KU withdraws decision on GPA system
Karachi, Mar 04: Realising the protesting students' genuine problems, the University of Karachi has on Monday withdrew its decision to introduce the GPA (grade point average) system for the 2007 batch, announcing that the new system of examination would not apply to such students.
The students who have already passed their one or more semesters in different departments had been protesting for several days against the introduction of the GPA system. At some departments they boycotted their classes and raised their voice against the abrupt implementation of the new method of marking.
The university administration finally announced on Monday that the students of BS first year who belonged to the 2007 batch and were presently in the fifth semester of BS would be examined according to the existing grading system as mentioned in the KU prospectus of 2007.
A notification issued by KU registrar Prof Mohammad Rais Alvi, however, made it clear that the students who were admitted to the university in 2008 and 2009 in the BS first year and BS third year would be examined in accordance with the new grading system, as already specified in the admission prospectus of years 2008 and 2009.
As soon as the news of the withdrawal of the GPA system spread across the campus, students of several departments came out of their departments to celebrate the development.
There were jubilations at some departments where students had been boycotting their classes for the last four days to force the KU administration to withdraw the decision. Sweets were distributed by the 2007 batch students and felicitations were exchanged.
The students also expressed their gratitude to the KU administration for realising their problems and acceding to their demand.Your Comments
Karachi University MBA admissions
Karachi: The University of Karachi on Tuesday extended the last date for submission of admission forms for MBA Banking and Finance.
Chairman of the Karachi University Business School Dr Abdul Rehman Zaki advised admission seekers to obtain and submit forms till March 6 for the MBA programme, which has been introduced by the KUBS with the collaboration of the Institute of Bankers, Pakistan.
Meanwhile, KU Director of the Centre of Excellence for Women's Studies Dr Nasreen Aslam Shah has announced that a seminar titled, "The self-employed women and their families: experiences from the towns of Karachi" will be organised on March 7 in connection with International Women's Day celebrations.
Sindh Women Development Minister Tauqeer Fatima Bhutto and Provincial Industries Minister Rauf Siddiqui will be the chief guests at the seminar to be presided over by Karachi University Vice-Chancellor Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza. Dawn
Karachi: The Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology extended the last date for submission of admission forms for pharmacy classes till March 9. Ppi
Teachers hail ban lift
Karachi: The teachers' fraternity of the province has welcomed the removal of the ban on teachers' unions by the education department. The office-bearers of the Government School Teachers Association (GSTA), Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) and Sindh Professors and Subject Specialists Association (SPSSA) said that the decision will prove beneficial for the uplift of the education sector. SPSSA's Mumtaz Hussain Rajput termed the move as a positive step by the government. Daily Times
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Beaconhouse School holds debate competition
Karachi: The Beaconhouse School System organised an inter-Beaconhouse English debate competition 2008-2009 amongst teams from the Southern Region. The topic of the debate was "the personalities of children personalities are formed at school, not at home."
The event started with the recitation of the holy Quran which was followed by the national anthem.
Former Senator and Federal Information Minister Javed Jabbar was the chief guest of the event. Speakers gave their opinions about the importance of school and home in the personality development of individuals. Famous quotes from Napoleon and Segmund Freud were used as supporting arguments.
The debates ended after a two-hour-long session and the audience were given a chance to express their views while the results were finalised.
The house rejected the motion with a heavy majority. Atif Ahmed from Gulshan 2 campus got the first prize in favour of the topic while Fatima from BSS Bahawalpur clinched first position in the against-the-topic category.
Jabbar appreciated the efforts of the students. "The day started with the bad news of the Sri Lankan team being attacked but for me it ended on a very positive note when I saw that the future of Pakistan is so brilliant and dynamic," he said. "I am hopeful that this generation and good schooling together will bring change."
Rs100,000 for DA Degree College
Karachi: The DHA administrator has announced Rs100,000 for the Defence Authority (DA) Degree College, DHA Education Director Brig. (retd) Iftikhar Arshad Khan has said. He was speaking as the chief guest at the annual day function of the college. Brig. (retd) Khan asked the college to strive hard for achieving the highest standards of excellence in academics and other educational activities. He congratulated the students for their achievements in various activities. In the end the chief guest distributed prizes and certificates among students who excelled in various curricular and non-curricular activities.
Children's lawsuit against school
Karachi: The Sindh High Court (SHC) issued notices to a private school, the private schools directorate and others on a Rs11 million lawsuit filed by two minor children against their expulsion from the school.
Six-year-old Raahym Ali and four-year-old Subul Ali, students of KG-1 and KG-II of the World Academy situated in old Clifton, filed a Rs11 million lawsuit for damages against the school administration which expelled them without any show-cause notice.
The plaintiff's counsel, Nasir J.R Sheikh, submitted that the cause of expulsion ostensibly given was that their mother and her friend were rude to the school principal (defendant) by pointing out mistakes in her speech and handout issued to mothers of the KG-I pupils.
He said the students had travelled from Switzerland to their own homeland in quest of education but they were expelled towards the end of the term and were not being allowed to attend school from February 9 onwards.
He submitted that a letter written to Information Minister Shazia Marri complaining about the highhandedness was marked by her to Secretary Education who in turn forwarded it to Director Education for action but no action was taken as yet.
The counsel said that the expulsion of minor students was unethical, unprofessional and this was testament to the fact that the school had no idea how to impart education. He said no student could be expelled from school on oral instructions while no violation of discipline could even be expected from KG-I and KG-II students at such a tender age.
The plaintiffs requested the court to declare that their expulsion from school was illegal and decrees be issued against the school in the sum of Rs11 million. The counsel also sought the current fee structure of the school and requested the court to verify whether it was approved by the private schools directorate, and if not, to order the reimbursement of fees to the parents of students.
The SHC issued a notice to the defendants and directed them to file their counter affidavits on the lawsuit on April 2. The News
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