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Aga Khan University Examination Board (AKU-EB) HSSC results

AKU-EB announces HSSC Part-I results
Karachi, Aug 07, 2008: More than 76 per cent candidates succeeded in Higher Secondary School Certificates (HSSC) Part I annual examinations held under the Aga Khan University Examination Board (AKU-EB), a press release said on Wednesday.

According to details the first batch of candidates took their examinations at 11 locations across Pakistan. A total of 10.39 per cent of candidates gained grade A-One, 26.49 per cent passed in A grade and 31.43 per cent obtained B grade in the exams held in May 2008. The overall pass percentage remained 76.36 per cent.

It was further stated that the AKU-EB used an electronic marking system to check the papers, which protects the candidate against possible errors on the examiners' part. The process also helps provide feedback on candidate's performance question by question and school by school as well.

The examinations were conducted in both English and Urdu. Listening skills were assessed in both languages while practical exams were conducted in four different subjects. The electronic marking and tabulation of results provided quality assurance to the colleges. The News

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Private schools -vs- Cantonment Board Faisal
Karachi: The multi-faceted education system in Pakistan is ruining the learning capabilities of students, said Private School Management Association (PSMA) Chairman Sharafuz Zaman on Wednesday.

"Different authorities have been threatening the private schools system of the city, without realizing that these private schools share more than 60 percent of the burden of education," said Zaman. While addressing a press conference, he informed the media that the Cantonment Board Faisal (CBF) recently issued notices (Letter No. CBF-9/Notice/G.Jauhar/Genl/5055 dated: July 19, 2008) to private schools of Gulistan-e-Jauhar. The schools were told to either to register their buildings as commercial properties with the CBF or face closure, after the recent promulgation of the CBF Building By-Laws, 119 of 2008.

"If the CBF does not withdraw the notices, then the PSMA will be compelled to close all schools within the CBF jurisdiction and all over the city," he said. Sindh Private Schools Management Association Chairman Khalid Shah said that the CBF measures posed a major threat to private school operators and could not be ignored. "We fully support the PSMA and will support them in any matter related to the future of private schools. If the notices are not withdrawn, no school belonging to the private sector will remain open and the CBF will be responsible for the closure," said Shah.

Zaman claimed that the notices at the start of the new academic year was a planned move. "The CBF has cautioned all the schools to stop the use of their buildings within 7 days after the issuance of the notices, stating that the buildings would be confiscated in favor of the CBF if the directives were not followed. Private schools have invested money and time to provide quality education to Pakistani children but these same institutions are shackled down with taxes and notices," said Zaman.

He said that the PSMA has held a meeting with CBF executives who had relatively more flexible attitudes regarding the matter and requested the schools to approach the CBF for registration of their buildings. However, he added that the CBF had sole discretion to accept or refuse any application.

"It is ridiculous that schools that were established 20 years ago, are being issued notices now. The CBF has enforced By-Laws 119 of 2008 without taking the stakeholders into confidence, although, it is already generating huge revenue in taxes," said Zaman.

The PSMA chairman said that all private schools of the city were directly under the authority of the Sindh Education Ministry and are registered with Board of Secondary Education, while many other boards are also conducting exams in the Gulistan-e-Jauhar area. Zaman claimed that the Sindh Education Ministry had no objections over the condition of the school buildings or whether they were residential or commercial.

There are approximately 600 private schools in Gulistan-e-Jauhar alone, with more than 65,000 students. The number of private schools within the jurisdiction of CBF is more than 300 and the CBF collects Rs 7,000 per year from each school, which adds up to Rs 21,00,000. The rate of taxes levied by the CBF is higher than rates approved by the City District Government Karachi. Daily Times

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No change of subject & examination centres at KU
Karachi: The controller of examinations, University of Karachi (KU), has informed the prospective KU students that they would face cancellation of their papers if they changed their examination centres without prior permission of their respective departments. Furthermore, the unauthorised change of subject by students will be punished by charging Rs1,000 per subject. Maqsood Hussain, controller of examinations, said that the examination department was taking these steps to curb the culture of corruption by the officials and the students and more steps would be taken in future. The News

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MUET signs MoU with UK university
Hyderabad: A delegation of University of Southampton, UK, including Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Alistair Fitt and Madam Jo Nesbitt, deputy head of the international office and regional director, visited the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology on Wednesday and signed an MoU for exchange of scientific, academic and technical information between the two universities.

It also includes academic exchanges, mutual visits of faculty and school members to pursue research and to deliver lecture, and student exchanges on a reciprocal basis.

In his presentation MUET Vice-Chancellor Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan Rajput highlighted the achievements of MUET and said that the University of Southampton is one of the top 10 research universities in UK and has achieved high scores consistently for its teaching and learning activities.

The University of Southampton, he said, is a truly international institution with a global reputation for excellence in leading-edge research and it is an honour for MUET to work with one of the UK's leading universities.

Professor Fitt appreciated efforts of MUET for signing MOU and said that many goals and objectives, including identifying opportunities for exchanges, cooperation, joint research and development in disciplines of mutual interest can be achieved under this international partnership programme.

The university has more than 20 academic schools which are organised into three faculties he said and added that it offers more than 300 courses at under-graduate and post-graduate levels. To implement the collaborative activities envisaged under the MoU, he said, representatives of the University of Southampton and MUET will meet periodically to negotiate and conclude project agreements and programmes of cooperation.

PHD: University of Sindh Vice-Chancellor Mazharul Haq Siddiqui has called upon scholars of biotechnology and genetic engineering to focus their research on resolving the problems of agriculture, industry and health sectors so that society can benefit from the emerging discipline.

He was speaking at the final PhD seminar of research scholar Asghar Ali on "isolation, purification and characterisation of proteases from cotton seeds on Wednesday. The seminar was attended by a large number of scientists from departments of faculty of natural sciences and research scholars engaged in research on various science disciplines in the university. Dawn

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