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Demand to remove shortage of teachers in govt colleges
Karachi, Aug 26: The shortage of teaching and non-teaching staff at government colleges should be removed immediately without any delay. A demand to this effect was made at an emergent meeting of the Government Colleges Principals Association (GCPA).

An announcement on Tuesday said that the meeting was held with the president of the association, Prof Saeed-uz-Zafar Khan.

It said that the participants of the meeting appealed to the Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, provincial education minister and the secretary education that the shortage of teaching and non-teaching staff be removed without any delay.

They also called for restoring the previous system of Director of College education. The participants of the meetings emphasised that there should be arrangements for security in the colleges.

It was also suggested that the principals should have the power to appoint staffer up to grade seven, while the college professors be deployed on administrative posts on the basis of their seniority. The posts of college cadre professors be upgraded on the pattern of the universities, it was further demanded.

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Parents decry Rs50,000 rise in DUHS fees
Karachi: Parents of medicos, studying under the self-finance scheme at Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) have raised a voice over the sharp increase in the fee structure of MBBS and BDS courses.

Posting their concern to the media, the parents believed that the sudden increase of Rs50,000 in both the courses had led to unrest amongst the students as well as parents, who would now have to cut other expenses to meet the risen cost. For MBBS course, the fee has increased from Rs250,000 to Rs300,000 whereas for BDS it has been increased from Rs300,000 to Rs350,000. "This increase has overburdened the parents, especially those who also have children studying in professional colleges," they maintained in a press release.

"We the parents of students enrolled under self-finance scheme (local) request the Vice-Chancellor of the DUHS, Dr Masood Hameed, to review the increased fee structure of self-financed MBBS and BDS," the parents added. The parents argued that the inevitability of increased fee could be applied to the incoming students as per the new agreement.

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Students only require a platform
Karachi: Arts Council Secretary Ahmed Shah has acknowledged the plethora of talented youth in the city, which was exhibited in the recently-concluded first-ever Karachi Youth Festival.

"We have realised through the results of the festival that there is a lot of talent in Karachi. The students only require a platform on which they can showcase this talent", said Shah.

According to Shah, the Pakistan Arts Council is planning to make a Friends of Arts society, in which youth will be inducted free of cost and this society will properly train them and arrange events of performing arts on regular basis.

Over 700 students managed to enter the final round of the festival, with the top 3 winners awarded prizes of Rs25,000, Rs15,000 and Rs1,000 respectively. Later, the Sindh governor announced an additional 10,000 rupees for all the position holder of the competition.

The prize for the best team in the theater competition went to the Ilm-o-Hunar school from Lyari, which took the participants and audience by surprise. As the competition had no entry fees and it was an open competition, a lot of other major upsets were seen in the results - one such example being Gulzar Hijri Degree Boys College bagging the first prize in the singing competition.

The top prizes in the best short film category went to M. Sayem from National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) for his film 'Talash', Syed Zeshan from SZABIST for his film 'Rah-e-Rast' and KU (Visual Studies) team's film 'Wohi Jagah'.

In the National Songs category, Waseem Ahmed from Govt Degree College Korangi, Tehreem Muniba from Govt Commerce College and Hamza Tahir also from Govt Commerce College won the top 3 prizes respectively.

In the speech competition Shumail Abdus Samad from KU got the first prize while Khushboo from KU and Naintara from DHA Girls College winning the second and third prizes respectively. Bait Baazi competition was won by Itrat Zehra and Fatima Ali from Fatimiya College, followed by Syed Sheeba Saleem and Ayesh Sallem from DJ College and the third prize went to independent participants Ayed Mohiuddin and Yamna Fatima.

Battle of the bands was won by Infinity, while Nuts and Bolt and Phoenix won second and third prizes respectively. Karachi School of Arts dominated the painting competition, with Uroosa Ishtiaq and Sumera Ameen achieving the first and second position. Khalifa Shujauddin from KU bagged third prize.

In photography, Narmeen Habib from KU Visual Studies received the first prize while Mazeen kamal and Mohd Danial received the second and third prize respectively. In quiz competition, NED University won the first prize, Agha Khan High School recieved second, while DA Model High School got third.

The debate competition was won by Ambreen Tabassum from Urdu University followed by Onaiza Sehar and Ramsha Kanwal.

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Merit a must for medical admissions: IJT
Karachi: Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) has demanded the increase in the open merit quota to allow the meritorious students a better chance of getting medical education. The IJT has also demanded to decrease the tuition fee in the medical college admissions that those from low income groups could afford to join medical education. Nazim IJT Karachi Noman Hameed, in a statement, expressed his concerns over the delay in the policy announcement of medical education and demanded that a transparent policy should be announced soon. The news

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