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BIEK to announce HSC Part I results
Karachi, Dec 21: Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) will announce the results of HSC Part I Humanities Regular and Special Candidates Groups for the annual examinations 2011 on Dec 21 (today). Controller of Examinations of the BIEK notified this on Tuesday.

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FUUAST extends admissions date of BS, Masters programmes
Karachi: The last date for admissions to BS and Masters programmes in the morning session at the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) has been extended up to Dec 26. Director of Admissions Committee Muhammad Siddiq announced this on Tuesday. Admissions forms are available at the designated branches of the banks. Forms can also be downloaded from the website of the, it was further stated. app

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Sindh education winter vacations
Karachi: All the public and private sector educational institutions across Sindh will observe the winter vacation from Dec 22 to 31, according to an official announcement made here on Tuesday.

The institutions will, however, reopen on Jan 2, 2012 as Jan 1 falls on Sunday, it says, adding that the classes for the fresh entrants of Karachi University will also commence on Jan 2. Dawn

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KU's gold medallists may go to court
Karachi: The position holders of the Karachi University's (KU) BS programme, who were refused gold medals at the university's convocation held recently, met the pro vice chancellor on Tuesday to discuss their grievances, but left unsatisfied.

"The administration is using delay tactics. And because of this, we are compelled to go to court," said Sara Khan, a graduate from the Psychology Department. "During the meeting, we were asked to get sponsors for our gold medals," another student lamented.

The meeting with Shahana Urooj did not yield any positive results. The protesting graduates demanded the issuance of an acknowledgement letter specifying reasons for not awarding them gold medals. But Urooj told them that the administration had already prepared the merit letters to be handed over to the BS graduates.

"A three-member committee has been constituted to submit their recommendations on the issue, as soon as possible," she added. The committee will also look for sponsorships for gold medals, the pro VC said. The news

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'Manhandled' KU staff go on strike
Karachi: Karachi University's employees and officers' welfare associations on Tuesday decided not to perform their duties for an indefinite period in protest against the manhandling of some of their colleagues at the university's registration unit, housed in the STC Hall, allegedly by a group of students.

According to a press release of the KU Employees Welfare Association, the decision to go on an indefinite strike was taken at an emergency meeting of the association held on Tuesday following an 'unpleasant' incident in which some employees working at the university's registration unit were manhandled and the office's furniture was ransacked allegedly by around 40 students belonging to an association of the university's students. Dawn

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Campaigners go to court to make education free for all
Karachi: A division bench of the Sindh High Court comprising Justice Maqbool Baqar and Justice Imam Bux Baloch will be hearing the plea of the representatives of workers and civil society on a constitutional petition that questioned the negligence of the state and the government towards the "right to education for all children" in Pakistan.

The division bench has issued notices to the respondent Sindh Education Department to file comments and fixed January 26, 2012, as the next date of hearing. Various civil society organisations, through advocate Faisal Siddiqui, have argued in their petition that under Article 25-A of the 1973 Constitution, the state is bound to provide compulsory education to all children from five to 16 years of age. And following the passage of the 18th Amendment, education has now become a right and no longer an arbitrary entitlement.

Filed on behalf of the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research, the Aurat Publication and Information Service Foundation, the Pakistan Fisher Folk Forum, the South Asia Partnership Pakistan, the Institute of Social Movements Pakistan, the Bonded Labour Liberation Front, the National Trade Union Federation and the Bright Educational Society, the petition has made the Sindh government as respondent.

The petitioners have prayed to the court to declare that the respondent (Sindh government) is under the constitutional obligation to provide free and compulsory education to all children from five to 16 years age.

The petition has also sought a direction to the provincial government to establish a commission, comprising well reputed members of civil society and government officials, to monitor the implementation of the constitutional obligation of the respondent and to publish a detailed programme of measures to be taken by them to implement Article 25A.

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Business expo held at SZABIST
Islamabad: Students of SZABIST organised a 'Business Expo' with a view to give students an opportunity to practically experience and practice entrepreneurship skills by setting up stalls at the expo.

