Schools academic year | PhD thesis presented

Schools to stay closed for nearly six months
Karachi, May 2: The current academic year for private and government schools across Sindh will comprise 170 and 196 days, respectively, as there will be 159 fixed holidays in addition to unexpected closures.

According to the official calendar for schools, the term beginning on April 1 instead of August 1 will comprise 11 months (i.e. around 330 days) till February 2010, as annual examinations will be conducted in March. However, students for all practical purposes will be taught on a fewer number of days because private and government schools will have at least 159 holidays on different accounts during the current session.

The private schools will have two-month summer vacation (from June 1 to July 31), 10-day winter vacation (from Dec 22 to Dec 31), and 72 weekends in addition to national and public holidays. These include Labour Day (May 1), 15th Shaaban (falling in August), Independence Day (Aug 14), 21st Ramazan, 27th Ramazan, Jumat-ul-Wida and Eid-ul-Fitr (falling in September), Iqbal Day (Nov 9), Eid-ul-Azha (falling in November) and Kashmir Day (Feb 5).

The list of holidays does not include the number of unexpected closures such as on April 30 when schools and colleges in the city remained closed due to violent incidents.

However, the students of government schools will have an edge over their fellows studying in private schools as far as academic days are concerned. The government schools have a weekly off on Sunday unlike private schools which have two holidays in a week.

Meanwhile, several private schools in the city are openly violating the education department's instructions related to the admission policy.

The provincial directorate of private educational institutions had repeatedly asked the management of private schools to complete the process of admission by the end of March so that the new academic year could begin from April 1. But, at a number of private schools, the admission process is still going on and the classes will begin on May 4 instead of April 1.

This way the schools will hold classes for three weeks before the summer vacation and less than six months after it. The students getting admissions nowadays will be taught for less than 150 days, as the annual exams will be conducted in March 2010.

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Sindh University researcher presents PhD thesis
Hyderabad: Ms Afsheen Shah, lecturer Institute of Biochemistry, University of Sindh, presented her research work for final PhD on 'Computer Based Colour Intensity Measurement of Plant Anatomical Sections for Proximate Chemical Analysis' to a seminar.

Sindh University Vice-Chancellor Mazharul Haq Siddiqui presided over the seminar while a large number of scholars and students attended it.

The research work was supervised by Professor Dr M.Saleh Memon, Professor Dr Abdul Wahab Ansari and Professor Dr Basir Ahmed Arain.

Ms Shah said she had developed a new computerised method 'Asbaan' which was low cost for chemical analysis with the help of computer software through anatomical structure of plant.

She said the method would be useful for biochemists and botanists for proximal chemical analysis.

She said her research work comprised three parts which included chemical analysis of plant proteins, anatomical structure (sections) of plants and development of software.

She also highlighted details of the research work and its importance in the field of science and biochemistry. Dawn

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Students demonstrate skills at competition
Peshawar: A two-day software competition was launched at the FAST University campus here Friday. More than 500 students of the private sector universities from Islamabad and Peshawar participated in the contest.

FAST University's Director Professor Dr Syed Amjad Hussein Shah was chief guest at the inaugural session, while Director, Science & Technology NWFP, Khalid Khan, NUTEC President Adnan Raziq, Faculty Advisor Furqan Aziz and representatives of universities and financial institutions were also present.

Shamama Amjad and Sufia Bashir, students of the university, briefed the participants about the details of the contest. The students demonstrated their skills and performance in software projects, business plans, antenna display, e-gaming, quiz competition, programming competition, onboard circuit, short movies competition and website designing competition.

The purpose of the contest was to bring the hidden potential of the students to the forefront. Professor Dr Syed Amjad Hussein Shah termed the event the first of its kind. He also shed light on sciences subjects, which he said were very important in the modern age. No country could achieve development without promotion of science subjects, he added. The educationalist emphasized on the practical work, saying scarcity in the research sector would be overcome with the cooperation of people from all walks of life. The News

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