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Karachi University BCom Part II result 2013

KU announces BCom Part II exam result
Karachi, Aug 30: The University of Karachi (KU) on Thursday announced the result of BCom Part II and Both Parts (External) Annual Examination 2012.

According to order of merit, Mahwish Hussain with 795 marks out of maximum 1,100 was declared first.

The second position went to Yumna Nasir Islam who had obtained 763 marks while Hafiz Muhammad Yaruq with 760 marks remained third.

According to statistics 10,195 candidates appeared in the examination and pass percentage remained at 15.16. The news

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SALU facing deficit of Rs100m: VC
Khairpur: The Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU), Khairpur, faces a financial deficit of around Rs100 million, said its vice chancellor Prof Dr Parveen Shah.

While presenting the budget of the financial year 2013-14 to the university syndicate at its 75th meeting on Wednesday, Prof Shah said that though the university had received a grant of Rs266 million by the Sindh chief minister, it still faced a deficit of Rs100 million.

However, she said that the situation would be eased by a grant of Rs385 million to be provided by the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

Members of the SALU syndicate approved the recurring budget of just above Rs1,157 million for the next financial year.

Speaking at the meeting, Prof Shah said that despite the financial crunch, the university was committed to promoting quality education and research.

"I am proud that SALU is ranked number seven in public universities in the HEC ranking for this year."

She said that feasibility reports for the establishment of three campuses in Kandhkot, Jacobabad and Ghotki had been submitted to the relevant authorities while new departments of environmental studies, criminology and visual studies were also in the pipeline.

Prof Shah said that the university's application for membership of the International Association of Universities had been accepted which was a matter of great pride.

Moreover, said the vice chancellor, the university had also established its alumni association, and had also set up an institute for gender studies, student endowment fund trust and the directorate of post-graduate studies in collaboration with HEC and USAID.

The syndicate also approved recommendations of SALU's selection board, appointing Prof Dr Abdul Majeed Chandio as the chairman of international relations department and Dr Ali Dino Jumani as the chairman of the mathematics department for the next three years.

The meeting was also informed that affiliation to private colleges, transportation allowance to employees of BPS-20 and above and medical health insurance policy for all employees were also allowed. Dawn

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Karachi HSC Part-II result
Karachi: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) will announce the results of HSC Science Pre-Medical Part-II, Medical Technology and Home Economics groups' annual examination 2013 on August 30.

This was announced by the controller of Examination of the BIEK, Muhammad Imran Khan Chishti, on Thursday. The news

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Ghalib Library poised for a turnaround
Karachi: It is with great reverence and excitement Naseem Ahmed, a dedicated and long-time staff member at Ghalib Library, unties the bulging black folder. Stored in an old steel grey almirah, the seemingly ordinary folder contains a collection of letters written by such literary luminaries as Marxist intellectual Sibte Hasan, Ghalib scholar Ralph Russell, playwright Syed Imtiaz Ali Taj, poet Josh Maleehabadi, scholar and Congress leader Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and many more.

One is transported back in time when scanning Ralph Russell's letter to Sibte Hasan written on a medium-sized vintage blue airmail stationery paper cum envelope with postmarked stamp dated March 23, 1969. "I was especially pleased to hear of the new building for the Idara-e-Yadgar-e-Ghalib," mentions Mr Russell in neat and clear handwriting. "Main dobara nazil honay wala houn, farar-e-fani kay vastay kamar kas rakhiye," writes Josh to Sibte Hasan indicating warm camaraderie between the two intellectuals. Ghalib Library also has in its possession a letter by Begum Taseer, mother of the slain governor Salman Taseer, in which she discusses Karachi, a book edited by her husband M.D. Taseer.

Teeming with such letters in thousands, Nazia Mukhtar, the librarian at Ghalib Library, says that each of these manuscripts is preserved in acid-free sheets to increase their longevity. When questioned that surely, this collection of rare letters must be displayed and shared with the general public and even with scholars who want to study relationships between these literary personalities, Ms Mukhtar, who has been with the library for the past seven years, says that earlier they would show these letters only to certain visitors but the advisory and the editorial boards of the Idara-e-Yadgar-e-Ghalib, that established the library, realising the significance of these letters have decided to publish some of these letters. "We have sorted out the letters and categorised them. At the moment we are composing some of them so that they can be published," says Ms Mukhtar. "We have sifted the academic letters from the ordinary ones. Our plan is to print some letters in their original form and alongside have their typed version for easy reading. We may either print it in our magazine Ghalib or in a book," says a member of the editorial board.

Situated near the Nazimabad underpass, the two-storey spacious structure was built by Habib Bank and opened to the public in 1971 through the efforts of scholar Mirza Zafarul Hasan and poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Both these gentlemen had three years earlier set up Idara-e-Yadgar-e-Ghalib that had several objectives, some of which include: to publish critical analysis of Ghalib's works, translate them into other languages, to provide resources to academics and researchers about Ghalib and literary personalities of his era, to celebrate Ghalib's birth anniversary and to publish a literary magazine.

The initial years marked the achieving of some of the stated objectives including the publishing of literary journal Ghalib under the editorship of Faiz Ahmed Faiz in 1974 and even printed the following publications: Dud-e-Chiragh-e-Mehfil by Dr Syed Hassamuddin Rashdi, Bazm-e-Iqbal by Abdur Rauf Urooj, Ghalib, Sab Achha Kahein Jisay by Prof Karrar Hussain. One of the objectives was to translate their publications but it only managed to translate Prof Karrar's book in four languages.