Over 200 students had arranged everything on their own right from collection of funds to the generation of revenue by selling their respective trade outlets. The expo exposed the aspiring 'entrepreneurs' to all the do's and don'ts of the business and to teach them what it actually takes to start a business from scratch, how to market the products, how to do the profit and loss management, and how to survive in a competitive environment.

Faculty members had equipped the students with all the theoretical knowledge and academic nurturing of doing business and left it entirely upon the students to conceive strategies by setting up small stalls of garments, handicrafts, shoes, food items, crockery, CDs, and cosmetics.

Sharing their experience with media on this occasion, aspiring entrepreneurs said that they had set up the stalls by investing amount totally from their own pockets and have been able to earn good profits. They said that the expo has taught them a valuable experience that running a successful business requires the ability to take risk and invest generously but wisely.

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Students exhibit their talent at 'Fall Fest 2011'
Islamabad: Students showed their talent and skills in competitions of drama, painting, sketch-making held at the Preston University as part of a weeklong 'Fall Fest 2011'.

Students from various universities participated in competitions, including the Hamdard University, Women's Institute of Science and Humanities (WISH), Quaid-i-Azam University, University of Punjab, International Islamic University, Islamia College University (Peshawar) and the Preston University.

In the painting competition, Sadia Anwar of Preston University, Islamabad, got first position while Aatifa Mukhtar of Hamdard University and Ammara Siddique of International Islamic University got second and third positions respectively.

In sketching competition, the first position was awarded to Fahad Mushtaq of the University of Punjab while Fahad Pervez of Preston University, Peshawar, and Sher Muhammad of Preston University, Kohat, stood second and third respectively. The universities that took part in the dramatics competition included Hamdard University, Islamia College, Peshawar, University of Punjab, International Islamic University, Quaid-e-Azam University, and Preston University, Islamabad, and Peshawar.

In the competition, first position was awarded to the University of Punjab while Islamia College, Peshawar, and Quaid-i-Azam University got the second and third positions respectively.

Former interior secretary Syed Kamal Shah who was the chief guest praised the efforts of the Preston University for organising festivities that provided students with a unique opportunity to unleash their talents in extra-curricular activities. He congratulated the students who grabbed top positions in the competitions.

Earlier, Chancellor of Preston University Dr Abdul Basit spoke about various achievements of the Preston University and highlighted the events that are being held under the banner of 'Fall Fest 2011'.

He said various competitions are being held in the weeklong festivity comprising T-20 cricket, table tennis, badminton, football, bilingual debate, painting, sketching, drama and singing.

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RSS, Microsoft ink agreement
Islamabad: Roots School System and Microsoft entered into a campus and school agreement here on Tuesday.

The signing of the agreement is a symbol of Roots School Systems commitment to use genuinely licensed version of the software across its campuses. The salient benefits of the agreement include new product versions e.g. Windows 7 Enterprise, Deployment benefits such as Windows Virtual Desktop access, training and e-learning opportunities. Roots School System is the first school in the north region to go for 200 licenses simultaneously.

Executive Director RSS Walid Mushtaq said that forging international collaborations is one of the cornerstones of the RSS 21st century learning and teaching approach. "It is very important to have sustainable social and economic development. Microsoft believes that when quality education is accessible, relevant and meaningful, citizens of all ages will have real opportunities to develop the skills they need to succeed," said Kamal Ahmed, Country General Manager, Microsoft Pakistan.

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Oath-taking ceremony at RCI
Islamabad: An oath-taking ceremony was held in Roots College International in an effort to encourage young individuals to regularise student body and become responsible citizens here on Tuesday at Millennium Campus, I-9/3, Islamabad.

As and 'A' Level students avowed under oath that they will be active and responsible members of the Student Executive Council and will abide by the laws made by the college and the body to guarantee themselves and the student body a better campus life.

HEC Chairperson Dr Javed Laghari was the chief guest. He inducted the school's head-boy Saad Shah and head-girl Eman Riaz into the Student Executive Council, after administering their oaths followed by other student council members. Badges, certificates and sachets were awarded to the members of the council. The news

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