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Karachi Inter colleges admission deadline

Inter admission deadline extended following violence
Karachi, Aug 30: A little over 60,000 placement forms had been submitted at the designated bank branches for placement in government colleges and higher secondary schools till Monday - the deadline set by the Centralised Admission Committee for first-year (Class XI) admissions.

The number of applications submitted by candidates appeared far short of what had been expected by the committee as the number of students who have passed their Class X examination this year from the Karachi board alone is 113,716.

Realising that many students may not have been able to submit their forms because of a law and order breakdown in the city, the committee has announced that the forms will be accepted at the Govt College for Women, Shahrah-i-Liaquat, from 2pm to 4pm up to Sept 6.

Separate booths for male and female candidates have been set up at the college. Since Eid holidays will be observed from Aug 31 to Sept 3, admission seekers will have only three working days - Aug 30 and Sept 5 and Sept 6 - to avail themselves of the last opportunity.

Originally, the committee had set Aug 20 as the last date but the deadline was first extended till Aug 25 and then Aug 29.

In addition to the 113,716 fresh matriculates from the Karachi board, between 5,000 and 6,000 matriculates from other educational boards of the country and O' Level students were expected to seek admission to government colleges and higher secondary schools under the centralised admission policy.

The Centralised Admission Committee (CAC) had allocated a total of 100,015 seats in the city's 132 colleges and high schools in six different faculties/groups - science (pre-engineering and pre-medical), computer science, commerce, humanities and home economics.

Sources in the CAC said a large number of candidates might throng the Govt College for Women, Shahrah-i-Liaquat, to submit their placement forms as a relative calm had now returned to the city after weeks of violent incidents.

About the first merit list, the sources said it would hopefully be issued by Sept 10.

The academic year for first-year students of government educational institutions was scheduled to begin in the first week of September but the delayed placement process is feared to forward the schedule by at least one month as merit lists are generally issued in piecemeal and faculty-wise.

Asked whether the claim centres would start functioning soon after the issuance of the first merit list, the sources replied in the affirmative, saying that 14 claim centres - eight for female and six for male candidates - had been set up.

The claim centres for female candidates are: Sir Syed Govt Girls College, Nazimabad; Govt College for Women, Korangi-4; Khursheed Govt Girls College, Shah Faisal Colony; BAMM PECHS Govt College for Women, Nursery; Shaheed-i-Millat Govt Girls College, Azizabad; Govt College for Women, Shahrah-i-Liaquat; Govt Degree Science & Commerce College, Block 7, Gulshan-i-Iqbal; and Govt Girls Inter College, Moosa Lane, Lyari.

The claim centres for male candidates are: Adamjee Govt Science College; Govt Superior Science College, Shah Faisal Colony; DJ Govt Science College; Jinnah Govt College, near Secondary Board's office; Govt College for Men, Nazimabad; and Govt College for Boys & Girls, SRE Majeed, Stadium Road. Dawn

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Eid holidays for varsities
Karachi: Registrar University of Karachi (KU) Prof M Kaleem Raza on Monday announced that KU would observe Eid holidays from August 31 to September 3.

The educational and office activities at the campus would resume from September 5, he said. Meanwhile, the Registrar, Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST), Prof Dr Qamarul Haq said that the university would remain closed from August 31 to September 3 on account of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Furthermore, Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) has announced four days holidays for Eid-ul-Fitr and the university would remain closed from August 31 to September 3, spokesperson of the private-run university said.

Moreover, the public sector schools and colleges would also observe Eid holidays from August 31 to September 3. The news

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KU clears dues of employees before Eid
Karachi: As per the directions of Vice-Chancellor University of Karachi (KU), Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, all dues of faculty and non-faculty members have been cleared, including Eid advance, pensions, salaries and leave and cash bonuses by the accounts department of the varsity. According to the chief accountant Qamar Iqbal, the Vice-Chancellor had asked them to clear all the dues before Aug 25. He said that even during the ongoing tension in the metropolis, the department worked day and night to complete the task. ppi

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Varsity teachers end protest
Khairpur: The Shah Abdul Latif University Teachers' Association (SALUTA) on Monday called off its protest against alleged flawed policies adopted by the administration, particularly discrimination in grant of scholarships.

