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KU semester and annual examinations

KU exams resume on students'pledge
Karachi, Dec 23: The University of Karachi has announced that all exams, including semester papers, will resume on Thursday (today) according to their respective schedule.

The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Prof (Dr) Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, the KU vice chancellor, while Prof Dr Ansar Rizvi, KU student adviser, and members of the student advisory council and the student alliance attended the meeting.

The teachers and the students agreed that creating a peaceful academic environment on the campus was a mutual responsibility. There was also a consensus on ensuring merit in all administrative decisions and following rules and regulations.

A five-member committee headed by Prof (Dr) Mansoor Ahmed was formed to ensure security on the campus. Other teacher members are: Farhat Hussain, Dr Sohail Shafeeq, Basit Ansari and Mehboon Hassan Muqaddam.

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Graduate level exams
The KU has notified the revised schedules for BSc, MBBS (part-A), MBBS part-B, BDS 2nd year and BDS 3rd year exams.

The revised dates for BSc exams are: chemistry-I (Dec 26), economics (Dec 26), chemistry-III (Jan 2), chemistry-IV (Jan 9), economics-II (Jan 9), physics-II (Jan 16), zoology-I (Jan 16), physics-III (Jan 23), zoology-III (Jan 23), geology-III (Jan 30), biochemistry-III (Jan 30) and computer science-III (Jan 30).

MBBS part-A: biochemistry-I (Dec 26).
MBBS part-B: biochemistry-II (Jan 2).
BDS second year: oral anatomy (Jan 8).
BDS third year: general surgery (Jan 9), oral pathology (Jan 12) and oral medicine (Jan 14).

The BA annual examinations will be held from Dec 23 as per schedule already announced. Dawn

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KU promised a peaceful campus
Karachi: The University of Karachi on Wednesday pledged that it would not bow to any political pressure, and that all the normal activities at the university, including the ongoing semester and annual examinations, would commence from today (Thursday) as the overall situation at the university continued to be tense and an imminent clash between two groups inside the Administration building was averted by a quick response from the Rangers' personnel.

The decision was made after the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof Pirzada Qasim, closeted with the representatives of the Students' Alliance, an umbrella organisation comprising the Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT), the Imamia Students' Organisation (ISO), the People's Students' Federation (PSF) and the Punjabi Students' Association (PSA), for more than three hours.

The vice-chancellor also formed a committee to look into the security issue at the university and devise ways and means to improve it and to prevent any disturbances from occurring in future, whether on part of the students or on part of any other segment at the university.

Dr Mansoor Ahmed was appointed chairman of the committee which had Dr Sohail Shafiq, Farhat Hussain, Basit Ansari and Mehboob Hasan Muqaddam as its members.

In the other development of the day, a group of senior teachers and officials of the university drew up a list of demands to be presented to the vice-chancellor.

The group, said on condition of anonymity, said it would ask the VC to either improve the administrative and security situation at the university within a week or resign.

The group members said that they would ask the VC to resign for the sake of his honour, reminding him that bad administration had put the future of the tens of thousands of students - the university's regular students as well as those of colleges and external candidates - at stake by postponing exams frequently.

"If he (the VC) does not agree to our proposal, he will be ousted through a campaign against him," a senior professor warned.

The state of the affairs at the university could be gauged from the fact that the BSc, the MBBS, the BDS and the semester exams were postponed on eight occasions this month while the one scheduled for December 27 would also probably be postponed on account of Benazir Bhutto's death anniversary falling that day.

Students of several departments had already demonstrated against these postponements in front of the Karachi Press Club (KPC) as well as at the university.

The protestors had accused the university administration of postponing the exams on the most trivial pretexts.

Meanwhile, the representatives of a student organisation was seen canvassing senior KU officials to endorse their demand for firing some officials.

This student group had already pressured the administration into firing the Deputy Registrar (General), Abid, and the Security Officer, Asif.

This was fiercely resisted by the student alliance, and it seemed that the matter might turn hostile if the university administration failed to act in time. The news

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Admission to LLB starts today
Hyderabad: Admission to L.L.B. Part-I for the session of 2010-11 in law colleges affiliated to the University of Sindh will start from Dec 23 and end on Feb 10 according to a meeting of colleges' principals. Dawn

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Int'l book fair to begin tomorrow
Karachi: Pakistan Publishers and Booksellers Association (PPBA) Chairman Aziz Khaild has said that PPBA in association with National Book Foundation of Education Ministry is organising the 6th Karachi International Book Fair (KIBF) at Expo Centre from December 24 to 28, 2010.

He disclosed this at a press briefing at a local hotel, here on Wednesday. Khalid said that a five-day long book fair would be inaugurated by Sindh Minister for Education Pir Mazharul Haq.

"More than 160 domestic and international publishers are participating in the event. The 6th KIBF will also provides opportunities for literacy circles and book lovers," he said.

To a question, he said that immigration problem is an international problem and we are also facing it. KIBF Convener Owais Mirza Jamil said that the prime objective of the 6th KIBF is to promote book culture and spread the lightness of literacy in the country, particularly in Karachi.

He said that various activities including seminars, book inauguration ceremonies and discussions would be organised during the book fair.

Pakistan Libraries Associ-ation's Prof Malahat informed the media that during the 6th KIBF, the association would provide computer training about maintaining libraries. She also said that the association would introduce a list of libraries first time in Pakistan at the stall of PLA. Daily times

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