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IBA, ICAP sign pact for new BS degree programme
Karachi, Feb 13: The Institute of Business Administration (IBA) on Tuesday signed partnership
collaboration with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan
(ICAP). The alliance was signed by Dr Ishrat Husain, Dean and Director
IBA, and Ahmad Saeed, President ICAP, at the IBA's main campus on
As a result of this collaboration,
IBA is launching its BS (Accounting and Finance) four-year Programme in
Fall 2013. After graduating from IBA, the students of BS (Accounting and
Finance) will have an opportunity to become Chartered Accountant with
an exemption of 4 modules (12 papers) from CA curriculum.
is the first time that ICAP is giving exemption to any university, and
this programme will be another jewel in the crown of IBA," the director
IBA said while speaking at the ceremony.
Dr Ishrat Hussain
said: "This is an innovative concept which will have far reaching
consequences for improving the quality of accounting and finance
professionals while enhancing the employability of graduates.
said this was a remarkable alliance between a top ranking business
school and the leading accountancy body of the country to strengthen the
brand of the two partnering institutions. "The IBA can attract a
talented chunk of the students by giving them a novel option of pursuing
chartered accountancy as a career and the ICAP will get students with a
sound academic background prepared at a leading higher education
institution," he added.
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Law enforcers, Waderas back in schools for the wrong reasons
Karachi: The future of education in Sindh is being trampled under the combat boots
of the law enforcement agencies and the handcrafted chappals of Waderas –
take the education minister's word for it.
Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq informed the Sindh Assembly on
Tuesday that 92 schools in the province were illegally being used as
offices by the law enforcement agencies and Autaqs (guest houses) by
He was responding to the concerns expressed
by some lawmakers over the state of affairs of education in Sindh and
the Supreme Court's order issued a day earlier that a commission
comprising session judges be formed to submit a report on the ghost
schools in the province.
The minister explained that the
apex court had taken up the issue of the schools under "illegal
control", while that of closed and ghost schools was a separate one.
only feudal lords, but the law enforcement agencies have also occupied
schools," lamented the minister. "It is a sorry state of affairs and the
past regimes are responsible for it."
Hostels and colleges too
said the law enforcement agencies had not only taken over control of
schools, but hostel and college buildings too. "The cases of Jinnah
Hostel and Mitharam Hostel in Karachi and Muslim Hostel of the historic
Noor Muhammad High School in Hyderabad are a few examples."
said the present government had provided lands to the law enforcement
agencies where they could set up their headquarters. "They have promised
that they will shift there."
On a sarcastic note, the
education minister said if the Supreme Court wanted to "run the
government" and session judges could uplift educational standards, the
government would be "glad to assist them".Opposition lawmakers
the need to differentiate between illegally-occupied schools and closed
and ghost schools, Haq said when he took charge as the senior education
minister five years ago, he was briefed in his first week that there
were 7,700 closed schools in the province.
In an oblique
reference to certain opposition lawmakers in the House who had
criticised the performance of his ministry, Haq said these schools were
closed even when they (the legislators he was referring to) were in the
government, while he had made efforts to reopen them.
is easy to politicise an issue, but we have to understand the factors
behind it. The picture of education in Sindh is very bleak. I want to
present the true picture in the House."
Haq alleged that
the previous government had constructed 1,100 school buildings, which
were not used for the purpose they were built for.
pointed out that 16 school buildings were constructed during the days of
the previous regime in Khaitlari, the village of former chief minister
Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim and the constituency of the Pakistan Muslim
League-Likeminded's parliamentary leader in the Sindh Assembly, Abdul
Three school buildings were built in another village, Ismail Mangrio, located in the Dhoro Naro area, he added.
"These were not schools. Instead, these buildings were constructed for
influential people by the former regime, which destroyed education," Haq
The minister went on to claim that once when
he was having a telephonic conversation with Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim, the
former chief minister had admitted that these schools were built under
"There is a village where 26 of
such school buildings have been constructed. I want to show the mirror
to those who are criticising the present government for the state of
education," Haq remarked while alluding towards the opposition lawmakers
He further said there was a village, Badil Junejo,
in Sanghar that only had two houses but a school with three rooms was
constructed there by the previous government.
was built merely to get votes in the next elections," alleged the
minister. "These 1,100 ghost schools have been 'deleted' by the present
The minister then talked about the Pakistan
People's Party-led government's efforts including increasing stipends to
encourage the education of girls. He said around 45 schools had been
upgraded to control the dropout rate. "The main reason for the high
dropout rate is that secondary schools are less in number than primary
He said the government wanted to introduce
legislation for free and compulsory education and a bill to this effect
was pending. The provincial assembly unanimously passed a private
resolution moved by PPP's Anwar Ahmed Khan Mahar that urged the
government to take effective measures to improve the female literacy
ratio and bring it to the level of at least 80 percent by 2015.
