With 82 Cambridge distinctions, Karachi flies high
Karachi, Feb 15: In a city wracked by violence, at least the younger generation seems to be heading in the right direction. Once again, students in Karachi have outperformed thousands of students in the GCE world.
Of what has become a trend in recent years, 360 Pakistani students were given outstanding performance awards by the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). Karachi's share came to 60 O-Level and 22 A- and AS-Level distinctions – an A*. A* is a score between 90 and 100 percentile marks.
Given what the metropolitan city goes through everyday in the form of killings, robberies and bomb blasts, brilliant may well be an understatement for the students, who performed exceptionally.
Thirteen O-Level students from Karachi topped the world in different subjects. Two more were the best students among their Pakistani colleagues while 16 topped within the Karachi region. In the A- and AS-Levels, two students from Karachi were the world toppers, 11 topped within Pakistan and nine were the best within Karachi.
The schools awarded for their outstanding performance included the Beacon House School System, The City School, The CAS School, Karachi Grammar School, BVS Parsi High School, St Michael's Convent School, Generation's School, St Michael's Convent School, St Joseph's Convent School, Karachi High School, Bay View High School, The Lyceum, Jesus and Mary Convent School, St Patrick's School, Army Public School, The Froebel's School, Foundation Public School, AES School for Girls, Nixor College and Jinnah University College.
The "high achievers" awards recognise the learners for their outstanding performances in subjects, which are not yet studied widely in Pakistan. The winning students did better than thousands of candidates, who took examinations of Cambridge University's IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) and the GCE Advanced and Advanced Subsidiary Levels worldwide.
Congratulating Pakistani students, William Bickerdike, the CIE regional manager for Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan, said: "I am very proud to congratulate learners across Pakistan on their outstanding results in the Cambridge examinations. It is encouraging to acknowledge the high standards of education offered by schools across the country reflected through these exceptional results. I wish them every success in their future."
The results will also be recognised by employers and universities around the world as proof of the students' academic excellence. Individual ceremonies to acknowledge outstanding performances by students will be held by their respective schools.
Out of the blue
Going by the high achievers, a boarding school from Sargodha came close to the Karachi Grammar School – considered the best in the business. The Sargodhian Spirit Trust Public School Rashidabad bagged 10 O-Level distinctions, outperforming several renowned schools of Karachi
Twenty-five percent students at this boarding school comprise underprivileged children, who are educated free of charge along with some state-of-the-art facilities, which many elite schools in Karachi cannot think of. Huge libraries, cricket and football grounds, swimming pools and horseback riding are some of the features at the public school in Rashidabad. The news
Roots Millennium Schools' students take the lead in Cambridge exams
Islamabad: Cambridge International Examination (CIE) system declared 17 students from the Roots Millennium Schools (RMS) as high achievers, on Wednesday.
According to a press release issued by the CIE, RMS stands 1st in terms of the number of high achievers. A total of 31 students from Roots Schools Islamabad were able to secure distinctions in various subjects, with Usama Bin Shafqat being the star of the show, with 5 distinctions in Mathematics (without coursework), Additional Mathematics, Information and Communication Technology and Physics. He was also the best student across six Cambridge IGCSEs and topped in Islamabad and Pakistan, acquiring first place in Islamabad and Pakistan in IGSCEs. Syeda Shanze Gillani topped in Pakistan in Biology, Ali Mumtaz Waraich topped in Business Studies and Abdullah Nasir topped in Pakistan in Chemistry. pr
Karachi: The University of Karachi announced the results of LLB final year annual examinations-2012 on Thursday.
According to statistics, 493 candidates appeared in the exams and the pass percentage remained 29.21.
Nida Nazir of the S.M. Government Law College with 1,290 marks out of the maximum 2,100 marks secured the first position.
Hamza Nizam Kazi of the Government Islamia Law College with 1,275 marks remained second.
The third position went to Khalid Masood who got 1,263 marks. app
Setting up new universities issue: After National Assembly's approval: Universities still look suspect
Islamabad: Establishment of the three private universities in the federal capital approved by the National Assembly in January is doubtful because of legal infirmities.
Sources in the Higher Education Commission (HEC), the final authority in the matter, said the assembly did not follow the standard legislative protocol.
They said the bill for setting up the My University, the Dar-ul-Madina International University and the South Asian Strategic Institute University, moved in the assembly on January 29, and passed the same day, had no in-put from the HEC as required under the 18th Constitution Amendment.
The bill is now lying with the Senate for approval.
MNA Ayaz Amir of the opposition PML-N was present in the January 29 session of the National Assembly when PPP's Yasmeen Rehman moved the bill.
"They announced that the rules are being suspended for an important bill," he said, referring to the standard protocol which dictates that bills be referred first to the appropriate Standing Committee.
Once all the relevant departments and stakeholders have given their input, can a bill be taken up for debate, and approval.
"When I learned that the bill was about these federal universities, I asked for more details – what kind of universities they were, who their owners were – but no one replied. The bill was passed within minutes, without being referred to the standing committee," he said.
"Especially since it was not emergency legislation, it should have been properly examined," he added, emphasising that passing the bill in the manner it was made it suspicious.
