KU evening admissions | PU sexual harassment

KU evening admissions
Karachi, Jan 11: Karachi University has announced that Friday is the last date to deposit fees for BS Honours, MBA, MSc, BLIS and Pharm-D admissions in the evening programme.

However, candidates applying for donor seats of the evening programme can obtain admission forms up to Jan 18, according to a university statement issued on Thursday.

The university also announced that the process for admissions to BA, BSc and BCom (Pass) programmes being offered by colleges affiliated with the university would begin on Feb 4 and classes would start on Feb 11.

MA registration
The university has announced that registration forms for MA and double MA will be received from private candidates till Jan 28.

The candidates can deposit their forms along with fee of Rs2,500 at bank counters at the KU Silver Jubilee Gate.

The university, meanwhile, notified that BL and LLM enrolment forms would be accepted with a fee of Rs1,500 till Jan 31. ppi

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KU VC condoles demise of Dr Siddiqui
Karachi: The Vice-Chancellor University of Karachi (KU), Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser, has expressed sorrow and grief over the demise of scholar, critic and columnist Dr Muhammad Ali Siddiqui, who passed away here on Wednesday. In a condolence message on Thursday, he termed that as a big loss for the literary circles. Prof Qaiser also condoled the demise of Mahmood Ahmed Barkati, father of Prof Dr Suhail Barkati, adviser to the VC, KU. app

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Govt schools, colleges to get biometric system
Karachi: Sindh Minister for Education and Literacy, Pir Mazhar ul Haq has said the biometric system would be introduced in the government schools and colleges.

He was presiding over a meeting of the senior officials of the education department here on Thursday.

The minister said that the introduction of the biometric system was aimed at checking the drop out of the students as well as the absenteeism on the part of the teachers.

He stated that initially this system would be introduced in one boys and one girls school and college each at the tehsil level.

Pir Mazhar said that libraries in all the 268 colleges would be upgraded.

He informed that libraries would also be established at the school level.

The minister directed that the pace be speeded up for the ongoing schemes of the education department as well as the setting up of campuses of the Sindh University and Shah Latif University in the far-flung areas of the province.

He also suggested that campus of Shah Latif University at Dharki or Ghotki.

Pir Mazhar also directed the provincial education secretary to prepare a report regarding use of solar energy in the academic institutions of the province in order to overcome the electricity shortage.

He said that it was the directive of the prime minister that all the primary schools be upgraded as elementary schools.

The meeting also considered the matter pertaining to the setting up of the girls' cadet college at Ghari Khuda Bux. The news

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SMIU classes to begin on 14th
Karachi: Regular classes at the Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) will commence on Jan 14 after the orientation day for which arrangements were finalised on Thursday.

This was decided at a meeting of the faculty and controller of examination held on Thursday with vice chancellor Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh in the chair.

The participants were informed that renovation of the Hassanally Effendi Library and the main building had been completed along with the installation of projectors in classrooms. app

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PU sexual harassment cases
Lahore: An assistant news producer at the Campus Radio of the Institute of Communication Studies, Punjab University has lodged a complaint against institute's director for 'sexual harassment'. The PU vice chancellor has marked the application to the registrar as 'most urgent'.

Assistant News Producer Azka Shahid lodged a written complaint on Thursday following an altercation between institute's female faculty members and director Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz at a faculty meeting on Wednesday. The female faculty members had accused Dr Naz of passing derogatory remarks amounting to sexual harassment against them. However, none of them filed any formal application against the director.

A faculty member said that all female faculty members, who attended the meeting, complained that Dr Naz talked against them and they were conveyed derogatory remarks by institute's faculty members and employees. "We asked him to be careful while talking about female faculty members and there was an exchange of hot words," the faculty member said.

"The meeting concluded when Dr Naz tendered an apology," she added.

Answering a question, she said all female faculty members had decided not to give any public statement in the media nor did any one file application to the vice chancellor.

Meanwhile, taking opportunity of the incident, Ms Shahid, who is not part of institute's faculty, filed an application stating that "she wants to bring forth some bitter facts about the indecent and immoral behaviour of Dr Naz towards the female staff and students of the institute, which most of the time is tantamount to sexual harassment."

She said Dr Naz's attitude was hampering the academic environment of the institute. "I myself fell prey to such sexual harassment on several occasions and also lodged a complaint to the authorities concerned against him but unfortunately, was forced to withdraw the application under threat," she claimed.

Ms Shahid also alleged that Dr Naz called her in his office off and on and sexually harassed her. She also attributed a highly-objectionable statement to Dr Naz. "Is it possible for any female staff to work in such an environment, when such type of director is heading the institute," she said.

She went on to mention that Dr Naz was saved by 'hidden hands' in one such inquiry in which services of one assistant professor were terminated.

