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KU convocation 2012 | Fuuast new dean of science

Over 150 to receive medals at KU convocation Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) has directed all the students entitled for gold medals at the Annual Convocation-2012 on January 30 (today) to contact "gold medal counter" after entering the convocation ground.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the KU officials asked the students to collect the gold medal token after showing their original CNICs and invitation cards or else they will not be able to receive the medals.

Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad is expected to be the chief guest and convocation would be held at Valika Ground, KU, at 11 am. At least 155 gold medals would be distributed among the students, while 771 students would receive their degrees during the event.

According to the KU administration, 3,366 students completed their studies from the university in 2011 and majority of them had already collected their degrees and certificates, whereas 771 students preferred to receive it during the convocation.

At least 101 students completed their M. Phill in different faculties, while 193 students have completed their doctorate during the same year.

Besides, hundreds of students have completed their studies in different honours and masters programmes. The news

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SU workers demand removal of registrar
Hyderabad: Members of the Sindh University Employees Workers Association (SUEWA) staged a sit-in outside the varsity's administration block on Tuesday to demand the removal of Sindh University registrar Mohammad Nawaz Narejo and appointment of 40 people.

Mr Narejo alleged that Sewa leaders took bribes from people who they now wanted to induct in the university. According to him, Sewa was not a registered association and vice chancellor had also rejected their 'illegal' demands.

Mr Narejo said that Sewa members had been protesting peacefully for over 40 days, but since Monday they had resorted to blocking the road outside administration block and stopping officials from entering the administration building. Reportedly, a motorcycle was also set on fire by the protesters.

"Today Sewa protesters blocked the main road and stopped officials," said Mr Narejo. "Jamshoro SP Wasi Haider reached the spot and was trying to persuade the protesters to disperse but a few of them threw stones at him and other policemen." The police then resorted to aerial firing to disperse the crowd, comprising around 200 protesters, and also arrested a few of them, he added.

Jamshoro SP Wasi Haider confirmed this, adding that six police officials had also sustained injuries. He claimed that protesters also fired in the air while the police had taken 25 protesters in their custody.

SP Haider said that a complaint had been sent to him on Monday by Mr Narejo and an FIR was also lodged at the Jamshoro police station by him.

Despite several attempts, Sewa leaders could not be reached for their comments.

Meanwhile, in a press release issued on Tuesday, the Sindh University Teachers' Association (SUTA) strongly condemned police action against Sewa activists. Dawn

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Fuuast appoints new dean of science
Lahore: The Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (Fuuast) has appointed a new Dean of Science, said a notification issued on Tuesday.

Prior to his appointment, the new Dean of Science Prof Dr Arif Zubair served as the chairman of the Department of Environmental Sciences, the director of the evening programme and a member of the syndicate at Fuuast.

He did his PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Ulster, UK, and his post doctoral research on an International Atomic Energy Agency project under the Fulbright Post Doctoral Scholar Award from the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering of The Pennsylvania State University, USA.

He has also authored a book and published a number of papers in international journals of repute.

In addition to his academic and research experiences, Prof Zubair has administrative experience in different capacities in the provincial and federal governments. The news

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New campus of BUMDC opened
Karachi: The inauguration ceremony of New Premises of Bahria University Medical and Dental College (BUMDC) was held here on Tuesday.

Chief of the Naval Staff and Pro-Chancellor of Bahria University, Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila NI (M) graced the occasion with his presence as a chief guest. In his welcome address, Principal of BUMDC, Prof Dr Syed Tipu Sultan said BUMDC was now recognised by all three authorities of the world. He encouraged research culture for students and faculty and they are in the process of establishing more research labs for them.

While speaking to the audience on this momentous occasion, Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila NI (M) congratulated all concerned for successful completion of this project and said that Bahria University Medical & Dental College was emerging as the center of excellence in health sciences, at both graduate and post-graduate levels, and across the medical, dental and nursing fields.

While still in its infancy stage, the college has been included in the International Medical Education Directory by the Foundation for Advancement in Medical Education Research, and also listed in the Directory of World Health Organisation. BUMDC has been also recognized for the United States Medical License Examination (USMLE). Daily times

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Students, teachers re-enter govt school occupied by land mafia
Karachi: Students jumped in joy and punched the air in triumph and excitement as they along with teachers and parents entered the Government Muniba Memorial GBPS and Lower Secondary School in Block 6 in Federal B Area on Tuesday, 11 days after they had been banished from it by a group of land grabbers.

The school had been handed over to the land grabbers by Additional District Officer Gulberg Ali Akbar Shaikh on the basis of a notification issued by former education secretary Alam Din Bullo two years back, and the new occupants had locked the school after removing furniture from it.

Day after day, the students had been sitting on mats spread over the footpath outside their school, but no official bothered to pay any heed to their protest against the illegal occupation of their school and the removal of furniture from the classrooms.

On Tuesday, they along with their teachers and parents were attended classes on the footpath. A number of people, including Pakistan People's Party leader Sohail Abidi, Khwaja Tariq of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Anees-ur-Rahman, Prof Iftikhar Azmi of the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association, Gul Hameed Mansoori of the Government Schools Teachers Association and representatives of civil society, visited the protesters and appreciated them for raising their voice for their cause.

Upon learning of the protest, Rangers and Gulberg police personnel reached the school and spoke to the teachers and parents. Sub-Inspector Rustam clarified that the police had not locked the school in collusion with the land mafia and that it had been sealed on the directives of the ADO Gulberg.

At hearing this, students broke open the lock and entered the school building. But they were shocked to see that the building did not have a single chair or desk on its premises, while a portion of the building had also been demolished. This caused many students to burst into tears.

"The occupants had ripped out the windows of the classrooms, demolished a portion and removed all the furniture, which is shocking to see," a student said.

Worried parents and students complained that the school remained closed for 11 days when the annual exams were due after a month, but the authorities were least concerned about their problem. However, teachers said they were ready to continue teaching on mats. They asked the students to come to school regularly and continue their studies.

The representatives of teachers associations and politicians appealed to MQM chief Altaf Hussain to help protect the Muniba Memorial School and other government buildings from the land mafia and play his role in ensuring that poor students continued getting their education. They assured the teachers, parents and students of their help in fighting the land mafia.

Taleem Bachao Action Committee convener Anees-ur-Rahman and politicians vowed that they would stand by the students and teachers even if the land grabbers belonged to any political party.

Anees-ur-Rahman wondered who restored the ADO and DO Gulberg after their removal and the cancellation of the notification by Education Secretary Afzal Pecheho. He demanded an inquiry into the incident. The news

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