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KU BA, BSc private exams 2011 | O & A level results

Graduation exams from Nov 14
Karachi, Aug 15: The degree-level annual examinations-2011 under the auspices of the University of Karachi will start from Nov 14.

The decision was taken at the meeting of principals of the colleges affiliated to the university on Thursday.

It was decided that the BA exams for regular and private candidates would commence on Nov 14, the BSc exams on Nov 23 and BCom (old and new course) on Dec 12.

The exam forms would be accepted from Aug 15 to Sept 15 without a late fee. app

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VCs slammed over night medical classes
Karachi: The Sindh chapter of the Pakistan Medical Association has criticised all vice chancellors of medical universities in the public and private sector for giving their consent to establishment of night medical colleges.

A PMA statement said that it came to know from reliable sources that in response to a letter from the Prime Minister Secretariat regarding night medical education "all vice chancellors and principals of medical colleges in Sindh have agreed to open night medical college on a self-finance basis. They have suggested that by this method the government and medical universities will be able to make money which can be utilized for the development of medical colleges". ppi

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O and A level students meet destiny
Karachi: The results of O and A level Cambridge International Examinations for the session May/June 2011 have been released by the CIE on Thursday.

In a statement, Rakhshanda Khushal, senior school development manager for the CIE Pakistan, said: "Our congratulations go to all Cambridge students in Pakistan. Your achievements are well-deserved and your work is of a high standard."

With bated breaths, private candidates in Pakistan began logging into the CIE's designated website for results, since the time of Sehri to find out the ultimate outcome of their years of hard work, but the sudden load of traffic on the website made the landing page painstakingly slow, which, by the account of many students, remained stagnated for a couple of hours, only to add to the tension of the restless students.

"Those were the most anxious hours I ever dealt with. I've never pressed the F5 button so many times in my whole life! " exclaimed Obaid Hashmi, who appeared in O Level exams in this session as a private candidate.

However, school candidates had a different story to share. They went to school, with their fingers crossed, and some of them prayed all night long. Tooba Gufran, an A Level student, confided that she kept asking her family to make themselves useful and pray for her results. "I got three Bs and I am happy about it," she said.

While schools have not compiled their final result lists as yet, teachers are generally happy with the results this year. "There is a marked improvement in the performance of my students this year. Fifty percent of my students got As in O Level, where last year it was 43 percent," said Mohammed Jonaid Haq, an accounting teacher at a private school.

The official grade lists of schools are in the process of compilation and will be announced in a day or two. Nevertheless, given the accounts of teachers and students, it can be safely said that, like every year, the results of this session came as expected, without any major surprises. As one teacher put it, "In O/A exams it's very simple; if you work hard you get your reward. You reap what you sow."

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Students ask for prompt CAP announcement
Karachi: When Adeel Mirza's only son passed matriculation examination with 81 percent marks, he thought that the greater part of bearing his children's tuition fees was over. However, with the condition of state-run colleges being what it is, and delay in the process of admission to the public sector colleges, ambitious children like his son, who want to kick off studies at the earliest, were left with no other option but to select a private institution.

Adeel Mirza had always hoped to see his child getting admission in one of the premiere public-run colleges of the city. However, the process of placement forms of Centralised Admission Policy (CAP) started after few days of the declaration of the matriculation result and Mirza's son had enrolled himself at a private college well before the CAP announcement to start his higher studies.

As my son has got an admission in the private sector college, now, I have to look at my expenditures as I have to control it to pay the high tuition fee of the college, Adeel Mirza, working in a private organisation told his colleagues.

When his colleagues asked him as to why he opted for a private college over a government-run one, Mirza informed them that private colleges had opened the admission process well before the result of the Secondary School Certificate, Annual Examinations Part-II, Class-X.

Mrs Naeem, whose son is a student of Class-XII, and daughter would get admission in Class-XI this year, said that the deadline of submission of placement forms extended too often and the students remained confused when the studies would start off at the government colleges. It was one of the major disadvantages students faced before taking admissions at the intermediate level, she added.

The CAP gives at least eight options (to choice college) to a student but, students never know if they could get an admission to the college of one's choice and classes would start at the earliest, said Aziz, who is going to take admission in public sector college through the CAP.

The students also feared that they would not be able to get an admission in the college of their own choice, he further said. Most of students are willing to take admissions in the colleges which are well reputed in the city and some prefer to take admission in an educational institute located in their neighbourhoods, Aziz added.

In general, parents and students opt for private institution because of their reputation, though there are few such colleges in the city. In most of the cases, these educational centres do not need certain minimum percentages for admissions.

The senior teachers at the government colleges believe that only few private sector colleges are offering standard teaching at their institutions. The CAP is a transparent system and entertain students purely on merits, they claimed.

The students asked the authority concerned for earlier CAP announcement and completion of admission process so that they would have more options to seek admissions in public-run colleges.

