UET Lahore entrance test | Mistakes in textbooks
45,000 take entrance test
Lahore, Aug 20: University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore conducted a combined
entrance test for admission to engineering institutions in Punjab for
BSc engineering classes and BSc engineering technology programmes.
45,000 candidates took the entrance test for BSc engineering for about
5,000 seats and the test was held simultaneously at UET Lahore, UET
Taxila, College of Engineering BZU Multan, College of Engineering
Islamia University Bahawalpur, NFC Institute of Engineering &
Fertilizer Research Faisalabad, University of Gujrat, Siddeeq Public
School Satellite Town Rawalpindi, Government College of Technology
Rasul, Dr AQ Khan Institute of Technology Mianwali, UET Lahore's Kala
Shah Kaku Campus and LGU Lahore.
Special measures were
adopted to ensure secrecy and transparency in the test. The result of
the test will be announced on August 25 (Midnight) and available at web
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HEC to boost higher education in Punjab
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission and Punjab Government have agreed to
undertake collaborative efforts to strengthen higher education sector in
It was decided during the meeting of Punjab
Minister for Higher Education, Youth Affairs and Tourism Rana Mashhood
Ahmad Khan with HEC Chairman Dr. Javaid R. Laghari.
the meeting, various issues pertaining to effective implementation of
Prime Minister's Laptop Scheme, establishment of country's first ever
laptop manufacturing and assembling plant, idea of knowledge city at
Lahore, establishment of foreign campuses and universities at different
cities of Punjab, Enrolment Emergency Campaign, provision of internet
connectivity to colleges and improvement of quality of college education
in Punjab etc were discussed.
The minister lauded the
contribution of HEC and its management for brining Pakistani higher
education sector at par with international standards. The minister also
appreciated the idea of establishment of country's first ever laptop
manufacturing and assembling plant and assured his utmost support in
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Mistakes in textbooks blamed on staff deficiency
Deficiency of staff responsible for curriculum review and some
administrative officers can be counted as prime reasons for the mistakes
pointed out in various books published by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
The textbook board has seven positions
of subject specialists, who check and crosscheck the lessons written by
different writers and approve the final draft of the books before and
after publishing. But five such positions have been lying vacant for a
long time resulting in serious flaws in the course books.
Currently, there is no subject specialist at
the textbook board for English, Urdu, Mathematics and Pashto and it
would be ridiculous for a science teacher to check and approve language
and literature books, the sources said.
The lone position of textbook board member has also been vacant for several months, the sources said.
flagrant mistakes were pointed out in different course books taught at
public sector schools. At a time when the common folks' trust in the
government-run schools and colleges has diminished, such mistakes can
cause further deterioration in the situation, a senior academician
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led provincial
government has been making tall claims to bring about revolutionary
changes in the education system and improve the standards besides
bringing maximum number of out-of-school children to the school, he
said. But their sincerity with the claims can be gauged from the fact
that they even couldn't fill the vacant positions in the textbook board,
When contacted, chairman of the Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa Textbook Board, Dr Himayatullah confirmed that several
positions in the board were vacant and the three successive governments –
the Awami National Party-Pakistan People's Party coalition government,
the caretakers and now the one led by the PTI – have remained unmoved
over the repeated letters sent by the board management to fill the
He said it was true that in the absence of a
specialist for a subject, it is difficult to produce an error-free book.
"However, the board management is committed to providing error-free
books to all the schools and colleges in the province on time," he
About the errors in some textbooks,
Himayatullah said that they had formed a committee to review and remove
the flaws. "The errors from most of the books have already been removed.
But as you know we have to hire a large number of printers for
printing, some of the printers failed to remove the errors. However, now
that our attention has been drawn toward the matter, I assure you that
all the errors in the remaining books would be removed by the time the
students attend schools after summer vacations," he explained.
urged the parents and teachers to point out flaws in the course books,
if any, so that even petty mistakes could be removed from the books as
the publication would be started after September.
official said they had also started reviewing the complaints about
translations in different books. "All the complaints would be
addressed," he maintained.
Regarding the standard of
content in different subjects, the textbook board chairman said that
draft books are prepared in the light of government decision about
curriculum. "The initial draft is checked by the subject specialist and
sent to Directorate of Curriculum and Teacher Education, Abbottabad for
approval and then the subject specialist checks the book again before he
gives final approval," he said. "During this process, the flaws are
removed and objectionable material is omitted," he maintained.
his attention was drawn towards the complaints made by parents about a
chapter "Maimonai" in Urdu subject at secondary level wherein a
distorted picture of Pashtun culture has been reportedly presented, he
said the parents should submit a written complaint to him so that he
could take action.
About the quality of paper used in the
textbooks, he said the government had formed a committee that
thoroughly checked the paper's quality. He said the best paper would be
used for printing the books.
The textbook board publishes
around 40 million books of different subjects from grade 1 to 12th each
year. The books as per the decision of former Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal
government are provided free of cost to all the students in public
sector schools and colleges.
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Three British Pakistani brothers shine in UK schools
London: Three brothers, all British Pakistanis, have made outstanding gains in
their respective educational areas, with one of them receiving
scholarship at a 500-year old school and the other being declared a
Husham Ahmad, who is 17, has received
a scholarship at one of the Britain's finest and oldest schools, the
"Nottingham High School" which is celebrating its 500th anniversary.
Ahmad did well in the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSC)
finals exam but was surprised when he learned that he actually
successfully completed the tougher criteria for Nottingham High School
exam for scholarship/bursary. "I will never forget the result day when I
opened my final GCSC result envelope, I had mixed emotions about it,
however I pulled through and got my reward for revising to the fullest
and I am in one of the best schools in Britain and am very proud of
myself because it is a great self-achievement for student like me. "I
couldn't have achieved such higher grades in my exam without my teachers
and parents continuous efforts," he added. The Nottingham High School
is renowned for its excellent achievements, good and quality education
Zohaib Ahmad, 15, has become head boy of the
Nottingham Academy, after going through a tough competitive selection
process. The Nottingham Academy is considered as the fastest growing
reputable institution and got its place among one of the finest
institutions for young people in the country.
commented: "This honour honestly means a lot and is a great
self-achievement and I don't think they could have picked up anyone else
better for the job but me. I have always been interested in becoming
head boy and was confident that I would get the place. And I couldn't be
more proud of being head of Nottingham Academy than at any other
Asher Ahmad, the youngest brother of Husham and
Zohaib, who is also a student at Nottingham Academy and is 11 years old,
got a level six in the Maths subject – what was formerly the expected
level for students three years older.
Asher Ahmad said:
"I've worked hard at it so I was proud of myself. I love being able to
do lots of different things like algebra. I really like doing maths and I
was very pleased that I got a good mark. I have liked doing Maths at
home with my parents. I feel very proud of myself indeed." The news
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Resignation of Balochistan University's VC accepted
Quetta: Governor Mohammad Khan Achakzai has accepted the
resignation of Dr Rasool Bakhsh Raisani from the post of Vice-Chancellor
of Balochistan University.
An official statement issued on Saturday said the governor who is
also chancellor of the university told the vice-chancellor that his
services were needed and that he should
take back his resignation.
However, Dr Raisani insisted on leaving his post due to some personal commitments. Dawn
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