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A Rat Race for Admission Tests
Lahore, July 12: In a couple months from now, our country is going to witness a magnificent feat where the participants are nation's young breed who are to be sieved through. The successful, rather lucky ones, will be awarded a dire necessity-for free. Wondering what is it? The show is called ECAT(Engineering College Admission Test) & MCAT(Medical College Admission Test) and the participants are young, immature, volatile, semi-scientific oriented incomplete personalities who spent their previous life hours in cramming pages that are of no worth for themselves and nation. And the 'dire necessity' is Higher Education.

First MCAT & ECAT conducted in year 2004-2005, was on the principle to contain the heavy flux of students in limited institutions who wished to get higher and specialized education in order to ensure goodness towards themselves and nation in today's living world of industrialization. While the nation's policy maker mischieved us by propagating that through this act(entry test) a bright and a dull student can be sifted and the right candidate can be awarded the almost-free higher education.

I still cant understand that how people justify that a 70% score holding student cannot study what a 80% student study despite both share the same brain weight. In professional studies, it is the systematic channel through which a candidate is refined to become a defined specialist. Anyhow, the real reason is of monetary imbalance due to artificially created limited resources, myopic visions and colonial brainwashed attitudes. Most people justify the 'containing of heavy flux of students' and 'limited academic resources' on monetary and budget allocation perspective but I consider the real cause to next deeper level on the basis of a defining question- "Education a commodity?" or "Education a necessity?"

With the advent of capitalisto-democratic world of governance, state policy makers took education as an economic issue-entity for investment stating 'how to provide education in a given economic priority.' Such reform concluded that state is only responsible for providing a fertile environment for investors to invest on institutions and infrastructure while state acts as a regulatory body.

Thus, a complex hierarchical system arises in which various investors are stakeholders resulting in different syllabi, levels of educations, institution standards and student's mindsets, as we all witness. Policy outlined on the basis of costliness means defining nation's brain on the basis of rupee-note! Acknowledge yourself how we all deal our practical life problems around rupee-note either it is of physical, mental, social, martial, religious or friendship values, state studies and implements through cost-benefit lens, tax to GDP ratio, % of budget allocation and capitalization of schools and universities markets rather than gauging how many philosopher, leaders, thinkers,policy makers are made to genesis. And adding to misery,we, 3rd world country becomes prey of developed countries who buy our few sieved-through trained specialists by attracting them to mirage of high-wages which in reality is a cheap wage!In this whole scenario, state becomes a rubber-stamp.

But a rational mind declares food, shelter, clothes, health and education a necessity. In this perspective, it becomes state responsibility since a bond between citizen and state is of rights and responsibilities.State lays emphasis to necessities as responsibility and shifts its focus from monetary aspect to attempts in compiling a system through which each strata of society receives one syllabi and a uniform personality oriented citizens are developed which can deal with their realms of lives on a ideology, thought and cultures which a society laid its foundation on.

State will calculate precisely the need of trained specialists, revolutionizing and resourceful candidates which will help in building state infrastructures and institutions. Definitely, monetary and resources are entities to be considered for developing a progressive education system but state will intelligently use its given resources and economic situations to fulfill its education responsibility giving quality priority rather rupee-note.

In a nutshell, in a commodity perspective state escapes itself from its sole utmost responsibility and so creates such types of hurdles and barriers (MCAT & ECAT) limiting the development and
boosting arenas.

Thus, the etiology of education dispute is vision and source of guidance. In today's scientific world, nations and societies have considered 'human brain' as a source of guidance either in the form of genius personality or majority rule or scientific thinking for incoming problems. Yet another perspective that has been either all together rejected or neglected is guidance providence is Creator's job. My above whole discussion derives from just a saying in Islam:

"Education is obligation(necessity) for every man and woman."

By Usman Khalil

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KU announces MEd results
Karachi: The Karachi University announced the results of the MEd (Morning) Annual Examination, 2012, on Thursday.

A hundred-and-ten (110) candidates were registered, 109 appeared in the examination and all but 29 were declared successful, making the pass percentage 73.39. The KU also announced the results of the MEd First Year (Evening Programme) Annual Examination, 2012. Of the 67 candidates, 46 passed, making the pass percentage 68.66.

As for the MEd Second Year (Evening Programme) Annual Examination, 2012, there were 77 registered candidates and 74 of them appeared in the exam. All but 23 passed the exam, making the pass percentage 68.92 The news

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SL asks KU for research facility
Karachi: Sri Lankan Defence Ministry has requested University of Karachi (KU) to assist them in establishing a multidisciplinary research facility in General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU), Sri Lanka. The request has been made to establish a research centre like International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) in University of Karachi. This was stated by Director ICCBS Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, while presiding over an official meeting held at the ICCBS, here on Thursday.

