Cut in PhD seats in KU likely
Karachi, Oct 23: Karachi University (KU) is planning to advertise admissions in M.S./Ph.D. and M.S. (Surgery) / MD (Medicines) / Ph.D. (Law) programmes for 2010-11 in the first week of November 2010.
Keeping in view the ground realities, cut in seats available for the said programme is expected this year, while KU administration has asked all Chairpersons of teaching departments and Directors of institutions/centres of the University, through a letter, to provide details regarding the programme that they are offering and numbers of seats available.
These views were expressed by KU Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi, while talking to TheNation on Friday.
She said that the new programme of admission for the said level will be sent to Board of Advanced Studies and Research (BASR) then it will be forwarded to KU Academic Council for approval, while this will be happened before the admissions. She said that programme contains admission's eligibility, numbers of seats available, financial resources etc. Dr Shahana, who is also Convener to Admission Committee, said that all teaching departments and institutions are asked to provide required details so that the numbers of seats available could be determined; in the last entrance test as many as 2900 candidates were appeared Entrance Test that was conducted by Karachi University very first time.
It is pertinent to mention here that KU Testing Service has left NTS (National Testing Service) behind by organising the exemplary aptitude test for admissions in higher learning classes (MS/Ph.D. and MD), while this was the first time that KU has organised such test by using its facilities on decentralized basis. Last year the merit for admission on the basis of marks obtained in the last basic degree (Master's degree MA, MSc, MBA, MPA, MAS, MIS, four years' BS, B Pharm, Pharm-D, MBBS, BDS, DVM or equivalent). The test was comprised on two sections. Section-I was based on English Communication Skills (20 percent marks), while Section-II covered Subject Knowledge and Application having 80 percent marks.
The candidate was required to score at least 50 percent marks in section I and section II separately to become eligible for consideration for provisional admission.
She said that KU was ready to hold entrance test as per the last year's practice. She said that due to financial constraint and engagements of supervisors in earlier MS/Ph.D. programmes may cause cut in numbers of seats for the said programme this year. The nationYour Comments
KU aptitude tests today
Karachi: Director Admissions, Prof. Dr Saleem Shehzad has announced that the aptitude test of BS (H) for admissions in the Department of Applied Physics and Environmental Studies will be conducted on Saturday (today) at 9:00am and 2:00pm respectively, in the Faculty of Arts.
More than 3,588 candidates are likely to appear for the test. Carbonised answer sheets will also be issued so that the students will be able to match their scores with the answer key that will be available on the university's official website.
The test scores will be displayed on the website on the same day whereas the final merit list will be issued on November 7.
If a candidate finds that there is a difference in the displayed score and his personal assessment, he can obtain a claim form on the payment of Rs500 on October 25 and October 26 from the Council Room of Dean Faculty of Arts.
Moreover, it has also been announced that the aptitude tests for admissions in M.Sc in the Departments of Applied Physics and Biotechnology have been cancelled because of equal number of applicants and the available seats.
Meanwhile, Registrar, KU, has announced that teaching will continue till November 23 whereas semester exams will be held from November 25. The news
University faces budget deficit
Hyderabad: The Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Vice- Chancellor Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan Rajput at a meeting of the university syndicate presented university's annual budget of Rs1447.284 million for 2010-11 and revised the budget of Rs1162.509 million for 2009-10.
The director finance informed the meeting that these estimates, having a deficit of Rs292.551 million for 2009-10 and Rs509.698 million for the current year, also included the bank liability of Rs75 million availed in 2007-2008 to meet the cuts imposed by the government in 2007-2008.
The syndicate, while approving the annual budget of 2010-11, unanimously recommended to Higher Education Commission to release government grant at the maximum, to enable the university to fulfil its financial requirements without any stoppage and provide appropriate quality education and conduct maximum research and academic activities. Dawn
SSUET wins E-Indus 2010 competition
Karachi: Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) has won first position in the competition E-Indus 2010, regarding electronic project, held under the auspices of PCSIR's Institute of Industrial Electronics Engineering (IIEE). The SSUET was represented by a group of five students of electronics department, namely Zubair Zahid, Tarique Saleem, Danish Ahmed, Adamjee Ashraf Moten and Abdul Hye with Lecturers Khawaja Masood Ahmed and Umair Jilani as group advisors. The competition was participated by the prominent and renowned universities of Karachi like NED, NUST, IIEE, Iqra etc. app
PAF passing-out parade held
Karachi: The passing-out parade of Aero Apprentices was held at the PAF Base, Korangi Creek on Friday.
Air Marshal Mohammad Hassan, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Operation), PAF, was the chief guest on the occasion.
A total of 292 Aero Apprentices including personnel from the Pakistan Navy and friendly countries successfully completed their technical training.
Five trophies were awarded to the passing-out Apprentices; three in academics, one in General Service Training and one for the Overall Best Performance. Asghar Khan Trophy for the Best in Aeronautics Technology was awarded to AIT M Khalid; Noor Khan Trophy for the Best in Avionics Technology was awarded to ART Asif Ali; Rahim Khan Trophy for the Best in Aero Support Technology from School of Avionics was awarded to Liaqat Ali; Trophy for the Best in General Service Training was awarded to AC Wing Sergeant Mohsin Raza. Chief of the Air Staff's Trophy for the best performance was awarded to AC Muhammad Ejaz.
