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117 booked for cheating on first day of HSC exams
Karachi, April 29: Higher Secondary School Certificate Part-I and II (Class XI and XII) Science and Home Economics groups' annual examinations for 2009 began on Tuesday amid prolonged power outages at examination centres, causing immense inconvenience to candidates in the current sizzling weather.

Reports of the use of unfair means in the examination were also received from a number of examination centres and the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) vigilance teams booked 117 candidates on charges of cheating.

Though the examination was scheduled to begin at 9.30am, it was delayed by around 10 to 15 minutes at some examination centres, particularly those located in the suburbs of the city, reportedly due to the late delivery of the examination papers and answer scripts by group leaders.

However, officials in the BIEK said that as soon as they received word of the delay at some centres, they directed the invigilation staff at the centres concerned to ensure that they provided the students with the appropriate amount of extra time.

They claimed that these complaints were only received from two examination centres in far flung areas of the city.

Sources in the BIEK said that since there was no electricity at almost all the examination centres for between an hour and one-and-a-half hours on the first day of the examinations, candidates were seen profusely perspiring while solving their papers.

Candidates who endured load-shedding at their examination centres said that their answer scripts were spoiled by the perspiration from their hands. They said that as a result they had to request invigilators to give them extra answer scripts, which cost them time in re-writing answers.

Prolonged power failures also created a suffocating atmosphere, especially in those examination centres whose classrooms did not have proper ventilation, they added.

Lambasting the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) for resorting to load-shedding during examination timings, a number of candidates at the examination centre at Govt Degree College, Block 16, Federal B Area, said that their performance in Tuesday's paper was badly affected due to the unavailability of power.

Accusing the KESC of badly affecting their performance in the examinations, some candidates said that since their admissions to professional colleges depend on the outcome of the intermediate examinations, officials of the power utility should be held responsible if they fail to get good marks in the examination.

BIEK officials slammed the KESC for not acting on BIEK chairman Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai's request to exempt examination centres from load-shedding. They said there was no electricity at most examination centres, and that some centres experienced two spells of hour-long load-shedding during the three-hour long paper.

BIEK chairman Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai, along with provincial director-general (Colleges) Prof Rafiq Ahmed Siddiqui, visited a number of centres to check the arrangements made for the examinations.

Hyderabad HSC exams begin amid rampant cheating
Hyderabad: No disturbance was seen in the examination centres today because section 144 Cr.PC was imposed in and around the centres, banning gathering of five or more people in the premises of college.

Students used solved papers or guides in the Higher Secondary School (HSC) certificate part-I examinations which began here on Tuesday.

During visits to some colleges this correspondent found invigilation staff r confined to their work to distribution and collection of answer sheets.

Once a student is caught red-handed while using unfair means in any subject he or she is to re-appear in said subject next year when second part of HSC examination is held.

It required a disciplinary action against invigilating staff for dereliction in their duties but that is normally not seen and their acts go unnoticed on the part of officials concerned primarily responsible for their supervision.

"If the invigilating staff is afraid of students' protest then they should give-up taking interest in invigilation duties for which they are always found interested. The staff is paid additional allowances by BISE as per government rules but they don't perform their duties honestly", said Prof. Ali Akbar Shah.

His vigilance team has found around more than 50 copy cases both in girls and boys colleges of city, Latifabad and Qasimabad talukas of Hyderabad district.

The invigilation staff is interested more in checking whether the vigilance team is arriving or not. And when it arrives the concerned invigilator ask students of his class-room to "be alert". Reports said that even girls were witnessed using unfair means in the colleges.

There were reports that externals in many examination centres didn't arrive for duties either for delay in delivery of their official letters by BISE or they were not interested in that. In such cases the concerned principal of the college performed his duties as internal superintendent.