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HEC ranking of private universities
Lahore: The University of Management and Technology (UMT) has been awarded the top position in the general category of the private sector institutions in Punjab by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in its ranking for the year 2013.

The UMT has been awarded 25 points on the basis of it teaching standard, quality assurance criteria and research output. Among other private universities in the same category, the Forman Christian College, Lahore, got 23 points, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, got 21 points, University of South Asia 21, Superior College (University) 18, Hajvery University 18, University of Central Punjab 15, Minhaj University 14 and the University of Lahore was awarded 12 points. The UMT offers 150-plus degree programmes in diversified areas, and boasts a base of 400 full-time faculty members, including more than 60 PhD scholars, and around 6,000 students. The achievement of the "number one ranking" in the general category is more challenging than in any single discipline. UMT Department of Media and Communication Director (Advance Studies) Prof Dr Mujahid Mansoori said that the university was earlier placed in the W-4 category. He said it had been put at the top of the ranking list among private universities in the province because of the leadership vision of Rector Dr Hassan Suhaib Murad. He said the UMT was the most quality conscious university among all the HEC chartered private universities of the province; it focuses on quality research and teaching quality. "The teachers and the learning outcome evaluation criteria adopted by the UMT is very strict," he added. Daily times

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HEC to follow transparent mechanism for implementing laptop scheme
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) would follow a merit based criteria for implementing the Laptop Scheme recently announced by the government for the brilliant students across the country.

Higher Education Commission Chairman Dr. Javaid R. Laghari told APP that the Laptop Scheme for Youth, after gaining great popularity in Punjab province, was being expanded to the other parts of the country so that the outstanding students can be rewarded.

"It is very necessary to equip the students with latest knowledge and Laptop facility with access to internet can keep them in touch with the external world", he observed.

This scheme would enable the youth to seek latest knowledge, interact with international universities and gain vast career opportunities, he said.

An amount of Rs3 billion has been approved by the government in this years' budget and the commission would soon finalise the criteria for this programme, in consultation with all the stakeholder, he added. The news

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Women's University reopens after suicide attack
Quetta: Despite threats and intimidation, students of Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University appeared to be determined to carry on their educational journey.

SBK women university was opened amid tight security on Wednesday after 25 days of deadly suicide bombing, which left more than a dozen female students dead.

Academic activities were resumed in Balochistan's only female university.

The students gathered at the site of deadly blast and chanted full throated slogans against the government and university administration for their failure to avert the tragedy, which struck the university on June 15.

Around 40 female students reached university to resume their studies. "We will not bow our heads before terrorists", an emotionally charged female student Bakhtawar Bibi said.

Women university was closed for an indefinite time soon after the bombing. Intelligence officials revealed that a female suicide bomber had carried the attack inside the university bus. "We will continue our struggle despite odds", she said.

Vice Chancellor SBK Women University Farzana Jabeen told reporters that strict security measures were adopted to ensure protection of female students.

"Secret cameras have also been installed to make sure proper monitoring inside university", she said.

Moreover, scanners have also been installed at the entrance gate of university to check vehicles and barbed wires were placed at walls.

Shaista, another female student said that her parents stopped her from going to university owing to looming security threats. "I will be coming to university, no matter what happens", Shaista said.

Police and paramilitary troops were also deployed outside women university to avoid occurrence of any untoward incident. Dawn

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Historic Islamia College buildings face damage due to airconditioning
Peshawar: Installation of airconditioners in Khyber Union Hall and the Roos-Keppel Hall of the historic Islamia College could cause damage to the buildings as the work wasn't undertaken with the care that it deserved.

Some of the teachers, requesting anonymity, said use of modern technology should have been made while installing the airconditioners as the iconic Khyber Union Hall and the Roos-Keppel Hall weren't ordinary buildings. They said several airconditioning machines were first installed in a routine manner at the Khyber Union Hall and then at the Roos-Keppel Hall.

They felt special care should have been taken and modern technology used during the work in a bid to preserve the unique structure of the two much loved buildings at the Islamia College.

The teachers asked the authorities to look into the matter as any harm caused to the Islamia College buildings in the year of its centenary would be tragic. The Archaeology Department had declared the Islamic College buildings a national heritage and, therefore, every effort should be made to keep these buildings in good shape.

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Governor withdraws removal order of Gomal University VC Prof Kundi
Peshawar: The order by the former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Barrister Masood Kausar for removal of Prof Mansoor Akbar Kundi from the post of Vice-Chancellor of Gomar University, Dera Ismail Khan, has been withdrawn by the new Governor Engineer Shaukatullah.

