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Students hooked on rote learning in universities
Karachi, May 25: It is surprising to see university students, especially in the public sector universities, seeking notes from their course incharges and expecting some hint from them (teachers) about the "important questions" that will be taken for the mid-term or terminal examinations.

Visit to various classrooms in the Arts Faculty revealed that the lecturers delivered their lectures in a monologue and the students, in most cases, were just listeners. Sometimes the students mustered courage and dared discuss some points of the lecture. In a majority of cases the teachers took it as an affront to their professionalism.

Saba Nawaz, who is in the BS Final Year in the department of Education, University of Karachi (KU), expresses her disappointment with the system of delivery of information. "It is so archaic. The teachers that include Professors too, come to the class and dispose of their prepared lectures. By the time it is complete the time is over. The subject of the lecture might be in the syllabus but information is so outdated. There is no way the students can interact with the teachers. It is very frustrating. I think the knowledge is stunted.

There is no growth. Year after year the same course, in the same way, is stuffed into the minds of the students. How can it broaden the outlook of the students?" she says, futility reflecting in her eyes.

A student in the Department of Sociology, KU, who introduces himself by his first name, Mohtashim, only, thinks that it is usually very difficult to discuss the vital issues such as extremism and terrorism with the teachers. "We cannot as there are teachers who do not want to discuss topics that might bring them some real or imagined danger. Some teachers are guided by their personal ideologies and are loathe discussing anything that goes against their views. The students are told that it is a very sensitive matter. So where do we discuss such matters?" he asks.

Arsalan Hameed at the Department of International Relations (IR) is very candid. "There are sacred cows in the universities who are not teaching or not studying. They are teachers and they are students. Some departments have teachers who are de facto heads of some A, B or C parties. The students who are admitted there are party activists.

They do not come to the classes. They just sit in the examinations and are assisted by the teachers in cheating.

If some poor teachers try to stop these "students" all hell breaks loose. There are guns, threats and actual physical violence. All of this carried out under the watchful and patronising eye of the party teachers. No one can challenge them. How could our intellectual level increase? It is simply impossible. The good students are the sufferers." he says pointedly.

Tooba Pasha at the Department of English at the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology (FUUAST), complains about the stagnant ideas in every section of society.

"Our society will stagnate if free thinking is not allowed. Are the universities working along the right lines? No, not at all", she laments.

Dr Zafar Iqbal, Dean of the Arts Faculty, KU, agrees with the general notion that the students are not allowed, in most cases, to bring up their own ideas.

Dr Iqbal, who is the former Chairperson of the Department of Urdu, adds that his department encourages the students to express their views on various poets or writers.

"We do not confine our students to our line of thinking. They are encouraged to air their views. This brings new ideas and we are really pleased to hear such thoughtful discourses from the students", he says. The news

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SSUET certificate distribution ceremony
Karachi: Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET) will organise a certificate distribution ceremony here today regarding 3-day workshop on Communication and Presentation Skills.

The workshop was organised by Quality Enhancement Cell in collaboration with Management Consultancy and Training Services.

Eminent political analyst and columnist Agha Masood will be the guest speaker at the certificate ceremony. ppi

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GIK Convocation
Swabi: The fifteenth convocation of Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology would be held on June 2, said Jehangir Bashar, rector of the institute.

He told media persons here on Tuesday that GIK Institute was set up in 1993 by a few men of vision led by former president Ghulam Ishaq Khan. The Institute has so for awarded 2,360 BS, 201 MS, and 22 PhD degrees to the students in different disciplines of engineering. Answering a question, he said that the degrees awarded by the GIK Institute were highly valued and our graduates enjoyed a privileged position in the job market. The convocation, he said, would also be attended by parents of the students. Dawn

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UK varsity keen to collaborate with UHS
Lahore: The Middlesex University, UK on Tuesday offered research collaboration to the University of Health Sciences.

Middlesex University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof. Waqar Ahmad called on UHS Vice-Chancellor Prof Malik Hussain Mubbashar at his office. Talking to him, Prof Ahmad said Middlesex valued the relations and mutual collaboration with varsities of other countries. He also said that a large number of Pakistani students had completed their education at Middlesex in the last few years.

Prof Ahmad apprised the participants of a meeting about the academic activities being carried out at the Middlesex University. He said that his institution was keen to develop joint PhD programmes. Later, the UHS VC briefed the delegation on various ongoing academic, research and PhD programmes. He said that there was a huge potential of collaboration in the fields of bio-medical engineering, nursing and allied health sciences besides sharing expertise in library management.

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Lahore: Bakht Afroze, a student of Carmel Convent School, New Delhi, has obtained 454/500 (91%) marks in the class 12 exam (F Sc) of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), New Delhi. She is the daughter of Abid Saeed, Press Counsellor at Pakistan High Commission, New Delhi.

Bakht also passed class 10 exam from the same board in 2009 by obtaining 88% marks. The nation

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'5,000 Spanish words Arabic'
Lahore: A presentation on "Spain, Language and Culture" was held at the Punjab University's Department of English on Tuesday.

PU Director External Linkages Maria Maldonado arranged the presentation while Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, Spanish Consular Sahir Salam, senior faculty members and a large number of students were also present. The ceremony began with Spanish national anthem.

The speakers in their presentations said Spanish language one of the largest spoken languages of the world which had a sound importance in the business community. According to them, 550 million people of 21 countries speak and understand Spanish language. The speakers also highlighted its society, literary activities, science, culture, education, tourism, geography, construction, sports and renowned personalities in other fields.

Maria Maldonado said about five thousand words had been taken from the Arabic language in the Spanish language. She said it was easy to learn Spanish if one's English was good because both the languages had resemblance in pronunciation.

Dr Mujahid Kamran said he was impressed by the students' presentations, as it provided an opportunity to know more about Spain. He said the Muslim period in Spain was splendid and the country was a centre of learning. He said education period during the Muslim rule in Spain was the most brilliant one. He advised the students to work hard and had strong command on their subjects.

Sahir Salam congratulated VC Dr Mujahid Kamran and his team on rapid academic and research development in the varsity. He offered the students to visit Spain and said Spain and Pakistan enjoyed the same weather. The news

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