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Punjab University BSc exam scam

BSc student solved papers at home
Lahore, April 14: Punjab University (PU) Examination Department on Friday unearthed a scam involving an examination superintendent and a BSc candidate solving question papers at home instead of allotted exam centre.

According to the details, Shanzay Sadiq, a private candidate (Roll Number 75213) was allocated exam centre at the Punjab University's Examination Centre, Wahdat Road, but she used to attempt question-papers at home with the help of superintendent Alia Anwar, Assistant Professor of the Government College, Wapda Town.

A Punjab University spokesperson said the Examination Department had nabbed the superintendent and the candidate red-handed who was taking her paper in her house illegally on Friday, adding that this could be termed a success of PU examination system under Controller Examinations Prof Dr Liaqat Ali.

The spokesperson said the candidate was being given answer book one day before the examination and she was getting question paper on the day of paper from the superintendent at 8:15am outside the bank. The candidate used to write answers on the already given answer book at her home and to submit solved answer book at 12noon while the superintendent used to mark her attendance on blank boxes that she was already maintaining. He further said PU Controller of Examinations Prof Dr Liaqat Ali formed a committee when he found some misappropriation in the attendance sheet of English Paper-A of Examination Centre No 56. The committee strictly carried out investigation into the matter, watching the candidate and the superintendent for eight days to dig out all the facts.

On Friday at 8:15am, the superintendent, after getting a packet of sealed question papers from a bank, boarded a car while a male driver and the candidate were inside the vehicle, the spokesman said.

He added the superintendent was later dropped to examination centre while the candidate was seen reading question paper when the car turned. The driver and the candidate then reached R-Block of a housing society, near Johar Town, and entered a house. Later, the driver took the car to a house situated at U-block of Defence Housing Authority. On the other side, the suspected examination staff of the centre was also being watched by a special team. A team, posing as routine checking, entered the examination centre and found two lines blank in the attendance sheet. After that, the team waited for the closing time and packing of answer books and at that time, the team entered and checked the bundle of the answer books and found that there was an attendance of 12 candidates but there were 13 answer books in the sealed bundle which included the answer book of Shanzay Sadiq which reached the centre at 12 noon.

The PU spokesperson further said the superintendent had confessed to her crime and submitted, in writing, that she was managing the whole episode. There were reports that the superintendent had settled the matter for Rs600,000. However, Prof Dr Liaqat Ali did not confirm the same, saying more money might be involved but the superintendent had not disclosed the details yet. He further said the incident was a success of the PU examination system as a very complicated case was thoroughly investigated for eight days to dig out all the details and the modus operandi of those involved. He said the superintendent had been blacklisted while an Unfair Means Case (UMC) had been registered against the candidate.

Prof Dr Liaqat Ali further said that a letter would also be written to the Higher Education Department to take departmental action against the assistant professor. He also congratulated the investigation team which unearthed the whole incident.

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GCU won
Lahore: Government College University has won the All Pakistan Universities Declamation Contest hosted by the Higher Education Commission (HEC). GC University's Debating Society (GCUDS) lifted the team trophy called Allama Iqbal Shield at the competition while GCU's Saadul Hassan was declared the Best Speaker of the competition.

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Punjab teachers' protest plan
Rawalpindi: Teachers have chalked out a protest plan for April 18 (Wednesday) on the call of Muttahida Mahaz Asataza (Punjab), Rawalpindi Chapter, to build pressure on the provincial government for announcing the promised package.

The decision to this effect was announced by Muttahida Mahaz Asataza District Chairman Mohammad Najeeb Pasha; District General Secretary Sajid Iqbal Janjua and Information Secretary Chaudhry Mohammad Yasin while talking to a group of journalists here on Friday.

The office-bearers said that the concerned provincial government functionaries were indifferent towards problems of teachers working in primary, secondary, middle and high schools.

"More than six months back, the concerned officials had assured teachers that a package for them would be announced in January this year, but no practical step has been taken in this regard. We tried to meet the Punjab chief minister to apprise him of grievances of teachers, but failed. We are given time for a meeting but at the eleventh hour the programme was cancelled," they alleged.

Teachers staged a protest rally in Lahore on Thursday to draw the attention of the chief minister towards their problems, Najeeb Pasha and Iqbal Janjua said. "Now we have decided to stop performing our duties from April 18 after 10 a.m. If demands are not met in due course of time then thousands of teachers would stage a protest rally in Rawalpindi on May 17 in front of the office of executive district officer (education). Later, the rally would proceed to the parliament where teachers would hold a demonstration in favour of their demands. Teachers would also march towards the Punjab House where they would stage a sit-in.

The charter of demands included facilities to Punjab teachers equivalent to the federal government teachers, the scale of PST teachers should be upgraded to BPS-14, EST to BPS-16 and SST tutors to BPS-17 and the emoluments of teachers should be raised by 100%. The news

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Student awarded silver medal in int'l contest
Rawalpindi: A 14 year-old Pakistani student from Peshawar has clinched a silver medal in the sixth International Environmental Project Olympiad recently held in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.

A press release stated that the project presented by Muhammad bin Qasim, a class 8 student of Pak-Turk International School in Peshawar, stood second among over hundreds of projects from across 42 countries of the world.

Qasim represented research on a plant found in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province which can cure diabetes. The research was supervised by Professor Dr Mirza Hakim Khan and Huseyin Gursoy. Upon arrival to Pakistan, Qasim said that his success was due to the efforts of his teachers and the prayers of his parents. app

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Comsats meeting to be held on 16th
Islamabad: The second commission meeting of the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (Comsats) will be held here on Monday.

The commission is the highest forum of Comsats with membership of the heads of 21 member states. Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani is its chairman. Around 60 country delegates, including 15 ministers, are attending the meeting. Apart from the Pakistani minister for science and technology, the participating delegates from Bangladesh, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ghana, Kazakhstan, Jordan, Iran, Philippines, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe will participate.

Representatives from the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization will also attend the meeting as observers.

The aim of the meeting is renewing the commitment of the member countries for achieving the objectives of Comsats; working out policy guidelines for the future functioning of the commission; sensitising member states and institutions of Comsats towards the importance of cooperation in S&T; and mobilizing financial support for the scientific and technical programmes of Comsats.

Hosted by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), the meeting is expected to be inaugurated by the prime minister.

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'Pukkelpop' at City School
Islamabad: 'Good teaching is one-forth preparation and three-fourths theatre.' This was rightly showcased in The City School I-8/3 Nursery Branch's presentation on 'The Pukkelpop.' It was a musical event presented to perfection by children no more than two and a half to four years, says a press release.

The event aimed at providing entertainment and enjoyment to the parents at the same time it was an enhancement of concepts taught in school. Children performed on remixes of different nursery rhymes which made it

all the more lively and contemporary.

Presentations on 'Rain rain go away', 'I am alive', 'Heal the world', 'Daddy's taking us to the zoo' and 'My family' were amazing to watch. The highlight of the show was the performance on 'Under the sea' where the whole stage was transformed to a sea and children into sea creatures. It was a perfect ending to a perfect show.

Assistant Regional Director Attaullah Niazi in his speech appreciated the confidence of the little participants and commented that it was a function of international level because of the standard of its presentation and quality of props and costume. Regional Academic Coordinator Mrs. Misbah Khurshid admired the efforts of staff and cooperation of parents. In the end the Headmistress Mrs. Mahlaqa Mubashir gave a note of thanks to all the guests. The news

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