Karachi colleges BA, BSc and BCom admissions 2013
KU announces admission forms dates
Karachi, March 02: University of Karachi (KU) announced on Friday that the
admission forms for BA, BSc and BCom (Pass) Part-I and II in its
affiliated colleges would be received by March 21, 2013, at the
respective colleges along with late fee of Rs 1,000. Moreover, the
registration forms of MA Private, double MA and improvement of division
could be accepted up to March 7 along with a fee of Rs 2,500. For the
change of subject the forms along with fee of Rs 500 could also be
received by March 7.
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Roots Model United Nations 2013 a mega success
Islamabad: Roots Model United Nations 2013, the dynamic academic
simulation of United Nations directing to educate participants about
global current events, international relations issues, diplomacy and the
United Nations schemas, was officially inaugurated by Roots School
System DHA1 Flagship Campus Islamabad the other day, according to a
press release issued on Friday.
The grand opening ceremony of
Global Village depicting colourful cultures of the world through
performances and informative stalls was indeed a spectacular galore of
the students' intellect.
Roots School System DHA1 Campus
Executive Director Khadija Mushtaq welcomed the honourable chief guest,
Minister Counsellor for Public Affairs of United States of America Peter
M Brennan, along with all the other distinguished guests.
highlighted the immense talent potential of the school and emphasised
that Roots DHA1 Flagship Campus was certainly depicting a true image of
Pakistan where a Rootsian is the perfect cosmopolitan, multi-cultural
representative of the nation.
The ceremony inaugurated with the flags parade as the director general announced the ceremony to be officially open.
amazing line-up of attractive and traditional performances and fabulous
stalls added to the thrilling experience and mesmerised the foreign
The students presented a magical journey around the
world in 60 minutes. All the delegates from various schools presented
beautiful stalls of various countries from around the world including
their traditional attire, special cuisines and unique souvenirs.
glamorous cultural presentations with traditional fervour and festivity
included Punjabi, Pashto, Sindhi, Balochi, Chinese, Spanish, American,
British, German, Indian, French, African, Arabian and Turkish
performances. The best performance was by Spain choreographed by Roots
Ivy International Schools GT Road branch teachers.
The best stall
certainly belonged to the Republic of China, with a dazzling display of
their rich and diverse culture, literature, music, visual arts, martial
arts, traditional cuisine, etc. Other country stalls were by Pakistan,
Saudi Arabia, US, Spain, Italy, UK, Germany, Netherland, Malaysia,
Japan, Sri Lanka, Australia, Canada, France, India, Palestine, Algeria,
Switzerland, Egypt and South Korea.
The stalls promoted the
spirit of global cooperation, international harmony and tolerance of
other cultures, religions and societies.
The food pavilion was spiced up with delicious food stalls for all the participants and guests to enjoy.
the end, Peter M Brennan appreciated the enthusiasm and zeal displayed
by the students and the rich cultural performances. He said that RMUN
Global Village 2013 was an amalgamation of cultures around the world
that were depicted by the students with intellect and finesse. "Such
ventures can contribute to building social bridges and pathways towards
global peace and friendship."
He said he looked forward to seeing
more of such dynamics events at Roots DHA1 and would love to visit
again. The RMUN team, delegates and all the participants posed for a
group photo with honourable chief guest. Daily times
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The ghost of bogus degrees haunts the world, including Pakistan
He says that he has valid degrees from two London-based institutions. Only
that he never went to London to study. Varun clarified that he was an
The reputed media outlet had quoted
Varun Gandhi as saying: "I received a Bachelor of Science (Economics)
on August 1, 2002 sponsored by the London school of Economics. I
received a Master's Degree from the School of Oriental and African
Studies in 2004. The documents are available for verification. Both
these degrees are taught off site. The external degrees are sponsored by
Mamta Banerjee, the current Chief
Minister of West Bengal, has also been accused of claiming a phony
doctorate degree from East Georgia University. However it was later
discovered that the university with such name did not exist.
Indian Railways Minister Mukul Roy and a noted politician Kunal Ghosh
are also amongst various lawmakers across the border, who have allegedly
"benefited" from these back-street universities, called diploma mills
in the United States and the West. The prestigious "India Today" had
reported in its May 28, 2012 edition: "Members of the Trinamool
Congress, led by party Chief Mamata Banerjee, seem to be making a habit
of flaunting dubious educational achievements. Barely half a decade
after it was revealed that the American university Banerjee claimed to
have done her PhD from never even existed, two of her loyal party-men
have come under the scanner for similar discrepancies in their declared
This magazine had added that
there were glaring incongruities in the profiles of Railways Minister
Mukul Roy and a local politician Kunal Ghosh, both Rajya Sabha
members.The menace of buying degrees from online diploma mills had also
disgraced the former Iranian Interior Minister, Ali Kordan, who was
later impeached by his country's Parliament in November 2008 for
allegedly lying about his credentials.