The lawmakers who tabled the bill have also been the target of allegations of bad faith from other quarters.
According to Justice (retired) Tariq Mehmood, the ordinance that created the HEC in 2002, clearly states that universities cannot be established without their input: The HEC is to advise the government on proposals for all institutions, both public and private, and is responsible for prescribing the conditions under which such institutions can be opened and operated.
By not involving the HEC, Mehmood said, "It seems there are some hidden interests somewhere in this matter."
The HEC maintains that without their approval, the three new universities cannot be established.
Dr. Javaid Laghari, the Commission's Chairman, worried about the precedent that passing the bill without HEC input might set: "People will start opening universities in their flats," he said. "And then, if there's a complaint, it is the HEC that will become the black sheep."
Requesting anonymity, an HEC official said that protocol requires the HEC's input in order to ensure the quality of education institutions. "It is our responsibility to make sure that people who want to establish universities meet a set of requirements," he said.
"We have to make sure that they have the proper land arrangements, that they have funds for facilities, and so on. We have to check what kind of faculty they are planning to hire, and if they meet all these requirements, we can suggest that they be given a charter."
If this bill is passed by the Senate and approved by the President, he continued, "the universities will receive a charter without undergoing any kind of inspection. If they fail to provide facilities to their students, the HEC will become the target of complaints."
Although its owners attempted to open a new university under a different name – Capital University of Science and Technology – the matter spent a year in the Capital Administration and Development subcommittee as its resources were evaluated. That bill was not sent to the National Assembly for debate until February 2013.
MNA Yasmeen Rehman, who tabled the bill, maintains that her bill fills an important need, and hopes that the Senate and President will approve it. "We need educational institutions for the next generation," she said. "And these are private universities, which will not receive a single rupee from the government. Because they will be run under trusts, they'll even be beneficial for the public."
She claims that the parliament does not need approval from any department or commission to pass legislation. Dawn
AIOU to host 'Asian Association Open Universities' conference
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi said on Thursday that AIOU would host an 'Asian Association Open Universities' annual conference in December.
Addressing the opening session of the two-day conference of the AIOU regional directors, he said that the university has focused on promoting IT-based education to make studies more effective and student friendly.
The AIOU vice chancellor also said that great care was needed in appointing professional and intelligent tutors so that students could get greater understanding of the subjects being taught.
He added that 44 new video-conferencing sets would be provided to the AIOU's regional campuses, mostly in far-flung areas to improve educational standards and enable students to compete at the international level in all fields.
Dr Nazir also said that thirty 'model internet cafes' would be established in neglected and backwards areas of the country. He added that 'model study centres' would also be set up in various districts across the country.
AIOU VC Dr Nazir also said that coordinating offices of the university would be established in Europe, USA, Saudi Arab, Doha, Dubai and Iran for overseas Pakistani students in collaboration with the Foreign Ministry. He added that AIOU has made it compulsory for students to study information technology at Matric, FA and BA levels, in order to equip the students with necessary skills to earn their livelihoods and meet challenges of the present day. app
IJT observesd Haya Day
Lahore: Activists of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT), the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), observed Valentine's Day as Haya Day and organised ceremonies at various educational institutions of the provincial metropolis on Thursday.
Besides organising on-campus activities at Punjab University, Government Islami College, Civil Lines, Government College of Science, Wahdat Road and Government College Gulberg etc, the IJT also set up awareness camps at various places, including Pekhewal Chowk, Shadman Chowk and Samanabad.
Jamiat activists distributed handbills inscribed with material against Valentine's Day among the people.IJT activists termed Valentine's Day a conspiracy by the west to detach the youth from Islamic culture and traditions.
JI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch, IJT Pakistan Nazim Muhammad Zubair Safdar and other office-bearers visited the Jamiat's camps. Liaquat Baloch said the culture of modesty needed to be promoted to stop western invasion in the form of Valentine's Day.
Zubair Safdar said people should boycott useless events like Valentine's Day. He termed vulgarity root of evils and urged the youth to promote culture of humility and modesty.Meanwhile, students in colleges celebrated Valentine's Day with zeal and exchanged flowers according to the spirit of the day. A number of flower vendors especially set up their stalls near various campuses across the provincial metropolis.
PU teachers plea adjourned
Lahore: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Thursday put off hearing on petition of three PhD doctors and one former assistant of Punjab University challenging inquiries against them under Punjab Employees Efficiency, Discipline and Accountability Act, 2006.
The CJ put off hearing as counsel for petitioners sought adjournment for being busy before some other court. However, legal advisor of the Punjab University appeared before the court and submitted a letter before the court issued by the Punjab government authorising the vice chancellor to proceed against the accused.
Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz and Dr (r) Mugheesuddin Sheikh, former directors of Institute of Communication Studies, Dr Zaid Mahmood of Chemistry Department, Dr Mahmoodul Hasan Arif of Urdu Encyclopedia of Islam and Sardar Muhammad, an assistant in establishment department of the Punjab University had filed petitions challenging departmental actions against them.
The petitioners submitted that they were given show cause notices and proceeded against under PEEDA Act. They said PEEDA Act does not apply on the employees of the Punjab University. The news