10pc seats remain unfilled in KU evening programme
Karachi, June 23: The Karachi University's directorate of the evening programme on Monday issued the merit list of candidates who have been given admission to the two-year masters' programme and one-year postgraduate diploma courses for the year 2009-10.
The merit list posted on the noticeboard of the directorate showed that 1,875 candidates were accommodated in all the disciplines and courses offered in the KU evening programme.
It showed that some 205 seats still remained unfilled as the total number of seats available was 2,080.
Even in the MBA (banking and finance) course - for which aptitude tests were held on June 14 on the KU campus for 50 available seats - only 44 candidates were given admission.
When the director of the KU evening programme, Prof Abuzar Wajidi, was asked about the KU's failure to fill the seats, he said that the number of candidates who applied for admissions to masters programme of some departments - such as zoology and physiology - was less than the number of seats available in these departments.
He said that except for MBA (banking and finance), admissions to all other masters and postgraduate courses were given on the basis of marks obtained by applicants in their degree examinations while keeping in view the number of seats available in each department.
Around 50 to 60 seats were available in each discipline of masters and postgraduate courses while some 120 seats were available in the one-year postgraduate public administration diploma course, he said.
Prof Wajidi said that of the total 1,300 candidates who appeared in the aptitude test held for the admissions to MBA (banking and finance) only 44 students passed the tests, and were given admissions.
Meanwhile, thousands of students who appeared in their BSc and BA exams were deprived of admissions to the KU evening programme as their results have not yet been declared, though their last paper was held more than six months ago.
Prof Wajidi admitted that except for 900 candidates who had passed their BCom exams this year, applications of all those candidates who took BSc and BA exams were not considered for admission as their results were still awaited.
Meanwhile, all successful candidates have been asked to deposit their fee at the directorate of the evening programme between June 24 and June 26.
Prof Wajidi said that evening classes would begin from July 1.
According to the KU sources, claim forms will be received till June 24 and its list would be displayed on June 26 at the directorate of the evening programme. Dawn
KU seminar on health care management
Karachi: A seminar on health care management system (HCMS) and information and communication technology (ICT) in developing countries was held at the University of Karachi (KU) Umair Basha Institute of Technology (UBIT), in coordination with the Staffordshire University's Department of Computer Engineering and Technology & Health Sciences.
The objective of the seminar was to utilise ICT in HCMS in the context of developing countries to provide effective health services at low cost. In the sector of health services, HCMS can be used to implement several new medical services such as remote diagnosis, central databases of patients, tele- and audio-conferencing and health card systems.
Prof Dr Aqil Burney emphasised the importance of ICT especially in service sectors such as HCMS which needsurgent attention in Pakistan. He said that at present, there was a digital divide between the fields of health and IT.
Dr Zahid Bashir of the Aga Khan University Hospital spoke about HCMS and use of ICT in Pakistan and told the audience about possible medical services which could be provided by using ICT in Pakistan. He pointed out various primary health facilities which could be provided using mobile communication technology, costing US$0.30 per call to contact a doctor on phone in Pakistan, $1.25 in India and $0.21 in Bangladesh.
At the end of the seminar, it was recommended that an online research group should be developed for ICT-based healthcare management systems in Pakistan. A network of experts should be formed and research coordination should be initiated between KU and Staffordshire University and other British universities. Kamran Ahsan, a research scholar and teacher in the Department of Computer Engineering and Technology, Staffordshire University, UK.
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Evening classes, exams to begin from July 1
Karachi: Federal Urdu University of Arts and Sciences (FUUAST) has announced that the evening classes and examinations of the university will commence from July 1. The university has also announced the LLB Final Year (2008) results, with a pass percentage of 92.11. The results of MSc (one Year programme) and MSc Physics Final Year Examinations-2008 have also been announced, with a pass percentage of 88.24. The dates for the submission of BA, B.Com, MA and Madressah special examinations have been extended to June 25. Those who have passed their last examinations in 2007 are eligible to apply. The News
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Sindh lecturers plan protest in August
Karachi: Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) has planned to launch a movement for the basic rights of teachers of Sindh colleges after summer vacations in August.
The negative response from the Sindh Education Department may turn the movement into a massive protest against the provincial government's educational policies.
SPLA central leader Prof Ather Hussain Mirza said that SPLA would raise the new academic issue of over crowding in the classrooms and convince the government to restrict the college administration to allow only 80 students in a class.
He praised the decision of Balochistan government for implementing the rule of 'time scale promotion' in the province for college teachers. He expressed grave concern over the attitude of the education department of Sindh in terms of not providing basic facilities to the college teachers, who are suffering with low salaries and low job security, despite the important role of the teachers in making progress of any society.
On the other hand, Punjab government, in recent budget, has formed a committee to organise recommendations for promotion of college teachers, he said, adding that Punjab government has also increased 'principal charge allowance' that would be distributed under three categories which would be based on localities.
Mirza said, "The first category is Rs4,000, second Rs5,000 and third is Rs6,000. But regrettably, the Sindh Education Department is giving only Rs600 on account of principal charge allowance. The department is apathetic towards the legitimate rights of the teachers. The promotions should be given as per the timescale in Sindh, while the present method of promotions is put under condition with the availability of posts."
He said that college teachers should be up-graded as per the announcement of former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, as Higher Education Commission had already up-graded university teachers in the country. Sindh government should enhance 100 per cent pay scale, while teachers working on ad-hoc basis should be regularised immediately. There is dire need to overcome the shortage of teachers in the government colleges. Teachers are waiting for their due promotions since many years, but the department is indifferent towards their genuine rights. The Nation
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BISE Hyderabad 'Illegal' appointments
Hyderabad: Activists of the Jeay Sindh Students Federation (JSSF) and members of the daily-wage employees action committee staged a demonstration here on Monday against the "illegal appointments" in the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Hyderabad. They also staged demonstrations outside the press club and later in front of the high court, where the acting governor was being administrated oath.
The representatives also met acting governor Nisar Khuhro, who assured them of taking up the matter with BISE officials. The protesters demanded that the "illegal appointments" made in the BISE Hyderabad should be cancelled immediately. The News
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