Students suffer due to electricity problem
Students forced to suffer for second day running
Karachi, April 21: For the second day running, the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK)
failed to make proper arrangements for students taking their secondary
school certificate (part-I and II) annual examinations, 2011, as a
number of them were forced to suffer the indignity of taking their
papers while sitting on the floor.
It was learnt that students
from Class IX who appeared for their first paper of Pakistan Studies
(Part I and II) had no other option but to sit uncomfortably on the
floor due to the lack of furniture.
During the first shift of the
day, female students filled the hallways of the Government Girls Higher
Secondary School (GGHSS) which is located in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. The
students could be seen sitting on the floor, solving question papers,
while suffering in the heat due to the lack of electricity. The school
was supposed to accommodate just 603 students, but some 1800 young
females were taking their exams at this centre.
The Students who
appeared at GGHSS also claimed that there were limited question papers
which were not distributed on time. Despite the fact that the centre
called the BSEK for more question papers, the authority did not send
them across till 11:00am, which was an hour-and-a-half after the exam
Due to the shortage, between four and six students
were seen sharing a question paper at the examination centre. Some of
the candidates claimed that they had to use photocopies of the original
Students were also forced to share their
multiple choice question papers with each other. After one student would
solve the MCQs on his or her answer sheet, he or she would pass on the
question paper to the next candidate. However, it was observed that some
of the students had tick marked their answers on the question papers.
candidates lamented the fact that the invigilators had failed to inform
the students about the shortage of MCQ question papers. They also
claimed that they were unaware that they would have to share the
question paper and that is the reason why they were comfortable with
tick-marking their answers on it.
The centre superintendent of
the GGHSS, Mubeen Qureshi said that the school had to accommodate more
students than the available seating capacity. "It is the board's fault
that they assigned more students to this particular centre. I had
informed the relevant officials that only 700 students could be
accommodated, but despite this they sent hundreds more without any
Similarly, at the Government Boys Secondary School
No3, Shah Faisal Colony, around 467 candidates appeared, while the BSEK
had earlier approved this centre for just 367 students. Almost 100 of
the students, who were belatedly entitled to appear at this centre, were
forced to sit on the floor and take their exams.
there were also reports from J.M.A Girls School located at A.M. 18,
Sharea Liaquat that several students were sitting on the floor due to
the shortage of furniture. However, the centre superintendent and the
school's management did not allow the media to visit this school. "Bring
an authority letter from the BSEK if you want to visit the school,"
said centre superintendent Saira Aijaz.
Meanwhile, the centre
superintendent and authority of the Aim High Public School, which is
located at A-2933, Gulshan-e-Hadeed Phase-II, also refused to entertain
the media. As a result, a heated argument took place between the
school's representatives and a local Sindhi language television channel.
to other reports, students who appeared at the Government Boys
Secondary School, KTS-11, S-Area Korangi No1, suffered a great deal as
their question papers were handed to them two hours late and were taken
back just an hour-and-a-half later, while the allotted time is 3 hours.
However, the school denied this report and claimed to have given the
students the fully allotted time.
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202 caught cheating
Karachi: The acting chairman Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK), Anwar
Ahmed Zai, on Tuesday said that 202 candidates were caught red-handed
using unfair mean during the first and second shifts of the examinations
of class IX.
The students of the Science Group, Class IX
appeared at 225 examination centres, while students of General Group
appeared in the second shift at 75 examination centre, he further
According to Zai, law enforcement agencies were not
present and most of the examination centres, due to which the staff
deployed at those centres felt insecure. There was a lack of
availability of furniture at Waseem Government Girls Secondary School,
Nazimabad during the first paper of Class X which was held on Monday.
the issue has been addressed and required furniture has been provided
to the school, the acting chairman BSEK said. He claimed that the
question papers were sent on time to all examination centres, except
the Government Girls Higher Secondary School. The students and parents
complained about loadshedding which were forwarded to the concerned
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Handing over of hospital to varsity raises questions
Hyderabad: The announcement by Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan to hand over the
Government Hospital Jamshoro to the Liaquat University of Medial and
Health Sciences (LUMHS) has raised many questions.
announcement that must have come with approval of Sindh health ministry,
the provincial health department seems to be abdicating its authority
on the pretext that it cannot efficiently run the biggest hospital of
Sindh outside Karachi.
The governor made this announcement on
April 17 at the dental symposium in LUMHS in presence of Sindh health
minister Dr Saghir Ahmed and health secretary Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi.The
LUMHS had long been campaigning for control of the Civil Hospital
Earlier, under Jan Mohammad Memon's leadership, the
university had tried to get the hospital's pathology laboratory closed
in order to get maximum earning through its diagnostic research
laboratory (DRL). But that scheme didn't work thanks to efforts of
The DRL only conducts routine investigations and no
research is so far shared with media. In recent crisis of dengue fever,
the DRL failed to provide platelets count to patients. This job was
successfully done by hospital's laboratory.
