Karachi University four year BEd degree

Four-year B.Ed programme at KU from Jan 2011
Karachi, Sept 30: University of Karachi (KU) is keen in ensuring quality education in Pakistan. One component of it is the availability of quality teachers. In consideration of this requirement, KU has taken an initiative and is commencing a four year B.Ed. programme in collaboration with the Pre-Service Teacher Education Programme (PRE-STEP), spokesperson KU said on Wednesday.

Vice Chancellor, KU, organised a meeting in this regard, which was also attended by the Vice Chancellor of Sindh University Prof. Dr Nazir A. Mughal, Dand others.

The main objectives of the programe, as identified by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, are to develop a coherent policy framework for teacher education and professional development that will serve as a tool to link and coordinate the national policies and frameworks with those at the provincial level, he further said. It also includes the collaboration on the development of new standards and programme for teachers to upgrade their qualification. It was decided in the meeting that a four-year B.Ed programme will be initiated in January 2011 while, 15 scholarships of Rs.40, 000 will be awarded to the students on the basis of merit and performance, he said.

According to Professor Dr Shakeel Farooqi, University will receive a grant of 50, 000 dollars other than the grants of those 40, 000 dollars which are given for the launching of the programme and which will be delivered within the period of three years, he added.

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KU scientist assists 50 PhD scholars
Karachi: As many as 50 scientists have completed their PhD degree courses under the supervision of Professor Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, Director of the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Karachi University (KU), spokesperson of the department said in a press release issued on Wednesday.

Professor Dr Choudhary has joined a group of those eminent scientists in the country who have supervised large numbers of scholars for their PhD degrees. At the Karachi University, Dr Iqbal Choudhary has become second after Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rahman, former Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC), supervising highest numbers of PhDs, he also said.

However, Dr Atta-ur-Rahman has supervised as many as 78 PhD researchers. Dr Ghulam Abbas was the last scholar who completed his PhD at ICCBS under the supervision of Dr Iqbal Choudhary, he further said.

He added that Dr Choudhary is the youngest scientist in the history of science and technology in Pakistan who has received several national and international honors and awards. He has over 600 research publications in top international journals, 20 national and international patents as well; his 24 books has been published and circulated internationally. Dr Choudhary has 37 chapters in different books.

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Youth Arts festival to kick off from October 1
Karachi: Cogito Youth Performing Arts Festival (CYPAF) that was postponed due volatile situation in city in the aftermath of the killing of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Imran Farooq, will kick off from October 1 and will run for 3 days.

"The aim of the event is to unite not-for-profit youth organisations like AIESEC, Uraan, Jaag and Rahnuma on a singular platform and all the money generated from the show will go to Madadgar and the flood victims," said Shahzad Ghayas, a member of the organising team.

The first day of CYPAF will include Cogito's original performance called "Tamasha-e Zeest" (Theater of Life), written and directed by Ahmad Khan from National College of Arts (NCA). The story is about our very own society and shows different traits of human nature of distinct characters in our society.

The second night of the show will be a repeat show of the same drama followed by an open mic session.

The play will be followed by stand up comedy act. As part of the open mic night, performers and the audience will be given an open stage to showcase there talents.

The third day of the show will have concerts and underground bands from different institutes of Karachi such as Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Indus Valley School (IVS) and Institute of Business Management (IoBM) will perform live music.

Ghayas further added that the cancellation of the show had cost organisers a lot of money as people who came from Lahore to perform will be coming back again, which doubled the traveling cost.

"Fortunately, the Arts Council cooperated with us and we did not have to book the venue twice to get new dates. We just hope that there are no further mishaps," he said. The news

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