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ICom results out
Karachi, Dec 13: The controller of examinations Board of Intermediate Education Karachi, Muhammad Imran Khan Chishti, on Wednesday announced the result of higher secondary certificate Part-1 (class-XI) annual examination commerce group (regular). There were 33,388 registered candidates, 32,708 appeared in the exam. As many as 12,547 candidates passed all seven papers, 6897 six papers, 4582 five papers, 3254 four papers, 2296 three papers, 1534 two papers, while 1054 candidates passed just one paper. Daily times

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BA registration forms
Islamabad: Students of BA (Regular and Private) University of Karachi can submit their registration and examination forms till December 9. A notification in this regard was issued on Sunday by KU Controller Examination Prof Dr Arshad Azmi. The news

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KU inks MoU with Turkish varsity
Karachi: Karachi University and Izmir KatipCelebi University of Turkey Izmir KatipCelebi University of Turkey signed a memorandum of understanding to initiate academic exchange and scientific cooperation between both the institutions.

The MoU was signed by Dr Muhammad Qaiser and Dr GalipAkhan, the vice chancellors of the two universities, at Karachi University. It was agreed that workshops and conferences would be organised jointly to develop linkages between academicians of both universities.

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KU to open Department of Chinese Studies
Karachi: University of Karachi would open a department for studying Chinese soon, said KU VC Professor Dr Muhammad Qaiser during his visit to the 8th Confucius Institute Conference in Beijing.

He said the launch of Confucius Centre for Chinese Language at KU is an illustration of its futuristic vision because we realise that China is emerging as the fastest growing economy of the world and is likely to become a world power. He said in this perspective, the significance of Chinese language and culture is becoming stronger with every passing day. "As a strong economic hub, China is able to reduce the unemployment of third world countries and can empower its youth by providing quality education at subsidised rates," he said. The Chinese Confucius Institute at KU would be among the 440 Confucius Institutes around the world. The mission of Confucius Institute at University of Karachi would be to meet the needs of those who are interested in learning Chinese for career development or enhancement of their learning experience. ppi

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BIEK suppl exam date
Karachi: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi has extended the date for submitting examination forms up to Dec 12 for appearing in the supplementary examinations-2013.

The students of all groups, who want to appear in the supplementary examinations can submit their exam forms along with a late fee, said the BIEK controller of exams on Sunday.

The forms can be submitted in the accounts section of the intermediate board. The students have been asked to attach photocopies of their registration or enrolment cards and mark sheets along with their forms. app

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Private schools' summer break fees irk parents
Karachi: Private schools of the city have started charging tuition fees for the months of June and July, a move that has irked many parents, who view it as completely against the rules and legal provisions.

"This is nothing less than harassment for parents. It is a clear indicator of the education department and Sindh government's apathy towards and lack of writ in this vital sector," says a resident, Nisar Ahmed, "The government has issued repeated warnings against the move but they continue to be blatantly ignored by the schools."

Private schools have decided to apply the June-July charges in advance, with some adding them to the December-January fee bill, and threatening students with debarment from the annual examinations in case of non-payment.

The schools' stance is based around the fact that they have to pay staff salaries for these months, although many do not pay salaries for the summer break. While parents are urging the education department to enforce stricter limitations on private schools, the dilemma points towards the burgeoning need for the implementation of a uniform education policy to improve the province's education system. The news

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Salu-students row deepens
Khairpur: As student organisations intensified their campaign against the Shah Abdul Latif University (Salu) administration for its 'anti-students policies', a Salu spokesman on Thursday rejected their demands as illegal and asked them to stop the drive and propaganda against the institution.

Supported by various students action committees, the student wing of the Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) has set up a protest camp on the campus and some of its members have started a 100-hour hunger strike after completing a 72-hour-fast on Thursday to press Salu and the provincial government to accept the demands put forward to the Salu administration.

JSQM general secretary Amjad Mahesar visited the hunger strikers camp on Thursday and slammed the administration's indifferent attitude towards students' serious issues. He said the administration was paying no attention to students' genuine demands although their representatives had been observing a hunger strike for several days.

Speaking to the media at the camp, he said the protesting students were demanding removal of the Salu students affairs director, who was at the centre of the controversy and pursuing an anti-students policy.

He warned that JSQM would join in the students' campaign if their demands were not met.

Meanwhile, a Salu Spokesman has that a handful of students have set up a hunger strike camp to press the administration accept illegal demands. He said they were demanding removal of the students affairs director on the plea that he ordered use of force against political activists of various organisations on the eve of the Nov 20 pre-entry test.

The spokesman recalled a student organisation had tried to disturb the conduct of the test by setting up stalls and playing music loudly close to the test venue. The director tried to stop them from disturbing candidates but members of the organisation refused to cooperate. Later, police and Rangers intervened to restore order.

