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Karachi Intermediate exams schedule | Ziauddin varsity convocation

HSC exams from May 16
Karachi, April 30: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) has notified that the first phase of the higher secondary school certificate part-I and part-II annual examinations for science (pre-medical, pre-engineering and science general), commerce regular, home economics and medical technology groups will commence on May 16.

According to a BIEK spokesperson, authorised representatives of colleges can collect admit cards of their students and former students from the BIEK office on May 2.

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'Students of Lyari be given extra marks in exams'
Karachi: The All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association chairman has requested the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) to give special consideration to students who live in Lyari and those whose exam centres were set up in Lyari.

"Lyari has witnessed disturbances the entire year, which in turn has affected the educational performances of students living there," Khalid Shah said on Monday. "And not just them, those whose Matric exam centres happened to be in Lyari also suffered as they went through a difficult time trying to reach their respective centres. Therefore, I request the BSEK to kindly consider awarding five per cent extra marks to the students who hail from Lyari and another two per cent to those whose exam centres fell in that area," he said.

"It is not the students' fault that things are the way they are in the area. Targeted operations and power cuts did not happen because of them so they are justified to be treated with extra leniency while being given extra marks for what they had to go through in order to bring them at par with their peers," he said.

When contacted about the suggestion, BSEK chairman Fasihuddin said he could not say much about it as he had not been approached by the association as yet. "Well, I am aware that the students residing in the area undergoing operation went through plenty of hardships while also missing several papers. So I had agreed to arrange separate exams for the genuine cases. As for giving them extra marks, I did not say or agree to anything of that kind. In fact this is the first time that I am hearing about it," he said. Dawn

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Convocation of Ziauddin varsity on 30th
Karachi: The Convocation 2013 of the Ziauddin University will be held at the Expo Centre Karachi on April 30. An official of the institution said here on Monday that the Federal Minister for Housing and Works, Dr Younis Soomro, will be the chief guest on the occasion.The keynote address would be delivered by eminent scientist Prof. Dr Atta-ur-Rehman.Degrees would be awarded to the graduates, while medals would be distributed among those who excelled in various disciplines. The news

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Universities autonomy linked with HEC's
Islamabad: Inter University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences Pakistan (IUCPSS) on Monday voiced concern over what it termed conspiracies against Higher Education Commission (HEC) and linked the autonomy of universities with the HEC's.

Meeting of IUCPSS formed by nine leading universities of Pakistan held under the chairmanship of Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar Vice Chancellor Islamia University Bahawalpur.

The meeting resolved that autonomy of HEC was crucial for further strengthening of higher education sector in Pakistan.

A participant of the meeting on condition of anonymity said that placing the HEC under the administrative control of Ministry of Education of and Training, was another attempt to restrict the autonomy of one of the leading and exemplary institutions of the country.

Being privy to the meeting he said the members praised the Sheikh Rohale Asghar, former members of National Assembly and chairman Standing Committee on Education and Training for his stance over autonomy of the higher education sector of Pakistan.

Vice Chancellor (VC) University of Gujrat Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nizamuddin said that if autonomy of HEC was strangled, the universities would ultimately suffer.

Haripur University VC Dr Nasser Ali Khan said that some elements had continuously been trying to get control of finances of the HEC. "If this happens, the HEC will lose all what it has achieved during last 10 years," he said.

The vice chancellors also showed deep concern over recent delays in payment of recurring and development grants to HEC and universities. They demanded 20 per cent increase in salary granted by the Prime Minister in 2012.

They were of the view that delays in release of grants would affect in meeting the objectives of 2009 education policy and it would also slow the pace of access and quality of higher education in Pakistan.

The participants also demanded that education budget should be four per cent of the GDP and as per Unesco standards, at least 20 per cent of total education budget should be spent on higher education.

The participants of meeting unanimously selected Prof. Dr. Muhammad Nizamuddin Vice Chancellor University of Gujrat as the new chairman of the inter-university consortium. Dawn

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