and improve
the coverage of education issues in media.
workshop, more than 30 education reporters will be selected to enhance
their capacity to report on identified educational challenges and issues
to improve understanding and skills among journalists to capture the
community's perspective and voice including children's voice.
Pakistan is the partner institute of the Center for International Media
Ethics and the Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking Networks of the
World Economic Forum. The news
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584 assistant professors, 28 other officers promoted
Karachi: The Sindh government on Friday decided to promote 584 assistant
professors and 10 ex-PCS officers in BPS-19 while 18 officers of BPS-17
were promoted in BPS-18. The decision was made at a meeting of
Provincial Selection Board-II at the Sindh Secretariat on Friday, which
was chaired by Chief Secretary Sindh Sajjad Saleem Hotiana. The board
decided to give promotions to 584 Education Department officers in
BPS-19. Those who got promotions included 339 male assistant professors
(BPS-18) and 243 female assistant professors (BPS-18) who were promoted
to BPS-19 as associate professors. Promotions of 10 ex-Provincial Civil
Service (PCS) cadre officers of BPS-18 were also promoted to BPS-19 by
the board along with promotions of 18 BPS-17 officers who were promoted
to BPS-18. Daily times
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