Since Nov 20, they (protesting students) have been maligning the image of the institution through propaganda using the print and electronic media, according to the spokesman.

He said that on a directive of the Salu vice chancellor, a committee of senior professors was constituted on Dec 7 as was demanded by the protesting student organisations on consider the 'charter of demands'. The committee held talks with them on Dec 9 and after detailed deliberations, the committee accepted their genuine demands, said the spokesman, adding that the protesting students, however, did not accept the outcome and insisted admission quota, one of the demands rejected by the committee.

The spokesman said that the committee offered talks with them on Dec 10 as well but the protesters rejected it. Later, on the same day, Salu VC convened a meeting with the Khairpur deputy commissioner, personal secretary to the chief minister, PPP leader Dr Yar Mohammad Phulpoto, he said. But the protesters did not oblige them and started a hunger strike.

The spokesman said that the university authorities ensured complete transparency and fair play in entry tests and opposed allocation of seats on a political basis.

He recalled that the Sindh High Court had abolished the quota system in admission to government educational institutions. Allocation of seats to failure students was a breach of law and contempt of court, he argued.

The spokesman advised the political wings of the protesting student groups to end their drive and withdraw the illegal demands. Dawn

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IoBM confers degree to its 16th batch of graduating students
Karachi: Institute of Business Management (IoBM) on the occasion of its 16th Convocation conferred 874 degrees in business management and allied disciplines. The ceremony was held at the IoBM main campus on Saturday.

With the crowd hooting in the background, the students wore smiles while collecting their degrees in their respective disciplines, ie, business management and allied disciplines such as IT, HRM, Economics, Finance, Accounts and Media Management, etc.

High achieving students of the graduating batch received gold medals while eight more were awarded with merit gold medals for excellence in academics.

Professor Kakha Shengelia, President Caucasus University, Georgia was the Guest of Honour among other distinguished guests including Sindh Education Minister Nisar Khuhro, Chairman National Bank of Pakistan Muneer Kamal, Elahi Baksh Soomro, and IoBM chancellor among other eminent figures from national, multinational and international organisations were also present.

"It is great honour and privilege for me to warmly welcome to this auspicious occasion, a day for celebration which gives us an opportunity to pay tribute to the wealth of knowledge, talent and high potential gathered here," said Dr Kakha Shengelia in his address.

IoBM, he said, should not be reduced to only regional importance but its international character and global connections make it so complex and fascinating.

"I feel privileged to be the member of IoBM community by looking at student's bright and beaming faces and sharing your first academic achievement that gives the way to your life."

IoBM Chancellor Elahi Baksh Soomro also congratulated the students and their parents, who successfully achieved their academic records. "Shahjahan Karim and I started this academic almost two decades ago, which is now become well recognised institution in Pakistan and across the border."

The institute's President Shahjahan Karim while addressing the parents, students and faculty said, "IoBM was established nearly two decades ago with a mission to impart quality professional business education to students, irrespective for their social, cultural or economic standing."

Acknowledging contribution of distinguished individuals and institution, he said, "Our Board of Governors, Executive Council and the Academic Council, whose individual and collective guidance and extraordinary support over the years have a source of encouragement and strength for IoBM."

He added that during outgoing years, they have made substantial progress in key areas of technology, infrastructure and academics. Realising the importance of technology they have enhanced investment in education productivity.

"I am pleased to inform you that an Alumni Chapter at Dubai has been formed recently and look forward that such chapters will follow in the years ahead. We have set-up an initial equity of Rs 10 million for this purpose," he said, adding that on the infrastructure side, construction of a new building on a plot right next to this campus is progressing at brisk space. The six-storey facility, costing more than Rs 750 million, will become a centre of excellence for executive training and multiple facilities.

"This year, out academic repertoire has been enlarged, to include two programs approved by the academic council. These include a 4-year BS programme in Actuarial & Risk Management and MBA in Finance & Risk Management," asserted Karim. "We have also included Islamic Banking & Finance, in the ongoing BS (Finance & Accounting) programme, which will certainly improve the employment prospects of our graduates."

Sindh Education Minister Nisar Khuhro also addressed on the occasion and acknowledged the services of IoBM in the education sector.

Graduates, in general,
seemed optimistic about their futures and expected to make their parents proud.

"This is a great achievement for all of us and now it depends on our skills and confidence in getting the desired job," said Anum Chhapra of BBA (Honours). "The Pakistani job market for fresh business graduates depends on the discipline you choose."

However, others were critical. "There is huge competition in market; no investment because of severed political and other reasons. This create imbalance between supply and demand hence the graduates do not find the relevant jobs." Daily times

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PEC likely to accredit four new DUET disciplines
Karachi: Dawood University of Engineering and Technology (DUET) Karachi has filed a registration case for four disciplines with Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) and are waiting for approval.

