AKU-EB Matric & Inter exams 2013 | QAU exam format
AKU-EB delays exams date to avoid polls
Karachi, April 24: The Aga Khan University Examination Board
(AKU-EB) on Tuesday announced a revised timetable for its Secondary
School Certificate (Matric) and Higher Secondary School Certificate
(Intermediate) examination session.
The theory papers across Pakistan will now begin on May 14 instead of
May 11 due to the upcoming general elections scheduled for the day,
according to a statement issued by the AKU-EB.
The May 2013 examination session will be conducted at 32 centres in
28 cities across Pakistan; students will attempt exams in more than 90
The practical examinations for SSC have already been conducted as per schedule; however, those for HSSC will begin from May 7.
"AKU-EB takes pride in its efforts to make sure that the May and
September exam sessions, events, workshops and other activities are
conducted strictly as scheduled unless something is completely beyond
our control. We hope to continue this tradition for all future
activities and services. Our initial exam timetable was published before
the election dates were announced which caused a bit of confusion among
our candidates," said AKU-EB Associate Director Karima Kara.
The revised timetable has been sent to all affiliated schools and colleges and also posted on AKU-EB's website.
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Seven caught cheating in SSC exams
Karachi: With just a couple of days left for this
year's Secondary School Certificate (SSC) annual examination to
conclude, officials of the Board of Secondary Education Karachi on
Monday caught more students while cheating.
"There were a total of seven students caught cheating red-handed on
Monday," the controller exams shared. "And I personally caught five of
them during our surprise visits to the exam centres," he added.
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Untimely change in QAU exam format perturbs students
Islamabad: Though every education board can change
the format of its exams, a latest move by Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU)
has left students as well as teachers in Islamabad colleges confused.
The QAU has changed the format of the question papers just 48 days before commencement of the exams, it has been learnt.
When approached, educationists seemed divided over the issue. A
faculty member of H-9 College said the QAU had dispatched the model
question papers of all the subjects along with the date-sheet when the
annual exam of BA/BSc were going to start from June 10. Even colleges have closed their sessions, he adedd.
Students were totally ignorant of the new paper pattern and have been
making preparation according to the previous pattern of the University
of Punjab, he said.
It may be mentioned that for the last 40 years degree-awarding
educational institutions in Islamabad were affiliated with the
University of Punjab. Last year, however, these institutions were
brought under the QAU Islamabad. And it will be for the first time that
students in the capital city will be taking exams under the QAU.
A college teacher said in the model paper of economics, the students
have been advised to attempt 10 questions out of 16 in three hours.
However, the University of Punjab used to allocate three hours for
solving five questions of the same length, he said.
The students will be confused and there is a possibility that they
might not attempt the whole question paper within the given time. We
demand that the university should revisit the format, he said.
Student Hafiz Qamar said if the university had to conduct the exams
according to the new format it should have intimated the students and
college administration at the start of the session.
"If we try to solve the questions through diagram, flow sheets,
tables and relevant calculations, we will no be able to cover the whole
paper," he said.
A teacher of F-7/2 Girls College complained that it was not the first
time that they had faced such a situation. She said the university
changed the contents of the syllabus but failed to provide a complete
syllabus and guidelines to colleges on time.
"Teachers were asked to follow the syllabus of the University of
Punjab till they received the QAU syllabus. The QAU sent the syllabus
when half of the current academic session had passed," she said.
Students have to learn additional topics because the contents and
topics that they were taught did not match with the new syllabus, she
When contacted, Prof Dr Nizamuddin, the vice chancellor of the
University of Gujrat and a foreign faculty member of the Higher
Education Commission, said teachers criticising the change of format did
not teach the students for knowledge; they prepared them for exams.
"According to my opinion, the format of question papers should be
changed for every exam so that students would study the whole books and
understand what they read. There should be no choice in question papers
because that is how students can be forced to study the whole book," he
"The results and the number of students might be affected because of
the change of format of the question papers but it will be in the best
interest of students," he said.