BISE's controller examination expressed satisfaction over conduct of exams saying there was no chaos at the centres but he personally did make some four to five cases in Muslim college against students. He claimed that he has been told that cases of unfair means are also reported in Tando Allahyar. He conceded that it was invigilation staff that is primarily responsible to check use of unfair means in addition to vigilante teams formed by board.

"We have been doing our level best and persuading parents to take interest in their children' studies so that they don't have to indulge in cheating and copying. Its not the responsibility of BISE alone.

Teachers and parents have to share responsibility to curb copy culture", he added. He claimed that in some cases board has deputed two to three externals at the centres if it is notorious for copy culture.

Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) Hyderabad region president Mohammad Yaqoob Chandio said that SPLA has dissociated from such examinations where junior lecturers are made externals. Dawn

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PST test postponed for two weeks: Qaim
Khairpur: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah said on Tuesday the PST written test had been postponed for two weeks because the paper was leaked.

Talking to reporters, he said the World Bank had provided $300 million for transparent recruitment in the Education department for the promotion of education. He said a committee had been constituted to probe into the leakage of the PST written test paper. It will submit its findings within two weeks and then the government will take action.

Qaim said the Sindh government would try its best to follow the announcement of the prime minister for raising salaries of policemen. However, he said it was the decision of the prime minister and not that of the Sindh government, adding that the Punjab was the largest province and it had more resources than Sindh.

Qaim said the PPP, the MQM and the ANP had pledged to maintain peace in Karachi. He said all the political parties were ready to combat the law breakers. He claimed the law and order situation of Karachi was now under control.

The chief minister said there was complete haramony among the political parties for ensuring peace in Karachi. The chief minister said he had approached the prime minister to resolve the NFC issue because Sindh was facing financial crunch.

He said he wanted a consensus of political partners on the issue of restoring the commissionerate system, but the Sindh government was not in haste in this regard. Addressing a public meeting, the chief minister said 135 people had died in Sindh in three months due to Hepatitis. He said the Sindh government had allocated Rs 2,250 million in budget for eliminating the Hepatitis virus, besides the federal allocation of Rs 2.5 billion. He said the Sindh government had decided to open medical centres in Sukkur and Hyderabad for examination of such patients while most of the closed health centres had been reopened. The News


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KINPOE Convocation 2009. PAEC to generate 8,800MW electricity by 2030
Karachi: Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) Chairman Ansar Parvez said on Tuesday that the federal government has assigned PAEC to generate 8,800MW electricity by 2030.

For this purpose four power plants would be set up in Karachi, for which land has been acquired, he said addressing the Convocation 2009 of KANUPP Institute of Nuclear Power Engineering (KINPOE) in which masters in engineering degrees in nuclear power were awarded to the fellows of Batches XIII & XIV.

"We will achieve our target in different phases and by 2030 the task would be accomplished,'' he said. He elaborated that some of the new plants will be built near KANUPP and for this purpose, 585 acres were allotted to PAEC in April 2007 by Sindh Board of Revenue. The cost of land amounting to Rs 350 million has already paid and the lease agreement was signed in August 2008.

He further said with some assistance from the IAEA, KANUPP is now setting up a nuclear desalination demonstration plant with a capacity of about 400,000 gallons per day. Mechanical components of this plant have been manufactured in PAEC workshops. This plant is expected to start production in about four months. PAEC will then become a contributor in solving the water shortage problem of Karachi.

Based on the experience gained through our RO plant, KANUPP now works as consultant for the 100000 gallon per day capacity RO plant at Gwadar. PAEC can also offer its technical assistance in setting up large size desalination plants similar to the 50 million gallon per capacity plant being built by CDGK near KANUPP, he added.

He noted that PAEC is engaged in multi-disciplinary programs. Starting from strengthening the defence of the country and electrical energy production, PAEC has also focused on areas such as health, agriculture and R&D so that the country could benefit from nuclear technology.

