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Inter exams from 30th
Lahore, April 12: Intermediate Annual Examination 2014 will commence from April 30. Arrangements are being finalised by all the nine examination boards of Punjab. According to Chairman of the Punjab Board Committee of Chairmen (PBCC) Dr Muhammad Nasrullah Virk, scrutiny process in this regard will be completed soon and the candidates will be allotted examination centres near their homes.

It is pertinent to mention here that last year the Inter Exam had commenced from May 13, 2013 owing to general elections. The news

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Over 4,000 Class-V, VIII students await results in Vehari
Vehari: Over 4,000 students of Class-V and VIII are waiting for their results in the district despite declaration of the result by the Punjab Examination Commission (PEC) on March 31, according to a source.

The affected students belong to the various areas of the district including Mailsi, Thingi, Garahmore, Tibba Sultanpur, Machiwal 9-11/WB and Vehari.

The students and their parents held a protest in front of the Examination Cell, Vehari, against the PEC for the negligence.

Various students, including Javaid, Ali Asghar, Amir, Rukhsar Khan, Rizwan, Umer and Faizan said that they had appeared in the examination in their respective centres but their result was not declared.

At least six government schools of Mailsi, including the Govt High School 111/WB, Government Middle School 163/WB and many private schools complete results are missing. The source said that about 20 percent of the results of district Vehari were missing. The administration of the examination branch Vehari and PEC staff are trying to trace the missing papers.

The parents of the students alleged that the education department of district Vehari had deputed incompetent staff at the examination branch due to which they were suffering. They said the staff of examination branch had been on duty for conducting matric examination while the branch was without staff.

Office-bearers of Private Schools Association Vehari demanded Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to dissolve the PEC as it had failed in conducting the fair examination.

Rashid Chohan, the president of the association, said the results of hundreds of boys and girls had not been declared but the PEC had announced merit list of position-holders.

Abdul Salam, Examination Branch assistant director, admitted that the result of the hundreds of students of Vehari was missing. He, however, claimed the result of the remaining students would be declared soon.

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Higher grades obsession has negative effects: CIE chief
Lahore: Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Chief Executive Michael O'Sullivan has said students and their parents are becoming obsessed with higher grades in examinations and called for limiting this tendency, saying it has negative side effects.

O'Sullivan said teachers were also excessively focused on training students to score higher grades and eventually compelled them to spend more time in classrooms.

"This is not an ideal learning experience," he added. He observed that students studying for longer hours would be missing physical as well as cultural activities, which was highly undesirable.

The CIE chief executive is currently visiting Pakistan and was speaking after the Cambridge Schools Conference on 'Building a curriculum that equips learners for the future' on Tuesday. Representatives from 134 schools offering Cambridge education across Pakistan attended the conference.

He said the CIE could limit the tendency of grades obsession by designing and constantly improving examinations so they could develop thinking skills as well as ability to analyse and apply knowledge.

Responding to a question whether there was a minimum age for appearing in Cambridge examinations with reference to a nine-year-old boy who recently scored top grades, O'Sullivan said the CIE did not encourage students to earn grades in an unusual age bracket.

With reference to supporting Pakistan to improve its local examination systems, O'Sullivan said the CIE had started discussions with the Punjab government as to how it could contribute in improving public sector education with particular reference to examinations.

"We are already committed to providing training to key officials in the examination boards. My colleagues will be having further discussion with the Punjab government officials this week," he added.

The official said the CIE was also engaged in initial discussions with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government officials and exploring ideas for holding large scale examinations.

Regarding keeping pace with the changing world and modern technology, the CIE chief agreed technology would completely change education and assessment systems in examinations.

"Our prediction is that within about next 20 years, it will be unusual to take any examination with paper and pen," he said and added the CIE would continue to recognise that any change should happen when schools and societies would be ready to adopt the change.

Answering a question about curriculum development, O'Sullivan said the CIE was doing it in partnership with the schools offering Cambridge qualifications.

Answering a question about hue and cry in Punjab about a chapter in a biology textbook on explicit intercourse, O'Sullivan said: "We are living in a diverse world and we need to be sensitive to different cultural values and perceptions that are suitable." Though the CIE was mainly offering a mix of international qualifications, he said, it was also developing curriculum and examinations for particular countries and identified it developed curriculum and O' Level examinations in Islamiat and Pakistan Studies for Pakistani students.

