FUUAST announces 31st last date for registration
Karachi, Jan 05: Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) Controller Examinations Professor Waqar-ul-Haq has announced on Monday that the last date of registration in BA, BCom and MA (private) has been extended to Jan 31.
Meanwhile, FUUAST has also announced that MSC final semester (4th) and BS semester (8th) chemistry paper, which was scheduled for Dec 28, 2010 but postponed, will now be held on Jan 7. Further, exams of MSC previous semester (2nd) and BS semester (6th), which was due to be held on Dec 15, 2010, will now be held on Jan 8. Daily times
Thin attendance at schools after winter vacation
Karachi: Private schools of the metropolis re-opened on Monday after 10-day winter vacation but thin attendance was reported from most of them.
Parents of the students were not in favour to send their children to schools as they believed that there would be no proper classes on first day of schooling after vacations. Despite the fact that public sector schools opened on Saturday after observing winter vacations, the attendance remained low on Monday.
It has become a practice that students avoid attending classes on first day after the vacations. Similar situation was witnessed after summer vacations, and students started schools regularly after three to four days.
"My son woke up early this morning to get ready for school but the van driver did not come. When we called the driver to ask where he is, the driver said he will not be coming because majority of the students will take off," Mrs Hanif said.
She also said that her son was ready to go to school with his father but by that time it was late to enter school's premises.
Mrs Kaleem said that she could not press the uniforms of her children due to which she did not send them to school on Monday. "The children are studying in lower classes, so I think there would be no problem for them if they miss some classes," she added.
However, many parents believe that the child should go to schools on regular basis because it would create the importance of education within their mind. It would also make them punctual and help them in future too, they said.
They have enjoyed a lot during the vacations and now its time to go to school. We already have many problems which often cause closures of the educational institutions in the city and if they deliberately miss the classes then they could not get necessary preparations for their examinations, the parents added.
"I went upcountry area with my family," Muhammad Ali said. "My sons are studying in class IV and VI respectively, they are allowed to enjoy holidays but there is no compromise on studies. Both of them went to school on Monday despite they know that there will be thin attendance in their classes," he further said.
Murtaza Aziz a student of Class VII of a government school said that since there was low attendance in class, couple of teachers allowed them to play in the ground and did not conduct classes.
SSUET initiates Campus Recruitment Programme
Karachi: The Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) on Sunday conducted the Campus Recruitment Programme to hire internees and fill other vacancies, a spokesperson for the university said.
A multinational company operating in 64 countries around the globe conducted the test.
The spokesperson said in a statement that around 150 students of final year from the Electronic Engineering Department appeared in the test.
Earlier, Engineer Muhammad Adil Usman, member Board of Governors, said in his inaugural address the university had produced over 10,000 engineering graduates since its inception.
He told the audience that Aligarh Institute of Technology (AIT) ó a sister organisation of the SSUET - had awarded certificates and diploma to over 12, 000 professionals and was now planning to conduct degree programme in the field of Business Administration and Financial Management.
Registrar SSUET Shah Mahmood H Syed said that basic purpose of this programme was to introduce students to the practical world and guide them how to appear in tests and interviews for jobs. "The SSUET is developing tomorrow's leaders," he said. The news
Sindh varsity to introduce summer courses
Hyderabad: The Sindh University has decided to introduce summer courses for fresh, improver and failure candidates in May at its Jamshoro and Hyderabad campuses.
In the first instance, some key courses would be introduced and a feasibility report would be submitted by the deans of faculties in this regard.
The decision was taken at a meeting of deans council held here on Monday to finalise schedule of semester reforms to be implemented during current session. Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Nazir A. Mughal presided over the meeting.
The meeting discussed merger of some departments and institutes and formed three committees to prepare a report for discussion in the next meeting of the council.
The vice-chancellor said that he would start checking schedule of credit hours from Jan 15 to be posted by faculty members in front of their offices as part of academic reforms.
The reforms, he said, would be implemented step by step to raise the standard of higher education and research at the university. Semester system is an honour system which inculcates among students confidence and respect for teachers, he said.
