Exams postponed | New vacation schedule

University of Karachi, BIEK postpone today's exams
Karachi, May 23: The University of Karachi (KU) has postponed all of its examinations scheduled for Wednesday (today). A press release issued here late Tuesday night said that the schedule for postponed examinations would be announced later. However, the education process at the university will remain operational. The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) has also put off the HSC Annual Examination papers scheduled for Wednesday (today). BIEK Chairman Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai announced this on Tuesday evening. He further stated that these papers would now be conducted on May 30. The venue and the timings of the papers were remaining the same. Daily times

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Many private schools oppose new vacation schedule
Karachi: A concerned group of reputed schools following the matric and Cambridge systems on Tuesday criticised the Sindh provincial government's belated announcement of the rescheduling of summer vacations to July-August from June-July.

The May 18 announcement negated an earlier notification, dated March 28, 2012, in which the Steering Committee of the Sindh Education Ministry notified that the summer vacations would begin on June 1 and end on July 31, said the statement issued by the group, representing 28 leading schools of Karachi. The Steering Committee made the announcement after the approval of the competent authority.

Jameel Yusuf, coordinator of the Concerned Private Schools Group, said on behalf of the group that the belated change made by the provincial authorities came as a shock not just for the parents and students, but also the schools managements.

Parents and students had already been notified about the summer vacations in line with the earlier order, said Yusuf, who is also a leading social worker and a corporate leader. "This belated change… would create chaos in the entire academics of the school," he said.

He said that the concerned schools wrote letters to the chief minister, minister of education and the education secretary, urging them to review their decision. The schools, expressing their regret for non-compliance with the government order, asked the government to allow them to make decision about the summer vacations on their own.

The statement said that the principle of issuing all such schedules well in time should be followed, "as is done in most countries some even announcing 5-10 years in advance and not merely 10-12 days prior to the annual vacations and end of term".

After the issuance of the March 28 notification, the schools accordingly conducted their exams and started the admission process and notified the new term that would commence with effect from August 1, 2012, Yusuf said. The parents were informed, who then planned their vacations accordingly, he added.

Despite the Steering Committee's decision a meeting with the private schools, as was agreed in 2011, was scheduled for May 4, 2012, which at such a late stage seemed to only a formality, as it had earlier been overlooked, the statement said.

It was unanimously resolved with Shenaz Mazhar in the chair by the 28 participants of the private schools, including two of the so-called "Private Schools Associations", to continue with the summer vacation in June and July, it added.

The belated arbitrary enouncement on May 18, scheduling the summer vacation in July and August, is shocking as its implementation would create further chaos, according to the statement.

As such the new schedule cannot be endorsed because the term of these schools has just concluded and vacations have commenced for the students, many of whom have left on their holidays will be deprived of their schooling, it added.

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KU approves two-day weekly holiday
Karachi: The Academic Council of the University of Karachi (KU) on Tuesday approved the two-day weekly holiday from the next semester.

The second semester would commence from July 15. The said decision was taken in a recent meeting of the Academic Council of KU, held under the presidency of Vice-Chancellor, KU, Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser.

The draft of the Plagiarism Policy was accepted in principle. However, a committee has been formulated for necessary amendments and improvement. The committee, constituted under the convenership of Prof Dr Abuzar Wajidi comprises of deans of all faculties and a few professors from the faculty of Arts and Science.

The members of the Academic Council unanimously approved the amendments for update in the course/syllabi of a few departments of the faculty of Management and Administrative Sciences, Arts and Science.

On this occasion, the vice-chancellor, KU, expressed his gratitude on the fact that the administration is able to conduct regular meetings of the university's statuary bodies. The next meeting of the Academic Council is likely to be held in mid-August, Dr Qaiser said.

Moreover, all the decisions taken by the vice-chancellor of KU related to the university's affiliated bodies/colleges were accepted and approved by the Academic Council.

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KU to hold workshop on molecular technology
Karachi: The National Nematological Research Centre (NNRC) of the University of Karachi (KU) will be organising the 12th International Workshop on Biological Control during May 24 to 26, a KU spokesperson said on Tuesday.

The three-day workshop, which is being sponsored by the Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), will feature research on advanced molecular technology that was carried out in collaboration with China.

"An agreement between the two countries was signed under the "17th Protocol on Science and Technology Cooperation".

The two countries are looking forward to facilitating the exchange of students and professionals, through which China will help Pakistan in enhancing its capacity in science and technology on a priority basis," a KU handout said.

Eminent scientists and research scholars from China will be participating in the workshop to share institutional research facilities concerning the molecular techniques necessary for the mass production, formulation and commercialization of entomopathogenic nematodes.

The Vice Chancellor of KU, Professor Dr Mohammad Qaiser, will be the chief guest at the event. The President of PSN, Dr Manzoor Hussain Soomro, and Chairman, PSF will also preside over the symposium.

The Director of NNRC, Dr Shahina Fayyaz, will be delivering the welcome address. Other speakers will include Former Director NNRC, Dr Maqbool, Professor Dr Richou Han and others. KU officials have invited researchers from all over the country to attend the event. The news

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