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Karachi college admissions date extended

College admissions date extended to 22nd
Karachi, Aug 17: The last date for admissions to first year classes in colleges of the city has been extended to August 22.

The director-general of colleges, Prof (Dr) Rafiq Ahmed Siddiqui, made this announcement on Saturday.

He said that the date was extended following requests from parents of students that the Board of Secondary Education Karachi had not yet issued mark-sheets among all students.

Therefore, the last date of issuance and submission of placement forms for class XI under the Centralised Admission Policy had been extended to August 22 to facilitate candidates applying for admissions to colleges, he added. App

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SPLA gives strike call
Karachi: The Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) has given a call for a strike at colleges across Sindh on Monday in protest against the provincial government's failure to regularise the services of ad hoc lecturers.

A spokesman for the SPLA said here on Sunday that teaching and other activities at all colleges in Sindh would be suspended on Monday, adding that the association would chalk out its future line of action on Wednesday.

The decision to observe the province-wide strike was taken by the association's provincial executive committee at a meeting presided over by SPLA president Prof Mirza Ather Hussain and attended by Prof Hemat Ali Pitafi, Prof Muzaffar Ali Rizvi, Prof Iftikhar Azami, Prof Yaqoob Chandio, Prof Shafqat Jokhio, Prof Ayub Marri and Prof Manzoor Chajro, the spokesman said.

According to him, the Sindh chief secretary had assured the SPLA in February that services of all ad hoc lecturers would be regularised once they appear before the Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) for the verification of their qualification in order to rule out the possibility of a ghost employee to be among them. He said that the committee meeting deplored non-payment of salaries to a large number of ad hoc lecturers for three months.

It also rejected the provincial education department's lam excuse that services of some of the ad hoc lecturers could not be regularised because they were not competent enough to pass an SPSC examination. "If they are incompetent, then why did the authorities concerned allow them to carry on for five years?" participants of the meeting questioned.

Calling upon the Sindh governor, chief minister, education minister and chief secretary to intervene into the matter, the SPLA demanded regularisation of all ad hoc lecturers' services before the advent of Ramazan. Dawn

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'Library to go online soon'
Karachi: The process of digitalisation of the library has been underway for a while now and it will soon go online, Munazza Abidi, Senior Librarian said.

The proceedings of the provincial assembly have been digitised while the proceedings of the last two-three years have been the same as they have not been printed.

Abidi has been associated with the library since the last six years and has represented Sindh Assembly's library in the bi-annual conferences of All Parliamentary Librarians Association (APLA) and the International Federation for Librarians Association (IFLA) in India, New Zealand and Canada respectively, comprising parliamentary librarians of 42 countries. She terms it a learning experience and is striving to emulate some of the examples. One of the striking things, which she noted, is that the library is being given tremendous importance there and is being used for training new legislators.

She has reserved all books and other material about Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah at one place in the library, quite like the Indian Parliament's library where all relevant books and other writings about freedom fighters are reserved in a separate place.

Abidi said that 'Exploring the Parliament' a programme in New Zealand where students are brought to learn about legislation, how a bill is made into a law, the difference between a government and private member's bill and un-parliamentary language is quite promising. A mock exercise involving students as opposition and treasury members is also carried out with one student acting as a speaker.

She suggested that such programmes be launched here to train future legislators. To a question, she added that parents and teachers should inculcate a sense of reading among children/students to develop a library culture here.

She also advocated the implementation of the library law in the country and pointed out that Balochistan is the only province in Pakistan that has promulgated it. The news

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Death anniversary of Baba-i-Urdu
The 48th death anniversary of Baba-i-Urdu Moulvi Abdul Haq will be observed on August 16, Sunday.

According to a statement issued by the Anjuman Taraqqi-i-Urdu Pakistan on Saturday, the Quran Khawani and Fateha will be held at the mausoleum of the Baba-i-Urdu.

City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal will lay a floral wreath at the mausoleum on behalf of the people of the city.

The president of the Anjuman along with its members will also lay floral wreaths at the mausoleum. Ppi

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