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SSUET pays tribute to country's founding fathers
Karachi: The faculty members and the students of Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) celebrated the 64th Independence Day of Pakistan on its campus on Sunday.

The acting vice-chancellor (VC) of the SSUET, Professor Dr Syed Jawaid Hassan Rizvi, hoisted the national flag. Rizvi paid rich tributes to the founding fathers for their epic struggle for democracy and independence of the country.

Emphasising character building, he told the cheering students that they were the true ambassadors of Pakistan. He also underscored the need for translating the Quaid-e-Azam's motto of unity, faith, and discipline into reality as well as for working together in raising Pakistan's stature.

The Aligarhians also joined the event and shared their experiences regarding the movement for an independent Pakistan as well as the problems faced in the early days of the then newly-born country.

The students and faculty of the university had decorated the campus with national flags and green and white paint. The high point of the ceremony was the cultural programme in which the students made speeches regarding the importance of the day and enthralled the audience with national songs.

At the end of the ceremony, noted Naatkhawan Mahmoodul Hassan Ashrafi prayed for the progress, solidarity, stability and prosperity of Pakistan. The news

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'US to double Fulbright Scholarship for Pakistanis'
Karachi: The United States Consulate in Karachi and the Blinck, a social organisation, jointly organised a youth conference to mark the International Youth Day under the theme of 'Youth Participation in Decision Making' at a local hotel here on Friday.

About 100 youngsters participated in the discussion and action forum at the programme.

Addressing the ceremony, US Consul General (CG) William Martin, who was the guest of honour, said that young people are making history and bringing fundamental changes in their societies as well as international community.

He presented the example of Tunisia and other countries of central Asia, where youths came forward and brought historical revolutions. He also shed light on the role of the American youths, particularly through social media in regard with electing Obama as president.

The CG hailed the role of Pakistani youngsters and urged them to come forward, take advantage of their abundance and bring a positive change in their society as well as entire world through education and entrepreneurship.

The CG advised youths to learn skills and connect each other. He was of the view that youths could do a lot through education and entrepreneurship. He further said that the US government had a sincere interest in supporting programmes that invested in Pakistani youth's future.

He announced that the US government had decided to double the scholarship named 'Fulbright Scholarship,' for Pakistani people in the US. He further said that bout 8,000 Pakistanis had participated in fully funded academic or professional development programmes in the US and at the time, 5,000 Pakistanis were enrolled in the US funded English languages programmes in Pakistan.

He also said that there were a large number of misinterpretations about Pakistan and Pakistani people in the US, while there were also several misinterpretations about the US among Pakistanis. He said that such misunderstandings could be mitigated through people to people interact.

He also appreciated the efforts of volunteers who were managing the ceremony and congratulated the organisers.

Blinck founder and chief executive officer Sidra Iqbal said that Pakistani youths were less than none and they had outstanding abilities. She was of the view that forums and such type of conferences played a vital role in recognising the importance of Pakistani youths at the international level.

Later, a panel discussion was also held on the theme of the programme: "Idealism + Energy + Action = Youth". The panelists include former city mayor Mustafa Kamal, Emmy Award Winner Filmmaker and Documentarian Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Badminton National Champion Palwasha Bashir, renowned vocal artist Komal Rizvi, and Navitus Farhad Karamally.

The panelists shared their experiences and visions besides discussing the importance of ideas and activation so as to encourage youths for combating the challenges being faced by the country.

The panel discussion was followed by a question answer session. During the conference participants, belonging to various sectors, including sports, journalism, education and community development, were divided into groups and engaged in several joint activities such as making Eid cards and casting votes in polls to sort out the number one problem being faced by the country. Daily times

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KU VC calls for change in national mindset
Karachi: The Vice-Chancellor (VC)of the University of Karachi (KU), Professor Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, on Sunday called for changing the national mindset as it was the only way to achieve the nation's destiny.

Speaking at a programme for the Independence Day celebrations at the KU, the VC said that a change had taken place and a change of mindset was also taking place among them.

He opined that the change of mindset was a difficult task but "we could foresee a bright future for Pakistan through this change among our young generation".

The people who participated in the movement for the creation of Pakistan were selfless leaders, he further said. The father of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, in his legal profession, charged a heavy fee but when he became associated with the movement for the creation of Pakistan he dedicated his properties to educational institutes, he added. "We can make Pakistan's future bright by making such leaders our role model. This country is our identity and biggest assets. We have to change our thinking and the role of youth is important in this regard."

Youth, he said, needed leadership. However, "our youth possess knowledge and conscience and have determination too," the VC said. He also hoisted the national flag in front of the new administrative building of KU at 10am and the faculty members and non-teaching staff were also present on the occasion.

The registrar, KU, Professor M. Kaleem Raza Khan hosted the Independence Day function while Professor Dr Hassam Uddin Mansoori prayed for the success, solidarity, stability and prosperity of the country. The news

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