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Karachi first year commerce results 2012

BIEK announced HSC commerce results
Karachi, Dec 28: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) has announced the result of Higher Secondary Certificate Part-I Class XI Annual Examinations 2012 Commerce Group regular and private on Wednesday. As per statistics, a total of 33,894 candidates, including 19,163 male and 14,731 female regular, were registered of which 33,460, including 18,911 male and 14,549 female, appeared in the examination.

The pass percentage of male candidates in six papers is 44.22 and female candidates 51.90 percent, whereas, result of 46 candidates has been withheld. As per details, 8,343 male and 7,549 female candidates passed seven papers, 3,662 male and 2,585 female passed six papers, 2,242 male and 1,569 female candidates passed five papers, 1,752 male and 1,094 female passed four papers, 1,213 male and 782 female passed three papers, 857 male and 571 female passed two papers and 562 male and 318 female passed only one paper. Private students registered for examination were 9,446 including 6,613 male and 2,833 female of which 9,043, including 6,293 male and 2,750, appeared in the examination. Twenty male candidates result has been withheld.

According to statistics of result, 913 male and 666 female candidates passed seven papers, 1,178 male and 477 female passed six papers, 1,248 male and 402 female candidates passed five papers, 1,006 male and 392 female candidates passed four papers, 782 male and 342 female candidates passed three papers, 573 male and 208 female candidates passed two papers and 358 male and 186 female candidates passed only one paper. Daily times

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Fuuast extends date for filing admission forms
Karachi: The Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (Fuuast) has extended the last date for submission of admission forms till Jan 3.

According to the university registrar, the forms for admission to arts, law, business administration, commerce and economics departments can be obtained from bank branches at the Abdul Haq campus, while admission forms for science, computer science, geology, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology and pharmacy are available at the Gulshan-i-Iqbal campus. ppi

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Students preferring commerce to science
Karachi: According to statistics acquired from the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK), the number of students going in for commerce subjects has grown to almost three times more than those taking pre-medical and almost double to those taking pre-engineering disciplines.

"The past 10 years has seen a shift in students' preferences as far as the choice of subjects is concerned. Earlier, where there were more students getting into pre-medical and pre-engineering, they are now more inclined towards commerce subjects," BIEK chairman Anwar Ahmed Zai told Dawn.

"Currently, we have 92,000 students in the commerce group and 36,000, including 4,000 doing medical technology, in pre-medical while 51,000 are studying pre-engineering," he said.

"Actually, the biggest shift in the trend from science to commerce subjects was witnessed over the past four years. The reason for this may be that after taking pre-medical, the students only have one direction to go, besides doing BSc, as they cannot apply for engineering colleges or universities after studying pre-medical subjects.

"For pre-engineering it is still better as they have mathematics there due to which they can still make a switch and go for BCom or BBA if they cannot get admission to an engineering institution," he added. "As for taking commerce, there is more influx there as it opens the way for more lines such as banking, accountancy, business, management, etc," he explained.

Reflecting on the issue, the industrialist, educationist and former dean and director of the Institute of Business Administration, Mr Danishmand, also agreed that the trend was more towards business subjects.

"Earlier, it was seen that more male students were going in for pre-medical and pre-engineering disciplines, but after gaining a majority in medical institutions, girls have also turned towards engineering. You only saw one or two females doing engineering earlier, but today their numbers have increased in that field.

"The thing about girls is that they do better in entrance tests to bag most seats in medical and engineering institutions. So they do far better than boys merit-wise," he pointed out.

"There are also merit requirements to get admissions to medical and engineering institutions. The IBA wants 60 per cent and above marks to consider a candidate for an admission, but there are many other business schools out there with far less percentage requirements and standards which are far lower than the best schools. In Pakistan, there are approximately 100 business schools and with the cream going into the best of them the others can settle for far less, even 45 per cent, so the commerce students know that they will be absorbed somewhere," he added.

"It is not so easy for medical and engineering institutions to drop their standards in favour of taking in students because there is always the medical and the engineering councils to check on such things. Therefore, commerce students have more chances," he said.

"But then your fate can take you anywhere like a former head of a bank here who had done Tripos in nuclear physics," he laughed.

"In time people discover new things and aptitudes about themselves as others, too, discover them," Mr Danishmand said.

Adding to the discussion, the professor and chairman of the department of architecture and planning, NED University, Karachi, Dr Noman Ahmed, said he didn't think that the number of students opting for pre-engineering had gone down.

"Engineering options have grown over the past 10 years with the NED going from six programmes to as many as 25 programmes. So the openings for undergraduates have multiplied," he added.

"Yes, in pre-medical there is this realisation among students that they will have to study further after a five-year MBBS course as specialisation is needed for gaining an employment. And sustaining such a long period of education is not possible for all students," he said.

"Whereas there are more chances of employment for engineering students after completing their initial four years as by that time they have a strong foundations in physics, chemistry and mathematics, which can get them teaching jobs in schools that allows them to carry on with their studies as well on the side," he said.

"Of course, there is some change in specific fields such as metallurgy, industrial manufacturing, automobile engineering, etc, after the Steel Mills stopped taking on such expertise and the government policy on importing foreign-manufactured cars was also relaxed. Still, there is a demand for civil engineering, architecture and mechanical engineering overseas, especially in the Gulf states," he said.

Prof Dr M. Umar Farooq, pro-vice chancellor of the Dow University of Health Sciences, also agreed with the NED professor when he said that more students preferred taking up commerce subjects as they had become more "future-oriented". "You get established quite late in life in the medical field after graduation as compared to the other fields," he concluded. Dawn

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