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Class-XI admission process likely to miss deadline
Karachi, Aug 18, 2008: The admission committee formed under the Centralized Admission Policy-2008 (CAP) is unlikely to complete the process of Class-XI admissions to the city's government colleges by the end of the current month and, as such, the commencement of regular classes may also have to be delayed.

The reason seems to be an inordinate delay, on the part of the CAP admission committee, in announcing the last date for the submission of placement forms by candidates, besides the delayed issuance of marks sheets of Class X annual examinations by the Board of Secondary Education Karachi.

Sources in the directorate-general (colleges), Sindh, said that although it had fixed Aug 20 as a tentative date for banks to issue the placement forms, it had deliberately not announced the last date for the submission of the forms, realising that the marks sheets of the Matric students who have appeared in the examinations-2008 had not been issued until Aug 5, when the Class-XI admission process had begun.

"Even today, we are unable to announce the last date for the submission of the placement forms because all those who had appeared in their Technical School Certificate Part-II annual examination-2008 are yet to receive their marks sheets, a copy of which has to be submitted along with the placement form for the admission to the Class-XI," they added.

While the Board of Secondary Education Karachi has issued marks sheets of Matric (Science and General) groups annual examination-2008, the Sindh Board of Technical Education has announced the Matric results on Sunday (Aug 17) and the candidates are yet to receive their marks sheets.

The sources said that the CAP committee would not be able to set the last date for the submission of the placement forms until Matric students of all the educational boards had received their marks sheets.

"In fact, the admission committee can undertake its responsibility of providing admission to those seeking admission to the Class-XI only after receiving placement forms, along with marks sheets, of all applicants. It will take at least a week to complete the process of placement in accordance with their eligibility and after verification of

their marks sheets from the educational boards concerned," they added.

It may be pointed out that the process of admissions to Class-XII is still under way in many city colleges although it was supposed to be completed by July 31.

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KU open today Programmes of 'Students Week' cancelled
Karachi: The University of Karachi has announced that it would not observe Monday as closed holiday on account of Shab-i-Bara'at. Academic activities on the campus and in its affiliated colleges will continue as usual on Monday, a KU official said on Sunday.

The Sindh government has, however, announced that all schools and colleges under the control of the provincial and local governments will remain closed on Monday on account of Shab-i-Bara'at.

Programmes cancelled
The Students' Advisory Committee of the University of Karachi has announced cancellation of the remaining programmes of the ongoing "Students' Week" for security reasons.

Normal academic activities will resume on Monday, according to a statement issued by the committee on Sunday.

The statement said that the committee held an emergency meeting on Sunday and noted that student organizations were not cooperating with the administration.

The advisory council maintained that the Karachi University always wanted to provide students opportunities of extra-curricular activities but in view of the non-cooperation and irresponsible attitude of student organizations, the remaining programmes of the Students Week were being been cancelled by the KU administration. Dawn

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PAF Air War College graduation ceremony
Karachi: An impressive graduation ceremony was held at PAF Air War College PAF Base, Faisal, to award the certificates to the graduates of No 48 Senior Command and Staff Course.

This was stated in a PAF Directorate of Media Affairs press release here on Saturday.

It said that PAF Air War College is the premier institution of the Pakistan Air Force, where Mid level officers of the Pakistan Air Force and friendly countries are prepared for assumption of key Command and Staff appointments.

The course participants are schooled in Staff Communication, International Relations, Leadership and Management and Air Power Employment concepts.

Air Marshal Muhammad Yousaf, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Support) was the chief guest on the occasion.

After awarding the certificates to the graduating officers, the chief guest addressed the gathering and congratulated the graduating officers and lauded the efforts of the Air War College in making the course a success.

He said that the PAF is in the phase of transformation. In the coming years, technology-intensive platforms and weapons would be inducted which will bring PAF at par with the leading air forces of the world.

To allow smooth influx of technology and its optimal utilisation, it is imperative that the PAF personnel are trained on modern lines.

The Chief Instructor (Staff Wing) Air Commodore Muhammad Afzal Abbasi presented the End Course Report highlighting the objectives of the course and the performance of the participants.

Wing Commander Saeed Khan was awarded the Best graduate trophy for overall best performance.

Earlier, on his arrival at the Air War College, the chief guest was received by the Commandant, Air Vice Marshal Tubrez Asif. The Nation

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KU scientists get patent for anticonvulsant drug
Karachi: A new anticonvulsant drug and its use in the treatment of a variety of disorders have been patented in the US in the name of University of Karachi scientists.

The team of researchers for the drug include Dr Iqbal Choudhry, Dr Farzana Shaheen, Dr Arun Ganesan, Dr Shabana Usman Simjee and Dr A. Mohsin Raza from the International Centre of Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Karachi, and Higher Education Commission Chairman Dr Atta-ur-Rahman.

The invention is based on investigations on Delphinium, a plant, which has traditionally been used as an anticonvulsant, but without recognition of the source of its activity or the structure of the active principle.

The compound possesses potent anticonvulsant properties, and is therefore potentially useful in treating or preventing anxiety, mania, depression, panic disorders, epilepsy, Parkinson's Disease, migraine, sleep disorders, neuralgia etc.

The Higher Education Commission, in an effort to encourage scientists to patent their findings, has developed a program to encourage innovation. Under this program, researchers can submit research ideas, published papers, and thesis synopsis to be evaluated for patentability. The submission remains completely confidential.

The purpose of the evaluation is to determine patentability, and in case an invention is determined to be patentable, the inventor is then encouraged to file for an international patent. ppi

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Dr Salam's wife to teach at KU
Karachi: Prof. Dr Dame Louise N Johnson, the British wife of renowned Pakistani scientist and Nobel laureate, Dr Abdus Salam, will teach at the Dr Panjwani Center For Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD) at the University of Karachi (KU). This was stated by Prof. Dr Iqbal Choudhary, Acting Director of the KU International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi. "The Executive Board of the ICCBS, in its meeting held on June 16, 2008, approved the appointment of Prof. Johnson as an 'Adjunct Professor' at the PCMD from July 2008," said Prof. Choudhary. Prof. Johnson is a specialist in Structural Biology and is currently working at the Department of Biochemistry at Oxford University. "She will teach M.Phil. and Ph.D. students in the fields of Molecular Medicine and Drug Research," said Prof. Choudhary. app

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