He urged the deans to motivate their faculty members to dedicate some time to community service which was also a part of reforms. It was duty of teachers to work for the community apart from teaching, he said.
The meeting was also attended by Pro Vice-Chancellor Dr. Rafia Ahmed Shaikh, Director Graduates Studies Dr. Mohammad Raees, Registrar Dr. Mohammad Siddique Kalhoro and deans of various faculties.
Cal for SALU campus in Shikarpur
Shikarpur: Activists of the Shikarpur Youth Action Forum and a large number of people took out a procession here on Sunday in protest against delay in the establishment of a campus of Shah Abdul Latif University in Shikarpur.
Convener of the forum and local leaders of PML-N and PPP said on the occasion that the government was not deciding the matter although all formalities had been fulfilled the government. Dawn
Int'l Sufi University to be established in Matiari
Karachi: The Sindh government has decided to establish an International Sufi University in Bhit Shah, Matiari, to promote cultural and religious education in the rural areas and to educate the local people, especially youth.
The university is being established on the directives of President Asif Ali Zardari and it will be situated near Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai's shrine.
Commenting on the matter, a teacher of Sindh University said that initially classes would be held in the Bhit Shah Degree College building on the subjects of culture, Sufism and Islamiat, while research in other disciplines had also been planned. He added that some components of the syllabus and hiring of faculty members were yet to be finalised.
He said that the caretakers of famous shrines in Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan and other parts of the country would be approached to take classes once a week or on a regular basis on Sufism. Their teachings will be part of the university's curriculum.
In addition, he stated that the translation of Sufi thoughts depicted in the poetry of various Sufi poets would be ensured in different languages, including Sindhi, Urdu and English. The main purpose of the International Sufi University would be to promote interfaith and intercultural education to tackle extremism in the country, he opined.
Mir Ghulam Mustafa Talpur, Director, Centre for Peace, Democracy, Diplomacy and Developmental Studies, said that there was a need to adopt modern education system regarding Sufism in the International Sufi University.
He said the university could play a vital role in promoting peace and interfaith harmony, adding that only competent staff should be hired in order to run the affairs of the university amicably.
Regarding specialisation in various fields, Talpur said that the students could pursue Master's progrmames in any field related to Sufism like meditation, Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai's poetic works focusing on religious harmony.
He suggested that the Sufi University could fulfil its purpose if it was developed on modern lines of cultural diplomacy, and interfaith conflict resolution. He believed that teaching of Sufism and cultural values could be used to promote tolerance and interfaith harmony in society.
When contacted, a government official said that Sindh University had approached the Bureau of Curriculum, Sindh, to identify people who could design a curriculum for Sufi University. He said since there were a few people having traditional knowledge about Sufism, they recommended the names of some persons to the authorities and asked them to avail their services.
He maintained that the curriculum of the university must be designed by people who were experts in their particular subjects, while the text should be compatible with international standards.
Meanwhile, educationists, writers, peace activists and people from different walks of life have appreciated the idea of setting up Sufi University, believing that it will help in avoiding extremism and promoting tolerance in society. The news
Sui cantonment turned into military college
Sui: The Pakistan Army has formally abandoned the newly-constructed controversial army cantonment in Sui and converted it into a military college.
Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani inaugurated the college at a ceremony on Monday and announced that 10,000 Baloch youths would be inducted into the army. Classes will commence in April, with 60 per cent seats reserved for Balochistan.
Former president Pervez Musharraf had constructed the cantonment in Sui town of Dera Bugti district, ignoring opposition by Baloch and Pakhtun nationalist parties. The Balochistan Assembly had also adopted a resolution against the construction of more army cantonments in the province.
However, the PPP government had dropped a plan to establish cantonments in Sui and Kohlu and decided to hand over both the garrisons to Frontier Corps.
Balochistan Governor Zulfiqar Magsi, Chief Minister Aslam Raisani, Commander Southern Command Lt Gen Javed Zia and hundreds of Bugti tribesmen and elders attended the function.
