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Sindh ghost schools reopening

1,700 schools removed from list of non-functional schools
Hyderabad, Dec 06: Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq has stated that 1,700 building structures, which were constructed in the name of schools and found abandoned in various parts of the province, had been expunged from the list of 5,700 non-functional schools.

The minister stated this while talking to newsmen after attending a Katchehry here at the Circuit House on Saturday. Those phoney schools were built despite the fact that the number of schools required in the respective areas already existed, he said.

Pir Mazhar said that preliminary inquiry had revealed that those schools were constructed on the request of influential people during the previous regime. He said out of 5,700 closed schools, the government had succeeded in reopening 1,400 schools and had ensured teaching staff and other facilities for students.

Responding to a question about the remaining more than 4,000 ghost schools, which are now possessed by influential people of different areas, he said at present, the required strength of teachers was not available.

However, efforts were being made to appoint 13,000 more school teachers, who would be posted in those closed schools. The news

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Education, major policy concern of government
Karachi: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that education is a major policy concern of Sindh government. He said that the new national education policy had recently been formulated and the responsibility for implementing this policy rests solely with the provincial and district administrations.

Felicitating the graduates at IoBM Convocation 2009 on Saturday, he said that the government was developing an institutional framework for implementing the recommendations of the national education policy documents and for monitoring progress.

He complimented the IoBM for introducing a group of highly talented young men and women destined to play a leading role in the world of business and finance and make a significant contribution to national development.

Former Foreign Secretary and former Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Sheheryar Khan, advised the young graduates to embark on an arduous and challenging journey to life and career excellence by harmoniously blending our value system with current and contemporary trends in socio-economic development.

Shahjehan S Karim, president of IoBM, while congratulating the graduates said: "The key for us at IoBM is the nature of contribution that we can make towards stimulating a sustainable national recovery in the present economic crisis. This is what we have addressed during 2009. Our focus has been on the challenges that the national economy is currently facing.

We have identified two major challenges. The first challenge concerns the growth of financial transaction opaqueness and riskiness. Throughout the world and also, in Pakistan, a major structural disjuncture has emerged in the growth of the real sector and of financial markets.

The financial sector has become over developed, asset value growth has been explosive and financial vulnerabilities have jeopardised real sector progress. We have responded to this challenge by developing pertinent and practical graduate and post graduate programmes."

As many as 927 graduates qualified for Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Business Management and allied disciplines at Convocation 2009 of the Institute of Business Management (IoBM) in Korangi Creek, Karachi.

Qaim Ali Shah, Sindh Chief Minister was the Chief Guest on this occasion. The key note speaker was Sheheryar Khan.

The summary of graduates for 2009 is as follows: BBA (Honors)- 280, BBA 4-year - 6, BS (Joint Honours) - 84, BS (Industrial Engineering and Management) - 7, BS (Computer Science) - 9, MBA (regular-2 years) - 123, MBA (regular-1 year) - 217, MBA (Executive) - 122, MBA (Health and Hospital Management) - 23, MBA (Advertising and Communication)- 9, MBA (Media Management) - 18, MBA (Industrial Management)- 27, MCS -1, MPhil - 1.

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Ziauddin Medical University to launch dental college
Karachi: Following a formal approval from the Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC), Ziauddin Medical University (ZMU) has announced launching of Ziauddin Dental College at the University's Clifton campus from the forthcoming academic session.

A high level PMDC team conducted a detailed inspection of the College's innovative infrastructure last month and took rounds of various sections, class rooms, labs, faculty library and inspected all the facilities available for the most modern and sophisticated discipline of Dental Medicine and surgery

Admission schedule for the first year of four-year BDS program is being announced through a separate notification and after completion of the admission formalities, classes are expected to begin next month. The news

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Prof Nauman's services recalled Karachi: People from different walks of life gathered on Saturday evening at the city campus of the NED University to pay tribute to the late Prof Mohammad Nauman, a rights activist and teacher.

His former colleagues and comrades remembered his services for the cause of social justice, saying that though he was an electrical engineer he always remained committed to the struggle for the rights of the poor and the weak.

His pioneering role in the struggle for the rights of power loom workers, fishermen and of the people affected by projects like Taunsa barrage, Chhotiari dam, Lyari expressway, the left bank outfall drain, Chashma canal and against the privatization of the Karachi Electric Supply Company and Karachi Water and Sewerage Board was recalled.

They pointed out that Prof Nauman was not against development at all, as he was an ardent supporter of alternative energies and technologies, but he was vocal against usurpers and oppressors. While opposing the KESC privatization, he floated the idea of citizens' energy board to serve as a watchdog for the power and other such utilities in the metropolis.

His support for the rights of the dwellers of slums and struggle against bonded labour was also remembered. Prof Nauman raised the issue of bonded labour in South Asia, particularly debt bondage at brick kilns in Pakistan, through his writings. He also highlighted the factors limiting the prosecution of offenders and lack of information and other data.

Messages from Abdul Sattar Edhi and Dr Adibul Hasan Rizvi were also read out at the programme.

Mr Edhi, who could not attend the programme due to his engagements in Peshawar, in his message paid tribute to Professor Nauman for his struggle for the rights of the poor people.

Dr Adeeb Rizvi also paid tribute to the late professor for his services to humanity. Saeed Khan recalled the professor's role in environment /water desalination related activities. Dr Shoaib Zaidi, Chairman Electronics Deptt, Hashim Raza Khan, Raza Ali Khan, President NETA also paid him tribute.

Arif Hasan and Roland De Souza recalled Prof Nauman's work in the social and environmental sectors, while Dr Noman Ahmad spoke of his struggle against privatisation of public assets.

Karamat Ali of the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research, Lateef Mughal, Saeed Baloch of the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum, former senator Iqbal Haider, Usman Baloch, an old friend of Prof Nauman, Fahim Zaman, Jeay Sindh Taraqi Pasand Mahaz Chairman Abdul Khalique Junejo, Sindh PPP General Secretary Taj Haider, Parveen Rehman of the Orangi Pilot Project, and his maternal uncle Arshad Hussain also spoke. Dawn

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Bodies active for healthcare lauded
Karachi: Health and education hold fundamental importance for every society, while it is need of hour to promote these sectors for real advancement and betterment of the country.

President Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry Abdul Majid Haji Muhammad expressed these views while addressing the doctors, students of Dow University of Health Sciences. Volunteers of patients' Welfare Association, Civil Hospital Karachi also attended the ceremony.

Abdul Majid focused that health organisations and institutions established and governed by public sector were facing tremendous problems, lack of funds, need of modern medical machinery and equipment and provision diagnostic test and medical treatment to the less-privileged and lower and poor class of the society. The nation

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ISO certificate for MUET proposed
Hyderbad: The Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) has recommended ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System Standard certificate for the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology.

The compliances were ensured through auditing each and every section of the university, said a press release. Audit was conducted on October 19 to 20, 2009 by the LRQA auditors' team led by Raheel Ehsan.

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Salary not paid for five months
Mirpurkhas: Newly appointed employees of the information technology department at the DCO office held a demonstration outside the press club here on Saturday in protest against non-payment of five months' salary.

The protesters led by Khamiso Khan, Mohammad Siddique and Ali Raza Leghari demanded payment of salary and said that the government had paid salaries to new appointees in health, education and other departments but completely ignored the 26 employees recruited in the IT department of DCO office.

They urged the government to take notice of the injustice and direct authorities concerned to release their salaries immediately. Dawn

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