No April-July fee from outgoing students
Karachi, Jan 17: The Sindh education department's directorate of private institutions has asked all private schools not to demand tuition fees for April to July from all those students who wish to switch over to some other institutions in the next academic year beginning from April 1 across the province.
The provincial director of private institutions, Mansoob Hussain Siddiqui, observed that the private schools' practice of demanding tuition fees for April to July even from those students who intended to switch over to some other schools in the ensuing academic session was 'unlawful' and 'unjust'.
He said that no private school could charge tuition fees from such students who might not be studying in the same school provided their parents submitted an application to the management of the school concerned in this regard before the commencement of the annual examinations.
About the two-month tuition fee of the summer vacation (June and July), he said that the management of private schools had been directed to facilitate parents by allowing them to deposit the June and July fee of their wards from January to May 2010, instead of recovering the same lump sum.
In case of students currently studying in Class X and who will be appearing in the annual examinations in March this year, Mr Siddiqui said that management of all the private schools could receive the fee from their Class X students only till March 2010.
He warned all those schools to refrain from charging unlawful fee or else strict action would be initiated against them as per existing rules.
Meanwhile, the management of private schools have been directed not to charge any other fee under any other head unless approved under rules including 'annual charges' and 'recreation fee' while the admission fee could be charged to the extent of three times of one-month tuition fee.Your Comments
SPSF announced boycott of academic activities
Hyderabad: Academic activities in Sindh University remained suspended on Saturday as Sindh People's Students Federation activists forcibly prevented point buses to reach the campus from different areas of the city.
SPSF and Jeay Sindh Students Federation (A) are embroiled in a dispute for the last couple of months after killing of JSSF worker Asad Abbasi in Mehran University of Engineering and Technology and subsequent murder of SPSF's Niaz Baloch, a student of Sindh Agriculture University, in Hyderabad.
Counter cases have been lodged by office-bearers of the two student organisations but the controversy has remained unresolved. Raza Brohi, Ishaq Brohi and Noman Behlai were booked in Abbasi murder case and Habib Bhutto was named in Baloch murder case. Majority of around 100 point buses did not reach the campus, affecting academic activities as mostly classes were not held due to absence of students.
The SPSF announced boycott of academic activities in the university till the culprits were brought to justice in Abbasi murder case. It said that no SPSF activist was involved in the murder.
According to SPSF president Sohrab Marri, they are protesting against registration of the murder case against activists of the organisation on the complaint of JSSF-A leaders. He said that SPSF activists were not involved in the murder of Abbasi.
SU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Nazir A. Mughal in a statement expressed concern over stopping of point buses by political groups which resulted in disturbance at the campus.
He said that thousands of dedicated students were deprived of education by few irresponsible students, adding that each day of students was precious and important for their education.
He appealed to students and political groups to help the university provide quality education to students, and said that protests and stopping of point buses of students and employees harmed education and tarnished the image of the university at national and international level. He expressed the hope that parents, students and society would help the university management develop peaceful educational environmental.
SPSF activists took out a rally here on Saturday to protest against the administration of the Sindh University and Shah Abdul Latif University.
The rally, led by SPSF district president Faqeer Zakir Hisbani, started from Panj Gulla Chowk and marched on different roads. The participants carried placards inscribed with different slogans against the administration of the two universities.
Talking to reporters at the press club, Mr Hisbani alleged that the administration of Sindh University and its vice-chancellor were playing a partisan role and SPSF activists were being subjected to excesses. He demanded removal of the vice-chancellors of both universities. Dawn
Physiotherapy students stage demo at JPMC
Karachi: Students of College of Physiotherapy, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) launched a protest demonstration for the approval of their demands outside the Directorate Office, here on Saturday.
The students said that the college had been working for 55 years but no proper facilities were being provided to the students nor their stipends were being increased.
Now the administration wants to close the college, they added. The students demanded to restore house jobs of the college and approve a budget for college in order to start various new programmes. The news
DCET academic session
Karachi: The classes of various batches of engineering and architecture programme for the academic session 2009-10 of the Dawood College of Engineering and Technology will commence on Jan 18 (Monday).
