Karachi University & electricity problems

KU without electricity for 29 hours
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) has been without electricity for almost 29 hours which badly affected the educational process and created difficulties for the students and teachers.

The electricity supply to the campus was disconnected on Thursday and could not be restored till Friday afternoon. A large number of teachers, students and residents of the KU staff colony faced immense problems due to the prolonged suspension of electricity supply to various departments and residential areas of the varsity.

The students complained that due to frequent load shedding and power breakdowns in the campus, their class schedules were badly affected. They said that this disruption might affect their preparation of the semester exams.

The residents of KU staff colony said that due to prolonged power breakdowns in the campus, they were facing a lot of problems, including acute shortage of water. They said that they braved a 29-hour electricity outage on Thursday and Friday.

Spokesman of KU Qamar Rizvi, when contacted, said that the power supply to the KU was disrupted due to a cable fault, adding that the administration was taking steps for the restoration of electric supply.

He said that the KU administration had contacted the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) for restoration of electric supply at the campus, but they said that they are facing shortage of technical staff due to workers' strike. He said that the KU administration had hired private electricians and trying to cope with the situation. However, till filing of this report, the electricity supply could not be restored. The news

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Book on Dr Anwar Nasim to be launched at KU tomorrow
Karachi: The launching ceremony of a book on the life and efforts of renowned scientist and literary person Dr Anwar Nasim will be held on May 21 at Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan Institute of Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering, University of Karachi (KU). The book 'Dr Anwar Nasim, A Versatile Human' is a tribute to the literary figure for rendering services in the field of science and literature. Dr Nasim is currently working as Adviser Science for COMSTECH, a ministerial standing committee on scientific and technological cooperation established by the third summit of Organisation of Islamic Countries held at Makkah, Saudi Arabia in January 1981. The book contains articles on Dr Nasim, written by Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, Jameeluddin Aali and others. ppi

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Karachi: The Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the NED University of Engineering and Technology for opening of Dow Collection Point on the premises of the NED University.

The signing ceremony was held at the Ojha Campus of Dow University. The MoU was inked by Vice-Chancellor DUHS Prof Masood Hameed Khan, Vice-Chancellor NED University Eng Abdul Kalam and Chairman Husein Group of Companies Aziz Latif Jamal.

According to the MoU, the NED University will provide space with X-ray machine for the establishment of radiological, pathological and blood samples collection point. The DUHS Will also set up essential equipments like Ultrasound, CT scan and MRI at the Dow Collection Point for the benefit of the NED University staff, students as well as people of the surrounding localities.

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22 caught cheating; two invigilators suspended
Karachi: The officials of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) on Friday caught 22 candidates involved in using unfair means (UFM) during the Botany paper of Class-XI, Pre-Medical Group, while two invigilators were also suspended for their failure in performing their duties effectively.

The UFM cases have been referred to the committee who would review the matter before giving due punishments to the accused candidates, Chairman BIEK, Anwar Ahmed Zai said. The BIEK officials during their surprise visits to various examination centres also recovered a number of cellular phones from the possession of the candidates, who were busy in solving their papers with the help of these phones. The chairman BIEK seized their answer scripts and asked these candidates to leave the examination centre, while two internal invigilators present in the examination room were also suspended with immediate effect. Zai told them not to come to the examination centre in the upcoming papers as their services are not required.

However, Zai warned that examination centres would be changed if the Board received any complains of non-seriousness of the centre superintendent or other staff deployed at the examination centres to monitor the exam.

This year, Aisha Bawani College, Government College Anda Morr, North Karachi, Ship Owners College and Government Abdul Hamid Bidauni, Qasba Colony are not considered to be examination centres, Zai further said. Because, last year, the BIEK had received complaints against these colleges and candidates were not satisfied with the management of these colleges, he added.

The Board also received a large number of complaints against the power failure and absence of the law-enforcement personnel at the examination centres.

Meanwhile, the governor secretariat has issued a notification, which stated that Muhammad Imran Khan Chisti has been promoted into grade-19 as the Controller of Examination, BIEK. The controlling authority of the Board had already given its approval in this regard.

Earlier, Chisti was working as an acting controller of examination BIEK as the seat was vacant after the expiry of the contract of former controller of examination, Professor Akber Mirza. The news

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Education dept taking action against SPLA men'
Karachi: Spokesman of Sindh education minister Thursday said that the education department was taking action against the leaders of Sindh Professors' and Lecturers' Association (SPLA) as law because they are working against the interests of teachers. In a statement here on Thursday, he said, SPLA is a welfare organisation but some SPLA leaders participate in political activities. ppi

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