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Admissions to KU's evening programmes start
Karachi, Dec 12: Admissions to the evening programmes of the University of Karachi (KU) will start from Monday, an official said on Sunday. Director Evening Programme Dr Abuzar Wajidi said the admission form and brochure would be available against the payment of Rs800 from December 12 to 21.

The interested candidates could get the admission form from the United Bank Limited located at the Silver Jubilee Gate, KU, from 9:30am to 5pm. The students could also submit their duly filled forms at the same counter, he said.

SSC supple results today: Results of the supplementary examination of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Science and General Science (Regular and Private) groups will be declared on Monday (today) at 11am, Controller of Examinations Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) Rafia Mallah said on Sunday. The news

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IoBM confers degrees upon 983 graduates
Karachi: Institute of Business Management (IoBM) conferred degrees upon its 983 graduates in business management and allied disciplines in its annual convocation held here on Saturday.

As many as 317 students were conferred degrees of BBA (Honours) 4-year, 101 of BS (Joint Honours) 4-year, 1 of BCS 3-year, 1 of BS (MIT) 4-year, 215 of MBA (Regular) 1-year, 39 of MBA (Regular) 2-year, 45 of MBA (Regular) 3-year, 111 of MBA (Executive) 2-year, 15 of MBA (Executive) 3-year, 33 of MBA (Health Management) 2-year, 3 of MBA (Advertising and Communication Management) 1-year, 11 of MBA (Advertis-ing and Commu-nication Management) 2-year, 2 of MBA (Industrial Manage-ment) 1-year, 30 of MBA (Industrial Management) 2-year, 1 of MBA (Industrial Management) 3-year, 9 of MBA (Media Management) 2-year, 12 of MBA (Telecom-munication Management) 2-year, 26 of MBA (Finance and Risk Management) 1-year, 1 of MBA (Finance and Risk Management) 2-year, 7 of MBA (Educational Manage-ment) 2-year and 3 of M Phil 2-year.

As many as 11 gold medals and 27 certificates of merit were also distributed among students who achieved distinction.

Javed Jabbar, while addressing the ceremony said that it was befitting for the convocation to be held on the Human Rights Day. Sharing his thoughts, Jabbar said while rights remain important, what is vital for a civilised society is the responsibility factor, adding "As such, rights and responsibilities go side by side". He highlighted the importance of such watchwords as will and vision leading to excellence, positive change or transformation beginning within oneself and hope and confidence remaining the key to success for which he accredited IoBM in playing a positive role.

Imminent educationist Dr Shams Kassim Lakha was the guest of honour of the ceremony. In his keynote address, he emphasised the need for ethics, social responsibilities and mutual respect in the society. He called for ethical behaviour in business through the ability to distinguish between right and wrong. He upheld the need of social responsibility through good governance. Dr Lakha urged that respect be given to all fellow beings, irrespective of their social status.

He felicitated the graduates and complimented the role played by their parents and faculty toward their success. His message to graduates was to follow merit rather then finding references to achieve success. He also acknowledged the role of IoBM in developing bight young minds into the future leaders of Pakistan.

Earlier, IoBM president Shahjehan Karim felicitated the graduating students and acknowledged their efforts, the sacrifices of their parents and the dedication of the faculty towards excellence in knowledge and competence. Daily times

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SSUET to host 14th IEEE international conference
Karachi: The Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) is organising the 14th Institute of Industrial Electronics Engineering (IEEE) International Multi-topic Conference (INMIC 2011) in association with IEEE Karachi Chapter. The INMIC 2011 is scheduled to be held from December 22-24, 2011.

The conference will provide a scientific forum for Pakistani and international researchers to report recent results in the areas of engineering, sciences and technologies. The three day conference, sponsored by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the National ICT and R&D Fund, will facilitate candid discussion of new ideas, research, development and applications, including techniques and methods to stimulate and inspire pioneering work, SSUET spokesperson said.

Around 15 international guest speakers have consented to participate in the conference and cover the areas of Distributed and Grid Computing, Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing Algorithms, Tools Applications and Web Technologies, Wireless and Network Security, Artificial Intelligence, Power Electronics and Control Engineering, FPGA and Semi-conductor Material Devices, Bio-Medical and Bio-information Security, Computer Graphics and Image Processing and Software Engineering and Database Warehouse, he further said.

The conference includes presentation of papers and tutorials by eminent researchers, scientists, technologists, and academicians enabling the participants to learn about the latest trends of cutting-edge technologies, he added.

"The objective of the conference is to acquire high quality papers from local and foreign researchers for publication as conference proceedings and provide opportunities to students and young engineers to have interaction with them to pursue research and development work in the fields of their interest", conference sources said.

Pakistani computer scientist and entrepreneur, Professor Umar Saif of the Lahore University of Management Sciences will be the keynote speaker who will talk on "Networks for the 'other' four Billion" which is to cater for fundamental challenges in the developing world like Enhancing Internet Bandwidth for low-bandwidth users and improving connectivity between people who are not connected to the Internet.

According to the SSUET spokesman, call for participation in the conference is still open and detailed information is available at the INMIC 2011 website. The IEEE is the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. It creates an environment where members collaborate on world changing technologies from computing and sustainable energy systems, to aerospace, communications, robotics, healthcare and more. The students of SSUET will learn a lot from this conference, he said. The news

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FUUAST's deadline for BS, Masters admissions programme
Karachi: The Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technologies (FUUAST) has announced Dec 19 as deadline for admissions to BS and Masters morning programme 2012. Admission committee Director Muhammad Siddique on Tuesday said that admissions would be entertained in MA English, International Relation, LLB, LLM, Chemistry, Physics and BS in networking, Software, Geology and in other subjects. He said 45 percent marks are compulsory for admission in MA and BS Arts Faculty while minimum 50 percent marks are required for admission in BS Science Faculty. Daily times

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609 IBA graduates given degrees
Karachi: As many as 609 fresh graduates (67 per cent male and 33pc female) and a first PhD of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) were conferred upon degrees by the institution at its convocation-2011 held in a gaily decorated marquee on its main campus on Friday.

