Educational institutions holiday criticised

Parents criticise late announcement of school holiday Karachi, Mar 12: It is the primary responsibility of the present democratic government to the maintain law and order situation in the metropolis and it should take stern action against criminals irrespective of their affiliations, rather than making late announcements to shutdown educational institutions of the city, said a number of parents and guardians of school-going children on Friday. These views were expressed by parents as a reaction to the strike call given by the Pakistan Peoples' Party.

Mrs Fatima, a mother of three school going children said that her kids were ready to go school and waiting for the van-driver on Friday morning. "Usually the driver comes on time to pick them up. But, when he was late, I called him to inquire," she said. The driver informed her that education minister has announced that schools and colleges would remain closed on Friday.

According to parents, despite the fact that government itself announced the strike, the Education Department and the secretary education failed to inform citizens about the closure of schools and colleges in the city. However, they added that as usual, the Sindh Minister for Education Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq made the announcement late on Thursday that all public and private schools will remain closed on Friday.

"It was almost midnight when the minister realised the gravity of the situation and announced the closure of schools and colleges in the city," said Ali Murtaza, the father of a school going girl. "The education department should understand the importance of education. Rather announcing the closure of educational institutions, the minister should ask his leadership to call off the strike. If he was unable to convey this message to the government, then he should ask the home minister to restore peace in the metropolis so that children can attend their classes," he added.

Late night violence once again created insecurity among the parents and they were undecided till the government announced the closure of educational centres.

"My daughter is a student of class VII and her school is located near Garden. There was an alarming situation in the area and armed miscreants forced the closure of shops and other commercial markets," Mrs Haneef said.

"I was wondering what happen the next day and turned on the television set to see if there was any news regarding the closure of schools," she said. Mrs Hanif did not want to send her daughter to school and breathed a sigh of relief when she saw a news ticker on a local television channel which read that public and private educational centres would remain closed on Friday.

Owing to uncertainty and the failure of law enforcement agencies to restore peace in the city, parents were doubtful over sending their children to study at schools and colleges. The news

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Educational institutions remain closed
Karachi: All educational institution of the metropolis remained closed on Friday owing to the strike, called by the Pakistan People's Party to protest against the decision of the Supreme Court to sack Justice (r) Deedar Hussain Shah from the National Accountability Bureau. University of Karachi (KU) and Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) postponed examinations scheduled to be held on Friday. Earlier, Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq had announced that all government and private educational institutions would remain closed on Friday. New dates for the examinations scheduled to be held in both KU and DUHS would be announced later. Meanwhile, Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology had also postponed all of its activities, which were scheduled to be held under the students' week on Friday. Rest of the activities of students' week would go as scheduled earlier. Daily times

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Lecturers protest
Hyderabad: A large number of college teachers of Hyderabad region, under the banner of Sindh Professors' Lecturers' Association took out a rally here on Thursday to press for the acceptance of their demands.

Talking to reporters, SPLA leaders said that the Sindh government did not appear serious in resolving the longstanding problems of college teachers.

They said that such a negative attitude of Sindh government had forced the college teachers to come out on the roads. They said that SPLA leaders had met the chief secretary in November 2010 and discussed issue of time-scale and other problems.

They claimed that it was decided in the meeting that on the pattern of primary and secondary teachers and subject specialists and Balochistan province, college teachers will also be given time-scale. They said that a summary was prepared but even after four months, no notification could be issued in this regard. Dawn

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NUST students excel in Global IRC
Islamabad: Students of the Business School of the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) have excelled in the Asia-Pacific Regional Final of the 2011 Global Investment Research Challenge (IRC) hosted by the CFA Institute.

The challenge was held in Bali, Indonesia, in which more than 500 universities from around the world participated in local competitions as part of the Global IRC.

They included 600 students from 142 universities from Asia-Pacific Region alone. NUST students won the Pakistani Chapter of the Global IRC in which all the leading business schools of Pakistan competed. After winning the Pakistani chapter of the competition, the NUST team advanced to the Asia Pacific regional championship, held in Bali.

In the Asia Pacific regional final held in Indonesia, 16 teams, the winners of local competitions in Japan, South Korea, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand took part in the regional competition.

After the first round of the championship, only six teams were selected for the Asia Pacific final. It was an honour for NUST as well as for Pakistan that its team was amongst the six finalists. The six teams reaching the final included: NUST (Pakistan), University of the Philippines, Thammasat University (Thailand), Indian Institute of Management Shillong, University of Sri Jayawardenepura (Sri Lanka), and Messey University (New Zealand).

After intense competition, Thammasat University, Thailand, was declared the winner of Asia Pacific Regional Global IRC.

The Thai team will compete against three other regional champions from the Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and New York in April, 2011. The grand finale of Global IRC will be held in Omaha, Nebraska, in the United States where investment guru Warren Buffet will be the guest of honour at the event.

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FJMC wins debate contest
Lahore: The Fatima Jinnah Medical College (FJMC) won the Urdu debate contest during the Intercollegiate and Interuniversity Debates Competitions held at the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) on Friday.

The first position was clinched by FJMC student Ayesha Hashmi, second by Samreen Javaid of the Queen Mary College (QMC) and the third one by Alisha Nawaz of the Fatima Jinnah College, Chuna Mandi, respectively. The consolation prize was won by Shama Habib of the Government Fatima Jinnah College, Wahdat Road, while topic of the competition was "Aazadi-e-Niswaan Mardon Ka Sunehra Jaal".

Renowned journalist and Anchorperson Hamid Mir was the chief guest who appreciated the efforts of all the students and said women were more punctual, hardworking and responsible as compared to men.

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Curriculum books not provided in Balochistan
Quetta: Leaders of the Government Teachers Association, Balochistan (GTAB), has expressed regret that no curriculum books were provided to the district headquarters despite opening of schools after the winter vacations. In a statement issued here on Friday, the GTAB leaders, including Abdul Ghaffar Kadezai, Dad Jan Baloch and Khan Ali Bugti, alleged that some posts of teachers were filled on ethnic basis in the province. They demanded of the government to ensure recruitment in the Education Department only on open merit basis. They further demanded posting of senior officials on senior posts in the department instead of posting junior officials on senior posts. The news

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