He noted that one of the major problems being faced by KANUPP is unscheduled shutdowns due to instability in the KESC grid. "In 2007 and 2008, KANUPP tripped 22 times specifically due to problems in the KESC transmission network. These shutdowns have badly affected the supply of electricity to Karachi, and also detrimental effects on plant equipment. Although actions taken by KESC and KANUPP so far have resulted in some improvement, much more action is still required," he added.

He highlighted that PAEC has been contributing to the socio-economic sector as well. It is operating 13 nuclear medical centres throughout the country and five more are under construction. Out of these 18, five are in Sindh. In these centres, state-of-art nuclear techniques are used for diagnostics and treatment of cancer. Last year, patient visits exceeded 3, 50,000. ''Our medical centres provide free of cost services to the poor and at a normal rate to those who can afford them," he maintained.

NED University of Engineering & Technology Vice Chancellor Engineer Abul Kalam, PAEC's Nuclear Power Generation member Zia-ul-Hasan Siddiqui and KINPOE Director Dr Khalid Mahmood Bukhari were present on the occasion. ppi


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Tap water causes liver disorders at Karachi University campus
Karachi: Residents of the Karachi University (KU) campus are being infected with liver disorders due to the supply of contaminated water to the KU, as KU clinic has advised many patients, residing in the campus, to get their Liver Function Test (LFT) and Serum Glutamic Pyruvic Transaminase (SGPT), it was learnt on Monday.

Nearly, 80 patients visit out-patient department of the KU clinic with different complaints of illness, while these days majority patients are coming with symptoms of liver problems and they are being recommended to get tested their LFT and SGPT tests, a source said.

He said, "Supply of unhygienic and contaminated water in the campus was the major cause of this problem, while the KU administration was not heeding over the issue. Many people use water filter in the campus, while the filthy water forced the residents to change filter early within one month. Usually water filters are changed in six months."

About five years back, typhoid was on the rise in the KU campus due to the supply of contaminated water; at that time the KU administration was advised by some experts to get conduct the water test to find out reasons of typhoid, but the administration did not take any step. According to some health organisations, the LFT and SGPT are designed to give information about the state of a patient's liver. The Nation


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MBBS first prof results declared
Karachi: The University of Karachi on Tuesday announced results of MBBS first professional (both parts) annual examinations-2009.

A total of 547 candidates appeared in the Part-A exams. Of them, 414 were declared to have passed, with a pass percentage of 75.69. In Part B exams, 349 candidates appeared and of them 286 were declared successful with a pass percentage of 81.95.

According to an official announcement, marks certificates are being issued to the affiliated colleges. The candidates have been advised to collect the same from their respective colleges. The university has withheld results of four candidates who appeared in Part A exams and results of two candidates who took Part-B exams.


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Karachi University MPEd and DLO enrolment schedule
The University of Karachi has announced the schedule for submission of enrolment forms and fee of MPEd and DLO for the academic session 2008-09.

For enrolment in MPEd, forms with a fee of Rs700 will be accepted from May 2 to 18 and with a late fee of Rs500 from May 19 to 30. DLO enrolment forms with a normal fee of Rs1,000 will be accepted from May 2 to 18 and with a late fee of Rs1,000 till May 30.

Meanwhile, Karachi University's Vice-Chancellor Dr Pirzada Qasim visited additional classrooms under construction at the faculties of arts and science and inspected the site of a new building of public administration department.

He issued necessary instructions for the early completion of the projects. Dr Abuzar Wajidi, Dr Khalid Iraqi and Tariq Aziz accompanied him during the visit. Dawn


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KU VC orders early completion of new buildings
Karachi: University of Karachi (KU) Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof. Dr Pirzada Qasim Siddiqui paid a visit on Tuesday to the sites of the under-construction extra classrooms at the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science to review the pace of work. Later, the VC inspected the site of the new building of the Department of Public Administration and expressed satisfaction with the pace and quality of work and issued necessary instructions for an early completion of all the projects for the convenience of the students. The News


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