Summer vacation schedule 'optional'
Karachi, May 28: While waiting for a decision on a relevant summary from the Sindh chief minister, the education department has made the observance of the July-August summer vacation optional for all private schools in the city.
Private schools director Dr Mansoob A. Siddiqui said on Sunday that the education secretary had verbally asked him to allow private schools, including the O-level/AKUEB and matric system ones, to observe the June-July summer vacation as usual if they desired so.
A controversy over the implementation of the July-August summer vacation notified after an approval by the chief minister was stirred last week when private schools managements, students and parents in general expressed their opposition to the decision.
They said the idea of changing the summer vacation schedule being observed for years in June and July was not good and was announced quite late as well.
The decision to observe summer vacation in July and August by the Sindh education department was termed belated not only by school managements, but also by the education minister of Sindh who had to offer his apology to parents and students for the late announcement of the vacation schedule.
Last Wednesday, the education secretary succumbing to some private schools management pressure decided to seek a fresh approval from the chief minister for a change in the May 18 notification of the government related to July-August summer vacation.
Dr Siddiqui said that following the verbal directives of the education secretary, his directorate had already started receiving applications from private schools.
Those schools which wanted to observe the summer vacation in July and August were not required to intimate to the directorate, but those wanting to observe the vacation in June and July were required to furnish a formal intimation in this regard to the directorate before observing the vacation, he added.
Another source in the government said that any formal approval from the chief minister was yet to be communicated to the education department.
In the meantime, parents and students telephoned saying that the education department was unnecessarily creating confusion on the issue. Dawn
KU announces MA exam forms submission date
Karachi: The University of Karachi announced on Saturday that the date for forms submission of annual examination of MA, MA double I and II (private) had been fixed as May 31. Students can submit their forms till May 31 at Silver Jubilee Gate of the university with Rs2,450 fees. It is worth mentioning here that students who enrolled themselves in 2005 and before can also submit their forms with Rs5,000 extra fee, while it is the last chance for them. KU also announced that students, who want registration in BA, BCom and BOL (private) could also submit their registration forms till June 4 with Rs 2,500 fee.
'Medical college to be built in Landhi'
Karachi: Sindh Minister for Health Dr Sagheer Ahmed announced on Friday that a medical college would be established in the Landhi area of the city.
He made this announcement while inaugurating the newly installed dialysis machines at the Landhi Medical Complex.
The four dialysis machines along with the related equipment had been installed at a cost of Rs15 million.
The health minister said that the machines would help kidney patients who were on dialysis and that they could now get treatment in an area closer to their homes.
He further said that four dialysis machines and the related equipment had been acquired from the fund of a member of the National Assembly, Asif Hasnain.
It was the vision of the chief of the MQM, Altaf Hussain, that the health facilities should be made available to the people, especially the poor, at their doorsteps, Ahmed added.
He stated that the foundation stone of a medical college in Landhi would soon be laid.
The health minister said the establishment of the hospital would be good news for the people of the area. He further informed that a children's hospital would also be established.
Governor inaugurates Arif Hussain Shaheed Park
Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan inaugurated the Arif Hussain Shaheed Park in North Karachi on Friday.
He said that for provision of facilities to the people efforts were being made to speedily complete various mega projects in Karachi.
KU approves budget of Rs3.31bn for 2012-13
Karachi: The proposed budget of Rs3,314 million for the fiscal year 2012-13 has been approved for the University of Karachi (KU), out of which Rs2,645 million will be demanded from the government.
Moreover, KU will increase PhD allowance to Rs10,000, chairmanship allowance to Rs5,000 and deanship allowance to Rs6,000. These decisions have been taken in a recent meeting of the KU Syndicate, under the chairmanship of Vice-Chairman Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser on Sunday.
During the meeting, the finance department indicated that the university has not received the last quarter of its annual grant from the government, as a result of which expenses are being dealt with the supplementary grant.
It has been decided that measures will be taken for the release of the remaining grant as soon as possible.
The KU Syndicate has also decided that the subsidy in electricity provided to the campus residents should be decreased by increasing the per unit fare.
A campus rationalisation committee has been formulated under the convenership of Abdul Haseeb Khan, which includes Prof Dr Fayaaz Vaid, Prof Dr Majid Mumtaz, Dr Harris Shoaib, Ghazal Khwaja and Haji Hanif Tayyab. The committee will evaluate human resource matters related to the teaching and non-teaching staff of the university.
In the next meeting of the syndicate, an implementation report will be submitted by the Finance Section of the university. Moreover, a committee has been constituted to look into the matter pertaining to canteens within the KU premises. It is very likely that the rates may be increased as per the needs.
BDS results announced
Karachi: The controller of examinations, University of Karachi (KU), on Saturday announced the results of Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) First Professional Annual Examinations 2012. As many as 162 were declared pass. The overall pass percentage was 44.38 percent.
Minister opposes restoring rusticated SU students
Karachi: Senior Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq has said that the restoration of admission of those students who were rusticated for their alleged involvement in creating law and order in Sindh University campus is equal to throwing salt on the wounds of family members of martyred professor Bashir Channar.
In a statement issued here Sunday while reacting on the press conference of Prof. Bashir Channar's family members, he said that it should have been that family of slain professor must be taken into confidence before readmission of rusticated students. He said criminal negligence and silence of certain quarters showed that some elements had been involved directly or indirectly in destroying educational atmosphere of Sindh University.
is also Pro Chancellor of Sindh University, added that a hidden hand was
involved in disturbing peace of the university. He also had a meeting
with Governor of Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul-Ibad Khan and requested him to take
constitutional step to make the atmosphere of university peaceful, as in
either case it would also affect the other universities of the
He said that so-called leaders of an organisation did politics on the martyrdom of Prof Channar earlier and again they were doing.
He said they were the elements who recorded their protest when extension was being given to Channar but now they were shedding crocodile tears. The minister said that he directed the then Vice Chancellor Sindh University to provide jobs and other facilities to the heirs of late Channar and it was done.
Haq asked the administration of Sindh University that who would be held responsible for the educational loss of thousands of students. He said that so-called leaders of a teachers' organisation were making fuss for their own motives and they were not sincere with the people of Sindh and students. ppi