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Karachi University BA external examinations 2010

BA external exams
Karachi, Dec 18: The University of Karachi has announced that BA (external) examinations will start from December 20th at the University of Karachi for male candidates and at different women colleges for female candidate.

The timings of the exams will be: 2pm to 5pm except Fridays while the Friday timings will be 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

Admit cards and schedule of examinations have been dispatched at residential addresses of candidates.

Such candidates who do not receive admit cards till 17th of December, are advised to contact at Room No.1 of the Silver Jubilee Gate on 17th and 18th of December for issuance of duplicate admit cards with following documents - original receipt of examination fee, two passport size photographs, original registration card and CNIC.

Exam form dates extended
The University of Karachi has notified that examination forms and fee of BA and BOL (external) will be accepted on Saturday (18th of December) 2010 with same contents as already announced. ppi

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Class XI academic year further shrinks
Karachi: First-year students of the city's public sector colleges and higher secondary schools are lagging behind not only their counterparts in private colleges of the city, but also the students of the country in completing their course because of their current shortest-ever academic year.

The gap between the academic year of the first-year students of the city's government colleges and higher secondary schools and the students of the same class studying in public sector colleges of Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other parts of Sindh and even those studying in private college of the metropolis has been widened by around two months as the former will have just 152 academic days to complete their course as against 206 academic days available to the students of the rest of the country and even those belonging to the city's private educational institutions.The current academic session for the first-year students of the city's public sector colleges and higher secondary schools may further shrink to just 124 days (around four months) if Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq's proposal of extending the date of the Higher Secondary Certificate annual examinations from April to May 2011 is not approved by the Sindh chief minister.The Sindh education department's steering committee in its meeting held a couple of months ago recommended that the date for both the SSC and HSC annual examinations-2011 be extended by one month so as to make up for the academic losses suffered by the students of Class IX, X, XI and XII in the recent floods in Sindh and delayed commencement of first-year classes in the city's public sector colleges.

A summary containing this recommendation is yet to be approved by the Sindh chief minister.

In this situation the first-year students of the rest of the country will have an edge over their counterparts in the city's public sector educational institutions in completing their course.

According to some educationists, the course is devised by subject experts keeping in view that there will be around 210 academic days to complete the course.

Keeping in view this fact, the students of the rest of the country are bound to perform better in their examinations and it will play a crucial role in determining their merit at the time of their admission to professional colleges.

The situation has arisen because of an inordinate delay in completing the process of admission to first-year classes in the city's government colleges and higher secondary schools under the centralised admission policy (CAP).

The process of admissions to first-year classes began on July 23 and was to be accomplished by Sept 4 and the classes for the fresh entrants were scheduled to commence on Sept 6.

Although regular classes for first-year students in the city's most public sector colleges and higher secondary schools began in mid-October, the process of admissions continued even in the first week of December which is evident from the provincial director-general's (colleges) official circular (dated Dec 2, 2010) which inter alia states: "All principals of government colleges (of) Karachi are hereby directed that process of granting admission in Class XI for the session 2010-11 in all government colleges of Karachi must be completed up to 9th December, 2010 in all respect."

The process of admission to first-year classes in the city's public sector colleges and higher secondary schools under the centralised admission policy (CAP) was delayed for a host of reasons such as poor law order situation, lack of coordination among the members of the CAP Committee and heads of public sector colleges and higher secondary schools and the belated decision of allowing heads of as many as 40 government colleges and higher secondary schools to grant admissions to students at their discretion. Dawn

Senior college teachers told that though the first-year students' shrunken academic year 2011-11 had been increased to 213 days in the wake of the provincial education minister's proposal of extending the date of HSC annual examinations by one month i.e. from April, 2011 to May 2011, the number of academic days available to students for completing their course would be around 154 if 59 holidays (36 weekly offs, 13 public holidays and 10 winter vacation days) were deducted from Oct 15 when their classes had begun and May 15 when their classes would end.

Although the colleges across Sindh are scheduled to re-open on Jan 1 after observing the winter vacation, regular classes for all practical purposes will begin on Jan 3 as Jan 1 and Jan 2 are falling on Saturday and Sunday.

