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
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.
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
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
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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.
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
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
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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
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,
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.
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 .
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?
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 Infnservice@gmail.com. The news
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