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KU awards 16 PhD, MPhil degrees
Karachi, Feb 27: Karachi University's board of advanced
studies and research awarded eight PhD and as many MPhil degrees to 16
students on Tuesday.
Those who were awarded PhD degrees were Muhammad Mujtaba Ali
(pharmacology), Tahir Hameedullah Khan (applied criminology), Lubina
Abdi (chemistry HEJ), Najamur Rehman (pharmacognosy), Nuzhat Sultana
(pharmacology), Tahira Mohsan Ali (food sciences and technology), Abida
Anwar (biotechnology KIBGE), and Farukh Mansoor (chemistry).
Researchers who were awarded MPhil degrees were Hazrat Yusuf (applied
chemistry), Mariam Munawar (chemistry HEJ), Muhammad Aetimadullah Khan
(pharmacology), Syeda Tamkeen Fatima (molecular medicine), Nageena Gul
(public administration), Asif Ali (applied chemistry), Saidia Arif
(pharmaceutical chemistry), and Faisal Sultan Qadri (applied economics). ppi
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KU announced BSc practical date
Karachi: University of Karachi (KU) on Tuesday announced the date of
practical examination for BSc Statistics I and II. As per details,
practical examination will be held on March 4 and 7, 2013, and leftover
students, who wanted to attend the examination, are required to submit
practical fees at KU Silver Jubilee counter. The fee of per practical is
Rs 250. Daily times
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With funds drying up, educational prospects bleak
Karachi: Educational prospects of a large number of school-going children in Sindh are bleak
as 1,300 institutions have not been getting the monthly funds promised
under a public-private partnership. The education department has not
released the grants for eight months now.
against the delay in payment of dues, a number of students, school
operators, civil society activists and political leaders staged a
demonstration outside the Karachi Press Club on Tuesday. The Ilm Dost
Forum (IDM) organised the protest.
Under the government's
Integrated Education Learning Programme (IELP), the Sindh Education
Foundation (SEF) had to pay Rs300 per child every month to the school
operators. In turn, the schools did not take the tuition fees and other
charges as per agreement, IDM officials said.
around 1, 300 schools have been operating under the public-private
partnership programme. At these schools, at least 250,000 students are
enrolled with 10,000 teachers and 2,500 non-teaching staff employed for
their services. The government had promised to provide funds till 2017
without any delays.
The education minister has made a number of promises to resolve the matter but to no avail, the officials said.
programme aims at educating every child of the province with school
operators opening institutes in rented buildings to achieve the goal.
For one year these schools did not face any hardships but with payments
withheld for the past eight months, the school operators were facing
serious problems, they claimed.
In addition to building
rents, utility charges and salaries of non-teaching staff, the school
administrators were paying Rs60,000 to Rs70,000 in teachers' salaries,
the officials told the media. They demanded renewing the contracts and
releasing funds on emergency basis to settle the situation.
to the protesters, the government had recently surveyed these schools
and the school management were hopeful that the matter would be
Former provincial minister Ameer Nawab,
Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research joint director
Sharafat Ali, Pakistan Muslim League-Functional's Marvi Rashdi, Saleha
of Awami Workers Party, Haji Hanif Tayeeb from Al-Mustafa Welfare
Trust, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan coordinator Abdul Hai and
Trade Union Federation representative Noor Muhammad among others
attended the protest. The news
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NA nod to another varsity in capital
Islamabad: Running against time, the National
Assembly on Tuesday gave its nod to another of what some critics regard
as too many universities coming to Islamabad in a hurry.
A private bill providing for the establishment of what will be known
as Capital University, Islamabad, was rushed through the house without
going through the usual procedure of vetting by a house standing
This became the fifth university bill rushed through the National
Assembly in recent weeks, after eyebrows were raised about the previous
ones both on procedural and political grounds.
Three of these bills, passed by the National Assembly last month,
prompted a senior official of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to
object to the onrush before a standing committee of the Senate for lack
of HEC approval, before the upper house too endorsed all these bills
However, when another government bill, seeking to upgrade Islamabad's
main government hospital - the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences -
to a university, was passed by the lower house last week, it was met
with a noisy opposition protest for naming the institution after
executed former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. That bill is now
before the Senate while another bill to provide the establishment of a
Capital University for Science and Technology is with the lower house
standing committee on education.
On Tuesday, when the National Assembly took up the Capital
University, Islamabad, Bill, authored by Yasmeen Rehman of the ruling
Pakistan People's Party, some objections were raised over hurrying with
the legislation without referring it to the concerned standing
committee, with the minister for education and training, Sheikh Waqas
Akram, being unsure whether his ministry had approved of this project.
