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KU postpones Jan 29-30 examinations
Karachi, Jan 28: University of Karachi on Saturday announced to postpone all examinations, scheduled on January 29 and 30. The new date for these examinations would be announced later. Daily times

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KU convocation on 30th
Karachi: The annual convocation of the University of Karachi will be held on the campus on Jan 30, an official of the university has said.

Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad, who is also the chancellor of public sector universities in the province, has been invited to be the chief guest on the occasion. The students eligible to attend the convocation can obtain their invitation cards from the convocation camp office. app

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LUMHS decides to rehold 'boycotted' papers
Larkana: The Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences has at last reached a decision to re-conduct theory examination of surgery and medicine-II of about 250 students of MBBS (final year) at the Chandka Medical College after dragging its feet over the issue for over a month.

A group of unruly students boycotted the two papers on Dec 7 last year at the CMC and tore up answer sheets and question papers of a number of students. The affected students had been up in protest since then, urging the LUMHS and SBBMU to re-conduct the papers and save their academic career.

Sources at the CMC said on Saturday the controller of examinations (undergraduate studies) of LUMHS sent a letter to the principal on Jan 23, informing him that vice-chancellor of LUMHS had ordered re-conduct of medicine and surgery paper-II boycotted by students on Dec 7. The date of the examination would be communicated shortly, said the letter.

Barring two students, Majid Gorar (seat No.07CM426) and Mohammad Suhail Sarki (seat No.07CM435) who had been rusticated by the probe committee, all other students were eligible to re-appear in the examination, it said.

The controller requested the principal to beef up security on the campus in order to avoid recurrence of such unruly conduct during examinations.

CMC Principal Prof Dr Assadullah Mahar confirmed receiving the letter and said the LUMHS arrived at the decision after receiving the probe committee's decisions forwarded to its vice-chancellor and controller of examinations on Jan 21.

The 250 students who fell victim to the boycott had been pressing for re-conduct of their papers and finally decided to move court a couple of days ago because the managements of the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Medical University and LUMHS had failed to reach a timely decision on their case.

The SBBMU registrar had formed a probe body in the wake of the incident with the CMC principal as its head and Prof Dr Khursheed Abbasi, director of academics SBBMU and Prof Dr Riaz Shaikh, head of the department of pharmacology, as its members, which gave its verdict on Jan 21.

The committee rusticated two students for a period of six months and issued warnings to three others in accordance with relevant rules and clauses of the prospectus, said a spokesman for SBBMU.

On Jan 23, the court restrained the LUMHS from declaring the results. Dawn

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CM okays summary for DCET varsity status
Karachi: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has approved the summary for granting university status to the Dawood College of Engineering and Technology (DCET), Karachi.

A DCET statement issued here on Sunday said that the summary was moved to the chief minister of Sindh for approval on Nov 1, 2011, which was approved by the chief executive of the province on last Friday.

However, the bill to this effect would be presented in the coming session of the Sindh Assembly.

The Dawood College had been devolved to the Sindh government after the passage of 18th Amendment through a government of Pakistan notification dated 5th April, 2011.

The summary for the university status for the Dawood College of Engineering and Technology was for a degree awarding institution and as it was granted the charter through the Senate Secretariat on Dec 11, 2010. Therefore, the Sindh chief minister was requested to give it a university status.

The DCET would be second public sector engineering university in the city after the NED.

The statement said that efforts behind this cause were undertaken by the vice chancellor of the Sindh Madressatul Islam University, Dr Mohammed Ali Sheikh, who is also incharge principal of the DCET. Dr Sheikh had also succeeded in getting the university status for the Sindh Madressatul Islam on 16 Feb, 2012.

Beside, the efforts of Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq and Mohammad Siddique Memon, the then secretary of the Sindh education department, made for the elevation of the DCET to the university level were also praiseworthy, the statement added. app

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Urdu literature in 20th and 21st centuries
Literary trends and movements do not come and go with the flip of the calendar. Somehow we tend to gauge literary ideas and trends according to our own sense of time when they have their own natural courses which they must run through.

