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KU supple exams from March 16
Karachi, Feb 22: The controller of examinations University of Karachi (KU) has announced for the information of all outgoing and ex-students, who are eligible to appear in the supplementary examinations-2010 that the said examinations will commence from March 16.

The examination form and fee (duly attested by the concerned chairperson/director/in-charge of the Department/Centre/Institute) can be submitted till March 1, 2011 (without late fee) and till March 5, 2011 (with late fee of Rs500) in addition to the fee per course.

BSc honours first year exam schedule: The Controller of Examination, Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST), Prof Waqar-ul-Haq has announced the schedule of BSc (Honors) first year Annual Examination-2010.

The exam will be held at 10 am to 01 pm from March 1 to 10 at the MSc Block Gulshan-e-Iqbal campus of FUUAST. The news

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KU appoints several employees on political grounds
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) has appointed several employees on political grounds, reports revealed here on Sunday.

According to the reports, despite tremendous financial crisis that emerged couple of months ago and the restriction by the Higher Education Commission and the ban on employment imposed by the KU legislatures body, hiring remained non-stop in the university.

Sources disclosed that over a dozen jobs, including officers rank posts, were recently been distributed among the workers of different political parties.

The employees and officers' unions of the university remained tight-lipped because of the political influence. A senior official of the union told on anonymity that authorities and unions were avoiding the direct confrontation with political parities.

He pointed out that the KU had recently advertised two posts of deputy controller (BPS-18) which remained vacant for many years, but the criteria for these posts was designed for some specific personalities.

Copies obtained revealed that a total of 17 male and female candidates had applied for the two posts but only seven of them were provided chance to appear before the selection board.

The candidates rejected include Qamer Alam who is already working as deputy controller for last three years and having over 30 years experience in the examination department.

Alam, who had already appeared before previous selection board, was held ineligible because of Master Degree issue.

Among two, a candidate was working as assistant controller, while other was posted as deputy registrar at BPS-18.

Surprisingly, as many as six candidates having experiences of relevant department of examination were rejected over some dramatic changes in criteria. Daily times

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1,771 get degrees in NED convocation
Karachi: Over 1,770 fresh graduates and postgraduates of the NED University of Engineering and Technology were given degrees at its 19th convocation held on the main campus on Saturday.

NED Vice Chancellor Engineer Abul Kalam presided over the convocation as Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad could not make it. The chief guest on the occasion was Prof Ian M. May of the UK's Heriot-Watt University while the university's pro vice chancellor, Dr Muzzaffar Mahmood, presented the university vice chancellor's report.

Of the total 1,771 fresh graduates, in all 1,379 (1,179 of bachelor's degree programme and 200 of master's degree programme) received their degrees from the vice chancellor in person while the remaining ones were awarded degrees in absentia.

Recipients of the bachelor's degree belonging to 13 disciplines of engineering - Civil engineering (99), Mechanical engineering (31), Industrial & Manufacturing engineering (71), Electrical engineering (42), Computer Systems engineering (22), Electronics engineering (35), Telecommunications engineering (26), Environmental engineering (23), Textile engineering (four), Chemical engineering (13), Materials engineering (14), Urban & Regional Planning (five) and Computer Science & Information Technology ( 45).

Besides, there were 181 fresh postgraduates, who were awarded degrees of Masters of Engineering/MCIT/MURP.

Presenting the university's report, PVC Dr Mahmood said that in addition to students from the former solitary five-year undergraduate programme in Architecture, 49 students from two five-year engineering programmes (26 in Bio-Engineering and 23 in Medical Engineering) had also graduated for the first time. The university alone had taken the initiative of extending these classes to five years because inclusion of at least three major subjects of medical curriculum was unavoidable, he added.

He elaborated that the university also took yet another initiative by admitting Pre-medical Higher Secondary School Certificate holders also to one-fourth of the available seats and this had been made these programmes remarkably popular.

He said that the university had not yet opened its doctorate degree programme to outsiders as it was still restricted to the university's faculty members.

In this regard, he pointed out that the UK's Heriot-Watt University's Prof Ian May had not only been responsible for enabling several young faculty members of the university to acquire doctorate degrees but also in earlier years had supervised doctorate degree programmes of one dean and examined one pro vice chancellor.

Later, Prof Ian May was given a lifetime achievement award in recognition of his services.

Earlier, Prof Abul Kalam felicitated the fresh graduates and their parents and hoped that they would serve the country by proving their mettle in their respective fields.

The first research award was presented to the NED University's pro vice chancellor-II, Prof Dr Sahibzada Farooq Ahmad Rafeeqi, for having over 60 research publications in the field of civil engineering to his credit. Dawn

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MQM to join protest if employees not restored
Karachi: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement has warned the Sindh government of joining a protest of over 7,000 sacked employees of the Education Department if they are not restored and regularised through a bill in the provincial assembly.

