KU reschedules MBA (B&F) aptitude test
Karachi: The Director of Evening Programme, University of Karachi, Professor Dr M. Abuzar Wajidi announced on Tuesday that the aptitude test for MBA (Banking & Finance) scheduled to be held on June 13 will be held on June 20. This test will now be held at the Faculty of Arts, University of Karachi, at 11aM.
Biodiversity seminar at KU on 17th
Karachi: In response to the declaration issued by the United Nations for the year 2010 as the Year of Biodiversity, The University of Karachi (KU) is organising a series of events to celebrate life on earth and the value of biodiversity in our lives.
The first programme of the series is a seminar is titled, "Conserving Biodiversity: Threats and Impact", which will be held on June 17,2010, at 9am in the Auditorium of the Faculty of Arts.
The event will be presided over by Professor Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, Vice-Chancellor, KU. The programme is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Anjum Perveen ñ Director for Plant Conservation.
It is pertinent to mention that the series of events during the biodiversity year is being jointly organised by the Centre for Plant Conservation, Centre of Excellence in Marine Biology, Institute of Marine Science, Institute of Environmental Studies, Department of Zoology, and Department of Microbiology.
Distinguished professor passes away
Karachi: Distinguished professor Dr Muhammad Anwar Waqar of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi (KU), passed away at a local hospital on Tuesday. He was in his 70s and had been suffering from brain cancer.
He was one of the most important persons at the Dr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Drug and Research (PCMD), ICCBS. The professor was a renowned researcher and about 170 of his research articles have been published in standard journals across the world.
In recognition of his services in the field of Science, Dr Waqar was awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Tamgha-e-Imtiaz by the government. He has left behind a widow, two sons and two daughters.
Director ICCBS Prof. Dr Muhammad Iqbal Chaudhry has offered his condolences to the late professor's family.
Dr Waqar was not only a meritorious scientist, but also a great human being, he said, adding that his services to the PCMD would be remembered for years to come.
Merit list for primary teachers delayed again
Karachi: The Education Department has failed put on display the merit list of Primary School Teachers (PST) uptil now. Surprisingly, the concerned department announced on May 11, 2010, that the merit list has been put on display at the office of District Officer (DO) Education, Secondary and Higher Secondary at Boulton Market and successful candidates could see their names. However, the list has not been finalised yet due to reasons best known to the authorities.
"The list was prepared and all set to make public but then the department ordered scrutiny to make the process clean before anyone started pinpointing finger over the selection matter," District Officer, Education, Secondary and Higher Secondary (Male), Shabbir Jokhio said.
However, he did not mention on which grounds such decisions were made. Similarly, Jokhio was unable to comment why the decision took place after so many months. He further said that the PST merit list would be displayed after 10 to 15 days.
This programme was launched in collaboration with World Bank to increase the literacy rate as well as quality and standard of education in Pakistan. Reforms Support Unit (RSU) was asked to look after the process of appointment of teachers and distribution of salaries on merit.
RSU had recommended the education department that one teacher should cover at least 40 students. Over 3,300 people cleared the test while there were over 500 vacancies available only.
The government advertised the vacancies in 2008 and written test of Higher Secondary Teachers (HST), Junior School Teachers (JST) and PST were conducted on 24, 25 and 26 April 2009 respectively at National Stadium.
Mismanagement during the examinations led to the cancellation of HST and PST test results were cancelled by the authority concerned. Also, the test paper of PST was leaked in various parts of interior Sindh and the exam was called off in the province.
One month later, on May 24 and 26, the department carried out written test of PST and HST respectively at the EXPO Centre in Karachi.
However, the education department did not conduct the test for JST as they considered it was held on merit.
The education department declared 126 female and 27 male candidates passed in the HST and 156 female and 51 male in JST. However, the education department have not issue any successful offer letters till to date.
The successful candidates would receive the contract for three years.
These contracts can be extended in future or the authority concerned can offer them regular jobs in the education sector.
Candidates cry foul over selection list
Karachi: Despite the fact the government has claimed that only merit was considered during the appointment of Higher Secondary Teachers (HST), Junior School Teachers (JST) and Primary School Teachers (PST), many candidates have alleged that they were neglected in the selection process though they had obtained more marks than the candidates who were declared successful by the authority concerned.
The government offered 20 extra points (marks) to female candidates to encourage them in the field. But, it was observed that most of the candidates were unaware of selection criteria and still confused over the appointment process.
Tahira Parveen, who has applied for the post of HST, claimed that she scored 72 marks in the test. Tahira was disappointed for not being selected as HST and wrote a letter to the secretary education and Reforms Support Unit (RSU) in this regard.
Another candidate, Fehmida Bashir in her letter to the Executive District Officer, Education, Muhammad Ibrahim Kumbhar, said that she bagged 69 per cent marks in the test. As per the formula, she received 12 marks each for B.Sc and B.Ed degree and 20 marks of gender quota. Fehmida appealed to recheck her result as her name was not printed in the merit list.
Ikram Shah, a candidate of JST said that he had 63 marks in the written test. "After calculating points for my degree, passing marks and diploma certificate, I was confident to get the job. But, my name was not place in the list. It was shocking as the list was closed at 82 and my grand total was 85," he added.
District Officer Education, Secondary and Higher Secondary (Male), Shabbir Jokhio admitted that education department and RSU received many complains in which the candidates claimed that they had scored good marks in the written test but were not selected during the appointment process.
He clarified that all applications were taken into consideration and responded in written by the authority concerned.
SALU reopening on 22nd
Khairpur: Shah Abdul Latif University will be reopened on June 21, said a press release issued on Tuesday.
A meeting of heads of departments and deans of faculties on Tuesday decided to reopen the university on June 21, and resume semester examinations from June 22.
The authorities abruptly disrupted semester examinations by announcing summer vacations from May 30, following a protest by students on May 27, against loadshedding in hostels. Police used teargas and baton-charged to cow down the agitating students.
Thereafter, students went on token hunger strike and it was after eight days that the Teachers' Society persuaded them to call off their hunger strike as SALU was ready to accept students' demands. The news