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Out-of-country students can retake exams abroad: CIE
Karachi, June 07: In case a student who is forced to reappear for the Pakistan Studies and Islamiyat O-level exams is out of the country, the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) is thinking of a way out for them; for students abroad, it might be possible to change their exam centre to the country they are currently in.

A statement released by the British Council said: "The CIE is investigating this; an update to candidates will be provided soon."

The O-level exams for Islamiyat and Pakistan Studies were rescheduled following a mysterious security breach.The British Council is unwilling to explain what exactly it was, except for the fact that it was not initiated in Pakistan, but because of which some students in Pakistan had already seen the exam questions.

"They were advantaged over other students. For this reason, we felt there was no option but to schedule new versions of these papers to ensure fairness to all students and in the interest of the trust and integrity of our exams," said the statement. Even then if the candidates are unable to appear for the exam following the confusion, they can take the exam in November.

The CIE assures the candidates would not have to pay the exam fee for appearing in November.Meanwhile, the exam venue may be changed. "The British Council will notify students later this week," said the statement.

Students will not need a new statement of entry. They will use the ones they were issued before. All candidates, private or registered through a school, have to sit through the exam on June 13 and 14. If they don't, they will not receive a grade.

Meanwhile, students who are unwilling to take their exam in June or November may have their fee refunded. For students who think it is unfair that they have to give both the Pakistan Studies and Islamiyat exams on the same day, the British Council has a comeback: "Best practice tells us that different papers for the same subject should be held on different days. This is primarily so that a candidate's results for a certain subject are less likely to be affected by short-term illness on a specific day."

According to the new timetable, students have to appear for paper 1 of Pakistan Studies and Islamiyat on June 13, and paper 2 of Pakistan Studies and Islamiyat on June 14.CIE Chief Executive Michael O' Sullivan has also released a message for students, families and schools in Pakistan: "Cambridge International Examinations takes full responsibility for this situation and deeply regrets the inconvenience and concern caused to candidates, their families and schools."

He said: "At the earliest opportunity, it is my intention to travel to Pakistan in order that I may provide further explanation to interested parties, and to underline our regret at the difficulties which these events have created for many students and schools."

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Cambridge takes responsibility for paper leak
Karachi: The chief Executive of the Cambridge International Exams System Mikal Sovolian has admitted the leak-out of the O' Level papers of Islamyat and Pakistan Studies. However, he said that this leak did not take place in Pakistan. He announced not to charge fee from students reappearing in these papers and will also visit Pakistan soon to clear the situation.

On the other hand, the provincial education department has also jumped in the affair. Mansoob Siddiqi, Directorate General Private Institutions Sindh, has said as Pakistani students were not involved in this leak, so they should not be asked to reappear in exams.

Mikal, in a statement, said that leak-out of two papers before exams was a security failure and they accept their responsibility adding that no one in Pakistan is accused of this failure which was very unfortunate and sad.He announced that all students of these subjects will take the examination again on June 13 and 14 and they will not be charged examination fee again. He also announced that the students who do not wish to take examinations in June would be able to sit in these exams in November with the same fee. The news

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KU special exam
Karachi: The Karachi University semester examination section has announced that the university will conduct a 'one-time special chance' examination-2013 next month.

Candidates enrolled with the university since 1974, who remained unsuccessful in their respective exams, would be able to appear in the special exams to be conducted from July 15 to 31, said the official in charge of the section on

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Sindh school holiday
Karachi: As per the holiday calendar decided by the Sindh government education department steering committee in January, all schools in Sindh will remain closed on Friday on account of Shab-i-Meraj. Dawn

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Call to exempt PU from ban on recruitment
Lahore: Punjab University Academic Staff Association has vehemently demanded the government exempt PU from the ban on recruitment for smooth functioning of the university affairs.

In a joint press statement issued on Thursday, PU ASA President Dr Ehsan Sharif and Secretary Javed Sami have said being the most prestigious, largest and highest seat of learning in Pakistan, the university had five campuses, 75 disciplines, more than 1024 faculty members and over 32,000 students. They said there was an established procedure for recruitment in Punjab University, and the appointments were made through selection committees purely on merit and the ban on recruitment would cause problems to the university.