As many as 7,187 low-grade employees were denied extension under a notification issued by Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on August 20, 2010. They, hired on a contractual basis for three years, had been working at different public-sector schools in the province since 2007.

MQM's Raza Haroon, who is also the provincial IT minister, gave this warning while taking part in a heated debate during a session of the assembly on Monday, which erupted between the MQM and the Pakistan People's Party over the contract employees protesting to press the authorities to regularise them.

Haroon said they had assured the protesting employees of resolving their grievances on behalf of the chief minister and the governor of Sindh after his party delegation, led by Dr Farooq Sattar, had held a meeting with PPP leaders at the Chief Minister House from 10am to 4pm on the issue.

It was agreed during the meeting that the issue would be resolved through the House within a week, he added.

The debate soon turned to claims and counterclaims on what exactly transpired at the meeting at the Chief Minister House, where, besides Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq, Ayaz Soomro, Syed Sardar Ahmed and Raza Haroon were present.

The MQM reiterated that an agreement between the two parties and the employees was arrived at during the meeting, whereby the employees' services were to be regularised through some legislation.

The PPP contended that the recruitment of these employees by the previous government was improper and thus it was fair to invite them for fresh interviews.

However, Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro pacified the two sides by announcing the formation of a committee to look into the matter.

The committee, comprising Pir Mazhar, Murad Ali Shah, Syed Sardar Ahmed and Raza Haroon, will submit its report on the matter during the current session of the assembly.

PML-F's Nusrat Abbasi had triggered the debate in the first place when she demanded of the education minister to tell her when the government was going to fulfil its promise of regularising the over 7,000 employees of the Education Department.

The chief minister, responding to her question, said the government had announced soon after coming to power that it would scrutinise the recruitments done under the previous government. However, the thing turned out to be quiet complicated, he said.

Shah said the provincial government had 100,000 contractual employees, and it would be unfair to the other employees if the government regularised the employees of the Education Department while leaving the rest in the lurch.

He said the government was also under the obligation of a Sindh High Court order for treating all the employees equally.

In fact, even the Constitution demanded that all should be treated equally, the chief minister added.

Furthermore, there were the financial implications of regularising the services of the employees mainly arising out of the devastating floods, compelling the government to reduce its development budget from Rs115 billion to Rs77 billion, Shah said.

He said the government had a policy of not sacking any employee as it did not want to increase the unemployment rate. He said their services would be regularised in accordance with the relevant procedures and rules.

Shah reiterated the government's stand that the previous government had violated procedures during the recruitment of those employees.

"Laws are applicable to all, and we will not make any exceptions in this regard."

The chief minister alleged that someone had misguided the protesting employees, adding that such "subversive" attitude would not be tolerated.

He asked what was wrong in the government's asking those employees to appear in interviews and get themselves regularised in due course on the basis of their performance.

The MQM's parliamentary leader, Syed Sardar Ahmed, while saying that the condition of interviews was not acceptable to the Education Department employees, again recalled that the issue had been resolved at the meeting at the CM House, where it was agreed that the employees would be regularised through a bill in the assembly.

Ahmed said they had made a commitment with the employees on behalf of the chief minister and the governor of Sindh. "The commitment needs to be honoured."

Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq said the employees would be regularised under the "parameters" set by the Supreme Court. "We are not going to terminate their services," he said.

"We will sit together and regularize them through legal procedures."

Ayaz Soomro, the law minister, said no one would be rendered jobless, but the government was scrambling to deal with the problems arising out of the floods, and it needed some time to get this issue resolved.

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Degrees conferred on 248 JM&DC graduates
Karachi: As many as 248 graduates of the Jinnah Medical and Dental College (JM&DC) were conferred on MBBS, BDS and Pharm.D degrees at the third annual convocation of the college on the college premises on Saturday.

Some 153 medical graduates from the batches of 2009 and 2010 of the JMDC were conferred on MBBS degrees while 78 graduates received Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degrees at the convocation.

In addition to that, 17 graduates were conferred on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) degrees at the annual convocation.

Asad Rasheed was awarded the best graduate award for the 2009 batch of MBBS while Sania Iqbal received an award for the best graduate for 2010 as well as the first position holder from University of Karachi examination, 2010.

Anna Zulfiqar was declared the best student for the BDS batch 2009 while Falak Qamar Siddiqui clinched the best student award for the BDS 2010 batch.

Former Sindh governor and federal interior minister Lt-General (Retd) Moin-ud-Din Haider, in his keynote address on "The kind of doctors we need", urged the fresh medical graduates to work with dedication, honesty and loyalty and have faith in Allah Almighty while working as professionals.