With the beginning of this year as we consciously or unconsciously took stock of what we gained or lost in literature last year, a few critics and researchers too tried to evaluate last year's literary works, looking for clues that might help explain certain ideas and trends.

Though some people may not value such exercises, they are useful because the information gleaned at the end of the year becomes very significant a few years later.

You can find out the distinct features of a literary era just by looking at the year-end literature reviews. In fact, such regular works can be called the history of literature written in instalments.

A few veteran scholars such as Dr Syed Abdullah used to review literary trends of a whole decade, enabling a more concrete picture to emerge. Only till a few years ago, Dr Anwer Sadeed and Dr Saleem Akhter used to critically evaluate the previous year's prominent literary works with remarkable regularity. The two scholars also wrote a history of Urdu literature.

Mushfiq Khwaja published a landmark issue of his literary magazine 'Takhleeqi adab' in the 1980s which classified literature of the 1970s in various genres. On Pakistan's Golden Jubilee in 1997, many journals published articles critically evaluating the past 50 years of Urdu literature in Pakistan.

It has been over a decade since the beginning of the new century and the new millennium and decade-end reviews were well overdue. Luckily, in December 2012, Urdu's two literary journals, Dunyazaad and Asaleeb, both published from Karachi, carried a few articles analysing and evaluating the peculiarities of Urdu literature written during the past decade and the past century.

'Dunyazaad', edited by Asif Farrukhi, published in its latest issue a thought-provoking article on Urdu literature of the 21st century, written by Intizar Husain. The article titled 'Ikkisveen sadi mein hamara adab' begins with an overview of the 20th century Urdu literature and goes on to trace the prominent features of literature written in that era. Peppered with Intizar Sahib's usual aphorisms (which I like to call 'Intizarism'), the article offers insight into our literature with an eye on the international socio-political scenario. Commenting on globalisation and its impact on languages, Intizar Sahib says that the gossip that days of African and Asian languages are numbered because of the hegemony of English may be music to the ears of those Pakistanis who believe that embracing English meant progress. As for English literature written in India, Intizar Sahib says that the western world wrongly believed that this literature represented Indian literature, just as the term 'third world literature' once used to imply 'English literature written in the third world'.

While discussing the problems being faced by literature in the 21st century, Intizar Sahib feels that one of the problems is that media has conquered our hearts and minds and consequently people use media as a yardstick to analyse literature. This is why novels with issues and problems from a journalistic perspective appeal to us the most and if the novels are in English then it is considered to be yet another feather in the cap.

'Asaleeb', edited by poet Amber Haseeb Amber, brought out two new issues simultaneously. One of the issues devoted an entire section to Urdu literature of the 21st century. The contributors included Sahar Ansari (Urdu poem), Mubeen Mirza (short story), Zia-ul-Hasan (Urdu ghazal), Amjad Tufail (Urdu novel / Urdu criticism) and Musharraf Alam Zauqi (Urdu fiction in India).

In his article, Sahar Ansari rightly emphasised on trends rather than counting names of poets who had contributed towards the shaping of modern Urdu poem in the new century. Before deliberating on poetry of the new decade, he also took into account the influences that modern Urdu poets had accepted from national and international events and past trends, seamlessly connecting his account of the 21st century with that of the 20th.

Ansari Sahib says that though different forms of the poem, such as free verse, blank verse, Haiku and some poetic genres continued to flourish, the marked trend is the petering out of writing longer poems in Urdu. He quotes Thomas Mann, who had said "The fate of modern man is written in political terms," and then gives excerpts from a few modern Urdu poems reflecting our times and trends. To elucidate his point, he quotes from poems by Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, Aftab Iqbal Shamim, Adeeb Sohail, Amjad Islam Amjad, Hasan Aabdi, Khalid Ahmed, Yasmeen Hameed, Mahmood Shaam, Kavish Abbasi, Zehra Nigah, Kishwer Naheed and many others that have the diction and imagery which depict the horrors of our times.

These overviews are by no means the final word on the past decade's/ century's literature, but it does help understand and explain the present-day Urdu literary scene. One hopes that other journals will take a cue and more is written on this topic. Dawn

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