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Karachi University evening programmes' fee increase

'No fee increase for KU's evening programme'
Karachi, Nov 25: The University of Karachi (KU) has decided not to increase the fees of the Evening Programme admissions-2009. This step has been taken on the express desire of the KU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Pirzada Qasim, to make the education affordable to all the sections of society.
This was disclosed by the Director, Evening Programme, Dr. M. Abuzar Wajidi, while addressing a press conference in connection with the Evening Programme admissions 2009 on Monday.

Dr Wajidi informed the media that this year, eight new degree programmes were being introduced at the BS level, which include Actuarial Sciences & Risk Management, Applied Chemistry, Botany, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Psychology, Urdu, and Women Studies. These are in addition to the certificate courses in Arabic, Child Psychology and Human Behavior that are also being introduced.

The two-year MCS comprises four semesters and three-year MBA six semesters. He further said that the process of enrolment for MS/PhD studies had also commenced in the Evening Programme. Dr Wajidi said that keeping in view the large number of applicants, admission forms will be issued and accepted up to 7:30 pm. The News

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KU turns into breeding place for mosquitoes
Karachi: The Karachi University has become an ideal place for breeding of mosquitoes as the KU administration has failed to launch fumigation drive and drain stagnant water at the campus, sources said here on Monday.

More than 25 blood samples of the KU campus residents have been found positive with malaria during the last two months, which revealed that dengue fever and malaria posed a serious threat for them.

According to a WHO report, "Malaria can be transmitted to people of all ages, it is caused by parasites of the species called Plasmodium that are spread from person to person through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Symptoms of malaria include fever, headache and vomiting, and usually appear between 10 and 15 days after the mosquito bite. If not treated, malaria can quickly become life threatening by disrupting the blood supply to vital organs". "In many parts of the world, the parasites have developed resistance to a number of malaria medicines. Approximately, 40 per cent of the world's population mostly those living in the poorest countries are at high risk of malaria. Every year, more than 500 million people become severely ill with malaria. Most of the deaths are reported in sub-Saharan Africa while Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Europe are also affected", the report said.

The diagnostic laboratory at Dr Punjwani Centre for Molecular Drug and Research (PCMD), Karachi University, also obtained blood samples of several residents of the KU campus with complaints of malaria.

Member of Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS), Professor Dr Abid Hassnain, said that the KU administration had no plan for any type of fumigation to eradicate mosquitoes from the campus and save the residents from fatal diseases, including malaria and dengue fever.

"Unfortunately, no department exists at the university to handle or monitor such type of situation. The breeding of mosquitoes is on the rise at the KU due to augmented water coming from overflowing tanks. Fresh water also helps the growth of various species of mosquitoes besides providing them hiding places. Stagnant water can be seen everywhere in the campus, where several cases of malaria have been reported during last few months. The situation is causing panic among the residents who are afraid of the spread of dengue fever", he said.

Abid urged the KU administration to take serious notice of bad sanitary conditions at the campus and adopt concrete measures to save the lives of the people. "It seems that the KU administration is not interested in taking any concrete step to eradicate mosquitoes from the campus that is why no fumigation drive has been launched so far despite repeated complaints from the residents", said Aftab, a KU employee. On the other hand, the KU clinic lacks even basic facilities, medicines and other equipments necessary for the treatment of patients. Some patients have even complained that sub-standard medicines were being used in the treatment. The Nation

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IJT educational campaign
Karachi: Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) has chalked out a 'Restoration of Educational Values' programme that will begin on November 25 (today) and conclude on December 6.

The purpose of the campaign, according to a member of IJT, Nazim Hassan Hammad is to correct the decaying system of education and rediscover the centuries old relationship between the students and the teachers. The IJT intends to pinpoint the weak areas in the educational sector, arrange for lectures in the classrooms, organise Teachers' Respect Day, college day, cleaning the colleges, black day against the tuition culture, signature campaign for 70 per cent attendance in the classrooms and protest against the privatisation of the educational institutions.

A conference will be organised at the end of the campaign in which the students and the political leaders will be invited. Hammad deplored the functioning of various education boards in the country claiming that they were instrumental in the emergence and division of different social classes that could shake the foundation of the country. The News

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