The association leaders agreed with the decision of dean's committee regarding the award of scholarships to faculty members of "weaker" departments that have no or lesser number of PHD teachers than required.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Nilofer Shaikh held talks with SALUTA leaders Professor Dr Abdul Majeed Chandio and Professor Imdad Hussain Chandio at her office.

The award of two seats of scholarship of PhD under faculty development programme in Public Administration and Pharmacy departments and strengthening the infrastructure of the SALU was recommended by Dean's Committee.

Later, Dr Nilofer Shaikh and other officials of the university met with teachers at the protest camp who called off their protest. She said it was collective duty of the administration and teachers to serve this institution.

According to a press release of the SALUTA, Dr Shaikh visited their protest camp and assured them of resolving their problems, including those pertaining to grant of foreign scholarships. After this assurance, the teachers ended their protest.

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Six education schemes approved
Karachi: Six education schemes amounting to Rs259.230 million have been approved by the Sindh education department's development working party (DDWP).

The approved schemes include Information and Computing Technology (ICT) System at the Cadet College Larkana, construction of an office building for the Regional Directorate of Colleges, Larkana; setting up of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Chair at the Shah Abdul Latif University in Khairpur; establishment of a Model School at Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur; water supply and water purification system at the IBA in Sukkur and construction of a girls hostel at the IBA Karachi under its Sindh Talent Hunt Programme.

A spokesman for the education department said here on Sunday that all these schemes were approved at a meeting of the DDWP held with provincial secretary education Mohammad Siddique Memon in the chair.

The spokesman said that the meeting was held after directives were received from Senior Sindh Minister for Education Pir Mazherul Haq that the process of development schemes should be expedited.

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Punjab youth policy draft - a 'case of plagiarism'
Lahore: The draft Punjab Youth Policy 2011 is a mere "copy-paste" from the National Youth Policy 2009 and the Punjab Information, Culture and Youth Affairs department has only replaced word 'Pakistan' with 'Punjab' and reduced national policy's 15 principles to 11 in the draft.

This was the consensus among participants of a first consultative meeting for review and formulation of the Punjab Youth Policy organised by Bargad " Organisation for Youth Development.

Punjab Information, Culture and Youth Affairs department deputy secretary (planning) Maqbool Ahmad Malik, however, sought appreciation that the department produced the draft policy within one month time to facilitate the devolution of the ministry of youth affairs under 18th amendment to the Constitution.

However, the meeting participants were of the view that there was no need to show such haste in forming policy for the youth, who were the prime group of the population and backbone of a society. They stressed that consultations should be held at broader level to take input from all stakeholders so that all needs of youth falling in 15-29 years of age bracket could be met.

The participants belonging to civil society organisations as well as politicians and students were unanimous in saying that the Punjab government should forget the National Youth Policy and keep in view the ground realities within Punjab that constituted more than 60 per cent of the country. They stated that Punjab had its own culture and needed to be taken into account while drafting a policy.

A British Council representative said the literature already produced for the formulation of youth policies must be reviewed and there was no need to re-invent the wheel.

Representatives of different NGOs also observed that the draft Punjab Youth Policy only catered to urban youth, who were in schools and colleges. They said the policy should also consider the needs of the illiterate youth as well as those living in remote areas. Similarly, the issue of unemployment among youth also needed to be taken into account. They also called for the inter-cultural dialogue among youth within the province.

The participants strongly objected to the establishment of Punjab Youth Council; to create synergy, harmony and increased coordination in programmes of various institutions; under the chairmanship of the youth affairs department secretary. They stressed that no bureaucratic colour should be given to the youth council and instead a young parliamentarian or a youth leader should be proposed to head the council.

Punjab labour department additional secretary Tariq Rao observed that the information, culture and youth affairs department should have taken all line departments on board while making the first draft of the policy.

