University of Sindh BA, MA exams 2011

Schedule for BA, MA exams revised
Hyderabad, Sept 16: The University of Sindh has extended deadline to Oct 10 for submission of examination forms of B.A. (regular, external), B.Sc, B.Com, B.Sc home economics (regular)) Part-I and Part-II, M.A. previous and M.A as external under annual examinations of 2011, according to a handout.

The university took the decision to facilitate regular and external candidates because of heavy rains in the province. Dawn

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FAPUASA to protest non-payment of increased salaries
Peshawar: Expressing concern at the non-payment of increase in salaries to the employees of several public sector universities as per announcement in the federal budget, the Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) Thursday announced to launch protest to force the authorities to pay the teachers.

The announcement was made at a joint press conference by FAPUASA President Prof Dr Fida Mohammad, Prof Dr Jauhar Ali, president Peshawar University Teachers Association, Prof Dr Ziaullah Sehrai, president Teaching Staff Association Islamia College University and Engineer Sidique Akbar.

A large number of teachers of different universities were also present on the occasion. The teachers also staged protest outside the Peshawar Press Club after their news conference to press the management of their respective universities to ensure payment of the increased salaries to them.

The teachers representatives said that the 15 percent increase in salaries had been given to the public sector universities in other parts of the country. They demanded immediate payment of the raised salaries at all the universities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

They observed that it was the duty of the vice-chancellors to acquire funds for their universities. They urged the governor to use his influence to ensure payment of the increased salaries to the university employees.

They threatened that if their demands were not accepted within three days, they would start holding series of general body meetings at all the universities. The first general body would be held at the University of Peshawar on Sep 19.

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25 teachers of UoP win research awards
Peshawar: Twenty-five teachers of the University of Peshawar (UoP) have won research productivity awards of Pakistan Council for Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Islamabad, for the year 2011.

In this connection, a certificate distribution ceremony was held at the Area Study Centre in the University of Peshawar (UoP) on Thursday. Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Azmat Hayat Khan gave away the awards to the winners.

The number of award winner scientists of the UoP was the highest among all universities in the country this year.

Twenty-one among them hailed from chemical sciences, two from earth sciences and one each from environmental and biological sciences.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Dr Azmat Hayat Khan said that the university was proud of its faculty.

He added that the science departments of the varsity especially the chemical sciences have shown excellent performance and their efforts have been acknowledged by Ministry of Science and Technology.

The vice-chancellor urged the faculty members to focus attention on establishing more and more academia industry linkages so that local industries could take benefits from them and come up with state of the art products at economical prices.

Azmat Hayat maintained that researches on changing dynamics of the country and outbreak of a possible epidemic should be done so that timely guidelines can be suggested to the policy makers and the general public could be made aware of the same to take preventive measures.

He also announced formation of a committee under the chairmanship of senior dean to support such researches and recommend their findings to the authorities concerned. The news

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Free technical education for 1,500 youth every year
Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti inaugurated a project here on Wednesday to impart free technical and vocational education to youth in the reputed institutions of the country to alleviate poverty in the province.

A total 1,500 youth would be imparted technical and vocational training every year under the project, costing Rs230, said a handout. "The government would bear all expenses," Mr Hoti told a function, held at Chief Minister House to inaugurate the project.

He said that it was third poverty reduction project after Bacha Khan Khpal Rozgar Scheme and Hunermand Rozgar Scheme launched by the provincial government.

"Geographically Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is situated far way from the seaport while presently it is also facing insurgency and militancy. Our forefathers had rendered matchless sacrifices for the motherland in the past and we will continue to do so," he said.

He said that they had to protect their country from enemies at any cost. He added that credit for facing the scourge of militancy bravely went to the entire nation.

"It is very challenging to live in such difficult times as terrorists are targeting innocent children and elderly people. However, our people are standing like rock against all such evils," the chief minister added.

He said that some elements were tying to mislead the youth but government was not oblivious to the situation. "To counter the evil designs of such people, the government has accelerated socio-economic activities," he said.

Mr Hoti said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was neither poor nor short of resources as it had all natural resources, including hydel power potential, which if exploited could change the fate of its people.

"Keeping this fact in mind, two hydel projects - one each at Mataltan and Lavi - will be inaugurated in December and January next," he said.

He said that they would develop the sectors of tourism and minerals. "The countries, which took part in the first and second world wars, have also stood on their feet and developed themselves so why can't we," he asked.

He denied the notion that government was initiating projects for taking credit, saying they didn't want to get any political mileage out of it rather they wanted to develop the province on sound footings.

"To get maximum benefits from the God gifted natural resources, we have planned to set up Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Oil and Gas Company on the basis of private-public partnership. Dawn

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