KU evening admissions | HSC arts exams in June

Admission to KU evening programme from June 2
Karachi, May 31, 2008: The process of admissions to masters and diploma courses under the Karachi University's Evening Programme 2008-09 session begins on June 2 with the issuance of forms and prospectuses. The classes will commence on July 1.

Director of the programme Prof M. Abu Zar Wajidi said here on Friday that around 2,500 graduates would be enrolled in masters classes this year as compared to 1,646 enrolled last year.

Prof Wajidi said that the subjects being offered for the two-year masters courses included Applied Physics (with specialization in electronics), Criminological Sciences, Economics & Finance, Environmental Sciences, Health & Population Sciences, Public Administration, Remote Sensing & Human Resources, Geographical Information Systems, Education, English, Applied Statistics, Transport Management, International Relations, Mass Communications and Petroleum Technology.

In addition, a three-year MBA in Banking & Finance and two-year masters in Human Resource Management are being introduced for the first time under the evening program.

For one-year diploma courses, he said, the subjects offered included Local Government, Audio & Speech Pathology and Inclusive Education (Special Education), Criminology, Contemporary Arabic, Economics & Finance, Environmental Sciences, Industrial and Organisational Psychology, Investigative Psychology, Petroleum Technology, Mathematics, Quranic Arabic Language and Persian.

The minimum eligibility for admission to the masters and diploma courses is second division, he said.

The booklet containing all information about the courses could be obtained from the UBL's Silver Jubilee Gate branch for Rs500 from June 2 to 12 between 9am and 5pm or the bank's Campus branch between 5pm and 7:30pm. June 12 is the last date for the submission of applications along with copies of relevant documents.

According to Prof Wajidi, Science department classes are held from 3.30pm to 8.30pm and those of Arts and Management Sciences from 5pm to 8:30pm.

Prof Wajidi, who is also Dean Faculty of Management and Administrative Sciences, said that the KU evening programme had already produced 16,000 masters degree-holders.

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HSC arts exams in June
Karachi: The Higher Secondary School (HSC) annual examinations 2008 enter the second phase on June 10, adds APP.

According to the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) Chairman Anwar Ahmed Zai, examinations of the Arts Group will be conducted in the second phase.

Around 52,000 regular and private candidates will appear in the examinations to be held in 41 centres set up in various parts of the metropolis.

The BIEK chairman stated here on Friday that admit cards of the regular candidates were dispatched to their respective colleges and of the private candidates to their residences.

He advised those candidates who did not receive the admit cards by June 3 to approach the BIEK office.

He said that a notification regarding the formation of "vigilance teams" to check use of unfair means in the examinations would be issued by June 5.

In the first phase of the process, the BIEK conducted examinations for Pre-engineering, Pre-medical, Home Economics and Science General Groups from May 13. The exams are about to conclude.

A total of 77,662 candidates are appearing in these examinations for which 89 centres were set up in the city.

In the Commerce Group examinations which commenced on May 17, a total of 72,960 candidates are appearing.

A record number of 215,000 candidates are taking the intermediate examinations this year. Dawn

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Not the right place for examinations
Faizan Usmani emailed from Landhi: I would like to draw the attention of the concerned authorities including the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) and Department of Education, Sindh, towards a very important matter regarding the examinations of the students of commerce being held at the Government Degree Arts Commerce College, Korangi 6.

The above-mentioned college has been undergoing massive construction since the past one year and at the moment, no arrangements have been made for handling such a huge number of students within college premises. Thus, a make-shift arrangement has been made to hold these examinations, which are absolutely against the academic rules and regulations. During construction, the college boundary wall broke down completely and now, there is no boundary wall whatsoever. As a result, there is a unique show of sorts here, where a crowd of hundreds of spectators are cheering on the students and providing them material with which they can cheat.

Interference from the outside sources is a common phenomenon but there is no one to take care of this nuisance. Even the examiners are unable to take stern measures against this. Furthermore, after the lifting of ban on student unions, the college library has been allocated to a certain political group present round-the-clock. One wonders if one can actually call these examinations 'fair'?

Thus, an inquiry into this matter is urged and all concerned authorities are humbly requested to cancel future examinations in college till it is completely constructed.

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DUHS to start Joint MDS programme
Karachi: The Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) in collaboration with Queen Mary University of London will start Joint Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) programme. In this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by DUHS Vice Chancellor, Prof. Masood Hameed Khan and Prof. Ray Croucher of Queen Mary University of London, on Friday. Through the MoU, the students will receive one-year M.Sc at Queen Mary University of London and their credit will be transferred to DUHS to get MDS degree.

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Books on agriculture sciences published
Karachi: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan has recently published two books in the discipline of Agriculture Sciences under its Monograph and Textbook Writing Scheme.

The first book on 'Biological control of Insects and Weeds in Pakistan' is authored by Muhammad Irshad, former Principal Scientific officer National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC), Islamabad, and is meant to supplement existing texts books on entomological problems. It is designed to satisfy the need that fulfills the demands of conventional biological control practitioners.

The second book titled 'Crops and cropping in Pakistan' is written by Dr Iqtidar Ahmed Khalil, Department of Agricultural Chemistry, NWFP Agriculture University, Peshawar. This monograph is specifically written keeping in mind the socio-economic and agro-climatic conditions of Pakistan. The monograph describes the basic agronomic principles and concepts in two parts. The first part of the book is about general agriculture and cropping practices in Pakistan, while the second part covers the crops of Pakistan including cereals, legumes, oilseed, industrial and special crops.

So far, 24 monographs and nine textbooks have been published under the book writing scheme, which aims to develop an authorship cadre in Pakistan. Another 15 monographs and four textbooks are under print. The News

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