ACCA students commence professional careers
Lahore, Sep 05: Results from the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) Examinations in June 2012 show that a record number of students have successfully completed their final exams. Candidates around the world took almost 370,000 papers, with 7,160 students successfully completing their final ACCA exams, representing a 13.4% increase on last session.
Alan Hatfield, ACCA director – learning, said: We congratulate those who have succeeded in their exams and we are delighted to see that more than 7,000 have completed their examinations, having been able to demonstrate the financial knowledge and professional skills which are needed by organizations in challenging economic conditions.
Commenting on the continuing success of students in their ACCA qualifications in Pakistan, Arif Masud Mirza, head of ACCA Pakistan said: We are very pleased to see students performing exceptionally well in their examinations and commencing their professional careers. Employers in all sectors want finance professionals who can offer strategic insight, vision, and support, all of which are vital to creating and sustaining value to their organisations. Business leaders are not only looking at how to steer a course through stormy economic waters, but are looking to the future – to how they can create and sustain as much value from their businesses an possible.
Power to 127 schools and offices disconnected
Karachi: The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) on Tuesday disconnected power to over a 100 government schools being run by the office of EDO Elementary Education as well as 27 other offices and institutions of the same department due to outstanding electricity bills amounting to Rs34.3 million.
According to a KESC official, the offices and institutions of the EDO Elementary Education of Karachi owed these dues to the power utility for several months, but not a single penny had been paid.
"Several notices were served for the payment of these dues, but the concerned officers paid no heed to them," the KESC official added.
He regretted that a majority of the educational institutions whose electricity was disconnected were public schools, where under-privileged children studied. The official said that the children would have to suffer in the scorching heat due to the apathy of officials running these institutes.
The KESC, he said, would restore power to the educational institutes as soon as the defaulting office of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) agreed to pay the outstanding dues and agree on a payment plan. The news
$4m for flood-hit schools
Karachi: The United States will give another four million dollars to the Pakistan government for rehabilitating around 450 schools which were damaged by floods in four districts of southern Sindh.
Sindh's education secretary, Mukhtiar Hussain Soomro, and the deputy mission director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Edward Birgells, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday. The provincial education minister was present at the occasion.
Schools in four southern districts of Sindh – Mirpurkhas, Sanghar, Umerkot and Tando Allahyar – will be restored under the project. The education department is working to identify the schools in need of repairs.
Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq appreciated the USAID for consistently providing aid and announced that the provincial government's Sindh Basic Education Programme has been approved by the Executive Committee of National Economic Council. app
FUUAST announces aptitude test date for PhD, MPhil
Karachi: Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST), Gulshan-e-Iqbal campus has announced aptitude test date for PhD and MPhil programme, said a statement issued here on Tuesday. As per details, aptitude test for PhD and MPhil programme for Mathematics Research Department will be conducted on September 7. Candidates must bring their original CNIC along with bank fee voucher. Moreover, FUUAST Computer Science Department has announced to organise tribute-paying ceremony for martyrs of September 6 at Abdul Qadir Auditorium. Daily times
Sit-in against SU VC disrupts traffic
Hyderabad: Activists of civil society organisations under the aegis of the Save Sindh University and Education Committee (SSUEC) staged an hour-long sit-in at a section of the Super Highway near the Kotri crossing on Tuesday and demanded the removal of Sindh University vice chancellor Dr Nazir A. Mughal.
They also demanded withdrawal of Rangers personnel from the university premises, arrest of Prof Bashir Channar's killers, restoration of students union and appointment of in-service VCs under the criteria laid down by the Higher Education Commission (HEC).
The protesters started their march from the Allama I.I. Kazi mausoleum before staging the sit-in, which caused suspension of vehicular traffic on the Indus Highway and the Superhighway for an hour. A contingent of the police and Rangers remained present to maintain law and order.
Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz-B acting chairman Dr Niaz Kalani, Jeay Sindh Mahaz chairman Riaz Chandio, Awami Jamhoori Party chief Abrar Qazi, writer and activist Jami Chandio, HRCP activist Dr Ashothama, Labour Party leader Dr Bakshal Thallu, activists of other civil society organisations, teachers and students participated in the protest.
The SSUEC, which was formed last month during a dialogue organised by an NGO, had persuaded SU teachers to end their boycott of academic activities. On Aug 27, it submitted a memorandum in the VC office urging Dr Mughal to quit honourably.
Speaking to the protesters, SSUEC coordinator Punhal Sario announced that a 'black day' would be observed on Sept 13 to press the government to meet the demands.
He warned that a siege to the Governor's House would be laid if the demands were not met.
Mr Sario said that a crisis had prevailed at the Sindh University for the past nine months and as many as six students and one teacher had already lost their lives in the campus violence relating to the issues.
In her speech, Sindh University Teachers Association general-secretary Dr Arfana Mallah accused the university administration of having tried to sabotage the Tuesday protest by plying point buses for teachers and students much before the scheduled time of 3pm. She said that the sit-in was to begin at 2pm but the point buses were run from campus at 1pm.
"Yet students in a large number took part in the sit-in and we didn't suspend academic activities. Even the evening shift examination remained unaffected," she said.
Meanwhile, a statement issued by the SU public relations officer's office on behalf of some teachers described the sit-in as 'a flop show'. Dawn