Karachi University's 20th convocation
752 students awarded degrees in various fields
Karachi, Dec 30: The 20th annual convocation of the University of
Karachi (KU) took place at the Valika Ground on Monday.
students were awarded graduate and doctorate degrees in various fields of
natural, social, and management sciences as well as in law.
students with an excellent track record in academia were also awarded gold
medals which had been arranged by the university in cooperation with private
institutes. Sixteen students were awarded M Phil degrees while 48 received PhD
The convocation set up was simple yet impressive and was
attended by faculty members, a large number of parents and KU Pro-Vice
Chancellor Akhlaque Ahmed. Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq was also
present while Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat Ul Ibad Khan who is also the University
Chancellor was unable to attend the ceremony due to a visit abroad. Speaking at
the ceremony Haq said that the youth should acquire education in accordance with
the needs and challenges being faced by the country. He said that it was Former
Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto who introduced the idea of private universities
and added that the establishment of Baqai Medical University and Sir Syed
University of Engineering and Technology were the result of Bhutto's
The minister also advised students to feel safe about their
future saying that the government will make policies that will ensure jobs to
the young graduates.
Addressing the students, KU Vice Chancellor Pirzada
Qasim Raza Siddiqi said that the whole world including Pakistan was in the grip
of a financial crisis and universities had to utilize their resources to emerge
from the crisis successfully. "A chair has been set up under Benazir Bhutto's
name which will allow PhD and M Phil candidates to benefit during research," he
said. Siddiqi said that it was a matter of pride for Pakistan to have KU among
the top 1,000 universities in the world.
During the convocation, parents
and students were not given permission to use mobile phones, cameras and other
electronic devices, which upset some parents who wanted to take pictures.
Routine morning and evening classes were also suspended for the event.
The KU was established in 1951 and currently has nearly 24,000 students
enrolled in the university. It is without a doubt the largest university in the
city. Due to the increasing demand for education, the university has set up an
evening program under the Directorate of Evening Program, which accommodates
almost 6,000 students and professionals. The university faculty comprises of
about 1,000 qualified teachers while the university management is assisted by
the administrative staff comprising of about 2,000 officers and employees. Daily Times
BCom (external) exams
The BCom part-I and II (external) annual
examination 2008 will commence on January 2, 2009, according to an announcement
made by the controller of examinations, University of Karachi, on
The admit cards and programme have already been dispatched to the
candidates and those who have not yet received these should contact the external
unit of the examinations department.
The Sindh Madressatul Islam will reopen on January 1 after the winter vacation, the
principal of the institution said in an announcement on Monday.
that after the government's decision to revert to the old academic calendar,
starting April, there remained less time for preparation of the annual
examination of lower secondary classes to be held in March. App
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Class XI Humanities results announced
Karachi: The results of Higher Secondary School
Certificate (HSC) Part I, Humanities Group (Regular and Special Candidates)
Annual Examination 2008, have been announced by the Board of Intermediate
Education Karachi (BIEK), a press release said on Monday. As many as 13,784
candidates appeared in the exam; 4,317 (31.66 per cent) passed in all papers.
The results of 150 candidates were withheld by the BIEK. Around 115 Special
Group candidates appeared in the exam; 107 of them (93.04 per cent) were
successful. The News
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Sindh University to hold semester examination as per schedule
Hyderabad: The Sindh University authorities have announced that
semester examination will be held as per schedule from Tuesday and point buses
for teachers, students and employees will ply on fixed routes.
decided after a meeting with Pakistan People's Party leaders and university
officials at the office of university registrar on Monday in the backdrop of
SPSF call for examination boycott.
The meeting was attended by the
president of the Sindh People's Youth and member of Sindh PPP executive
committee, Aajiz Dhamrah, university registrar Mohammad Saleh Rajar, Sindh
University union council nazim Lala Ayaz Pathan, Professor Agha Riaz Hassan,
Ahmed Ali Abbasi and representatives of the SPSF, Sindh University
Mr Dhamrah expressed concern over the boycott call by the Sindh
People's Students Federation which had disturbed the paper of final year
students on Monday as more than 19,000 students could not appear in the
examination and teachers and employees could not reach the campus.
an assurance of the PPP leaders, the university administration decided to hold
semester examination of the morning and evening shifts from Tuesday.The
university authorities also announced that the university's point buses for the
students, teachers and employees would ply from already fixed routs from
Hyderabad, Latifabad, Qasimabad, Kotri and other areas.
Sources in the
university said that the SPSF had forced the boycott of Monday's paper in
protest against the university authorities for refusing to provide them two
buses to take them to Larkana to attend the first death anniversary of Ms
Benazir Bhutto. Dawn
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