O'Sullivan further said the CIE officials including their colleagues in Pakistan were constantly in touch with Cambridge schools representatives and listening to their suggestions and recommendations for improvement in curriculum and examinations. He said CIE trainers were also regularly visiting Pakistan and training local teachers besides extensive online training. "Later this year, we will be making a significant change by establishing a local training team that will be going to schools and offering teachers training," he added.

Answering a question about apprehending culprits who leaked the O' Level Islamiat and Pakistan Studies papers, O'Sullivan did not identify those responsible owing to legal concerns, but said the incident gave a good understanding to the CIE to improve its examination security. Dawn

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PU admission schedule
Lahore: Punjab University's Examination Department on Thursday issued schedules for submission of admission fees and forms for different examinations.

These exams include Medical Diplomas including D.A, D.O.M.S, D.M.R.D, & D.M.R.T, Part-II, annual examination 2012, and D.C.H & D.T.C.D, annual examination 2012. Last date for submission of admission form with single fee is 25-04-2014 while form can be submitted with double fee till 28-04-2014. The commencement dates of the said exams are May 15, 2014. Detailed schedule is available on PU website

UVAS Lecture: Univeresity of Veterinary and Animal Science (UVAS) arranged a lecture on "Role of Veterinary Graduates as Entrepreneurs" on Thursday.

According to a press release, LUMS Pro-Chancellor Syed Babar Ali delivered the lecture in which teachers and students participated in a large number. Syed Babar Ali spoke about various aspects of entrepreneurship and the role of young veterinarians. Dean Faculty of Life Sciences Business Management Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad and Dean Faculty of Veterinary Science Prof Dr Sarwar Khan were also present. Meanwhile, a delegation of Denmark agriculture experts visited the UVAS and called on Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha. The news

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Munnu Bhai donates personal library to GCU
Lahore: Columnist, poet and playwright Munnu Bhai has announced donating all his literary treasure to the Government College University (GCU) as a token of appreciation for its contribution to promotion of drama and literature.

Munnu Bhai, whose real name is Muneer Ahmed Qureshi, made this announcement during his lecture at GCU on "Responsibilities of Media in Democratic Society" on Monday.

"I will make my will and it shall be noted that my complete library, including personal books, scripts, collections and all literary material, shall go to the GCU library where students from diverse backgrounds will benefit from them," said Munnu Bhai while appreciating the university's system of preservation of books on scientific lines.

Addressing the students, he said, "I will give you all my books and personal literary collections so that my heart always beats in your hands and my eyes always remain with your eyes."

Munnu Bhai said the Pakistani media was still in formative years and would grow mature with the passage of time, adding that it played a tremendous role in raising awareness among the people about the national issues.

He rejected the impression that the media was portraying a negative image of the country, saying it was a mirror to the society. However, he said, people just wanted to watch media reports in their favour, adding that everyone should bear criticism without wearing the glasses of favouritism or prejudice.

GCU Vice-Chancellor Khaleequr Rahman, who chaired the event, termed Munnu Bhai a national treasure, saying the GCU students and teachers had always learnt a lot from him.

"It is a matter of great pride for us that he posed his trust in the GCU for donating his personal library," he added.

The VC told Munnu Bhai that the GCU Library stood tall among its peers on account of its strong section of personal collections as more than 145,464 books had been donated by eminent writers, poets and scientists, including Ashfaq Ahmed, Bano Qudsia, Sufi Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum, Prof Qayyum Nazar, Kamal Azfar, etc.

Chief Librarian Abdul Waheed and senior faculty members were also present. Dawn

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PEF textbooks
Lahore: Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) on Sunday claimed to have completed distribution of textbooks in 2,107 partner schools of 11 different districts in southern Punjab.

A PEF spokesperson claimed that nine cluster centres were set up in Multan, Muzaffargarh, Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Rajanpur, Lodhran, Vehari, DG Khan and Rahim Yar Khan to provide books to the partners. These books were provided free to partner schools. The news

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