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BCom supple exams from 16th
Karachi, June 21: The University of Karachi on Tuesday announced June 16 as the date for supplementary examination of BCom first and second year. The exams will be conducted from 10am to 1pm. The news

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KU, LUAWMS sign accord for promotion of research
Karachi: Centre of Excellence in Marine Biology (CEMB) Karachi University and the Faculty of Marine Sciences Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences (LUAWMS) inked an accord on the occasion of the World Ocean Day. The objective of this accord is to promote the mutual collaboration in academic and scientific research activities between the two institutes.

Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser Vice Chancellor KU appreciated the efforts of CEMB in developing academic linkage with an institution in Balochistan which has 800 kilometers long coastline and where scientific exploration was highly required. He said this would lead furthering marine sciences in the country. KU will provide maximum support in the development of LUAWMS. Dr Dost Muhammad Baloch Vice Chancellor Lasbela University said the two institutes were geographically very close and could become even closer by developing collaboration in marine sciences.

Dr Baloch showed his keen interest in obtaining technical assistance from KU in other disciplines as well. He appreciated the research facilities at CEMB and concluded this accord would be beneficial for both of the universities. Dr Pirzada Jamal Siddiqui Director CEMB presented Centre's achievements in marine sciences. Dr Siddiqui said CEMB a pioneer institute of marine research has produced a number of professionals in the field who were serving various public and private sector organisations. The Centre has already started providing technical assistance and expertise to the students of the LUAWMS, he added. Prof Dr Abid Azhar Dean Faculty of Science, Prof Dr Moazzam Ali Khan Registrar, Prof Dr Zarien Ayub, Prof Dr Ghazala Siddiqui and Dr Munawwar Rasheed of KU and Dr Muhammad Aslam Dean Marine Sciences, Dr Muhammad Shafi Dean Water Resource Management, Dr Syed Manzor Ahmed Dean Social Sciences and Dr Azra Bano of LUAWMS were present on the occasion. Daily times

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Sugar-coating education budget won't do the trick
Karachi: Sindh is expected to reserve around Rs122 billion for the educational sector in its budget for the fiscal year 2014-15, but even a record allocation of Rs132 billion last time had failed to make a difference.

Here's an example to help identify the problem. In a household, a cake is baked every year on a budget of Rs100. Of that Rs90 is spent on its ingredients and Rs10 saved to improve the recipe. Every year a family member increases. Each one has a different need: chocolate, vanilla, orange truffle, cherry topping. The law guarantees free cake for everyone. In a decade's time, will there be enough cake for everyone?

The provincial education budget is exactly like the cake which fills no hungry stomachs. A total of Rs132.2 billion were promised for education for the fiscal year 2013-14. Of that Rs118.74 billion came under the current expenditure head, while the remaining amount was reserved for development fund. In short, around 90 percent of the budget went for teachers' salaries and school maintenance, and the rest was reserved for improving the quality of education through innovative projects.

This meagre development fund was expected to build comprehensive schools, computer labs, improve curriculum and much more. Despite that, like most years neither were these lofty plans put into action nor was the fund utilised to the full. And it's not as if education in the province does not need a major overhaul.

Educationists have repeatedly cried out that each year development funds remain unutilised. "All of the innovative projects in the education department come from donor-funded projects, even though the law states that the government should utilise 92 percent of its own funds for development and take only eight percent from international donor agencies," says Baela Raza Jamil of the Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi. But incompetent bureaucracy and red tape in the education department repels any innovation, she laments.

An analysis of the education budget for 2013-14 by education advocacy group Alif Ailaan states that only 45 percent of the Rs70.3 billion development budget for education in the country gets utilised. According to the group, the government needs to not only increase the overall budget for education but also reserve a larger amount for its development fund and utilise it to improve the quality of education inside the classroom.

"Increasing government spending on education in Pakistan has been a long-standing demand of the citizens, the civil society and the academics. In the run-up to the May 2013 general elections, political parties began to address these demands by promising to increase the share of education in the GDP (gross domestic product) to at least four percent, which is the global standard to which most countries have committed and most have lived up to."

Globally, Pakistan ranks 177th in terms of public spending on education. At this level, only seven developing countries in the world spend less on education than Pakistan, according to the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Report 2013.

This year Pakistan spent 1.9 percent of its GDP on education and achieved a GDP growth rate of 4.14 percent, according to the Economic Survey of Pakistan.

According to a study on education and economic growth by Philip Stevens and Martin Weale, each one-percent increase in the enrolment rate raises the GDP by 0.35 percent. Hence, a 10 percent increase in the enrolment rate can increase the GDP by 3.5 percent. In Pakistan's case, this implies almost doubling the GDP growth rate from the current level.

Sindh took the lead in all provinces by declaring education a fundamental right. Last year it also became the province to allocate the largest amount to education in its provincial budget.

Let's hope in this elected tenure Sindh also wins the race to get its 29 percent out-of-school children back to the classrooms. The news

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SMIU announces admissions in BS, MS, diploma programmes
Karachi: Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has announced on Saturday admissions in various BS, MS and Diploma programmes at SMIU would commence from Monday June 9, 2014. It has been said the admissions were being offered for four year BS in Computer Science, Media Studies, Environmental Sciences, Education, Accounting and Finance and Business Administration. Similarly, two year MS is offered in Computer Science, Media Studies, Environmental Sciences, Education and Management Sciences. SMIU also offers MBA for 1.5 year, 2-2.5 years and 3.5 years respectively, depending on the earlier educational background of the candidates.

One year Diploma Programmes are also offered in Educational Management and Early Childhood Development. The written test will be held on Saturday August 16, interviews of the successful candidates will be held on August 20 and the classes will start from September 15, 2014. SMIU has suggested the willing candidates could apply online through SMIU's website from June 9, 2014 by downloading registration form from SMIU's website and apply manually. It has been said the students waiting for their results could also apply. The five departments of SMIU have issued their introductory brochures giving details about eligibility for various academic programmes, fee structure, scholarships etc, which can be obtained from SMIU's Admission Office from Monday to Friday during the working hours. Daily times

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'20,000 teachers to be appointed by 15th'
Karachi: Twenty thousand new teachers are being appointed on merit and the process would be completed by June 15, said senior Sindh education minister on Sunday.

Nisar Ahmad Khuhro said that after these appointments 3,000 closed schools would be reopened and the appointees would perform their duty for at least three years before allowed to transfer.

The minister said education officers had disappointed him and now there was no other option except taking stern action.

Targeted operations will be conducted in every district of the province to lay off work-shy officers so that the system can be improved, he added.

He urged the government teachers to be honest with Sindh and Pakistan and to carry out their duties with devotion. The news

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