University of Karachi exams, enrolment forms, Aptitude tests
KU exams held amid tight security
Karachi, Dec 24: Examinations were held according to schedule in the University of Karachi amid tight security on Thursday.
It needs to be mentioned here that student groups backed by political
parties had been disrupting academic activities for about a month.
On Wednesday the vice chancellor of the university held a meeting
with student groups who assured the vice chancellor that they would not
indulge in violence during examinations.
Sources said that the vice chancellor had declared the
controversial "transfer letters" reportedly signed by a pro-vice
chancellor as null and void.
The "transfer letters" relating to the campus security officer and
the deputy registrar general was also a bone of contention among student
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The University of Karachi has announced that the enrolment forms for
BEd, MEd, BL, LLM, BPEd and MPEd for the academic session 2010-2011 may
be submitted till January 15, 2011.
The announcement was made by KU Registrar Prof M. Kaleem Raza Khan in a press statement on Thursday.
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Director of the Karachi University evening programme announced on
Thursday that the aptitude tests for the BSSE, BSCS and MBA admissions
2011 earlier scheduled for December 11 would now be held on December 26.
In a press release, he said the tests for BSSE and BSCS would start
at 11am and those for MBA at 2:30pm. Candidates have been advised to
arrive in the faculty of arts at least 30 minutes before the scheduled
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Holiday on 27th
Karachi: The Sindh government will observe a public holiday on Dec 27 on the occasion of
the third death anniversary of the slain PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto.
This was decided at a meeting held at the Chief Minister's House.
Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah presided over the meeting.
Arrangements for the death anniversary were reviewed at the meeting.
Senior Sindh Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq, Sindh Minister for Law and
Parliamentary Affairs Mohammad Ayaz Soomro and others were present.
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44th CPSP convocation held. 400 get CPSP fellowship, membership
Karachi: Over 400 candidates from various southern cities of the country were awarded fellowship
(FCPS) and membership (MCPS) at a well-attended 44th convocation of the
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan (CPSP) held on its
premises on Wednesday.
In addition, 25 eminent doctors from various parts of the country
having different specialties were also awarded fellowship of the college
The fellowship of the college without examination is awarded to
doctors in different medical disciplines having at least 20 years of
Besides, six diplomas in healthcare systems management and health
profession education were also given while Dr Beena Yousuf was awarded a
gold medal for securing the highest marks (71 per cent) in the FCPS-II
(anaesthesiology) in September 2009.
Eminent physician and former provincial health minister in a
caretaker set-up Dr S.M. Rab, who was the chief guest at the
convocation, said that he, being the only surviving founder fellow of
the CPSP, considered himself the chief host and not a chief guest at
Tracing the history of the CPSP, he recalled that when he migrated to
the then East Pakistan in 1947, there were only 12 MBBS doctors and
since there were 16 districts, so every one of them became a district
The then government was considerate and allowed ex-Pakistan leave to these doctors and even offered them scholarships, he said.
The doctors got postgraduate qualification and because of these doctors the CPSP was founded in 1962, he said.
Initially the council of the college used to have its meetings at
borrowed mess rooms and private drawing rooms, he said, adding that it
was because of the 48-year-long untiring efforts and selfless service of
its fellows that the college was now visible in its infrastructure as
there were 12 regional centres and two overseas centres each established
in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Kathmandu, Nepal.
Besides, the intellectual input was much more visible as the college
was now producing medical specialists in 60 different medical
disciplines, he added.
Talking about the rapid growth of medical colleges, Dr Rab deplored
that there were over 100 medical colleges across the country, but the
graduates being produced there lacked quality education.
Felicitating the fresh fellows and members of the college, he said
that the society had invested in them and it was now their turn to pay
back to their alma mater and the country."It is neither tuition nor
notebooks that improves their skills, but it is a passion, commitment
and dedication to profession that help improve the professional
capability of a doctor," he said, adding that "it is not the money which
you receive but it's the smile and gratitude of patients whom you have
Referring to media criticism about incidences of negligence on the
part of the medical community, he urged the media not to scandalise the
medical profession. Instead use the power of the pen to bring about
healthy and positive changes in society, he suggested.
