Controversial four-year BS(Honours) exams
Tough tests for examiners
Lahore, Feb 22: The 'controversial' four-year BS (Honours) programme launched in 26
public colleges in Punjab has reached the first semester's final term
examination, while the Punjab University is delaying it to come up with a
credible and uniform examination system.
The University of
Gujrat has conducted first semester final term examinations in the second week
of this month, while the Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, and Government
College University, Faisalabad, have started examinations for the candidates in
their attached colleges from Saturday. The Lahore College for Women's University
is holding examinations from Monday (today) and Islamia University, Bahawalpur,
from Feb 28.
The Punjab University is likely to begin examinations in the first week of
March as its examination department is developing papers for the affiliated
colleges' students separately as they follow different syllabi, though the other
varsities' attached colleges students studied courses prepared by the Higher
Education Commission (HEC).
PU officials say the Honours programme was launched without proper planning
of affiliation, developing uniform curricula and ensuring proper teaching.
The university also faced problems because its departments, institutes and
constituent colleges were not following HEC approved courses in letter and
spirit. The academic departments had also developed their own nomenclature of
each subject as well as issuing their own transcripts.
Consequently, the PU examination department, which was supposed to take
semester system examination for the first time, had to go for development of
courses through a board of studies of academic departments concerned.
"The PU examination department still not has documented syllabi for each
discipline being offered by the respective colleges attached for BS (Honours)
programme," a senior official said.
For this reason, the PU examination department called officials from its
attached colleges and asked them to provide model papers based on the curriculum
taught. The examination department's nightmare did not end here because it found
that it would be required to prepare 110 papers for all disciplines being
offered in colleges. The department then tried to reduce it to 86 papers.
The PU examination department is now busy in finalising nomenclature of
respective papers, their coding and other formalities that needed to be
completed before examinations. "The PU examination department still needs two
weeks to hold the semester system examination," an official said.
The varsity's administration officials still complain that such a big
initiative should have been launched with a proper ground work.
In order to meet the second semester examination in advance, the PU has
constituted a committee.
Joint Action Committee (JAC) chairman Dr Zahid Ahmad Sheikh said the Punjab
higher education department had finalised the BS (Honours) first semester
curricula after the mid-term examinations. He said the department could not set
up state-of-the-art laboratories and libraries in these colleges and recruit
qualified faculty to teach modern disciplines. He also apprehends that dropouts
would increase in the BS Honours programme.
He says that the JAC had given a charter of demands to the Higher Education
Department that included the recruitment of faculty members against around 5,000
vacant teaching posts in public colleges across the province through Punjab
Public Service Commission. The JAC plans to show its strength on roads in Lahore
on March 30, if their demands are not be accepted. Dawn
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Campaign launched to control drug use in varsities
Islamabad: Ministry of Narcotics Control (MoNC) in collaboration
with different universities has launched an awareness campaign to control the
use of drugs in educational institutions of the country. The official of the
Narcotics Ministry held a series of meetings with the Vice Chancellors of the
universities and discussed the agenda points. An official of Narcotics Ministry
told APP here on Sunday that management of the universities has agreed to
implement the drug control plan in their respective institutes. He said that the
main objectives of the campaign is to control the use of drugs including smoking
and other contraband inside the colleges and universities. He further said that
it was decided to arrange seminars and lectures regarding drug abuse to educate
the students about its hazardious effects. app
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University teachers threaten to go on strike
Peshawar: Expressing serious concern over the government failure to recover Vice-Chancellor of
Islamia College University Ajmal Khan even despite passage of six months since
his kidnapping, the Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff
Association (FAPUASA) on Sunday threatened complete strike in the public sector
universities across the country if the government failed to make serious efforts
for the safe recovery of the academician.
Talking to The News after a
two-day annual general body meeting of the federation that concluded at the
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Agricultural University here, FAPUASA President Prof Dr Mahr
Saeed Akhtar said it was a matter of shame for the government that no serious
effort was made for the safe recovery of Ajmal Khan. Kidnapped in September
2010, four videotapes of the abducted vice-chancellor have so far been released.
On different occasions, the government made claims about early recovery
of the vice-chancellor but his release could not be secured so far. The
participants of FAPUASA general body meeting were of the opinion that the
government should arrange proper security for the universities' heads and other
senior members. The meeting also unanimously rejected the amendments to the
University of Peshawar Act (1974).
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FEF women lecturers partially suspend protest
Peshawar: Concerned about the studies of their students, female teachers of the colleges run by the
Frontier Education Foundation (FEF) partially suspended their strike with the
pledge to resume protest on the completion of the study courses of the students
whose annual examination is approaching.
The teachers decided to resume
classes so that the time of their students might not be wasted. However, they
would continue to boycott official duties like administrative and clerical work.
"We have not called off our strike. We have partially suspended it as we
do not want our students to suffer. Once we complete the courses in our
colleges, we will resume our full-fledged strike," said Musarrat Bibi, one of
the protesting teachers.
of their services, the teachers started their protest drive from February 1.
They staged several protests outside the Peshawar Press Club and the Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa Assembly building and also addressed a press conference in pursuance
of their cause.
Musarrat Bibi said that during their protests outside
the provincial assembly, Minister for Information Mian Iftikhar Hussain and
Minister for Higher Education Qazi Mohammad Asad assured them of acceptance of
their demands. "But the verbal assurance have not materialised so far," she
The teachers serving in the 15-FEF run degree colleges across the
province complain that they have been serving as lecturers for the last 10 years
on fixed salary. Appointed as a result of proper procedure, promises were made
with them several times to regularise their services or at least offer them a
full-fledged contract. But the teachers complained that no promise made with
them had materialised.
In 2009 the teachers refused to accept the
contracts. The FEF management assured them of full-fledged contracts but no
contract has been issued to them for more than one and a half year at all. They
subsequently moved the Supreme Court to get their services regularised.
Musarrat Bibi informed that their case was pending before the court. But
the old contract, which they had already rejected, was served to them two months
back, forcing them to launch the protest drive, she said. However, during the
protest when they held a meeting with the managing director of the FEF, Jameel
Amjad, he assured that the contract would be withdrawn. "This was of course a
positive assurance, but it too could not be materialise," she added.
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Science Fair concludes at GIKI
Swabi: A three-day Science Fair concluded at the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and
Technology on Monday. The event was organised by the Science Society, GIKI.
Students from all over the country participated in the fair.
nuclear physicist Dr Noor Muhammad Butt was chief guest at the prize
distribution ceremony. The fair had separate sections for college and university
students. The competitions included eureka, model-making, quiz and science
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Butt said that developed
countries spend a big chunk of their budgets on the guidance of the younger
generation. Giving the example of Germany, he said, the noble laureates meet
with about 700 youngsters of the country for a week once a year. "They exchange
views and noble laureates guide them as to how they could make progress and work
or do research beneficial for their country and humankind.
science trophy was lifted by Usman Ayaz, Irtiza Sohail and Sohail Idrees,
students of the Aitchison College, Lahore. Dr Butt gave away shields and
trophies to the students who excelled in the competitions. The news
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