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KU students march for Karachi peace

KU students march for peace

Karachi, Aug 25: Saddened by senseless violence and the loss of numerous lives in the city, hundreds of students from the University of Karachi organised a peace walk on Wednesday afternoon.

The students, who were protesting against lawlessness in Karachi, gathered at the Azaadi Chowk and started marching towards the Silver Jubilee gate, which is one of the main entrances to the university.

One of the demonstrating students echoed the sentiments of the majority of Karachi's citizens when she said it was the responsibility of law enforcement agencies to maintain peace in the city and take action against the criminals behind the violence.

She added that the students took to the streets to protest against the volatile security situation.

The students also lamented the fact that law enforcement agencies failed to save precious lives in the city.

Holding national flags and placards, the students stopped at one of the main gates of NED University where students from the institute joined. Together, they chanted pro-Karachi and pro-Pakistan slogans and demanded that the government put an end to terrorism as well as target killings in the city.

"We want peace in Karachi", "Stop killings of innocent people", "Human lives are valuable don't waste it like that", "We are peaceful youngsters of the city" were some of the slogans written on the placards.

A student from NED urged the civil society and people of different walks to come forward and stage a peaceful protest against the lawlessness. "We are students of public-run universities and standing here for a cause without asking or arguing about political backgrounds and affiliations of other students," he added.

There was no interference from student wings of the political or religious parties, allowing the march to begin and end peacefully. The students also sung the national anthem at the end of the walk in front of the NED Gate.

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KU, US university sign MoU
Karachi: The Karachi University (KU), on behalf of its International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The University of Rhode Island (URI, USA) to establish productive relations between the two institutions, press release issued on Wednesday said.

The ICCBS (HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry and Dr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research) and URI especially look forward to especially develop academic and cultural interchange between the two institutions in education, research and other areas

of mutual interest and benefits, ICCBS spokesperson said.

The signing ceremony was held at the office of the Vice-Chancellor of the KU. The Director, ICCBS, Professor Dr M Iqbal Choudhary, signed the MoU, while the President, University of Rhode Island, David M. Dooley, inked the MoU on behalf of his institution, he further said.

The areas of cooperation include pharmaceutical sciences, medical chemistry, molecular medicine, pharmacognosy, pharmacology, and standardisation of herbal medicines relevant to both institutions, in which the two institutions believe cooperation is feasible and desirable and which would contribute to fostering and developing a mutually beneficial relationship between the two institutions, he added.

As per the agreement, both the institutions have agreed to enhance relations between the two Universities and to develop academic exchange in the area of education and research, and have agreed to identify team members to work on joint research projects. "The collaborative activities to be covered by this agreement include faculty and research staff exchanges, study abroad programme, collaborative research programme, including the exchange of voucher samples, joint seminars, workshops, and service programs. This agreement will be in effect for a period of five years. The news

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BSEK invites applications for scrutiny of SSC Part I scripts
Karachi: The Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) has announced that applications for scrutiny of scripts of SSC Part I General Group (Regular and Private) Annual Examination 2011 will be accepted up to Sept 29. An announcement on Wednesday said that the applications can be submitted at National Bank, Habib Bank and Askari Commercial Bank, Board Office booth. The scrutiny fee will be charged at the rate of Rs 150 per paper/subject, it was further stated. app

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Upgraded teachers not paid for last two months
Rawalpindi: As many as 300 teachers working in Rawalpindi educational institutions run by Punjab government have so far not received their salaries for the last two months, creating unrest among them.

Sources said that these teachers were accommodated from the schools where the staff was surplus into the 43 upgraded government schools. Initially they regularly received their salaries, but for the last two months they had not received their emoluments.

Sources revealed that the reason behind non-payment of salaries was shortage of funds. The sources also revealed a government plan of not paying further salaries to the surplus teachers, which could further aggravate the situation.

Similarly, due to funds shortage, the Punjab Government has ordered the city district government not to induct more teachers in upgraded schools till further orders.

