MA, double-MA registration date extended
Karachi, Jan 31: The University of Karachi on Monday announced that the last date for submitting the registration forms of MA, double-MA and improvement of division for private students had been extended till March 1.
A separate announcement said that after the 'online private registration forms' facility, the university on Monday launched the 'online migration forms' for the candidates who wanted to get migration certificates for moving to some other educational institution. ppiYour Comments
KU introduces migration forms online
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) on Monday started the facility of issuing migration forms online for private students. A notification issued on Monday said candidates could access the form at the web-portal of the university. Meanwhile, the date of the submission of registration forms of MA and for improvement of division 2010 had been extended to facilitate the candidates, KU Registrar Prof M Kaleem Raza Khan said. The candidates could submit their registration forms from January 31 to March 1 along with Rs2,300, he said, adding that the change of subject would be allowed with a prescribed fee of Rs50. The news
KU withdraws 'average' marks decision
Karachi: Withdrawing its earlier decision to award 'average' marks to all BCom and BA (male) regular candidates whose Jan 13 papers at Karachi University were disrupted, the university has asked all such candidates to reappear in their paper rescheduled for Feb 12.
A spokesperson for the KU said on Monday: "The decision to award 'average' marks to candidates whose Jan 13 papers were disrupted and who might prefer not to reappear in their same paper which was earlier rescheduled for Feb 1 has been withdrawn because of a prevailing confusion over 'average' marks and due to a large number candidates who will be appearing in their disrupted papers."
The KU official said that "now the question of awarding average marks does not arise".
The paper would now be held on Feb 12 between 2pm and 5pm at their original centres on the campus and all those candidates who thought that they had not solved their Jan 13 papers properly would have to reappear in the papers as the earlier decision to award 'average' marks to those who might not wish to reappear in their rescheduled paper had been withdrawn, he said.
The paper was earlier scheduled to be held on Jan 9, but it was postponed at the eleventh hour due to a public holiday declared by the Sindh government on account of the annual Urs of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai.
The paper which was the last paper for the candidates taking their BCom (part-I) annual examinations as regular candidates was then fixed for Jan 13 in the morning shift, but it was disrupted when some students protesting against the university admissions policy had resorted to hooliganism and forced the candidates to flee from their examination centres.
Shortly after the incident, the KU through a press release had announced that the disrupted papers would now be held on Feb 1 for the students of the centres affected by the hooliganism and those who would not like to take their paper on Feb 1 would be given 'average' marks.
The KU decision created an impression among the candidates that 'average' marks meant that they would be awarded passing marks in their disrupted papers, even if they preferred to skip their papers which were earlier rescheduled for Feb 1.
It may be pointed out that the same papers of female candidates of BCom and BA examinations whose centres had been set up at various female colleges of the city were conducted smoothly on Jan 13. Dawn
SU to extend protest to other universities
Hyderabad: Almost a month has gone by since the University of Sindh has suspended classes in protest against the killing of a faculty member on Januray 2 by student political groups.
After the murder of Professor Bashir Ahmed Channar, the Sindh University Teacher's Association (Suta) put forward its four-point charter of demands for restoring peace on the campus.
However, a recently held meeting between Suta and the Sindh faction of the Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (Fapuasa) has decided to extend their protest to other universities including the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur, Sindh Agriculture University Tando Jam and Quad-e-Awam University Nawabshah.
Suta President Dr Azhar Shah said they would continue their protest for an indefinite period of time till their demands are met. "We are taking other universities on board to press for our demands."
"There will be a complete boycott of classes on Friday (Feb 3) by all of these universities," he said. The meeting strongly condemned the SU administration's threats of disciplinary action against faculty members.
Shah said that since they did not accept the incumbent VC, they would not respond to any decision made by the Syndicate. "The government must take our demands seriously so that the students' time is not wasted. When our demands are met, we'll put in more hours of work to compensate for the lost time."
Earlier, students had to return back after SU teachers barred them from entering the institute by locking the doors on the first day of the viva exam. Some 6,500 students of Masters degree were to appear for it.
According to an SU spokesman, Suta demanded of the governor to form a judicial commission to probe into Channar's murder, which, the governor assured, was in the process. He said the SU also planned to constitute a student welfare association, comprising 2 students from every department.
However, the administration looks up to the government for removal of police and Rangers personnel from the university premises.
Interior Sindh varsities disaffiliate programmes in Karachi
Karachi: In line with the decision of the Sindh government, the state-run universities in the interior of the province have disaffiliated programmes in various Karachi-based institutions, as a result of which the Petroman Institute is rolling back its degree-level programmes.
Petroman Computer Institute, considered to be the pioneer of computer education in the city, started its first degree-level programme, the Bachelors of Computer Science (BCS) some five year back in affiliation with the Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai University, Khairpur.
Earlier, Petroman's BCS programme was of two-years duration but was converted into a full-fledged three-years BCS degree programme in October 1999 in affiliation with the same university.
The institute also started its MCS programme last year and the students admitted to this programme will be awarded their Masters level degree from Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai University. Now the BCS programme of the Petroman Institute is being run at its three campuses located inb different areas of the city with an overall intake of 1000 students every year, the biggest number of students enrolled by any institute in Karachi in its degree programme.
The Masters programme is run at the main campus of the institute with an annual enrolment of 100 students annually.
Following the decision of the Governor, Sindh, who also is the chancellor of all the public sector universities, the Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai University has refused to grant affiliation to more fresh batches of the degree and masters level programmes at the institute. The news