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No A-1 grade recorded as BIEK issues HSC-II Commerce, Humanities results
Karachi, Oct 26: Not a single candidate of the commerce or humanities group managed to secure an A-1 grade, as the Board of Intermediate Karachi (BIEK) published the HSC-II Commerce and Humanities results.

All candidates had appeared privately and from a total of 10,219 candidates who appeared for the commerce exam, 48.35 percent managed to pass, with not a single A-1 grade recorded. Aqsa Zareen secured the first position with 79.36 percent and Omaima Syed was second with 75.27 percent, followed by Altamash Ashraf in third place with 74.27 percent.

Similarly, there was no A-1 grade recorded in the humanities exam, with 55.78 percent clearing the exam from amongst a total of 10,472 candidates. Sumaiya Ahmed secured the first position with 79.09 percent, while the second position was shared by Madiha Abdul Jabbar and Syed Muhammad Usama, both of whom attained 77.82 percent. Fatima Haroon, with 77.27 percent, secured third position.

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LLB Part-I exam results
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) on Thursday announced the result of LLB Part-I Annual Examination 2013.

There were 931 registered candidates, 872 of them appeared in the exam and 412 passed it. The pass percentage was 47.25. The news

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KU announces DCH, MA Urdu results
Karachi: The University of Karachi on Wednesday announced the result of Post Graduate Diploma of Child Health (DCH), Annual Examination 2011 and M.A. Urdu (Final) External Annual Examination, 2012. As per result statistics of DCH, 29 candidates were registered, 25 appeared and 13 passed the exam, while pass percentage stood at 52%. According to the result stats of M.A. Urdu, 463 candidates were registered for the exam, of them 446 appeared and 123 passed, making pass percentage 27.58%. Daily times

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At KU, time to learn Chinese beyond chopsticks and food
Karachi: If this is all alien for you, you may want to take admission to the Confucius Institute at Karachi University (KU), which will teach Chinese to interested Pakistanis.

The not-for-profit public institute, running in collaboration with the government of China, will begin admissions next week.

With the aim to promote Chinese language and culture, 430 Confucius institutes have been set up in 115 countries of the world, said Sajjad Zaheer, who heads the initiative at KU, at its inaugural ceremony on Wednesday.

The institute at KU is the second one in Pakistan. The first was established at the National University of Modern Languages in Islamabad.

Zaheer had gone to China for his PhD in biochemistry, and during the period had the chance to learn the Chinese language. "The establishment of this institute for which we have been working since 2002, is a dream come true," he said.

"In China I was asked to translate a book 'How to learn Chinese' for Pakistani students and at this institute that book will be used as a textbook."

Outstanding students of the institute will receive fully funded scholarships to visit China. During the summer and winter breaks, students will get a two-week scholarship, whereas students in their last year of degree courses will study in China for six months.

"All that we as Pakistanis know about China is chopsticks and Chinese food. A visit to China will open many more options," said Zaheer.

The institute's faculty includes Chinese locals.

Hunang Guiping is the director of the institute while two young volunteers Li Fichao and Tang Miao will serve as teachers.

"Please look after this new institute as you love your country. Chinese will be difficult for Pakistanis but in order to learn something new you have to be truly interested in it," said Guiping.

The trio from China has agreed to come to Karachi despite security threats. But their movement is restricted to the university's guesthouse and the institute.

For Fichao and Miao, who have taught Chinese in Cambodia and Sri Lanka, respectively, Karachi is coming as a pleasant surprise. "The food is very spicy but tasty. It is always summer here. I always wear T-shirts. In China right now it is very cold," said Miao.

Intermediate or equivalent education is the minimum requirement for admission to the institute. The news

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SU exam on eve of Diwali criticised
Hyderabad: Activists of the Jeay Sindh Students Federation (JSSF) district chapter staged a demonstration outside the local press club here on Friday in protest against the decision of the Sindh University administration to hold pre-entry tests on the eve of the Hindu festival Diwali.

The protesters were led by district organiser of JSSF Hyderabad Kashif Bhutto while Adnan Gadahi and Saleem Hussain and others participated in the protest.

They raised slogans against the university administration and said that the decision indicated that the university wanted to keep Sindhi Hindu students away from higher education by not allowing them to appear in the examinations on account of Diwali.

They said that Hindus were real heirs to the motherland of Sindh and that the JSSF had always stood with them.

They demanded that the university administration review its decision and change the date of the pre-entry tests so that Hindu students could comfortably participate in the them. They also staged a brief sit-in outside the press club. Dawn

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Controversial clauses in universities law to be removed, says Ebad
Karachi: Controversial clauses in the Sindh universities law will be done away with, the provincial governor has said.

This was decided at the Governor House during a meeting, which was attended by vice chancellors from universities across the province and Senior Education and Literacy Minister Nisar Khuhro.

The amendments to the universities law that take away powers from the universities' senate, academic council and syndicate have created much hue and cry from teachers' bodies across Sindh, claiming it to be a direct attack on university autonomy.

The amendment also transfers the position of chancellor from the governor to the chief executive.

During the meeting the age limit for vice chancellors came under discussion. Currently, vice chancellors are required to retire after turning 65.

Attendants of the meeting said the vice chancellors asked Governor Ishrat-ul-Ebad who is also currently the chancellor of all universities in the province to discard the age limit.

The financial crisis several public sector universities are faced with also came under discussion in the meeting. Due to the failure of the Higher Education Commission to release grants, universities have been facing a severe financial crunch.

The University of Karachi has been forced to look to its alumni for financial assistance, while the NED University has converted 50 percent of its seats this session to self-finance.

Some members of the teachers' body at the NED University expressed disgruntlement.

"The age of vice chancellors and how many terms they should be allowed are non-issues," said a member of the NED Teachers' Association.

"For now the university instantly needs a bail-out package. That should have been the prime issue discussed." The news

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NED university to become country's first green campus
Karachi: The NED University of Engineering and Technology will shortly launch a project approved under the annual development programme to become Pakistan's first green campus.

According to university officials, the government is likely to release funds for the Rs200 million Dr Ishratul Ibad Green Campus Initiative soon.

"We've already got solar lights on one of our streets but this project will cover the entire university that will have energy efficient lights. Old CRT (cathode ray tube) monitors will be replaced with LED (light emitting diode) monitors," said Dean of the Civil, Environment and Architecture Dr Sarosh H. Lodhi, while adding that an awareness campaign would also be launched for energy conservation.

These measures, he said, would reduce carbon emissions up to 365 metric tonnes a year. "We can sell carbon credits after achieving our target. The university will save Rs25 million per annum in electricity bills besides it will provide additional electricity to the national grid," said Dr Lodhi. He hoped that the university could become a role model for other institutions.

The initiative, he said, would not only help generate business and employment in renewable technology area but would also encourage research and produce experts in the area at a later stage as demand for renewable energy products would increase.

"This will prove to be a great opportunity for research and development of renewable technology and might provide basis to establish full degree programmes that would help address the issue of energy security in the country," he said. Dawn

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