A number of these teachers said that they were facing great financial crunch due to non-payment of salaries for the last two months and as the Eidul Fitr was around the corner they had no idea, how would they be able to manage their finances.

On the other hand, the representatives of Teachers Unions and associations have demanded of the Punjab government, the city district government, the Education Directorate and other concerned quarters like DDOs to take immediate and effective measures for clearance of two months emoluments before Eidul Fitr, enabling the affected teachers to celebrate their Eid with dignity. If the dues of two months salaries are not cleared before Eid, then the representatives of All Punjab Teachers Association and SES Teachers Association would launch a protest campaign.

All Punjab Teachers Association President Saghir Aalam and SES Teachers Association President Shafiq Balawalia told this scribe that the strategy of the protest plan would be chalked out during their meetings, which would take place after Eidul Fitr. However, the initial plan would include complete strike by hundreds of teachers in provincial government schools all over Punjab.

Executive Director Education (Rawalpindi) Qazi Zahoor told this scribe that he has issued directions to the concerned quarters including Drawing and Disbursing Officers (DDOs) of their respective areas to release two months emoluments to the teachers serving in upgraded schools. He said that the emoluments were not cleared because a separate budget for payment of teachers of upgraded schools was prepared by DDOs. They have been directed to pay the dues before Eidul Fitr. The matter would be resolved amicably preventing other teachers from protesting on the call of the All Punjab Teachers Association and SES Teachers Association, the EDO assured.

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Aziz awaits help to pursue education
Islamabad: A talented student of A-level is worried about his future, as after having passed the LUMS (Lahore) entry test, he is afraid to get the admission due to lack of money. He has appealed to government and philanthropists to help him pursue his goal.

Aziz Ullah Khan, an intelligent and brilliant student belongs to war-affected area (Wana, South Waziristan) who has recently done A-level with good grades of 3A* (90%) from Sargodhian Spirit Trust Public School Rashidabad, Tando Allahyar, Sindh in 2011.

He has also passed LUMS Lahore entry test, but now he is in a great confusion and trouble because he has no money to pay for the university fee and last date for submission of the fee was 24 August, 2011.

I belong to Wana, South Waziristan Agency and I have two brothers who are daily wagers over there while my father died in 2003. I have passed A-level examination with 90% marks (3A*), the highest score in my school. Now I have applied for Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) where I passed the entry test and the university administration called me via email and phone that I have passed the test, but now the problem is that LUMS expenses are very high. The fee of my course Electrical Engineering is almost Rs600,000 per year which I can t pay due to my financial condition, Aziz-Ullah Khan said while talking exclusively to this agency.

Now I am helpless to do anything because I don t have such a huge amount. And I am very much passionate to get education. My fee submission date was 24 August, which might be extended if someone arranges money for my study that will make my life, he added.

In 2006, Pakistan Army arranged a test in Wana, South Waziristan for the students whose studies had been disrupted in the aftermath of the military operation. These students were taken out of the area and adjusted on scholarships for 5 years in different schools across Pakistan. I was also selected in this process and was given full time scholarship in Sargodhian Spirit Trust Public School Rashidabad, Tando Allahyar Sindh, he explained.

From there I got good positions in O-level (4A* and 2A) and now I have cleared my A-level examinations with (3A*), he added.

He said, I requested the university for financial assistance, but my request was rejected and they said if I can pay the fee then I will be allowed otherwise my admission will be cancelled and somebody else would be taken as a substitute. When I insisted further they said that this year you can t apply for our scholarship. You arrange the money from somewhere only for the first time and on the second year we would consider giving you some financial aid depending on your performance. But I don t have even Rs20,000 to pay to them for the first time so how would I pay such a huge amount .

Is education only for those who have the money while the poor person like me does not have the liberty to study only because I have no money to pay?

I request government, human rights organisations and the chief minister Punjab, Mian Shahbaz Sharif to help. If anyone wants to help this deserving and depressed student can contact the news agency at The news

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