A DUET official said on condition of anonymity that a PEC team is likely to visit the DUET very soon, and was mulling over the matters pertaining to students' future. He said that the four new disciples are Computer System Engineering, Petroleum and Gas Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering, and Energy and Environment Engineering.

The PEC is likely to accredit the four new disciplines at the DUET Karachi, and was also considering registering the batches from 95 and 96 soon, it was learnt.

The official said that there are 114 students from 1995 and 1996 batches of the institute, who have been unable to get employed in their relevant fields due to the accreditation issues.

The DUET, previously known as Dawood College of Engineering and Technology has suffered a lot in this regard. The college was given the status of a university in 2007.

Many students have been suffering in DUET and several other institutes either due to insufficient knowledge regarding the accreditation, or cancelled affiliations with relevant authorities.

"PEC believes in saving the future of students and will hopefully accredit the four new departments of DUET, besides registering affected students from the previous batches," said a hopeful student.

Another student in this regard said that the DUET administration should expedite efforts for recognising the new disciplines through PEC so that they could get jobs in government sector without any trouble. The student further said that the Vice Chancellor must come up with concrete measures and play his due role for the better future of students.

Many students are losing time when it comes to getting jobs in their relevant field, due to the lackof accreditation from relevant institutes and authorities.

"Sindh Education Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro must intervene into the issues of the DUET and save the students' future by ensuring accreditation," demanded some students. ppi

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Harvard, Yale, MIT. All are now just a click away
Karachi: Any student sitting in Pakistan within the comfort of his bedroom or the ease of his armchair having a smartphone or a personal computer and an internet connection will now be able to access courses taught in the classrooms of Harvard, Yale, Stanford and MIT universities.

The Latif Ebrahim Jamal National Science Information Centre of the Karachi University (KU) launched a website, which will connect students in Pakistan to video lectures of professors at Ivy League universities of the world.

The web portal called the LEJ Knowledge Hub will hold thousands of full courses (0.5 lecture hours), skill development modules, research-based lectures and online mentoring lessons for school and university levels. All of this will be for free.

"Pakistan is among the first few countries of the world to launch such an initiative. History is being written right now," said Dr Iqbal Chaudhry, the director of KU's International Centre of Chemical and Biological Sciences, at a ceremony hosted at the Governor House on Thursday. President Mamnoon Hussain was the chief guest.

Students who log onto the website can choose if they want to be accredited for these courses or not. "I ask all educationists in the public and private sector universities to use this facility and include these internationally recognised courses in their curriculum," Chaudhry said.

Schools can also access the portal as video tutorials from the Khan Academy have also been accommodated in the website.

Dr Atta-ur-Rehman, a former chairman of Higher Education Commission (HEC), said the website would bring about a new paradigm for Pakistan. "Universities are not about beautiful buildings, they are about beautiful minds," he said. "Education is the only means of survival and our country has 40 percent children out of school."

He shared a presentation titled "Higher Education: an Imperative for Social Development", in which he highlighted what was lacking in Pakistani universities. At MIT, he claimed, graduates have started 4,000 new companies which employ 1.1 billion people. In Korea, only 5 percent of youth had university degrees till the 1960, but by 2010, 95 percent of its youth had attained higher education. Their imports increased over 350 times.

He was also hopeful that the status of the HEC would be restored, as in all countries higher education was a federal subject.

Philanthropist Aziz Latif Jamal, whose father established the LEJ centre, said: "We are one of the first countries to launch a website like the LEJ Knowledge Hub, but Pakistan has a lot of challenges ahead. Our literacy rate is a sorry 56 percent, we have untrained teachers and professors and a single digit education budget. If we are not ready to address these challenges then we are merely paying lip service to the cause of education at a time when our youth bulge is drifting towards militancy and crime."

The president advised educational institutions to increase their pace of development so that it quenches the thirst for knowledge present in the youth of Karachi. "There was a time when business families of the city tried to outdo each other in their service to education. That is why we had the Ayesha Bawani Academy, Adamjee College and Dawood Engineering and Technology College. I pray those times return to Karachi."

The government, he added, would resolve the pending status of the HEC and "salvage it from being ruined".

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42 school vans with unsafe CNG cylinders impounded
Karachi: Traffic police have ticketed operators of 1,375 school vans for using substandard CNG cylinders, and impounded 42 of the vehicles in the last two months, said a report on Friday.

The report, presented to Additional Inspector General of Traffic Police Ghulam Qadir Thebo here, said Rs697 000 was collected through fines from September 1 to November 30.

Thebo directed that people be apprised of the traffic rules through an awareness drive and banners displayed at petrol pumps on the main thoroughfares. The news

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