Five PhDs awarded: Punjab University has awarded five PhD degrees to different scholars on Thursday. According to a press release, the degrees were awarded to Afsheen Masood d/o Masood Malik in the subject of Applied Psychology after the approval of her thesis titled "Parental Stress, Coping Strategies and Family Functioning of the Children with Autism".

Ehsan Mahmood s/o Fazal karim in the subject of Education after the approval of his thesis titled "A Study of Leadership Behaviour and its Impact on School Effectiveness at Primary Level''.

Rashid Muneer s/o Muneer-ud-Din Lakhvi in the subject of Islamic Studies after the approval of his thesis titled "Modern Interpretation and Motives of Hadith and Sunnah in the Subcontinent and their Impacts on Islamic Society", Muhammad Najeeb Ullah s/o Inayat Ullah in the subject of Chemistry after the approval of his thesis titled "Synthesis and Industrial Applications of Non-AZO, Reactive Colorants" and Muhammad Attiq Khan Shahid s/o Muhammad Rafiq Khan in the subject of Physics after the approval of his thesis titled "A Comprehensive Investigation of Solid Aerosols Using XRPD and AAS Techniques".

PU result: PU Examinations Department has announced the result of MSc IT Second Year, 2nd annual 2011, and annual 2012. Detailed results are also available on PU website

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HEC chairman moves court to clear name in building rent case
Islamabad: Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr. Javaid Laghari now again finds himself in the line of fire, as he is facing a case regarding non-payment of rent for a building hired to establish a law university. He has decided to move the court to get his name cleared in this case, it was learnt by this scribe here on Wednesday.

Sources said that the HEC had planned to establish the National University of Law and Social Sciences and buildings were acquired for establishment of its campuses in three cities, including Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore. Sources claimed that one of the most influential federal ministers of the PPP-led government showed his willingness to become chancellor of the university, but the HEC strictly opposed it and even the HEC chairman appeared before the federal cabinet and stated that any such move would be against the charter of the university.

Sources further said when the HEC took strict stance over appointment of the chancellor then the PPP government refused to approve the charter of the university that resulted in closure of the project. They said when the federal government opposed the move to establish this university then its administration decided in principle to shelve the project and the issue of payment of rent for the hired building came up between the project director of the university and owner of the building.

Advocate Abu Bakar Ammar Sehri, on behalf of the building owner, filed a suit for recovery of the rent in January 2013. On February 28, Civil Judge Islamabad Nasrullah Baloch decided the matter in favour of the building owner, but the HEC refused to pay the amount or appear before the court to defend itself. Then the owner filed another suit for the execution of the court order in March. One of the senior officials of HEC pointed out that the civil suit is based on a controversial agreement signed in June 2009 between National University of Law and Social Sciences project director and owner of a commercial building situated in I-10/3, but the HEC chairman has been implicated in this case despite the fact that he has nothing to do with the entire affair. "We have filed the appeal against the decision of the civil court and would give our viewpoint before the court. We have also taken a disciplinary action against HEC's legal assistant Malik Mukhtar, who failed to appear before the court on number of occasions during hearings of the case and even did not inform us about it," he said.

Senior Advocate Mian Hanif Khichi has challenged the decision of the civil court in which the HEC chairman was directed to provide surety worth Rs3.4 million that is equivalent to the demand of the owner as rent, which according to him was denied by the HEC. When contacted, HEC Chairman Dr. Javaid Laghari said their legal assistant never ever informed them about what was going on in the court, adding "I heard for the first time about this case when the news of issuance of arrest warrant was aired on the news channels." He categorically denied any of his involvement in the agreement signed for hiring of the building in sector I-10/3 and stated HEC has nothing to do with it and some quarters are trying to misguide the people for some personal interests. "We have challenged the decision of the civil court through an appeal and we would follow what would be decided by the court," he said. The news

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