He told the graduates that dedication and hard work always paid and advised them to be open-minded, free of all prejudices of religion, sect, language and ethnicity while performing their duties as health practitioners in the practical life.

The retired general said that the community expected empathy, honesty and reasonable cost of their services, and added that doctors must offer their support to less privileged members of society, especially the handicapped.

Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddqui, vice-chancellor, University of Karachi, in his address highlighted the contribution of the JMDC to the provision of medical services to poor patients as well as quality training in medical, dental, pharmacy.

Dr Syed Tariq Sohail, chairman of the SM Sohail Trust, and Prof Irshad Waheed, principal of the JMDC, also spoke on the occasion. The news

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SPSC test postponed
Hyderabad: The Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC), Hyderabad, has postponed the written test to be held from Feb 24 for the post of assistant engineer (civil) / assistant executive engineer (civil) BPS-17, in view of Competitive Examination (CSS) 2011 which is to be held from Feb 26 by the Federal Public Service Commission.

Now the test / examination of will be held from March 17. The examination will be held at Hyderabad, Karachi, Larkana and Sukkur centres simultaneously.

It said that call letters are being mailed through UMS/Registered post. Candidates who do not receive letters up to March 12 should contact the Head office of SPSC, Thandi Sarak, Hyderabad, or its Regional Offices at Karachi, Sukkur and Larkana personally or on Phone Nos.9200694, 9200162, 9200246, 9200248, 9210398 and Fax No.9200248 and 9218337.

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SALU Entry test
Khairpur: The Director of Admissions at Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur has announced the schedule of entry test 2011.

A press release issued on Monday said that the test of MA, MSc, M.Com (two-year programme) would be held on March 4, and of BS, BPA, B.Com (four-year programme) on March 5, at 11 a.m.

Entry slips of eligible candidates will be dispatched to their residential addresses.

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University workers decry appointment of retired professors
Hyderabad: A long march was staged by hundreds of employees of Sindh Agriculture University of Tandojam, Sindh University, Mehran University and Liaquat Medical University of Jamshoro from Tandojam and Jamshoro to the Hyderabad press club on Monday.

On the call of All Sindh Universities Employees Federation, they have been protesting for two weeks for the acceptance of their demands.

Addressing a huge rally outside the press club, employees' leaders of four universities Hussain Bux Veesar, Ghulam Nabi Bhalai, Ayoub Lashari and Soomer Jamali said that heads of many universities of Sindh were retired professors and they had recruited retired officers in their respective institution.

They said that the universities of Sindh were facing huge deficits because of reappointment of retired officials and accused them of corruption.

They held the retired vice-chancellors and officers responsible for frequent strikes by students and employees. The employees' leaders said that they had no personal stake in the universities and they had destroyed higher seats of learning.

They demanded a uniform policy for the appointment of vice-chancellors and officers in all the universities and the reappointed officers should be removed.

They demanded 100 per cent increase in employees' medical allowance, employment quota for the children of retired employees, leave encashment, a Haj scheme. They said that representatives of employees should be nominated on the administrative committees of all universities.

They said they had been protesting for 28 days and had declared a lockout in all the universities, but the authorities paid no attention to their protests.

They said that the PPP and MQM claimed to be the champions of the working class and poor people, but they failed to take steps to solve their problems.

They said that the committee constituted by the Sindh governor also failed to sort out their issues. They urged the Sindh government to take practical steps to resolve the problems.

They threatened to continue the protest movement if their problems were not resolved.

Meanwhile, three members of the Peoples Labour Bureau, Sindh University of Jamshoro, started a hunger strike unto death outside the press club for the removal of the university vice-chancellor, registrar and additional registrar and for resolution of the problems of the university employees.

Five other members of the bureau have also started a hunger strike unto death at the Mazar of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto in Larkana to press the government for the acceptance their demands.

Our Khairpur correspondent adds: Hundreds of Shah Abdul Latif University employees staged a long march from the campus and travelled 6 kilometres via the National Highway to reach the press club here on Monday.

President of SALU Employees Welfare Association Sheharyar Rajput and secretary Mohammad Aslam Ghumro led the march.

They raised slogans against the governor of Sindh.

Employees' leaders said that the governor did not take any interest in the problems of universities employees. Their long march was aimed at expressing dissatisfaction over the SALU administration and the chancellor. Criticising legislators, they said they remembered universities only when they needed degrees, but they did not address their problems.

They said that those who were talking about shortage of funds in universities were enjoying a luxurious life.

They alleged that the university administration had handed over land of the university to a land mafia.

Bagh Ali Jalbani, Haji Faiz Mohammad Phulpoto and Raza Mohammad Durrani spoke on the occasion. Dawn

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