Presenting the convocation address, the CPSP president, Prof
Zafarullah Chaudhry, said that the number of trainees successfully
completing fellowship and membership programme was growing with such a
pace that each year the CPSP had to convene its convocations in three
major cities - Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad.
About the 44th convocation at which 434 candidates from different
parts of the country were awarded fellowship and membership, he said
that these include 268 FCPS, 151 MCPS, six diplomas in healthcare
systems management and health profession education, besides 25 prominent
doctors received fellowship of the college without examination.
Referring to the CPSP diploma in health profession education, he said
that this course from this year had been upgraded to a two-year MCPS
diploma in health profession education by adding two modules in the
course work: one on educational research and the other on educational
leadership along with the mandatory requirement of conducting research
on educational issues in their parent institutions culminating into a
publishable research article.
Paying tribute to the founder fellows of the CPSP, Prof Chaudhry said
that the college was catering for over 13,000 specialists in 60
different medical disciplines.
He said that the CPSP present council had revitalised the institution
of faculties which, he added, was assigned the task of revising
curricula and streamlining residency training, monitoring and
Prof Chaudhry said that though there were challenges of shrinking
opportunities of postgraduate medical education in the developed world
coupled with the travel restrictions imposed after the 9/11 while the
availability of training positions for fellowships under royal colleges
of the United Kingdom had also been restricted, the efforts made by the
college in this regard had succeeded in meeting these challenges and the
CPSP trainees and fellows could now access the UK healthcare system for
training and to get experience in a number of specialties.
Mentioning about the rapidly increasing network of the CPSP, Prof
Chaudhry said that the council had adopted a policy of strengthening its
regional centres to provide academic and administrative facilities to
trainees and trainers near their place of work.
"In this regard, Hyderabad, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta
centres have been designated as provincial centres and services of an
epidemiologist and statistician have been made available for the
evaluation of synopsis and dissertation while Hyderabad, Multan and
Peshawar centres have been upgraded to conduct clinical examinations,"
He said that the CPSP had recently signed a memorandum of
understanding with a ministry of Saudi Arabia enabling the college
fellows to visit and work in well-equipped hospitals of the Kingdom for
eight to 12 weeks with handsome emoluments.
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Minister wants exam system improved
Karachi: Describing the Board of Intermediate Education
Karachi (BIEK) initiative of involving students in the policy-making
process 'a revolutionary step', Sindh Minister for Information
Technology Raza Haroon has said that the novel idea of setting up the
Student-Education Syndicate (SES) will be given serious consideration by
all other boards.
He noted that the formation of the SES was aimed at improving the examination system and uplifting the education standards.
Presiding over the first meeting of the 60-member syndicate -
comprising 36 position-holders of all nine faculties of Intermediate
examinations-2010, 12 senior teachers belonging to the institutions of
the students and 12 officials of the BIEK, besides several
educationists, paper-setters and examiners - the minister remarked that
"the current examination system is the 'weakest segment' of our
He lauded BIEK chairman Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai's vision reflected in
the formation and objectives of the SES, and hoped that the forum would
not only achieve its goal but would also set an example for other
educational boards of the country.
Besides improving the examination system, the SES would help
eradicate use of unfair means in examinations, said the minister. He
assured the BIEK of his department's full cooperation to the SES.
Speaking at the meeting, Prof Zai said that the SES would meet after
every three months and its recommendations would be given due
consideration by the board's academic council.
The SES inauguration ceremony was attended, among others, by regional
director of colleges (Karachi) Prof Najma Niaz, BIEK controller of
examinations Prof Agha Akber Mirza, SES deputy secretary and coordinator
Imran Chishti and senior examiners, paper-setters and educationists.
BIEK Secretary Prof Naveen Haider gave the vote of thanks. Dawn
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