Out of 247 Iranian
legislators, as many as 188 had voted to impeach Kordan, though 45 were
against the motion. Ali Kordan had claimed to have obtained an Honorary
Doctorate degree in Law from the Oxford University, but probe had found
him guilty of acting fraudulently.
This correspondent had
reported in his March 27, 2010 article, appearing in "The News
International," that the Oxford University had also denied awarding any
degree to Ali Kordan. Investigations further revealed that Kordan had
also claimed to have obtained two other phony degrees from Iran's Open
British politician Jeffrey Howard Archer,
Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, was also accused of providing
false evidence of his academic qualifications.Archer, made a Life Peer
in 1992 by the Queen on the advice of the then UK Premier John Major,
was accused of buying a fake diploma from an American institution (which
was actually a body-building club) to get admission at the Oxford
The British MP was also imprisoned for four
years after he was found guilty of perjury and perverting the course of
justice in a murder case. Kostas Margaritis, a Greek politician, was
found guilty of obtaining a degree from the Shelbourne University,
another institution from the US consortium of diploma mills.
few years ago, Antoine Zahra, a Lebanese parliamentarian, had claimed
that she possessed a Diploma in Business Studies from the University of
Harrington.This university had turned out to be one the 27 unaccredited
institutions connected to the US-based University Degree Programme.
Zahra was one of the 14 Lebanese politicians accused of presenting
phony degrees during these recent years.Similarly, George Weah, a
retired Liberian football player-turned-politician, was also found
guilty of listing a degree from Parkwood University, yet another
unaccredited diploma mill operational in the US.
spent 14 years of his professional football career playing for clubs in
France, Italy, and England, winning titles in two of the three
countries. Other eminent international personalities who are known to
have pleaded guilty of acquiring fake educational degrees include
British science fiction writer Ron Hubbard, former Senior Director at
the US Department of Homeland Security Laura Callahan, former member of
Canadian Parliament Jag Bhaduria, West Palm Beach Church of Florida's
Pastor Steven Flockhart, Toronto Stock Exchange's former Vice President
Terry Popowich, famous international football coach George O'Leary,
Ireland's Government Science Adviser Barry McSweeney and noted South
Korean movie star Jang Mi-hee, who later became a theatre and visual
arts professor at a prestigious college in her country on the basis of
All these afore-stated personalities had
to relinquish their posts after they were found culpable.Research
reveals that the United States government had admitted in 2004 that at
least 28 high-ranking state officials, including three managers
responsible for emergency operations at nuclear facilities, had bought
fake degrees from the diploma mills.
The US General
Accounting Office, an investigative arm of the Congress, had then told a
Senate committee that it had found 463 government employees who had
received degrees from three unaccredited schools-the Kennedy-Western
University, California Coast University and the Pacific Western
The investigation, which was prompted by a
request from Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, further found that
these schools which charged a flat fee for a degree had also received at
least $170,000 in government tuition-reimbursement funds. The US
Senate's Governmental Affairs Committee had identified 28 high-level
employees from eight different American agencies, who were guilty of
buying these fake online degrees.
The Committee had
actually singled out three National Nuclear Security Administration
employees who had top-secret security clearances and were entrusted with
emergency operations responsibilities.
By June 2009,
more than 180 people from across the Gulf had been blacklisted for
holding fake US academic certificates allegedly bought from
non-accredited institutions, including 69 from Saudi Arabia and 68 from
The United States Federal Trade Commission had
viewed in its 2005 report, and it may well be applicable in Pakistan's
case, that if a person holds a Master's degree but no bachelor's degree,
alarms should ring.
