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Mixed reports emerge on third day of SSC exams
Karachi, April 21: In a pleasantly surprising turn of events, the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) seemed to have gotten its act together overnight, as Class X candidates from the Science and General Group were spared from mismanagement issues that have plagued the Secondary School Certificate Annual Examinations 2011, the all week.

Since the examination session began on Monday, there have been countless reports on the neglectful manner in which several examination centres were being managed; causing severe problems for the students.

Previously, candidates appearing in the morning and afternoon shifts at several centres, were not assigned specific seats; hence, early arrivals seated themselves random, while other less fortunate students had to suffer the indignity of taking the exam while sitting on the floor. In addition to inadequate seating, there were cases reported where examination officials failed to give students the paper on time.

However, BSEK's vows to improve the management of this year's examinations session were upheld on Wednesday, as candidates from various centres, who had previously been forced to sit on the floor; were offered bench seating for the duration of the exam.

Acting Chairman BSEK Anwar Ahmed Zai expressed his appreciation of the state of affairs at Green Land Public School, Ayaz Town, Block-2, in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, after he visited the school and found that the centre was being run smoothly without incident.

Before BSEK could find satisfaction in their management achievements, reports of Unfair Mean Cases (UFM) poured in from other examination centres, where mismanagement was still posing problems.

Government Boys Secondary School, KTS-15, Korangi No 6 was one of the bearers of bad news. Despite appointing invigilators and external staff, BSEK failed to control the incident of cheating at the KTS-15 examination centre. Reports say that many students were fearlessly smuggling in cheating materials, such as text books and solved answer booklets.

Members of the Overseeing Team (OT), essentially BSEK's eyes and ears at examination centres, reported a grand total of 32 UFM cases from both shifts at the Government Boys Secondary School, KTS-15, Korangi No 6 on yesterday.

Reacting in the opposite manner of the candidates who appeared at the centre mentioned earlier, students at the Government Girls Secondary School, Leemo Gabol, Block-4/A, Gulshan-e-Iqbal got rid of cheating materials after fearing BSEK officials and media.

Similarly, students form Karachi Academy Government Boys Secondary School, 12/A, Azizabad No2, rid themselves of any incrimination material by tossing it out the windows after hearing that BSEK officials and the media will be visiting their examination centre.

During a visit to Leemo Gabol, It was learnt that students and their parents were appalled by the condition of the school's main entrance, which was filthy with sewerage water and other solid waste material.

The school's administration insisted that it had filed several complaints with the union council office already, complaining that the latter have yet to take action.

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Class IX exams: solved papers on sale
Sukkur: Photostat machine owners sold solved papers of Class IX (Sindhi) for Rs600 each before the start of examination in Sukkur on Wednesday. It is learnt that the solved papers of Sindhi were openly sold at photostat shops for Rs600 each. The DCO Sukkur had earlier banned the use of photostat machines during exam timings. The authorities concerned had failed to implement the ban and curb the use of unfair means during the examinations.

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Campus clashes leave 18 KU students injured
Karachi: Clashes between two rival groups at the University of Karachi (KU) on Wednesday resulted in injuries to 18 students and caused widespread panic at the campus.

According to sources, the clash was the result of simmering anger of a group of students from the Peoples Students Federation (PSF) towards the Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT).

There was indiscriminate firing and hard objects were used by the students before the Rangers intervened. The clashes resulted in injuries to the KU students. However, sporadic fighting continued till late in the afternoon. The university officials tried, albeit belatedly, to bring the two groups to the negotiating table. The students did sit down for talks, but tensions remained till late in the evening.

A teacher in the Faculty of Arts said that a student of another party (not involved in the clash) had informed her that at 10 am that there would be a clash and urged her to go home. This information points out at the fact that it was not a spontaneous clash but a planned skirmish.

Requesting anonymity, another professor of the same faculty criticised the flawed security system that was unable to stop such clashes. "It is surprising that security system still has so many faults, despite the fact several incidents are have taken place at regular intervals. The apathy of the officials is so frustrating," he lamented.

