NED University conducted entry test 2009-10
Karachi, Oct 12: The NED University of Engineering and Technology on Sunday conducted the entry test to select the eligible candidates for admissions for the academic year of 2009-10.
Any mishap was not reported during the test, despite the fact that as many as 6,154 candidates were appeared in the test that was started on the given time at 10am and ended at 12noon.
Registrar NED University Engineer Javed Aziz Khan said that NED, which considered as one of oldest institutions in Pakistan of engineering, offered undergraduate programmes in 19 engineering disciplines along with one each in Architecture and in Information Technology. For this purpose there are 1,833 seats available in the varsity, out of which 1,600 were specific for merit-based admissions, while 233 admissions will be given on self-finance basis, he said.
"The university used carbon copy in the test to enable candidates to have a copy of their performance." He said the results would be issued after eight hours from the completion of test and can be viewed at the official website of the university.
Khan said that to face any health-related situation during the test, the administration had formed a medical team comprising on four doctors and 8 paramedical staff while two ambulances were also on alert.
"Juices have also been distributed among the candidates and invigilators to keep them calm and fresh. About two per cent marks will be given to those candidates who are Hafiz-e-Quran.
To facilitate the candidates, around 12 blocks had been constituted while each block was divided into 16 cells. About 30 candidates were seated in each cell," he added.Your Comments
Criticism over use of loundspeakers
Karach: Teachers and candidates, appearing in the test, have criticised over the use of loudspeakers from the camps of students' political wings during the test.
As per the complaints of candidates, use of loudspeakers has caused immense problems for students while performing their test. Students' political wings had setup their camps outside the varsity to facilitate the candidates and enhance their strength.
No separate land for new disciplines
Karachi: Vice Chancellor NED University Engineer Abul Kalam told the reporters that the university had no plan to enhance the number of disciplines because the administration wanted to maintain the standard of the existing disciplines.
On other hand, the varsity has no separate land for starting new disciplines, he said and added that during the last 12 years the varsity administration had increased the number of seats from 600 to 1,833, while it would reach 2,000 seats in coming years.
It is pertinent to mention here that the university is also offering 27 Master's level postgraduate programmes and this number is also increasing each year.
At present, the programmes for Doctoral studies are restricted to faculty members. The NED university is implementing its wide-ranging development programme in which its demands for faculty development are of such intensity that they leave no room for offering doctorate programmes for external candidates. The nation
Karachi SSC Supple exam-2009 for Science, General groups
Karachi: The SSC Supplementary Examination-2009 for Science and General groups (regular and private) will begin from Tuesday. Approximately 22,000 candidates will appear in the examination, including 15,500 for the Science group (9,500 boys and 6,000 girls), 4,500 for the General group (1,500 boys and 3,000 girls) and 2,500 for the General group private (1,000 boys and 1,500 girls). The news
SGA should monitor schools in Sindh
Karachi: The Sindh Literacy and Education Department has offered the Sindh Graduates Association monitoring of schools across the province so that the quality of education and condition of schools could be improved.
The department has already handed over certain schools to SGA in Matiari and other districts under adopt-a-school program. I have also offered it to accept the offer of monitoring the schools, said Pir Mazharul Haq, senior minister for education.
Speaking at 37th annual ceremony of SGA, the minister deplored the condition of schools in Sindh and especially mentioned absenteeism of teachers. Most of the teachers remain absent from the duty affecting the education of children. This needs to be checked through monitoring. Since the SGA has vast experience of running the schools of its own, he wants SGA to accept the task of monitoring.
Pir Mazhar disclosed that during a training session for politicians in US, the SGA was mentioned by the world trainers as one of the best organisations having shown remarkable performance in education and other social welfare fields.
Earlier, SGA Chairman Dr Sulaiman Shaikh presented welcome address and highlighted the problems faced by the people of Sindh. The organisation, established in 1972, conferred Life Achievement Awards to prominent personalities including poet and writer Shansheerul Haideri, Bashir Moriani, Muneer Chandio and others and gold medals and shields to a number of other bureaucrats, doctors, best workers etc for their services in the fields of education, health etc. Posthumous awards were also given to the heirs of some SGA leaders.