This Commission had stated in its
report that there may be incidents, where degrees have been earned out
of sequence or more quickly than would normally be the case. According
to this report, if people presenting a Master's degree for a certain
purpose are asked to submit their Bachelor's degrees too, there are
bright chances that a few more scandals will be unearthed.
the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan might still be
concentrating on verifying the authenticity of the Bachelor's degrees
presented to it by the politicians, it won't thus be a bad idea to also
ask the lawmakers presenting a Master's degree, to show their respective
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FBI 'stung' Pakistani student faces extradition
London: A genius Pakistani computer programmer alleges he has been let down by
the government of Pakistan after Pakistani authorities failed to provide
any assistance to the programmer in his bid to avoid extradition from
Britain to the United States on computer hacking allegations. Usman
Ahzaz, 24, faces extradition to the United States under the Extradition
Act 2003 within a week where he will be pitched against the most
powerful intelligence of the world, the Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI) which originally claims to have trapped the Pakistani student
during a "sting" operation. The lawyers acting for the United States
have not made the evidence public and that worries Usman Ahzaz the most.
Ahzaz, who is originally from Lahore, came to Britain on 1st August
2011 and gained admission at Brunel University to study for a degree in
Information Systems and Computing.
The university asked
him to go back to Pakistan and change his work visa to student status.
On 15th of August, the Pakistan student was almost boarding a flight to
Pakistan from London's Heathrow airport when the Metropolitan Police,
acting under the request of the FBI, swooped on him and took him to
London's Wandsworth Prison where he was imprisoned till 28th December
The FBI alleged that Ahzaz had "surreptitiously
controlled" more than 100,000 protected computers (a "botnet") without
the owners' knowledge. Previously, those computers had been infected
with malicious software ("malware"), alleges the FBI in the court papers
seen by The News.
The FBI goes on to allege that in June
2010, Usman sold "installs" to an undercover FBI agent who paid the
Pakistani student US$600 in return for his agreement to "surreptitiously
install what he believed to be malicious computer code (provided by the
undercover agent) onto the compromised computers within the Appellant's
The FBI has alleged that the software provided
to Ahzaz was "indeed installed on more than 100,000 computers" but no
harm was caused which shows that it was an entrapment and the Pakistani
national was allured into the trap.
Speaking to The News
in London, a fearful and distraught Usman Ahzaz, who has exhausted all
avenues of appeal, says that Pakistani government is fully involved in
this "miscarriage of justice". He has been tagged and lives under
7pm-10am curfew at one of his relative's home.
"I have no
idea what the Americans will do to me when I am there. I have no money
to afford a lawyer there. My lawyers advised me to ask the government of
Pakistan to intervene and ask the British government to stop my
extradition but the government of Pakistan didn't do anything for me. I
would have liked to have a fair trial in Pakistan. If the government of
Pakistan doesn't do anything to stop my extradition then that will be
end of my life."
The FBI alleged that Ahzaz had hacked
100,000 computers but were unable to prove it in the High Court in
London and the number was therefore brought down to 800 computers, which
is also unproved. "Whenever I contacted the govt, I was told that they
have written to someone but never told me who to.
never visited me when I was in prison. I was treated like dirt.
Pakistani officials didn't respond to my lawyer's request for help.
due to the failure of the Pakistani government that I will be
extradited to the US to face charges in American courts even after
nothing could be proven in London, for the crimes I have never
committed," Ahzaz says.
Lord Justice Gross and Mrs
Justice Gloster, sitting at the Royal Court of Justice, said that the
extradition request was focused on "an attempt rather than the causing
of actual damage" because the computers were not damaged because the FBI
provided software to the Pakistani computer programmer which they knew
would not cause damage.
Pakistani Community Toha Qureshi
MBE said that the unfairness of Britain's extradition treaty with the US
was highlighted recently when computer hacker Gary Mckinnon was spared
extradition to the US by the High Court because he had been diagnosed
with Asperger's Syndrome but around the same time Muslim British
citizens Babar Ahamd and Talha Ahsan were extradited to the US.
legal expert, requesting anonymity, commented: "It is outrageous that a
foreign intelligence outfit was able to entrap a foreign student on
British soil and then Britain allows extradition on very flimsy evidence
that the High Court itself states was exaggerated. How will this
student be given a fair trial?"
Usman's solicitor Kaim
Todner said in a statement: "This case is yet another classic
example of the American authorities taking advantages of the unfair
Extradition Treaty between the UK and the US."
High Commission spokesman said that the government of Pakistan has asked
British authorities for Usman's repatriation to Pakistan.
position was he can be prosecuted in the Pakistani Courts as Pakistan
has Cyber crime laws and secondly the place of occurrence of the said
crime is Pakistan".
It is believed that the FBI is of the
view that the alleged cyber crime took place in Pakistan and Usman used
the same email identity that he used for the alleged hacking as well as
for taking admission in the Brunel University. The news
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