MA exam schedule | Controversia KU director

KU announces MA exam schedule
Karachi, July 04: The Controller of Examinations of the University of Karachi on Sunday announced the schedule for the Annual Examinations of MA (Regular/Private)-2011.

At least 19,448 candidates (previous and final year) would appear in the annual examinations which will commence from July 02, 2012.

As many as 8,526 male and 10,921 female candidates are registered for the exams, he said. According to the details, 32 centres have been established where exams will be conducted in two shifts. The news

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KU extends submission date of MS/PhD admission forms
Karachi: The Registrar of the University of Karachi (KU) has announced that the last date for submission of admission forms for MPhil/PhD and MS (Surgery)/MD (Medicine) has been extended till July 13. Daily times

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'Controversial' director of KU centre replaced
Karachi: The years-long controversy over the qualification of the director of the Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre, Karachi, seemed to come to an end on Thursday when the Vice Chancellor of Karachi University (KU) appointed a new director through a notification.

Prof Dr Shakeel Auj, currently the dean of the faculty of the Islamic Studies and director of the Seerat Chair, has been given the additional charge of the SZIC director.

He has replaced Dr Noor Ahmed Shahtaz, an ad-hoc assistant professor who had been heading the centre for more than three years, though an assistant professor cannot head the centre under the rules.

Dr Shahtaz's term awarded by the defunct federal education ministry expired on June 16 this year.

Dr Auj said that he was joining the SZIC with a view to bringing about improvement at the centre and addressing the grievances of its employees.

"I am well aware of the developments taking place at the centre and one of my top priorities will be to solve the problems of its employees."

It was a dire need of the centre to have a director and efforts would be made to complete the process soon, he said.

It is worth remembering that the KU vice chancellor in April this year had declared a meeting of the board of governors (BoG) of the centre null and void on account of irregularities committed in 'procedures'.

Although no explanation was given about the irregularities, sources said the decision was taken after it emerged how the BoG meeting was deliberately planned in a way to get Dr Noor Ahmed Shahtaz - an ad-hoc assistant professor serving as the SZIC director with the support of the defunct federal education ministry - promoted to associate professor.

Inquires showed that the meeting of the SZIC was highly flawed and lacked representation.

Case details
Dr Shahtaz was dismissed from service following a unanimous resolution of the 11-member BoG of the SZIC in 2006 on allegations of holding fake credentials.

The decision was given in the light of an inquiry report. The board also unanimously rejected the recommendation of a selection board held in 2005 to promote Dr Shahtaz to associate professor.

In 2008, the Sindh High Court reinstated him to the same position (ad-hoc assistant professor) and ordered that the results of the 2005 selection board should be declared.

According to the judgment, the SZIC lawyer agreed to Dr Shahtaz's claim that he was eligible at the time of induction. No appeal was filed against the judgment.

He rejoined the SZIC as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor, a grade-20 post, through an office order issued by the then SZIC director, Amin A.K. Wazir, who himself was an assistant professor of grade-19, in 2008 with effect from Sept 19, 2005.

Later, he was appointed as SZIC director by now defunct education ministry and was later given an extension till June, 2012.

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KU biochemistry department to celebrate Golden Jubilee
Karachi: The Department of Biochemistry, University of Karachi, is marking the completion of 50 years of its academic excellence for which an international event named 'BioCon' is being organised from 9th to 11th July. The event will comprise of an International Conference on Biochemistry in the post-genomic era which will be attended by well-known researchers and academicians from around the world. The news

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KU announced schedule of MBBS examination
Karachi: University of Karachi (KU) on Friday announced the schedule of MBBS First Professional (Part A) 2012 supplementary examination. As per details, first exam of Anatomy-I will conduct on July 9, Physiology-I on July 9, Bio-Chemistry-I on July 11 and Islamic Studies/Pakistan Studies on July 13. Examination center will be KU’s Zoology Department.

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FUUAST semester exams began
Karachi: The Federal Urdu University of Arts Science and Technology (FUUAST)’s Registrar Kamar-ul-Haq on Monday announced recommencement of the FUUAST semester examinations at university’s Abdul Haq Campus. According to the schedule, semester exams of the Faculties of Business Administration, Commerce and Economics will be resumed on Tuesday (today). Needless to say, academic activities and exams at the Abdul Haq Campus remained suspended for Friday and Saturday after a violent clash erupted between two political students organisations. Daily times

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SSUET to have collaboration with George Mason varsity
Karachi: The Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) will have collaboration with the George Mason University of the USA.

Spokesman of the institution stated this here on Sunday. He said Dr Mehtab S Karim, a Senior Fellow and Affiliated Professor, School of Public Policy from George Mason University USA, visited the SSUET and delivered a lecture on ‘Role of Youth in National Development: Examples from Karachi/Aspirations and Entrepreneurship potential among youth in Karachi.

In his lecture and presentation he explained that youth play an important role in socio-economic development and growth of a country.

Dr Karim was of the view that in the last three or four decades that there is reduction in proportion of youth population in total population and old age population has increased. Old age population needs social security, health care, etc that needs resources, he pointed out.

In Islamic countries, he continued, fertility has not declined to the extent as in other countries resulting that there is a bulge of youth population in age group of 10-29 years.

The group is productive group and can contribute significantly to socio-economic development and political changes in the country.

Talking about Pakistan, he said this country has sizeable proportion of youth population and if properly guided can be a reservoir for socio-economic development in the country.

Dr Karim also held detailed discussion with ZA Nizami, Chancellor SSUET about possible collaboration with universities in the country and abroad.

Nizami informed that SSUET already has such collaboration with any US and UK universities and would like to collaborate with the George Mason University.

Muhammad Yahya Waliullah, Director IT and Statistical Bureau, SSUET will act as coordinator/focal person in collaborative efforts. app

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KASBIT chancellor invites Grier to visit Pakistan
Karachi: Khadim Ali Shah Bukhari Institute of Technology (KASBIT) Chancellor Arif Ali Shah Bukhari recently invited the known South African philanthropist, David Grier to visit Pakistan. KASBIT chancellor had a very constructive meeting with Grier, who is serving humanity through his ‘Miles for Smiles Foundation’ with the objective to raise funds and awareness for non-profit organisations the world-over to help thousands of children overcome poverty through life changing innovative decisions.

Grier is a renowned philanthropist, speaker and chef who has an inspiring personality and has raised funds for reconstructive facial surgeries for underprivileged children, that helped change their lives forever. Although asthmatic, he has proven to the world that the limitations we impose on ourselves are only in our minds by overcoming them with running campaigns that have sometimes been for months with the most famous ones being running all the way on the Great Wall of China that covered a staggering distance of 2,100-km in 98 days, besides his runs across India, Madagascar South Africa and many other such adventurous ventures to help raise funds and awareness for the needy, underprivileged and poor in our society.

Bukhari and Grier also discussed the need to help poor children in Pakistan with childhood deformities as well as deformities caused to women of disfigurement by the throwing of acid on their faces. To help create awareness through which this cursed trend is put to an end, Bukhari also requested Grier to run across Pakistan from Karachi to Peshawar at a time convenient to him in the near future. Daily times

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