KU announces BA, BSc exam dates
Karachi, Sep 13: The University of Karachi (KU) has announced the schedule for BA regular and private and BSc supplementary examinations of 2013.
Controller Examinations Dr Arshad Azmi said the examinations for BA would be held from September 8 to September 21 while the BSc examinations would begin from September 8 and end on October 9.
A KU press release stated that papers would be held from 2:00pm till 5:00pm. On Fridays, the exam would begin at 2:30pm and end at 5:30pm. The admit cards of BA private candidates have been sent to their addresses and the candidates who could not get their cards till September 6 can get their duplicate admit cards from the Silver Jubilee Gate on September 7 and 8 from 9:00am till 1:00pm.Your Comments
LLM admissions start at KU
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) announced on Tuesday the admission schedule for the twoyear programme of the faculty of law. Admission forms can be obtained from the university's Silver Jubilee Gate until September 10. The minimum qualification for candidates applying for the LLM programme is a second division in LLB. The names of successful candidates would be announced on September 15. Date extended The KU has extended the last date of submission of supplementary examination forms of BA Private and BA Regular and BSc until September 4.
College session expected to start later than usual
Karachi: The process of submitting forms under the Sindh E-Centralised College Admission Programme (SECCAP) for admission in class-XI at government colleges and other higher secondary schools ended on September 2; however, the authority has failed to release the exact number of application forms submitted.
The Sindh Bank has now started sending application forms back to the Sindh Education Department; it is expected that this process would be completed in the next couple of days.
The Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) has also received the list of application forms for verification.
The board would send the list back in the next couple of weeks, following which dates for admission in colleges, including submission of admissions fees, would be announced.
Delay in admissions
Principals of government colleges believe that this college term would start later than usual, as the SECCAP deadlines were extended at a number of occasions and there were also some other issues that would end up slowing down the completion of the admission process.
There are 131 public colleges and 32 higher secondary schools. The students who failed to submit their admission forms because their scrutiny process was not completed or they had to take their supplementary examinations would be adjusted in colleges or higher secondary schools with leftover seats.
Last year's performance
In 2013 the first admission list was put on display on September 5 while the college term started on September 15.
This year the principals are expecting that the first list of admissions would be put on display on September 15 and the college term would start by the end of the month.
The SECCAP replaced the Centralised Admission Policy (CAP) that was devised in 2000. The CAP was introduced to bring an end to the bullying culture and political interference while seeking admissions in colleges.
The SECCAP was widely criticised since its induction by parents, teachers, candidates and educationists as it had resulted in a headache for students and parents alike.
Education Secretary Fazlullah Pechuho and his right-hand man Rehan Baloch were behind the SECCAP and awarding permission to the Sindh Bank to receive online application forms along with the fees.
The bank, which has only 50 branches across Karachi, was later told to collect
hard copies of admission forms, and the education department was asked to allow the students to purchase brochures when they complained about difficulties in downloading, filling and submitting the online form available at the official website of the education department.
However, sources claimed that the delay tactics were adopted to ruin the sale of hard copies of the admission brochure.
At midnight last night the authority removed the website link that allowed downloading the admission forms.
Sources claimed that around 65,000 online forms were submitted, over 25,000 hard copies were received by the bank and around 50,000 admission brochures were printed after the students, parents and educationists raised a hue and cry.
The education secretary is currently in the US while his right-hand man is also on holidays. They have reportedly forbidden the SECCAP or any other authority to help the students.
The education secretary had claimed that CAP was part of a corrupted system and SECCAP was introduced to rectify the previous faulty system. However, he neither produced any evidence nor conducted an audit to prove his claims.
The students and parents claimed to have paid between Rs200 and Rs300 for the admission forms, besides paying the official fees of Rs60 for bank services.
A total of 102,950 seats were available in the six faculties: 38,240 seats for commerce, 24,935 for pre-engineering, 18,780 for humanities, 18,695 for pre-medical, 1,700 for computer science and 600 for home economics.
Extensions in deadline
The initial date for the submission of online admission forms was August 18. It was later extended to August 22 and then to August 25 by Sindh Education Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro.
The minister had claimed that the decision was made to facilitate the students who were facing hardships because of the introduction of the new policy, that is the SECCAP.
However, the deadline was again extended to August 28 and then the final deadline for the submission of both the online and the hard copy forms was extended to September 2.
The Sindh Bank, which was authorised to collect the SECCAP's online admission forms, does not operate in the localities of Orangi, Shah Faisal Colony, Surjani and North Karachi.
The bank has only one branch each in Malir and Landhi and a couple of branches in Korangi, which are considered among the most populated areas of the city.
Over 100,000 forms were sold across the city while more than 25,000 forms were sold only in Orangi, Korangi, Landhi, Malir and Shah Faisal Colony.
Schoolgirls to receive monthly stipends via ATM cards
Karachi: The Sindh senior minister for education and literacy, Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, on Friday distributed ATM cards to female students from grades six to 10 at a government school through which they would be able to obtain their monthly stipend.
The education department has promised to give more than 400,000 female students monthly stipends. Those belonging to rural areas will receive Rs3,500 while those from urban areas will get Rs2,500.
Students belonging to rural areas will get the amount through the Easypaisa facility due to the absence of banking networks.
Speaking at the ceremony, the minister called upon all segments of society to help the government improve the standard of education in the province. He observed that frequent absence of teachers from schools was not a good sign since it directly impacted the attendance and performance of students. "Given the perks and privileges enjoyed by teachers, they should perform their duties diligently and cooperate with the government in imparting quality education," he said.
He announced that a total of 20,700 teachers were being recruited in educational institutions across Sindh. Out of them, he said, around 7,000 teachers were already issued appointment letters. The news
SMI University commemorates 129th foundation day
Karachi: Glowing tributes were paid to Sir Hassanally Effendi and Sir Syed Ahmad Khan on the 129th foundation day ceremony of Sindh Madressatul Islam (SMI) University on Monday.
University Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said, "SMI and Oriental College, Aligarh were two of the first institutions established in united India, focussed on educational needs of the Muslims."
"These institutions were equally devoted to impart conventional education along with religious education with a major focus on strengthening Muslim values among children and youth of the community," he said.
Discussing the history of SMI and the progress it made with the passage of time in detail, Dr Shaikh said it was granted a university status in 2012.
"We are equally focussed to maintain the standard of SMI Model School and intermediate colleges that were achieved through hard work and persistence along with accomplishing ambitious targets for graduate and post graduate levels programmes," said Dr Shaikh associated with the institution since 1994 and is also the first vice chancellor of the SMI University.
He claimed that SMI University provides quality education with best academic atmosphere with no provision for unhealthy activities or any sort of corruption.
"We will have a new world class campus of SMI in the Education City of Malir, scheduled to be completed by 2025," he said. SMIU Model School Head Mistress Nabila Kanwal, Assitant Head Master Syed Wajid Ali Shah and other senior teachers of the school, besides senior retired teacher Rajab Ali Mallah, also addressed the ceremony.
Chairpersons pertaining to different departments of SMI University, including Dr Syed Asif Ali, Anjum Bano Kazmi, Dr Syed Adnan Ahmed, Dr Syed Azfar Ali were among the other speakers. Daily times