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Cheating in SSC exams continues unabated
Karachi, April 27: Cheating showed no sign of subsiding in week two of this year's Annual Examinations of Secondary School Certificate Part-I and II (Science and General Group), with at least four impersonation and 36 Unfair Means (UFM) cases reported on Tuesday.

While visiting examination centres in Korangi, Landhi and Malir, Acting Chairman of the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) Anwar Ahmed Zai caught the culprits red-handed.

The impersonation cases were reported at Government Boys Secondary School, KTS-11, S-Area Korangi No1.

Two impersonation incidents along with two UFM charges had previously been reported from the same school last Thursday.

In an attempt to curb the incident of cheating after the initial reports from the previous week, Zia had removed the centre's superintendent; however, it seems that the replacement proved to be as inept as his predecessor, as students continued to cheat during examinations at the same centre.

Zai said that the candidates involved in Tuesday's UFM cases were banned from taking any examinations for an entire year.

The acting chairman also took action against an assistant to the superintendent at the Government Girls and Boys Secondary School, KTS-1, Korangi No4, who had taken charge of the examination process; but had failed to run procedures smoothly. Zai said that the assistant would not be returning to his duties at the aforementioned examination center.

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Only female staff to be appointed at girls colleges'
Karachi: Senior Minister for Education and Literacy Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq said on Tuesday that female staff would be appointed to all girls' colleges in Sindh and any male staff working in those colleges would be transferred.

He also issued directives for the construction of a teaching staff hostel at each girls' college so that teachers coming from far-flung areas to teach at the institute had a proper accommodation.

The minister was chairing a meeting of the Sindh Education Department's Annual Development Programme. The meeting discussed several schemes for the education sector for the year 2011-12.

He was informed of projects of elementary and secondary schools as well as colleges. He expressed his dismay at delays in the completion of a number of schemes, and directed the authorities to report to him when the projects were completed.

According to the education minister, the authorities concerned had also failed to construct proposed colleges in interior Sindh. He warned that departmental inquiry would be ordered against those responsible.

Haq was informed that nine colleges were built in Karachi during the previous governments and there was no need to construct colleges in those areas. The attendance of students also remained low and those institutions were of no use, he remarked.

The education minister directed the secretary education to convert such colleges into arts, commerce and science departments so that locals could get some benefits. He said the government was following the vision of slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and wanted to give standard education to the women.

There was no college for women in Jacobabad, Thatta, Umerkot, Dadu and other districts, he said and added that the Education Department should make sure that girls living in these areas were provided with colleges so that they could also obtain education.

The regional director colleges should visit one college every day and submit a report to the offices of the Education Department, he said. Those who did not visit colleges would face departmental inquiry, he warned.

Haq issued directives to Director Colleges Dr Nasir Ansar in this regard.

Furthermore, he said that old schemes should be completed along with the newly-launched projects. He expressed his dissatisfaction with the quality of the buildings of schools run under the city and local bodies system. "The government gives Rs100 million per month to the zonal and local body government. But, unfortunately the amount was never properly used in the education sector run by these alternative authorities," he said.

He criticised the policies of the former dictator, and said that handing over the education system to the city government was not a good decision. He asked civil society and media to play a major role in exposing "ghost teachers".

The education minister noted that the government employees were also working in the electronic and print media. The news

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Missing student case
Karachi: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday repeated notices to Director Generals (DGs) of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), Military Intelligence (MI) and Inspector General of Police (IGP), Sindh to submit their comments till May 7, 2011 on a constitutional petition filed by Nafees Ahmed Qudwai, father of Azib Ahmed Qudwai, a missing student of Hamdard University.

The SHC Chief Justice also expressed his annoyance over non-submission of comments by the ISI and the MI in this case.

Nafees stated in his petition that his son Azib is the student of IT Department, Hamdard University. In the early morning of April 2, 2011, he left his home for mosque to offer Fajr prayers but he did not return back home after passage of many hours, the petitioner said. He also tried to lodge an FIR of his son's missing at the Steel Town police station but relevant duty officer did not register it.

A division bench, comprising Chief Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Syed Hassan Azhar Rizvi, was hearing the petition against DGs of ISI, MI, Rangers; Secretary Home Department, IGP Sindh, Crime Investigation Department (CID) and Station House Officer (SHO), Steel Town.

The court asked for the comments of the ISI, the MI and the Rangers. However, a representative of the Rangers appeared before the court and sought time for submitting the comments. Neither representative of the ISI and the MI appeared nor their comments were received in the court.

The chief justice expressed his annoyance over the MI and ISI for no comment and said that the number of the missing persons was rising day by day but the law enforcement agencies were not taking care in this regard.

However, the counsel of petitioner Maqbool Rehman, a representative of Rangers, Superintendent of Police (SP) CID Mazhar Mushwani and SHO Steel Town appeared before the court.

During the hearing the SP stated the CID had neither arrested the student nor it knew his whereabouts. The court also directed the SP and SHO Steel Town to record the statement of the petitioner. Daily times

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BZU without vice chancellor
Multan: No one will officiate as vice-chancellor of the Bahauddin Zakariya University on Wednesday (today) since the Punjab government has failed to appoint a new vice chancellor.

