Girls outshine boys in AKU-EB SSC exams
Karachi, July 16: Girls outperformed boys in the Aga Khan University Examination Board's annual examination result for Secondary School Certificate (SSC Part I and II) announced on Monday.
The female students bagged the top three board positions as well as scored higher overall as compared to the boys.
This year, the AKU-EB tested students in over 90 subjects at 32 centres in 28 cities across Pakistan.
The overall passing rate for all candidates was 81.1 percent. About 57 percent girls in ninth grade scored an A-Grade or above, and 39 percent girls in their tenth grade obtained an A-Grade or above.
Rutaba Nadeem of ETN High School, Karachi, topped this year's examination by securing 93.8 percent marks. The second and third positions were secured by Marium Zehra and Khizra Fatima of Al Murtaza School, Karachi with 92.95 percent and 92.76 percent marks respectively.
"Secondary school graduation is a special time in a student's educational life. As an exam board, we make sure that their learning experience with us is more memorable and enjoyable," said Karima Kara, Associate Director, AKU-EB.
"We ensure that students are ready for the next step in their educational life with the right skills needed in higher secondary school and then further in the universities," she added.
"This is the reason why more and more parents now prefer AKU-EB for their young SSC graduates as they have already seen the benefits of conceptual learning in their children."
Naheed Noor, Principal, ETN High School, admiring the AKU-EB, said, "We have seen a tremendous change in our students' learning since we joined AKU-EB; they have become creative, critical thinkers, and not just that, their ethical values have groomed a lot."
Expressing her satisfaction with the AKU-EB, Noor said, "I feel compelled to say that our students are enjoying learning with AKU-EB, parents are happy with the learning progress of their children, and
our teachers are also improving their skills through professional development programs at AKU-EB."
The AKU-EB's annual SSC exam results are now available online at http://examinationboard.aku.edu with detailed graphical presentation of gender and group-wise performance.
The Higher Secondary School Certificate (Class XI and XII) results will be announced on July 18.
New KU semester began
Karachi: The new semester at the Karachi University will begin on Tuesday (today) after the end of the summer vacation.
The university will run its point buses as per routine to facilitate students.
The students can deposit their semester fees and semester exam forms without a late fee by October 31, by November 9 with a late fee of Rs500 and by November 15 with a late fee of Rs1,000.
The semester exam fee per course is Rs100 while for repeater students it is Rs200.
Moreover, the Karachi University has extended the last date of depositing admission forms and fees for MS, MD (surgery and medicine) and M Phil/PhD by July 19. The news
CMC set to start MBBS evening shift today
Larkana: Flouting all relevant rules and regulations of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) and repeated warnings, the Chandka Medical College stubbornly went ahead with its plan to formally launch evening classes for MBBS at the college from Tuesday.
The PMDC has time and again informed the management of the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Medical University (SBBMU) of which CMC is a constituent college that training of students in the institution in the evening shift 'is not covered under the law and shall have penal consequences'.
Dr Abdul Waheed Memon, director of admissions and spokesman for the university said that all arrangements had been made to start the classes for the first year of MBBS on Tuesday. "We have completed the process," he added.
The PMDC has posted a letter dated July 10 on its website which is addressed to the vice-chancellor of SBBMU. It says: "You have already been informed that the training of students in an institution in evening shift can not cover under the law and shall have penal consequences as ordered by the Supreme Court of Pakistan (order 2007 SCMR 323), and is in violation of PMDC Ordinance, 1962, and the Medical and Dental Council (amendment) Act, 2013. (The act) is liable to action under section 22A & 22B of Medical and Dental Council (amendment) Act, 2012."The letter said that the PMDC had requested the college and the university over and over again to refrain from launching evening shifts in its medical and dental institutions in Larkana through letters, press releases, public notices and warnings posted on the council's website.
It said that current strength of the registered faculty of CMC till July 10 fell far short of meeting the minimum requirement of the PMDC for 250 MBBS admissions as per criteria, particularly in basic science subjects.
The letter which carried the signature of Dr Shaista Faisal, acting registrar of the PMDC, said the executive committee of the council had decided to conduct the pending inspections of medical and dental colleges and planned comprehensive inspection of the CMC after Ramazan.
The copies of the letter have been sent to the secretary of Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, government of Pakistan, provincial secretary of health, registrar of SBBMU and principal of CMC.
But SBBMU spokesman Dr Abdul Waheed Memon denies having any information about the latest PMDC letter.
Celebrating 100 years of Islamia College
Peshawar: The historic Islamia College, Peshawar has completed 100 years of its grandeur and academic excellence.
Taking admission to this great seat of learning founded in 1913 is the dream of every student from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and adjoining tribal areas.
When retired bureaucrats Sir Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum Khan and Roose Keppel visited Aligarh Muslim University in 1909, some students from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa requested them to either build a separate hostel for them there or set up a similar educational institution in Peshawar as a relief from homesickness.
The Aligahrians also donated money for the purpose.
On return to Peshawar, the two began a campaign to raise money to realise the proposal.
Major business tycoon from the city Karim Bakhsh Sethi, Abdul Karim Khan and Sir Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum Khan donated Rs50,000, Rs10,000 and Rs1,000 respectively.
The ruler of Dir State contributed Rs125,000 in addition to 400 trees, while several tribal elders and noted religious scholars donated cash for the purpose.
Maulana Fazal Wahid fondly remembered when Haji Saib of Turanzai laid the foundation of the college's mosque.
The current magnificent building of the college was constructed over 916 kanals and 17 marlas of land. The college opened admissions on October 1, 1913.
Late Sahibzada Khurshid Khan was the college's first student registered. He later became the governor of the province.
The number of students swelled to 33 near the end of the year. The college had 10 members of the faculty, one clerk, one accountant, and two hostels named Qayyum Manzil and Hardinge.
Now, the college with the status of a charted university has 12 hostels, 300 teaching staff and 18,000 students both men and women.
The historic educational institution has produced numerous talented people in almost every field.
With vice chancellor Ajmal Khan in the captivity of militants for long and some administrative issues, the college administration has launched the celebrations, which will end in October this year with a grand event.
It is time for teachers and students of Islamia College, Peshawar and stakeholders to come up with a comprehensive plan to revive the past glorious traditions of the historic institution and mark its centenary in a befitting manner.
The celebrations should focus on deep thinking on what steps should be taken to resolve the issues faced by the college.
Not only the college has academic excellence but also, it is the national heritage.
The old Islamians, including scholars, intellectuals and dignitaries, should also give time to find solution to the turbulent situation this region has plunged into over the few decades.
QMC building to be conserved
Lahore: Queen Mary College's Board of Governors has decided hiring services of archaeologists for conserving the college building that attaches historical significance due to its Anglo-Saxon architecture.
A QMC's BoG meeting chaired by Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmad decided to hold a supplementary test for those girl students who were declared fail and were detained instead of allowing them to be promoted to the next class.
The meeting decided to send a summary through proper channel to the chief minister requesting grant of one time relaxation in advertising 38 vacant posts of senior teaching staff and 31 vacant posts of non-teaching staff against which daily wagers were working. This step would enable the administration to regularize its teaching staff.
Mr Mashhood directed to arrange pre-service training for teachers to be selected in future and an in-service training session for the current teaching staff.
The meeting also decided to make it mandatory for the Queen Mary College administration to hold a third party evaluation of the teaching staff on an annual basis.
The BoG also gave approval to college's surplus budget for the year 2012-13. The college showed Rs243.5 million income and Rs217.2 million expenditures.
MNA Shaista Pervaiz Malik and former MPA Ghazala Saad Rafique were also present. Dawn