DHA College positions in B.Com final result

DHA College students clinch positions
Karachi, July 05, 2008: The DHA Degree College for Women, Phase VIII, has once again made a mark by securing top three positions in the results of B.Com Final examination 2007, announced by the University of Karachi. Saba Muhammad Yousuf, Sidra Adil and Tahira Yawer of DHA College secured first, second and third positions respectively, says a press release issued on Friday.

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Allama Iqbal College land scam alleged
Karachi: The Allama Iqbal Degree College Bachao Committee has alleged that there is a conspiracy involving the land mafia and corrupt government officials to forcibly

occupy land donated by its real owner for education purposes. They demand that an independent committee be set up which should investigate the ownership of the land.

This was said by Liaquat Ali Sahi, representative of the Bachao Committee while talking to journalists at the Karachi Press Club (KPC) today.

He said that the land had been allotted to Moria Khan to form Moria Khan Goth in 1933 by the then Government. In 1966 however, Moria Khan attempted to construct a cinema on the land, a proposition which was strongly resisted by the residents of the area.

Moria Khan gave in to the people and donated the land to the purpose of an educational complex in the name of Allama Iqbal.

The area residents formed the Education Rumi Society which was entrusted with the operation of the Allama Iqbal College.

The college was nationalised in 1972. After nationalisation, some members of the Department of Education and the Education Rumi Society contrived to a rent agreement between the

government and a designated person who was presented as the owner of this land. Subsequent governments never

attempted to ascertain the truth and to demand ownership documentation.

Sahi claimed that the lease of some plots of the Moria Goth are by the Sindh Government and some through the City Government and it is uncertain as to whom does the land belong.

He said that members of this mafia first pressurised the Department of

Education to increase the rent and then legally prosecuted in the court to increase the rent otherwise it be emptied this rent is currently believed to be Rs 0.2 million. The News

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Special student appears before medical board: DUHS admissions
Karachi: Ayesha Iftikhar Paracha, a physically-challenged student who claims to have been deprived of admission to the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) despite being on merit, on Friday appeared before a medical board constituted on the chancellor's directives.

Ayesha Paracha, who has both her legs affected by polio, said the board had given a very positive response on her case and she was optimistic that a fair decision would be taken. "I received an encouraging response from the board members and I hope that justice will be done, though, I reserve the right to take the case to court," said Ms Paracha.

She appeared before the medical board comprising Dr Khan Shah Azam (Liaquat National Hospital), Dr Pervaiz Hashmi (Ziauddin University and Hospital), Dr Shaista Wahidi (Karachi Medical and Dental College) and Dr M.A. Wajid (Aga Khan University and Hospital) as its members. The board has sent its recommendations to the office of the chancellor, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad. The report is likely to be reviewed on Saturday.

Ms Paracha said the university administration had rejected her application for entry test, citing her ineligibility for the admission.

"I got 91 per cent in medical subjects, while my overall percentage was 88," she said, adding that the DUHS had two seats for special students but she was told that the policy had been changed this year and her case had been rejected.

"I was even denied an opportunity to appear before the DUHS medical board held on June 25," she said. She said she repeatedly visited the university despite all the impediments and tried to meet the vice-chancellor and chairman of the selection board though none of them was available.

However, she said, she appeared before a medical board on Friday and she was optimistic that a fair decision would be taken. "If given an option, I will like to get admission to the Sindh Medical College as it has an elevator facility for special people," she remarked.

DUHS Vice-Chancellor Dr Masood Hameed Khan, meanwhile, said that there seemed to be some 'mishap' on part of the university administration in her case and he would welcome any decision by the medical board.

"The student failed to appear before the medical board on June 25 and, subsequently, the board decided her case in her absence on the basis of her certificate issued by the social welfare department which states that she is permanently disabled. However, I feel that there is some mishap on our part because the student claims that she came for three days and nobody assisted her," Dr Khan said.

He said that the administration had received two other applicants on special seats as well and a decision would be made on merit after a test. At the moment, there were about 20 disabled students at the university, he said, observing that the university was ready to extend full support to Ms Paracha.

"Dr Nabila Soomro who heads the Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the DUHS has met the girl and reported back to me. The DUHS runs an institute for artificial limbs and we would see if there is a possibility that we can help the student stand on her feet," he added. Dawn

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