PPP's Jam Tamachi Unar said many schools had been opened unnecessarily
in Sindh. He also claimed that teachers' associations had become a
"We, the politicians, are responsible for it as we influence transfers and postings."
proposed that the government should focus on the schools that existed
as per the census of 1998 and there must be a girls' school in each
MPA Humera Alwani said Pakistan was supposed to
achieve 100 percent literacy by 2015 under the UN's Millennium
Development Goals. "But it appears that the country will fail not only
in that sector, but in the seven other areas of the millennium goals
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Students of SEF-run schools protest for funds
Karachi: The students of schools run by the Sindh Education Foundation (SEF) staged a
protest outside the Karachi Press Club on Tuesday, demanding the funds
which the government had promised for their studies.
our future from darkness" and "regularise our schools", read the
placards they held. The 1,300 schools set up by the SEF under the
Integrated Education Learning Programme (IELP) are facing financial
problems as the education department is delaying the provision of funds
it had promised.
Around 150,000 students are enrolled in these schools and 3,500 teachers employed there.
IELP began in 2009 with the help of foreign donors. Through the
programme, individuals were encouraged to open schools in slums on a
16-month contract. The SEF assured that would bear all costs and provide
a second grant if the schools were run successfully.
year down the line, a closing ceremony was held. The entrepreneurs were
informed that the project had officially ended and subsidies till
September were paid to them. Much hue and cry was raised for the future
of the 150,000 students that was hanging in the balance.
the entrepreneurs had leased land and constructed rooms and washrooms
as per the SEF requirements. They had gone from house to house to create
educational awareness among the local communities.
when the fruit of their labour was finally reaping, uncertainty
surrounded the release of the second grant. On August 24, a board of
governor meeting was held, presided over by Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah
and attended by Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq, Information
Minister Sharjeel Memon and SEF Chairman Anita Ghullam Ali.
was decided that these schools would be regularised and registered
under the education department with the compulsory requirement to teach
Sindhi language. But four months have passed and no financial support
has been extended to the 1,300 schools. The entrepreneurs are scared.
"It will shake the confidence of the poor communities who trusted us
with their kids, and agreed to have them educated," said an entrepreneur
who runs a school in a beggars' community. "Before I went to school, I
used to sell goods at traffic signals. It has been a year since I have
started studying and can feel the difference. I have started liking
school. Now my teacher tells me that our school might close as there are
no funds to run it," said a protesting child. The news
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AIOU opens admissions for spring semester
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) is offering
admissions for the spring semester, from Matric to MA/MSc level
programmes in different disciplines.
The admission forms and
prospectuses of Matric to Master level programmes are available from
sale-points of the university's main campus, regional campuses and
coordinating offices across the country.
The computerised admission
forms have been sent to all the continuing students across the country.
Admission forms have also been placed on the university's website to
facilitate the students. The admission forms along with the prescribed
fee can be submitted in all branches of the Bank AlFalah, Habib Bank,
First Women Bank, Allied Bank and in the nominated branches of the
National Bank of Pakistan and the Muslim Commercial Bank.
to the admissions director, admissions for MSc are being offered in mass
communication, mathematics, sociology, forestry extension, statistics,
chemistry and physics. Admissions for four years BS programmes are being
offered in microbiology and chemistry, commonwealth of learning.
Admissions for MBA/MPA, MCom and MA are being offered in distance and
non-formal education, teacher education, educational planning and
management (EPM), special education, library and information sciences,
TEFL and history, while the admissions for MEd are being offered in
master in education (distance and non-formal education), teacher
education, science education and special education.
post-graduate diploma programme are being offered in environmental
design, EPM, mass communication, computer science, TEFL and youth
development work. Admissions for bachelor level, BCom, mass
communication, BA, BLIS, FA, ICom, FSc (pre-engineering), FSc
(pre-medical), Matric, ATTC, CT, and darse nizami, six-months
certificate courses, agricultural courses and three-months short term
educational programmes are also being offered.
More information about
the admissions for the spring semester can be obtained from the AIOU
Admission Department Information Management Unit. app
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PU announces results
Lahore: Punjab University's Examinations Department announced the results of various diploma examinations on Tuesday.
exams include diploma in Child Health (DCH) annual examination 2009,
diploma in Clinical Pathology (DCP) annual examination 2009 and diploma
in Gynaecology and Obstetrics (DGO) annual examination 2009.
