MA Final (External) result out
Karachi, Feb 12: The University of Karachi (KU) on Monday announced the result of MA Final (External). According to the Controller of Examinations, KU, Prof Dr M Arshad Azmi, overall 2,696 candidates were registered and 2,580 students appeared in the annual exams of which 1,410 failed.
Only 41 candidates passed in the first division whereas 1,125 students cleared their papers in the second division and four candidates were declared pass in the third division, he said.The results of at least 35 candidates were withheld for want of registration while results of three students were withheld for want of other particulars, he said.
Nehel Khalid Khanani and Farzana Mansoor Ali both secured 652 marks out of 1000 marks and were jointly declared first position holders. Meanwhile, Kanza Saleem and Faisal Ellahi received second and third position respectively.
KU starts registration of its alumni
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) on Monday has launched its first official alumni body and named it the "University of Karachi Alumni".A ceremony will be organised on February 20 at 2pm in the Arts Auditorium, KU officials said. However, the process of alumni registration has already been started and the forms are available on the university's website, they mentioned.
Valentine Day vs Haya Day
Lahore: The Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) Pakistan has announced observing Valentine's Day as Haya Day across the country on February 14. In a press statement, IJT Pakistan's Nazim-e-Aala Muhammad Zubair Safdar said Jamiat activists would observe Valentine's Day as Haya Day by boycotting the Western traditions. He said special ceremonies would be observed in educational institutions across the country on Haya Day. He said Pakistan was an Islamic country but unfortunately indecency was being promoted through events. The news
Lahore Literary Festival
Lahore: The Lahore Literary Festival, Feb 23-24, will bring together some of the most eminent women scholars, poets and writers.
Some of these women have strode into the world of literature with some of the biggest contributions that continue to be translated and sold worldwide such as works of Bapsi Sidhwa.
From the perspective of a Parsi child, she wrote about the partition in Ice Candy Man, and the painful tale of a woman in The Bride. Her passionate writing and painful observations led to these excellent novels in English. At the Lahore Literature Festival Sidhwa will be re-launching The Crow Eaters, this time in Urdu titled 'Jungle Wala'.
A more contemporary theme which remains relevant is the autobiography of a woman who writes about her experience of being married to a feudal. 'My Feudal Lord' is the story of the author, Tehmina Durrani, which has been translated into Urdu.
Kenize Mourad, a well acclaimed French writer having Turkish and Indian roots, will also be launching her latest book 'In the City of Gold and Silver' an extraordinary account of her own mother who was an Ottoman and Indian princess and married an Indian raja. Mourad is the granddaughter of Nawab of Awadh Wajid Ali Shah.
Nearly 25 years after her international bestseller 'Regards From A Dead Princess' of which over a million copies were sold in France and subsequently translated into 30 languages, Mourad now comes up with a new novel about an exceptional woman during an extraordinary moment in history. In the novel, almost an entire century before India gained its independence from Britain one woman – Begum Hazrat Mahal – dares to stand up to the British Empire. She does so in 1856 after the British decided to annex the immensely wealthy state of Awadh and its ruler Wajid Ali Shah left her never to return. As the Nawab's fourth wife and mother to his son, Hazrat Mahal leads the people's uprising against the British. Alongside the loyal Raja Jai Lal and with the help of the Cipay, the Indian soldiers who were once members of the British army now rally to her cause. Hazrat Mahal embodies the resistance movement for two years. Her wisdom, integrity and courage allow this orphan, who later became queen, to lead India to its first step towards independence.
Australian born author Libby Owen-Edmunds has literally got a new life. Her book 'Surviving the Tsunami in Sri Lanka' describes how she has been there and done that. Having traveled the world and been to the most extraordinary places, Libby left her successful career in advertising and moved to Sri Lanka where she has lived for the last 10 years.
Her first book 'Monsoon Rains and Icicle Drops' was an international bestseller and Libby now contributes books, guides and articles on all things related to history, culture, sustainability and travel. In 2007 she became the founding director of the internationally acclaimed Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka which is now in its 7th year. In this context her appearance at the Lahore Literary Festival is extremely significant.
Libby has voiced excitement and delight at being present at the festival.
"It will be great to see so many Pakistani and international writers at the same time," she says.
She says that she greatly appreciates literature festivals because the atmosphere and discussion they generate coupled with the sense of community is 'fantastic'.
"Lahore is the perfect city to host a literary festival – great writers, incredible history, amazing music, art and architecture and arguably some of the best food in South Asia – a cultural hub," she says. "A great atmosphere for (holding) such an event," she adds.
Libby says that not only do these festivals provide an opportunity to celebrate literature but they also provide a forum for exchange of ideas, creativity, sharing of perspective, knowledge and experiences. "As Lahore is renowned for being the cultural capital of Pakistan so literature is just one of its many cultural facets," she says. Dawn
SC orders nationwide probe into 'ghost' schools
Islamabad: The Supreme Court on Monday ordered district judges across Pakistan to investigate hundreds of 'ghost' schools and submit a report within one month.