The DRL's tariff is
almost equivalent to that of Aga Khan Hospital's tariff for different
investigations and it doesn't offer a single test even to hospital's
employees free of charge to the great chagrin of hospital staff.
However, civil hospital's laboratory offers free tests to indoor
patients and employees and even then meets its recurring cost with
almost the same equipment that is available in the DRL.
otherwise serious issue seems to have been handled quite casually
perhaps without taking all repercussions and implications of the
decision in question into consideration.
The LUMHS is an
autonomous body that is generating its own funds and it has been trying
to get sanction for a 500-bed hospital for itself, especially for its
students to train them.
The hospital on the other hand is a
provincial subject and even in the light of the proposed devolution of
Higher Education Commission (HEC), which funds LUMHS, may again be
transferred to province. Its devolution has been stayed for time being
by the apex court.
The professors have been showing their
reservations over working of different wards of civil hospital while the
hospital administration was never happy with their way of working.
is always seen complaining privately that professors or associate
professors rarely attend outpatient department (OPD) which gets a huge
rush of patients.
The professors say that hospital doesn't provide
them required facilities while hospital administration's common
complaint is that they don't reach hospital in emergency cases.
Health Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi couldn't be contacted as he was out of
country. It is not known whether any paper work or proper consultation
in this regard has been done.
But LUMHS vice-chancellor Professor
Dr Noshad A. Shaikh said that health secretary has approached Sindh
chief minister, seeking approval to hand over Jamshoro hospital to
LUMHS has recently established minimal invasive surgical
unit (MISU) which has been declared a centre of excellence by
professional health bodies. It wants to replicate it in other fields of
medicine in university for which it needed space.
said: "We will get Jamshoro hospital with its budgetary allocations to
make it a reliable institution and if we performed well only then we
will get the civil hospital under our control".
He said that he
would try to put such a system in place that may keep working even after
he leaves the university. "When private sector hospitals can wok
efficiently why not hospital in public sector," he asked.
that health department offered him to simultaneously take control of
both the hospitals but he declined on the ground that the university
"Both hospitals will be working as tertiary hospitals", he claimed.
health department source said that how much difference the change of
administrative authority would make is something premature to comment
But there is every likelihood that teaching staff of LUMHS
would be concerned more about Jamshoro hospital and the civil hospital
would be relegated to a district level hospital to be looked after by
"The teaching staff will prefer Jamshoro branch over civil hospital", said a hospital source.
is not as easy as it is being perceived and government would have to
give a serious thought before it takes a final decision because
university is an autonomous body and money is needed to run this
"Patients don't have financial capacity who approach
civil hospital so how will they be treated in LUMHS-run Jamshoro
hospital is a big question", he said.
Apart from teaching staff
that works in two hospitals, the rest of the staff, including those
working in operation theatre, laboratory, x-ray department, kitchen,
wards and other sectors, comes from health department.
is question of assets of the hospital including its building and
equipment owned by Sindh government. LUMHS authorities are optimistic
about qualitative working of hospital once it is brought under its
control but apprehend that cost of treatment for poor patients from far
flung areas of Sindh will increase after it is formally handed over to
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Call to remove 'retired' VCs
Hyderabad: The Sindh chapter of the Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff
Association at a meeting on Tuesday demanded appointment of in-service
senior professors as vice-chancellors of public sector universities,
instead of retired vice-chancellors.
demanded that on the pattern of other provinces, in Sindh also teachers
of universities be promoted in hardship cases, PhD allowance be
increased to Rs10,000 and vice-chancellors be given authority to issue
NOCs for studies abroad.
The meeting also demanded housing schemes for teachers in all the universities.
central general secretary of the association, Professor Dr Mohammad
Zafar Noon, presided over the meeting held at the Mehran University of
Engineering and Technology campus in Jamshoro. It was attended by the
president of the association's Sindh chapter, Professor Badar Soomro,
Professor Naimatullah Leghari of the Sindh Agriculture University,
Tandojam, Professor Atta Mohammad Phull of the MUET and others. Dawn
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KU announces MA (Final) Regular results
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) has announced results of MA
(Final) Regular, Annual Examination 2009 in Economics, Islamic History,
Islamic Studies, Political Science, Education and Mass Communication,
said a release issued on Tuesday. In Economics, 13 students were
registered, 12 appeared and five of them passed the examination. In
Islamic History, one student was registered, who failed. In Islamic
Studies, six students were registered; all of them appeared and three
passed the examination. In Political Science, 13 students were
registered; all of them appeared and 10 passed the examination. In
Education, only one student appeared in the exam and failed. In Mass
Communication, two students were registered, both appeared and one of
them passed the examination. ppi
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Education City to create about 200,000 jobs'
Karachi: The Education City project will create employment opportunities for as many
as 192,530 people and ensure high-standard education to be imparted to
over 150,000 students.
