O-Level exams not to be held in Quetta
Quetta, March 02: The British Council has announced that examinations of O-Level will not be given in Quetta due to the poor law and order situation in the city, according to sources.
The sources said on Thursday that officials of the British Council had informed schools providing O-Level education in Balochistan that they would have to send their students to other cities, including Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, for the exams.
School administrations have subsequently informed parents about the decision of the British Council and advised them to make arrangements for sending their children to other cities. About 250 students - both boys and girls - have been affected by the decision.
There is resentment among parents about the decision and they termed it unjustified.
Talking to this correspondent, some of them said the security situation in Karachi or some other cities was not different from Quetta and not giving exams on this pretext made no sense.
According to them, they would have to face many problems in sending their children to other cities. They suggested that the exams could be organised in Quetta Cantonment or Serena Hotel which were considered secure places.
They called upon the British Council to review their decision in view of hardships the students would have to face in travelling to other cities. Dawn
Quetta O, A level exams to be held in Karachi
Karachi: The British Council on Friday decided to conduct the O and A Level exams of 250 students of Quetta in Karachi in May and June this year due the security situation there.
"We regret the inconvenience caused to O and A Level students from Quetta who have been asked to take their exams at other centers on account of security issues. This affects 250 O and A Level school candidates from 9 schools and 60 private candidates," a statement of the council said.
"We have always endeavoured to run exams as close as possible to candidates' locations whenever we can and in this context have delivered exams in Quetta as recently as last May/June. However, in the present circumstances we have taken this decision not to conduct exams in Quetta this May/June."
The British Council made it clear that it was not a permanent measure and would be up for review for future sessions. "It has been our practice in the recent past as well to shift examination centers to prioritise student safety when there were concerns that it could not be guaranteed."
It said: "We fully understand this is not an ideal scenario and one which will involve inconvenience to both parents and students. However, realising that the future of candidates is at stake we have tried for the next best option which is to go ahead with the exams in Karachi."
"We will refund the British Council element of the exam fee and also commit to pay for their Cambridge exam fees to ease the financial burden to allow parents to secure appropriate accommodation for their children Karachi," said the statement.
The British Council said its foremost priority was its duty of care to the well being and safety of students and its staff who conducted the examinations. "We remain committed to working in Quetta , not just in exams but in a range of other activities."
It further said that it was currently researching and negotiating affordable and secure accommodation options that it could present to the parents. The news
Convocation held at Mardan university
Mardan: The convocation of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan was held at its main campus here on Thursday. Governor Shaukatullah Khan had authorised the AWKUM vice-chancellor, Prof Ihsan Ali, to preside over the proceedings, as he could not attend the convocation due to his busy schedule.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Ali said that the university had been striving hard to impart quality education to the young generation of Mardan. He said that providing education to the youth was their duty, as only through education the country would be able to make progress and effectively meet the challenges.
Vice-chancellor of the University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar, Prof Imtiaz Hussain, on the occasion lauded the incumbent provincial government for establishing eight universities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during its five-year term.
In the end, Prof Ali gave away medals to students of 26 disciplines of the AWKUM. The students belonged to master and bachelor of science, arts, commerce, education, physical education, public health, business administration and public administration. Dawn
FU MBBS result
Islamabad: The Foundation University has announced the result of Final Professional MBBS (Annual) Examination 2012. Out of 110 candidates, 99 were declared successful with a pass percentage of 90.00%. Miss. Mamoona Tanwir, Rana Roll No. 4146, Reg. No. 3002/FUMC/MBBS-2008 of the Foundation University, Islamabad Campus, got first position in the examination by securing 1,425 out of 1,800 marks.
The roll numbers of the successful candidates are 4084, 4085, 4086, 4087, 4088, 4089, 4090, 4091, 4092, 4093, 4094, 4095, 4096, 4098, 4100, 4102, 4103, 4104, 4105, 4106, 4107, 4108, 4109, 4110, 4111, 4112, 4113, 4114, 4115, 4116, 4118, 4119, 4120, 4121, 4122, 4124, 4125, 4126, 4127, 4128, 4129, 4130, 4131, 4132, 4133, 4134, 4136, 4137, 4138, 4139, 4140, 4141, 4142, 4143, 4144, 4145, 4146, 4147, 4148, 4149, 4150, 4151, 4152, 4153, 4154, 4155, 4156, 4157, 4158, 4159, 4160, 4161, 4162, 4163, 4164, 4165, 4166, 4167, 4168, 4169, 4170, 4171, 4172, 4173, 4174, 4175, 4176, 4177, 4178, 4179, 4180, 4181, 4182, 4183, 4184, 4185, 4186, 4187 and 4188.
The university has directed the unsuccessful candidates to submit the admission forms within 15-days from the date of announcement of the result. The result may also be seen on FUI website www.fui.edu.pk. The news