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KU announces B.Com exam schedule
Karachi, Dec 21: The University of Karachi would conduct the B.Com (regular) annual examinations 2013 from December 23, 2013, at 52 different examination centers. According to statement, 34 examination centers have been set up for the male students at different departments of KU, while 18 for female students at various colleges in the city. Around 55,527 candidates would take part in the B.Com (regular) examinations, including 20,662 male and 10,750 female candidates registered for first year, and 15,424 male and 8,691 female candidates for second year. Papers would be conducted from 2pm to 5pm, while on Fridays from 10am to 1pm. Daily times

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KU announces dates for admission tests
Karachi: The University of Karachi has announced dates for admission tests under the National Testing Service.

For students who have completed their intermediate education and are seeking admission in BS, BA and BA honours programmes will have their test at 9:00am on December 22.

Centres for the tests have been spread out in the city according to roll numbers. Venue and schedule of the test may be accessed at the websites; and

A sample paper is also available at the websites. Candidates who have completed their BSc, BCS, Home Economics, BA, B-Tech and want to get admission in a master's programme should appear for an entrance test at 1:00pm on December 22. The test will be held at the NED University.

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KU extends convocation registration date
Karachi: The University of Karachi has extended the last date for the submission of the registration form and fee to attend the forthcoming annual convocation.

Registrar Dr Mansoor Ahmed announced on Wednesday that the last date for the submission of the registration form had been extended till January 8, 2014 for students who had passed bachelors (honors), BS Pharm D, master's and MPharm examinations 2012. The news

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Exams at Karachi University cancelled
Karachi: University of Karachi on Tuesday announced that the papers of BSc part-II annual examinations 2013, and BSc (Home Economics converted) scheduled on December 18, 2013 have been cancelled. The decision was taken due to an announcement by Sindh government. The provincial government has announced a holiday on Wednesday (today) on account of Urs of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai. ppi

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367 graduates awarded degrees at AKU convocation
> Karachi: It was a big day at the Aga Khan University (AKU) where a grand ceremony was organized on Thursday to acknowledge achievements and excellence of both its students and faculty members. The ceremony for this year's convocation marked a number of milestones for the university. It completed three decades since graduation of its first batch from the School of Nursing, the 25th anniversary of the first graduating class of the Medical College, the 20th anniversary of AKU's Institute for Educational Development, and the 10th anniversary of the University's Examination Board.

A total of 367 students were officially awarded degrees and diplomas during the ceremony, including graduands from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, the Medical College, the Institute for Educational Development and the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisation in the United Kingdom.

"It is truly a great pleasure for me to celebrate this milestone moment with all of you today. It is a significant time for our university and for this country," Prince Karim Aga Khan said while congratulating students on their success.

He outlined a global vision for university's expansion into liberal arts and announced the creation of seven new graduate schools across two continents that work in areas of particular relevance to developing societies.

"The liberal arts, I believe, can provide an ideal context for fostering inter-disciplinary learning, nurturing critical thinking, inculcating ethical values, and helping students to learn how to go on learning about our ever-evolving universe," he said.

In his brief address, chief guest Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad lauded the AKU's record of success and excellence in the fields of healthcare and education and hoped that the same would continue in future.

President AKU Firoz Rasul urged the graduates to be the leaders of change their society so desperately needed. "At the core leadership lies a restless desire to accomplish what has never been done before and the willing assumption of responsibility for the success of others. Today, there is one other trait that a leader must possess conviction that the pursuit of knowledge is the key to progress," he said.

Students expressed happiness that they had achieved a major milestone of their career and hoped that their journey to excellence would continue. One of them was Tooba Ali, winner of the Best Graduate Medical Award, who did honours in eight subjects including biochemistry, pathology, pharmacology, microbiology and community health sciences.

"It's just about getting interested and enjoying what you do. I am grateful for all the support I received from my parents, teachers and peers," she remarked when asked how she managed to get the award.

On her future plans, she said, "I plan to specialize in internal medicine-paediatrics from Canada where I have already applied for a residency programme. I want to serve my country which I hope would develop a system to support its graduates."

Sonam Shoukat Ali, who received a bachelor's degree in nursing and won an award on academic excellence, said that she was delighted over her success and the honour of getting the degree from His Highness. "It's a big occasion for all students.

I look forward to serving my country with the best of my abilities," she said.

