KU NTS test | Szabist convocation

KU students, teachers criticise imposition of NTS
Karachi, Oct 30: Teachers and students of University of Karachi on Tuesday criticised the National Testing Service (NTS), terming it an extra burden on the pockets of parents. The KU decided to launch NTS tests for its 18 departments and imposed an additional amount on the students. In case the KU holds the admission test, the database of the respective subjects will not be provided to NTS. Academic Council of KU has approved NTS tests rather than having admission tests for 18 departments. The fee for NTS is Rs 750 per student, per department. If a student is applying for admission in more than one department, the additional fee is Rs 750 each department. According to sources, the admission booklet and form fees would be increased too. Currently, the booklet and form cost Rs 1,500. inp

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Student week at KU began
Karachi: The students week at the University of Karachi (KU) will commence from today, (Tuesday) October 29. Student Adviser of the institution, Dr Ansar Rizvi said on Monday. He said that during the week, the classes would remain suspended after 10:30am until Novemeber 1. During the week students will be given opportunities to express their imaginative, creative and artistic potentials. Many extra-curricular activities, ie. quiz competitions, debates, poetry contests, seminars and exhibitions are organised in different departments of the KU. Daily times

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855 degrees conferred at 10th Szabist convocation
Karachi: The Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) held its10th convocation where approximately 855 degrees were conferred and a total of 154 gold medals were awarded to the passing out students the other day.

The event was attended by prominent personalities of the ruling political party of the province including Bhaktawar Bhutto Zardari and Dr Azra Fazal Pechoho, sister of former president Asif Ali Zardari.

Speaking on the occasion, Chancellor SZABIST Pechoho reminded the graduates of their potential future growth and her expectation to carry forward the legacy of Benazir Bhutto of becoming a beacon of hope for the rest of society. "I urge you to maintain your confidence, believe in your capabilities, apply what you have learnt, and you will achieve lifelong rewards not only for yourself but also for your country," she said.

President SZABIST Dr Saqib Rizivi said: "Our students have always made us proud by winning awards in various national and international competitions. Some recent examples are of Eeshah Khalid, student of the LLB programme, who secured first class award amongst top 10 candidates of the Undergraduate Law Programme."

He also lauded the students who won inter-university Best Business Idea Award in Lahore.

Wishing luck to the young graduates, he said: "With the track record of our students and alumni, I'm confident that the graduates of 2013 will maintain this tradition. But life has truly begun for you. You should all value the education that you have received as very few in this country have access to high quality higher education".

SZABIST ranks as one of the top educational institutes in Pakistan by the HEC and various accreditation bodies including National Business Education Accreditation Council (NBEAC) and Chartered Inspection and Evaluating Committee (CIEC).

"This is a proud moment for me," said Raza Minhas, a young graduate who has majored in marketing.

"It feels good to finally hold a degree in my hand," said Ali Haider, who completed his BBA.

The event was attended by more than 3,000 people including graduates, their parents, corporate delegates, faculty and staff of SZABIST. The news

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AKU-EB to host annual awards ceremony
Karachi: Aga Khan University (AKU) Examination Board will be hosting its annual awards ceremony for high achievers on Thursday, October 31. Renowned journalist Talat Hussain will be the chief guest on the occasion. The event will bring together students, teachers, academics and parents from across Pakistan to celebrate this year's outstanding achievements by Secondary School Certificate (Matric) and Higher Secondary School Certificate (Intermediate) candidates, motivating them to continue their hard work and strive for further success. Daily times

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Learning English, changing lives
Karachi: When Somia got up on the stage to share her experience about the English language programme she was enrolled in, she didn't cringe a tad.

She sailed through her brief speech in English without a glitch and nodded her way off the stage as hundreds applauded.

For a fifteen-year-old girl from Orangi Town, it was quite an achievement as she acknowledged on the stage too.

Thanks to the English Access Microscholarship Programme: a two-year, US Consulate-funded programme for schoolchildren of underprivileged communities.

For Somia, a student of Mehran School in Orangi Town, an impoverished neighbourhood in Karachi's northwest, the ability to speak fluent English has been a life-changer.

"It literally changed my life and gave me confidence. I got to know about my hidden talent and my personality is improving day by day," she says. Somia is into the fifth month in the two-year programme.

On Tuesday, the US consulate Karachi inducted 200 more students in the micro-scholarship programme, taking the number of enrolled students to 1,700 from the metropolis alone.

"It's my favourite programme," remarked US Consul General Michael Dodman speaking at an award ceremony welcoming the new students.

"The ability to speak English would make you competitive in the job market and open up new opportunities for you," he said to the students selected from 16 underprivileged communities in Karachi, who gathered at a hotel.

The activity-based programme designed with the idea of making learning fun takes place five-days a week at the respective classrooms after school. The students also get opportunities to participate in exchange programmes in the US and the chance to go for higher studies in the US.

"It not only teaches you English, but also builds your confidence, leadership qualities and the art of public speaking," said Arooba Imran from Saudabad, Malir. In Sindh, the access programme serves 1,800 students in Karachi and Hyderabad. The news

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'FUAAST to go cross-country'
Karachi: Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST), being the only institution to impart higher education in the national language will have its campuses across the country.

This was unanimously agreed upon during the 25th senate meeting of the university, held under the chairmanship of its Chancellor, President Mamnoon Hussain on Tuesday.

It was agreed that first of the envisaged campuses will be established in Hyderabad, followed by two more campuses in Karachi and in all major cities of the country.

The president on the occasion constituted a committee to prepare a feasibility report for the formation of the campus in Hyderabad.

The meeting also deliberated upon and approved the proposal for FUUAST's Institute of Earth Sciences and Gemmology in Northern Areas to end unemployment in the area and also to ensure adequate utilisation of its mineral resources. It was agreed that people would be offered hands-on training about modern modes of mining, efficient handling of mineral resources, especially gems and mines to avert avoidable loss in context of its cutting and polishing.

Another proposal for creation of directors' post at its three existing campuses was also approved, as there exists no provision for pro-vice chancellor under the FUUAST charter. app

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