Describing the minister's decision of extending the examinations by one month as "a wise and timely decision", senior professors of colleges said that though the decision had been taken keeping in view the recent devastated floods in Sindh, it would prove a boon for first-years students of the public sector colleges and higher secondary schools of the metropolis as they would have about 24 extra academic days with the proposed extension of the HSC examinations by one month.

Commenting on the situation arisen out of shrunken academic year, Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) central president Prof Ather Hussain Mirza said that the directorate-general (Colleges) of Sindh had set a new record of the shortest-ever academic year for first-year students of the city's government colleges and higher secondary schools.

He said that how it was possible for the first-year students to complete their course in mere 152 days (around five months) when 210 days were considered appropriate by experts while devising the course and when there was also an acute shortage of teachers in the city's government colleges.

The first-year students of the city's government colleges would definitely lag behind their counterparts of the rest of the country as well as those studying in private educational institutions of the city, he said, adding that the worst-sufferers would be the students having pre-engineering and pre-medical groups as the science and computer laboratories of most of the government colleges were ill-equipped.

"Isn't it an irony that the despite the education department officials claim that they had purchased the equipment required for the laboratories of the public sector colleges, the colleges have not yet been supplied with it although the current academic year is already half way through," remarked Prof Mirza.

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Lyari medical college set to enrol students next month
Karachi: The Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical College (SMBBMC) in Lyari will start functioning next month and all necessary arrangements for imparting education to the first batch of students have been finalised by the administration of the institution.

Principal of the college Professor Iqbal Memon said he had already sent the summaries pertaining to the appointment of faculty heads to the authorities concerned and hoped for a timely approval.

He said the admission policy would be announced soon after the appointment of faculty heads and the admission process would be completed within a month.

Mr Memon said he was satisfied with the arrangements for academic activities, adding that he did not see any hindrances to come in the way of imparting education at the college.

It was on January 28 this year that President Asif Ali Zardari had formally announced the medical college project at the Chief Minister's House. The admission process was supposed to be started in February or March but the programme was hit by delays, attributed by the stakeholders to "tactics by some bureaucratic elements".

Describing the establishment of the college a as "gift for Lyariites in recognition of their great sacrifices for the restoration of democracy in the country and their decades-long struggle against dictators", the president had ordered completion of all formalities in this regard on a top priority basis.

Making the college functional within the stipulated time was possible as the entire infrastructure required for a medical college was readily available within the precinct of the Lyari General Hospital (LGH), the proposed site for the educational institution.

More arrangements are to be made swiftly to accommodate the first batch of students in the Ayaz Sammo Nursing School, which was established within the LGH vicinity in 1989 and inaugurated by the then prime minister, Benazir Bhutto. A sum of Rs50 million had been spent on the rehabilitation of the LGH building to ensure proper education, training and healthcare facilities for a large number of students, professionals and patients.

A proposal was also floated to turn the LGH facility into a medical complex by integrating the hospital, medical college and nursing institute soon after making the college functional. The proposal provided for high-standard educational facilities as well as professional services so that the college could become upgraded and entitled for the status of a university.

According to the college principal, the process of planning for academic and training facilities as well as the construction work in the initial phase is over.

Applications for enrolment of the first batch would be invited with the announcement of the admission policy, he added. Dawn

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Pakistani girls claim setting record
Karachi: A group of 19 girl students from some schools in Karachi claimed to have set a Guinness world record on Wednesday by accommodating themselves in a standard smart car.

The event took place at DHA Creek Club in the presence of a jury and was reported worldwide. Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro was chief guest.

The group led by Aymen Saleem Yousuf squeezed into the smart car to break the record set by the Climb Fit Team of Australia when 18 students had compressed into a standard smart car in Sydney on Jan 25, 2010.

The jury comprised Mr Khuhro, adviser to prime minister Mirza Ikhtiar Baig, adviser to Sindh chief minister on information Sharmila Farooqui, former cricket captain Waseem Akram, former hockey captain Islahuddin and Ishtiaq Baig, honorary consul general of Morocco. app

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