Peshawar University MA, MSc exams postponed

UoP postpones MA/MSc exams
Peshawar, June 25: The University of Peshawar (UoP) on Friday postponed MA/MSc annual examinations from July 6 to 13.

A notification issued by the controller examination of the university said the examinations were delayed for a week as electric generators were being installed in some departments.

The notification stated that the electricity generators were being installed in different departments and the process would complete by July 10, which is why the exams were delayed. The revised schedule can be seen on the official website of the university, the notification stated.

A good number of students are still holding protests to press the varsity administration to postpone the examination until September. Some others want examinations as per the already given schedule.

The university administration after the deans committee meeting a few weeks ago came up with the decision to hold the examination in accordance with the schedule already given by the examination section.

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25 Kohat varsity students injured
Kohat: During a protest against the Kohat varsity administration on Friday, around 25 students sustained injuries and 255 were arrested after the police baton-charged and fired teargas, sources said.

The sources said the students of the Kohat University of Science and Technology (KUST) were protesting against the administration on the second consecutive day when police baton charged them.

The injured students were shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital in Kohat, the sources said and added that the police also baton charged the candidates appearing in the examination.

Umair Paracha, president of the student union of the KUST, warned of giving countrywide call for protest if the arrested students were not released and the Vice-Chancellor Nasir Jamal not removed from his post forthwith.

The students of the KUST had accused the vice-chancellor of allegedly taking extra fees from the students for examination and degrees and also delaying the degree awarding process.

The students started a protest campaign against the administration on Thursday and ransacked the offices and classrooms.

Vice-Chancellor Nasir Jamal refused to offer comments when contacted. The news

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SPLA accuses education secy of abuse of powers
Hyderabad: The Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association on Friday condemned forced transfers of SPLA leaders and said the education secretary was misusing his powers.

Central leaders of the association, Prof Athar Mirza, Siddique Unnar, Muzaffar Rizvi, Ayoub Mari and Yaqoob Chandio said in a statement that the Sindh chief minister had imposed ban on postings and transfers but the acting secretary of education continued to issue transfer and posting orders and even withheld salaries SPLA office-bearers in flagrant violation of the rules and regulations.

They appealed to the president, chief minister and chief secretary to appoint a permanent education secretary and remove additional director education Hyderabad.

They said that junior 19-grade professors should be removed from the posts of directors and 20-grade senior professors should be posted in their place. Dawn

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'733 schools being built in flood-hit areas'
Karachi: The Sindh government is taking concrete steps to provide quality education in the flood-hit areas. In this regard, six hundred educational institutions are being built by the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) while other donor agencies would build 133 schools in Sujawal with the support of a Non-Govermental Organization (NGO).

This was stated by Senior Minister for Education & Literacy, Pir Mazhar ul Haq on Friday, while meeting with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) representatives led by Jeff Brakkin, Director Office of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Elizabeth Doghoon, Programme Officer USAID Islamabad, Arif Pervez Development Specialist and Zulfiqar Ali Education Specialist, Secretary Education M. Waseem Ursani, Additional Secretary (PDF) Ashfaq Qadri and officers of Reforms Support Unit (RSU) Education Department were also present during the meeting.

The matter of quality education, provision of basic infrastructure in the educational institutions of flood-affected areas, encouraging girls' education in the institutions through giving various incentives and other concrete steps / measures came under discussion.

He further said that another flood may be expected but the government had allocated huge funds in the education sector. He said that they would hold a meeting with the RSU who were working effectively to monitor the performance of the schools throughout the province and could extend assistance to implement their projects to achieve the desired results.

Haq further said that teachers were recruited through outsource test system on merit, while 18,000 more teachers will be recruited on merit.

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205 student volunteers receive SIUT certificates
Karachi: The director of the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) distributed certificates among 205 students from public and private schools of Karachi on Friday, who participated in the 22nd and 23rd Student Volunteer Programme held from June 13 to 24.

The student volunteers from government and private schools all over Karachi participated in the two-week training and volunteer programmes and each student completed 30 hours of training and volunteer work.

Volunteers were divided into small groups and assigned various duties across the facility at the wards, outpatient departments, reception and record room.

The chairperson of the Resource Generation and Outreach (RGO) Department, SIUT, Kishwar Zehra, while commending the willingness of the young volunteers, said that 2,146 students from various schools of Karachi have so far come out to extend help and gained important life experience along the way.

ýThe students were particularly helpful in, and touched by, the pediatric ward. Here they assisted parents and nurses and proved to be a great source of joy and entertainment for children admitted to the urology and nephrology wards,ţ she added.

All the students took turns with more rigorous chores like cleaning the old record room and reorganising files, while others met with transplant patients and came to appreciate their stories and struggles.

Students attended informative medical lectures on hepatitis and diabetes as well as heart conditions and kidney failure. The lectures were conducted by specialist doctors.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Anwar Naqvi said that the primary purpose of these lectures was to help students recognise and respond to emergency situations. With increased awareness at an early age, the students also learned to appreciate the importance of preventive measures, he added.

ýVolunteers should strictly adhere to the standard monitoring and controlling systems and the rules determined by SIUT to facilitate patients in the best possible way,ţ Dr Naqvi maintained.

Interactive multimedia sessions were also organized as part of the program, ranging from the history of SIUTÝs voluntary base to discussions on ethics in medicine. There was a detailed session on illegal organ trade and the new laws for its prevention.

The programme concluded with a certificate distribution ceremony where Dr Adibul Hasan Rizvi welcomed parents and volunteers.

He said he was very optimistic to see the energy and enthusiasm of all the young volunteers and encouraged them to take charge of their lives. He went on to say that the idea of voluntary service must be spread to help address health issues on national scale.

Students participating in the SIUT volunteer programme benefited from the activities at the wards, which for many of them proved to be an invaluable experience. For many, it changed their perspective on life.

By interacting with patients from less privileged backgrounds and appreciating their willingness to face life, the students pick up important values, and in such a positive environment they develop their confidence, social-skills and a sense of charity and social-responsibility. The news

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