DCET Pakistan Engineering Council re-accreditation
PEC grants re-accreditation to Two DCET batches
Karachi, Feb 16: The Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) on Friday granted long
awaited re-accreditation to the batches of 2007 and 2008 of Dowood
College of Engineering and Technology (DCET). According to the letter
sent to Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul
Islam University, who is also incharge Principal of DECT, on February
15, the PEC said that considering the recent compliance report submitted
by DCET and appointment of qualified faculty, re accreditation was
granted to BE Electronics and BE Chemical for two years – intake of
Batches 2007 and 2008. Likewise the PEC granted re-accreditation to BE
Industrial Engineering and Management for one year – intake of year 2008
(Batch 2007) only. Dr Shaikh said that it was a serious matter facing
the last two batches of DECT (Batch 2007 and 2008) as their degrees were
not being recognised by the PEC. "Hence, a serious problem of the
students that was affecting their career is resolved. Now the batch of
2009 is appearing in the final examination, so the students of this
batch wouldn't pass through such agony," he added. Daily times
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KU rules for semester exam results
Karachi: In charge semester cell, Karachi University, Prof Dr Haider
Rizvi has announced that in order to avoid unnecessary delay of semester
awards, Vice Chancellor, University of Karachi Prof Dr Mohammad Qaisar
has approved a set of rules, according to which all assessment shall be
done within a week of the examination held, and awards be submitted to
the Semester Examinations section. All results of a Department,
therefore, must be sent within 10 days of the last examination except
project/ thesis. However, if the result is not received within due date
to the Semester Examinations Section, then the result shall be announced
by the Semester Examinations Section as "with held" mentioning the
course number and the name of the course in-charge. ppi
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Writers cannot change a nation that doesn't read
Karachi: Many believe that writers can bring change in a society, but it is
impossible in a country like Pakistan where the literacy rate remains
low, said renowned author and journalist Amar Jaleel during a question
and answer session.
He believed the Pakistani state
made false claims about literacy in the country. "We tell the world our
literacy rate is between 40 and 50 percent but honestly it's not more
than 5 to 6 percent," he said. "We cannot admit the truth because it
will dent our chances to get development funds."
were certain indicators that prove this premise, Jaleel said while
talking to Shah Muhammad Pirzada in a no-holds-barred discussion.
"Pakistan has a population of 18 million but the cumulative circulation
of newspapers never crossed the million mark. If a society has such a
low rate of newspaper circulation, forget books," he said.
"If the population is only reading billboards with this literacy, what's the point in boasting about it?" Jaleel asked.
grabbed the attention of the audience was a story, hardly a few pages
long, read by Jaleel at the session. The story was titled "To kill
Hemingway", from the writer's soon-to-be-published short story
collection. In the narrative, a man who lived a "wicked life" searches
for ways to his redemption and stumbles upon a mullah, who advises him
to kill an American to be absolved of his sins.
nutshell, Jaleel gave away the twisted mindset of the Muslim youth who
are being attracted by religious fundamentalism that leads them towards
Commenting on the dying number of progressive
voices, he said the idea of Pakistan was based on religion. "It was the
two-nation theory that created this country, so no wonder that the
religious mindset often get the latitude here," said the popular fiction
writer. "The idea of Pakistan is constitutionally protected and we are
not supposed to debate over it. It's decided."
Tahirul Qadri's recent long march, Jaleel said that when Qadri arrived
near the parliament he declared the National Assembly null and void. "It
was treason. Plain and simple [treason] but nobody dared to arrest
The columnist said that had the same act been pulled
off by a Sindhi nationalist group, the result would have been
different. "They would have been thrashed!"
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Literature festival: just what the doctor ordered
Karachi: Is it not "callous" to organise a literature festival in a tumultuous city
where barely a day passes by without drive-by killings and
unpredictable outbreaks of violence have become its only predictable
aspect? The answer – on the contrary: "that is exactly what Karachi
"It's like a balm. A healing touch," responded
Ameena Saiyid, the managing director of Oxford University Press in
Pakistan, when Asif Farrukhi, the moderator of the discussion titled
"Organising Literature Festivals" asked her that very question.
said the festival would not only project the city in a positive light
but also provide the means for people to express themselves, a place
where they can talk to each other.
"I think it [the event] will help improve the situation and make Karachi calmer."
Adrienne Loftus Parkins and Jon Slack, the other speakers on the panel, concurred.
festivals are entertaining and fun. And it's not just the literary
topics that are discussed, but other issues as well," said Parkins, who
is vastly experienced in organising such events.
literature curator, consultant and producer of live events from the UK,
Parkins is the founder and director of the Asia House Festival of Asian
Parkins went on to give details about the
thriving culture of such festivals in the UK, and how they help develop
the society's understanding of literary trends.
the development manager for the Book Marketing Society, thinks it is
all about meeting the writers in the flesh. "Readers develop an
attachment with the books and wish to meet the writers," said Slack, an
Australian living in the UK who too is associated with the business of
organising literature festivals.
The fascination of meeting your idols, Slack believes, is the factor that makes literary festivals special and successful.
on the events that led to the conception of the Karachi Literature
Festival, Saiyid recalled how her visit to the Jaipur Literature
Festival in India, "the mother of literature festivals in South Asia"
that she believes it is, inspired her to produce the same magic back
There, she witnessed the accolades being showered on
Indian writers, the respect that was being bestowed on them, and the
opportunity that their readers were availing to actually meet them.
wanted to give our writers a platform too. Give their readers a chance
to interact with them. Forge a connection between the writers and their
Saiyid observed that television could not fill
the gap that a literature festival did. Talk shows and writers'
interviews on television did not allow the intimacy to develop between a
writer and reader that could become possible only through meeting in
person, she added.
Besides, Saiyid further said, the festival would pave the way for Pakistani writers' international recognition.
and Slack spoke about the South Asian influence on literature in the
UK. However, they noted that the South Asian writers, whose works were
showcased at festivals in the UK, were mostly that country's residents.
Introducing South Asian writers to the market there was a task they both
wished to accomplish.
When asked about the difference
between the literature festival in Karachi and those in the UK, Parkins
laughed and replied that apart from a few thousand visitors and pounds
in sponsorship, they were subtle. She noted that hundreds of literature
festivals were organised in the UK every year.
note, Saiyid pointed out the challenges that the organisers of the
Karachi Literature Festival had to face in staging the event, the
biggest of them being visas for foreign participants. Then there are the
writers' busy schedules.
In comparison, these headaches are for the publishers to take care of in the UK, Parkins explained.
Farrukhi later wrapped up the discussion with a few words of Ghalib
about the pureness and sweetness of mangoes – an allusion towards the
refreshing nature of the festival. The news
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