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FUUAST national aptitude test

FUUAST admission test under NTS
Karachi, Dec 23: The National Aptitude Test for the Federal Urdu University for Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) would be held under the National Testing Services for admission in the Department of Computer Science, Geology, BBA and Pharm-D would be held on January 8, 2012, Director Admissions, FUUAST, Prof Muhammad Siddiq said on Thursday. The admit cards have been dispatched at the residential addresses of the candidates, he added.

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KU associations call off boycott
Karachi: The Employees Welfare Association (EWA) and Officers Welfare Association (OWA) of the University of Karachi (KU) on Thursday called off their protest and agreed to resume work from Thursday.

The employees of the registration office, situated at the STC Hall, KU, were beaten up by the activists of an ethnic-based association on Tuesday at around 4:30pm. After the unpleasant incident, most of the staff of the university stopped working and conducted an emergency meeting of both the associations in which they agreed to remain on strike for an indefinite period.

The members of both the associations while expressing their anger demanded for justice and serious action against the accused students. The KU administration should take serious notice of the issue and make sure that such incidents never take place again.

According to a notification issued, acting Vice-Chancellor, KU, Prof Nasir Uddin Khan met the delegation comprising of both the associations and ensured support of the university's administration during the prolonged negotiations between the two.

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IEEE Multiple Conference at SSUET
Karachi: The three-day 14th International Institute of Industrial Electronics Engineering (IEEE) Multiple Conference (INMIC-2011) started at the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) on Thursday with a call for focus on alternative sources of energy, particularly solar and wind energy, in view of the ever-growing energy crisis in Pakistan.

Inaugurating the conference, Sardar Yasin Malik, a former federal minister and ex-chairman Pakistan State Oil, lamented that even developed countries, where the sun is not seen for most of the year, have solar energy whereas in Pakistan, where the sun shines most of the year, is lacking in this technology.

He also pointed out that Pakistan had a wind-blowing corridor but such God-gifted opportunities were not being exploited and the country continued to suffer in the wake of depleting energy resources.

Malik referred to disasters caused by floods last year and this year, saying that there was no disaster management system in place. "Pakistan is passing through a great energy crisis and if this problem is not resolved, our entire programme of industrial development will be jeopardized. It is a matter of satisfaction that this conference is focusing on this issue," he added.

He called upon the Pakistani scientists working abroad to think of their country and come back to Pakistan to serve their homeland. Malik, who has contributed immensely to the education and health development in Pakistan, stressed that he started his life with education achieved from the Lyari and Kharadar areas with financial help from someone.

During his speech, he praised the SSUET and noted that within a span of 17 years it has become a centre of excellence for quality education in engineering and technology.

Earlier in his speech, Chancellor SSUET Engineer ZA Nizami, while highlighting the role of the conference, expressed the hope that the faculty and students of this university would benefit with the knowledge and wisdom of the participating scholars and researchers.

He observed that the IEEE is the world's largest professional association of members dedicated to technological advancement, innovation and excellence to improve quality of life. He said that the IEEE and its members were inspiring the global community through the IEEE's patent, highly-cited publications, conferences, technology, standards and professional and educational activities.

"This is an age of science and technology and we cannot think of development, progress and prosperity without the advancement of technology," he said. "I have found a great similarity in the IEEE and SSUET's vision," he said, adding that "we both endeavour to foster technology, innovation for the benefit of humanity".

Referring to the ongoing energy crisis, he called upon the scientists to focus on developing economical and technological means to develop conventional and alternative energy sources to get rid of the crisis as soon as possible. The chancellor said that the conference had invited Dr Raziq Yaqub from the US to address the issue of energy crisis and their solutions in the context of Pakistan.

"The aim of the conference is to bring scholars and distinguished members of the IEEE to one forum to share their knowledge and experience with our faculty and students". The university is putting a lot of emphasis in all domains of research and its faculty has produced a large number of research papers of international standard and their research papers are regularly published in research journals of international repute, he added. The news

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Education officers to face music: minister
Karachi: Senior Sindh Education & Literacy Minister, Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq has warned the Regional Directors of Colleges and Education Officers of all the districts of province to take action against the teachers and other employees of the department working for media, NGOs and other private organisations or otherwise they would have to face the music.

"Finalise the lists of all the teachers/employees working for media, NGOs and other private organisations and submit to the department or they would be transferred and replaced with other officers," Pir Mazhar said, adding that Secretary Education had given 10-day time to these officers of which five days had already passed. The minister advised them to finalise the lists and submit the same in due time or be prepared for action against them.

It may be recalled that Pir Mazhar had released a list of 352 such teachers/employees working for media, NGOs and other private organisations, however, according to him it was preliminary report that would be updated after getting more details from district offices. According to him, 70 teachers are working only for one group of Sindhi newspapers and TV channels. ppi

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