BIEK exams begin amid lax security
Karachi, May 17: Around 250,000 students sat for the intermediate examination in 165 centres of the city on Thursday.
At various centres, security officials were nowhere to be seen as reports of the use of unfair means poured in.
The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) in a pre-exam meeting held at the commissioner's office declared 21 centres sensitive and 12 centres highly sensitive in terms of security. Despite the presence of higher officials of Rangers and police at the meeting to review arrangements, security remained missing at sensitive centres during the exam.
Areas with volatile security situation included Lyari, Landhi, Orangi Town and Sultanabad.
A vigilance team and a super-vigilance team was formed by the board to check arrangements such as the provision of electricity and clean drinking water, means to check unfair means and the presence of security officials at centres.
The BIEK banned the use of photostat machines near examination centres; however, at the Sir Syed College Nazimabad, a machine was found inside the campus.
Outside the APWA College in Karimambad, no police mobile could be seen.
At Government Degree Girls College for Women, Nazimabad, things went smoothly.
"No instances of cheating were reported. The invigilators were very cooperative. They stacked away our cell phones, and explained the instructions patiently," said Asna Khan, a pre-engineering student who appeared for her paper.
Meanwhile, at the Sirajudaula College students received their papers an hour late.
On the other hand, some students used mobile phones to cheat.
"We kept one phone in our pocket and another one in our socks. We gave up the one in our pocket, and used the other one to cheat," admitted a group of boys outside a centre in Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
The BIEK had requested the Karachi Electric Supply Company to restore electricity during exams at a school where power had been disconnected due to the non-payment of bills. The news
HSC exams begin under Hyderabad board
Hyderabad: Intermediate examinations in Hyderabad, Sukkur and Larkana divisions began on Thursday under the supervision of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) amidst mismanagement and rampant use of 'aid' material.
Around 85,809 students of classes XI and XII would be appearing in the Higher Secondary School (HSC) examinations being held across 120 centres - 46 for boys and 31 for girls exclusively with 43 combined centres - in nine districts under the BISE.
Out of the total students, 44,236 are appearing in first year and the remaining 41,573 are appearing in second year examinations.
Though no untoward incident was reported from any centre, students were observed to be cheating quite freely. A visit to the Government Muslim Degree Science College revealed that guides and solved papers, even cell phones, were being used in the presence of invigilators. The cell phones were asked to be submitted to the invigilator only when an assistant commissioner directed invigilators to recover phones from students.
There was no proper seating arrangement for students, who also did not have drinking water at the examination centres with the mercury reaching 43 degrees Celcius. At one centre two first year students were observed solving their paper on one bench because there weren't enough invigilators to seat them in separate rooms.
The presence of unconcerned persons in the premises of exam centres remained unchecked by the college staff who also seen smuggling cheating aides to students.
Another issue, which came to fore, was appointment of junior teachers as external superintendents. Though the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) has voiced reservations over it, BISE chairman Aleemuddin Khanzada defended the decision by arguing that even if a college principal was serving at BPS-21 he was supposed to work as an internal in his own college as per government decision.
"If we go by the explanation of BISE chairman that college principal has to work as an internal then there are numerous cases where principals have been deputed as externals by the BISE itself," argued SPLA representative Prof Yaqoob Chandio.
However, BISE chairman said that principals often expressed their desire to become externals but the decision that principals must work as internals regardless of their service scale was taken by the education department's steering committee.
APP Adds: Load shedding in examination centres and lax security were among the top complaints in examination centres, besides use of unfair means by students and college staff. According to BISE Sukkur, vigilance teams comprising senior male and female teachers did not report any case of cheating on Thursday.
Prof Muhammad Yousuf of the BISE said that centre superintendents mostly complained of load shedding and the absence of police personnel. He said that he paid surprise visits to four or five examination centres during exam hours and found them without electricity supply even though centre superintendents had been instructed to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply at all costs. Prof Yousuf said that he also did not see any vehicles of the police or Rangers near these examination centres.
Meanwhile in Khairpur district, examination process went on smoothly
and Rangers and police personnel were deployed in the area, said an
However, candidates from a number of schools in Ghotki district also complained of load shedding.
Section 144 had already been imposed in Sukkur division to prevent the use of Photostat machines near during exam hours near the centres. Dawn
Karachi University announces fee submission date
Karachi: University of Karachi has announced that fees for registration of Masters in Arts (MA) and Double MA, as well as improvement of division received in 2011 would be accepted till May 20, 2013. The registration forms can be obtained from the bank situated at the Silver Jubilee gate in the university. ppi
Submission dates for MPhil/PhD forms extended
Karachi: The last date for submission of admission forms for M Phil/PhD and MS (Surgery)/MD (Medicine) has been extended to May 28.
