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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.

Around 752 students were awarded graduate and doctorate degrees in various fields of natural, social, and management sciences as well as in law.

Seventy seven 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 degrees.

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 vision.

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 Monday.

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.

Sindh Madressah
The Sindh Madressatul Islam will reopen on January 1 after the winter vacation, the principal of the institution said in an announcement on Monday.

He said 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.

This was 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 chapter.

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.

After 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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