MPA Rana Abdul Rehman said the existing information, culture and youth affairs department was over-burdened and there was a need to establish a separate department for youth that should also look after the sports department. Another MPA Arfa Khalid said politicians should also be involved and all political parties be consulted before finalising the youth policy. She also called for taking care of the gender issues in the policy.

Youth representatives stressed that the curricula should be revised to help students know about the modern world. They also expressed their mistrust over the government functioning.

Bargad executive director Sabiha Shaheen said the organisation would hold a number of consultative meetings and then come up with a comprehensive draft Punjab Youth Policy, to be finalised by the Punjab government and then legislated by the assembly.

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25 selected for Chevening Scholarship
Lahore: British Council head of programmes Nishat Riaz has said the British government is offering Chevening scholarships and advanced training in the UK to Pakistani nationals so that they become instrumental in the development of their country.

Ms Riaz was speaking at the Chevening award letters ceremony at a hotel on Monday. She said the UK was offering quality education and hoped that Chevening scholars would play their role in bridging the gap between the two countries.

Punjab literacy and non-formal basic education department secretary Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik said UKs education system was far better than the system prevalent in Pakistan. He said Chevening scholars would be better placed when they would return from the UK after their studies.

Later, Ms Riaz presented Chevening scholarship award letters to winners Dr Ali Adnan Zaidi, Henna Saeed, Suhail Chaudhry, Mubashir Maiken and Arslan Malik.

Ali Zaidi has got admission to the University of Manchester to study international development, Henna Saeed has got admission to the Manchester Metropolitan University to study filmmaking, Suhail Chaudhry and Mubashir Maiken have got admission to the Cambridge University to study transgressional crime and Arslan Malik has got admission to the London School of Economics to study economics.

This year, it may be mentioned, six candidates from Punjab earned the Chevening scholarship. However, one candidate did not turn up to submit documents. Overall, of around 1,300 applicants, 25 have been selected for the Chevening scholarship. Dawn

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Thin attendance at schools prior to Eid
Lahore: Student attendance was observed to be at its lowest on Monday, both in government and private sector educational institutions, the reason being large-scale exodus of students to their native towns to celebrate Eid with their near and dear ones.

The government and private schools colleges, universities, academies and other educational institutions and coaching centres witnessed thin attendance. Although the government had announced a four-day Eid holiday, from August 31 to September 3, the schools saw low attendance due to students leaving the city for their hometowns three to four days before Eid. The students, especially the young ones, were found quite reluctant to attend schools in the wake of Eid celebrations. Similarly, teachers too were seen in lesser numbers in schools.

Principal of a public sector school, Muhammad Saleem, said that the reason for low attendance in schools was mainly because of students and teachers leaving for their villages and hometowns to celebrate Eid. "Most of them left for out-of-city hometowns on the weekend since availability of transport near Eid becomes extremely difficult," he said.

He added, "Studying routine had also been disturbed owing to the low attendance of students as well as teachers. Most of the students remained idle and teachers preferred not to advance with the course work so as not to leave those behind who had left the city for Eid." Meanwhile, parents outlined transportation difficulties as main reason for early departure. "Authorities charge high fares near Eid and seats too are available in very limited quantity due to large number of travellers," he said.

Separately, a citizen, Imran Ahmad, said that he had been unable to leave the city on Sunday owing to excessively large crowds on all the bus stands. "I waited in line for two hours, yet, was unable to get tickets for my family and eventually, all of us had to return home," he added.

Answering question about his children lagging behind in studies due to absence from school, Imran said, "The teachers prefer not to move ahead with course work near Eid since they know that several children have to go out-of-town for Eid. Therefore, I am not worried about my children missing any schoolwork." Daily times

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LCWU extends date
Lahore: Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) has extended the date to submit dues for the third merit-list candidates till September 6, 2011. The extension has been given to facilitate the students in connection with the Eid holidays. The classes of first year in all categories will commence on September 12, 2011. Meanwhile, Lahore College for Women University also announced the Eid holidays from August 30 to September 4, 2011. The news

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