It made available 3,000 books and 375 literary magazines to researchers in its early years. However, due to funding shortages, its quarterly literary magazine and its other related activities either halted or declined over the years. Nearly seven years ago, Ghalib Library was in the news for being in poor condition so much so that there were fears that it may be closed down.

But now the Ghalib Library has had a mini-turnabout courtesy certain quiet benefactors, dedicated staff and a passionate advisory board. Former Karachi Nazim Niamatullah Khan of the Jamaat-i-Islami, had the library's interior refurbished after it was vacated by Habib Bank. Fatima Surayya Bajia, prominent TV scriptwriter and member of the advisory board of Idara-e-Yadgar-e-Ghalib, requested Sindh governor Ishratul Ibad for funds to repair the leakage in the ceiling of the library that was promptly carried out by the staff of the then city district government of Karachi. Infaq Foundation that was set up by banker Agha Hasan Abedi continues to provide funds to the library.

It now has a rich collection of over 40,000 books mostly donated by book lovers who do not have the space in their homes to store their burgeoning collection. The library also has an unenviable collection of pre-partition magazines era targeting women such as Tehzeeb, literary magazines such as Seep and Nuqoosh, and vintage illustrated Shahnama-e-Firdousi, Tilism-e-Hoshruba, Alif Laila amongst its set of rare books. Syed Sadiq Abdali, the library's lone computer operator for the past seven years, has classified 6,000 books in folders in library's computer that are searchable by title of the book, author's name, year of publication and name of publisher.

So far nearly 70 publications have been printed pertaining to the critical analysis of Ghalib's works with six books in the pipeline. Ghalib, the magazine, had not been printed for 12 years until its 19th volume was published in 2000. Its 20th volume was printed in 2012 and has just printed its 21st volume that features a handwritten manuscript 'Qaat-e-Burhan' by Ghalib discovered in Amroha, India.

Besides, there are also plans for a lecture on Iqbal on his birth anniversary by eminent scholar Dr Tehseen Firaqi next year. "After a long time things are beginning to look good for the Ghalib Library, but a lot still needs to be done," says Bajia. Dawn

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Educational institutions lack hostels
Islamabad: Students from far-flung areas of the country are facing problems in finding suitable and inexpensive accommodation facilities in the capital.

Lack of hostels in many of the educational institutions has not only contributed to their problems but also compelling many students to go back to their native cities without completing their education. An official of the Federal Directorate of Education said that several educational institutions in Islamabad do not provide hostels to students because of which the students either do not pursue their studies or go back to their hometowns after getting admissions.

Pointing out that education had become very expensive in Islamabad, he said that it had become extremely difficult for students to pay house rents along with fee in order to pursue their studies in the city.

Students who come from far-flung areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Balochistan have to spend two to four years on their studies in Islamabad and because of the expensive accommodation it has become very difficult for them to study in the capital.

Shafiq Ahmed, a resident of Turbat and a student of Federal Urdu University, said he was considering discontinuing his studies and going back to his native city, as his university does not have hostels whereas private accommodation was too unaffordable.

He said that private hostels were very expensive. For a single bed accommodation, he had to pay between Rs 6,000 and Rs 8,000 every month, which was difficult for his parents to afford, he added.

Shafiq is not the only student who was facing accommodation problem in the capital. Several students from Gilgit, Kashmir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, southern Punjab and Balochistan enrolled at various institutions, including H8 College, H9 College, FG colleges and semi-government institutions, have been facing the same problem.

The H8 College used to have hostels five years ago but now the college even lacks proper classrooms. According to details, in 2012, Rs 50,000 were allocated to restore the hostel facility again and the job was assigned to Prof Atta Mohammad Marwat but that amount was not sufficient due to which hostel could not be opened again.

The H9 College, where many students from far-flung areas are enrolled, also lacks hostel facility. Though college has a hostel with an accommodation for 200 students, the hostel was handed over to COMSATS in 2001. When the management of COMSATS vacated it in 2012, Pakistan Baitul Mal occupied the building.

Similarly, FG colleges which were popular for providing quality education to students belonging to the less developed areas of the country, like FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir and Balochistan, do not have hostel facility anymore.

Students, particularly girls, who come to Islamabad for their higher education have no other option but to take residence in private hostels which have multiplied in number over the years to accommodate the increasing number of female students. As a result, private hostels have turned into a lucrative business and are charging exorbitant rates for accommodation. But despite high rates complaints against service standard are common. Students demanded the government take notice of the situation and direct the governmental education institutions to build hostels for them in order to resolve the issue of accommodation. Daily times

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UET graduates protest on road to demand degrees
Peshawar: The students from the Electrical Communication Department of the Kohat Campus of University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar Wednesday staged protest against the varsity administration for not awarding them degrees.

The participants of the rally reached the Peshawar High Court after passing through various roads. Speaking on the occasion, the students said they had been waiting for seven months, but the university administration was unwilling to award them degrees.

They said the university authorities were pressuring them to study more subjects, which was an injustice. The students asked Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor to take note of the matter. The news

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