The Army Chief said: "It is a gift from Pakistan Army to the people of Balochistan." He said a military college was established in Jhelum 85 years ago, then another in 2008 in Murree and now the Army had decided to convert Sui cantonment into the third military college of the country.
"Now educational institutions will be established in Sui instead of cantonment areas," Gen Kayani announced.
He said as there were reservations in Balochistan about establishing military cantonments, it was decided to convert the Sui cantonment into a military college. "An educated Balochistan will help make Pakistan stronger," Gen Kayani said, adding that the Army and people could make the country stable and strong.
The Army chief said the people of Balochistan were patriot Pakistanis and he wanted that a maximum number of officers join the army from that province. He said it was the responsibility of all people to make Pakistan a developed country.
Gen Kayani highlighted the steps being taken by the Army in education, health and other sectors in Balochistan and said the Army and Frontier Corps were running 47 educational institutions in the province where around 23,000 students were acquiring education. Several thousands students from Balochistan were admitted to army's educational institutions in Murree while the Army wanted to provide maximum educational and vocational training facilities to the students of Balochistan so that they could get jobs and contribute to the development and prosperity of the country.
Gen Kayani said 3,500 Baloch youths had joined different army units after completing training, while another 5,000 youths would start training in March.
He said Balochistan was rich in various resources that needed to be utilised for the development of the province. "People of Balochistan have first right on these resources," he said, adding that if these resources were utilised properly, Balochistan would become the richest province in the country.
Chief Minister Aslam Raisani expressed pleasure over converting the Sui army cantonment into a military college and said that it would help in raise the standard of education in Balochistan.
However, he asked the Pakistan Petroleum Limited authorities to provide jobs to the youths of Dera Bugti district who had competed technical training in vocational institutions.
Mr Raisani announced construction of Sibi-Rakhani-Sangsilla road this year.
Sui Military College's Commandant Brig Ali Tahir said Balochistan would get 60 per cent seats in the college, which would be affiliated with the federal board. He said classes would start in April. Dawn
Moot on chemistry begins at Jinnah varsity
Karachi: A conference on chemistry and its role in science began here on Monday. The three-day moot is being organised by the Jinnah University for Women on its premises.
The director of the HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi, Prof Dr Iqbal Choudhary, was the guest of honour.
Speaking on the occasion, he appreciated the holding of the conference and spoke of the significance of the research and development activities.
He said that seats of higher learning should pay attention to this aspect. Prof Choudhary also shed light on the research being undertaken for the development of medicines for various diseases.
Candidates to challenge exams for civil judge posts
Karachi: A number of candidates who appeared in examinations in the form of objective questions for 85 posts of civil judges on December 29 have challenged the examinations and announced they will file a petition in the Sindh High Court on Wednesday.
This was announced by Ali Mohammad Dahiri, vice chairman Sindh Bar Council, along with former secretary Karachi Bar Association Naeem Qureshi while addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club on Monday.
"Our petition pertains to holding the exams again since the objective questions were irrelevant and had nothing to do with the law; secondly, it [the court] would also be asked to withhold the written exams of 66 candidates who have been declared successful. The exams conducted by the National Testing Service did not follow the prescribed rules and the same contained out of course questions," they said.
Dahiri said that about 85 posts of civil judges had been lying vacant all over Sindh since 2006 and the results of the exams held in the year 2008 had been withheld.
Later, the exams (in the form of an objective questions paper) were held on December 29, 2010, and the results were announced on January 1. About 2,047 candidates appeared in the exams, of whom 66 were declared successful.
They complained that the candidates were not given call letters for the exams conducted by the NTS neither did it give any syllabus guidelines.
On the exams day, the candidates were told by the invigilators that the time of the paper had been reduced to 60 minutes from the 120 minutes written on the question paper and that the candidates had to obtain 60 out of 100 marks for passing the exams.
Jalil Ahmed Memon advocate, who also appeared in the exams, complained that the objective questions paper prepared by National Testing Service did not contain any question from the law and was totally irrelevant, which raised concerns amongst the candidates.
Besides, the results of about 100 candidates were not shown on the website while the printed version was not accessible, which created further doubts in the minds of the candidates, he added. The news