Another nursing student, Shamsa Abdul Rehman, who was given a merit certificate in child health nursing, said that she had a wonderful time at the institution which was a great platform to groom students.

"I plan to do one-year internship at AKU and would later pursue higher education and research in the same field," she said.

The Award of Distinction Doctor of Humane Letters, honouris causa, was presented to Mr Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, the founding President of AKU. The Award of Excellence in Research was given to Dr Anita Zaidi, Chair, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health.

The Award of Excellence in Education was given to Ms Jacqueline Dias, Director, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programme and Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan.

The Award of Distinction was presented to Dr Thomas Christie, the founding Director of the Aga Khan University Examination Board.

The ceremony was also attended by Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and princess Zahra Aga Khan. Later, Prince Karim Aga Khan inaugurated new facilities on the Karachi campus including the Aamir Kanji Gardens and the Jenabai Hussainali Shariff Building. Dawn

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AKU MBBS class of '88 pledges $500,000 to endowment fund
Karachi: The first graduating class of the Aga Khan University's Medical College, the Class of 1988, has contributed $500,000 to an endowment fund to support education programmes and research at the university in Pakistan.

The endowment will support activities of medical students, residents, fellows and graduate students at the university, besides providing an opportunity to non-AKU physicians and other allied health professionals practising in Pakistan to attend AKU-sponsored non-degree clinical education and training programmes.

It will also allow the AKU to invest in a variety of research projects, according to a press release released by the university.

The generous gift was announced at the class reunion on Friday.

With contributions from more than 80 percent of its members, the gift from the Class of 1988 has surpassed the gift of any other class.

It was a testimony of their support of the university's bold vision for the future, to expand into the liberal arts and create seven new graduate schools across two continents, said the statement.

"The Class of 1988 has set the bar higher than ever before," said Dr Saad Shafqat, professor of neurology at the AKU and alumnus from the inaugural class.

He appreciated the efforts of doctors Tauqir Goraya, Anita Zaidi and Shahid Shafi, who served on the Executive Committee, to motivate their colleagues to contribute to the gift.

AKU President Firoz Rasul thanked the class for their contribution, seeing this as an opportunity for alumni to renew their commitment to the university's future.

Graduates of 1988 from within and outside Pakistan attended the ceremony, along with the faculty of health sciences' staff.

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Sindh varsities not on list as HEC awards 200 scholarships
Karachi: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has once again ignored varsities of Sindh as 200 scholarships under a Rs40 million scholarship programme sponsored by Germany will go to the universities of Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

As many as 10 universities have been granted these scholarships. These varsities include University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, Kohat,University of Science and Technology, Haripur, and Frontier Women University, Peshawar. There two federal universities including Quaid-i-Azam University and Comsat Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, and two universities, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, and Lahore Government University, Lahore, from Punjab while Lasbela University and Sardar Bahadur Khan University, Balochistan will have share in scholarships.

Earlier, France had offered similar scholarships to the HEC and only IBA, which is deemed an institution for the elite, was selected for these scholarships form Sindh.Former Sindh education minister Pir Mazhul Haq has objected to the discriminatory attitude of the HEC several times. So far Sindh has been awarded only 600 scholarships out of 10,000 since the inception of HEC.Dr Kazmi, president Teachers Association, Karachi University, said that HEC must treat all the provinces equally and Sindh should not be ignored in awarding scholarships.

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SHC summons SMIU VC in contempt casebr> Karachi: The Sindh High Court has directed the Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madresatul Islam University (SMIU) to appear before it in a contempt of court case on January 15, 2014.

Akbar Ali Chandio and 13 other employees filed a contempt of court application against VC SMUI for not obeying the court order regarding consideration of their cases for regularisation. The petitioners submitted that the SHC had directed the university administration on October 13, 2011, to consider their cases for regularisation without any discrimination prior to the expiry of their contract. They said that despite lapse of three years no consideration has been made vis--vis their cases.

The SMIU submitted that the petitioners' cases were considered at a meeting of the selection board but later it was decided that all the vacancies should be advertised and filled under the university rules.

The SHC's division bench headed by Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar observed that prima facie the court order was not placed before the selection board as the minutes of the meeting did not reflect that the court order passed on October13, 2011, was placed before the meeting for consideration. Adjourning the matter till January 15, the SHC bench directed the VC SMIU to appear before the court on the next date of hearing. The news

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