PTCL offers 50 scholarships
Karachi: In continuation of its efforts to facilitate the student community in Pakistan, the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd (PTCL) has launched a new package of its broadband service, in addition to its existing Broadband student basic package.
The newly launched broadband student bundle package includes 1Mbps broadband connectivity with unlimited downloads, 150 free voice minutes and unlimited 'Kehdo' SMS, all just for flat rate of Rs999 per month.
PTCL has taken this initiative keeping in view the need to provide the country's youth with easy and economical access to high speed broadband internet, thereby expanding their knowledge, skills and productivity.
Such a package will make the usage of high speed unlimited internet not only affordable for students but also give them the liberty to download unlimited infotainment material, free minutes to call on landline numbers and free unlimited voice SMS (Kehdo SMS).
In addition to that, PTCL has also extended the time period for students to apply for the Broadband packages and enter in the draw for 50 scholarships, worth Rs100,000 each, till the end of December 2010. Also, PTCL is already giving free easy learning cards for internationally certified online courses to all its customers who want to enhance their professional skills. The news
How literary times change for Pakistan
Karachi: In the past decade or so, Pakistani writers and writing coming out of the region is not only a celebration of immense talent but has been further solidified by the socio-political milieu that makes this country the one big story. Want the perfect scoop, better still a lucrative book deal? Come to Pakistan as a reporter is what foreign correspondents are telling these days: the story is right here. It's the story of war, violence, terror but not without hope and without resilience of a kind that only Pakistanis can tell you about. At such a time when the country's identity is not only complex but mangled, a well-timed issue of Granta devoted to literature, reportage and artworks from Pakistan appreciates the vibrant though diverse creative forces within society.
Granta 112:Pakistan was celebrated in Karachi at an event on Friday evening, organised by the British Council, only a month after its official launch in London at Asia House. Granta's editor John Freeman was fired with some rather half-intelligent questions (that were answered with wit and honesty) as were the other panellists for the evening – Declan Walsh, reporter with The Guardian in Pakistan, Faiza Sultan Khan, editor of The Life's Too Short literary journal, Mohammad Hanif, author of A Case of Exploding Mangoes, and Murtaza Razvi, an editor and writer with Dawn – all of whom agreed that many interesting writers come from South Asia and that the new clichés in fiction today are terrorism and beheadings. When asked why Pakistani writing was the focus for this issue, Freeman explained it was an idea that he was given by Australian novelist Peter Carey about a year and a half ago when he was in New York.
Granta's autumn collection, with an exceptionally dazzling cover depicting work by truck artist Islam Gull, represents brutal forms of violence, militancy, and how reaction to the west has shred the internal fabric of Pakistani society, but with brilliant writing that dares to find traces of love, humanity and passion: all to tell the reader that's a less visible road travelled but you only need to look for that portion of real Pakistan. It's been almost impossible in the last few years to have picked up a newspaper and not read about Pakistan's failings as a nation state, its war with fundamentalists, its internal corruption and its obsession with the US, all violent news stories. It may be a Pakistan moment as many writers claim and their stories are excruciating works of fiction cushioned in reality. Some stories are direct reminders of distorted historical legacy and conflict: Intizar Hussain's "The House of the Gallows" portrays Zia-ul-Haq as a hypocritical dictator who turned the 1980s for most Pakistanis into a nightmare of censorship rules ("Please don't read any poem that refers to liquor").
Kashmiri author Basharat Peer's "Forever War" is when he comes home to Srinagar - "a medieval city dying in a modern war" - and teenagers are hurling stones on city streets inspired by a Palestinian style stone-throwing intifada. Declan Walsh's reportage (an excerpt from his forthcoming Inshallah Pakistan to be published early next year) takes us on a fractured journey with a flamboyant, multi-lingual, Pashtun politician from Lakki Marwat, a hub for suicide attackers in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; lending an informed, layered context to the north's "roasting hospitality, smouldering pride and cold and clinical revenge."
Granta is indeed a window to a troubled world as Freeman says, but not without stories of love. The two most heart-wrenching stories are that of Leila unable to bear sons in Nadeem Aslam's novella "Leila in the Wilderness," and Gul Bibi in Jamil Ahmad's "The Sins of the Mother," whose short but sad spell of domestic happiness with her lover is described with endearing engagement, as she lives in the knowledge that her tribal kinsmen, whose code of honour she has defied, will eventually kill her. Seventy-nine-year-old ex-civil servant Ahmad was discovered by editor/journalist Faiza Sultan Khan and has never been published before but now has a book deal to his name.
In the book, Hari Kunzru in his introduction to the Green Cardamom art project says the question of Pakistani identity now has geopolitical significance. Pakistan today is about seeking balance between war and peace; extremism and tolerance; love and hate. Rather like Ayesha Jatoi, the artist in her quest to find answers settles her washing to dry on a publicly-installed decommissioned aircraft, to protest and subvert. As Freeman reminded on Friday evening he published writing that is beautiful and if it's beautiful, then it's true. Almost all stories come back to family and love, he explained.
Granta's collection delves into some of the pressing issues of our time, making it a must-read book this season. Dawn