Degree college admissions begin for BA, B.Sc, B.Com
Karachi, Jan 16: The process of admission to degree classes in the Karachi University's affiliated colleges for the year 2009 began on Thursday with the issuance of admission forms.
According to KU Registrar Prof Mohammad Rais Alvi, all those seeking admission to first and second year degree classes in the affiliated colleges are required to submit the admission forms and fee by Feb 2. The classes were scheduled to commence on the same date, he said.
However, he said, candidates applying for admission to degree classes could submit admission forms along with a late fee of Rs500 up to Feb 16.
He pointed out that the last date for submission of enrolment forms along with fee by the students of first year degree classes had been fixed as March 14 though they could submit the forms along with a late fee of Rs500 till March 31.
A Karachi University spokesman has said that all students who have passed their examination equivalent to Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) must obtain equivalence certificates from the Intermediate Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) and submit the same along with admission forms in the colleges where they apply for admission.
Private educational institutions academic year
Meanwhile, the provincial directorate of private educational institutions has instructed all private schools to conduct and announce the results of their students up to Class VIII by March 31 to ensure that the next academic session must begin from April 1, 2009.
Referring to the Sindh education department's steering committee's decision whereby the next academic session in all the schools across the province should start from April 1, an official of the directorate urged the management of each private school to complete the entire process of admission to their schools for the next academic session by March 31 so that all those seeking admission could start their studies from the first day of the next academic session.
Taking notice of complaints that management of some private schools where the process of admission for the forthcoming academic session had already begun were demanding much higher tuition and admission fees as compared to their approved fee structure, the official warned them not to fleece parents on the pretext of sky-rocketing prices of essential commodities as they could charge admission and tuition fee strictly in accordance with their approved fee structure.
He elaborated that it was mandatory upon all private schools to get their respective fee structures approved before the start of an academic session from the directorate of private educational institutions as no increase in fee was allowed to them during academic session. DawnYour Comments
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Registration of 55 private schools cancelled
Karachi The Sindh Directorate for Private Institutions, after receiving the education minister's approval, have cancelled the registration of 55 private schools found flouting the Sindh government's decision of observing winter vacations from December 22 to December 31, 2008.
"The Board of Secondary Education, Karachi (BSEK), Aga Khan Education Board (AKEB) and the British Council (BC) have been officially directed not to conduct exams of these schools unless their registration is restored," revealed provincial directorate officials. This is the first time that the Sindh Directorate for Private Institutions has taken actions against institutes that have violated its rules and regulations.
According to the officials, BSEK, AKEB and BC officials have also been asked to strictly follow the direction of the directorate and deal with the schools as per the approved rules.
Some of the schools that have suffered the directorate's decision are, Bahria College at MT Khan Road, Habib Girls School in Garden, PECHS Girls School, Farhan High School at Korangi, Esanni Children Academy at Shoe Market, Metropolitan Academy in Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Metropolitan Foundation in the FB Area, Fauji Foundation School in Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Iqra Maujul Itfal School at Korangi, Islamia Scientific School in Nazimabad-2, Worldwide Academy in North Nazimabad, Al-Huda Public School in Manzoor Colony, Real Cambridge School in North Karachi and the City School PAF Chapter.
These schools were found to be open by the Sindh Directorate for Private Institutions inspection team during the winter vacations from December 22 to December 31, 2008, which were to be observed as per the decision of the Sindh Education Department Steering Committee. Daily Times
KU VC slates 'lukewarm' stance towards Gaza massacre
Karachi: The lukewarm and ceremonial reaction to the plight of Palestinian Muslims who are being eliminated while entire Muslim Ummah watches idly and lacks the will to even make a whimper sound against such atrocities is deplorable, University of Karachi (KU) Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof. Dr Pirzada Qasim said.
Usually composed and soft-spoken, Prof. Dr Qasim vented his anger at the attitude of Muslims, especially Pakistanis. He was speaking at a walk organised on Thursday by the Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) to express solidarity with Palestinians. The teachers gathered at the Arts Lobby and then walked up to the Central Library and dispersed from there.
Prof. Qasim expressed surprise and disgust over the fact that a mega-city like Karachi had failed to gather a mammoth crowd to protest against the Israeli holocaust. "The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), the Awami National Party (ANP) and others should have organised a protest rally where participants should have filled the road between the Mazar-e-Quaid and Merrewether Tower," he said.
Dr Aqeel Ahmed and Dr Shakeel Farooqui also condemned what they referred to as the self-centred attitude and the lack of vision of Muslims who were busy with their own petty affairs disregarding the 'massacre of their brethren' at Gaza.
Dean Faculty of Sciences Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi said that she thought that the walk was a mismanaged affair and lacked the discipline and composure from teachers who were supposed to be the 'guiding light' for their students and society. "I am especially surprised by the painful silence of the students who have nothing to say anything or show their disapproval of the Gaza nightmare," she said. She agreed that the inert attitude of the students was due to absence of student unions that used to train and guide them towards becoming leaders of society. "It is really pathetic that a university with 22,000 students remains silent," she lamented.
A senior professor, requesting anonymity, commented: "How could we expect the students to come out in protest? They have no will to do so as their ambitions have been clipped by the presence of now heavily armed Rangers who are more and more visible on the campus that sometimes looks like a 'Concentration Camp' where people are not allowed to voice dissent," he said angrily.
The lack of kindred spirit was also evident among the teachers as from among more than 600 teachers only about 100 had turned up that too to show their presence to the VC. Many teachers criticised the KUTS for failing to support the cause of the Palestinians before another teachers' group 'Tanzeem-e-Asatza Pakistan', a teachers' outfit having rightist activists in its cadre, decided to organise their own walk on last Tuesday (Jan 12). The KUTS effectively kept out of their walk and decided to come out on Thursday to avoid accusing glances from the KU teachers. The News
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