A cultural program was also arranged, which continued till 5.00a.m. Amber Mahak, Qadir Bux MIthoo and other artists enthralled the audience with the folk songs. The students of Roshan Tara schools of SGA also presented tableaus. The nation
Shanul Haq Haqqi's services for Urdu recalled
Karachi: Heartfelt speeches and scholarly papers marked the event organised to pay homage to Urdu's highly respected poet, lexicographer and writer Shanul Haq Haqqi on Saturday evening at the Arts Council. Poetess Zehra Nigah presided over the programme. Writer Fatima Surayya Bajia was also present on the occasion.
It was on Oct 11, 2005 that Haqqi sahib passed away.
To start off proceedings, poetess Dr Fatima Hasan read a well-researched paper. She said Shanul Haq Haqqi was a genius whose literary endeavours in almost every genre of literature were worth going through. His ghazals contained all the classical elements, and at the same time were not devoid of contemporary sensibilities. His mastery over the Hindi language imparted musicality to his verse, and Haqqi sahib's kehmukarniyan and pahelian reminded students of literature of Amir Khusrau. Dr Hasan particularly praised Haqqi sahib's Urdu translation of the Concise Oxford Dictionary and praised his ability as a lexicographer.
Shedding light on Shanul Haq Haqqi's personal life, his son Shayan Haqqi said his father was a perfectionist. When he dabbled in gardening, he did it meticulously. When he started to paint pictures, he did it with undivided attention. However, Shayan said, the great man seldom had time for his children because he was always busy with his scholarly work. Then he touched upon, in a lighter vein, his father's absent-mindedness and recited Haqqi sahib's famous poem Dost hain apney bhai bhulakkar. It made many in the audience reminisce the good old days of their childhood.
Writer Masood Ahmed Barkati, who has done invaluable work for children, told the audience about the essay he had written on Shanul Haq Haqqi while the man of letters was alive, and read from it. He Zehra Nigah speaks at a ceremony held to pay homage to Shanul Haq Haqqi.-White Star placed Haqqi sahib's accomplishments against the backdrop of the 20th century's ups and downs, achievements and breakdowns.
Masood Barkati pointed out that Shanul Haq Haqqi and the Soviet Union saw the light of day together. He never let his literary efforts turn into journalistic pursuits. He adhered to his traditions, and had mastery over the Urdu language. He was one of the architects of Urdu lughat. Even when he wrote advertisements, Haqqi sahib's creativity was more than evident.
Scholar Mohammad Ahmed Sabzwari highlighted Haq Haqqi's cultured disposition. He said even though Haqqi sahib and his wife Salma had some difference with poet Jan Nisar Akhtar and his better half Safia, he never stopped meeting them, and would even often visit Jan Nisar's daughter at her PIB Colony residence. Mr Sabzwari then commended the great man's remarkable translation of the Bhagvad Gita and William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra.
Prof Sahar Ansari talked about the fact that Haqqi sahib was completely immersed in literary and intellectual quests. He would always be doing one thing or another for literature or for Urdu lughat. Prof Ansari said in order to translate Arth Shastara Haqqi sahib learned Sanskrit, as a result of which his translation of the great work was among many of his stupendous feats. No less in worth were his translations of the works of T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound and Emily Dickinson, he said.
Zehra Nigah, in her inimitable style and mellifluous voice, read a brilliant paper, co-relating Shanul Haq Haqqi's personal traits and literary achievements in an intelligent manner. She informed the discerning gathering that Haqqi sahib was a close friend of her husband's. Those were the days when such people as her husband and Haqqi sahib had their own set of priorities. They loved words. They would be constantly discussing poetry, or finding faults in some great poets' usage of certain words.
Zehra Nigah said once during a mushaira, she recited a ghazal, which was very well received. After her stint, she stepped down the stage where Haqqi sahib was waiting for her. He praised her ghazal but added that one of the words she employed in it was wrongly used as it was an unstressed utterance, and she had used it as a stressed one. Such was his fondness for, and knowledge of, words. Zehra Nigah said Shanul Haq Haqqi had three love affairs: with his wife, with diligence, and with the Urdu language. While the former two proved successful, the last one left much to be desired. However, even when he settled in Canada, Haqqi sahib kept working for the betterment of Urdu.
In the end, Arts Council secretary Ahmed Shah thanked all the participants of the event.
The programme was ably conducted by poet Javed Saba. Dawn
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