BCom exams | KU, bad to worse

BCom exams from 21st
Karachi, Jan 17: The annual examinations of BCom (External) would commence on January 21, an official said on Monday.

The admit cards have been dispatched to the candidates at their residential addresses. All those candidates who have not received their admit cards till January 18 have been advised to contact Room No1, Silver Jubilee Gate, KU, on January 19 and January 20 from 9:30am to 1pm.

The controller of examinations of the University of Karachi said the candidates should bring their original examination fee voucher, original registration card and a photocopy, two passport size photographs and a photocopy of the Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC) on the given dates.

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25 aspiring KU students unable to submit admission fees
Karachi: The state of affairs at Karachi University (KU) seems to be going from bad to worse as just a couple of days after exam candidates were manhandled and had their documentation torn to shreds by miscreants, students are unable to submit their fees, despite the fact that their names are on the list of new admissions. Also, five applicants claimed that they were neglected during the admission process as they were not part of the K-category, which are students from Karachi.

On Monday, the Complaints and Grievance Committee of Karachi University received the complaints of the 25 students who were unable to submit their fees. The committee was formed on January 4, 2012, by Professor Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqi and the 16th of this month was the last date to submit applications. Interestingly, all the applications were received on the very last day.

Pro Vice Chancellor KU Professor Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi was the convener of the committee, while Dean of Faculty of Management and Administrative Sciences Professor Dr Abu Zar Wajidi, Director Admission Committee Professor Dr Khalid Iraqi and Students Advisor Ansar Rizvi were the other members.

As per its Academic Council's resolutions, the university offers admission in three different categories, including K, S and P categories. Students appearing from examination boards located in Karachi fall in the K-category, while students from other examination boards of the province are placed in S-category, which stands for Sindh. The P-category entertains students from the rest of the country. During the admission process, KU gives first priority to the students of the K-category and in case seats are available at the departments or centres, then S and P category are entertained.

According to the applicants who applied individually, they have good percentages in their previous examinations, but were not part of the K-category and that is why they were unable to gain admission to the public-run institute. On the other hand, up to 20 applicants said they got the admission and their names were mentioned in the final admission list, but could not submit their fee. This is the reason, the students say, their names were removed from the list.

The University had extended the deadline by a day to submit the tuition fees, but these students also failed to avail the opportunity, KU officials said.

Kazmi said that committee members would review these applications and then take a decision according to merit.

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IT lecture named after Arfa Karim
Karachi: The Department of Computer Science, University of Karachi, has decided to conduct an information technology (IT) lecture every year on January 14, and name it after the youngest certified IT expert, Arfa Karim, who died last week.

This year the lecture would be held at 11am on January 25, and a Microsoft official, the dean sciences, officials of the department and US-based IT professionals would speak on the occasion, a handout issued by the department said on Monday.

Earlier, the department paid tribute to the youngest certified IT professional, and newcomers were briefed about the department and courses offered during the programme. The news

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SU teachers march on campus
Hyderabad: Academic activities remained suspended in Sindh University in Jamshoro on Monday because teachers boycotted classes.

Representatives of the Sindh University Teachers' Association (SUTA) along with hundreds of teachers marched on the campus from department to department.

They were chanting slogans for the immediate implementation of their demands i.e., to constitute a judicial commission to probe the assassination of Prof Bashir Ahmed Channar, immediate removal of the retired, inefficient and incapable vice-chancellor Nazir A.Mughal, removal of police and Rangers from the campus and improvement of university's own security system and ban on student wings of political parties while restoring the student unions.

Teachers marched from the main campus to the administration Building (AC II) where office-bearers of SUTA and other faculty members delivered speeches in support of their demands. They regretted that no action had yet been taken by the chancellor and the Government of Sindh regarding implementation of their demands.

President of SUTA Dr Azhar Ali Shah, secretary Dr Arfana Mallah, Asghar Burfat, Dr Ayaz Keerio, Prof Badar Soomro, Janealam Solangi and others termed SUTA's struggle for structural changes.

They reaffirmed their determination that they would continue to record their protest and agitation every day until all the demands were implemented.

Speaking to protesters, teachers' leaders reminded the present government of the MRD movement and asked for restoring democracy in the educational institutions of Sindh which they said were being run under the dual dictatorship of the chancellor and the vice-chancellors.

After a sit-in at AC-II, SUTA executive council held a meeting with the Sindh chapter of the Federation of All Pakistan Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA).

The meeting was presided over by Prof Naimatullah Laghari, president of the Sindh chapter of FAPUASA and attended by presidents and secretaries of the teachers' association of the Quaid Awam University in Nawabshah, University of Sindh, Mehran Engineering University and Sindh Agriculture University in Tandojam.

FAPUASA reiterated their support for SUTA's four demands and regretted that despite a written communication by the president of FAPUASA-Sindh chapter to Dr Ishratul Ibad, the chancellor of the universities had fixed no appointment to discuss the volatile situation prevalling in the Sindh University.

They said that though University of Sindh was continuously observing suspension of academic activities since Jan 2, FAPUASA would observe another Black Day on Jan 19 and would decide for continuous suspension of classes throughout Sindh if SUTA's demands were not discussed and accepted by the chancellor by Jan 20.

The Sindh chapter of FAPUASA also condemned consideration of re-appointment of Pirzada Qasim as vicechancellor of the Karachi University. Dawn

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SHC allows MUET student to attend classes
Karachi: The Sindh High Court on Monday allowed a student to attend classes of civil engineering at the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET).

A division bench headed by Justice Maqbool Baqar was seized with the hearing of a petition filed by Shahid Niaz Sheikh, a fourth year student of MUET, who sought permission to attend classes of the 2012 session.

The petitioner, represented by Advocate Bisharat Ali Memon, impleaded the varsity's vice chancellor, the registrar, the chairman of the civil engineering department, the dean of architect & civil engineering, the student affairs director and others as respondents.

The counsel submitted that the university adminis-tration had earlier stopped his client from taking third year examination due to shortage of his attendance and he subsequently filed a petition in the SHC that provisionally allowed him on Nov 28, 2011.

He submitted that the university administration previously suspended admission of the petitioner for one week from October 14, 2011.

Later, it was restored on October 19, 2011, when his guardian talked to the administration.

The counsel stated that the student could not attend the classes due to worst flooding in his home district, Shaheed Benazirabad.

The petitioner prayed to the court to direct the university administration to allow him to attend classes. ppi

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