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O-Level IT students' equivalence criteria

O-Level IT students to fall under humanities group
Karachi, Dec 01: The Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) decided that from the 2009 session, O'level students who choose Information Technology (IT) as a replacement for Biology will be considered as candidates of the humanities group and not of the science group.

These students will be issued Secondary School Equivalence Certificates (SSEC) of the Humanities Group starting from next year. The plan to convert the status of O'level IT candidates from Matriculation in Science to Matriculation in Arts was discussed in detail in IBCC meetings before its approval, IBCC Karachi Camp Officials revealed. They stated that all representatives of foreign boards working in the country, including the University of Cambridge International Examination (CIE) and Edexcel International, were also taken into confidence before the decision was made.

"Students who are already studying IT subjects at O'levels will be exempted from this proposed change," the officials stated, adding that the exemption was given till the end of the 2008 session. "After the 2008 session, all students intending to take IT courses in the Cambridge-based system will not qualify to take up pre-engineering and pre-medical groups in state colleges."

However, despite the fact that IBCC has already announced this change, their website still shows the IT course to be a part of the science group. This is misleading many students into believing that O'level IT will let them take up pre-engineering and pre-medical courses in state colleges.

IBCC Secretary Ramazan Achackzai made it clear that there the no change will be made to the committee's decision. Ruling out the possibility of extending the exemption till 2010, he viewed that there is no need to extend the exemption period as the whole process was completed after consulting the stakeholders concerned.

Through an email, the University of Cambridge International Examinations Communication Department said that all affiliated institutes were informed about the change in status. "The matter was discussed when Achackzai visited the Cambridge University office before Eid-ul-Fitr," officials said. "IBCC and CIE decided to resolve all the issues in a manner that will not affect the students."

It is pertinent to mention here that in Sindh alone around 800 institutes offer O'level certificate exams and a majority teach IT courses to those students who do not want to take Biology as a subject in O'levels. Daily Times

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Larkana BISE's pre-medical Part-I result out
Larkana: The Larkana Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education on Saturday announced result of Higher Secondary Certificate Part-I (Pre-Medical).

According to the announcement, only 6,440 of 9,224 candidates passed all six subjects, 1,605 cleared five subjects and 540 passed four subjects.

The board had late on Friday announced results of annual examination for HSC-Part-I Pre-Engineering, Humanities and Commerce Groups.

According to an official notification, only 2,836 of 4,189 candidates passed all six subjects, 766 five subjects, 286 four subjects, 103 three, 43 two subjects and 12 got through just one subject.

In Humanities group, only 1,748 of 3,047 candidates cleared all six subjects, 817 passed five subjects, 223 four, 45 three, 24 two subjects and 19 could get through only one subject.

In Commerce group, 379 of 588 students cleared all seven subjects, 154 passed six subjects, 64 five, 13 four, four got through in three subjects and two passed just two subjects. Dawn

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500 IBA graduates receive certificates
Karachi: Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad stated that the country has to fight poverty, malnutrition and illiteracy, the main challenges faced by developing countries.

He was speaking at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) convocation 2008 at the IBA main campus on Saturday. A large number of government officials, civil and military organizations' officers attended the ceremony.

Lauding the standards of the institute, Ebad said that the future plan, proposed by the IBA administration, will turn the institute into a world class business school. He stressed upon the outgoing graduates to put all their efforts to develop the country and keep following the golden tradition of the institute.

IBA Dean and Director Dr Ishrat Hussain was hopeful that in five years IBA will be ranked among the top 100 business schools of the world and will be among the top 10 institutes of the region.

He revealed that the institute was targeting Central Asia and Middle East as its market where 20,000 to 30,000 business managers will be needed annually in the future. Shedding light on the structural reforms implanted in IBA, Hussain said that Pakistani PhD studying in the top 50 universities of the world will be approached to join the institute's faculty as a part of its uplift efforts.

It was announced in the convocation that from the academic session 2009, IBA will start MBA in Business Financial Services and will establish an independent think-tank that will conduct research and will come up with solutions for Pakistan's economic problems.

Degrees were awarded to over 500 students while seven students received gold medals in different disciplines. Kanza Shahnawaz was declared the best student of the BBA class 2008. Sumaira Sadiq was declared the best student for the MBA class 2008. Fatima Shahzad earned an overall marketing gold award and Mahrukh Shakil and Raheel Iqbal Bhatti were awarded an overall financial gold award. The gold medal for Research Methodology was awarded to Zehra Saeed. Shields and awards were also given to the top three position holders of all classes. Daily Times

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