GIK's 17th Convocation in June
Swabi, May 21: The Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIK) of Engineering Sciences and Technology would hold its 17th convocation in the first week of June, an official of the institute said here on Monday. The decision about the schedule of the convocation was taken during a meeting chaired by Dr Fazal Ahmad Khalid, Pro-reactor (academic) at GIK.He said degrees would be conferred on the successful students of BS, MS and PhD in the convocation as arrangements had been made to hold the convocation. Named after former president of Pakistan, Ghulam Ishaq Khan, the prestigious institute of modern technological learning had passed out its first batch in 1993. So far GIK has produced 42 PhD in various disciplines of engineering, the officials said.
Govt Delhi School students protest denationalisation
Karachi: Students at the Government Delhi School for Boys and Girls staged a protest at their playground on Monday.
"We will not give away our school. We do not accept denationalisation," they chanted. This was where Raza Haroon and Khwaja Izhar-ul-Hasan, senior leaders of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, studied. Today it faces an uncertain future amid rumours of it being denationalised.
In a neighbourhood at Azizabad, the school building, though dilapidated, stands tall. It has been there since the 1960, and today educates about 800 boys and 950 girls.
Sources in the education department state that on Friday, a meeting was held where denationalisation of the school building was proposed amid pressure from its owners. The education department had repeatedly failed to pay rent to its owners.
It was in 1974 when the school spread over five acres was first nationalised. Efforts to denationalise it during Zia-ul-Haq's time were resisted until an agreement was reached.
"The education department had to pay a monthly rent to the owners," explained the school principal, Shabbir Ahmed Jokhio.
Before this, in 2005 an effort to denationalise was resisted after MQM leader and school alumnus Raza Haroon intervened.
Only recently, the owners have filed a case in the court seeking ownership of the school. The principal has not received an official order to vacate the building but is planning beforehand. "It is because the future of 1,750 students is at stake."
Students at the school come from low-income families, many only being able to attend because education is free of charge. Denationalisation of the building may deprive them of their right to free education.
"I don't know what is going on top, but if this school closes, how will we study further, get admission in universities and contribute positively to the society," said a student participating in the protest.
She said her father is a tailor and his meagre income does not allow private school education for her five siblings.
Anees-ur-Rehman, an education activist, said an amenity plot cannot be owned by a private individual. "It cannot be used for commercial purposes. It has to benefit the community in the area. We do not want a shopping mall to be erected in place of the school building."
The city suffers from lack of amenity plots, often forcing schools to operate in cluttered bungalows. In the past, many attempts to own schools have been made by land grabbers who later convert them into apartment blocks or shopping plazas.
KU test for MPhil, PhD admission
Karachi: The University of Karachi on Monday notified the schedule for admission to MS (Surgery), MD (Medicine), MPhil and PhD.
An official of the university said admission forms could be submitted up to May 28. He said the list of the eligible candidates would be issued on June 3.
The aptitude test would be held on June 9 and the list of successful candidates would be displayed on June 12.
Interviews would be conducted on June 17 and the final list of the candidates would be announced on June 24.
Lahore: Punjab University has announced the results of MA Physical Education Part-II Supplementary Examination 2012, MSc Physics Part-II Supplementary Examination 2012 and MSc Zoology Part-II Supplementary Examination 2012.
Balochistan CM to visit PU
Lahore: On the invitation of the Punjab University Academic Staff Association, Balochistan Caretaker Chief Minister Nawab Ghaus Bakhsh will address a ceremony at the Al-Raazi Hall at 10am today.According to a press release here on Monday, PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran and a large number of faculty members will participate in the event. The news