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KU declares MA Economics exam results
Karachi, Feb 01: University of Karachi Controller Examinations Prof Dr. Arshad
Azmi has declared the result of MA Economics (Final) External Annual
Examination 2011, here on Thursday. Hafiza Mariam d/o Muhammad Yousaf
bearing seat number 71273 scored first position with 616 marks, out of
1000. Syed Hasan Faraz Rizvi s/o Muhammad Saqlain, bearing roll number
70806 stood second with 605 marks, while Sadaf Muhammad Yousaf d/o
Muhammad Yousaf Suleman, bearing roll number 71762 scored third position
with 602 marks. As per statistics of the result, 3547 students
registered, 3331 appeared in the examination, out of which five, 471 and
23 students passed in first, second and third division respectively.
Results of 22 students have been withheld due to objection on
registration and non-payments of fine.
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FUUAST welcomes new vice chancellor
Karachi: Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology
registrar Prof Dr Qamar-ul-Haq on Thursday welcomed the new vice
chancellor of the university Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal and hoped that new VC
would play a significant role for the progress of the institution. He
assured Dr Zafar Iqbal for unbiased cooperation of teaching and
non-teaching staff of the university. On the occasion, FUUAST registrar
hailed the services of ex-VC of the university Prof Dr. Muhammad Qaiser
for the university. Daily times
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Report draws dismal picture of education system
Karachi: it was not the numbers that interested you, the pictures and people
would have: students clad in blue uniforms climbing the roof of a moving
bus in order to get to school; Kashif, 10, a labourer who dropped out
of school as his teacher "would beat up students and often leave after
taking attendance"; or a scene from a grade seven mathematics lecture at
a government school in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where students simply repeat
in English a problem sum read out by a teacher.
Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) for Sindh was launched at a
local hotel on Thursday, and it was here through a documentary and a
photo exhibition that such moving pictorial evidence was seen.
launch was held by the South Asia Forum For Education Development
(SAFED), managed by Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) and the Sindh
Education Foundation (SEF) along with other partner NGOs.
in Pakistan is in a dismal state. And the report conducted throughout
Pakistan in 136 districts, deploying 9,000 volunteers and which
interviewed 251,440 children, gave the necessary figures to support the
In Karachi 70
percent of students attend private schools and enrolment is as high as
93 percent. Surprisingly, in Karachi it is not the girls that stay away
from school. About five percent of boys and three percent of girls are
out of school.
In Sindh's rural areas 32 percent of
school-age children are currently out of school, and of them 24.7
percent have never been to school. The gender ratio of students out of
school is 15 percent boys to 16 percent girls.
enrolment in urban areas of Sindh (Hyderabad and Karachi) is 62 percent,
while in rural areas it is 39 percent. While 60 percent of students in
urban areas attend private schools, 90 percent of students in villages
attend government schools.
40 percent of students in Sindh can read sentences in Urdu or Sindhi.
There has been an overall improvement in the standard of the English
language as compared to last year.
This year seven
percent more students can read English sentences. Arithmetic levels for
class four have also improved by three percent since 2011.
is a very small presence of private schools in rural areas. In Urban
areas they make up the majority. Private schools, according to the
report findings, have done better in all aspects, but 57 percent of
students in private schools in urban areas take paid tuitions.
there are 18 different languages spoken in Sindh. This is because of
internal migration. "This creates a vital question, are teachers in
Sindh trained to help students in transition to either Urdu or Sindhi
which is used in schools in the province," said Bela Jamil, ITA head who
was reading out the findings of the report.
Panel discussion, speeches
Secretary Fazlullah Pechuho presided over the event as the chief guest.
He maintained that the main problem with the education sector was the
management of teachers.
"Even if students start attending school, what is the point if there are no teachers?"
shared that he had appointed 2,000 monitors in various districts of the
province, and to monitor them an electronic GPRS system had been
installed. According to the system, when the monitor goes to visit a
school he will enter an electronic signature and the secretary in his
office in Karachi will come to know about the attendance.
The project is being funded by the World Bank.
what if the monitor goes into the school, drinks a cup of tea and comes
back?" asked Qaiser Bengali, renowned economist, who attended the panel
discussion. "Monitoring does not help unless a self-monitoring system
is devised. The World Bank has only one motive and that is to sell off
Zubaida Mustafa, a journalist on the panel,
remarked that she personally thought it was unfair to expect the private
sector to bear the burden of education. "Because the private sector has
one motive; profit."
Haris Gazdar, representative of
Collective for Social Science Research, said real education change could
come only when all stakeholders (security agency, politicians, business
elite, civil society, judiciary) reached a consensus. "But seeing how
large-scale successful projects in the city are run only through
foundations and trusts, this consensus seems a long way to go."
report is an important analytical tool as 2015 is fast approaching, and
Pakistan is nowhere near its millennium development goals. The news
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Karachi Literature Festival - literati to dazzle book lovers
Karachi: Literary luminaries Gulzar, Nadeem Aslam, Shobha De,
journalist Kanak Mani Dixit and writer and politician George Galloway
will be among a wide range of literati and thinkers to attend the 4th
Karachi Literature Festival to be held from Feb 15 to Feb 17 at the
Beach Luxury Hotel.
The festival has gained significance over the last three years not
just because of the magnitude of the event (which runs for three days
and is composed of many literary, political and social panel
discussions, book launches and meet-the-author programmes) but also
because of the quality of its participants. International literary
stalwarts such as William Dalrymple, Shobha De, Vikram Seth, Hanif
Kureshi and Shamsurrehman Farooqi and an array of Pakistani
intellectuals and writers such as Intizar Husain, Ayesha Jalal, Mohammed
Hanif and Iftikhar Arif have so far been the highlights of the
Given the success of the previous three editions, this year too
literature buffs are expecting a stellar lineup of authors and creative
individuals to take part in the event. It is but natural that the
organisers, Oxford University Press, keep the names of their
international guests under the hat for various reasons and only reveal
it a week or two before the event kicks off.
