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HSC pre-medical colleges poor result

No student of 19 colleges passed HSC pre-medical exams
Karachi, Aug 12: Not a single student belonging to as many as 19 colleges and higher secondary schools of the city was declared successful in the Higher Secondary Certificate, Part-II, Science group (pre-medical) annual examinations-2010 results which were announced by the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) on Tuesday.

Statistics provided by the BIEK shows that the educational institutions whose performance remained abysmal in the examinations include four government colleges, seven public sector higher secondary schools and eight private colleges.

Moreover, there are 15 colleges and higher secondary schools whose not more than 10 per cent students passed in the examinations.

These institutions include 10 government colleges, three private higher secondary schools and one private college and one private higher secondary school.

The educational institutions whose pass percentage in the examinations remained zero per cent are: Govt Degree College for Boys (7D/2), North Karachi; MW Inter College; Govt Girls Higher Secondary School, Green-belt Area, Mehmoodabad; Pakistan Steel Mashal Intermediate College; Govt Degree Science, Arts and Commerce College, Murad Memon Goth; Liaquat College of Management and Sciences; Ashrafi Intermediate College, Gulshan-i-Iqbal; Govt Degree Science College, Malir, Saudabad; Govt Girls Higher Secondary School, Landhi No.1; Govt Boys Higher Secondary School No-2, 'K' Area Korangi; Allama Iqbal Govt Boys Higher Secondary School, Sohrab Goth; Govt Boys and Girls Higher Secondary School, Haji Nathoo, Malir; Govt Comprehensive Boys Higher Secondary School, Korangi-3; Recknor's College of Management and Computer Science; MTI Higher Secondary School; Tariq Bin Ziad College, Shah Faisal Colony; Govt Degree Boys College, Sham Pir, Baba Bhit; Dhaka College of Information Technology and Govt Boys Comprehensive Higher Secondary School, Azizabad, Federal B' Area.

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When BIEK chairman Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai was contacted to know what action the board would take against these schools and colleges, he said that initially their affiliation with the BIEK would be suspended and if the management of such institutions failed to give any satisfactory answer in reply to the show-cause notices which were being issued to them then their affiliation would certainly be cancelled.

"Currently an exercise was under way at the board to check whether the educational institutions whose students' pass percentage was zero in the 2009 annual examinations and it remained the same in the 2010 examinations also," he said, adding that if it was found that an institution's pass percentage had remained zero in both the examinations, then stern action would definitely be taken against them in accordance with the board's rules.

Prof Zai said that although the BIEK could suspend affiliation of any educational institution whose students' pass percentage in exams remained below 30 per cent, most government colleges whose performance in the past year's examinations remained abysmal had attributed it to a shortage of teachers.

He, however, said that all those educational institutions whose students' pass percentage in the 2010 examinations remained 30 per cent or below would be asked to improve their performance through show-cause notices which soon be issued to them. Dawn

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KU suffers due to lackadaisical attitude of teachers, staff
Karachi: Reflecting the moral decline that has crept in the society, teachers and other employees at the University of Karachi (KU) are emulating the negative aspects of it and have been dragging the university into a dark abyss.

There was a time, as recent as in the tenure of VC Dr Abdul Wahab, when the VCs would visit the departments and see if the teachers were delivering their lectures. Currently, despite requests from many well-wishers of the university, the VC refuses to visit the departments.

The permanent faculty, especially the senior professors, manage to bring out time tables that put the cooperative teachers, apparently 'KU's beasts of burden', in the first and second periods while they chill out at their homes within the campus.

Pro VC Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi came straight to the point, "I am very sorry to see the teachers and employees not coming to work on time. I used to visit various departments when I was the dean of the Science Faculty and made sure that teachers start coming to their departments on time. It did work then." However, Dr Kazmi says that now she is too busy to repeat her success story.

President Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) Dr Abid Hasnain condemned the practice of absenteeism among the teachers. "There could be no other opinion about this. Unfortunately there is lack of ownership when work is involved. We own it only when we want to get things salaries, perks, etc. We remind other of their duties while remembering our rights only!" he said sarcastically. Dr Hasnain said that performing their duties well was of 'prime importance' but the teachers forget this point mostly. He blasted the lack of accountability culture in the university. "No one is accountable, be it the VC or the peon. KU employees want their rights without realising their responsibilities. The university is lamenting about the financial crunch but money is being spent lavishly," he further said.

A student at the Science Faculty complained about the lack of interest shown by the teachers. "Sometimes classes are not held because the 'weather is pleasant' while on other times the teacher is 'not in a mood to teach'. Sometimes the senior teachers are sitting in their cozy rooms and do not even bother to tell the students that they will not deliver the lecture. It is very disgusting. We come from far off places in the city to KU and end up facing this dilemma," he said.

A Cooperative Teacher, requesting anonymity said that she has seen closed class rooms in different departments. "The office would not be opened at 8:30 am and classes, when opened, have the garbage piles and a nauseating smell. It is pathetic. The chairpersons do not bother to look into these matters. They are not in the department before 10:00 am. It is so discomforting. Who will correct this mess?" she questioned.

Meanwhile, the Registrar KU has taken note of the absence of resident teaching and non-teaching staff from their duties during the law and order situation. In a notification issued by him, the registrar has urged the teaching and non teaching staff to start coming to their departments and offices on time.

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KU activates Disaster Management Volunteer Corps
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) has activated its Disaster Management Volunteer Corps (KUDMVC) to help provide relief to flood victims across the country.

The KUDMVC held a meeting on Wednesday and Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi, urged the students and faculty members to come forward to help their countrymen reeling under the effects of worst ever floods. Director Institute of Space and Planetary Astrophysics (ISPA) Dr Jameel Kazmi gave a briefing on the current situation of floods and said that the most of affectees belonged to the lower income group.

A large number of students showed interest in working voluntarily and they urged the KU should play its role in helping the affected people. It was decided that small groups of KU volunteers will work under the supervision of their teachers, chairpersons and deans to raise funds for the flood victims.

It was decided that the collected aid will be kept in the Beit-ul-Maal of KU and to keep transparency in the distribution of the aid, the students, teachers and non-teaching staff will themselves take it to the flood victims in the affected areas.

The first group of the KUDMVC along with the first consignment of aid will visit the interior Sindh on Saturday.

Ramzan timings: The registrar University of Karachi (KU) has announced that the working hours of the University of Karachi during Ramzan will be from 8:00am to 1:00pm.

Registrar KU Professor Kaleem Raza Khan has requested the members of the teaching and administrative staff, students and others to observe the sanctity of the holy month of Ramzan on the university premises. All canteens and food stalls will remain closed throughout the day. No food and drinks will be supplied to anyone from the hostel canteens/mess during the fasting period. The only exception will be made upon showing the certificate of a senior medical officer in case of illness. The news

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