The three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, also ordered all provincial chief secretaries and education secretaries to cooperate with the district & sessions judges in holding of survey. The court asked presidents and secretaries of all district bars to assist judges in the investigation process.
The court observed that animals are kept in schools and buildings have been turned into stables. "Apparently salaries are being disbursed as buildings remain abandoned or occupied by animals. This is what we are doing to our children when education is a constitutional right," the chief justice said.
"The government has failed to provide any answer or details about the state of ghost and non-functional schools. This is not court's job to micro mange things, but we have to enforce fundamental rights enshrined in the constitution," he added.
The court, in broader guidelines, told the district judges to probe how many functioning as well as ghosts schools existed; how much fund was being spent on education sector and how many students attended the schools; how many school buildings had been occupied and why action was not being taken against the persons responsible; why efforts were mot being made to retrieve school buildings from illegal occupants. The court directed its office to send copies of this order to all high court registrars for implementation.
The chief justice observed that less than one percent of budget was allocated for education sector and schools department was neglected. Expressing concern over the political interference in education sector, the chief justice pointed out that one school was occupied by Pakistan Rangers. The court expressed dissatisfaction over a report by provincial governments over the ghost schools. The court observed that situation of schools was same in all the provinces.
The court said it was duty of the government to provide free education to its citizens under Article 25 A of the constitution but nothing had been done in this regard.
Rehmat Ullah, coordinator of Sindh Rural Development Society and the petitioner in the case, told the bench that around 60,000 children were not going to school in rural Sindh district of Matiari alone. He also showed the court photos and newspaper reports about a school being used as a police station in the village of Jati. Hearing of the case was adjourned until March 18. Daily times
Negative impact on varsities
Islamabad: With education set to become a provincial responsibility in 2014, officials from many universities discussed the current financial issues faced by the sector at a meeting of the Senate standing committee on education and training here on Monday.
Funding has been a problem in the education sector for many years now, and has been having a detrimental impact on Pakistan's universities. Dawn
Students suffer due to protest in model colleges
Islamabad: The protest of teaching and non-teaching staff of Islamabad Model Colleges for upgrading and regularising them entered its eighth day, affecting the academic calendar.
The parents fear that their children would not be able to get good grades in the final exams if such protests continued to prevail in the coming days.
The teaching staff boycotted the classes on Monday for not being promoted to the next scales as per the decision of the government in 2010, while the non-teaching staff suspended bus services, demanding regularisation of their services.
Zahid, a parent, said "The annual exams of my children are near and the protest by staff has made it difficult for students to focus on their studies." "The college transport was not available today for my children and we could not manage to send them to the institute." app
Annual Dawah book fair concludes at IIUI
Islamabad: Book fairs play vital role in promotion of knowledge and efforts of Dawah Academy in this regard are highly commendable, as the culture of book reading would flourish in the society through holding of book fairs, said Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani, chairman Islamic Ideology Council.
According to a press release, he was addressing as the chief guest at the concluding ceremony of 4th Annual Dawah Book Fair, organised by Dawah Academy, International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI). Dawah Academy Director General and IIUI
Vice President Prof Dr Sahibzada Sajid ur Rehman was also present on the occasion.
Moulana Sherani said that Muslims played tremendous role in promotion of knowledge throughout the world in the past but it is sorry to say that nowadays other nations have adopted this job. He added that it is the basic teaching of Islam that one should devote his life for seeking knowledge from cradle to grave.
Prof Dr Sahibzada Sajid ur Rehman on this occasion said that Muslim Ummah has a close relationship with pen and paper and their services to promote knowledge are golden chapter of history.
Death of Prof Abdul Qayyum condoled
Islamabad: Institute of Regional Studies (IRS)'s President Ashraf Azim and staff have expressed their deep sorrow over the sad demise of IRS former president Prof. Abdul Qayyum, and have sent their heartfelt condolences to his family, says a press release.Prof. Abdul Qayyum, passed away at the age of 84 in the United States on 9 February. He was a learned scholar, intellectual, and defence analyst. He served as IRS president from 1990 to 1994, besides serving as joint secretary at the Ministry of Information.
Mehfil-e-Milad held at City School
Rawalpindi: To pay homage and respect to our Holy Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH) Mehfil-e-Milad was arranged at The City School, Cantonment Pre-Junior, Rawalpindi.
The programme was entitled 'Mehfil-e-Pur Noor'. The stage was beautifully decorated. The programme started with the recitation and Asma-ul-Husna. Little children recited enthusiastically 'Hamd' and 'Naats'. Children were holding beautiful duffs. Darood-o-Salam was recited and the programme ended with 'Dua'.
Sweetmeats were distributed among children and parents. At the end Ms. Romaisa Waqas, Headmistress Cantonment Pre-Junior, Rawalpindi, thanked mothers, staff and students for making the event a success. The news