Second-year commerce results out
Karachi, Sep 13: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi announced the results of second-year commerce examinations on Thursday.
A total of 34,316 regular candidates took the exams, of which 18,818 were male and 15,498 female. The overall pass percentage was 40.7 percent.
The first position was bagged by Aashish Kumar of the Institute of Business Education with 84.5 percent, followed by Syed Malika Akber of the Institute of Business Education with 84.36 percent and Kiran Jabeen of the Khursheed Government Girls College (Shah Faisal Colony) with 83.73 percent. A total of 9,192 external candidates took the exams, of which 6,460 were male and 2,732 female. The overall pass percentage was 25.36 percent. The first position was bagged by Wirasa Aslam with 76.73 percent, followed by Kanwal Nawazish with 74.9 percent and Ruba Shafiq with 73.8 percent.Your Comments
KU teacher selected for international competition
Karachi: A senior research economist and an associate professor at the Applied Economics Research Centre at University of Karachi, Dr Samina Khalil, has been selected for an international competition being organised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), said varsity officials on Wednesday.
The policy workshop is for strategic decision makers is titled "Economics of biodiversity and ecosystem services: building biodiversity and ecosystem services into national policy" and will be held from September 20 to 24 at Kings College, University of Cambridge, UK. The UNEP will bear all expenses for participants attending the event.
KMDC demands university status
Karachi: The governing body of the Karachi Medical and Dental College (KMDC) on Tuesday urged the authorities to speed up the process of awarding university status to the institution.
At a meeting chaired by Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Administrator Rauf Akhtar Farooqui, the board members demanded the legislative process be completed at the earliest so the KMDC could avail the status of a university of health sciences.
A 10-point agenda came under discussion at the meeting, the chief among the administrative issues being finance generation.
The governing body advised the college administration to refrain from fee hikes in their bid to increase revenue, instead suggesting measures such as increasing the number of seats allocated for foreign and self-financed students.
With regards to faculty promotions, the board called for the departmental promotion committee process to be initiated immediately.
A review of the KMDC's admission policies culminated in consensus over the need to ensure complete observance of a merit-based criterion.
The meeting participants included Sindh Health Minister Dr Saghir Ahmed, MNA Abdul Waseem, Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan, Justice (retd) Qazi Khalid Ali, Dr Waqar H Kazmi, Prof Tahir Hussain, Prof Dr SM Abbas Hussain and KMC Financial Adviser Afaq Saeed.Your Comments
Sindh admits failing to educate children
Karachi: In a surprisingly candid confession, Sindh Education Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro admitted on Monday that so far all efforts made by the provincial government to increase enrolment of children in schools had failed to produce results.
"We have to make the necessary changes and nobody will come to help us to rectify our outdated education system," he said. "The enrolment in primary schools of the province is about 2.5 million while hardly 685,000 children attend middle schools."
In fact, the minister went as far as to say that in the country's history of 66 years, little efforts have made to bring improvement in the education sector. He said no single administration was responsible for the deterioration of the education sector and this was why its responsibility rested on all of the past and present governments.
Addressing a ceremony held at the NJV School by the Karachi School of Business and Leadership in connection with the International Literacy Day observed on Monday, Khuhro said Pakistan ranked 177 in education globally and this should be a matter of great concern.
He warned officers of the education department to deliver or quit their jobs because the office did not want their presence at all.
Elaborating more on low enrolment rates in the province, the minister lamented that the number of children in schools kept decreasing with progression of academic years. "Out of the total 2.5 million children enrolled in primary schools only 0.3 million register for high school exams," he said.
In his opinion, efforts of increasing the rate of literacy will benefit from awarding 20 marks to matric, inter and graduate students if they agree to teach an illiterate child to read and write. "If implemented, there will be 500,000 more literate children in the province," he said.
He also called for increasing enrolment in informal education centres which had been working in the province since 2007.
"We are working for formulating rules under Article 25-A under which the concept of 'Education for all' can be accomplished," he added. The news