Karachi class XI colleges admissions date

BIEK extended admission date to colleges in class XI
Karachi, Nov 21: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi has extended the date for admission to colleges in class XI till December 7.

BIEK chairman Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai said on Friday that the decision was taken after the director-general of Sindh colleges informed the board that seats were still available in various disciplines at 12 colleges in the city. Dawn

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BIEK junior clerk sacked
Karachi: A junior clerk Naeem Khatri was terminated on Friday from his job with immediate effect by the chairman of Board of Intermediate Education, Karachi (BIEK), Anwar Ahmed Zai.

Ahmed Zai said that this measure was taken on the recommendation of an enquiry committee which alleged that the said clerk was involved in corruption. He said that an official notification has been issued in this regard and people should not contact Khatri in any matter regarding BIEK. However he said that Khatri has the rights to appeal against the decision.

Meanwhile, A notification by the BIEK has asked the principals of the affiliated colleges to verify the documents of the students of the first year, especially of those students who have come and registered from other boards.

The notification read that it was noticed that various forged documents were submitted in the BIEK and now the enrolment cards would be issued only after proper verification.

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KU reinforces security measures within campus
Karachi: In order to make comprehensive security arrangements to avoid any possible terrorist attacks, the University of Karachi (KU) has hired a retired major from the Pakistan Army as full time chief security officer.

The Vice Chancellor (VC) of KU Prof. Pirzada Qasim said that they want professionals to look after security arrangement that is the reason why they have hired Major (retired) Tariq Pasha. The VC added that Major Pasha would head the security staff to maintain a peaceful environment in the university. The university would also hire some educated and polite lady searchers to frisk women if there was any need to do that, he said.

The newly appointed chief security officer Major (Retired) Tariq Pasha said that he would establish a professional force which would act swiftly in any law and order situation but "our priority is to stop the terrorist or any law breaker before they act".

Moreover apart from hiring security staff for the university other security arrangements are also being made. In this regard Prof. Qasim said that a track is being built around the inner wall of the university to facilitate patrolling by the security staff. The university plans to acquire more vehicles and motor cycles in addition to the already available three motor cycles and cars fleet, he added. According to Prof. Qasim, they have earmarked a certain building which would serve as the centralised security control room with necessary equipments and manpower.

The VC added that the visitors would get tokens at the entry points and return them to any point when leaving the university. Moreover he said that the university had already erected screening gates at different points in the university premises including the Administration Building. "Metal detectors, have been also acquired and CCTV cameras will be installed at the exit and entry gates of the university. The university has also planned to build watch towers with searchlights at all the gates,' he said.

"We have better security arrangements than many universities as our university has a boundary wall and it has gates with security staff deputed at them round the clock. We have such a good security plan that ultimately we will not need the Rangers inside the campus", the VC said.

Meanwhile the VC criticised the attitude of many teachers of the university who object to be searched on the gates. "I do not have any problem to be in the line of cars waiting to enter the university. Sometimes the security staff tells me to use the clear lane to enter but I always decline" he said. The VC said that the teachers and the staff should cooperate with the security staff and allow them to screen the servants and maids of the teaching staff.

Prof. Qasim added that the students should also be alert and inform the university security administration if they see any suspicious person or material. The students could call on two telephone numbers which have especially been made available for this purpose, he added. In regard to hiring professionals for the security of the university, campus security advisor of KU, Dr Khalid Iraqi said that a circular had come from the Governor House that has directed the universities to hire professional people, after verification and background check from the Special Branch.

Meanwhile he said that "it is a difficult task to check all people who enter the university because most of these people are not used to security culture. Cars with government number plates, if checked, put tremendous pressure on the security staff. The staff is abused verbally which makes our task difficult." Dr Iraqi added that there was a time when scuffle among the students was the only source of violence in the university which would be easily controlled by the security staff. The scenario has changed completely, he said. The news

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2 held outside varsity
Karachi: The security guards of the Baqai Medical University have apprehended two suspected men belonging to South Waziristan while making a video of the university on their mobile phones. The guards later handed them over to the Rangers' personnel. Police said the men have been identified as Nazeer Mohammad and Hazrat Gul. Daily times

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Standards of literary criticism
Karachi: Quality work in the field of Urdu literary criticism has become rare in recent times and the standards of literary criticism have become very poor. Criticism has great importance in literature as it attempts to evaluate and understand the creative writing and decides the merits or demerits of a literary work but no quality literary criticism is being seen by modern Urdu critics. These views were expressed at the first session on the fourth day of the five-day International Urdu Conference at the Arts Council on Friday.