This was observed at a
presentation given to Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on 'Education
City Act-2011 and progress of master planning' at the CM's House on
According to the facts presented at the meeting, the
project is a prestigious project aimed at providing the latest,
high-standard and quality education in various disciplines and sectors.
chief minister said that the government would not only promote this
project but would also make the necessary assistance and infrastructure
available for the same in order to give a boost to educational
He said there was an urgent need for prestigious
institutions imparting high-standard education, adding that concerted
efforts must be made to promote quality education right from the primary
level to ensure development, progress and prosperity of the province.
Shah observed that the previous government had initiated the Education
City project and made initial allotment of lands but encroachers had
grabbed many pieces of the land. These lands, he said, should be
retrieved and utilised for the earmarked purpose. He held out the
assurance that the necessary funds for the basic infrastructure would be
provided, and hoped that this would attract more investors and
promoters of education.
The chief minister was confident that the
project would generate employment on a big scale and local people would
be the main beneficiaries. The project would ultimately help alleviate
poverty in the area, he said.
He called for constituting a
four-member committee comprising the law minister, adviser to the chief
minister on investment, the chief secretary and investment secretary to
have an overall review of the master plan and prepare a draft for the
law department for vetting.
Adviser to CM on investment Zubair
Motiwala and investment secretary Mohammad Younis Dagha through a
presentation informed the meeting that the Education City project was
spread over an area of 8,921 acres. About 50 reputed institutions were
being established there for about 150,000 students, they said.
meeting was informed that planners of international standards had been
engaged to prepare a structure for the project. The draft of the
Education City Act-2011 had been prepared after a thorough discussion on
all aspects of the education sector, it was further stated.
Minister Mohammad Ayaz Soomro, suggested that since promotion of
education was an important objective of the provincial government, the
project should be named 'Education Cities in Sindh' and the land be
earmarked according to the actual requirement of the project. It should
be made mandatory upon every allottee to utilise the land exclusively
for education purpose and the allotment should be non-transferable, he
Local Government Minister Agha Siraj Durrani suggested that
elected members of the area should be taken as members of the board
concerned and lands should be allotted on payment.
The meeting was
informed that the purpose of establishing the Education City was to
meet immediate educational needs of the province and establish such
institutions that could ensure high-quality formal and vocational
education on the basis of equal opportunity and merit, the other major
objective being provision of quality health education, he added.
meeting noted that an 'Education City Board' would be formed to set the
strategic vision and policy guidelines for all matters pertaining to
the project, control and monitor land allotment and usage, enact
by-laws, chalk out guidelines to check encroachments and land-grabbing,
prepare and oversee master plans, prepare standards and design
guidelines, enforce quality and standards, settle disputes between
allottees and utility providers, etc.
It was proposed that the
chief minister should head the board as chairman and the advisor on
investment should act as vice-chairman. Elected representatives and
members from the institutions concerned, Higher Education Commission,
corporate/business sector and academia should be the members of the
board, it was further suggested.
The meeting was attended all the ministers and secretaries concerned as well as officials of the relevant departments. app
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'Libraries should be equipped with latest technology'
Karachi: There is a need for exploiting the latest technology in libraries to promote a culture of learning in these changing times.
This was stated by Prof Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Karachi (KU), on Tuesday.
Kazmi expressed her views on the importance of systemic distribution of
knowledge through libraries. She was speaking at the inaugural session
of the three-day workshop on 'Library and Information Management'
organised by the Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information
Centre (PASTIC), an information wing of the Pakistan Science Foundation
(PSF), in collaboration with the Department of Library and Information
Sciences (LIS), KU.
Dr Kazmi informed the audience that library
sciences had become an important part of education as a huge quantity of
information available has to be presented to the students, teachers and
general reader in such a way that they do not have to go through
unnecessary hassle to access the information. She also praised the
active participation of the Department of Library Science of the
Nageen Ainuddin, Director PASTIC, Islamabad,
informed the audience that the main objective of the workshop was to
create awareness and provide training on library management softwares
like WINISIS, ABCD, etc.
The software has been developed by
Unesco and is available free of charge through PASTIC, which is the
Unesco-designated official distributor for this package.
Earlier Prof. Malahat Kaleem Sherwani, Chairperson of LIS department welcomed all the guests and participants.
workshop, which will continue till April 21, plans to help in capacity
building, enabling the participants to manage their libraries better and
serve their users in an improved manner.
PASTIC has been organising such workshops for several years and has succeeded in training hundreds of librarians. The news
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