Admission forms completed in all respects will be received by the relevant department/centre/institute for admission in MPhil/PhD. However, for MS (Surgery)/MD (Medicine) and Law, they will be received by BASR Section.
The list of eligible candidates will be displayed on June 3, while admit cards for tests and interviews will be issued from June 4-7.
The entrance test will be conducted on Sunday, June 9. After display of list of successful candidates on Wednesday, June 12, the successful MPhil/PhD candidates will be interviewed on Monday, June 17. Final merit list of provisional admission will be displayed on the University's website and departmental notice boards on Monday, June 24, 2013.
Deadline for first and second years of BA (Pass)/BSc (Pass) and B Com extended
The University of Karachi has notified for the information of all concerned that the last date for admission to First and Second Year of BA (Pass)/BSc (Pass) and B.Com classes has been extended to June 13 (Thursday) with a late fee of Rs1,000.
A condition applies here that the admitted students shall have to complete the requisite attendance by the end of the session as per the university's rules. It is significant to note that the admission in the respective colleges will be allowed subject to availability of seats as per allocation by the KU. The news
Poll schedule announced for KU senate
Karachi: Registrar University of Karachi (KU) Prof Dr Mansoor Ahmed has announced a revised schedule for election to the Academic Council and Senate from the constituency of College Principals.
As per details, the elections will now be held on Thursday May 30 at the Arts Auditorium University of Karachi from 9:30am to 1pm. Nomination papers can be submitted in the Registrar's office latest by May 20 till 1pm. Withdrawal of candidature is possible till May 27, whereas, final list of candidatures will then be released on that day by 3pm. It is pertinent to note that no objection on the voters list will be accepted because the last date for submission of objections has already expired.
Moreover, KU Registrar has announced that the last date for submission of admission forms for M Phil/PhD and MS (Surgery)/MD (Medicine) has been extended up to May 28 2013. Admission forms completed in all respects will be received by the relevant Department/Centre/Institute for admission in M Phil/Ph D.
However, for MS (Surgery)/MD (Medicine) and Law, it will be received by BASR Section. List of eligible candidates will be displayed on June 3, whereas admit cards for test and interview will be issued from June 4 to June 7. Entrance test will be conducted on June 9 2013. After display of list of successful candidates on June 12, the successful M Phil/PhD candidates will be interviewed on June 17.
Final merit list of provisional admission will be displayed on the University's website and departmental notice boards on June 24 2013. Daily times
Govt to provide Rs7bn for new SMIU campus
Karachi: A tree plantation ceremony was held at a new campus of the Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) in the education city on Thursday.
SMIU Vice Chancellor Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh said that the provincial government had agreed in principle to provide Rs7 billion through its Annual Development Programme (ADP) for the construction of the new campus and a 15-floor tower in the vicinity of the SMIU.
Addressing the tree-plantation ceremony, he said the construction work of the new campus and the 15-floor SMIU Tower would take five years to complete.
He said the previous government had given 100 acres of land free of cost to the varsity for the new campus on the directives of former president Asif Ali Zardari, where the initial construction work had commenced. He said the former chief minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah had also taken interest in giving the land to the alma mater of the founder of Pakistan–Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
Dr Shaikh said more than ten departments would be opened in the campus. Apart from that, a medical college, an engineering college, a SMIU hospital and hostels for local and foreign students plus residential houses for employees would be constructed.
He further said the site of SMIU's new campus was near DHA Phase 9. He also added that the campus was located at about one-and-half hours drive from Hyderabad.
Dr Shaikh said that the varsity's current plot where the city campus and two model schools were being run, was spread over eight and half acres of land. Hence, the SMIU has planned to build a tower comprising of 15 floors on its extended plot located at a distance of few meters from the present buildings. "The SMIU had decided to use its abundant piece of land for a new building," he said.
The VC said these building were being constructed after 16 years, as the last building was added in 1997, and that was the present Girls Model School of the SMIU.
Officiating Registrar Gulzar Ahmed Mughal, Director Finance Ghulam Ali Surhio, and SMIU architect Pir Muzzafar Ali, also spoke on the occasion.
Later, Dr Shaikh planted a sample of a tree on the land of the SMIU and prayed for the success of the university. He also visited the area of the new campus and observed construction of the boundary wall.
Tribute paid to late Abul Kalam
Karachi: A condolence meeting was held in the NED Auditorium on Thursday to pay tribute to late NED vice chancellor Engineer Abul Kalam, who rendered untiring and valuable services to the NED University for more than 16 years.
Engineer Kalam died on May 9. NED vice chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Afzal Haque, Pro-Vice Chancellor-I Prof Dr Muzzaffar Mahmood, Pro-Vice Chancellor-II Prof Dr SFA Rafeeqi and Dean (CEA) Prof Dr Sarosh Hashmat Lodhi paid tribute to late Kalam. The participants offered Fateha for the departed soul. The news