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KU remained open for just 151 days in 2010
Karachi, Jan 11: A distinct lack of security, armed clashes on campus, bad governance, political pressure and 214 holidays disrupted the education of students at the Karachi University, the largest varsity of Pakistan, in 2010.

Students hardly had the opportunity to attend their classes as a number of scheduled and unscheduled holidays badly interrupted the academic year. In 2010, the university remained closed for a whopping 214 days. This means that the students only attended university for about 5 months, the whole of last year.

Clashes between rival groups of students and the uncertain security situation on campus, coupled with the Sindh government finding every possible excuse to declare a holiday, forced KU officials to close the campus on several occasions.

Out of the 214 holidays in 2010, 20 were scheduled holidays, 45 were for summer vacation, 15 for the winter break and 104 for the weekends on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to this, the university remained closed for 30 days due to various reasons.

Although the school was not closed during Students' Week in late October this year, classes were only held up till 11:00am. It seems as though the festive mood of the students also rubbed off on the teachers as scheduled classes were seldom held during Students' Week.

The regular closures and interruptions are reflected in the fact that examinations scheduled to be held on December 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 have now been postponed till January and February of 2011. It still remains uncertain whether examinations will be held as per the delayed schedule. Moreover, the new academic year, which was all set to begin on New Year's Day, has been delayed till January 17.

On condition of anonymity, a senior official of Karachi University said that there are no set criteria for declaration of holidays. "The vice-chancellor simply bides his time and takes no real decision if some sort of a law and order situation arises on campus.

Meanwhile, calls from the electronic and print media continue to pour in, asking senior officials about whether the university is open or closed on that given day. There have been some days when the university was actually closed, but officially remained open. This causes a lot of frustration and confusion among students as well as their parents," said the official.

The administrative ability of senior officials was put to the test due to a complete lack of coordination between people representing the university to the media. On some occasions, the media officer and the Public Relations Office gave conflicting statements to the media regarding closures without informing the registrar. The news

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Admission to Fuuast
Karachi: The Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (Fuuast) has released the list of admission to the morning programme in the faculties of science, business administration and pharmacy.

The list has been displayed at the university's Gulshan campus and the successful candidates have been advised to deposit fees between January 14 and 21.

Meanwhile, the university has announced that the examination forms for BBA (third, fifth and sixth semester) and MBA (third semester for regular and repeater candidates) in the evening programme could be submitted latest by January 13. ppi

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Book exhibition commences at NED University
Karachi: A book exhibition commenced at the NED University of Engineering and Technology here on Monday. Vice-Chancellor Engr Abul Kalam performed the inauguration. The three-day exhibition is being held under the auspices of the Central Library of the NED University. As many as 40 stalls have been set up by the publishers and booksellers. Engineering and general books as well as those of Islamic and Urdu have been put on display. app

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Students oppose SMC upgrade
Karachi: The student action committee of the Sindh Medical College (SMC) has appealed to Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad and the vice-chancellor of the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) against upgrading their college to university.

The representatives of the committee demanded that the college remain affiliated with the DUHS. They made these demands while talking to journalists after a demonstration on Monday at the SMC.

They said that they had given nine recommendations in writing to the SMC principal and the pro-vice chancellor of the DUHS, Prof Umer Farooq.

They said the upgrade of the SMC to university was a conspiracy against students.

Principal of the SMC and Pro-VC of the DUHS Prof Umer Farooq said that the students' recommendations would be sent to the vice chancellor of the DUHS for consideration. ppi

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SBTE announces fee schedule
Karachi: The registrar of the Sindh Board of Technical Education (SBTE) announced a schedule for the submission of registration forms and fees for short courses for the session 2011 on Monday.

According to a notification, students are asked to pay Rs300 for a technical course while Rs1,525 for a beautification course.

The notification also said that Rs255 would be the fee for a tailoring course, while Rs240 will the fee for acommercial course.

The students enrolled for the course of industrial home will submit Rs215 and Rs255 is the prescribed fee for a government commercial course. The form is available against the payment of Rs25.

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PSF organises condolence meeting
Karachi: The Pakhtoon Students Federation (PSF) organised a condolence convention on Monday at the Abdul Qadeer Khan Auditorium in Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST), Gulshan Campus in connection to the sixth death anniversary of PSF activist Masood-ur-Rehman Mehsood.

On this occasion, General Secretary of the Awami National Party (ANP) chapter Sindh Bashir Jan said that the solution of nations' problems were hidden in their unity and solidarity.

He said that education is the light and illiteracy is darkness; therefore, it is necessary to educate the society.

Sindh Minister for Labor, Ameer Nawab Khan said that development of nations depend on promoting education, adding that the students should play their due role for development of the country.

He said that the recent government is trying to resolve people's problems on priority basis. President of PSF chapter Sindh Raza Khan Jadoon and President of District East ANP Younus Khan Buneri also spoke on this occasion. The news

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