Ms Yasmeen said that while the law ministry was on board, she would
welcome input from other sources, which could come when the bill goes to
the Senate, but wanted its passage by the National Assembly now because
of very little time left for private bills while the house is to run
out its five-year term on March 16.
The legislators' appetite for new private universities has surfaced
only recently while many of them are still haunted by a Musharraf-era
decree, made part of the Constitution, qualifying only holders of
university degrees to contest elections to parliament and provincial
While that requirement was scrapped by the Eighteenth Amendment to
the Constitution passed by the present parliament and several lawmakers
lost their seats for contesting the last elections in 2008 with fake
degrees, the Election Commission is still pursuing many to verify the
genuineness of their degrees submitted in 2008 to clear them for the
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Three groups contesting PUASA election
Lahore: The Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) annual elections will be held on Thursday (tomorrow).
Besides traditional pro-administration and anti-administration rivals
– Teachers Front and Academic Alliance - a three-member new panel
'Faculty Strengthening Forum' is also taking part in the ASA elections.
Academic Alliance: The anti-administration panel has
fielded Library Science Department's Prof Dr Khalid Mahmood for
president slot and Law College's Iftikhar Ahmad Tarar for secretary
office. Zoology Department's Dr Asmatullah and IER's Abdul Majid Khan
Rana are contesting for vice-presidents science and arts.
Zoology Department's Dr Nadeem Sheikh and Geology Department's
Muhammad Sanaullah are candidates for joint secretary and treasurer
The Academic Alliance's executive members (Quaid-i-Azam Campus)
candidates are: Dr Bilal Masud (CHEP), Shabbir Ahmad Khan (Political
Science), Dr Ziauddin (Geology), Farooq Umair Niazi (Law College), Dr
Zaid Mahmood (Chemistry) and Dr Zulfiqar Ahmad (Hailey College). The two
candidates for executive members seats (Allama Iqbal Campus) are: Abida
Latif (pharmacy) and Marghoob Hussain Tahir (Urdu).
The Academic Alliance has presented its manifesto explaining that it
will ensure teachers' respect and serve teachers without any
Teachers' Front: The pro-administration panel has
pitched incumbent acting president Dr Ahsan Sharif (Chemistry) for the
ASA president slot. Dr Fahim Aftab and Dr Abid Hussain Chaudhry (IER)
are candidates for vice-presidents of science and arts seats.
PUASA outgoing secretary Javed Sami (Space Science Department), who
is Resident Officer-I and Syndicate member, has again been fielded for
the secretary slot.
Farhan Ahmad Chaudhry (PUCIT) and Dr Hafiz Moqeet Javed Bhatti are
contesting for joint secretary and treasurer seats, respectively.
The Teachers Front's candidates for executive members (Quaid-i-Azam
campus) are: Dr Syeda Nayab Batool Rizvi (Chemistry), Amna Omar Cheema
(English), Sonia Omer (Social Work), Abdul Jabbar Khan (Hailey College),
Mudassar Azam (Chemical Engineering) and Dr Muhammad Aamir Hashmi
(IER). The two candidates for executive members seats (Allama Iqbal
Campus) are: Sardar Asghar Iqbal (Kashmiriat) and Maliha Azmi Agha (art
The Teachers Front, which had whitewashed Academic Group in 2012, has
brought out a 12-page Faculty News, a PUASA House journal, explaining
its achievements made during its tenure.
Faculty Strengthening Forum: The forum vows to make
the ASA an effective body that contributes to the governance of the
university by promoting academic integrity and excellence with respect
to all matters that concern education, learning and research.
The FSF, led by Institute of Communication Studies Dr Bushra H Hamid
(candidate for ASA president seat) says she will make the ASA an
effective body with a participant culture through which the academic
staff may express its opinions and wishes to the vice-chancellor and the
Dr Hamid says the forum will protect and promote faculty interests.
Political Science Department's Rana Eijaz Ahmad is Forum's candidate
for ASA secretary, while ICS' Savera Shami is vying for joint secretary
seat.PUASA Election Commissioner Prof Dr Liaquat Ali said the elections
would be held at the Institute of Education and Research on Thursday
(tomorrow) from 8.30am to 4.30pm. He said the PUASA had 770 registered
voters, however, some 100 faculty members were on study leave.
Syndicate meeting: The Punjab University's first
Syndicate meeting after amendments to the Punjab universities' acts has
reportedly been scheduled for March 2 (Saturday).
The PU administration is supposed to provide the meeting agenda to
Syndicate members at least four days before the meeting, however it had
not been issued until Tuesday.
Punjab University controller of examinations and Hailey College of
Commerce Principal Prof Dr Liaquat Ali, also a Syndicate member,
confirmed he had not received the meeting agenda until Tuesday evening.
It may be mentioned the Syndicate meeting has earlier been postponed twice. Dawn
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