The simple but impressive ceremony that was largely attended by parents of fresh graduates, faculty members, philanthropists and prominent citizens went on without the convocation address considered an essential part of such ceremonies as Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad, who was scheduled to deliver the speech being the chief guest, could not make it reportedly owing to his other official engagements.

Jubilant and joyous graduates tossed their mortar boards in the air as soon as the convocation was declared closed and thereafter mingled with their friends, parents and guests.

The IBA has recently earned the distinction of becoming one of the eight institutions accredited by South Asia Quality Assurance System (SAQS).

The 609 students awarded degrees at the convocation were all those who did their bachelor`s and master`s under the IBA`s various programmes, including seven students who passed their Executive MBA.

The first PhD degree of the IBA was awarded to Quratulain Nizamuddin, who recently completed her doctorate under the faculty of Computer Science.

Seven outstanding students who were awarded gold medals included Shahzaib Hassan for being declared the Overall Best Student Graduate Programme, Hira Ejaz got the Overall Best Student Undergraduate Programme gold medal, Misbah Ghani won the Overall Marketing gold Medal, Wajid Iqbal clinched the Overall Finance gold medal, Omer Bin Asad and Shafia Imtiaz got the gold medal for the Best BS/MIS Project, Sadaf Ejaz bagged the Overall MIS gold medal, Mahad Asim Hamza won the High Achievers gold medal while the IBA`s Entrepreneurship Society was adjudged the Best Student Society of the Year.

Speaking on the occasion, IBA Board of Governors chairman Justice Muneeb Akhtar exhorted the graduating students to prepare and assume their responsibilities in the professional world as it was now their time to pay back by serving their society and the country`s less privileged class.

In this regard he referred to the efforts of the IBA dean and director, Dr Ishrat Husain, faculty, staff and management in mobilising financial assistance and scholarships for the students coming from less privileged families.

Praising the IBA`s standard of education, he said that receiving the SAQS` accreditation and the gradual expanding of international linkages were a testimony of the remarkable progress made by the IBA over the last four years in pursuit of its vision to make it to the top ten institutions in Asia and in the world.

He felicitated the fresh graduates and their parents on their success.

In his welcome address, IBA dean and director Dr Ishrat Husain said that with the revamping and restructuring of the IBA undergraduate and graduate programmes` curriculum, the BBA degree became a terminal degree and therefore BBA graduates could now enter the job market as management trainees.

Mentioning about the recently introduced undergraduate programme at IBA with dual major in economics and mathematics, he said that the programme which was one of its kind in any Pakistani business school would be launched shortly, besides there had been a phenomenal increase in the strength of PhD faculty to an all-time high of 17 persons.

Acknowledging the support and contribution of IBA Board of Governors, alumni, corporate leaders, philanthropists, faculty, staff and students in the realisation of his vision, Dr Husain sought the continued support from the IBA community in its long journey of excellence.

The valedictory speech was given by Shahzaib Hassan, who was declared the Overall Best Student-Graduate Programme. Dawn

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Minister suspends teachers moonlighting as journalists
Karachi: In the wake of a list released by the Education Department which showed that over 350 of its employees - mostly schoolteachers - were working illegally in the private sector, Minister for Education Pir Mazharul Haq on Sunday directed the secretary education to immediately suspend all such moonlighting officials.

The Education Department's list pointed out the employees illegally working in the private sector and not performing their official duties as per requirement. As per the minister's direction, an assistant professor, serving as news editor at a daily Sindhi newspaper, would also be suspended and the department would conduct an inquiry against him.

Secretary Education Siddique Memon has been asked to take immediate action according to the law so that all moonlighting government employees could be handed punishments. The minister also directed the Sindh Information Department to issue a detailed list of such employees as many names were not included in the one issued earlier.

"Some elements of society associated with local media groups and practicing yellow journalism are involved in my character assassination. However, I would like to point out that I will not bow to such elements," Pir Mazhar said.

Although they are trying to blackmail me, I will not surrender to such people, he asserted. The minister said that he would neither be influenced nor hesitate to take action against the moonlighted employees. The education minister clarified that the department would take action without discrimination.

"After the issuance of the list, teachers or lecturers working for media organisations have started damaging my character in their publications. They even alleged that I presented an Ajrak to the dictator General Ziaul Haq during his regime," he added.

Such allegations are baseless, Pir Mazhar said, and challenged them to produce evidence. He recalled that he remained in jail for two years during the Zia era and struggled against the dictator.

He mentioned that he used to be a journalist before starting his political

career. "I started my career in journalism as a proof reader and then became a

sub-editor for a Hyderabad-based Sindhi daily newspaper and I am proud of it. During that time, I was not associated with any government job," he further stated.

The Education Department would soon release the list of college-based lecturers and assistant professors who are working for media groups or NGOs, he added. All regional directors of the Education Department were instructed to prepare lists of those employees who are working in the private sector.

According to the list, most of the moonlighting teachers are working in media outlets in the interior Sindh. It also shows a junior schoolteacher, a Naib Qasid, a Sindhi language teacher and five primary schoolteachers from Karachi working for different media organisations. The news

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