The incumbent vice chancellor relinquished his duties after a three-month extension of his tenure expired on Tuesday.

The government had given a three-month extension to outgoing vice chancellor Dr Muhammad Zaffarullah on the completion of his four-year tenure on Jan 26.

"I cannot continue the job without any direction from the authorities and I have relieved my duties as vice- chancellor" said Dr Zaffarullah.

He said the University Act was silent over the issue of non-appointment of vice chancellor.

"Earlier, the governor would appoint an acting vice chancellor. Now the procedure has been changed and extension is not possible as the first the summery for the extension will be prepared and moved to the chief minister for approval," he said.

He said a summary for the appointment of a vice chancellor had already been sent to the chief minister by the Punjab Higher Education Commission for consequent recommendation of the chief minister and orders by the governor/chancellor.

Sources said a panel of three aspirants of the university's vice chancellor slot was with the chief minister Punjab and the decision is yet to be taken.

Provincial Higher Education has proposed Dr Muhammad Zaffarullah, Dr Zaffar Iqbal Jadoon and Dr Syed Khwaja Alqama for the vice chancellor slot.

Dr Muhammad Zaffarullah is the outgoing vice chancellor of the university and Dr Zaffar Iqbal Jadoon is the professor of administrative sciences at Punjab University while Dr Alqama is the professor of political science and international relations in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Bahauddin Zakariya University, is currently serving as Pakistani Ambassador to Yemen on deputation.

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Teachers' college project scrapped
Layyah: The Punjab government has scrapped a project to establish a teacher education college in Layyah for which a Rs100 million fund was allocated in 2005.

Now, a sub-campus of the Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) has been launched on the campus where postgraduate classes of social science and pure science will be taught.

In 2005, then Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) government approved Rs100 million University College of Education project to provide good quality teachers to Layyah, Muzaffargarh, Bhakkar and other adjoining districts.

Tenders for the construction of university's building were invited in April 2006 and the building was to be completed in 12 to 18 months.

With the change of guards in Lahore after February 2008 elections, financial problems snagged the teacher college project and work on the near-completion project was stopped. At that time, Rs5 million were needed to complete the college.

Layyah has the lowest literacy rate in Punjab and 45 per cent of the children are not enrolled in schools for untrained teachers make classrooms a dreaded place for them.

In 2011, the Punjab government revived the project and converted the teacher education college into the Bahadur sub-campus of the BZU. Member of the National Assembly from PML-Q Bahadur Khan Sehar says the chief minister did so only to please a PML-N MPA.

The delay of the project increased the cost from Rs5 million to Rs23.113 million and recently the Punjab Finance Department released the amount from the Southern Punjab Development Programme to complete the BZU sub-campus. Educationists call the decision "unwise and wastage of funds".

According to educationist Prof Nawaz Siddiqui, post-graduate classes of social and pure science subjects are already being held in the colleges of Layyah and Kot Sultan and soon degree colleges of Karor and Fatehpur will also start master classes.

He said there were no teacher education institutes from Chakwal to Multan and the proposed institute of education would have produced trained teachers. He said good quality teachers could bring about a visible change in society. He said the proposed institute would have produced teachers with better English communication skills.

MNA Sehar says the constitution of Pakistan guarantees that the state will provide basic education to all citizens while those who can afford get higher education.

District PML-Q President Chaudhry Samiullah has appealed to the chief justice to take suo motu notice of the issue. Dawn

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GCU placement centre in industrial estate soon
Lahore: The Government College University Chemistry Department on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Technology Exchange and Coordination Limited to set up Students' Placement Centre at the Sundar Industrial Estate for placement of its talented students in reputed industries for their projects and career development.

GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Ikramul Haq and TEC Chief Executive Officer Siddiqur-Rehman Rana signed the accord at the GCU Syndicate Committee Room. Dean of Social Sciences Dr Khalid Perviaz and State Bank of Pakistan former chief manager Mr Munir Ahmed were also present.

The GCU in collaboration with TEC would also establish Industry Resource Centre (IRC) for facilitation in establishing new industry in Punjab. The Centre would work as incubator for new projects and also provide turnkey solutions for production lines. The scientists from GCU Chemistry would provide all technical expertise in this regard, especially in the domain of chemical testing and analysis services, development of analytical protocols, method of process validation and development of documentation structures.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Dr Ikramul Haq said the industry needed to shift their reliance from their dependence on the West to indigenous research outcomes.

"They need to encourage research generated by the Pakistan academia so that strong knowledge-base could be established and broadened locally," he said. He deplored that a serious trust-deficit existed among the investors vis--vis Pakistani research. He said the investors needed to acknowledge that the quality of our research had soared very high in the last decade.

The vice chancellor said the future of the country lies in the hands of bright and productive scientists. He further added that GCU is laying a particular stress on interdisciplinary research. He said that its time to dissolve the boundaries of academic departments within academic institutions and increase cooperation between various disciplines to cultivate an environment for research.

The VC expressed his confidence in the original research and troubleshooting capabilities of faculty at GC University where new processes and working solutions are being developed for the local industry. The news

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