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Private schools closed also
Karachi: All private schools will remain closed for a second consecutive day on Tuesday due to the uncertain situation in the city.

This was announced by chairman of the Private Schools Management Association Sharafuz Zaman and Haider Ali of the Peak Private Schools Management Association here on Monday evening.

"We understand that the annual exams are near and these unscheduled holidays are not good for the children, especially after having already missed so many days. But we have no choice when petrol pumps are closed, public transport is off the roads and the teachers and students cannot come to schools. How can we then be unreasonable and keep schools open?" said Mr Zaman.

"Therefore, we appeal to the government to kindly listen to the people's demands in order to help them end the sit-in while allowing us to return to normality." Dawn

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KU invites alumni to register
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) is launching its first alumni body 'University of Karachi Alumni' at 2pm on Wednesday at KU's Arts Auditorium.Through this body, the university hopes to ensure good communication links among the alumni as well as between the alumni and KU.

To achieve this, an office has been established in the Public Relations Office where administrative facilities are being provided to the university's alumni for completing their membership process.The office would also be responsible for building a cohesive alumni network and ensure unhindered communication throughout the year, including timely announcements of university events.

The office aims to organise different alumni-based activities that will help connect the alumni around the globe. Graduates from KU-affiliated colleges and institutions are also eligible for membership.

A website would soon be developed to provide up-to-date information regarding alumni events. The latest developments at the university would also be announced through this website. An electronic version of the university magazine would also be available on the website.

At the launch of the alumni organisation, the KU vice chancellor is likely to announce establishment of an endowment fund through which the alumni would finance the university, which is sinking deeper into debt. The news

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Rs150m for SMIU
Karachi: Sindh chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah announced Rs150 million for Sindh Madressatul Islam University at its first anniversary celebrated on Saturday evening on the premises of SMIU.

Mr Shah said: "We fulfilled a dream of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto by giving university status to this historic institution, Sindh Madressatul Islam, as she had given second priority to education after poverty alleviation in the party manifesto."

He said: "Let us make the SMIU a remarkable university of the world." ppi

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World Bank to provide $400m for education
Karachi: The World Bank will give $400 million for the promotion and development of education in Sindh.

This was stated by country director of World Bank Pakistan Rachid Benmessaoud who called on Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah at the CM House on Monday along with a two-member delegation.

According to a statement issued by the Chief Minister House, Mr Benmessaoud further said that the WB would also help in development of irrigation and agriculture in the province.

The chief minister thanked the World Bank for assistance in various fields, especially in the education, health, agriculture and irrigation sectors.

He assured the WB officials that the provincial government was paying full attention to completion of development schemes on time and as per schedule.

The chief minister said problems in promotion and development of education would be resolved.

He said recruitment of teachers in the education department was being made strictly on merit.

The government had already recruited 16,000 teachers and that 19,000 more teachers would be hired on merit, he added.

He said that educational facilities were being extended in rural and far-flung areas of the province.

Mr Shah said that despite floods and rains over the past three years, there was headway in various fields.

The World Bank country chief appreciated the policy of merit for the recruitment of teachers.

He said the WB wanted to see headway in all sectors.

Sindh finance secretary Naveed Kamran Baloch and additional chief secretary of planning and development Arif Ahmed Khan were also present on the occasion. app

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Matric exam from March 2
Lahore: Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Lahore, has announced that Secondary School (Matriculation) Annual Examination 2013 will commence from March 2. According to a BISE spokesperson, roll number slips will be provided to all candidates from February 18 through online system. He advised all those candidates who had not submitted full fee as well as had not pasted their photos on the forms to complete all required stuff and submit their forms in Board's office at the earliest so that roll number slips could be issued to them.

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UET students face 'mismanagement'
Lahore: A NUMBER of students of business management at the University of Engineering & Technology's Institute of Business and Management (IB&M) have been suffering because of, what they term, mismanagement on part of the institute's administration.

The students said the UET-IB&M management has failed to come up with an acceptable and practical timetable for those enrolled in MBA Evening/Executive programmes. The students are in trouble owing to the clash of subjects surfaced in the Spring 2013 timetable, announced by the institute recently.

"There is a clash and overlapping of subjects in timetable on Saturdays. There are three subjects being offered on the same day, same timing, namely Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain Management and Organizational Behaviour," said one of the students who wished to remain anonymous. The student went on to say, "I can't take all these subjects at a time in this semester. I have left with only these three subjects to complete my MBA degree which has taken me already over two years. So if the timetable stays that way, then I will have to drop one or two subjects due to the time clash and to register these in next semesters which will take another year to complete."

Almost similar stories were shared by some other students and claimed the IB&M management had not addressed their concern despite complaints.

Another student spoke about the issues related to results and said official announcement of results was delayed more than a year. He, however, added that the IB&M management had promptly shared grades with the students. Initially, grades were told to students but official announcement and declaration were delayed too much that we cannot get the official detailed marks certificate (DMC) till now, he added.

UET-IB&M founding director Prof Dr Ali Sajid agreed to the concerns of the students but said the institute was always ready to review its timetable in the best interest of the students. "This is an ongoing process and sorted out with consultation of the students," he claimed. "Even yesterday, a delegation of students met me and left satisfied," Prof Ali said while adding that he was always there to help students out. He gave an assurance that the issue would also be sorted out soon saying, though; availability of the best teachers was another issue for the institute. According to him, IB&M has the best visiting faculty and best efforts were being made to ensure quality education there.

About the results, Prof Ali said the delay was an issue in the past but the same had been successfully handled as the teachers were supposed to hand over results to the institute within a week.

"We are trying our best to bring it further down vis--vis time duration to facilitate the students," the IB&M director said and added that as per the university policy, result of the each subject could not be notified separately. The news

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