Vice Chancellor Gomal University Prof Dr Mansoor Kundi said that all over the world the format of question papers did not
make any difference in the semester system.
But whenever the format is changed in an annual system, students suffer.
"The QAU is having a semester system due to which the relevant department did not have the idea about that problem. According to my opinion, although the university has every right to
change the format it should have done it gradually," he said.
"This time the students will face the problem but next year they will
be mentally prepared and their will be no issue regarding the format,"
Controller examinations QAU Dr Shahid Ansari said the university wanted to build a culture in which students should understand the syllabus. If they understand what they study, they can attempt all sorts of questions.
"They should be ready for both objective and subjective questions.
Principals of colleges are members of the academic councils and their
input was taken at the time of preparation of the question papers," he
"Besides, college teachers are head of the board of studies of those
subjects which are not being taught at the QAU like Persian etc. We
should keep in mind that it is for the first time that exams are being
held through the QAU and in future the students will not face such
issues," he said.
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PAL launches first English literary journal with translations
Islamabad: The Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL)
has formally launched its first bi-annual English literary journal
'Pakistani Literature' with translations in various international
languages including French, Arabic, Chinese, Turkish and English.
While briefing about the journal on Tuesday, Chairman PAL Abdul
Hameed said translating Pakistani writings into foreign languages was
one of the most significant purpose of PAL. The formal and systematic
translation bureau has given this uphill task to its panel of experts
and reviewers, who also check and gauge the quality of the translation.
He further noted that the Pakistani languages are the collective
heritage and spirit of the nation, which shapes the cultural ethos and
creates a distinct identity.
Abdul Hameed said Pakistani Literature includes creative works by
prominent writers from alls schools of thought and indigenous languages.
The issue includes works of thirty five prose writers and forty one
poets of Urdu, Punjabi/Potohari,
Sindhi, Pushto, Balochi/Brahvi, Khowar and English.
He added that the journal, like other regular publications of PAL,
aims to promote literary works produced in various local languages.
Works in translation introduced through this journal, along with
original writings in English, have been well received by readers
Managing Editor Zaheer-ud-Din Malik said that the
journal allows people who speak international languages an opportunity
to understand the culture, values and customs of the Pakistani people.
The work of Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, Asghar Nadeem Syed, Azra Abbas,
Hameed Qaiser, Mansha Yad and others from Urdu have been included in the
The original English writings include prose by Bapsi Sidhwa, Mohammad
Ali, Nilofer Sultana, Raja Tridiv Roy, Rashida Alvi, Sarmad Sehbai,
Sumaira Baqer and Muneeza Shamsi. Dawn
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Preston University holds singing contest
Preston University has organised an inter-university "Singing Competition at
Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai Auditorium here as part of 'Spring Splash 2013.'
The competition was divided into two categories-male and female.
of Peshawar, Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad, and Preston
University Islamabad and Karachi participated in the female competition.
Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Arid Agriculture University,
Rawalpindi, University of Peshawar, Federal Urdu University, Islamabad,
Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad, and Preston University,
Islamabad, Kohat and Lahore campuses participated in the male category
of singing competition.
In the female category, Nosheen
Qayyum of Preston University, Islamabad beat her competitors from other
universities out by her brilliant singing skills. Second position was
grabbed by Mehwish Iqbal of Preston University, Karachi. Haadia Sultan
from the University of Peshawar was placed in the third position.
the male category, Subhan Ali Niazi of Preston University, Islamabad
outclassed his counterparts from other competing universities by his
The judges adjudged Subhan Niazi, who
sang a beautiful 'ghazal' on the occasion, as the best singer and
awarded him first position in the competition. Hammad from Quaid-i-Azam
University, Islamabad also performed very well to win second position.
Third position in the singing competition was won by Kashif Hussain of
Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi. The news
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