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Cash-strapped DUET unable to get PEC declaration
Karachi, Mar 01: Due to the Higher Education Commission's (HEC) negligence in providing financial assistance, Dawood University of Engineering Technology (DUET) has failed to get declaration from the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) for the past one year.

The Sindh government has given university status to Dawood College of Engineering and Technology in 2012 but the PEC has not recognised it as an engineering degree-awarding institute so far because it does not meet the set standards. The situation has resulted in insecurity among the enrolled students of the academy. A student, Ali Shahan, said, "Since I have got admission here, I have to complete my degree here, but the university has not got declaration from the PEC so far, which is a cause for concern whether my educational years will be wasted." He said all his classmates were also troubled over this.

Criticising the government, he said, "The government should not give status of university to any college without facilitating it with required requirements." Shahan further asserted that he heard similar kind of issues about other colleges which have been declared as universities in 2012. In this regard, DUET Vice Chancellor Dr Faizullah Abbasi said, "The university is suffering a financial crisis due to nonpayment of any grant from HEC throughout the year." He said that lack of funds are creating hurdles, particularly in hiring PhD faculty.

"To get a declaration from PEC, a university must have PhD faculty, whereas, financial situation is not allowing to meet with the required standards," Abbasi said, adding that with its own efforts to overcome the situation the university has hired some qualified PhD professors through the money which university earns from self-finance seats. "There are many issues but our first priority is to get declaration from the PEC," he reiterated.

The DUET VC added: "We are facing a situation in which resources are scarce and we have to meet the high standards of a university." Daily times

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Students pay 'Rs5m in fees for fake exam'
Karachi: Grade-six girl students of all government schools in Karachi took a "fake" exam on Tuesday. What's more, each of them paid at least Rs50 for it.

In a bizarre development in the education department, only girl students of public schools were asked to take a centralised citywide compulsory exam, which began on Monday, for a fee between Rs50 and Rs100.

After uproar in the media, no exam was held on Wednesday. Under the supervision of Director Schools Niaz Laghari, a three-member inquiry committee has been formed to investigate the matter.

The source of all this commotion is allegedly Neelofer Ali, the district officer for girls' secondary and higher secondary schools, who "embezzled an estimated Rs5 million through this illegal move". Over 100,000 girls took the exams.

As a general rule, exams in schools are conducted by the respective principals. It is not conducted at a massive level like the board exams, in which the ninth- and 10th-grade students have to appear. A copy of an exam paper available with The News states that the exam was made compulsory by the director secondary school. However, his name has been wrongly used, claim officials in the education department.

"It was decided that no centralised exams will be held this year. I don't understand under what ruling these exams were held for girls in grade six," said Hamid Karim, the director academics & training in the education department.

Abdur Rehman, the chairman of Taleem Bachao, a watchdog for the education department, said: "If the exam was compulsory, why did only girls appear for it? Why were no boys assessed for their aptitude?"

After the passage of Article 25A, free and compulsory education for children between the ages of five and 16 is a duty of the state. Students enrolled in public schools are to receive free of charge books and other facilities.

In a meeting held last week by Education Minister Nisar Khuhro, it was decided that annual exams were to be held from March 1. But this particular exam was held in February. When Neelofer Ali was contacted, she denied taking any money from students. "No one took any money. The exam went as they go every year. The media and officials in the education department are trying to blackmail me."

However, a school principal who received a phone call from Neelofer Ali's secretary prior to the exams, admitted that students were asked to pay Rs50 each for the exam. "I have been the principal since 2006, and this is the first time the students have been asked to pay for a centralised exam in grade six. I refused to pay this amount, as this money was a form of extortion from poor children."

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KU, Iranian institute sign science agreement
Karachi: The Karachi University's (KU) International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) and the Iranian Research Organisation for Science and Technology (IROST) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to foster cooperation in chemical and biological sciences between the two countries.