It was learnt that the removal order was withdrawn on Tuesday and conveyed to Prof Kundi on Wednesday. The then Governor Masoor Kausar had issued the order on September 27, 2012, but Prof Kundi had approached the Islamabad High Court against his removal and was granted a stay order. He had continued to serve as the vice-chancellor after obtaining the stay order against the wishes of Governor Masood Kausar.

At the time, it was widely believed that Prof Kundi was being sacked for refusing to offer help to senior provincial minister Rahimdad Khan, who was facing a fake graduation degree case in the court. Rahimdad Khan, who like Masood Kausar belonged to the PPP, had claimed that his degree was genuine and that he had obtained it from the Gomar University. The case is still undecided.

Prof Kundi was appointed the vice-chancellor for four years and his tenure is due to end on November 14, 2013. After the Gomal University's founder vice-chancellor Nawab Allah Nawaz Khan, Prof Kundi would be the first vice-chancellor to complete his four years tenure.

It may be added that in the recently announced Higher Education Commission rankings, Gomal University was declared the fifth best university among the medium sized universities in the country. The Gomal University has steadily improved its ranking as some years ago it was the 19th in its category of medium size universities in Pakistan.

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Decision made to set up IT park at UoP
Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology (IT) Board has decided to set up IT park at the University of Peshawar (UoP) in line with the proposal forwarded by the university.

A formal memorandum of understanding (MoU) to this effect was signed here on Thursday. The board under the MoU would also set up five incubation centres that would provide opportunity for 120 students to establish their own IT businesses in the province. The agreement to remain effective for four years was signed by UoP Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Rasul Jan and KP IT Board Managing Director Abdul Majeed Niazi.

KP IT Board Director Marketing Shehnaz Shamsher and Chairman of Department of Computer Science Dr Saeed Mehfooz were also present on the occasion.

Under the agreement, IT Board would provide equipment worth Rs3 million for establishment of state-of-the-art software house environment for students in Computer Science Department while Rs2 million has been earmarked for resource persons and paying stipend to the trainee students.

Talking on the occasion, IT board MD said the purpose of the initiative was to extend financial support to the IT graduates and build on their skills so that they can start own firms.

He added that female students would benefit from the project as most of them prefer to work in a software house located on the premises of the UoP.

"UoP being the mother institution of KP is looking to enhance entrepreneurial, managerial and communication skills of youth of this region so that they may be empowered to compete at the national and international circuit," said UoP Vice-Chancellor Dr Muhammad Rasul Jan.

He called agreements like the one with KP IT Board as a move towards filling the gap between theory and practical, hoping that it would lead to furthering economic growth of the province through influx of funds from within the country and abroad. The news

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AIOU admissions closed
Islamabad: Friday is the last date for submission of the admission forms of MS/MPhil and PhD programmes for the autumn semester, 2013 at the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU).

This was announced by Board of Advance Studies and Research (BASR) Director Dr Hamid Khan Niazi. He said the admission forms could be downloaded from the university's website

He said the admissions of PhD programmes (on MS/MPhil basis) are offered in Islamic Studies (general), Islamic studies (Quran and Tafseer), chemistry (offered in Islamabad only), Iqbal studies, Pakistani languages and literature with specialisation in Pashto, Balochi, Brahul, Sindhi, Saraiki, Punjabi) and Urdu, while the admissions of MPhil programmes are being offered in Islamic studies (general), Islamic studies (Quran and Tafseer), Arabic, chemistry (offered in Islamabad only), Iqbal studies and mass communication.

The admission of MS is being offered in community health and nutrition only.

"The eligibility for PhD admissions is MPhil 1st Division/3GPA in the relevant subject and must have passed the NTS GAT (subject) test with at least 60 percent marks while MSc with 2nd division and must have passed the NTS GAT (general) test with 50 percent marks is the eligibility for admissions in MS and MPhil programmes," the BASR director added.

Niazi said the NTS, GAT (general/subject) results are valid for 2 years and the students who have passed the said test within this period, can also apply.

In addition, AIOU Admissions Director Syed Ziaul Hasnain said the admissions from Matric to master level programmes for the autumn semester, 2013 would start from July 22. According to controller of exams, the results of ATTC, PTC, CT, BEd, MPhil economics, Arabic, Iqbalyat, Pakistani languages, PhD in Islamic Studies, Pakistani languages and Iqbalyat for the autumn semester, 2012 had already been declared and placed on the website of the university. He further said the remaining results for the autumn semester, 2012 would be declared before the commencement of new admissions, which is going to be started from July 22. online

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