FUUAST BA, BCom exams postponed fourth time

Fuuast puts off degree exams for a fourth time
Karachi, Feb 07: The Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (Fuuast) has postponed the BA and BCom (external candidates) annual examinations, which were scheduled to begin on Monday, for a fourth time.

The university did not specify any reason for the postponement nor did it give a new schedule.

The exams were supposed to be completed about four months back but the university failed to hold them despite issuing a schedule for three times over the past as many months.

Disappointed by the situation, candidates on Monday complained that the postponement of the exams not only resulted in a loss of their time but also disturbed their focus on studies.

Fuuast controller of examinations Dr Waqar-ul-Haq could not be reached for his version as repeated calls made to his cellphone remained unattended. However, a spokeswoman for the university could only say that a new schedule for the postponed exams would be announced shortly.

The delay in the holding of the BA and BCom (external) exams has also affected the schedule of MA (external) annual examinations, a schedule for which is yet to be announced by the university.

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Karachi to have country's first law varsity
Karachi: Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad on Monday gave preliminary approval for the country's first law university with the upgrading of the S.M. Law College.

The proposed university has been named after the country's first elected prime minister, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, who had also taught at the S.M. Law College.

The approval was given at a meeting held at the Governor's House with Dr Ibad in the chair. Senior Minister for Education Pir Mazharul Haq, Law minister Ayaz Soomro, Karachi University vice chancellor Prof (Dr) Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui and S.M. Law College principal were among those present.

The governor directed the departments concerned to complete the process of legislation for the setting up of the law university and preparation of its charter within the current month.

He said that the law university would eventually be shifted to the Education City where 500 acres of land was being earmarked for the purpose.

The governor and the provincial education and law ministers said the proposed university would be provided with all possible resources to make it an institution of international standards.

They said that the first law university was a big achievement of the government.

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Situation at campus back to square one
Hyderabad: The backtracking of the provincial education minister over a deal struck between the governor and teachers has again led to suspension of classes at the Sindh University.

It was on Jan 2 that Prof Basheer Ahmed Channar, director of student affairs at the Sindh University, was murdered on the campus. Teachers and employees of the varsity launched a campaign for the killers' arrest, removal of Vice Chancellor Nazir A.Mughal, withdrawal of Rangers and police from the campus and restoration of student unions.

The Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Associations (FAPUASA) joined hands with the agitating teachers association. The matter was resolved on Jan 31 after Sindh Governor Ishratul Ibad promised to send the vice chancellor on medical leave along with a vow to accept other demands one by one.

However, Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq wrote a letter to the Governor on Thursday, objecting to the decision of sending Dr Mughal on medical leave.

The Sindh chapter of FAPUASA and the Sindh University Teachers Association (Suta) held a meeting on Monday and took exception to the minister's rebuttal.

It was decided that all varsities of Sindh would observe a token strike from Feb 7 to 11 in the afternoon and a shutdown from Feb 13 if the demands were not met by Feb 12.

All chapters of the federation will mill in Islamabad to chalk out a strategy at the national level.

Teachers and students of the Sindh University took out a procession and after marching past different departments staged a sit-in at the Indus Highway, blocking traffic for an hour.

Afterwards, some 100 teachers observed a token hunger strike at a camp set up at the Super Highway, near the Sindhology building.

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The University of Sindh began conducting viva-voce examinations of MA final in various subjects of college candidates at the Govt Degree College, Kali Mori, Hyderabad, on Monday.

A large number of candidates appeared in the examinations which were conducted by senior professors of concerned disciplines along with college teachers. The examinations will continue up to Feb 13.

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The University of Sindh has announced admissions to two-year LLM degree programme.

Candidates have been asked to submit admission forms by Feb 14. Admission test will be held on Feb 15 and list of selected candidates will be notified on 16.

The candidates can obtain admission forms from the HBL Jamshoro or Hyderabad Old Campus branches on prescribed form. Candidates can contact Director, Institute of Law, Hyderabad, for further information.

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Associated Degree Programme
An institution of higher education will launch a two-year associated degree programme designed to help professionals in disciplines of immediate application and relevance to the market. The programme is equivalent to a bachelor's degree.

The University of Sindh held a meeting on Monday to chalk out a plan for launching the programme in various disciplines and its associated colleges under the direction of the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

The meeting decided to hold a conference with deans to settle the disciplines in which it should be introduced, while deans will deliberate with departmental heads and management of affiliated colleges for proposals on the curriculum.

Meanwhile, it also resolved to approach HEC for the revision of the curriculum. Dawn

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College students awarded death sentence for friend's murder
Mirpurkhas: The Anti-Terrorism Court on Monday awarded death sentences to two cadet college students for kidnapping for ransom and murder of another college student.

According to ATC sources, in December 2006, accused Arshad Nabi Dar and Rashid Aslam -both students of Cadet College Sanghar - kidnapped their friend Abdul Sami, 17. A student of first year in SZABIST from Mirpurkhas, Sami had shifted to Karachi. Both accused sought ransom from Sami's father who is a local industrialist. The accused killed the victim and dumped his body in a garbage dump in Karachi, apparently under fear that their identity might be disclosed.

They, however, continued to talk to his father for ransom by using the victim's cell phone, assuring him for safe release of his only son. The police upon suspicion took both accused into custody and after several days of interrogation, they accepted their crime.

The ATC judge, Ghulam Mustufa Memon, has awarded death sentence to the culprits along with a fine of rupees one million each. The father of the victim, Nawab Abdul Sattar, while expressing satisfaction over the court's verdict termed it a victory of justice. The news

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