This was annouced by an official of the institution on Saturday. APP
Ziauddin Dental College
Karachi: Ziauddin Dental College, a constituent of the Ziauddin University (ZU), formally opened on Saturday with a commencement day for the 1st Prof BDS at the Clifton Campus. A function to mark the opening day was presided over by ZU's Vice Chancellor Professor Arif Ali Zaidi.
It was attended by Principal ZU Dental College Prof. Yasmeen Saleem, Registrar Mohammad Yusuf, Advisor Academics Prof. N.A. Jafery, deans, faculty as well as students and their parents. The college has been equipped with state of the art dental laboratories along with labs on the medical side.
ZU has acquired a highly qualified and competent faculty having immense experience in the field of teaching and practice of all dental science disciplines. The news
New medical university
Larkana: A four-member team of Higher Education Commission on Friday inspected infrastructure available at the newly-founded Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Medical University (SBBMU) with a view to recognise the university.
The team headed by adviser academics of HEC Jawed Khan, director general of HEC Rahim Bakhsh Channa, Prof Ghulam Qadir Kazi, vice-chancellor of Isra University and Prof Abdul Sattar Memon, dean of Faculty of Surgery and allied sciences of the Liaquat University of Health and Medical Sciences, was brief by SBBMU Vie-Chancellor Prof Sikandar Shaikh.
Mr Shaikh said that SBBMU fairly fulfilled requirements needed for recognition as a standard university. Foundation stone for the university
Was laid by President Asif Ali Zardari on Dec 29, four kilometres from the city on Airport road, he said.
The university had almost finalised purchase of 220 acres at a cost of Rs700,000 per acre, the sources said. The SBBMU had at present only Rs88 million and the cost of land would come to Rs155 million, said the sources.
The VC said the university would conduct examinations of fresh batch (2009-2010) in MBBS, while the construction of Chandka Dental College would be completed by the end of 2010. The dental college is being constructed adjacent to the Chandka Medical College.
He told the team that facilities and infrastructure was available. The team visited various basic and clinical departments of Chandka Medical College and Gambat Institute of Medical Sciences.
They opined that SBBMU possessed infrastructure required under the set criterion of HEC for a university, said Dr Abdul Waheed Memon, media coordinator of SBBMU.
The team said that university deserved encouragement and funding by HEC and the government. Dawn
Karachi: A seminar on 'Knowledge Based Education' was held at the Convention Centre of the Defence Authority Country and Golf Club under the aegis of DHA's Education Directorate here Saturday.
More than 1,000 teaching faculty members of various DHA schools and colleges participated in the seminar and deliberated on various aspects of knowledge based education aimed at making teaching effective and useful.
Director Education DHA, Brig (Retd) Iftikhar Arshad Khan, was the chief guest at the Seminar. Two syndicate panels comprising of various faculty members of DHA educational institutions made presentations during the seminar on different facets of the subject.
The first panel headed by Commodore (Retd) Imran Ansari, Principal Defence Authority Degree College, touched upon the philosophical aspects of the topic.
They focused on the basic definitions and processes involved in knowledge acquisition, leading to the intricacies of knowledge management.
Later, speakers explained how libraries and Internet could be optimally utilised as knowledge resource. The last syndicate explained the processes of transiting from known knowledge to the unknown knowledge through research methodology.
The second panel headed by Mrs Iffat Rashid, Principal Defence Authority Public School O&A Levels, encompassed the business end of the topic illuminating the audience with the application of various strategies and methodologies from disseminating knowledge with emphasis on a structured teaching environment of educational institutions.
They explained the dimensions of knowledge with respect to teaching environment.
This was to prepare grounds for methodologies and strategies for motivating students in assimilation of knowledge.
The last syndicate summed up the process by presenting 'a model of excellence in achieving the process of knowledge dissemination'.
Brig (Retd) Iftikhar Arshad termed the seminar as a singular milestone focused towards enhancement of knowledge, skills and expertise of the teachers. He said that knowledge without wisdom could be destructive as it may lead to annihilation. He cautioned that knowledge should not be mistaken for wisdom adding that while knowledge helps to make a living, wisdom helps to make a life.
Brig. Iftikhar said that refinement of teaching skills was a continuous process and must be pursued throughout the life for enhancing quality and knowledge based education.
In the end, the chief guest gave away certificates to members of different panels who participated in the Seminar. The nation
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