Karachi University admission date extended
Karachi, Feb 20: The University of Karachi has extended last date for the degree classes admissions to February 28.
A KU notification issued on Thursday said that the admission forms for BA, BSc (Pass) and BCom could be submitted with a late fee of Rs500 till Feb 28.
A KU notification issued on Thursday said that the admission forms for BA, BSc (Pass) and BCom could be submitted with a late fee of Rs500. App
State of security in Pakistan debated in Karachi University seminar
Karachi: A seminar was organised by the Karachi University (KU) Department of International Relations on "Pakistan's security in the changing regional and international environment". The seminar was held under the programme on Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.
"Pakistan is passing through a very turbulent phase of its history, and this is not without some positive prospects. The need is to turn the disadvantages into advantages," said Ali Sarwar Naqvi.
While highlighting the historical dimension of Pakistan's security, Naqvi said that throughout Pakistan's history, there had been a major security problem. He stated that Pakistan's foreign policy has been largely India-centric due to general sentiment of distrust in South Asia. For this distrust to disappear or diminish, geography must be prioritized over history. He elaborated that the bitter and conflict laced history should precede the brighter and better future.
According to Naqvi, a nation is only powerful if it has adequately addressed the concerns of human social development. The causes of Pakistan's insecurity are rooted more internally than externally. Problems like violence, drugs and extremism can be tackled with correct socio-economic strategies.
Department of International Relations Chairman and Programme Director, Dr. Moonis Ahmar, said that social development should precede everything else in a society. He stressed that it is difficult to break a society that is internally united, cohesive, educated and positively directed. The NewsYour Comments
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6th annual Karachi Education Expo
Karachi: The 6th annual Dawn "Education Expo 2009" will be held at the Karachi Expo Centre on Feb 21 and 22, according to a press release issued by the organisers on Thursday.
The event is the largest education exhibition to be held in Pakistan and will assemble many leading local and foreign universities, colleges and higher education institutions, notably from the United Kingdom and Australia. Faculty, admission officers and career counsellors will interact with visiting students directly on a one-on-one basis.
Entry to the exhibition is free.
The event has been scheduled at a time when most participating institutions are enrolling students.
SPLA criticises Sindh education minister
Larkana: The Larkana and Qambar-Shahdakdot chapters of the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) have alleged that the Sindh education minister is trying to complicate the process of regularisation of 850 ad hoc lecturers against instructions of the president and prime minister.
Speaking at a meeting here, SPLA leaders Prof Abdul Jabbar Junejo and Mohammed Shuttal Bozdar said the ad hoc lecturers had not received their salaries for five months.
They said a summary for a six-month extension in the services of ad-hoc lecturers had been approved.
Criticising the education minister, they said government's actions were compelling lecturers to come on streets for protest.
They called for early regularisation of ad hoc lecturers and urged the government to resolve the issue of promotions of lecturers and professors.
The meeting decided that the SPLA members from Larkana and Qambar-Shahdakdot districts would participate in a proposed rally in Sukkur on Feb 19. Dawn
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Govt school thrives, as adoption gives new lease of life
Karachi: Due to rampant corruption, negligent attitudes and poor policies of successive governments, many government schools across the province remain in dilapidated states and have ceased to function. The MAO Government Primary and Secondary School, located in Intelligence Colony, Sultanabad, Keamari Town, however belies such apathy that is the norm in government schools
Adopted by former Sindh Governor, General (retd) Moinuddin Haider, in 1998 under the 'Adopt A School' program of Sindh Education Foundation (SEF), the primary section of the school has been transformed into an ideal institution for residents of the area. Since its adoption, there has also been a remarkable increase in the enrolment rate that has increased exponentially over the years.
Over the last few years, the entire building has been renovated and all basic facilities are being provided to the students. The portions of the school plot, which had been occupied by the land mafia, have been recovered by the school, and it has been converted from a one-room, roofless school to a beautiful double-storey building which comprises of twelve spacious rooms, each having four ceiling fans, a number of desks, a chair for the teacher along with a separate staff room, principal's office and washrooms.
Principal Rasheed Gul said that the entire process of change took place after the school was adopted. "The primary section was started in 1918, and in 1957, it came under the aegis of the Sindh government, but there was no developmental work," Gul said. "All the development that you see now took place after it was adopted."
"When I was posted here in 1994, I taught children under open skies for four years. During this time, I observed that rains would result in the suspension of classes, while stagnant water would extend the holidays," Gul narrated. "There was no drinking water and no washrooms available either," he continued. "In 2000, Rs2 million were spent and the whole building was demolished and reconstructed. Initially, it had 4 rooms but after reconstruction, it now has 12 rooms, with each room having four ceiling fens. The entire building was renovated at a cost of more than Rs10 million," he added.
He also pointed out that the poor physical state of the school made the locals reluctant about sending their children to school, but after the completion of renovation work in 2007, things changed dramatically and more than 600 students are now being educated in both shifts of the primary section.
Speaking about the improvements in the school, Gul said that adequate furniture was provided, the building was painted, the school was provided with computers and water was also supplied. He acknowledged the contribution of the donors, who, he said, were instrumental in getting most of the equipment.
General (retired) Moin Uddin Haider, when asked about government's support in the entire project, said that the government had always disappointed with its lack of response. "The foundation of the secondary section was so weak that water was coming out of the flooring, but the government did not provide any funds for its reconstruction," he said. "Luckily the donors agreed to bear the cost of this building as well."
Haider said that he had written to the government several times for the appointment of teachers and the release of funds, but to no avail. No recruitment has taken place in the primary section since 1996, and there are only 18 teachers in both shifts. He said that he would talk to the education minister in a forthcoming meeting about all problems being faced by the school, including the recruitment of teachers. The News
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