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SSUET awards degrees to 1,300 graduates
Karachi, April 12: On its first convocation the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology awarded degrees to 197 students. But 20 years after its inception, on its 16th convocation on Thursday, it awarded degrees to 1,300 students.

The ceremony which took place at the Expo Centre was graced by President Mamnoon Hussain, who in his address asked students to serve their country well. "Convocation serves as a milestone in the life of a student," he said. "You are entering your practical lives and serving your country deserves to be your first priority."

He described the university as a legacy of the great reformer and educationist Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, saying that Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys' Association deserved appreciation for establishing it.

Meanwhile, proud students in dark green gowns queued up by the stage as they waited to get their degrees. Parents who accompanied them clicked pictures of the memorable event.

"I want to go abroad for my Masters. Sadly in Pakistan there are not that many options for engineering students," said Ali Haider, one of the young graduates.

His friend, Waqas Ali said, "I will join my father's construction company as a civil engineer and help him expand his business."

Position holders were awarded bronze, silver and gold medals in six disciplines: computer, electronics, civil, telecommunication, bio-medical engineering and computer science.

In his welcome address, the SSUET chancellor Engineer Mohammed Adil Usman said the university had been established with a view to equip youth with modern knowledge.

"To at par with developments we must cultivate, nurture and mentor the young minds, employing the best of available human and material resources", he said.

Earlier, vice chancellor Prof Dr Syed Jawaid H. Rizvi said, "The university is a manifestation of the patriotism that its founders felt for the country and their concern for nation building." The news

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MA exam forms submission date extended
Karachi: Karachi University on Monday extended last date of submission of MA and Double MA private supplementary examination forms till April 11, 2014. According to Controller of Examination Prof Dr Arshad Azama, students could submit their examination forms without any late fee till mentioned date at bank counter located at Silver Jubilee Gate of the University. The fee is Rs 2,700. Only those students who had been registered in 2010 or before can appear in the examination. Those students who were registered in 2006 will have to pay additional charges of Rs 5,000 beside the examination fee.

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KU announces dates for MBBS exams
Karachi: Karachi University (KU) on Monday announced dates of MBBS second, third and final professional annual examinations 2014. According to Controller of Examinations Prof Dr Arshad Azama, examination of MBBS second professional would be held from April 12 to 19 April, third professional from April 14 to 23 April and final professional from April 15 to May 5. All papers will be held in new classroom faculty of science near Department of Physiology, while papers time is from 2pm to 5pm. On Friday paper time will be from 2:30 pm to 5:30. The candidates have been advised to bring along with their admit card, enrolment card, college card and national identity card when come for appearing in the examination. For further, information students can contact their prospective colleges. Daily times

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'Every 7th school in Sindh is non-functional'
Karachi: The education sector is one of the most neglected areas in Sindh, where ghost schools are the most crucial issue, with every seventh school being non-functional.

This was the consensus at an ILM-o-AGAHI education journalism workshop held here on Wednesday, said a press release issued by Mishal Pakistan.

According to a recent survey conducted on the directive of the Supreme Court, there are 6,164 non-functional and ghost schools in Sindh, which means every seventh school in the province is non-functional. "There is a dire need to address the education emergency in Sindh, as the future of the next generations depends on the quality of education," said one of the speakers, who included journalists, academicians and civil society activists.

The workshop was organised by Mishal Pakistan in collaboration with Ilm Ideas, a three-year UKaid-funded programme.

More than 30 education reporters from leading media entities of print, television, radio and online journalism were selected for the workshop.

According to the Alif Ailaan education data, there are 12 million children in Sindh between the ages of 5 and 16, of which 6.1 million or 50 percent are out of school. More than half of the children out of school are girls.

Senior journalist Mubashir Zaidi, while discussing the current state of education and the role of the media, said the government of Sindh spent an estimated Rs573 million on schools that existed only on paper.

The scope of the problem of ghost teachers was crucial as there was no data available on that; however, media reports suggested that many teachers drew salaries from the education department without showing up for their jobs, he said.

"The education sector is the most neglected area in media; however, with the help of civil society, the media should play an active role in promoting education."

Discussing the role of the media in policy development, Dr Tahir Masood, chairman of the Department of Mass Communication, University of Karachi, said learning outcome of children was also a big issue and required the attention of education policymakers.

Sindh's children scored poorly in reading and mathematics compared to children in the rest of the country, he said.

"Fifty-nine percent of class 5 students in Sindh cannot read a story fluently in Urdu or Sindhi."

Talking on the role of media in a society's evolution, senior journalist and media researcher Afia Salam said: "Education plays a significant role in the development of a society. Due to advancement in the education sector, developed countries make progress by leaps and bounds in all segments of life. Pakistan's media can play an active role in creating a demand for quality education in the country."

Asif Farooqui, programme manager of ILM-o-AGAHI, said: "Education spending in Sindh is not rationalised and resources are not allocated according to the needs. Across Sindh, 77 percent of government school buildings are in an unsatisfactory condition, almost half of the government schools in Sindh are missing the basic facility of toilet."

Adnan Farooqui, senior communication expert, shared his experiences on the art of story-telling through social media. He briefed the participants about how social media was changing trends of journalism across the globe, and how digital communication had made the entire news expression in 145 words possible.

Through the ILM-o-AGAHI initiative, 18 education journalism workshops will be held across Pakistan for education reporters to increase their capacity and improve the coverage of education issues in media.

In each workshop, more than 30 education reporters will be selected to enhance their capacity to report on identified educational challenges and issues to improve understanding and skills among journalists to capture the community's perspective and voice including children's voice.

Mishal Pakistan is the partner institute of the Center for International Media Ethics and the Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking Networks of the World Economic Forum. The news

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584 assistant professors, 28 other officers promoted
Karachi: The Sindh government on Friday decided to promote 584 assistant professors and 10 ex-PCS officers in BPS-19 while 18 officers of BPS-17 were promoted in BPS-18. The decision was made at a meeting of Provincial Selection Board-II at the Sindh Secretariat on Friday, which was chaired by Chief Secretary Sindh Sajjad Saleem Hotiana. The board decided to give promotions to 584 Education Department officers in BPS-19. Those who got promotions included 339 male assistant professors (BPS-18) and 243 female assistant professors (BPS-18) who were promoted to BPS-19 as associate professors. Promotions of 10 ex-Provincial Civil Service (PCS) cadre officers of BPS-18 were also promoted to BPS-19 by the board along with promotions of 18 BPS-17 officers who were promoted to BPS-18. Daily times

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