Academic session 2014 | KU admissions

Next academic session to begin on April 1
Karachi, Feb 15: The academic session of all public schools will commence from April 1, while sessions at all schools affiliated with the Aga Khan University Examination Board and the Cambridge International Examinations will begin from May 1 and August 15, respectively.

This was decided in a meeting of public and private stakeholders, presided by Sindh Senior Education Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, held on Friday to finalise the schedule for the year 2014 and onwards.

Summer vacations will be from June 1 till August 3 and winter vacations will be observed from December 22 till December 31. In addition, there will be 19 public holidays over the course of the academic year. It was also announced that all educational institutes of the province will have a mandatory sports week, anytime

between December 15 and February 15.

Admissions for grades up to Class-IX will commence from April 1. The intake for Class-XI will be done in accordance with the Centralised Admission Policy and be completed by September 7, while Class-XII admissions will be completed by September 1.

Students from classes I to III at the public schools will be automatically promoted after a written examination that will be held at the school level. Examinations of Class-IV to Class-VIII will be held by March 15 and the results will be announced within 15 days.

As for classes IX and X, theory examinations will commence from April 8, followed by practical exams. All provincial education boards will announce the results for Class-X by July 15, while the Board of Secondary Education Karachi will announce the result by July 31.

The theory exams for classes XI and XII will begin from May 12, followed by practical exams. Results for Class-XII will be announced by all provincial education boards on August 31, while the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi will release results on September 15.

Furthermore, public-sector universities across Sindh will conduct degree examinations according to their own schedule, which will be communicated to the provincial education department. The acceptance of examination forms will be depen. The news

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Iqra University holds largest on-campus job fair for students
Karachi: The Iqra University organised the largest on-campus job fair on Thursday. The event commenced with the due arrival of the participating companies with their respective delegations for a daylong continuous activity with various batches of prospective candidates.

Iqra University President Dr UAG Isani thanked the corporate sector with an overwhelming feeling of appreciation.

He told the delegates that their participation meant a lot to the IU, and that their selection would prove worthy in the due course of time.

A collaborative session of the MDs, CEOs and the HR practitioners of the participating organisations was also arranged, underlining the latest research findings concerning major skills and idiosyncrasies to be rated top for employability of the prospective employees.

The esteemed panel of corporate appraised the zest of the entire event and appreciated the abundance of opportunities to graduates who had instigated their steps towards the corporate world.

More than 80 organisations participated in the IU job fair for recruitment of aspiring graduates and to make early connections within the corporate arena.

Customised orientation sessions took place, which comprised of evaluative tests. The tests were devised as per requirements of the recruiting organisations, including computer-based and conventional tests. Induction interviews were then held for short-listed candidates.

The companies that participated in the fair included Toyota Southern Motors, Total Oil Pakistan, Meezan Bank, IBEX Global, Byco Petroleum Pakistan, Oxford University Press, MobiTising, Arm Tech Business Solutions, Trade Key, Prime HR Solutions, HR Metrics, E-Creatorz, ICS Group, Pak-Qatar Family Takaful, SBT Japan, Teach For Pakistan, Peridot Products, Vital Soft, AMZ MAK Capital, Samba Bank Limited, Evincible Solutions, Icon Group of Companies, Premier Agencies, Multinet Pakistan, Tec Education Foundation, Herbion Pakistan, Liberty Books, PTCL, EBCO The Forum Mall, Hub-Pak Salt Refinery, Habib Oil Mills, OOCL Logistics, The Recruiters, UBL, Brookes Pharma, SHRM Forum, Air Falcon Holidays, TeleCard, Zong, Salsoft and Metaphor.

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KU School of Law admissions
Karachi: The Karachi University on Sunday announced that admissions to the School of Law (evening programme) would begin from February 12. The School of Law of KU is offering a three-year LLB degree. The admission forms can be obtained and submitted from the UBL counter at the Silver Jubilee Gate for Rs 500 from February 12 to 19. The final list of the successful candidates would be displayed on February 21 and the candidates could deposit the fee until February 27.Meanwhile, the university also announced that the annual examination of BCom (private) 2013 would start from February 11. According to a press release issued on Sunday, the examination centres for the male candidates have been set at 21 different departments of the university, while for the female candidates, examination centres would be at different colleges in the metropolis. The timings of papers would be from 2pm to 5pm, while on Friday, timings would be 2:30pm to 5:30pm. Daily tmes

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KU, NED teachers threaten indefinite strike if law not revoked
Karachi: Teachers of two public sector universities have threatened a complete shutdown of teaching activities if the government does not revoke the controversial Sindh Universities Bill.

At a press conference held on Monday, teachers of NED University and Karachi University condemned the delay in withdrawal of the widely-criticised bill that allows the ruling provincial party to directly appoint staff and admit students.

"The bill, which will soon become a legally approved act, targets universities' autonomy. It basically disregards all democratic bodies of universities such as the senate and academic council," said Dr Mutahir Ahmed, president of the Karachi University Teachers' Society (KUTS).

In a bid to convey the sincerity of their threats and pressure the government, teachers boycotted classes in universities in Sindh on Monday, while varsities across the country expressed solidarity by observing a two-hour strike.

"Our refusal to teach may seem like an unkind gesture right now but, in the long run, it is in the larger interest of the university and our future generations," said Dr Ahmed.

This was the first time in over 18 years that classes were cancelled at NED and, while the teachers accepted that boycotting teaching duties was unethical, they maintained that the government's reluctance has left them with no other choice.

"We have met with government officials twice and, on both occasions, we were assured that our concerns will soon be addressed. However, nothing has been done yet and it seems that all the promises are long forgotten," said Dr Usman Ali, general secretary of the NED Teachers Association.

Another teacher jibed that if the bill is actually passed by the assembly, universities will even have to take the Sindh government's permission to hire clerical staff. "The pace of work at government institutes is famously slow. This bill will increase bureaucratic hurdles and curb all decision-making powers of universities," said the teacher, who requested anonymity.

The teachers' representatives informed that a general body meeting of all national universities will be held in Peshawar on March 15 and if, by that time, the government fails to initiate efforts to retain universities' autonomy, all teachers of Sindh will refuse to take classes anymore. The news

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