Noted critic Dr Muhammad Ali Siddiqui's views were straightforward when he referred to most of the Urdu critics in Pakistan as mercenaries. He said that the modern Urdu critics have the habit of conveniently forgetting or ignoring the struggle by the writers against the capitalist countries that are stunting the growth of poorer nations.

Globalisation received some fierce criticism from him too as he said 'stop the world from being a melting pot'. Meanwhile he advised the Urdu critics to mingle their critique with the regional languages of Pakistan to enrich Urdu while helping other languages to flourish.

Siddiqui said that the Urdu writers in India too are producing literary work that had no semblance of reality regarding the Muslims of that country and alleged that those writers "are on the pay roll of the Bharatiya Janata Party". Moreover the Pakistani universities also received the flaks from Dr Siddiqui when he said that impact factor of the criticism from the universities is zero and most of the criticism penned by the critics is esoteric.

On the occasion Dr Qazi Abid from Multan said that Urdu critics had no inkling of philosophy compared to the western critics. The lack of philosophical knowledge and understanding results in the shallow critique in Urdu where the critics mostly grope in darkness, he said.

Dr Nauman ul Haque, a Professor in LUMS, Lahore said that the scarcity of historians in Pakistan has localised the Urdu criticism. In his opinion any literary wave could not flourish until it is in the global context. Dr Haq also advised the writers and the poets to use regional languages in their work to give their work authenticity and aesthetic value.

Moreover columnist Masood Ashaar claimed that the critiques are producing substandard work. He agreed that in such a scenario those who were creating standard work should be praised profusely.

Chairman and Professor at the Department of Urdu, University of Karachi (KU) Dr Zafar Iqbal presented his research paper on "The work on criticism at KU". He mentioned the names of literary giants like Maulvi Abdul Haq, Dr Ghulam Mustafa Khan, Dr Abul Lais Siddiqui, Dr Farman Fatehpuri, Dr Aslam Farrukhi, Dr Abul Khair Kashfi, Dr Waqar Ahmed Rizvi, Shamim Ahmed and Sahar Ansari who were associated with the university and proved their mantle in the literary world. He said they maintain a wonderful balance between old and modern criticism.

Moreover Dr Iqbal praised Dr Fatehpuri's criticism. He said that Fatehpuri's criticism is very solid and there is no ambiguity in it. His critique is unbiased and very balanced. "Shibli Nomani, who had begun the culture of criticism on the literary and technical qualities of 'Urdu Marsia' in comparison between Anees and Dabeer, Dr Fatehpuri has advanced the same on the serious foundation nearly hundred years later. He had relation with the humans instead of celestial objects", he asserted. The news

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41pc children in Dadu labourers
Dadu: Speakers at a seminar have said that 41 per cent children do not go to school due to different reasons and they are engaged in child labour in Dadu district.

They were speaking at a seminar on "Role of government and civil society for rights of working children" held at Gymkhana organized by an NGO, TRDP, on Friday. Dadu EDO education Sajan Mallah said his department was working hard to reopen all closed schools and to enrol all children involved in child labour. But it was not an easy task because many vested interests were involved in the menace.

He appealed to civil society organisations, social workers and parents to extend their support to the government for reopening the closed schools. It was an impossible task in the far flung areas without the help of civil societies and parents. Ms Nasreen Sheikh of the TRDP said that according to a survey conducted by her NGO, the number of child labour cases was high in Dadu as compared to Jamshoro, Umerkot and Thar districts.

She said that a number of schools were lying closed and according to the survey, 41 per cent children were not attending school; they were involved in child labour. She said 29 per cent population of the district was poor and they fail to afford sending their children to schools.

She said that due to poverty, children were working to support their parents, which had deteriorated child labour problem. EDO community development Rizwan Memon said that district vigilance committees under the child labour act were being constituted to control the menace.

Among other programme officers of Save the Children, Ami Habib, Nawaz Janwari and Maqsood Ahmed Qureshi also spoke on the occasion. Govt urged to protect Manchhar lake Experts and fishermen have demanded that the Sindh government should establish a Manchhar lake development authority to protect the lake and economy of local fishermen.

Demand was made at a seminar on "Ownership of water and abolishing of contract system" was held at Sehwan on Friday, organised by the Pakistan Fisher Folk Forum. Historian and writer Ishtiaque Ansari said high environmental pollution had destroyed the natural beauty of Manchhar Lake. He said release of saline water of MNV drain into sweet water of the lake posed a threat to Indus culture and economy of locals.

Professor Aijaz Qureshi said that demanded establishment of a Manchhar lake authority to save that historical and sweet water reservoir. Vice-chairman of the Pakistan Fisher Folk Forum Ghulam Mustafa Mirani said that due to contract system, feudal lords and influential people had assumed control of lakes and water areas, deprived fishermen of their livelihood. Dawn

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