Dr Naz said that Azka Shahid was a habitual complainant and had filed a complaint against him over one year ago and the inquiry constituted by Vice-Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran had absolved him of the allegations. He said former Pro-Vice-Chancellor (PVC) Prof Dr Jamil Anwar had conducted the inquiry and the complainant had admitted that she was persuaded to file a sexual harassment application against Dr Naz.

Dr Naz alleged that Ms Shahid had also lodged a sexual harassment complaint against a former Campus Radio programme manager and consequently the VC had not extended his contract.

When contacted, the former PVC confirmed that he had conducted the inquiry and that there was no substance in the complaint. He said he had read out the application containing allegations before the complainant and she backed out when asked to take oath on Holy Quran.

"The complainant had given her statement in writing and the case was closed," he added. Dawn

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Private schools warn of agitation
Lahore: The All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association (APPSMA) has expressed concern over the Lahore Development Authority's change in the mode of collecting commercialization fee from educational institutes, situated on 46 different roads of the provincial metropolis.

Addressing a press conference, APPSMA President Adeeb Jawadani and other office-bearers termed the move unjust and warned that if the same was not withdrawn the association would agitate across the country. They said many of these schools were operating in rented buildings and it was impossible to covert them into permanently commercialized institutes as a schools having one kanal area was supposed to deposit Rs 5 million as permanent commercialization fee along with Rs500,000 as processing fee.

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PhD awarded at GCU
Lahore: Government College University (GCU) has awarded a PhD to a scholar in Botany.

According to a press release, Tasveer Zahra Bokhari completed her research titled "Study of Pine Tree Rings for Investigating Past Disturbances and Some Aspects of Forest Ecology in Azad Jammu and Kashmir" under the supervision of Prof Dr Zaheer-ud-Din Khan.

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ICAP training programme
Lahore: Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) has launched Directors' Training Programme (DTP) approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP).

According to a press release, DTP will be a four-day certification programme planned to be conducted in two sessions of two days each. The first session will be held on January 21 and 22, 2013 in Lahore.

The content will broadly cover essential principles and practices of corporate governance, applicable corporate laws, business and financial management and corporate and sustainability reporting. The programme also aims at ensuring familiarity with the global perspective of corporate governance concepts.

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HEC scholar from Killa Abdullah gets gold medal
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) scholar, Rafiullah Kakar belonging to Killa Abdullah Balochistan has successfully completed BA (Hons.) in Political Science from Government College University GCU Lahore and qualified for Gold Medal and Academic Roll of Honour.

He was awarded four years scholarship under HEC project `Provision of Higher Education Opportunities for Students of Balochistan and FATA'.

He was also served as the general secretary and president of Quaid-e-Azam Political Science Society, and has won certificates of distinction for his participation in extra-curricular activities.

At GCU Lahore, he also got opportunity to participate in the US State Department Global UGRAD Exchange Program and studied at Augustana College, USA for one term.

His research interests are identity politics and foreign policy in Pakistan, with a special focus on Balochistan.

His work has been published in a number of national and international publications, including the Journal of Asian Politics and History.

He has also been selected for 2013 Rhodes Scholar for Pakistan. The Rhodes scholarship to study at Oxford University in UK, one of the most prestigious awards in the world, is given to one Pakistani every year since 1951.

Kakar grew up in one of the most hostile and backward regions of Pakistan and no one has gone to college in his family before him.

Rafi in his remarks said that "I am glad to tell you that I am the Rhodes Scholar-elect 2013 from Pakistan. I am deeply indebted to my teachers, family and friends for their support and encouragement".

"In particular, it would like to give due credit, as I did in my brief Interview on television, to HEC for helping me reach this stage. The HEC Scholarship undoubtedly played a vital role in my academic progress. I hereby express my deepest and heart-felt gratitude to HEC for helping me reach this stage. This is a small token of gratitude to HEC and all the concerned and committed people there"he said.

Higher Education Commission Chairman Dr. Javaid R. Laghari and Acting Executive Director Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani have congratulated Rafiullah Kakar over his selection as Rhodes scholar for Pakistan for the year 2013. They have also assured that HEC would continue its role for provision of equitable access to higher education for the youth belonging to remote and rural areas of the country.

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Bahria University students excel in shooting competition
Islamabad: A student of the Bahria University, Bilal Ahmed, clinched a gold medal in the 32nd National Games for HEC.

In the competition of rifle-pistol shooting, the Bahria student outperformed many seasoned players and won the gold medal in 10m Air Pistol individual and team competition.

Another student of Bahria University, Bilal Mansoor, also part of the HEC team, helped them won the silver medal in the category of freestyle pistol team event and bronze in 50m pistol team event.

Both these students were selected in the HEC team for the 32nd National Games based on their performance at the All-Pakistan Universities Shooting Competition held in Islamabad. The news

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