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Professors, lecturers to march towards CM House today
Karachi: President of the All Pakistan Professors and Lecturers' Association (APPLA), Prof. Nasarullah on Wednesday demanded from the Government of Pakistan to give permanent jobs to the contractual lecturers and assistant professors working in the education departments of the country.

He said that the association had called a general body meeting at the DJ Sindh Government Science College on Thursday (today). After the meeting, teachers in the leadership of APPLA would march towards the chief minister house to stage a sit-in, he said.

He was a guest speaker at the DJ Sindh Government Science College on the invitation of Sindh Professors and Lecturers' Association (SPLA). SPLA asked APPLA to join their protest schedule on April 21 (today). Later on, SPLA had called a press briefing at the college to announce their future plans.

Prof. Nasarullah also said that the government should appoint college teachers directly in Grade BPS-18 rather than Grade BPS-17. The APPLA did not accept the Board of Governors and refused to take guidelines from them on the college's matter, he said.

Meanwhile, the association also demanded 100 per cent increment in the salary packages of the teaching community. The skyrocketing inflation has made it quite difficult to meet the standards of living, he added.

The statement of the education minister given against the SPLA is not a good sign and APPLA expressed its disappointment on his remarks, Prof. Nasarullah added. Meanwhile, APPLA further demanded that the same promotion policy should be introduced in all the provinces of Pakistan.

Furthermore, APPLA said that there were over 5,000 vacant posts in the teaching department in the Punjab. The provincial government had not hired the required number of people till date. The Punjab government should take back all cases filed against teachers and undo their transfers, which were ordered to victimise them, APPLA claimed.

The association has asked the government to issue the notifications in the light of their demands till May 20. Otherwise, they would conduct rallies in all provincial headquarters including Islamabad on May 21, APPLA announced.

Moreover, SPLA said that they had given the deadline of April 20 to the Sindh government to fulfil their demands. However, the officials did not bother to address their problems, President SPLA, Mirza Ather Hussain said.

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CPSP golden jubilee celebrations
Karachi: The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan (CPSP) will be holding international scientific conferences, seminars, and training sessions in collaboration with Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons around the globe as part of its golden jubilee celebrations in a befitting manner from May 18-20, 2012.

Preparations are under way to celebrate the occasion in a befitting manner and in this regard invitations have already been dispatched to colleges of physicians and surgeons including the Royal College of Physicians, England, Canada, and five other countries.

This was stated by the President, CPSP, Dr. Zafarullah Chaudhry, while addressing a press conference at CPSP premises here on Wednesday.

Prof. S. Tipu Sultan and other Council Members of CPSP were also present on the occasion.

Dr. Zafarullah Chaudhry said the CPSP came into existence in 1962 though an Act of Parliament and now it was being recognised as among the seven best medical educational institutes in the world. The news

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SPSC results
Hyderabad: The Sindh Public Service Commission Hyderabad has announced that the results of pre-interview written test for the posts of planning officers (BPS-17) in the provincial Planning and Development Department held in October, 2010 is available on the website of the SPSC www.spsc.gov.pk.

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Two VCs' term extended
Hyderabad: The vice-chancellors of the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS) and Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) have been given extension for another term by the Governor of Sindh, Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan, the chancellor of government universities in the province.

LUMHS's VC Prof Dr.Noshad A.Shaikh had joined the university on April 26, 2007. His new tenure would begin from April 20, 2011.

Likewise, VC of MUET Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan Rajput has also been given another extension from April 20.

Meanwhile, following syndicate elections of MUET held on April 16, two candidates, Dr Ghous Bux Khaskheli and Prof. Dr Bhawani Shankar Choudhry have been elected for three years.

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Professor kidnapped in Khuzdar
Quetta: A professor of Engineering University Khuzdar was kidnapped by gunmen and taken away to some unknown place, police sources said on Wednesday.

They said that Prof Dr Abdul Hameed Mengal was intercepted by the armed men riding a pickup near the university on Tuesday evening.

The sources said that another man, Mohammad Ayub, son of Mohammad Hasni, was kidnapped on Wednesday when he was on his way home.

An operation has been launched in different areas of Khuzdar to find the two men, police said. Dawn

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