The agreement was signed in Iran during a recent visit of ICCBS Director Prof Dr Iqbal Choudhary. Both the institutions agreed to enhance relations between the two universities and to develop academic exchange in the areas of education and research. They also agreed to identify team members to work on joint research projects.

Three-day course
The KU's Sardar Yasin Professional Development Facilities plan to hold a three-day course on Total Success Management from March 3 to March 5. The course would be conducted by senior trainer Tanvir Ishrat and would be particularly beneficial for those at administrative positions as well as for teachers.

Supplementary exams
The KU announced the MA, double MA, supplementary examination 2012 forms will be accepted up to March 10. The exam fee of both MA previous and MA final supplementary exam is Rs2,700 each. The forms are available at the bank booths of the Silver Jubilee Gate during office timings. The news

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KU secures first position in environmental management
Karachi: University of Karachi has succeeded to get first position in the competition of 'Environmental Management System' in 'Natural Carnival' organised by WWF-Pakistan at PAF Museum, here on Monday. The carnival provides the platform for the students to display their projects and activities to conserve the nature and natural resources. In continuation of present success, Institute also won prizes in the last year carnival. There was an overwhelming participation of students from educational institutions of Karachi in the carnival. In another event, organised by Pakistan Red Crescent Society, Sajida Khalid got award of best participant of Project Development Competition and Nazia Mughal awarded best volunteer in the event of International Volunteer Day- 2013. Daily times

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SAU VC resigned
Hyderabad: Faculty of agricultural engineering Dean Prof Dr Muhammad Saffar Mirjat took over the charge of acting vice-chancellor of Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam (SAU) on Tuesday after resignation submitted by Vice Chancellor Dr A.Q. Mughal, says a notification of the Sindh government.

According to a press release issued on Wednesday, newly-appointed vice chancellor Prof Dr Saffar Mirjat vowed to pay special attention to agriculture, other sciences and research. Agriculture education needed a serious attention as it helped in the process of nation building, he said.

Besides the dean of faculty of agricultural engineering, Prof Mirjat had an additional charge of principal of Khairpur College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology.

He has remained visiting professor at University Newcastle upon Tyne, (UK); visiting fellow at University of Arizona, US, and visiting scholar at National University of Ireland Galway.

Dr Mirjat graduated from the SAU in 1981 with distinction and was awarded the Chancellor's Medal.

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Sukkur IBA hosts international moot
Sukkur: Delegates from 11 countries and faculties of the host country attended the inaugural session of the two-day 4th International Conference on Business Management (ICoBM) organised by the Sukkur Institute of Business Administration in collaboration with University of Management and Technology (UMT), Lahore, and Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur (SALU), Khairpur, in the Sukkur IBA auditorium on Wednesday.

The conference, on 'Development, competitiveness and innovation' is aimed at providing a platform to corporate sector leaders and executives, mature academic researchers and research students to share their knowledge in the field of entrepreneurship, business management and globally introduced new products.

The participating countries are the United States, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, China, India, Finland, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Nepal and Greece.

Prince Hassan Ali Khan, who was the chief guest at the inaugural session, appreciated the Sukkur IBA for providing an opportunity to scholars and experts from a dozen countries to share their knowledge and experience in the corporate sector.

Sukkur IBA director Nisar Ahmed Siddiqui in his welcome address hoped that the conference would greatly help students and the faculties from the developing countries to gain essential knowledge from the experience of their counterparts from the developed states.

IBA Karachi dean and director Dr Ishrat Hussain congratulated the Sukkur IBA for its remarkable achievements within a short period of time.

During various sessions, the delegates presented and discussed 122 research papers on environment management, entrepreneurship, economics, finance etc. Some case studies were also presented and evaluated by observers.

Prof Dr Tayyeb Shabir, Director of the institute of Entrepreneurship at the California State University, USA, discussed small enterprises and sole proprietorship in his country.

The last session of the first day was chaired by COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore, chairman Mehmood A. Bodla.

Shields and souvenirs were presented to all participants Nisar A. Siddiqui. Dawn

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