Major changes in Punjab University's BA/BSc, MA/MSc exams
Students and teachers have been criticising the PU administration aggregate system
Lahore, Fen 02: Major structural changes in the Punjab University's BA/BSc and
MA/MSc examinations are in the offing and are likely to be applied to those
candidates who will appear in these exams from varsity's affiliated colleges or
privately from this year.
These changes include reorganisation of
aggregate system of marking, allowing those candidates of BA/BSc for
supplementary exam who fail in two papers and introduction of supplementary exam
at MA/MSc level.
It is important to mention here that students and
teachers have been criticising the PU administration for introducing 45 per cent
of aggregate at MA/MSc level a couple of years ago.
Under this system,
40 per cent is pass marks of each paper while a candidate has to make 45 per
cent total aggregate to pass the exams, which means if a candidate even gets 40
or 41 marks in each of the five papers of MA/MSc, he/she is considered
This aggregate system was introduced in 2005 during tenure of VC Lt
Gen (Retd) Arshad Mehmood but despite strong resentment from students and
teachers, the PU administration could not change it and students continued to
Similarly, students and teachers have been expressing concerns
regarding non-availability of an important option for private candidates and
those of affiliated colleges of the Punjab University i.e. supplementary exams
at MA/MSc level.
At present, if a candidate fails in any one subject of
MA/MSc exams, he/she has to wait for almost a year to sit in the annual exam, as
PU does not offer supplementary exams at this level. Undoubtedly, this has been
delaying the youth to start their professional careers, while its worst impact
on female students, keeping in view prevailing social norms, could not be
The third major structural change on the cards is allowing all
those candidates of BA/BSc exams to sit in supplementary exams who would fail in
At present, a candidate who fails in only one subject in
BA/BSc annual exams is eligible to appear in supplementary exam while all those
failing in more than one subject have to appear in annual exam.
PU official said keeping in view growing concern of the students and their
parents, the university administration was seriously mulling over to bring
reforms in the examination system. He said PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid
Kamran had held several meetings with the Controller of Examinations Zahid
Kareem in this connection recently.
He further said the supplementary
exams at MA/MSc level would also help the university to generate revenue, adding
it was too important since universities were facing severe cuts in grants from
A consensus has been developed to bring revolutionary
changes in the examination system so that candidates might be facilitated to the
maximum extent and they might not suffer because of the system, he
Zahid Kareem said there had been deliberations
on several important and possible changes in exams at BA/BSc and MA/MSc level.
He said issues like aggregate system and supplementary exams would soon be
placed before the academic council for final
approval. -firstname.lastname@example.org (The News)
PPSC bans two candidates
Lahore: The Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) has permanently disqualified two
candidates in view of a gross irregularity (impersonation) committed by them.
According to a press note issued on Saturday, Muhammad Tahseen Najam s/o Najam
ud Din and Muhammad Azeem Najam s/o Najam ud Din, residents of H-64 Mohallah
Islampura, Matchis Factory, Shahdra, have been permanently disqualified from
appearing/applying for any post advertised by the PPSC.
KEMU announced MBBS result
Lahore: THE King Edward Medical University (KEMU), Lahore, has declared the result of the MBBS First
Professional Part-I Annual Examination, 2008. According to a press result
notification here on Saturday, 276 candidates had appeared in the exam and 215
were declared successful with 77.90 pass percentage. Muhammad Salman Faisal,
Roll No 81096, secured first position, Rabi Anwar, Roll No 81239, got second
position and Zahra Arooba, Roll No 81284, obtained third position. The detailed
result can be viewed on www.kemu.edu.pk The supplementary examination of the
MBBS First Professional Part-I will commence from March 17.
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Punjab Schoolteachers announce boycott of test
Lahore: The Senior Staff Association (SSA) of the Punjab government
schools has announced boycott of the test of management training programme
scheduled for February 7 and 8.
The SSA also announced a protest
demonstration outside the Punjab Civil Secretariat on Feb 6 in connection with
the teachersí concerns over performance of the Programme Management and
Implementation Unit (PMIU).
