University, college exams postponed in Karachi

University, college exams postponed
Karachi, Jan 07: Different examining bodies, including boards and universities of the city, have announced that the papers scheduled for Monday (Jan 9) have been postponed due to a public holiday announced by the Sindh government on account of Urs of Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai.

According to the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi chairman, all papers of the ongoing Higher Secondary School Certificate (supplementary) examinations scheduled for Jan 9 will now be held on Jan 21.

The timings of the papers and examination centers will, however, remain unchanged, he added.

KU exams
Karachi: A spokesperson for the Karachi University has announced that all papers of the ongoing BA, BSc and BCom annual examinations-2011 scheduled for Jan 9 will now be held on Jan 13 at the same time and same venue.

FUUAST exams
Karachi: The Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology controller of examinations has announced that all regular semester exams of the university scheduled for Jan 9 have been postponed. The new date for the postponed papers will be announced later, he added.

The Fuuast admission committee director has announced that the entrance test for admissions to BBA, Pharm-D and computer science, geology departments will be held on Jan 8 under the aegis of National Testing Service.

He said that although the admit cards of the entrance test had already been dispatched to the candidates at their given addresses, the same could be downloaded from the NTS website.

BSEK exams
Karachi: The Board of Secondary Education Karachi controller of examinations has announced that the Oriental Languages exams scheduled for Jan 9 will now be conducted on Jan 17 at the same time and same examination centers. Dawn

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Nine caught for using unfair means in examination
Karachi: Monitoring teams of the University of Karachi (KU) here Tuesday caught nine candidates red-handed while using unfair means in ongoing annual examination of BA/BSc. These candidates were caught from New Exam Complex-E and F, says a hand out of KU here Friday. ppi

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Teachers protest against VC of Sindh University
Hyderabad: A large number of members of the Sindh University Teachers' Association (SUTA) and other varsities staged a protest rally on Friday against the vice-chancellor of the Sindh University.

Protesters chanted slogans against the VC, while carrying placards and banners. The rally started from the Old Campus of Sindh University and culminated at the local press club.

Dr Azhar Ali Shah, president of the SUTA, and Dr Irfana Mallah, secretary of the SUTA, gave a number of proposals to improve the law and order situation in the varsity and asked the VC to admit collapse of the management and tender his resignation immediately. They said that police and Rangers must be removed from the university and private security system be implemented as per the examples of Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) and other universities. They said that student wings of political parties must be banned and non-partisan student unions be restored immediately.

They said that the admission process of the university must be reviewed and made transparent and efficient. They also demanded of the government to arrest target killers of Professor Bashir Ahmed Channar, Director, Student Affairs, University of Sindh, who was gunned down by motorcyclists in the campus of the Sindh University recently.

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Students donate Rs0.2m to flood victims
Karachi: Students and staff of the Dawood Public School (DPS) donated Rs0.2 million to the flood victims of interior Sindh on Friday as part of their regular fund-raising efforts for different charitable causes.

The amount was handed over to social worker and horticulturist Taufiq Pasha of the Hissar Foundation. The students and staff of the school collected this amount for the flood victims through self-donation. The students also handed over warm clothes to the flood victims. "Though it is a little contribution from the students but it speaks volumes about their commitment and concern for humanity," said a DPS spokesperson. The news

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Deficit budget of nascent varsity okayed
Larkana: The senate of the newly established Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Medical University (SBBMU) has approved deficit budget of the institution for the year 2011-2012, according to Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Akbar Haidar Soomro.

He said that total receipts stood at Rs706 million whereas the expenses were estimated at Rs1028 million which meant a deficit gap of Rs322 million, he said.

He said that the budget was approved at a senate meeting here on Thursday, which was presided over by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah.

Despite financial constraints, he said, Rs55.7 million and Rs20 million had been allocated for Bibi Assefa Bhutto Dental College and Chandka Nursing School, respectively. Admission to both the institutions would be held in February, he added.

The senate approved affiliation of 285-bed Rai Bahadur Udhawdas Tarachand (RBUT) Hospital, Shikarpur, and 32-bed District Headquarters Hospital of Qambar-Shahdadkot to the university, the vice-chancellor said.

The VC said that every year 235,000 patients sought treatment at the out-patient department of the Shikarpur hospital and about 100,000 visited the OPD of the Qambar-Shahdadkot hospital.

The senate approved the appointment of Professor Amanullah Jokhyo as the registrar of the SBBMU. Dawn

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OUP launches campaign against book pirates
Islamabad: The Oxford University Press (OUP), one of the leading publishing houses for school textbooks in Pakistan, is engaged in intensive countrywide efforts to clamp down on book pirates.

As a part of this anti-piracy campaign, raids are being conducted across the country with the assistance of an intellectual property rights organisation and the local police. The bane of piracy affects our younger generation the most as it affects their education. Piracy also poses a burden on the financial budget of a household as pirated books are usually sold at the same price as original ones but are of an inferior quality. Such infringements of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) cause heavy losses to the publishing industry, authors, the Pakistan government, and parents and pupils who are cheated into buying substandard, pirated books.

The anti-piracy campaign started in Lahore, the literary hub of Pakistan, in December last year and will continue till March of the current year. These raids have been conducted based on information provided by the IPR organisation.

During initial raids, approximately 100,000 pirated books (which are usually primary level books) have been recovered. The culprits have been apprehended and arrested under the Copyright Act and an FIR has been lodged against them at the local police stations. The news

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