Detailed results are available on PU website www.pu.edu.pk.
varsities: High Commissioner of Malaysia in Pakistan Dr Hasrul Sani bin
Mujtabar called on Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr
Mujahid Kamran at his office on Tuesday.
discussed various issues of mutual interest. The VC briefed the
Malaysian High Commissioner on academic and development activities of
the university and stressed the need for enhancing academic
collaboration with Malaysian universities.
PU Director External Linkages Maria Maldonado and other officials of the varsity were also present.
Later, the delegation visited PU Main Library and Institute of Business Administration.
Punjab University (PU) Directorate of Students Affairs organised
"Seerat-un-Nabi (PBUH) Quiz Competition" at the Centre for Undergraduate
Studies on Tuesday.
A large number of students from
various departments participated in the competitions. Students Madiha
Habib and Ayesha Talib of Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
secured 1st position, Law College students Touqeer Ahmed and Mehmood
Akhtar got 2nd position, Ayesha Ashraf and Iram Mujahid from Department
of Botany got 3rd position while a blind student Muhammad Suleman from
Institute of Communication Studies got an appreciation award.
The winning students were awarded a sum of Rs 8,000, Rs 6,000, Rs 4,000 and Rs 1,000 cash respectively.
centre: Punjab University (PU) has established the National Centre for
Resettlement and Rehabilitation (NCRR) at its Institute of Social and
Cultural Studies in collaboration with the World Bank.
to a press release, the centre will act as a national think-tank to
conduct academic research, organise training programmes and provide
policy guidelines for the resettlement and rehabilitation challenges
faced by development induced involuntary displacements in Pakistan.
delegation consisted of World Bank Development Specialist Chaohua Zhang
along with Dean Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Director
ISCS Prof Dr Muhammad Zakria Zakar, NESPK's Environment and Resettlement
specialist Irfan-ul-Haq and other senior faculty members of ISCS met
Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran in his office in this regard.
VC said that PU was not just an academic institution but a vital and
vibrant state institution fully cognizant of development needs and
challenges of Pakistani society.
Arabic course: A
three-month course in Arabic language has been launched by the
Government College University's Arabic and Islamic Studies Department.
to the course will begin from February 18, 2013 and the classes will
begin from March 4. Vice Chancellor Prof Rahman said GCU would introduce
more such short courses for students.
Meanwhile, the GCU
Debating Society won the trilingual declamation contest 2013, organised
by the Fatima Jinnah Medical College (FJMC) on Tuesday.
The GCU orators outshined their competitors from 25 educational institutions in Urdu, English and Punjabi debates.
students Hassan Virk, Khwaja Yasin and Zahid Ali secured distinctions
in the contest. The team of GCU also lifted the team trophy.
LCWU job fair
Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) has announced first-ever job fair 2013 in the last week of February.
this regard, a meeting of top employers was held in the syndicate room
on Tuesday, which was attended by CEOs, Directors, as well as HR
officials of various leading companies.
Chancellor Prof Dr Sabiha Mansoor chaired the meeting and gave a
detailed orientation. The meeting focused on enhancing industrial
linkages, identifying gaps inhibiting employability of women graduates
and promotion of economic empowerment. The vice chancellor also
announced a student endowment fund.
About 30 corporate
sector companies participated in the top employers' meeting who also
registered to set up stall at the upcoming job fair.
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GCUF Layyah campus to launch distance learning programmes
Faisalabad: Government College University Faisalabad, Layyah Campus will launch Distance Learning Programmes.
was decided at the eleventh meeting of the Academic Council, GCUF. Vice
Chancellor Prof Dr Zakir Hussain presided over the meeting. Registrar
Muhammad Ayub, GCUF Deans Dr Muhammad Shahbaz Arif, Dr Naureen Aziz
Qureshi, Dr Hafeez-ur-Rehman Tahir, Dr Pervez Azeem, Senior Advisor HR
Shiekh Akram, Director Admin Muhammad Mushtaq and other head of
departments, directors and other notables were present. The vice
chancellor said various distance learning programmes on GCUF main campus
(Faisalabad campus) were also already functioning. He said, "We are
lagging far behind from the developed nations in the higher education."
He said that distance learning education was the best tool in current
scenario to increase post-graduated manpower. He said distance learning
helps cope with the increasing demand of education. The people, who can
not avail higher education because of their jobs and other factors, can
get benefit from the system. He said the university is ranked sixth best
university of the country and they were promoting the research culture
to meet the demand of modern era. He directed the meeting to ensure
quality education at the campus at par with the developed nations to
cope with the challenges. He said that to meet the demand of the
increasing enrolments at the campus, new campus is being set up that
will be completed within two years. The meeting also approved new
Associate Degree Programmes. The news
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