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Primary Educational crisis
Karachi, Nov 26: Primary education is in a state of crisis, as shown in a report which put it at the 117th position among 134 countries. Education as a whole is bound to suffer. According to the report, the primary enrolment rate among boys is only 64 percent, which is poor, but only 34 percent among girls, which is totally unacceptable, for two reasons. First, it means a stunting of the personal growth of almost two-thirds of the girls of the country, as they are denied an education, and it means that future generations will not have an education, as it has been shown time and again, that mothers who have received an education make sure that their children are also educated. The report has indicated where the responsibility lies: on the government for failing to provide the needed funds. Instead of having raised spending on education to 4 percent of GDP, the government kept spending languishing at a far lower percentage.

When the priority of the government remains plundering resources to maintain a luxurious lifestyle, it is obvious that education will suffer. While the assemblies are populated by members whose electorates will no longer be captive if they were to get the light of education, governments will not increase spending on education beyond what is necessary to perpetuate the bureaucracy that is their accomplice in this neglect.

The federal governments may blame the provincial governments, because education, especially primary education, is a provincial subject, while the provincial government in turn might blame the local governments, to whom education has been devolved, but this matter is too serious, more than six decades after Independence, to be the subject of a blame game. The state, whether at the federal tier, or the provincial, has a duty to produce the wherewithal to educate the population in a way that will equip its members for the needs of the future. That must be done, so that Pakistan is no longer shamed in the comity of nations. The nation

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Last date for submission of admission fee at KU
Karachi: Director Admissions, Karachi University (KU) has announced that the last date for submission of admission fee of BS (H), BS (3rd Year) and Masters is Nov 26 (today). Claim forms can also be obtained from UBL University Branch till 12 noon and can be submitted in the same branch on the same day. ppi

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University of Sufism to start in a month
Karachi: The Government of Sindh on Thursday decided to establish a university for Sufism in the Bhit Shah area of the Matiari district. The decision to establish the university was taken at a high-level meeting which was held at the Culture Centre in Bhit Shah. It was also confirmed that the Provincial Secretary for Antiquities, Kaleem Lashari would oversee the project.

Chief Secretary of Sindh, Syed Ghulam Ali Pasha was chairing the meeting, which was attended by Additional Chief Secretary (P&D) Abdul Subhan Memon, Dr Qasim Bughio, Dr Fahmida Hussain, Director General Culture Sikandar Panhwer and other participants.

During the meeting, the pros and cons of the project were discussed. The Secretary of Antiquities proposed to open a smaller institute initially, which would later be turned into a full fledged university. However, other members of the meeting decided to establish a full fledged university from the onset.

The participants of the meeting also visited buildings which belonged to the Culture and Education department. It was decided that buildings occupying about 50 acres of land will be utilised for the project.

Sources revealed that after considering the Secretary of Antiquities' proposal, the meeting decided to make a full summary, following which it would issue directives to begin work on the project.

The sources added that a number of issues were discussed during the meeting including, the Charter of the University, the selection and appointment of resident director, refurbishment of the campus buildings at Bhitt Shah, the preparation of the preliminary outlines of the curriculum, the selection of the faculty, the preparation of the program for the academic year and preparations for admissions.

According to the proposal, the first academic year of the Sufi University will begin in 2011. The course will consist of eight semesters which will have durations of six months, each.

The proposal also mentioned the establishment of a board of directors for the university and that the Chairperson should be rotated in an annual basis.

It was estimated the initial cost of the project which set to begin in 2011 would be just over Rs. 65 million.

Sufism has been practiced in the province of Sindh for several centuries. Some of the greatest Sufi saints such as Bhitt Shah and Lal Shahbaz Qalander have their shrines in the province and from next year, anyone who wishes to learn more about their mystic way can attend a full fledged university. The news

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FUUAST announces result of BA (private) 2009
Karachi: Controller Examination Federal Urdu University of Arts Science and Technology (FUUAST) Professor Waqar-ul-Haq has announced the result of BA (private) Annual Examination 2009. As per statistics of the result 173 candidates registered, out of which 159 appeared in the examination and 97 students have passed the examination. Percentage of result remained 61.01 percent. Daily times

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LUMHS teacher honoured
Hyderabad: Prof. Dr. Shafi Mohammad Jatoi, chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology of the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences has been selected by the Higher Education Commission for the Best University Teacher award for the year 2009.

The award that carries a cash prize of Rs100,000 and a certificate will be conferred on him at a commemorative award ceremony scheduled for Dec 1 at the HEC auditorium in Islamabad. Dawn

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