Addressing a press conference at the Lahore
Press Club on Sunday, SSA President Hafiz Abdul Nasir and office bearers,
including Zarar Ahmed and Dr Shabir Ahmed said a management training programme
for senior teachers for their selection as management officers was envisaged by
the PMIU a couple of years ago, adding that it was not being implemented while
keeping in view the ground realities.
They said a GMAT type of test was
being conducted to check the eligibility of teachers for the said training
programme despite the fact that almost all the teachers were selected through
the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC). They said these teachers were
already declared eligible for their appointment on administrative posts by the
DPC/PSB. In such circumstances there was no need for making them sit in a test,
The SSA office-bearers criticised the PMIU, saying it was not
delivering rather taking steps which were not in favour of the teaching
community. They questioned as to why the PMIU signed an agreement with the
Government College University (GCU), Lahore, to conduct the said training
programme when the Directorate of Staff Development (DSD), a body for training
in-service teachers, was already present. They said the GCU, which had been
awarded the contract, did not have any experience in organising such training in
They appealed to the chief minister to intervene and direct
the officers concerned to discontinue the said training programme.
said practical policy in consultation with the teaching community should also be
ensured in this connection. The News
Rs3bn agri project submitted to US for aid
Faisalabad: The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) has
submitted a project worth Rs3 billion to the United States of America for
financial assistance to evolve contemporary business approaches that can enhance
production and profit of agriculture products.
This was stated by UAF
Vice-Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan at the inaugural ceremony of `Marketing
Festival' organised by the Department of Business Management Sciences (DBMS) of
the university on Saturday. Giving details of the proposed project, he said the
UAF would use financial aid from the US to establish an `Entrepreneurship Centre
at Faculty of Agri, Economics & Rural Sociology' to introduce innovative
business approaches through products development.
Unique and workable
ideas needed to be transformed into business and aggressive marketing so as to
get maximum benefits from the products, he said.
The UAF would also start
master degrees coupled with short courses to instill modern business techniques
to give a boost to the agriculture sector.
Dr Iqrar said: "In order to
overcome the problems of price hike in agricultural inputs and rapidly
increasing cost of production, we will have to shift our focus towards
entrepreneurship in livestock and agricultural sectors to achieve the goal of
Expressing his satisfaction over the quality of
graduates produced by DBMS, Dr Iqrar said the university was striving hard to
encourage its students to come up with realistic and innovative ideas to revamp
the traditional business trends.
The VC also visited different stalls and
talked to the exhibitors, urging them to take part actively in such
Faculty of Sciences dean Dr Muhammad Ashraf said the quality
of the stalls showed the capabilities and talent of the students and the faculty
as well. He termed the festival a colourful event of bright ideas.
coordinator Inayat Khan said last year a management buzz had been held at Chenab
Club, but this event was more relevant to the university as all stalls related
to agricultural products prepared by various departments of the university. Dawn
ACCA site launched to discuss global economy
Lahore: A dedicated new micro-site gives members of the
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) the opportunity to share
experiences and receive personal support on dealing with the current economic
situation. The new micro-site, www.accaglobal.com/economy, brings together
existing analyses, resources, business strategies and discussion boards, giving
ACCA members the opportunity to share ideas on how to meet the current
challenges. ACCA President Richard Aitken-Davies said, "The key issue with
ACCA's new site is that, rather than just talking to our members about the
current crisis, it encourages members to share their experiences and opinions." Daily Times
Germany to assist in technical education
Lahore: Punjab Finance, Planning and Development Minister Tanvir
Ashraf Kaira has said Germany will enhance its cooperation for promotion of
technical education and upgradation of the transport sector in
This he said after a meeting with a delegation of German group
GTZ International led by regional director (South Asia) Hans Dube here on
The minister said that Germany would lend a hand in upgrading the
technical education to the international standard and development of urban
He said the provincial government had already established a
company for the improvement of transport system. Dawn
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