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FUUAST announces last date for registration
Karachi, Sep 18: Controller of Examinations, Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology (FUUAST) has announced that the last date for the submission of registration fee for the B.A., B.Com and MA (External) candidates is September 30. The students who have passed their last examination in 2007 are eligible for the registration. The News

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KU staff to celebrate Eid with empty pockets
Karachi: Due to shortage of funds, the administration of Karachi University (KU) is forced to pay only partial Eid advance, comprising on half salary, to its academic and non-academic staff this year on the occasion of Eidul Fitr.

The KU employees, who usually avail loan facility at the campus, are worried over the varsity funds deprivation as the public universities, including KU, are still suffering from monetary crisis due to the refusal of federal finance ministry to release the Higher Education Commission's fourth quarterly instalment for development, it was said on Wednesday.

A source at the KU campus said that the administration used to give full Eid advance (one month salary) for the convenience of its employees to meet the expenses of Ramadan and Eid. "This year KU administration is not able to do so owing to paucity of funds despite soaring price-hike in the country. The KU employees, availing such facility to lessen their finical crisis on the Eid occasion, will observe the festival this year with financial burden", he said.

"The present government is not aware of the fact that higher education and scientific research in present time is very expensive. Despite the marvellous efforts of the HEC to boost up the higher education in the country under the leadership of Prof Dr Attaur Rahman, the government is trying to compel him to resign by discontinuing the HEC funds. On the other hand, government intends to appoint President Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST), Dr Jawaid Leghri' as HEC chief," he added.

It is pertinent to mention here that since the establishment of the HEC, it has launched a number of projects including award of 2,500 fellowships to young scientists for PhD level studies in foreign universities, setting up of digital library providing access to about 23,000 international journals and 35,000 textbooks from 220 publishers. The HEC is also embarking on a series of reforms, such as improving conditions of universities, quality of research publications, curbing such evils as plagiarism and similar other weaknesses noticed at the institutional level.

A KU official, on condition of anonymity, said the Eid advance loan facility was used by hundreds of the employees, including academic staff, to fulfil their needs but this year they could not avail this facility.

General Secretary Employees Welfare Association Karachi University, Farid Ahmed Siddiqui, said that there were more than 1,700 non-academic employees working at the varsity, while amongst them hundreds of the workers avail this opportunity on the Eid. "This year unavailability of this facility will aggravate their miseries, keeping in view the current price-hike, which has increased by two hundred per cent", he said. The Nation

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KUTS to observe Black Day today
Karachi: The Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) has expressed dissatisfaction over the foot dragging of the KU administration on the action against the students who misbehaved with the teachers on August 26. They have also roundly criticised the security arrangement of the university, that, according to the KUTS was unplanned and its personnel acted in rude manner with the respectable people at the gates.

The KUTS has decided to observe a 'Black Day' today (Thursday) after its ultimatum to the administration for strict action against the offending students and better security arrangements inside the campus expired on Wednesday.

Campus Security Advisor Dr Khalid Iraqi said that the action (Black Day) by the teachers was their point of view but the fact was that KU Security was trying hard to perform well given the available infrastructure and the personnel. "Sindh Home Department has allowed us to make the four gates of the university operative. We are allowing only pedestrian traffic from Silver Jubilee gate. We are also improving the arrangements at the Maskan gate. We are moving further inside to erect our checkpoint in an abandoned building. Phone facility will be given and parking space will also be available", he gave details. The News

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Exiled student leader wants to return home
Karachi: Jeay Sindh Students Federation (JSSF) student leader Qadir Bux Jatoi, who was forced into exile 28 years ago during Ziaul Haq's tenure, has contacted the Sindh High Court (SHC) and alleged in his application that the exile and military court were illegal, so he should be allowed to return to his homeland.

As a result, the SHC bench, comprising Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Bin Yamin Khan, issued notices to the federal home secretary, provincial home secretary, Hyderabad jail superintendent and the military court on Wednesday. Jatoi, who has been in Sweden for the past 28 years, has filed a petition through Barrister Zameer Ghumro. He has alleged that he and Ali Haider Shah were wrongly accused of hijacking a Pakistan International Airlines flight in 1981 and then forcibly sent to Damascus. The applicant further said that he and Shah were also blamed for the student riots at Sindh University, Mehran University and Liaquat Medical College, Jamshoro. The riots ensued after soldiers misbehaved with Shireen Soomro, a student of the Peoples Medical College, Nawabshah. During the protests, an army vehicle was attacked, leaving one soldier dead and two injured.

The applicant also claimed that he and Shah were arrested in 1978, within two months of the riots, and the military court sentenced Shah to 25 years in prison, while Jatoi received 14 years.

In his petition, Jatoi said that the PIA airplane was hijacked during their time in prison and as per the demands of the hijackers, he and Shah were sent to Damascus. It is important to mention that many student leaders during those protests have gone on to secure important positions in the government, media and judiciary. Prominent amongst them are present Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfikar Mirza, Khadim Lakhair, Abdullah Arain, Khan Muhammad Laghari, Ghulam Nabi Khushk, Nazar Muhammad Junejo, Abu Bakar Zardari, Mataro Daheri, Shabir Lakho, Ghazi Salahuddin, Sarfaraz Memon, Inayatullah Hisbani and certain others. Daily Times

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