Dow varsity convocation for MBBS graduates
Karachi, Jan 13: The Dow University of Health Sciences has announced that it will hold a convocation for MBBS graduates (batches 2004 to 2007) at its Ojha campus on Jan 31.
Chairman of the MBBS Convocation Committee Prof Junaid Ashraf has advised the graduates concerned to get registered for the convocation by Jan 20. The registration forms were available at the convocation committees of Dow Medical College and Sindh Medical College, he said, adding that the forms could also be downloaded from the DUHS website. AgenciesYour Comments
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Federal Urdu University BA, BCom and MCom registration date extended
Karachi: The Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology has extended the last date for submission of registration forms for private students of BA, BCom and MCom has been extended till Jan 24, with a late fee of Rs600.
Meanwhile, the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology has announced that forms for MPhil (environmental science), first semester, second batch, examination-2008 were available at the varsity's branch of the National Bank of Pakistan. The candidates have been advised to obtain and submit the forms from Jan 15 to Jan 21. The university also extended the last date for submission of registration forms for seminary students till January 20.
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Karachi University announced MBBS 3rd prof exam schedule
Karachi: The University of Karachi has announced that MBBS third professional annual examination-2009 will commence from Jan 21.
According to the schedule announced by the university's examination department on Monday, the paper of Pathology (new course) and Pathology-II (old course) will be held on Jan 21; Community Medicine on Jan 24; Ophthalmology (Eye) on Jan 27 and ENT on Jan 29. All the papers will be conducted from 2pm to 5pm at the Defence Authority College of Business, DHA Phase-VI. Ppi
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'Private schools continue to flout regulations'
Karachi: Parents have been left out in the cold as some reputable private schools continue to flout the rules and regulations of the Directorate Registration and Inspection Private Institutions of Sindh. No action can be taken against institutions which went to court, Registration and Inspection Private Schools Sindh Director Mansoob Hussain Siddiqi said.
Over the past few days, we received several complaints about a number of private schools. The main complaints were about the rise in tuition fees or charging fees for June 2009 despite the fact that the academic session ends in March 2009. Among other complaints, aggrieved parents said that the schools were not following the government's instructions.
An aggrieved parent, said that a private school was charging Rs4,700 as tuition fee for his daughter. "The school administration purchased a generator and raised the fee by Rs200 per month to cover the cost of the generator," he said. "When I asked the administration why they were recovering the cost of the generator from us, they said they had received instructions from the owner of the school." He further said that shortly after that the school administration raised the fee by Rs400, bringing the total fee to Rs5,000.
Reportedly, even principals have no say in these matters because policies are made by the owners of these schools. Another complainant who recently visited, said: "Another private schooll is charging tuition fee for the month of June 2009 along with January 2009." He showed the fee challan for June 2009, and said that the school administration will definitely demand the fee for July along with that of February which should be questioned by the authorities concerned.
Similar complaints were received about other notable private schools which has reportedly issued fee vouchers for June along with that of January. This was also highlighted by the media but no action has been taken as yet.
"Some private schools had gone to the court in 2005 and claimed that our rules and regulations contradict Article 199 of human rights," Siddiqi said. Once the matter is decided in the favour of the Directorate Registration and Inspection Private Institutions of Sindh, the latter would take these private schools to task. "Parents are suffering a great deal due to the policies of these private schools," he said. "We have hired a good lawyer and previously we were fighting multiple cases and now all these parties are being dealt with in one case. I am hopeful that the decision will be in our favour."
When told that students of class X are forced to pay fees for June and July while the session ends in March, he said that they had issued a circular directing all private schools to not charge any tuition fee from Class X beyond May. "If any school is charging the fee of June and July from Class X, students should complain to us," Siddiqi said.
Regarding parents who don't want to pay tuition for June and July because they want to transfer their children, he said: "They should write an application to the school administration acknowledging that they want to transfer their children and if the school still charges the fee for June, they should complain to us and we will take action."
He further said that the Sindh Private Educational Institutes (Registration and Control) Ordinance 2001 gave these private schools freedom to raise fees without consulting the registration authority. As per Amendment Act of 2003 and Rules 2005, however, these powers were taken back from private schools. A committee was formed which, on the basis of recommendations, decides whether or not to endorse the proposal of raising the fee. Even in that case no school was allowed to raise the fee by more than five per cent.
Siddiqi said that thus far, the Directorate had suspended the registration of two schools and in many cases helped the teachers and parents get their salaries and refund of extra fee.
Karachi University Fake degree to Balochistan MNA
Karachi: A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, issued by the University of Karachi (KU) to MNA Yaqoob from Balochistan, has been found to be fake.
The Enquiry Committee formed to investigate the authenticity of the degree has suggested, on Prima Facie, stern departmental action against officials in the Enrolment, Degree and Tabulation sections and the teacher of the college which colluded in the issuance of the degree.
Former Federal Education Minister Zubaida Jalal had written a letter to KU in March 2007 requesting to check the authenticity of the degree. KU Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof. Dr Pirzada Qasim had formed an Enquiry Committee to investigate the matter. The Committee comprised Prof. Asim Jamal of the Statistics department and Dr Shakeel Farooqui from the Department of Genetics.
A reliable source said that the report has been submitted to the VC and it says that Yaqoob was not registered at the university but the Assistant Controller of Examinations issued an Enrolment Card to him. The mark sheet that carries the stamp of the Assistant Controller of Examination is also of dubious nature. The Committee has requested the VC to refer the case to the KU Syndicate for secret departmental action through the FIA against the perpetuators of the crime without putting the case up for a 'Media Trial'.
We tried to contact Zubaida Jalal but several calls to her cell phone went answered. An SMS requesting her version of the story also remained unanswered. The News
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