According to OUP managing director Ameena Saiyid, writers,
journalists and intellectuals from different parts of the world will
speak at the festival and Pakistani book lovers will get an opportunity
to interact and share ideas with them.
Those who will be coming from the UK include politician, journalist
and writer George Galloway, novelist Nadeem Aslam and playwright and
screenwriter Farrukh Dhondy. Nadeem Aslam will be the keynote speaker at
India too will be represented by some illustrious names. Poet,
lyricist, short story writer and film director Gulzar is one of them.
Writer and journalist Shobha De will be attending the festival for a
Eminent Nepali journalist Kanak Mani Dixit is an added South Asian attraction to the festival.
No fewer than 23 books will be launched during the course of three
days. A collection of Urdu poet N. M. Rashid's translations from modern
Persian poetry will see the light of day. It is an extremely valuable
addition to the world of literature itself, leave alone the KLF. No less
important is the launch of a book of poet Jaun Elia's prose writings,
'Farnood'. 'Of Martyrs and Marigolds' by Aquila Ismail and 'How it
happened' by Shazaf Fatima will also be launched.
Apart from that, an important session on the sensitive issue of
Balochistan is expected to be participated by some known socio-political
figures who have been keenly following the subject.
Prominent Pakistani media persons Najam Sethi, Nasim Zehra, Maliha
Lodhi and Zahid Hussain are also part of the large group of speakers.
Some other distinguished participants are Amar Jalil, Shamim Hanafi,
Mehr Afshan Farooqui, Kamila Shamsie, H. M. Naqvi, Kamran Asdar Ali,
Iftikhar Arif and Zehra Nigah.
A session with Intizar Husain, who has been nominated for this year's
International Booker award, is something a lot of literature buffs,
particularly those into Urdu fiction, will be looking forward to.
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USAID delegation meets SALU VC
Khairpur: A delegation of the USAID Pakistan
Reconstruction Program held a meeting with vice-chancellor of the Shah
Abdul Latif University Prof Dr Parveen Shah on Thursday and briefed her
on the institute of education the USAID was building at the university.
Mr Naveed Tariq, project manager of USAID, briefed the VC on salient
features of the building and said its ground-breaking ceremony would be
held next week and the building would be handed over to the university
administration in June this year.
Prof Shah lauded efforts of the USAID for promoting education in
Pakistan and said the building would be constructed according to
The meeting was attended among others by dean of faculty of social
sciences and arts and high officials of the university administration.
The USAID delegation was led by Salman Khan of the aid agency's engineering management unit.
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Protests continue to disrupt academic activities at SU
Hyderabad: Academic activities at the Sindh
University, Jamshoro campus, partially resumed on Thursday after
alternative arrangement to run point buses for students and employees
were made to neutralise effects of the ongoing agitation by university
Led by Sindh University Employees Workers Association (Sewa), a large
number of SU employees have started a campaign on the campus to get
their charter of demands accepted by the university administration and
the provincial government. On Tuesday, police moved into the campus and
used force to disperse participants in a protest sit-in outside the
administration block. In the ensuring clash, several protesters and
policemen were injured and a two-wheeler was set on fire. Academic and
administrative affairs of the campus were badly affected on Wednesday as
point buses could not be operated, leading to a thin attendance of
students and employees.
On Thursday, the SU administration awarded the contact of running the
point buses to a new party but a little improvement was witnessed.
Classes at some departments were held but the overall attendance of
students, the teaching staff and employees remained thin.
The protesting workers continued their demonstrations in protest
against what they called a crackdown on their colleagues. The protesters
were joined by families of about 50 SU employees allegedly rounded up
by police during the Tuesday clash and raids on their houses since then.
The All Sindh Universities Employees Federation also organised a
demonstration in Jamshoro and another one in Hyderabad to express
solidarity with the protesting workers.
It urged the government to consider and accept genuine demands of the
workers, order release of all protesters picked up and booked in
different cases and remove the SU registrar for his anti-workers
A procession was taken out under the auspices of the All Sindh
Universities Employees Federation from outside the Hyderabad Press Club.
The federation claimed that as many as 64 protesters were picked up by
police but only a few of them were booked and produced before a court.
The others must be accounted for, its leaders at the rally said. They
set up a hunger strike camp outside the club and said that batches of
five workers comprising one from each of the Sindh universities would
observe a hunger strike daily until the SU workers' demands were
A Sewa leader, Ghulam Rasool Chandio, who has gone underground to
escape arrest, said by phone that the SU administration had issued
notices to many employees for joining in the protest. He appealed to the
Sindh governor to take notice of the situation.
SU registrar Mohammad Nawaz Narejo said that notices were issued to
nine protesting employees, who were asked to attend the duties. He said
that a new contractor had now taken over the point buses operation and
15 new drivers had been appointed. However, he added, more than a dozen
point buses were stopped and their tyres deflated by miscreants on
Wednesday to disrupt the operation.
He said he also received reports of firing into the air by some
miscreants to harass drivers and passengers. Necessary measures had been
taken to ensure a normal operation on Friday, the registrar said.
Meanwhile, teaching and administrative activities at the Liaquat
University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS) and the Mehran
University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) returned to normal after
a day of disruption due to their employees' demonstrations and protest
meetings held on the campuses on Wednesday to show solidarity with the
protesting SU workers. Dawn
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